Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year !

It's the last  day of 2012!! It's been fun, but we're really exciting about all the new stuff coming to the library in 2013. So, from all of us at Lake County Public Library (including your lovely blogger)....

Keep Reading!!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Bookworm List: Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

It's snowing outside and it's snowing in Children's. Okay,it's  not literally snowing in the department but we have winter and snowman books on display for you to check out.

Here are some recommended titles-

  •  The Snowman by Raymond Briggs- When his snowman comes to life, a little boy invites him home and in return is taken on a flight high above the countryside. 
  • Snowmen All Year by Caralyn Buehler-  A child imagines what it would be like if a snowman, made of magical snow, could be a companion throughout the year.     
  •  A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann- As four kittens who have never seen winter watch the seasons pass, three of them declare the reasons they will dislike snow when it arrives, while the fourth cannot wait to experience it for himself. 
  • Snow by Manya Stojic- As snow approaches and begins to fall, Moose, Bear, Fox, and other forest creatures prepare for winter.      
  • Winter Lullaby by Barbara Seuling- Depicts the ways various animals spend the cold months of winter, from bats sleeping in caverns to fish swimming deeper in lakes where the water is warmer.     

Want more? Here are some keywords to use on our catalog ( or ask a librarian):

  • Winter
  • Snowmen
  • Snow
  • Seasons

Correction- For those signing up for next month's events ( and I think I mention in the comments next to the posting about January programs), we have a new calender.Click on Library Events and check it out ( and come to the programs!!)

Keep warm and keep reading!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Upcoming Programs in January 2013

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.

 Note- All programs will now be held in the NEW Children's programing room, located in the NEW Children's Department on the lower level.

Story Time for 2 and 3 yr olds- Monday, January 14 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, January 15 at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday, January 8 and 22 at 10 am- Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

Gaming Night- Wednesday, January 16 at 6 pm- Audience: 12 to 17 years old.

Lego Club- Monday, January 14 at 4pm- Audience: 2nd to 6th grade.

Happy Birthday, Dr. King!!- Monday, January 21 at 4pm- Audience: K-5

January Jitters-Thursday, January 24 at 4pm-Audience: K-5 and families

Scrabble F-U-N!- Wednesday, January 30 at 6:30 pm-Audience: 2nd to 6th grade. ( Children may bring a parent or caregiver to be a team if they would like.)

Coming in January 2013-
  • Read-a-thon ( More details to come)
 Happy New Year! See You in 2013! 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Book Review-Return to the Willows-Jacqueline Kelly


So 104 years ago, Scottish author Kenneth Grahame wrote The Wind in the Willows. Set on the riverbanks in an English countryside, it told a tale about a rat and a mole, a gruff but wise badger, and  a kind but spoiled toad obsessed with motor cars. It has been loved by young and old, and has had many adaptations ( including a ride that ran  from 1971-1998 at Walt Disney World, still available at Disneyland).

This year, author Jacqueline Kelly and illustrator Clint Young revisit the land of J. Thaddeus Toad and friends in Return to the Willows. Still  set in the turn of the century , the story starts with Rat and Mole enjoying an afternoon boat outing and talking about Toad's latest obsession, hot-air balloons. Later on in the story,Rat falls in love with a female rat named Matilda, Toad plays with some fireworks that leads to turning into an egghead (and a job at an university), all leading  daring rescue involving birthday cake and weasels and stoats ( short-haired weasels).

I loved this book. Kelly does a great job of  introducing Grahame's characters,plus  a few new ones, to a new generation. Along the way, she provides little footnotes that describe words not familiar to American readers and commentary to the story ( my favorite is on the first page, telling the reader if they have not read Wind in the Willows to put the book down and ask a librarian for the original tale or come along but do not complain if they are lost.) Young's illustrations are wondrous and rich as something you would see in an animated film. ( By the way, Young has a neat book coming soon called Toast, about a little pig. You can preview it on his blog ).

Return to Willows is worth a read, for young and old, for new and familiar fans of Toad and friends.

Return to the Willows by Jacqueline Kelly
Age Range: 9-12
Lexile: 890
***** ( 5 stars)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Storytime for 2 and 3-yr olds: Happy Holidays!!!

Today was our Happy Holidays program. We got into the holiday spirit with three stories ( It's Christmas by Tina Burke, Who Will Guide my Sleigh Tonight? by Jerry Pallotta, and I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by John Rox), rang some bells, and made a Christmas Hippo ornament using our name tags.

Here are a few songs that we did-

5 Little Christmas Trees added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown
5 little Christmas Trees
Standing all alone
Their heart were very sad
'Cause they hadn't found a home.
Then chop went the ax
And down fell the tree
And off they went with a happy family!
(continue from 4-1 Christmas Trees)
No little Christmas Trees
Standing all alone
Their hearts were very happy
'Cause they all found a home!!!

Gingerbread Man  added 10-29-01 Original Author Unknown

Stir a bowl of gingerbread       (stir as in bowl)
Smooth and spicy brown

Roll  it with a rolling pin
up and up and down               (Pretend to roll)

With a cookie cutter,             ( pretend to cut out)
make some little men.

Put them in the oven             ( place in oven)
till half past ten!

 To anyone wondering where I find some of these songs, I use a site called Preschool Education.  They provide a lot of useful items, like theme ideas, songs, and crafts for preschoolers.

Storytime for 2 and 3 yrs olds will start again next year on Monday, January 14th at 10 am. 

Happy Holidays, see you in 2013!! 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Book Review: The Christmas Parade- Sandra Boynton


Boom Biddy Boom Biddy Boom Boom Boom!!!

What's that noise filling the room? It's the Christmas Parade. There's 10 chicken with silver bassoons, tons of drumming hippos ( and a drumming cat), even a little bird with the Loudest tuba one ever has heard. There's even holly confetti and a rhino dressed as Santa Claus!!!  Ho, Ho, Ho!!!

I used this book a few weeks ago toward the end of  my 2 and 3 Thanksgiving program to kick off the holiday season. Very cute artwork (and cute ending, too).  A very easy holiday  read for  the little ones.

The Christmas Parade  by Sandra Boynton
Age Range: 2-4
***** ( 5 stars)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bookworm List: The Holiday Books are Here!

I'm looking across from the front desk of the Children Dept. and guess what? The holiday books are out!! ( Yes, the green, red, white, and sometimes blue books of the holiday season are now available for checking out. Before the move, they took up the most room in our workroom, five shelves and counting. I think now it's many, many boxes, so be patient as we slowly  put them out as books leave the shelves.

Here are some recommended titles:

  •  Together at Christmas by Eileen Spinelli- Ten little mice, huddled together in Christmas snow, go off one by one to find warm places to sleep, but soon decide they would rather be together celebrating the special night.    NEW!!
  •  Christmas at the Top of the World by Tim Coffey-: On Christmas Eve, a young reindeer travels through the woods leading a procession of animals to the top of the earth, where a special old man awaits.    
  • I Want  A Hippopotamus for Christmas by John Rox- An illustrated version of the popular 1950's Christmas song about a child who wants a hippopotamus for Christmas.
  •  The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg- A boy takes a magical train ride to the North Pole to get a special gift from Santa. A Christmas classic.  ( Great to read on Christmas Eve.)  
  • Christmas at the Toy Museum by David Lucas-One very special Christmas Eve, Bunting the stuffed cat and the rest of the toys in the museum  gather around the tree and give themselves at presents. NEW!!
  •    On Christmas Eve by Margaret Wise Brown-Unable to sleep on Christmas Eve, four children creep downstairs to see the tree, their stockings, their wrapped gifts, and to hear the singing of the carolers. 
  • Christmas Lights by Ann Fearington- On Christmas night the Merriweather family drives into town to see all the displays of lights. 
  • Clear Moon, Snow Soon by Tony Johnston- On Christmas Eve, a child anticipates the arrival of Santa Claus.
  • Puppy's First Christmas by Steve Smallman- A warm and fuzzy look at a puppy's introduction to the magic of Christmas.NEW!!!
  • Noel by Tony Johnston- The sounds of Christmas bells call people young, old, and very cold to come together and celebrate a very peaceful holiday.

Want more? Suggested keywords to use with "juvenile fiction", " juvenile literature", and " fiction" include:
  • Christmas
  • Christmas trees
  • Santa Claus
  • Kwanza
  • Hanukkah
  • Snowmen
  • Jesus Christ--Nativity
  • Christmas stories
Happy Holidays and keep reading!!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Holiday 2012 Programs

Here are our last programs of 2012 that will happening next month in the Children's Dept at the Central Library. Please visit Library Events for information and register.

Note- All programs will now be held in the NEW Children's programing room, located in the NEW Children's Department on the lower level.

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

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

 Lego Club- Monday, Dec 10 at 4 pm- Audience: Grades 2-6

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday,  Dec 11 at 10 am - Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

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

Crafts, Cookies, and Cocoa-Thursday, Dec 20 at 4 pm- Audience: K-5

Stay tuned for our January-February programs of 2013.

Happy Holidays and see ya soon!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving... and a gift to my readers

Hi boys and girls. I know it's early but just felt like wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and keep reading!

I also felt like posting a little treat to all my readers ( besides the dancing turkey).

So five years when I first got hired by the library, I did a holiday Mother Goose on the Loose program. But the next year, I did the holiday program for the preschoolers. One book that I did for the kids  is an illustrated version of the John Rox song, " I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas."  ( Note- When Santa came in to visit the kids that day, one little girl asked for a Christmas hippo.) I still do the book for the 2 and 3 yr-old holiday program ( like this year, coming up Monday, Dec. 3 at 10 am) and do  a Christmas hippo ornament, which uses the child's name tag as the base ( because what else can they use the name tag for after Fall/Winter 2 and 3 program is over?)

Here is a lovely video featuring the original recording, enjoy!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Storytime for 2 and 3-yr olds: Thanksgiving is Here!

Today's Thanksgiving program  for 2 and 3 yr-olds took place in our NEW programming room ( which everyone loved!!!). Our group of 13 ( 6 kids, 2 babies, and 5 parents) heard three stories for Turkey Day ( Thanksgiving is Here by Diane Goode, Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray, and Christmas Parade by Sandra Boynton.) We also rang bells to " Over the River", " We Eat Turkey", and Jingle Bells ( fact I found out by way of Wiki,  James Lord Pierpont wrote this tune for Thanksgiving) and made a turkey picture using our hand print and decorated with fall leaves.

Here are a few of the songs we did-

Over the River
Over the river and thru the woods,
to Grandmother's house we go.
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh,
thru the white and drifting snow, oh.

Over the river and thru the woods,
o how the wind does blow.
It stings the nose and bites the toes
as over the ground we go.

We Eat Turkey ( sung to tune of " Are You Sleeping?")

We eat tur-key, we eat tur-key.
Oh, so good, Oh so good.
Al-ways on Thanks-giv-ing, al-ways on Thanks-giv-ing
Yum - yum - yum! Yum - yum - yum!

( Other food verses can be added, like pie or stuffing)

Our last  2 and 3 program of 2012 is Monday, December 3rd at 10 am.  It's our holiday program, featuring the illustrated version of  John Rox's " I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas". 

Stay tuned for our  programs of 2013.

Happy Thanksgiving and see you soon!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Book Review: Creepy Carrots- Aaron Reynolds


Jasper Rabbit loves carrots. He picks them every morning, noon, and night from Crackenhopper Field. Until one day.... the carrots start following him!!! (Dun, Dun, Dun.... Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!)

This is a really funny book. The story is presented like an old horror movie of the 40s/50s, told in black and white illustrations ( and orange, for the carrots.) There is even dramatic shadows to enhance the creepy-quality of the tale and a cool cover, done up like an old horror-movie poster. The ending is really cute, had me in giggles. I don't think even the littlest kid will be scared ( unless they actually find carrots creepy). A definite must-read ( and who knows, I may be using it sometime in the future, whether for Halloween or not. I may even had sound effects and music. Dun, Dun, Dun....Crunch!)

Creepy Carrots-Aaron Reynolds
Age Range:  4 and up
Lexile: 410
***** ( 5 stars)

Here is the book trailer/interview with illustrator Peter Brown ( There is also one available at  Vimeo that spoofs The Twilight Zone. Watch them both if you dare!!!)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Surprise... We Moved!!

To anyone that rides the elevator downstairs today.... you're in for a big surprise. We moved!! Yes, now when you go downstairs, the first thing you'll see is children's. The move started actually started last week ( and the big move yesterday) and there's still  more to come. Programs are still happening ( where? you're guess is good as mine.)

Right now... I'm  mixed. While I like that this was done well before the holidays ( and before my Disney vacation in December) and that we are in a bigger, brighter area ( with windows!!!), I'm a little sad. I practically grew up in the old spot, first as a patron, and 5 years later as an  employee. So it's going to take me awhile to adjust ( even as I look over my new desk). I'm sure I'll grow to like the new spot ( maybe when I figure out when everything is, get my new desk in order,  and when the giraffes return. Yes, the giraffes will be back sometime in the future.)

So stop by the new Children's Department. We're still downstairs,in a new location ( but please use the elevator).
 Keep reading!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Storytime for 2 and 3-yr olds: Down on the Farm

Today our 14 participants ( 7 kids, 6 parents, one baby) went on a imaginary trip to  the farm for the final weeks of harvest season. I read  Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Farm by Joy Cowly and Harvest Song  by Frank Fiorello and  we made a farm-related craft ( Mrs. Wishy-Washy's cow, which consisted of a cow coloring page, a tub from brown construction paper, and fluff for "Bubbles". We also learned about  shapes, went Looby-loo, and did some songs with scarves.

Here are two of the songs we did with scarves ( Note- This comes from our infant program, Mother Goose on the Loose):

Wind O Wind ( wave scarf over your head, gracefully)
O Wind o Wind o Wind I say,
What are you blowing away today?
Scarves o Scarves o Scarves I say
I am blowing the scarves away.

Peekaboo (Shake out scarf, have in full form)
Peekaboo, Peekaboo
I see hiding there.
Peekaboo, Peekaboo
I seeing hiding there.

( We also did  a song called "The Washing Song" which goes to the tune of " This is the Way" and has the kids "wash" different parts of their body.)

Our next program for 2 and 3's is Monday, November 19th at 10 am. We'll be getting ready for Thanksgiving.
See you soon!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Bookworm List: Give Thanks for Reading

The ghosts and goblins have gone back  to storage till next Halloween. Welcome to November, where we take time to give thanks by way of our Thanksgiving Day books, now available for your check out pleasure.

Here are some titles you might enjoy:

  • The Story of Thanksgiving- Robert M. Barlett
  • A Turkey for Thanksgiving-Eve Bunting
  • Thanksgiving at the Tappletons'- Eileen Spinelli
  • The Little Engine that Could: Saves the Thanksgiving Day Parade!-Watty Piper
  • The Memory Cupboard: A Thanksgiving Story- Charlotte Herman*
  • Turkey Ball-David Steingburg*
  • In November-Cynthia Rylant* 
* means my favorites

We also  have displays of teddy bears books ( for National American Teddy Bear Day, Nov 14), cookbooks, and Marc Brown ( his birthday is November 25).

Happy Thanksgiving and keep reading!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Book Review-Frankenstein:A Montrous Parody- Rick Walton

 In a creepy old castle all covered with spines,
lived twelve ugly monsters in two crooked lines.
In two crooked lines , they bonked their head,
pulled out their teeth and wet their beds.

Sound familiar? It might. In Frankenstein-A Monstrous Parody,author Rick Walton ( writing under the name " Ludworst BeMonster") takes a hilarious and strange turn on the children's classic Madeline. Only in this version, we have twelve little monsters, with Frankenstein as the  spunky main character. One  dark night, Miss Devel, their guardian/mad scientist, awoke in her laboratory and sense something was wrong. So she rushes to the monsters' room... and sees poor Frankie has lost his head. So off to the lab... and the story gets even funnier and stranger.

Walton and illustrator Nathan Hale have a job of a wonderful job of spoofing Madeline, from the rhyming pattern of the original tale (even the wording!!) to the illustrations ( presented in wonderful colors of orange and black, with a little green.) I especially love the monsters' "eewwws" to Frankie new's screws ( and they're jealous, so guess what happens next.) Children and adults will laugh their heads off ( figuratively) to this book, awarded the CaldeNot Horror Medal ( a spoof on the Caldecot Honor Medal, LOL).  A monstrous delight, just in time for Halloween.

Frankenstein-A Monstrous Parody by Rick Walton
Age Range- 4 and up
***** ( 5 stars)

Trick or treat! Here is the book trailer. Enjoy!!!
Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Bookworm List: 20 years at the Magic Tree House

Tomorrow at 4pm, children, grades K-5, are invited to spend Halloween at the Magic Tree House. We'll visit some of the no-so- scary adventures of Jack and Annie, play some games, and make a haunted house. Please register at Library Events or call 769-3541 ext 360.

Speaking of the Magic Tree House, this year is their 20th anniversary. The adventures of Jack and Annie started July 1992 in Dinosaurs before Dark, written by Mary Pope Osborne. While playing hide and seek in the woods of Frog Creek, Pennsylvania, they find a tree house filled with books. Jack was looking at a Pteranodon ( which was a flying reptile, the P is silent) and wishes he could see a real one. Suddenly the tree house starts to spin... and the children land in the time of the dinosaurs. They meet lots of them and almost eaten by a T. Rex. But don't worry, they find a way home and go on more adventures. They eventually learn in book 4, Pirates past Noon, the Magic Tree House is owned by Morgan Le Fay, an enchantress from the tales of King Arthur. Currently there are 48 books ( book 49 comes out in March 2013), and the children have gone everywhere from the prairie to the rainforest, even to the moon and the Titanic. (Note-There are actually two parts to the series. The original series consists of 28 books. At book 29, Osborne renamed the series The Magic Tree House Merlin Missions. While it is a continuation of the original series, they are a bit longer and feature a mix of fantasy and reality.)

I learned about the series about five years ago during my first two weeks on the job(every kid was asking for them or Junie B.  Jones). I decided to check them out, and they are a fun quick and educational read. Currently, my favorite in the series ( and we'll be hearing parts of it tomorrow) is A Good Night for Ghosts (book 42 in the series.) In this adventure, Jack and Annie travel to New Orleans, 1915, to help a young Louis Armstrong find his musical talent and face some real ghosts.

Our Magic Tree House collection can be found on the red display shelves in the middle of the department. Also, check out the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers. These are simple non-fiction books that provide more information on the topics covered in the series. Currently, there are 26 in the series, and they are shelved according to subject. Some titles ( and their call number) include:

  • Rags and Riches : Kids in the Time of Charles Dickens (companion to A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time)-362.74 OSBO
  •  Sea Monsters (companion to Dark Day in Deep Sea)-591.77 OSBO     
  • Ghosts ( companion to A Good Night For Ghosts)-133.1 OSBO  
  • Space( companion to Midnight on the Moon)-520 OSBO
Keep reading!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Halloween Story Time

The children had a spooktacular time hearing stories, finger plays, musical activities and making a Countdown to Halloween Calendar.  The 4 & 5 year olds trick or treated in the Children's Department.  LCPL staff were very generous. Those trick or treat bags were filled to the brim.  Many thanks to the LCPL family for making the story time a success!


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Upcoming programs in November

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, Nov. 5 and 19 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, Nov. 6 and 20 at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).

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

Gaming Night- Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6 pm- Audience: 12 to 17 years old.

Lego Club- Monday, Nov. 19 at 4pm- Audience: 2nd to 6th grade.

LCPL Children's Book Week-Thursday, Nov. 15 at 4pm-Audience: K-5 and families

Also this November-

*NEW*Scrabble F-U-N!- Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 pm-Audience: 2nd to 6th grade. ( Children may bring a parent or caregiver to be a team if they would like.) *NEW*

See you s-o-o-n!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Storytime for 2 and 3-yr old: Happy Halloween!

Today was the 2 and 3 Cute and Cuddly  Halloween Storytime ( no costumes this year because of renovations, although I did wear a Halloween sweatshirt, Mickey pumpkin ears, and a ghost necklace. Also dressed up Faux Baby Baxter as a Care Bear.) I read two Halloween books ( Pumpkin Patch Cats by Frank Fiorello and Halloween Mice by Bethany Roberts) and made a mouse painting a pumpkin craft ( orange paper pumpkin for the kids to draw a face on and a cartoon mouse that was cut from a coloring sheet.) We also did a lot of singing and fingerplays, including a final visit from the Five Little Pumpkins ( who next Tuesday will appear for the 4 and 5 year Halloween Parade. Costumes optional,  may also bring candy to share but no PEANUTS!)

Here are some Halloween rhymes from today-

Halloween Ghost added 9-22-98 Original Author Unknown
There once was a ghost, (extend hand and wiggle fingers)
Who lived in a cave. (form hollow with palm for "cave")
She scared all the people (point to children)
And the animals away.

She said "Boo" to a fox, (point)
She said "Boo" to a bee, (point)
She said "Boo" to a bear, (nod head "yes")
She said "Boo" to me! (point at self)

Well, she scared that fox, (nod head "yes")
And she scared that bee. (nod head "yes")
She scared that bear, (nod head "yes")
But she didn't scare me! (shake head "no")

Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate
The first one said " Oh my, it's getting late!"
The second one said "There are witches in the air".*
And the third one said " We don't care."
The fourth one said " Let's run, run, run."
And the fifth one said " It's Halloween fun"
Then Woooooo went the wind, and out went the lights.
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

* In case one feels the use of "witch" is going to be a problem, I have changed it to " There's a chill in the air".

 The next Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds will be  Monday,November 5 and  Monday, November 19, both at 10 am.

Tico and the Golden Wings program-Thursday, October 18 at 4 pm. Audience- K-5

See you soon!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Recommended by Staff

Ever what the children's librarians love to read? Well, we have a Staff Recommended display in our department. The display started back in March of last year and is similar to the regular adult display ( which may be available at other branches but not here due to renovations. I think here the books are now shelved on the regular but mixed-up shelves.) Our display features picture, chapter, and non-fiction titles, with a small blurb on the cover. New items are gradually added.

Here are some of  our  recommended books-
  •  Ivan the Terrier by Peter Catalanotto
  • Kindred Souls-Patricia MacLachlan
  • Tuesday-David Wieser
  • The End-David LaRochelle
  •  Cock-a-Doodle, Quack Quack!-Ivor Baddiel and Sophie Jubb
  • Funerals and Fly Fishing-Mary Bartek
The Children's Staff Recommended display is currently located by the front desk of the Children's department, next to our holiday table ( which is currently featuring books of Halloween and fall.)

Keep reading!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Storytime for 2 and 3-yr old: Fall in the Forest

Yesterday was the second 2 and 3 yr old of the fall. It was a fall trip to the forest. I had about 13 participants. I read two stories ( Every Autumn Comes the Bear by Jim Arnosky and Over in the Forest by Marianne Berkes). We also had an early visit from the Five Little Pumpkins and did a craft featuring  bear coloring sheet and die cut leaves ( and this was to tie back to  the Every Autumn Comes the Bear  book).

Here is one of  the songs that we did -

Owl in the Tree
Owl in the Tree goes Who, Who, Who
Owl in the Tree goes Who, Who, Who
Owl in the Tree goes Who, Who, Who
Owl says Who are You?

( This is usually done with an owl puppet. From past experience, some kids may by shy in greeting the owl, other will hug him, which the owl will say " Thank you, but I have to see the other boys and girls now. Bye)

One  cute  thing I felt like sharing as craft time was winding down , I had a grandma and a visiting granddaughter, and the grandma asked the child if she was going to put the picture on the refrigerator. The child said " Yes, I'm going to put in on the fridge-o-later" :)

The next Storytime for 2 and 3-yr olds will be Monday, October 15 at 10 am.  We will be celebrating Halloween a few weeks early.

See you soon!


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Twice upon a review- Fairest of All and The Wishing Spell

For most of my book reviews, I just look at one book. But since the last two books I read are similar in plot ( siblings magically entering the world of fairy tales) and age range ( 7 and up), I decided look at them in one review.

First the summary of the two books:
Fairest of All ( Whatever After, Book 1) - Sarah Mlynowski- Once upon a time, life was normal for Abby and her younger brother, Jonah. That is, until Jonah finds a magic mirror in the basement, which hisses and glows... and sends them to Snow White's cottage. There, they accidentally save her from eating the poisoned apple. Hooray..oops. Now it's up to Abby and Jonah to help Snow find her happy ending ( plus a way home.)

The Wishing Spell ( Land of Stories 1)-Chris Colfer- Once upon a time, twins Alex and Conner receive a treasured book of fairy tales for their birthday. But this is no ordinary book,  because it sends them to a  land where fairy tales come to life. The only way to get home is collecting magical items, like Cinderella's glass slipper,  to perform the Wishing Spell.

My opinion: Both are great reads ( and great first books  to exciting new series.) I'm also a fan of all things dealing with the fairy tale world, particularly the ABC show Once Upon a Time and The 10th Kingdom ( an underrated but really long  NBC miniseries of the 90s.)

I've enjoyed Mlynowski's past books for teens and women, so I knew I would enjoy her first book for middle schoolers ( plus the cover was cute!!) Fairest is a fun, sassy ( and very quick) take on Snow White. I really enjoyed the dwarfs ( three of which are girls) and Jonah, who provides most of the comic relief. Even the ending is cute. It is a bit girly in tone ( most of Mlynowski's stuff is), but boys might like it. I'm actually planning to use this for my Cool Kids program this week, and can't wait to read If the Shoe Fits, the second book in the series coming in January.

Wishing Spell is a great debut for Colfer ( best known from the  Fox show  Glee) despite a few flaws. He writes with a lot of vivid detail that one wishes they could  go to this land of fairies, princesses, and trolls. There's a lot of heart and humor in the journey, and a great blend of reinvention and staying true to the fairy tales. There are even cool illustrations at the beginning of each chapter ( and a very cool map of all the lands in the story.) It does tend to drag a bit at times (plus sometimes gets a bit heavy with the plot, not something one would not expect to find in the first book of a series.) Still, it is a very worthwhile read ( and so is the audiobook, which shows that Colfer may a future as a  voice actor.) I'm considering using Wishing Spell for a future program, and can't wait to see more in the series. ( I did see online that Colfer does have another book coming in November, Struck by Lightening, but it is for older readers and based off a screenplay of a movie he wrote and stars in.)

Fairest of All  (Whatever After)-Sarah Mylnowski
Age Range: 7-12
Lexile: 500
***** ( 5 stars)

Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell- Chris Colfer
Age Range: 8-12
**** 1/2 ( 4 and a half stars)

By the way, both have cool websites-
Whatever After-

Land of Stories-

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Storytime for 2 and 3-yr old: Pet Day

Seeing some of the blogs share a little of what they do in story time, I decided once and while to share a little of what I do for programming ( daycare, 2 and 3, and school-age/family. Pictures sometime in the future.)

Yesterday was the first 2 and 3-yr old program for fall 2012. Between toddlers, parents, and tagalongs ( a few babies), I had 21 in attendance. It was Pet Day ( because it was around Labor Day weekend of last year that Baxter, greyhound/lab mix, came to live with me), so we had a book about a dog ( Homer by Elisha Cooper)  a book about cats ( I love Cats by Sue Stainton), and made a dog puppet. We also did a book about identifying colors, did some counting songs and a  bear hunt ("Going on A Bear Hunt"), and shook some eggs to " I Know a Chicken" and " Hey Diddle Diddle" ( and I was  almost attacked by the felt board.LOL)

Here are just a few of the songs we did-

Two Little Birdies Sitting on a Hill
Two little birdies sitting on a hill,
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away, Jack! Fly away, Jill!
Come back, Jack! Come back, Jill!

Twinkling Stars (Movement Chant*)
(Sung to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”)
Twinkle, twinkle, little stars, (Wiggle fingers)
 Stand and twinkle where you are. (Stand up while wiggling fingers)
Twinkle high and twinkle low. (Put hands in the air then at your feet)
 Twinkle fast and twinkle slow. (Shake hands fast then slow)
Twinkle, twinkle, little stars (Continue wiggling fingers)
 Now sit and twinkle where you are. (Sit back down) 

Going on Bear Hunt

Refrain: (clap)
We're going on a bear hunt,
Going to catch a big one.

Oh look, some grass.
We can't go over it, can't over under it, can't go around. ( Motion under, over, and round)
We got to walk, walk, walk (Pretend to walk)
Oh ( Refrain)
Oh look, a river
We can't go over it, can't over under it, can't go around.
We got to swim, swim, swim. (Pretend to swim)
Oh look,  a cave.
We can't go over it, can't over under it, can't go around.
We got to tiptoe (Tiptoe-improvise that it is dark, turn on "light", see bear!!)
Oh no, there's a bear, but he's not happy!
So run out of  the cave...the river... the grass.. shut the door. Phew

(More can be added, such as a tree, a hill, etc, if you have time.)

The next Storytime for 2 and 3-yr olds will be Monday, October 1 at 10 am.  We'll be asking " What falls in the fall?"
  See you soon!


Saturday, September 15, 2012

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. 1 and 15 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, Oct 2 and 16 at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday, Oct 9 and 23 at 10 am and 2 pm- Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

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

Lego Club- Wednesday, Oct 22 at 4pm- 2nd to 6th grade.

A Good Night For Ghosts-Thursday, Oct 25 at 4pm-Audience: K-5 and families

See You Soon!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Review-Glory Be- Augusta Scattergood


In the town of Hanging Moss, Mississippi,  young Gloriana ( "Glory") June Hemphill is looking forward to the summer of '64 by spending time at the  public swimming pool, especially for her birthday. The community then closes  the pool for " repairs",  but Glory soon learns that there is a greater issue behind it's closure. Along the way (and with support from family and friends), Glory learns to find her voice and to stand up for what is right.

This is a very great  coming- of -age, Southern read for all ages. Similar to To Kill a Mockingbird and The Help, it does a great job of introducing the issues of racial tension and  civil rights of the 60s', and the message that anyone can make a difference, no matter who they are . A future classic.

For information on the author, check out her website.

Glory Be- Augusta Scattergood
Age Range: 9 and up   Lexile: 680***** ( 5 stars)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Cool Kids Have a Library Card is Coming

  September is right around the corner, 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 Celebration", on Thursday, September 27 at 4 pm. It is open to grades K-5th grades and families. ( Please sign up via our  Library Events online calender).

 Our book display for the month of September  features cool books to check out ( cool music, too.)

Some of our featured titles include:
  • I Can Draw: Wild Animals by Helene Leroux-Hugan
  • Demolition by Sally Sutton
  • My Librarian is a Camel: How Books are Brought to Children Around the World by Margriet Ruurs
  • For the Kids, Too ( Various Artists)
  • Philadelphia Chickens ( Various Artists)

 Keep reading!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Review-Tracing Stars-Erin E. Moulton


Indie Lee Chickory is not as cool as her big sister Bebe. Sure,  she is an expert at making fish faces, but she is viewed as  Fish Freak.  And accidentally bringing her pet lobster to school on the last day doesn't help either,  especially when it leads to her losing him and causing her sister embarrassment. So she wishes on a star to help her find her lobster and be friends with her sister again. Soon, it leads to a summer job working backstage at a community production and becoming friends with a  nerdy boy named Owen, who helps on her quest to "be a better Indie."

This is great coming of age book for middle school readers, full of quirky characters and fun adventures. Similar to Beezus and Ramona, it is a perfect read for the beginning ( or end) of summer.

Tracing Stars by Erin E Moulton
Age Range- 9-12
***** ( 5 stars)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Upcoming Programs in September

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.

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, Sept. 4 and 20  at 10 am-Audience: Infants 6-23 months and caregiver (s).

Lego Club- Monday, Sept. 17 at 4pm- 2nd to 6th grade

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

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

Story Time for 2 and 3 yr olds- Monday, Sept  17  at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Cool Kids Celebration- Thursday, Sept 27at 4 pm- Audience: K to 5th grade and families

See you soon!!!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Review- Minette's Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and her Cat -Susanna Reich


This year marks 100th birth anniversary of Julia Child. Born August 15, 1912 in Pasadena, California ( she died August 13, 2004), Child is best known for the cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking and the PBS cooking show , The French Chef ( which ran from 1963 to 1973).

In Minette's Feast, we visit's Child story through her cat, Minette Mimosa McWilliams Child. Minette was the luckiest cat of Paris, each day and night smelling hollandaise, cheese souffles, and other dishes of Child. But, the feast that Minette most prefers is mouse.

This is a neat way to introduce Child to children (and I think adult fans of Child will want to add this to their bookshelves). I especially love the use of actual quotes from Julia and her husband, Paul, French words ( glossary included at the end, along with biographical information on Child) and the rich and colorful watercolor and pencil illustrations of Amy Bates ( including a fun scene of the feline feasting and playing with a leftover bone).

Minette's Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and her  Cat by Susanna Reich
Age Range: 6 and up
Lexile: 810
***** ( 5 stars)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bookworm List: Going for the Gold

Once again, a big thanks to all that took part in this year's summer reading program. We hope everyone had a good time ( even amidst the renovations, which will be continuing well on to perhaps the next year or so) and will continue to come to the library.

Last Friday, about 200 or so  countries came to London, England for the Opening Ceremonies of 2012 Summer Games . ( The best parts were the 50  Mary Poppins fighting Voldermort and the Skyfall trailer.) The games will continue from now to August 12th. For information, including scheduling of events ( which are  airing on NBC and all NBC-owned stations), please see the official site

To celebrate, the Children's Dept has a display of books on the different sports of the Summer Games, like swimming and gynamstics, and the host country, London, England, ( plus some biographies on athletes and British personalities) for checking out. ( The Cedar Lake Library will be offering a program on Saturday,  August 4th, from 10-11:30 am for all ages. Please contact the Cedar Lake Library at 374-7121 or to register.)

Here are some titles to check out:

  • The Olympics-Jane Duden
  • The Story of the Olympics-Dave Anderson
  • Track and Field-Shane Frederick ( part of the Summer Olympic Legend series)
  • Look What Came from England-Kevin Davis
 By the way-
2014- Winter Games ( Sochi, Russia)
2016- Summer Games ( Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Keep reading!!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Just a reminder...

 Just a reminder...

Next week is the last week of Summer Reading program 2012-Dream Big-Read! We hope everyone had a good time and that everyone keeps reading and coming to the library. Saturday, July 28th is the last day to turn books in for prizes. Please return all children's books to the book drop at the new, pretty Circulation desk after July 28th.

Here are our final three programs. Please register via the Library Calender at the or call 769-3541 ext 360.

  Blast Off! ( 4-5 yr old program) Tuesday, July 24th at 10 am or 2 pm

Family Movie Day (Happy Feet Two) All ages, please no dark or red-colored drinks- Wednesday July 25th at noon

Starry Starry Night ( K-5 and family program)- Thursday, July 26th at 4 pm ( Note-Because there is painting involved, children are asked to wear old clothes or paint shirts).

We will also be having a book exchange on Friday, July 27th from 2:30-4:30 pm. No registration is required for this program, open to infant to 6th grade. They are welcome to bring up to four gently-used books to exchange for four new gently-used books.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Review-Calli Be Gold-Michele W. Hurwitz


Calli Gold is the youngest child in a family of over-achievers. Her older siblings are involved in sports, whereas she has tried everything, from tennis to origami, to fit the family's motto, " Be Gold!", but fails every time. But when paired with a new kid named Noah for the school's peer program, she soon learns that even being ordinary has much to offer.

This is a very good read for middle schoolers, particularly with a very likable  character. I also like that it teaches an important message that  being true to one's self is an achievement in  itself.

Calli Be Gold by Michele W. Hurwitz
Age Range: 8-12
Lexile: 700
***** ( 5 stars)

By the way, the author has her own website. She can be found at

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Music Review-Lullaby Round-up ( Part 3)

This is week six of Dream Big-Read. We still have about 3 ( or 2 1/2 half ) weeks of programs and turning in books for prizes ( today's program-Midnight on the Moon, 4 pm, for grades K-5.)

Back in June, I started a few reviews of lullaby CDs the library has to offer. For this final entry, I decided to list a few CDs with traditional lullabies, along with a list of instrumental CDs ( some in children's, some in the regular AV section, along with what kind of music is featured) I'm also listening a few keywords for searching our catalog  for  these and other CDs.

Again, anything in bold is regular AV.

Traditional lullaby songs:
  • Quiet Time-Raffi
  • Lullaby-Jewel
  • Deliah presents Heartwarming Songs of a Parent's Love-Various Artists
  • Barney's Sleepytime Songs-Barney
  • Wee Sing for Baby ( Note-This CD comes with a song book.)
  • Lullaby Themes for Sleepy Dreams- Susie Tallman

Instrumental Music
  •  Baby Einstein series ( Classical music, music-box style)
  • Kids Classic series ( Classical music, piano)
  • Sleep Well ( New age, relaxation)
  • Natural Sleep Inducement (New Age, relaxation, nature sounds)
  •  Rockabye Baby series( Pop/rock music, music-box style)
  • Love Songs and Lullabies-Jim Brickman ( Piano music, some vocal)
  • Wish Upon a Star:a tribute to the music of Walt Disney-Jenny Oaks Baker ( Disney music, classical style featuring violin)

 Keywords to  for searching:
-Children's songs-Juvenile sound recording
-Lullabies-Juvenile sound recording
-New Age music
-Music for relaxation-Sound recording
-Piano music
-Classical music, arranged
-Instrumental music-Juvenile sound recording

Keep the tunes going, enjoy the golden slumbers.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Bookworm List-Dream Big, Read!!

This year's Summer Reading Program theme is Dream Big, Read!! For four weeks in June ( and four weeks coming next month), we have been doing programs on night-related topics, from things that go bump in the night, traveling to the moon and beyond the stars, and going to bed. We even have a program on the Twilight series ( going on  today at 4 pm, grades 3-5.)

We also have by the front entrance of the department night time-related books ( and a few lullaby CDs) for your check out pleasure. Here are some recommended titles:

  • Arthur's Dream Boat by Polly Dunbar- One night, Arthur has an amazing dream about a pink and green boat with a striped mast and dotted sailes, a golden flag and pretty figurehead. And he tries to tell his family, but no one is listening ( or sees the actual boat on his head!!) But soon the waves comes in, and the end result is amazing . NEW!!!
  • Cindy  Moo by Lori Morganstein- When a bunch of cows hear the nursery rhyme about the cow who jumped over the moon, Cindy Moo proves that it can happen. NEW!!!
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak- The classic tale of Max, the boy in the wolf suit, who travels to the place where the wild things are. 
  • Froggy's Sleepover by Johnathan London- Froggy is excited about his first sleepover at Max's. But weird sounds and other things send Froggy and Max back and forth between houses, preventing them from sleeping.
  • Midnight on the Moon by Mary Pope Osborne- Part of The Magic Tree House series, Jack and Anne travel to the moon. ( A research guide on space is available, call # 520 OSBO.) 
  • Sleepover at Grandma's House by Barbara Joose- A girl has a great time sleeping over at her grandma's house.
  • When the World is Ready for Bed by Gillian Shields- As the world gets ready for bed, so does a bunny family by having supper, cleaning up, and sharing one last story. 
  • Sweet Dreams Lullaby by Betsy Synder- A little bunny dreams of soothing colors, shapes, and sounds of nature.
  • Goodnight Goon  by Adam Rex- A funny spoof of Goodnight, Moon featuring monsters.
  • Newton by Rory Tyger- When Newton the bear hears scary noises at night, he reassures his toys that everything is alright.
  • Bat Loves the Night by Nicola Davis- Follow a mama bat as she wakes up for her night time adventure. 

Want more suggestions? Try these keywords-
Fear of the dark-Juvenile fiction
Bats- Juvenile fiction ( or literature for non-fiction)
Owls-Juvenile fiction ( or literature)
Moon- Juvenile fiction ( or literature)
Dreams-Juvenile fiction
Sleepovers- Juvenile fiction
Bedtime-Juvenile fiction
Monsters-Juvenile fiction
Night-Juvenile fiction

Keep Reading!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Book Exchange on July 27

We have one more program in July that I forget to mentioned on the programming entry. On Fridary, July 27, from 2:30 pm to 4: 30 pm, we will be having a book exchange. It is open to all ages ( and no registration is required). We ask that patrons bring up to  4 gently-used books with them for trading. For more information, contact the Central Branch at 769-3541, ext. 360.

Hope to see you soon.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Review- Seriously, Just Go to Sleep- Adam Mansbach


Last year, author Adam Mansbach released an illustrated bedtime book for adults, called Go the (Bleep) To Sleep. A instant hit ( and according to Wikipedia, supposedly optioned for a movie), some parents actually wanted to read this to their kids. So Mansbach and illustrator Richard Cortes went back and released a G- rated version, Seriously, Just Go to Sleep ( which I first heard about this, I figure " Cool, this  would be perfect to use for story time for  SRP since the theme this year is about  night-related activities.")

I'm a little disappointed. While the illustrations are still beautiful ( including some new ones, such as a cameo by Samuel L. Jackson, who did the audio of the original) and is bigger ( the original one is the size of a candy box), the new, family-friendly language is... not so great. At times it works, but other times it is a bit choppy. It also lacks the humor of the foul-mouthed original, and I'm not really sure how well kids will get the gist of it. If you're curious about how it sounds without the bad words, check it out. Otherwise, just get the original, unrated version ( which is catalogued under "poetry") and read it once the kids are in bed.

Seriously, Just Go to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
Age Range: 6 and up
**1/2 ( 2 and a half stars)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Music Review- Lullaby Round-up ( Part 2)

In last week's entry of   lullaby CD reviews, I mentioned children albums from Kenny Loggins, Jewel, and two CDs from the  Rockabye Baby series. In this entry, we have a jazz singer/actor, a collection of singing actors, and a folk singer who has the nickname "Lady Lullaby".
Again, anything in bold can be found in the regular AV section.

Songs I Heard ( Harry Connick Jr.)-Released in 2001, Connick sings songs from movies of his childhood , such as Wizard of Oz  and Sound of Music, in a  jazzy-New Orleans style.  Fun, fun, will have you  wanting to sing these songs ( and see the movies) over and over.
Favorite Track(s)- From Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, two clever mash-up tracks- " Pure Imagination/Candy Man" and " Golden Ticket/ I Want it Now" . Also good is " Maybe" from Annie.
Songs I Heard ***** ( 5 stars)

Unexpected Dreams ( Various Artists)-This one I am mixed about recommending. Released in 2006 to benefit the educational program " Music Matters", it features 15 stars of stage and screen singing non-traditional lullabies. Some stars, like Jeremy Irons and Tarji  Henson, are quite good. Others, like Marissa Winokur and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, not so good ( yes I know Winokur is a Broadway singer, but the song she sings on this CD is not great.) With this one, I would say get out of curiosity and then decide if you want to use as a lullaby CD.
Favorite Track(s)-Who knew the likes of Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Garner would have amazing singing voices? Johansson's version of " Summertime" is really amazing, as is Garner singing " My Heart is So Full of You."  Also amazing is  Irons's bluegrass-like take on Bob Dylan's " To Make You Feel My Love."
Unexpected Dreams-*** ( 3 stars)

Midnight Lullaby (Jane Roman Pitt)- I'm not familiar with this  independent folk singer/songwriter, but according to her website, Pitt started playing guitar at 15 and has a degree in music history and composition. On this album, she performs songs from Sade, Bob Dylan, and other well-known artists ( plus two original songs) as soothing, sweet-sounding lullabies. Vocal-wise, she reminds me of Judy Collins or Joni Mitchell, and I recommended this CD for those who do want to use nursery or traditional lullabies for going to sleep.
Favorite Track(s)- At the close of  the album, she combines two Beatles songs into one: "Golden Slumbers" and "Goodnight" ( and they fit perfectly together).
**** ( 4 stars)

I have one more entry planned, some recommendation of  instrumental CDs, coming soon.As for any future CD reviews, wait and see.

Keep the tunes going

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Dream Big, 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 of the Summer Reading Program is July 28.

Mother Goose on the Loose - Tuesdays, July 3 and 17 at 10 am or 2pm.
Audience: Infants 6-23 Months and caregiver.

Story Time for 2 and 3 yr Olds- Mondays at 10am or 2pm.
July 2- Twinkle, Twinkle
July 16-Goodnight, Summer (Note- Children may attend this program in their pajamas)
Audience:2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr Olds- Tuesdays at 10 am or 2pm.
July 10-Night Animals
June 24-Blast Off!
Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

School-Age-Thursdays at 4pm.
July 5-Lantern Tales
July 12-Midnight on the Moon
July 19-Moonlit Night
July 26-Starry, Starry Night ( Note-Because there is painting involved, patrons are asked to wear old clothes)
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 11-Puss in Boots
July 18-The Muppets
July 25- Happy Feet 2
Audience: All Ages.  Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.

Other Programs:
Tuesday, July 17 at 4 pm- Lego Club ( Grades 2-6)
Wednesday July 18 at 6 pm-Gaming Night ( Teens 12-17)

July 3- Open 9am-5pm
July 4-Closed
Hope see everyone soon. Happy Summer!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Music Review-Lullaby Round-up (Part 1)

For the blog's first music review( or in this case, reviews) , I've been listening to various lullaby CDs of the children's and AV department to use as background music for my programs ( since this summer's theme is "Dream  Big-Read!" In fact, I have found so many good ones that I have to divide this entry into two, possibly three parts). However, I know there are some parents that may tire of hear Barney, Mickey, and the odd but hip Yo Gabba Gabba ( especially if they have listened to them all day. I know my parents did, so they would play Perry Como records to lull me to sleep). So here is part one  of  some reviews of a few CDs worth falling asleep ( perfect for little ones and their parents and even adults who do not have kids.)

Note- Any title in bold can found in the regular AV section.

Return to Pooh Corner and More Songs from Pooh Corner( Kenny Loggins)- Known in the 80s' for providing songs for the movies Footloose and Top Gun, Loggins, who is a father of five,  released Pooh Corner in 1994.  The songs range from traditional lullabies ( " All the Pretty Little Ponies","To-Ra-Loo-Ra") to  contemporary songs like " Rainbow Connection" and the John Lennon classic " Love ." A second album, More Songs from Pooh Corner, was released in 1998 and features " You'll be in My Heart", " Inchworm" and " Beauty and the Beast".
Favorite track(s)- On Pooh Corner, I like the "Neverland Medley" ( which is a mash-up of " Somewhere Out There, Pure Imagination" and " Never Never Land"). From More Songs, my favorite track is " Baby Mine" from Dumbo( I've tried to use the song a couple of times when I did MGOL for a while, but I usually do one verse before I end up in tears.)
Both Cds-***** ( 5 stars)

The Merry Goes Round(Jewel)-Yes, the gap-toothed Alaskan songtress known for " Who Will Save Your Soul" put out a children's album ( two actually.) Merry is her second album with Fisher Price that came out last year ( haven't had a chance to hear 2009's Lullaby but plan to), and features traditional and original tunes for wee ones. It's a little bouncy than typical lullaby CDs, but it's very sweet and soothing.
Favorite track(s)-"Supermarket Song" ( It's very catchy, and instantly a little cartoon image of a baby in a shopping cart following grocery food popped into my mind). Also good is the dreamy " Just Like Penguins Do."
***** ( 5 stars)

Rockabye Baby series-  For parents that do not feel like playing the traditional lullabies like " Hush Little Baby" and "Rock-a-bye Baby", they should check out this CD series. Rockabye Baby takes the music of popular artists like No Doubt and Coldplay and turns them into music-box sounding lullabies. Last week, I checked out the U2 edition, and currently, I have the lullaby renditions of the Beatles , and both are pretty good. The library has 12 CDs in the series.
The official website is
Favorite track(s)- From U2, I liked "One". As for Beatles, if I had to pick one track, it's " And I Loved Her."
Lullaby Renditions of U2-*** ( 3 stars)
Lullaby Rendtions of Beatles ***** ( 5 stars)

Stay tuned for Part 2.
Keep reading (or in this case, keep the tunes going.)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Review-Cindy Moo-Lori Mortensen

Hey Diddle Diddle, the cat and the fiddle.
The cow jumped over the moon.

When the cows on Diddle farm hear this rhyme one night, they wonder, can a cow really jump the moon? A brave cow named Cindy Moo is determined to prove it can happen, no matter what.

This is a cute, clever take on the familiar nursery rhyme ( with a good lesson on not giving up.) The illustrations of Cindy Moo and her bovine friends are udderly delightful. I would love to see a doll ( or more books) of this character.

Lori Mortensen, by the way, has her own website, which features information on her books and a blog.

Here is the book's official trailer. Enjoy!
Cindy Moo by Lori Mortensen
Age Level: 3-7
***** ( 5 stars)

Friday, May 25, 2012

Review- Zoe gets Ready- Bethanie Deeney Murguvia

On school days, soccer days, and rainy days, Zoe's mom chooses what Zoe will wear. But it's Saturday, and Zoe can wear whatever she wants! But there are so many choices.Will be be pocket day? Or a day of exploring? Perhaps a time for twirling with little sister and puppy? Zoe better decide soon, or the day will be over.

This is a very cute, fun book  for girls who love to dress-up. I especially love the glittery cover, the use of adjectives and the ending itself.

Zoe gets Ready by  Bethanie Deeney Murguvia
Age Level: 3-5
***** ( 5 stars)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Dream Big-June Programming

Summer is just around the corner, and so is the library's summer reading program. Starting June 4th, and continuing until July 28th, children ages 2 to 14 can earn prizes by reading  library books. All they have to do is read one  book, magazine, or audio book and return to the Children's Department, where our teen volunteers will record each book read  on a special card, and eventually earn prizes by every 10 picture books or 500 chapter book pages read.

We will also be having programming during  the summer, too. 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.

Mother Goose on the Loose - Tuesdays, June 5 and 19 at 10 am or 2pm.
Audience: Infants 6-23 Months and caregiver.

Story Time for 2 and 3 yr Olds- Mondays at 10am or 2pm.
June 4- Going Batty
June 18-Bump in the Night
Audience:2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr Olds- Tuesdays at 10 am or 2pm.
June 12-Dream Big
June 26-Wish Upon a Star
Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

School-Age-Thursdays at 4pm.
June 14- Dreams and Wishes
June 21- Pajama Rama ( Note-Patrons are welcomed to attend in library-appropriate pajamas)
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!
June 13-Sleeping Beauty
June 20-Bedtimes Stories
June 27-Adventures of Tintin
Audience: All Ages.  Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.

Other Programs:
Thursday,June 28 at 4 pm -Twilight Night ( Grades 3-5)
Tuesday, June 19 at 4 pm- Lego Club ( Grades 2-6)
Wednesday June 20 at 6 pm-Gaming Night ( Teens 12-17)
Hope see everyone soon. Happy Summer!!