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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!

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. 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)

Sep. 6, 2014 at 12:43pm Welcome September with Seasonal Books

If you do a Google search for September holidays, you find many strange and interesting holidays celebrated this month. Here are some children’s books and other materials to help you celebrate the month of departing summer.

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Aug. 29, 2014 at 4:44pm Math at bedtime? Sure! Why not!?

For many parents, reading a book at bedtime with their child is a no brainer. There are so many good reasons to do this. It builds vocabulary, strengthens critical thinking skills, sparks imagination, and gives your kiddos a little one-on-one time. So of course, this means the same could be said of doing a little math at bedtime, right? The good people at Bedtime Math agree with me. They have a whole webpage devoted to making kids “love math like playtime or dessert.” I downloaded their app onto my iphone. My son and I use it whenever we have to wait (doctor’s office, restaurant, get to soccer practice a little early, etc.). We learn a little something on the topic of the day and then solve a few math problems around it. The math problems are divided into three different levels. At age 8, he can easily work through the first two levels. We are now working on the third and hardest level.

I encourage all the parents out there to think about incorporating a little more mathematics into your everyday life, bedtime or otherwise. Need some ideas? Then take a look at the Bedtime Math website or check out one of their books. Happy calculating!

Bedtime Math by Laura Overdeck (j 513.2 OVERDEC)

Bedtime Math 2: This Time It’s Personal by Laura Overdeck (j 513.2 OVERDEC)

Aug. 22, 2014 at 12:21pm Tween Recommended Reads

It might be the end of August, summer reading is over and school has not yet started, but we still need to keep our kids reading!  Sometimes it can be hard to keep tweens interested in a good book.  Lucky for us the good folks at the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) created an eclectic list of great books perfect for the tween reader.  If you are in need of some book recommendations for your 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, then go to for a pdf version of this list.   

Happy reading!

Jul. 16, 2014 at 9:49am Where Kids and Grown-up Have Fun with Science and Technology

Learning more about the science and study of celestial objects, space, and the physical universe is even easier to do at the Puyallup Public Library.  The children’s librarians are now members of NASA’s Space Place community.  As members, the librarians receive a small display about various space topics once every three to four months.  This display is put up in the children’s non-fiction area at the end of a shelf (only a few steps from J 520, the Dewey Decimal Number for astronomy!). 


A new display about infrared radiation and the Herschel Space Observatory just went up.  This display is packed full of information and pictures.  The display that just went down was about the art and beauty of space photography.  I invite you to come take a look at this new display in the children’s area of the library.


To learn more about space and astronomy I encourage you to take a look at the Space Place website at  This website is full of activities and information for children as well as parents.  Explore fun facts, games, puzzles, coloring sheets, videos, photos, and so much more.  Then, don’t forget to check out some books or videos on the topic.  Your library has plenty for you to look at about our solar system and beyond.  You will be seeing stars in your eyes!

Jul. 12, 2014 at 4:16pm Animal Sounds -- Miss Carol's Theme of the Week!

What does the fox say?  Or the pig?  Or the owl?  Or even the cricket?  Animal noises are all around us.  Take a seat in the park or even your own backyard, I bet you can hear the sounds of animals.  What does a bee in a flower sound like?  Is that the call of a bird?  Just like us people, animals use sounds to communicate.  Sometimes we don’t know what the animals are telling us… but sometimes we do!

When young children listen to and then make different animal sounds, they are actually learning phonological awareness.  These young people are learning to play with the sounds of our language.  Our spoken language is full of sounds that children need to learn about and to identify.  Introducing children to the noises that animals make is a fun way to discover the rich variety of sounds in our everyday world.

Explore animal noises with these fun books:

Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming (jj FLEMING)

Good Night, Owl! by Pat Hutchins (jj HUTCHIN)

Hello, Day! by Anita Lobel (jj LOBEL)

Hush!: A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho, illustrated by Holly Meade (jj HO)

Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle (jj MARTIN)

The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle (jj CARLE)

Jun. 26, 2014 at 2:29pm Get your reluctant reader reading!

Summer reading time is in full swing here at the library.  Some children have no problem finding a book and sitting down to the business of reading.  Other children need to be persuaded to read something, anything.  If you are the parent or caregiver of one of these reluctant readers (I know I am), then here are some helpful hints to get reading: 

-          Set up a special time just for reading with them.  Time to read can be found in any busy schedule.  Carve it out.  Schedule it if you need to.  Just before bedtime is always popular.  How about while dinner is cooking?  Or right after eating a meal?  Let your child read aloud in the car while you drive.  It doesn’t need to be overly long.  Most importantly, when the time is set up, don’t skip out on it.   

-          Have them read out loud to you.  Some kiddos will avoid reading because they think they are no good at it.  Find out by listening!

-          Make them feel safe and not judged.  Set ground rules if you need to.  (For example, the words “It’s too hard,” should not be allowed during reading time.)  Let your struggling readers know that you didn’t know all the words when you were young.  Confide that there are still words that you don’t know.

-          Use books that are fun, this is summer after all!  Pick books your child wants to read, not what you want.  Something that you once loved as a young person may have no appeal to a child in today’s world.  Explore a topic that interests your child.  Think about non-fiction books.  Learn something new together. 

-          Encourage your child to pick one book at a time to read in your reading session.  Make it special for the two of you to share together.  Use cliffhangers to get them excited for the next session.  Let them choose other books to read outside of your reading session if they are catching the reading bug.

Your library is full of many exciting and interesting books.  If you need help finding a book, do not hesitate to ask for help.  We are always happy to talk about books!

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!

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)


Feb. 9, 2013 at 9:54am 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

Dec. 29, 2012 at 10:07am 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. 


Miss Carol
Children's Librarian

Nov. 30, 2012 at 2:04pm 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!

Oct. 18, 2012 at 3:21pm 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)


Sep. 17, 2012 at 5:07pm Kids get to read and vote

Along with a new school year come many new opportunities for most children.  Elementary school teacher-librarians will soon be promoting books of all types.  Some books will be new favorites as well as well loved book-friends.  Many students will be encouraged to read books from the three favorite "children's choice award" lists.  The three favorite lists in the Puyallup area include the Washington Children Choice Picture Book Award, the Sasquatch Award (both sponsored by the Washington Library Media Association), plus the Young Reader's Choice Award (sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Library Association).  What this means is that students first read several of the books on a list.  The books on these lists were carefully selected as outstanding books.  By choosing to read a book from one of the lists, you automatically know that it will contain a great story.  Next, comes the voting at school.  This usually takes place around March.  The votes are then tallied up by the sponsoring organization and the award is given to the author of the book with the most votes.  The children truly have a voice in the winner of these awards!

Do you want to read the nominee books the children will vote from in 2013?  Then take a look at the lists below.

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Aug. 16, 2012 at 4:46pm A great summer!

Summer is zooming by soooo fast!  But it was a great summer here at the Puyallup Public Library.  We had terrific turnout for all of our summer reading programs.  There was lots of fun, plenty of laughter, and even some learning going on. Be sure to take a look at our winner's board in the children's area.  I see tons of smiling faces.  Yet everyone who finished our summer reading program was a winner!  Every teen, child, and adult who finished, got something.  That is what makes the summer reading program in Puyallup so great. 

Our program would not be the success it is without the generous support of the businesses and organizations who donated to the Puyallup Public Library.  If you get the chance, please stop and thank the people and businesses for their contributions to another wonderful summer!

Friends of the Puyallup Library
Daffodil Entertainment Center
Northwest Trek
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Aunti Anne's Pretzels
Mcdonald's Restaurants
Puyallup Fair
Rount Table Pizza
Tacoma Rainiers
Elements Frozen Yogurt
South Hill Mall Applebee's
Taco Time
Girl Scout troop #40819
Anonymous Girl Scout troop

Jul. 16, 2012 at 7:40pm Reading for fun and prizes!

Summer reading is in full swing at the Puyallup Public Library. If you have not yet joined our summer reading program, it is not too late! We have fun prizes for children, teens, and adults. All you have to do is sit back and read! Even babies and little tykes can participate if someone reads aloud to them. All summer reading tickets for all ages must be turned in by August 11. So keep reading those books. Ebooks count, audio books count, graphic novels count, and don’t forget the good old fashioned paper books. Read, read, read!!!!

Jul. 3, 2012 at 11:33am Easier AR book searching!

The Puyallup Public Library now offers an easier way to search for Accelerated Reader (AR for short) books in our online library catalog.  Your Library is partnering with to match school AR lists with books in our catalog.  We offer this service for all of the elementary schools inside the Puyallup city limits. 

The AR lists can be sorted by title, author, AR book level, or AR points.  Once you find a book you want to read, just click on the green "Check the Catalog" box.  Then you can place a hold on the book with your Puyallup Public Library card.  If the book is checked in, the book will be placed on the hold shelf with your name on it by noon the next day.  If the book is checked out, you will receive an email or phone call from the library when the book is back in the library. 

If you or your child want to get a head start on your AR reading this summer, then check out this new service!  Click here for more information and access to this new service. 

Jun. 1, 2012 at 1:18pm Early literacy iPad apps

Looking for some fun games or apps to put on your new iPad to entertain, and maybe even educate, the toddlers and preschoolers in your life?  Now, there is no way playing on a tablet machine will EVER replace one-on-one reading time between an adult and child, but I do admit these machines have their uses.  Waiting in line at a bank or sitting in a restaurant can become just a little more educational with the appropriate app that is age appropriate and full of literacy skills.  The good people at Darien Library in Connecticut have put together a list of iPad apps perfect for children ages 2-5.  Take a look at their list at

Apr. 21, 2012 at 9:56am Celebrate Earth Day

Tomorrow is Earth Day!  Celebrate by learning about the world we live in.  The Library is a perfect place to get books and movies about life on planet earth.  Take a look at these great materials you can find in the kid's section:

About Hummingbirds : a Guide for Children by Cathryn Sill; illustrated by John Sill (j 598.7 SILL)

After the Kill by Darrin Lunde; illustrated by Catherine Stock (j 591.5 LUNDE)

All About Water Ecosystems (DVD j 577.6 ECOSYST WATER)

Boa Constrictor/Boa constrictora by Cede Jones, traducción al español por Eduardo Alamán (SP j 597.96 JONES, in both English and Spanish)

The Camping Trip that Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Our National Parks by Barb Rosenstock; illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein (j 979.4 ROSENST)

The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs: A Scientific Mystery by Sandra Markle (j 597.8 MARKLE)

Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard by Loree Griffin Burns; photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz (j 590.72 BURNS)

Desert Elephants by Helen Cowcher (j 599.67 COWCHER)

Dive into Diversity (DVD j 591.77 DIVE IN)

Me -- Jane by Patrick McDonnell (jj MCDONNE)

North: The Amazing Story of Arctic Migration by Nick Dowson; illustrated by Patrick Benson (j 591.56 DOWSON)

Planting the Wild Garden written by Kathryn O. Galbraith; illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin (jj GALBRAI)

The Polar Bear Scientists by Peter Lourie (j 599.786 LOURIE)

Seabird in the Forest: The Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet by Joan Dunning (j 598.33 DUNNING)

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature written by Joyce Sidman; illustrated by Beth Krommes (jj SIDMAN)

Time to Eat written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page (j 591.3 JENKINS)

A Warmer World: From Polar Bears to Butterflies, How Climate Change Affects Wildlife by Caroline Arnold; illustrated by Jamie Hogan (j 363.738 ARNOLD)


Mar. 16, 2012 at 3:20pm Parents and reading are essential to school success

Learning to read begins long before a child starts school.  From the time they are infants, through the toddler and preschool years, children learn about language and other skills that will help them learn to read.  These developing early literacy skills are the foundation for learning to read.  As parents, family members, friends, and neighbors, we can all help the children in our lives build on these literacy skills.  It is never too late.  There are 5 simple things we should do with children.






These are not terribly difficult things to do.  In fact, most of these 5 things come about naturally in the presence of children. Give the child in your life plenty of opportunities to talk with you.  Sing a song together.  Simple songs like the alphabet or "Happy Birthday" can help your child.  Read a book together.  What better place to find so many different books than at the library?  Write on a piece of paper, even if the writing looks like a bunch of scribbles.  Give your child plenty of unstructured playtime or try acting out a scene together with stuffed animals.

Children who start Kindergarten already familiar with many essential pre-reading skills, will have an easier time learning to read, and consquently have greater success througout their school years.  Of course you want to help your cute little bugaboo be ready to read.  So go out there and have some fun together!

Feb. 18, 2012 at 12:43pm Great websites for Kids!

Looking for a safe website for children on the Internet can be daunting.  As a parent, I always wonder if I am truly showing my child a website that will educate or entertain without the inclusion of some risque ad or inappropriate content.  But there is a wonderful place to go to find great websites that are kid safe.  The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has put together a list of fun websites at  The list at "Great Websites for Kids" includes sites of the week and month, most popular pages, and top rated selections.  Each website also includes a thumbnail preview as well as a description. 

Take out the guess work of finding kid friendly and safe websites and check this place out!

(ALSC is a division of the American Library Association.) 

Dec. 30, 2011 at 10:51am Miss Carol's Favorites from 2011

As a Children's Librarian, I get asked to recommend books for children all the time.  As 2011 comes to an end, I created a list of all my personal favorite book finds from 2011.  In this list, there is a little something for everyone.  There are a few picture books that my son and I enjoyed together.  There are some great informative books.  Plus, there are some books that I just enjoyed for the pictures or the stories.  Take a peek, you might find something that will become one of your favorites. 

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Dec. 15, 2011 at 11:52am Cookies for the Holidays

Yum, yum, cookies!  This time of year I get them from my friends, from my family, and my coworkers.  There are some many delicious varieties.  There are also a great variety of books about cookies, from storybooks to cookbooks.  So sit down with a glass of milk, a plate of cookie, and one of these great books:

Bake and Make Amazing Cookies by Elizabeth Macleod (j 641.8 MACLEOD)

The Bride of Frankenstein Doesn't Bake Cookies by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones (jj 3-4 DADEY)

The Christmas Cookie Cookbook: All the Rules and Delicious Recipes to Start Your Own Holiday Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman and Marybeth Bayer (641.8654 PEARLMA 2010)

The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Marcellus Hall

The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins (jj HUTCHIN)

Fortune Cookie Fortunes by Grace Lin (jj LIN)

The Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, and Leslie Meier (D FLUKE)

The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst (jj ERNST)

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bon (jj NUMERO)

Making Great Gingerbread Houses: Delicious Designs from Cabins to Castles, from Lighthouses to Tree Houses by Aaron Morgan and Paige Gilchrist (745.5 MORGAN)

Mr. Cookie Baker by Monica Wellington (jj WELLING)

Very Merry Cookie Party: How to Plan and Host a Christmas Cookie Exchange by Barbara Grunes and Virginia Van Vynckt (641.8654 GRUNES 2010)

World's Greatest Christmas Cookies Cookbook: A Sweet Collection of Recipes, Tips, & Decorating Ideas, and Inspiration for the Season by Nanette Anderson (641.8654 ANDERSO 2011)

Oct. 13, 2011 at 2:32pm Girls like comics too!

I am very excited about two books that recently joined out library collection. I can’t wait to read the fourth book in the Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi, The Last Council, and the new reissue of the first Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon book by Naoko Takeuchi. Both books have strong female characters. Both books have stories that appeal to the imagination of young girl readers. Best of all, both books are graphic novels

In essence, a graphic novel is a really long comic book. A good graphic novel combines drawings, space, and words into an intriguing story that leaves the reader begging for more. That is not so different from a regular text-based book. Most people who think about comic books still think superheroes and boys. Well, these two new books as well as the books listed below are testament to one fact: Girls like comics too!

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Sep. 22, 2011 at 2:37pm Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The newest book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is due out in November.  This comic series makes reading enjoyable for many kids.  But what do you read when you have read all five books in this series a ca-jillion times?  Well, for starters, try a different book that is also funny.  Or maybe, a book that also has a lot of cartoon-like drawings.  Take a look at this new list of books I created for the Greg Heffley fans.  I'm sure you will find something to tickle your funny bone.

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Aug. 17, 2011 at 4:25pm Get a head start on National Dog Day

August 26 is National Dog Day!  Get a start on celebrating a day all about our favorite canine friends with some great books from your library.  Young or old, here are some favorite dog reads: Read more

Jul. 28, 2011 at 9:23am Mouse Tales - Miss Carol's theme of the week

I do not like to see mice running around my house, but I do enjoy them in a good book.  Take a look at these books featuring some clever, cute, and adorable pint sized rodents.


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Jul. 8, 2011 at 9:21am Magic - Miss Carol's theme of the week

This week is full of magic here at the Puyallup Public Library.  Later today, Magician Louie Foxx will come to amaze the kiddos.  But magic can also be found in ordinary books.  Read about something extraordinaire.  Teach yourself how to do a card trick.  Learn something new.  There is so much to explore at the Library! Read more

Jun. 13, 2011 at 2:59pm Summer Reading registration is going on now!

School is almost out!  For us here at the Puyallup Public Library that means SUMMER READING!!!!! Read more

May. 10, 2011 at 11:13am Children's Choice Book Awards

When I was a child in elementary school and junior high, I loved participating in the children's choice book awards brought in by my school librarians.  I would read the books that interested me, cast my vote, then wait to see if my favorite book won the award.  I know these reading programs introduced me to books I probably would not have read otherwise. So now as an adult, I am a big fan of these book awards. The elemenatary school children of our area can participate in three children's choice awards.  A few weeks ago the winners of these awards were announced.  Check out these great books.  The children of Washington state (and beyond) think these books are tops this year! 

2011 Sasquatch Reading Award winner (from the Washington Library Media Association):  Found: The Missing Book 1 by Margaret Peterson Haddix (also available as a Playaway and as Large Print)

2011 Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award winner (from the Washington Library Media Association): Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larsen, and Mary Nethery (also available as a Playaway)

2011 Young Reader's Choice Award winner junior division (from the Pacific Northwest Library Association): Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

Apr. 12, 2011 at 1:10pm Earth Day is coming soon

With Earth Day coming up in a few days, now is the time to look at some children's books about the world we live in.  These books will inspire, educate, and help you appreciate the world around us. Read more

Mar. 10, 2011 at 12:47pm Think green for St. Patrick's Day - Miss Carol's theme of the week

Shamrocks and leprechauns, St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner. Let the green bug bite you with these fun children's books: Read more

Feb. 9, 2011 at 10:55am President's Day is coming!

Celebrate President's Day with some fun children's books about your favorite national leaders of the past and present: Read more

Jan. 14, 2011 at 4:04pm Creatures of the night - Miss Carol's theme of the week

They swoop, they prowl, they're all around, those creatures of the night.  Most of the time, there is nothing to be scared of.  Besides, there are some great books about these nocturnal animals for us all to enjoy.  Read more

Dec. 29, 2010 at 4:21pm New storytime session starts up

Next week the Winter-Spring session of storytimes starts up!  We did a lot of changes for this new session so be sure to double check the time and date for the storytime(s) you want to attend with the little ones in your life.  Read more

Nov. 16, 2010 at 2:41pm Scarlet the therapy dog is coming

Need a good excuse to get your child to practice reading aloud?  Well then, the Puyallup Public Library has your solution! Read more

Nov. 10, 2010 at 2:44pm Come join the game!

Playing games is fun. People of all ages play games.  Games are not just for kids.  Whether it is board games, computer games, role playing games, tabletop miniature games, or card games, games are played around the world.  Games are loved for the challenge they provide.  Games are enjoyed for the social interactions they bring.  On Saturday, November 13, from 2 to 4 pm, the Puyallup Public Library hosts its very own gaming party.  Read more

Nov. 2, 2010 at 2:07pm Getting Wet - Miss Carol's theme of the week

Walking in the rain, jumping in puddles, or even reaching for a stick in a pond, there are many ways of getting wet at this time of year.  Take a look at these watery, fun books... but don't get the pages wet!

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Oct. 29, 2010 at 4:29pm Teaching babies and young children to read

Over the past several months, a good number of parents have approached me about teaching their babies and young children to read.  I applaud these mothers and fathers for wanting to help their children to get a head start in reading.  There really is no need to teach your baby to read before starting school, but there are many things you can do to get them ready to learn to read. I offer a few words of advice: Read more

Oct. 19, 2010 at 10:22am Family fun pre-Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, and believe it or not, the Puyallup Public Library is a great place to come for some fun the day before Halloween.  Check out this fun for the whole family in and around your library on Saturday, October 30: Read more

Oct. 13, 2010 at 10:21am Baby/Toddler Communications

Sign language is a wonderful tool for communicating with babies and toddlers.  These little bugaboos are not yet talking but they have a need to tell you their wants and desires.  On Wednesday, October 20 at 10:30 am, the Puyallup Public Library invites you to come learn some Sign Play: Using Sign Language to Communicate With the Little Ones in Your Life.  A one hour workshop for parents and caregiviers of any type with children ages 0 to 36 months.  Read more

Sep. 24, 2010 at 1:12pm Wish list for your Library

I love this time of year!  School is now in full swing.  Children start to get excited about reading in a whole new way compared  to summer.  This is the time of year when many school students get exposed to "Children's Choice" book awards.  These are awards in which the children vote for the winner of this award.  Three of these awards are popular with teachers and librarians in our area.  There is the Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award (WCCPBA) put out by the Washington Library Media Association for children in grades K through 3. There is also the Sasquatch Reading Award put out by the Washington Library Media Association for chapter books meant for children in grades 3 through 6.  Plus there is the Young Reader's Choice Award (YRCA) put out by the Pacific Northwest Library Association with seperate levels for elementary, intermediate, and seniors.  Beleive it or not, the students hear about the books nominated for these awards and they get excited to read these books.  Throughout the school year there is a huge demand for the nominated books.  Due to recent budget cuts, the Library is unable to purchase enough copies of these books to keep up.  So your help is needed. 



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Jul. 28, 2010 at 4:44pm A children's author comes to talk

The process of writing can be difficult for children and adults.  But it can also be fun and rewarding.  Author Chellis Jensen comes to the library on Friday, July 30 at 3 pm to talk about her book Mrs. Annathena Gilly Gully from Puddle Rumple Tilly WillyRead more

Jul. 13, 2010 at 1:12pm Bubbles

Bubbles, bubbles floating everywhere.  Bubbles floating above my nose and toes. Read more

Jul. 7, 2010 at 4:46pm Cool beachware for your summertime fun!

Coming up on Friday, July 9, we want you to spruce up your summertime garb.  You don't want your beachwear to look plain.  You want designer wear, designed and decorated by yourself! Read more

Jun. 28, 2010 at 6:04pm Drawing a 3-dimensional fishbowl

Summer reading is off to a roaring good start!  Hundreds of children are already sign up to read 10 or more hours before school starts up.  Over one hundred children attended our Pirate Party or Chalk the Walk summer reading events last week.  And there is still so much more to do... Read more

Jun. 7, 2010 at 6:16pm Get cool with a Fan!

Are you thinking about coming to downtown Puyallup on Friday, June 18?  Are you thinking about taking a look at what the Meeker Days folks have in store for you?  Then don't forget to stop by the Puyallup Public Library while you are in the area.  All day while the library is open (Friday, June 18 from 10 am to 5 pm) you can come in to get cooled off and make your own fancy fan.  Walk around the boothes with a paper fan showing your artistic style.  Kids of all ages and abilities are welcome.  No previous art experience required.  Read more

Jun. 1, 2010 at 11:56am Make a Splash - READ!!!

Despite how the weather feels outside, I can definitly tell that Summer is almost here. Why?  Because today is the first day that children and teens can sign up for Summer Reading!

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Mar. 22, 2010 at 4:58pm Rocket science is fun!

Blast off to the library for a fun science program all about rocketry.  Read more

Mar. 20, 2010 at 10:15am Spring! - Miss Carol's theme of the week

Spring begins today, so grab a crop of books on the topic and welcome the coming of warm weather!

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Mar. 1, 2010 at 2:10pm Get inspired by the Celts!

On March 13 the Puyallup Main Street Association kicks off another Celtic Faire (see for full information), and the Puyallup Public Library will host a craft table to honor the Celtic spirit.  Read more

Feb. 22, 2010 at 3:15pm Storytime on your computer!

Computers are an instant fascination for children.  Of course it is, they see us parents on it several times a day.  They want to imitate us.  They want to play on the computer too.  Now the Puyallup Public Library offers a fun tool perfect for those moments when young children want to take over your computer.  Introducing (big fanfare), TumbleBook Library! Read more

Feb. 5, 2010 at 1:48pm Movement... Miss Carol's theme of the week

Get out there and move!  Children need many opportunities to move around.  Large movements like running, skipping, hopping help children to learn how to control their large muscles or gross-motor skills.  This is important for learning balance, coordination, and even impulse control.  Small movements like scribbling, cutting with scissors, and opening evelopes help children learn how to control their small muscles or fine-motor skills.  This builds strength in the muscles children use to hold a pencil (an important step in learning to read and write).  Young children tend to be natural movers, but the action songs and fingerplays we use at stortyime are a fun way to use all those muscles. Plus, the children are learning a lot of great words and building up their vocabulary.

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Jan. 14, 2010 at 2:23pm Monsters... Miss Carol's theme of the week!

Roar, growl, and prance about.  Sure, monsters can be scary, but they can also be ugly, cute, and fun to hang out with.  Miss Carol's storytime theme for this week is MONSTERS! Read more

Jan. 7, 2010 at 4:25pm Let's make stomp rockets!

On Wednesday, January 20th the Library will be hosting a true family program, it is our Star Party!  Once again the Tacoma Astronomical Society will be coming to the Library to help you make stomp rockets and view stars through telescopes (weather permitting).  Read more

Dec. 30, 2009 at 1:27pm Fun evening storytime!

Is your child too old for the Preschool Storytime?  Can't make it to the Thursday or Friday morning storytimes?  Want to learn a little Spanish?  Then the storytime on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 is perfect for you! Read more

Dec. 26, 2009 at 2:32pm Live birds @ your library!

Come see some real live birds at the libray when Ashley's Avian Antics comes on Saturday, January 2 at 1 pm. 

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Dec. 9, 2009 at 4:28pm Science Illuminated... for kids!

Want something to do while school is on break?  Want your children to do something entertaining and educational?  Want something that is free?  Then come to the library for one of our science programs!  Afterwards, check out a science book and learn even more about the fascinating and varied world of science. Read more

Nov. 16, 2009 at 4:09pm Author visit on November 17

Come meet Settle writer Matthew Amster-Burtun, author of the book Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater.

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Nov. 5, 2009 at 2:11pm Come have fun on National Gaming Day!

Games for big kids, little kids, and kids in between.  Games for teens, games for tweens, and even some games for adults to join in.  That is the fun of National Gaming Day! Read more

Oct. 29, 2009 at 4:30pm Upcoming magic workshop for kids!

Coming up on November 9th children (ages 5 to 12 years old) can join Magician Louie Foxx for a FREE magic workshop.  Read more

Oct. 16, 2009 at 11:12am Celebrate Fire Safety Month with stories

Fire-fighters are Miss Carol's storytime theme of the week!

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Oct. 7, 2009 at 2:15pm The art of 3-dimensional drawing

Add a little perspective to your drawings.  Some simple three-dimensional drawings will do the trick.  Read more

Sep. 28, 2009 at 2:41pm Fall Storytimes 2009

The line up of fall storytimes begins this week.  We invite families with children from babies on up to come in and join the fun! Read more

Aug. 12, 2009 at 10:30am Miss Carol's theme of the week

Birds are the storytime theme of the week! Read more

Aug. 7, 2009 at 1:58pm Miss Carol's theme of the week

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Jul. 23, 2009 at 9:38am Miss Carol's theme of the week

Berries are the storytime theme of the week! Read more

Jul. 15, 2009 at 12:48pm Carol's storytime theme of the week

Chickens are the theme for this week!

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