Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Upcoming Programs in March

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

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

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

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

Spring Arts Celebration-Thursday, March 22 at 4 pm-Audience: K-5 and families

Lego Club-Monday, March 26 at 4 pm-Audience: Grades 2-6

See You Soon!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Bookworm List: Leap for Leap Day

Next Wednesday is Leap Day. We're celebrating a little early Thursday with a program all about animals that leap ( kangaroos, frogs, and rabbits). It's at 4pm for school age-children, grades K-5. Please sign up at our websites, Library Events .

Now why do we have an extra day in February every four years? Well, a leap year is needed every four years to keep our calender in line with the solar year ( or length needed for the earth to obit the sun , which is 365 1/4 days.) How do we determine what year is a leap year? Well, obviously the year has to be divisible by 4 ( except in years divisible by 100. But century years divisible by 400, like 2000 and 2400, there will be leap years). So this year and 2016 will be leap years.  As those born on the 29th ( known as leaplings), most will choose to celebrate on March 1st or February 28 when it is not a leap year ( or they can also wait four years, making them younger than they really are. So a person born  Feb 29th, 2008 can say they are 4 ( actual age) or 1 ( leap age).

Looking for ways to celebrate Leap Day? Well, my suggestion is animals that leap. So here are some recommended books featuring  leaping animals.

  • Boing-Nick Bruel 
  • I Love When You Smile-Sam McBratney
  •  Beware of the Frog- William Bee
  • Froggy's First Kiss-Johnathan London
  • Finklehopper Frog Cheers-Irene Livingston
  • The Runaway Bunny- Margret Brown
  • You're Finally Here-Melanie Watt
  • Norma Jean, Jumping Bean-Joanna Cole
Happy Leap Day and keep reading!!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Review-Snowball Fight-Jimmy Fallon


School is  closed due to a snow day, and somewhere outside, a snowball fight is waiting to happen. Young Jimmy quickly grabs his long johns and hand-me-down snowsuits and heads outside for a Snowball, Snowball, Snowball Fight!!

To borrow a little of something from "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon":
Thank you Jimmy Fallon for turning your song , "Snowball" into this cute, energetic book of winter, and thank you Adam Stower for providing the  colorful illustrations. I use this book a lot for story times and the kids love it ( and yes, it helps to have a little excitement and energy as you read the words).

For those curious about the actual song, it is available on Jimmy Fallon's  2002 album,  "Bathroom Wall" , and  the TRL (Total Request Live) 2001 Christmas album ( or Google the song for a Youtube clip).

Snowball Fight by Jimmy Fallon
Ages: All Ages
***** ( 5 stars)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Bookworm List: Elmo's birthday

Glitterfy.com - Elmo Glitter Graphics

Tomorrow is Elmo's birthday ( also yours truly).  Furry red, energetic, and always speaking in the third person ( "Elmo loves you"), Elmo the perpetual three-year-old was first an  unknown  Muppet in the 70s that the puppeteers once and while  would try to give life to, but nothing worked. It wasn't 1984 that a puppeteer named Kevin Clash picked up the furry red Muppet, and Elmo was born ( for more info, see  visit the Wikipedia page on Elmo).

Other fun facts about Elmo ( courtesy of the fan page Elmo's Playground)
First Appearance: November 1984
Best Friends: Zoe and Grover
Favorite Song: Elmo's Song
Quote: "That tickles!", "Elmo loves you!"
Dislikes: Brussel Sprouts

Most popular Elmo item: Tickle Me Elmo ( introduced in 1996)

Want to read about Elmo this weekend? We have lots of books in our Sesame Street display on the red shelves. Here are some recommended titles:

  • Elmo Says Achoo!! by Sarah Albee
  • Monsters are Red, Monsters are Blue by Sarah Albee
  • Elmo Saves Christmas by Christine Ferraro
  • Surprise, Mommy by Liza Alexander
Keep reading!!