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Dec. 31, 2015 at 11:28am Great books to start off the new year!

Looking for some great children's books to start reading in the new year? Then check out Miss Carol's list of favorite books she found in 2015. The list includes picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction books. There is something for every age.

One of the books featured on this list was tried out with a toddler, a preschool group, and two separate daycare groups. It was so popular that Miss Carol knew it needed to be included on her yearly list of favorites.

Happy reading!

Dec. 30, 2015 at 9:02am Brrrr... It's Cold Outside!

When it's cold outside, that's a great time to curl up with a favorite book.  What's your favorite book to read this winter?  

For the preschool crowd, upcoming storytime themes include:

Getting Dressed: 
Max's Dragon Shirt by Rosemary Wells, Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine, How Do I Put It On? by Shigeo Watanabe, Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London...

Snow by Uri Shulevitz, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohman, A Hat For Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke, Supertruck by Stephen Savage

Oct. 24, 2015 at 10:52am Authors, Authors, and More Authors!

We have three, count them THREE events today!

From 1-4 we will have a Local Author Spotlight, featuring 33 authors from around the state. There will be authors of children's books, teen books, and adult books.  You can meet the authors and chat with them.  There will also be books for sale, which they will happily autograph for you!

At 6:30 this evening, we will feature Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson.  Her latest book, Dash, is about a little girl and her dog, who are separated when she is sent to Camp harmony- the internment camp that was at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.

And the Friends of the Library are having an antique book sale, with lots of vintage books.

Click here to find out more information about our 3rd Annual Puyallup Festival of Books.

Oct. 16, 2015 at 9:24am Be a Brain Builder

Are you the parent or caregiver of a 0-5 year old?  We have partnered with Vroom and Project Child Success to show how parent/child interactions can be brainbuilding moments. 

The first 5 years are when children's brains grow the fastest. Simple activities can make a big difference.  For example, when your child starts to say words or make sounds that could be words, connect them to more words.  If he says "Nose," you can say, "There's your nose, and here's my nose."  If she says "beep, beep," you can say, "The horn on the car goes beep, beep."  This is a simple way to increase your child's vocabulary, and use of language.

Check out for countless ways to build your child's brain as part of your everyday activities.  There's even an app that will give you simple ideas each day, based on your child's age!  Every parent has what it takes to be a Brainbuilder.

Oct. 1, 2015 at 1:30pm So much going on!

It's fall, and that means school is starting, storytime is back-- and we have lots of activities planned for the 3rd Annual Puyallup Festival of Books! Read more

Sep. 15, 2015 at 8:49am Have fun at the Fair with children's books

Whether you are thinking about going to the Washington State Fair this month or not, you can get your own personal fair experience with these great children’s books:

Angelina at the Fair by Katharine Holabird (jj HOLABIR)

Billy and Goat at the State Fair by Dan Yaccarino (jj YACCARI)

Bones and the Roller Coaster Mystery by David A. Adler (jj 1-2 ADLER)

A Fabulous Fair Alphabet by Debra Frasier (jj FRASIER)

Fair Weather by Richard Peck (j PECK)

Falling for Fun: Gravity in Action by Nathan Lepora (j 531 LEPORA)

Maisy at the Fair by Lucy Cousins (jj COUSINS)

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis (j 791.068 FERRIS DAVIS)

Splat the Cat: Up In the Air at the Fair by Amy Lin Hsu, based on the bestselling books by Rob Scotton (jj 1-2 SCOTTON)

Jan. 30, 2015 at 10:28am Toys - Miss Carol's theme of the week

Toys can take many shapes. They can be the well loved stuffed animals of our childhood, Lego building blocks, or even paper airplanes. As we grow up, toys can be the gadgets we use on a daily basis or the tools of our favorite hobby. Enjoy these fun books that feature the toys most children play with.

Baby Danced the Polka by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by Jennifer Plecas (jj BEAUMON)

I Know a Rhino by Charles Fuge (jj FUGE)

I Love You Blue Kangaroo by Emma Chichester Clark (jj CLARK)

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems (jj WILLEMS)

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (jj 3-4 DICAMIL and TKBK CD CHILD j DICAMIL and Downloadable Ebook)

Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis (jj PORTIS)

Peekaboo Bedtime by Rachel Isadora (jj ISADORA)

The Saucepan Game by Jan Ormerod (jj ORMEROD)

Too Many Toys by David Shannon (jj SHANNON)

Toy Dance Party: Being the Further Adventures of Bossyboots Stingray, a Courageous Buffalo, and a Hopeful Round Someone Called Plastic by Emily Jenkins (jj 3-4 JENKINS)

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco (jj BIANCO)

Wrapping Paper Romp by Patricia Hubbell, illustrated by Jennifer Plecas (jj bb WRAPPIN)

Dec. 26, 2014 at 1:31pm Miss Carol's Favorite Book Finds of 2014

It is the end of 2014.  What a great time for Miss Carol, our children's librarian, to share her favorite children's books of 2014.  Follow this link to her favorite picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction book finds of the past year.  What do you think of these great books?

Nov. 15, 2014 at 2:36pm Brrrrrr!

Brrrr-- It's cold outside! But we're still having fun at the library. There's one more week of storytime, and then we'll take a break. Don't worry, though, we still have some fun planned. How about celebrating National Cookie Day at the library? On Thursday, December 4th at 4pm you can let loose your inner Cookie Monster! The whole family can enjoy a story and frost a cookie. Then make decorative paper fortune cookies with custom-made fortunes perfect for gift-giving!

Nov. 7, 2014 at 1:44pm Star in the Night Sky -- Miss Carol's Theme of the Week

The night sky is full of marvelous sights. Share these sights with the children in your life. Point out how the clouds drift past the moon. Try to find the Big Dipper. Sing the song “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” together. Does your family have a special tradition that involves the moon or the stars in the sky? If not, why not create one? Talking about and learning about the world around us is a wonderful way for children to learn about their place on the planet and even in their own family or community.

Library books and DVDs to share with your children:

All About Stars (DVD CHILD 523.8 ALL ABO STARS)

Astronaut Piggywiggy by Christyan and Diane Fox (jj FOX)

Constellations: A Glow-In-the-Dark Guide to the Night Sky by Chris Sasaki (j 523.8 SASAKI)

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers (jj JEFFERS)

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle (jj CARLE)

Regards to the Man in the Moon by Ezra Jack Keats (jj KEATS)

Spacetrekkers: Explore Planets, Stars, Comets, and More (DVD CHILD 520 WAY COO SPACETR)

Spacey Riddles by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg (j 818 HALL)

There’s a Great Bear in the Sky and Other Facts About Stars by Helen Taylor (j 523.8 TAYLOR)

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Jane Cabrera (jj CABRERA)