Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Just a Reminder...

 Just a reminder...

There are only two more weeks left of Fizz Boom Read!! We hope everyone had a good time and that everyone keeps reading and coming to the library. August 2nd is the last day to turn books in for prizes. Please return all children's books to the book drop to the  Circulation desk after August 2nd.

Here is what we have coming up this week and next week. Please register via the Library Calender at the www.lcplin.org or call 769-3541 ext 360.

The Lego Movie- Wednesday, July 23 at noon ( All Ages)

Gaming Night-Wednesday, July 23 at 6pm ( K-6th grade)

Challenger Learning Center-Thursday,July 24 at 1pm ( K-5th grade)

Kids Art Club-Thursday, July 24 at 4pm ( 2nd-6th grade)

Cloudy with Chance of Meatball 2-Wednesday, July 30 at noon

Starlab Portable Planetarium- Thursday, July 31 at 2pm and 4pm

Monday, July 21, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Color Magic!!


Today's storytime was very colorful!! The group heard two stories ( Color Box by Dayle Dodds and I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont). We also counted some monkeys and did some fun bubble wrap art.

Here are some of the songs we did at today's program:

If you like the color Red added 8-7-97 Original Author Unknown
Sung to: "If your happy and you know it"
If you like the color red, Shake your head,
If you like the color red, Shake your head,
If you like the color red,
Then please shake your head.
If you like the color red, shake your head.

Others: Blue, touch your shoe
Black, pat your back
Green, bow like a queen
Yellow, Shake like Jell-O
Brown, Turn around
Pink, give us a wink.

Colors ( Blue is the Lake)
Blue is the Lake,
(point to the floor)

Yellow is the sun
(point to the sky)

Silver are the stars,
When the day is done,
(wiggle fingers in the air)

Red is the apple,
(make circle with hands)

Green is the tree
(raise arms over head like branches)

Brown is a chocolate chip cookie for you and me!
(rub tummy)

Want to make a bubble wrap print? Here's a video that shows how ( ask Mom or Dad before getting the bubble wrap!)
We have two more Family Movie Days. They are:
Lego Movie- Wednesday, July 23 at noon
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2- Wednesday, July 30 at noon
The last day to turn in books for the Summer Reading Progam is Saturday, August 2nd.

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds will be taking a break next month. Look for our fall session later in September.
Have a Happy Summer! See you in the fall!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Book Review-Let's Do Nothing-Tony Fucile

Meet Saul and Frankie. They've done everything, from reading every comic book ever written to baking enough cookies to feed a small country. So what left for them to do? NOTHING!!!

But can doing nothing actually  be fun? Well, you'll have to read this fun, laugh-out loud AWESOME book for yourself. (Which by the way was written and illustrated by a former Disney animator!!!) Reminds me of Phineas and Ferb or Arthur and Buster.

 Unless you actually are doing .. something. Still, read anyway!!

Let's Do Nothing by Tony Fucile
Age Range: 4 and up
Lexile: 360
***** ( 5 stars)

Want a preview? Here's the book trailer:  

Want more fun books about imagination? Here are some recommendations-

  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Book Review-Tap the Magic Tree-Christine Matheson

Trees are magical. Want to see? Tap it once, then again. Watch pink buds form, them blow away with a swish and a kiss. See apples grow and shake them from a tree with a plop plop kerplop.  And that's not all, there's more when fall and winter comes. And it happens over and over.

This is a neat and colorful book for teaching the seasons ( especially great for storytimes!!)

Tap the Magic Tree by Christine Matheson
Age Range: 3-8
***** ( 5 Stars)

For a preview, here's  the book trailer-

There's even more fun with some classroom activities ( click on the link)

Want more books about the season? Here are some recommended titles:

  • A Year with Friends by John Seven
  • All the Seasons of the Year by Deborah L. Rose
  • Turning of the Year by Bill Martin
  • What Makes the Seasons by Megan Cash

Monday, July 7, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds-Stars at Night

Hello, hope everyone had a good 4th of July weekend and ready for more fun at the library.

Today's 2 and 3 yr old story time was all about space. The kids heard three stories ( Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, My Very First Look at Shapes by Christine Gunzi, and Quack! by Arthur Yorinks). We also rang some bells, learned about shapes, and made a rocket picture using a circle, rectangle, and triangle.

Here are some of the songs we did today:

Four Little Stars added 2-19-98 Original Author Unknown
Four little stars
winking at me.
One shot off,
then there were three!

three little stars
With nothing to do.
One shot off,
Then there were two!
Two little stars
Afraid of the sun.
One shot off,
Then there was one!

One little star
Alone is no fun.
It shot off,
then there was none!

Dance Your Fingers

Dance your fingers up,
And dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side,
Dance them all around!

Dance them on our shoulders,
Dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummy,
And put them all to bed!

Here is a video of Greg and Steve's " Bop Til You Drop" ( featured on Kids in Action)

Our last 2 and 3 of the summer is July 21 at 10 am and 11:30 am- Color Magic ( Note- Because there is painting involved, please bring an old shirt or something to protect your clothes from stains).

This Wednesday at noon, we are showing Frozen ( " Do you want to build a snowman?"). In the coming Wednesdays, we're going to have Despicable Me 2, The Lego Movie, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

Happy Summer! See You Soon! 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy Fourth of July!

Here's to a safe and happy 4th of July! Enjoy a weekend of family, fun (and fireworks!!) and we'll see you all on Monday!


Monday, June 30, 2014

Book Review-Unlikely Friendships for Kids ( Volume 1)-Jennifer S. Holland

Can a monkey and a dove be friends? Yes, they can. And you can read all about it in Unlikely Friendships for Kids ( Volume 1). Based on Jennnifer S. Holland's best-selling book, Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom, this kid version of the book not only introduces readers to   these creatures but four other stories, like Cashew the dog and Libby the seeing-eye cat. Plus cute animal photos and a glossary of animal terms.

Unlikely Friendship for Kids ( Volume 1) by Jennifer F. Holland
Age Range: 6-10
**** ( 4 stars)
Note- The catalog has the book listed as The Monkey and the Dove: and Four Other True Stories of  Animal Friendships .
Want to learn about more unusual animal friendships? Check out Holland's original book ( which also features the stories of Owen the hippo and Mzee the turtle and Koko the gorilla and her kittens) and her new book, Unlikely Loves: 44 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom. Also check out:

  • Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff
  • Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby
  • Koko's Story  by Francine Patterson
  • Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival by Kirby Larson

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fizz Boom Read-All about the Sciences Bookworm List

This year's summer reading program theme, Fizz Boom Read!, is all about the sciences. We have programs featuring animals ( Dune National Lakeshore today at 1, Weird but Amazing Animals next Thursday at 4) and more. We had fun science experiments at our kickoff a few ago (and more to come July 10 at 4 pm). We even have science in our display case by the programming room ( featuring rocks and a telescope) and a minion named Curtis (yes, a minion, right at the Children's Desk).

Also on display are books from various areas of science ( we still have summer, now in the 123/ABC box). Some of the books  currently featured are:

  • Can You Hitch a Ride on a Comet? by Sidney Rosen- Answers a variety of questions about comets including what they are, where they come from, and where they go.
  • Forces Around Us by Sally Hewitt-  An introduction to  the concept of force as something that pushes or pulls and includes a discussion of such forces as gravity, wind, magnetism, weight, and water. 
  •  Sun, Moon, and Stars by Stephanie Turnball- Simple introduction to space, including the sun, the moon, and the planets.
  • Strange but True Animals by Lori Polydoros -Meet some unusual, like the blob fish and the aye-aye.
  • Under the Ground by Daphne Butler- Exploring rocks and other things beyond the surface.
  • Mystery of the Stone Circles by Paul Mason-Examines the phenomenon of stone circles and the various theories that exist to explain them. 
  • Sea Clocks: The Story of Longitude by Louise Borden-Learn about John Harrison and the creation of sea clocks.
  • The Circulatory and Lymphatic Systems by John Gold- Examining the circulatory and lymphatic systems and how they work.

For more books of the sciences, most are located in the 500s ( 520s is space and 590s is animals) and 600s ( health and the body).
So come down to Children's and explore the world of science!!!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Book Review: Curse of Maleficent: The Tale of Sleeping Beauty-Elizabeth Rudnick ( Plus Bonus Review!!!)

Most of us probably know the tale of Sleeping Beauty, where a young princess is cursed to an endless sleep by pricking the needle of a spinning wheel. But what if there was more to the story?

In Curse of Maleficent: The Tale of Sleeping Beauty, readers will learn how a horned fairy Maleficent was betrayed by love and cursed Princess Aurora to a dark spell on her sixteenth birthday. But as the years pass ( and the princess hides in exile and  cared  by three useless pixies), Maleficent watches over her and eventually befriends her. Can the curse be broken and peace be restore to the human and fairy kingdoms?

Based on the new Disney movie starring Angeline Jolie ( see bonus review toward the end), Curse presents a different side of the famed Disney villain from the points of view of three different characters(love the last half of the book from Aurora's point of view. However, it at times feels like Maleficent is pushed to the side. Rudnick also wrote a Maleficent book for teens and adults that is darker but much better. Don't know if the library will be getting this book or not, but is available at most book stores). The illustrations are well done and very graphic novel-like, giving the reader of what to expect in the movie. A great read for those that love fairy tales and Disney movies.

Curse of Maleficent: The Tale of Sleeping Beauty by Elizabeth Rudnick
Age Range: 9-11
*** 1/2 ( 3 and a half stars)

Here is a fan-made trailer featuring the illustrations from the book ( warning: many spoilers featured!!)

 Bonus Review!! 

So I went to see Maleficent  a few weeks ago and it is AWESOME!! Jolie is wickedly fun as the famed Disney villain ( with a killer wardrobe!!) The scenery is very beautiful and enchanting as the photography by Annie Leibovitz , and the effects are amazing ( but might be  bit scary and intense for  children under 7 , especially toward the climax featuring a dragon!!) A must see, can't wait to get to see again on DVD!! ( I also saw that Disney Channel's upcoming TV-movie for 2015 is about the children of Disney heroes and villains, and will feature Broadway's Kirsten Chenoweth as Maleficent.)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Fizz Boom Read-July Programming

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 to register.The last day to turn in books for  the Summer Reading Program is August 2nd.

Due to the 4th of July holiday, we will be closing at 5 pm on Thursday, July 3. We'll be closed Friday, July 4-Sunday, July 6 and will resume normal business hours Monday, July 7.

Mother Goose on the Loose - Tuesdays, July 1 and 15 at 10 am or 11:30 am
Audience: Infants 6-23 Months and caregiver.

Story Time for 2 and 3 yr Olds- Mondays at 10am or 11:30 am
July7-Stars at Night
July 21- Color Magic-Because there will be painting involved, patrons are asked to wear clothes, like an old shirt, they don't mind getting stained.

Audience:2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr Olds- Tuesdays at 10 am or Wednesday at  6:30 pm
July 9 or 10-Amazing Animals
July 23 or 24-Wonderful Water-If weather permits, patrons will be going outside to get wet.

Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

School-Age-Thursdays at 4pm.
July 3- Weird but Amazing Animals
July 10- Fizz and Boom at the Library
Audience: K to 5th grade and families

Family Movie Day ( Wednesday at noon)
Patrons can bring a lunch or snack. No red or dark colored drinks!
July 2-Moms need Mars
July 9-Frozen
July 16- Despicable Me 2
July 30-Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Audience: All Ages.  Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.

Other Programs:
Lego Club-Monday, July 21 at 4pm-Audience: Grades 2-6
Gaming Night-Wednesday, July 16 at 6pm-Audience: Grades K-6
Board Game Fun- Wednesday, July 9 at 6:30 pm-Audience: Grades 2-6
Merrillville Fire Department-Thursday, July 17 at 10 am-Audience: All Ages
Challenger Learning Center-Thursday, July 24 at 1 pm-Audience: Grades K-6
 Kids Art Club-Thursday, July 24 at 4 pm-Audience: Grades 2-6
Starlab Portable Planetarium- Thursday, July 31 at 2 pm and 4 pm-Audience: K-6

Happy Summer: Hope to see you soon!!