Thursday, January 29, 2015

Book Review: If You Give a Mouse an iPhone-Ann Droyd

What happens if you give a mouse an iPhone?

Well, he not going to ask for a cookie... or anything at all.  In fact, he will not know what is going on, especially if he falls out of a roller coaster ( because he didn't buckle up) or opens up all the zoo cages ( don't ask) or falls straight into the sea ( don't worry kids, he's safe). But when the battery runs out... look out!

This is a very funny, LOL ( laugh-out loud) modern parody of Laura Numerof's If You Give a ... series, with lots of cute cartoony scenes ( especially when the mouse panics).  Perfect for readers of all ages.

If You Give a Mouse an iPhone by Ann Droyd ( aka David Milgrim)
Age Range: All Ages
***** ( 5 Stars)

Looking for more books by author/illustrator David Milgrim? Here are some of his books:

  • Santa Duck
  • Another Day in the Milky Way
  • Santa Duck and his Merry Helpers
  • Time to Get Up, Time to Go

And he does have one other book under "Ann Droyd", Goodnight iPad: A Parody for the Next Generation, located in Adults under the call number 818.602 DROY.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Upcoming Programs in February

Here are some programs that will happening next month in the Children's Dept at the Central Library. Please visit Library Events for information and register.

Story Time for 2 and 3 yr olds- Monday, February 2 at  10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, February  3 and 17 at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).

Board Game Fun- Wednesday, February 4 at 6:30 pm-Audience: 2nd to 6th grade

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday, February 10 and 24  at 10 am - Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

Hugs and Kisses- Thursday, February 12 at 4 pm  Audience: K-6

Chinese New Year- Thursday, February 19 at 4 pm Audience: K-6
Gaming Night- Wednesday,February 18 at 6 pm- Audience: K-6

Lego Club- Monday, February 9 at 4pm- 2nd to 6th grade.

Due to a private library function, we will be closed to the public on Monday, February 16th ( President's Day). We resume normal business hours, Tuesday, February 17th.

See You Soon!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Warm Winter Hearts

Today was the first 2 and 3 yr old story time of 2014. Although cold outside, we had some winter/pre- Valentine's Day  fun with a few stories ( Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer, The Color Box by Dayle  Ann Dodds, and A Kiss Means I Love You  by Kathryn Allen). We also learned about color from the Color Birds and made a snowman with hearts.

Here are some of the songs we did-

The Snowkey Pokey added 12-16-01 Original Author UnknownSung to: "Hokey Pokey"
You put your right mitten in,
you take your right mitten out,
you put your right mitten in
and you shake it all about.

You do the snowkey pokey
and you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about.

Additional verses:
You put your left mitten in . . .
You put your right boot in . . .
You put your left boot in . . .
You put your hat in . . .
You put your snowself in . . .

Five Pretty Valentines Fingerplay added 8-7-97 Original Author Unknown
Five Pretty Valentines waiting at the store.
(name) bought one and then there were four.
Four pretty Valentines shaped like a "V"
(name) bought one and then there were three.
Three pretty Valentines said "I love you"
(name) bought one then there were two.
Two pretty Valentines, this was so much fun.
(name) Bought one and then there was one.
One pretty Valentine sitting on the shelf.
I felt sorry for it, So I bought it for myself

Our next 2 and 3 programs are ( all at 10 am in the Children's Programming Room)

Monday, February 2 
Monday, March 2
Monday, March 16

Happy winter! See you soon! 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Book Review: All Hail the Queen ( Anna and Elsa 1)-Erica David

Are you a fan of Frozen? ( Who isn't!)

For those in love with the Frozen trend ( or waiting for the mini-sequel, Frozen Fever, coming in March or the many Frozen attractions coming to the Disney Parks), there is now a chapter book series following the sisters Anna and Elsa. The first book, All Hail the Queen, is all about the sisters getting to know each other now that the castle gates have opened and Elsa has learned to control her powers. But ruling a kingdom and being a good sister... not the easiest thing.

This is a cute, quick read for Frozen fans. I especially love the adventure of Olaf and the sisters helping with the ice cutters ( and Olaf bonding with his ice cube "cousins".) More books  are planned to be released ( and we'll probably be ordering them for the fans who can't " Let it Go")

All Hail the Queen (Anna and Elsa 1) by Erica David
Age Range: 6-9
**** ( 4 stars)

Looking for more Frozen books? We currently have 13 books in the library system, including-

  • An Amazing Snowman by Barbara Hicks
  • Anna's Best Friends by Christy Webster
  • Big Snowman, Little Snowman by Tish Rabe
  • Olaf's 1-2-3 ( Board book by RH Disney)
  • Memory and Magic (Anna and Elsa 2) by Erica David

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Book Review: The Book with No Pictures- B.J. Novak

The following review is all about a book with no pictures.

Now that might sound like a bad idea, especially for a children's book. It probably sounds boring and no fun, right? But as everyone knows, a book works like this: Everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say . No matter what. So that means if the words are " Boo Boo Butt" or strange sounds or a funny song, the person.. has to do it. No matter what.!

This is a very funny and clever book. Using just text of various sizes ( and color) and lots of white space, author/actor B.J. Novak ( Saving Mr. Banks, The Office) creates a book that just begs to be read aloud to lots of little kids ( and possibly over and over again.)

The Book With No Pictures by B.J Novak
Age Range: 5-8
***** (5 Stars)

Here is the book trailer ( to give an idea of how the book works). Enjoy!!

Looking for more funny, off-beat books? Here are some suggestions:

  • If You Give a Mouse an iPhone by Ann Droyd
  • This is a Moose by Richard Morris
  • Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
  • Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas
  • New Socks by Bob Shea

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!

It's the last  day of 2014!!  I hope everyone had a good year and  will continue to do so (and continue reading) in 2015! So, from all of us at Lake County Public Library (including your lovely blogger)....

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Upcoming Programs in January and Holiday Hours

Here are some programs that will happening next month in the Children's Dept at the Central Library. Please visit Library Events for information and register.

Board Game Fun-Wednesday, January 7  at 6:30 p.m. --Audience: 1st-5th grade

Lego Club- Monday, January 13 at 4pm- Audience: 2nd to 6th grade.

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday, January 13 and 27 at 10 am- Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

 Story Time for 2 and 3 yr olds- Monday, January 19 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

 Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, January 20 at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).

 Gaming Night- Wednesday, January 21 at 6 pm- Audience:K-5th grade

 Celebrating Your 'U'
Monday, January 19         4 p.m.
In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, school age children (kindergarten to grade 5) will celebrate his dream of tolerance and individuality through stories, games, and a craft. 

 Beach Party Bash
Thursday, January 22          4 p.m.
School age children (kindergarten to grade 5) are invited to come in from the cold and join us for an indoor beach bash.

 Reminder to all about holiday hours-
Wednesday, December 24-Closed
Thursday, December 25-Closed
Friday, December 26-Tuesday, December 30-OPEN, Normal hrs
Wednesday, December 31- Close at 5 pm
Thursday, January 1-Closed
Friday, January 2-OPEN, Normal hrs   

Coming Soon-
Readathon ( More Details to Come)

Happy New Year. See You in 2015

Monday, December 15, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Jingle Jingle!!

Happy Holidays!!!

Today was our last storytime for 2014. We had very big crowd that wanted to celebrate the holidays. The group heard three stories ( Jingle Jingle by Nicole Smee, Ten on a Sled by Kim Norman, and I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by John Rox). They also rang some bells and made a Jingle Hippo Ornament.

Here is a video for "Holly Jolly Christmas", sung by Burl Ives. Enjoy!!

We're taking a holiday break, but we'll start again Monday, January 19 2015 at 10 am.

Happy Holidays and see everyone next year!!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Book Reviews: Books for a Quiet Holiday

For the most of us, the holidays are a season of hustle and bustle. There are endless weeks of shopping, preparing, and partying. Yet these two books celebrate the quiet moments.

The Christmas Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood- Fans of Underwood's The Quiet Book  and The Loud Book will love the holiday companion that celebrates Christmas's quiet moments.  In digitally colored pencil artwork by Renata Liswka ( plus simple text from Underwood), bunnies, bears, and other animals quietly make snow angels,  drink cocoa, and try to stay up for Santa.  A perfect read to calm little ones to bed.

Noel by Tony Johnston- On Christmas Eve, the sounds of bells from "an icicle-pointed steeple" call a community to gather and sing " Noel".  Beloved children's author Johnston's lyrical and haunting words celebrates the beauty and calm of the season, matched wonderfully with watercolor artwork by Cheng-Khee Chee. Using a watercolor method called "saturated wet-paper technique" ( which is described in the back of the book), Chee's images of snow-covered carolers and twinkling street lights seem to glow from the pages.  A warm and wonderful holiday read.

The Christmas Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood
Age Range: 3-7

Noel by Tony Johntson
Age Range: 5-8
Lexile: 500

Both books: ***** ( 5 stars)

Looking to create a quiet holiday? Here are a few CD recommendations ( Please note that most of theses will be up in the regular AV department):

  • Noel-Josh Groban
  • December-Kenny Loggins
  • Ultimate Relaxation Christmas Album-Various artists
  • A Smooth Jazz Christmas-Dave Koz
  • Wintersong-Sarah McLachlan
  • My Christmas by Andrea Bocelli