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Mar. 2, 2014 at 6:09am Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

Happy Dr. Seuss!  Dr. Seuss has given joy to so many children -- including those of us who are no longer kids!  I smile when I think of Dr. Seuss, don't you?   Green Eggs and Ham, Fox in Socks,  Yertle the Turtle... how many Dr. Seuss books do you remember?  He had such an incredible ability to write books that incorporated language that would just roll off the tongue.  He proved that books could be fun, even with a limited vocabulary.  Learning to read became fun! Thank you, Dr. Seuss, for your gift that keeps on giving.

Feb. 28, 2014 at 9:55am It's Flannel Friday!

It’s Friday! Know what that means? It is also Flannel Friday!

Flannel Friday is an online event in which participating bloggers post a description of a flannel board, puppet, or prop storytime activity on their blogs every Friday. All participating posts are shared together by gathering links into one blog location in a link round-up.

Flannel boards, also known as felt boards, are frequently used by librarians and teachers to extend the story experience. Even Miss Bonnie and Miss Carol are known to use flannel board activities in their storytimes. They provide a visual backdrop for children to practice and learn about the storytelling and sequencing concepts. Flannel boards incorporate several learning styles:

Oral – The children listen to you tell a story, or the children use the pieces to tell you a story.

Visual – The children see the pictures that go along with a story or song.

Kinesthetic – The children use their hands to put the pieces of a story onto the board.

At this point you are probably wondering what exactly a flannel board is. In its simplest form, a flannel board is a board covered with flannel fabric. The flannel contains soft fibers that cling to other soft materials creating a surface where small pieces can be added but not fall off when propped up. The small pieces are usually decorated to represent people, places or things in a story or song. The small pieces can be decorated felt, embellished soft fabrics, or even printed paper with sandpaper glued to the back (something I do when I am in a hurry). Any and all of the ideas used by teachers and librarians can be used at home. It is a perfect home activity that integrates storytelling and crafting.

I invite you to check out some of the wonderful flannel board ideas posted this week at the blog Stories with Ms. Jenna ( Many of these ideas can easily be used at home. I found a great description on how to make a homemade flannel board at the blog Teach Preschool ( For the Pinterest fans out there, there is also a Flannel Friday Pinterest page ( Oh my, this is a treasure trove of great and sometimes crazy flannel board uses. For more information about the online Flannel Friday event, go to the Flannel Friday blog (

Now make your Friday a Flannel Friday kind of day!

Feb. 8, 2014 at 1:26pm February Fun

There are lots of fun holidays in February. Besides the obvious, like Valentine's Day and Presidents Day, you can celebrate "Love Makes the World Go Round; But, Laughter Keeps Us From Getting Dizzy Week" or "Read in the Bathtub Day". How about "Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day", "Give Kids a Smile Day" or "Bubblegum Day"? Would you believe there's even an "International Sword Swallowers Day"?
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Jan. 11, 2014 at 4:46pm National Rubber Ducky Day

Monday January 13 is National Rubber Ducky Day-- let's all sing the Rubber Ducky Song!  (Rubber Ducky, you're the one....)  

There are lots of good ducky books, too.  How about Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey?  Or Katy Duck, Flower Girl by Alyssa Satin Capucilli?

Jan. 4, 2014 at 1:36pm Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Brrrrr.... winter's here!  Are you looking forward to snow?  Grab a cup of hot chocolate, and get cozy.  Here are some books to get you in the mood! Read more

Dec. 31, 2013 at 8:51pm Happy 2014

As 2013 ends, what are you looking forward to in the new year?  Learning a new skill?  Meeting new friends?  Travel to a faraway land?  Ask your favorite librarians to help you find a book about it!  Or maybe you'd rather just relax with a good story.  We can help with that, too.  Happy New Year- and Happy Reading!

Dec. 23, 2013 at 12:53pm Try out some picture e-books!

This holiday season, snuggle up and read a book with a young person in your life. With all of the new mobile devices and computers showing up in homes this time of year, I suggest you try out an animated picture e-book from the library’s Tumblebooks service. Tumblebooks is a FREE e-book collection of picture books with fun animations. You can read the books yourself at your own speed, or have the story read aloud to you. While you do not need to download anything, you do need an internet connection. There are picture books in English, Spanish, and French, as well as a selection of non-fiction books to explore. Every book is accompanied by optional puzzles or games to reinforce concepts and comprehension.

Remember, reading aloud to young children is the single best way to help children develop early literacy skills. This helps children become familiar with books, language, letters, and stories long before they start kindergarten.

To access Tumblebooks, go to the Puyallup Public Library’s webpage and click on the “Kids” tab. Then follow the link to Tumblebooks.

Happy reading!

Nov. 25, 2013 at 5:06pm 25 mini-adventures @ your library

Spending some time in the library with your kids? Then you have time for an adventure! Inspired by the brilliant blog over at Mama Scouts, I created 25 family friendly mini-adventures specifically tailored for the Puyallup Public Library. Believe it or not there is more to do at the library than just checking out books and movies.

1. Look at an old newspaper from your birthday, or look at a microfilm from when grandma/grandpa was born. (Ask for help at the 2nd floor Reference desk.)
2. Find the community events bulletin board. Then pick out one event to attend.

3. Locate the juvenile comic book and graphic novel section. Pick one book to read. (Of course I would be happy to help you choose!)

4. Go to the cookbook area, select a recipe, go the store, get the ingredients and cook it that day.
5. Stare at the copper wall inside the library. What do you see? What other works of art do you see inside the library?
6. Choose a random music CD, listen to it all the way through when you get home. 
7. Explore the Friends of the Library Book Store. Purchase something for a special person in your life. (The money goes to a good cause!)

8. Look for a book of quotes. Find a good one and write it outside on the sidewalk with chalk.
9. Bring paper and colored pencils. Draw from the easy I-Can-Draw-Books for an hour.
10. Take a present to the librarians. 
11. Leave a thoughtful review on a post-it note in a book you really loved.
12. Discover the map case on the second floor. Pick out a map and spend some time looking at it.

13. How many cranes are hanging in the children’s non-fiction book area? Now find a book about origami and try to make your own crane.

14. The very first library in Puyallup was started by pioneer Eliza Meeker (right outside in present-day Pioneer Park). Can you find a book that mentions Mrs. Meeker or her husband Ezra Meeker?
15. Take some old magazines from the Magazine Exchange area, cut them up and make a special greeting card (thank you, birthday, etc.) for someone special.  
16. Create a poem using only book titles. Now stack the books so their spines all face the same direction. Take a picture of your book title poem.
17. Did you know there is a Geocache inside the Puyallup Public Library? Learn how to find geocaches using a GPS device and then find this one. Can you find other Geocaches near the library?

18. Find five works of art outside the library in Pioneer Park. Talk with someone about what these works are meant to represent.

19. Search for a poem in a poetry book and read it out loud. 

20. Read a biography from the children’s sections on someone you know very little about. (I found an interesting book about Wilma Rudolph, a famous track and field athlete.)
21. Find a baby name book, make a list of funny name combinations or choose a new name for the day. Does your name have any special meanings?
22. Hunt for authors with your same last name.
23. Look in the reference section. What is the weirdest reference book you can find?
24. Put together a list of suggested books and media for your library to buy. Make the library YOUR library. (Please include stuff the library does not already have.)
25. Make sure each kid in your family has their own library card and bag. Puyallup Public Library bags are only $1!

Oct. 16, 2013 at 9:49am Fire Safety Month

October is National Fire Safety Month.  Now is a great time to talk about what to do in case of a fire.  Even the youngest child needs to be introduced to some basic information:  

Stop... Drop... and Roll! 

Tell an adult if matches or a lighter is found. 

Discuss how to get out of the house in the event of a fire. (We don't want those kiddos to think that hiding under the bed or inside a closet is safe.)

Dial 911 in an emergency.

As a family, check the batteries in your smoke detectors.  Make sure everyone knows what the smoke detector sounds like when it goes off.

Your library has some wonderful books and movies about safety in all sorts of situations, including fire safety.  Maybe one of these will help in your family discussions.

Timon and Pumbaa Safety Smart About Fire (DVD j 628.9 TIMON A FIRE)

Staying Safe Around Fire by Lucia Raatma (j 628.9 RAATMA)

Fireboy to the Rescue: A Fire Safety Book by Edward Miller (j 628.9 MILLER)

Just for fun, don't forget the books about firefighters and fire trucks.

Fire Trucks In Action by Mari Schuh (j 628.9 SCHUH)

Fire Engines by Anne Rockwell (jj ROCKWEL)

Flashing Fire Engines by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker (jj MITTON)

Fire Truck by Peter Sis (jj SIS)

Fire Fighter Piggywiggy by Christyan and Diane Fox (jj FOX)


Sep. 28, 2013 at 7:43am It's Raining, it's Pouring...

It's raining, it's pouring... but we're still having fun! Come on down to the library today as our Festival of Books continues. We're moving the festivities indoors. You can enjoy a reading by author Ursula K. Le Guin, (yes, REALLY!) storytelling by Will Hornyak, music by the Puget Sound Revels, poetry, Fiddler Sarah Comer, and more!