Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Apples, Apples ,Apples

Yesterday was Johnny Appleseed's birthday ( or birth anniversary, since he is dead). Did anyone have an apple in his honor (or check out a book from our display at the entrance of the Children's Dept)? I had an apple donut for an afternoon snack ( and my  golden lab/ greyhound mix, Baxter, enjoyed some,too).

Yes, Johnny Appleseed was a real person. His real name was  John Chapman and he  was born September 26,  1774. A skilled  nurseryman    (one who grows trees or plants and sells them for profit), he  supplied the  pioneers of the Mid-west with apple seeds. He deeply cared for animals, even insects, and was very religious.   Chapman died March 1845, and is buried in Fort Wayne, IN.

Want to learn more about the man known as Johnny Appleseed? Here are some websites to start:

 Want to read about Chapman and the apples that he loved?For non-fiction books, look under juvenile biographies ( listed as JUV B APP and first four letters of author’s last name). For fiction, see Appleseed, Johnny-Juvenile Fiction.

Now here are some books on apples. ( For more, see apples-juvenile literature for non-fiction books and apples-juvenile fiction for stories featuring apples).

  • The Apple-Pip Princess-Jane Ray
  • Apple Farmer Annie-Monica Wellington
  • Amelia Bedelia's First Apple Pie-Herman Parrish
  • I am An Apple-Jean Marzollo
  • Apples-Gail Gibbons
Keep Reading!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bookworm List- Fall's in the Air

The air is getting chilly and the smells of pumpkins and apples are close by. Welcome fall. Fall officially starts this Friday, and what better way to celebrate than with a book? My favorite books to read around this time of year are  an illustrated version of " When the Frost is on the Punkin" by Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley and lots of  ghost story collections, but here are some more books that are  worth a look.

  • Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert-A man made of leaves travels the autumn landscape. Made on die-cut pages, this is a great book for preschool reads.
  • Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall- Fall comes, and two brothers love playing with the fallen leaves, from stomping on them to using them for art projects.
  • I Know It's Autumn by Elieen Spinelli- A rhyming celebration of all the things the autumn season brings, from acorn puppets, hay rides, and more.
  • Looking For Loons by Jennifer Lloyd- On an early autumn morning, a young boy sits on the front porch and waits for the loons to return.
  • By the Light of The Harvest Moon by Harriet Ziefert- Scarecrow families made of leaves and pumpkins gather under a harvest moon to celebrate the autumnal equinox.
  • Nuts by Paula Gerritsen- A young mouse braves an autumn storm to collect nuts for the winter.
  • Sara Squirrel and The Lost Acorn by Julie Skyes- When Sara goes to look for acorns, her friends want her to bring back stuff, too.
  • How to Make an Apple Pie and see the World by Majorie Priceman- A young girl takes a trip around the world to get ingredients for an apple pie. Includes a recipe for apple pie. 
  • Leap Jumpers by Carole Gerber-Illustrations and  rhyming text describe different leaves and which trees they come from. Includes information about why leaves change color in the fall.
  • Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper- Find out what happen when a cat and a squirrel get into an argument with a duck over soup duties. Includes a recipe for pumpkin soup, and a favorite to do for story time reads.  
Happy Fall! Keep Reading!!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Upcoming Programs in October

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, Oct. 3 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, Oct 4 and 18 at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday, Oct 11 and 25 at 10 am and 2 pm- Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration- Wednesday, Oct 12 at 4-Audience: K-5

Gaming Night- Wednesday, Oct 12 at 6 pm- Audience: 12 to 17 years old.

Halloween Toddler Storytime-Monday, Oct 17 at 10am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers. (Costumes encouraged but optional.)

Lego Club- Wednesday, Oct 26 at 4pm- 2nd to 6th grade.

Monster Mash- Thursday, Oct 27 at 6pm- Audience: K-5th grade. (Costumes encouraged but optional)

See You Soon!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Review-Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake-Thomas Taylor


A little mouse finds a big cupcake, but it's TOO BIG for him to take home. So a bird comes along, and it's too big for her nest, but she asks she could have a taste. So the mouse says yes, and soon more animals come along and want to sample the treat. Will there be any cupcake left for the mouse to take home?

A very simple story with cute pictures ( and a  very cute ending), Little Mouse and The Big Cupcake teaches a wonderful lesson of friendship and sharing.

Little Mouse and The Big Cupcake-Thomas Taylor
Age Range- 4 and up
Lexile: 300
***** ( 5 stars)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Cool Kids have A Library Card!!!

September is here and so is National Library Sign-Up Month! In the Children's Dept, we call it Cool Kids have A Library Card ( because having a library card is cool!!). This month, children who show us their library card  get a sticker and enter a drawing for a free book. They will  also get a free prize, too.  To those who dont' have a library card, don't worry. It's free and easy to do, just have Mom or Dad show their driver's license or something with your current address at the Circulation Desk, and you get check out 2 items for 2 weeks, and after 2 weeks, 50 ( yes, this is true. But I don't  know anyone who has actually checked out 50 items).

We'll also be having a program, " Cool Kids Read Cool Books", on Thursday, September 22, at 4 pm. It is open to grades K-5th grades and families. ( Please sign up via our  Library Events online calender).

So come celebrate National Library Sign-Up Month!

Keep reading!