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)