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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)

Oct. 22, 2014 at 4:05pm Community Helpers -- Miss Carol's Theme of the Week

You see them everywhere in our community. These people keep you safe, deliver your mail, bake your bread, pick up your trash, help you feel healthy, drive our buses, and even help you find books in the library. Learning about community helpers is a great way for young children to learn about the world they live in.

Teaching young children about community workers is also important for those rare emergency situations. Children need to know that a stranger in a weird uniform who is coaxing them out of a burning building is a safe person to follow. Children need to know who to go to if they become lost in the library or store. We want our children to be prepared with an understanding that it takes a whole lot of people, our community, to make our town the great place it is!

Please come to preschool storytime on Friday, October 24 at 10 am for a chance to meet an important “superhero” community helper, a police officer! An officer from the Puyallup police department will be on hand to read stories to the children and talk about Halloween safety. This is a great opportunity to shake hands with and ask questions of one community helper.

Want to explore other community helpers with books? Then check out these great children’s books:

Crafts for Kids Who are Learning About Community Workers by Kathy Ross (j 745.5 ROSS)

Community Helpers from A to Z by Bobbie Kalman (j 331.7 KALMAN)

Quinito’s Nieghborhood/El Vecinadorio de Quinito by Ina Cumpiano, illustrated by Jose Ramírez

Shhhhh! Everybody’s Sleeping by Julie Markes, illustrated by David Parkins (jj MARKES)

The Village Garage by G. Brian Karas (jj KARAS)

When I Grow Up… by Heidi Goennel (jj GOENNEL)

When Poppy and Max Grow Up by Lindsey Gardiner (jj GARDINER)

Whose Gadgets Are These? by Amanda Doering Tourville (j 617.6 TOURVIL)

The World Around Us (Based on Timothy Goes to School and Other Stories) by Rosemary Wells (jj WELLS)

Oct. 4, 2014 at 8:35am Storytime Is Back!

Yesterday was so much fun at Preschool Storytime!  Our theme was "green" so we had stories about a green caterpillar, a green hummingbird... even a green monster (Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley).  The kids were adorable as they chanted "Go Away" to make the monster disappear, bit by bit.  Then they made their own green monsters.  They made happy monsters, and scary monsters, and huggy monsters.. lots of variety, and lots of fun.  
Creativity and stories go hand in hand, and storytime is a great place for kids to get ready for school, and practice skills that will help them with reading, social skills, group experience and more.  
We have toddler storytime, preschool storytime... and Lego storytime for families.  You can find out more by clicking HERE.
And we will have a special Halloween safety Preschool Storytime on October 24th, with a visitor from the Puyallup Police Department.