National Pet Day, 2013
Today is National Pet Day. (to find out more, click here)When I was a kid, I had a collie—he would do ANYTHING for me, but about the only thing he’d do for anyone else was… to go get ME! So if I was over at a neighbor’s house, and it was time to go home, Mom wouldn’t bother with the phone- I’d just beg to stay longer. Instead, she would tell him to go get me. He would go to the neighbor’s door, and he wouldn’t leave until I came with him.
Save Those Campbell's Labels!
We need Campbell’s Labels (and Swanson, Prego, etc.)... Points are doubled on those we mail in by April 30th. The library is only 1500 points away from earning an ipad, and if we all work together, WE CAN DO IT ! ! !
For most items, the part to save is the UPC code (barcode). But for V-8 beverages it’s the cap. There are over 2500 different items that count, from Bic pens to Post cereals, Spaghetti-Os to Pop Secret popcorn. For a complete list of eligible products, click here. Thanks for your help!
Woo-Hoo, It's World Book Day!
Today is World Book Day, a great day to come to the library. It's a celebration of authors, illustrators, books, and TA-DAH!-- READING! This is the 16th year there's been a World Book Day. It's officially the 23rd of March, the anniversary of Shakespeare's death, but often celebrated the 7th of March to avoid other holidays. You can get more information, including book recommendations, games, and other cool stuff by clicking HERE. But don't just celebrate today- you can celebrate World Book Day on the 23rd, too. Better yet, celebrate all month long. While you're at it, read 100 books this year for cool prizes and the right to say "I took the Mayor's 100 Book Challenge- and WON!" (more information HERE)
What's your favorite way to craft? Do you like to sew? (I love the Sewing and Stitchery Expo!) Knit? Paint? Create masterpieces in the kitchen? March is National Craft Month, and a great reason to share some craft time with the kids. The library has books on all sorts of crafts to inspire you. Check out both the kids section and the books for grownups, too. One that I read lately was Cut-up Couture by Koko Yamase. Do you have an aspiring knight, princess, or Dragon-slayer at your house? There's a cool book in the kid's section called Medieval Castle Adventure Crafts by Anna Llimos. There are also many resources on the web. March is National Craft Month Click here for a webpage with some great family craft ideas to get you started. Read more
Caldecott winning books
The 2013 Caldecott winning books have been announced. Many people consider this to be the top literary prize for illustrated children's books in America. One thing is for certain, these prize winning books make for great reading with the little ones in your life. So take a moment and check out these books at your favorite library!
The 2013 Caldecott Medal winner is This Is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen, published by Candlewick Press.
What are the consequences when a little fish steals the hat from a big fish? In this darkly, humorous tale, follow the little fish as he contemplates his action while admiring his new hat, that fits perfectly.
2013 Honor Books:
Creepy Carrots!, illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division. *** When this book first arrived at the library last fall, my son and I loved it so much we had to share it with his first grade class!
Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett and published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. *** A selfish archduke threatens to halt a little girl's transformation of a colorless town and steal her box of magical yarn.
Green, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger and published by Neal Porter Books, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press. *** Take a new look at the multiple meanings of "green."
One Cool Friend, illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group. *** A rollicking tale of Father, Elliot and a highly improbable pet (or two).
Sleep Like a Tiger, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue and published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. *** An imaginative dialogue between a not-at-all sleepy child and her understanding parents.
A list of past Caldecott winning books (1938 to the present) can be found at http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecotthonors/caldecottmedal.
Come on Down!
We're having fun at the library today! We have a Lego Storytime, and it's also "Take your child to the Library Day".Read more
Have you ever read the story Stone Soup? Or Nail Soup? There are several variations, but in each story, someone who is hungry manages to get lots of people to pool their resources to build a yummy soup that feeds everyone and brings them all together. Stone Soup Read more
2012 Favorites from Miss Carol
Anybody who knows me knows that I love children's books. One of the favorite parts of my job is looking at all the new books as they arrive at the Library. I enjoy looking at the new artwork, the new stories. I like thinking how I can use the new picture books at storytime or which of my young friends would enjoy the new chapter books. So when a new book catches my eye as being "extra special" I take note.
Take a look at my new booklist with all my favorite finds from 2012. You will find it on the Library's webpage under Kids Booklists or just follow this handy dandy link! You never know, you might find a new gem as well.
National Pie Day
Tomorrow, December 1, is National Pie Day. Are you ready to start your holiday baking? Need some new ideas of what to cook up? Your friendly Library is a great place to find books full of recipes. You can find traditional recipes and even some recipes for not-so-traditional baked goods.
How about baking with your children? Baking with children can contribute many healthy developmental skills. Preschoolers can workout their fine motor muscles while stirring, measuring, scraping, and spooning. They even get a chance to learn about sequences and following directions. Elementary school age children can practice math skills such as addition, fractions, and problem solving. They can also learn a little science as well as kitchen safety, cleanliness, and perseverance (wait to finish a task while staying to help clean up). Every child, no matter the age, enjoys spending time with a special grown up. This quality time together helps to form bonds that increase self esteem.
I invite you to come explore the many cook books on the shelves here at your favorite Library. Downstairs or upstairs, you will be amazed at the variety of cook books there are to be found!
Magical Creatures - Miss Carol's theme of the week
Magical creatures of all shapes and sizes are not hard to find in children's books. You can find them as trolls, dragons, fairies, mermaids, and a few rare unicorns. Take a look at these books full of wonder and enchantment, and just a touch of magic.
This week in storytime:
The Magic Hat by Mem Fox, illustrated by Tricia Tusa (jj FOX)
Other books you might enjoy:
The End by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Richard Egielski (jj LAROCHE)
Oscar and the Very Hungry Dragon by Ute Krause (jj KRAUSE)
Ten Tiny Fairies: A Fairy Tale Counting Book by Dawn Bentley, illustrated by Heather Cahoon (jj BENTLEY)
The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Peter Christen Asbjornsen, illustrated by Paul Galdone (jj GALDONE)
For older readers:
The Fairy Rebel by Lynne Reid Banks (j BANKS)
Fire and Wings: Dragon Tales from East and West edited by Mariane Carus, illustrated by Nilesh Mistry (j 398 FIRE AN)
Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville (j COVILLE)
The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler (j KESSLER)
Movies to watch:
My Neighbor Totoro (DVD CHILD MY NEIG)
Pete's Dragon (DVD FAMILY PETES)