Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Upcoming Programs in February 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, February 4 and 18 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, February 5 and 19 at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday, February 12 and 26 at 10 am- Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

Scrabble F-U-N!- Wednesday, February 13 at 6:30 pm-Audience: 2nd to 6th grade. ( Children may bring a parent or caregiver to be a team if they would like.)

Valentine's Day  Party-Thursday, February 7 at 4pm-Audience: K-5

 Lego Club- Monday,February 11 at 4pm- Audience: 2nd to 6th grade.

Happy Birthday, Abe Lincoln- Tuesday, February 12 at 4 pm- Audience: K-5

Gaming Night- Wednesday, February 20 at 6 pm- Audience: 12 to 17 years old.

See You Soon!!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Book Review: Who Could That Be at this Hour? ( All The Wrong Questions 1)- Lemony Snicket ( aka Daniel Handler)

There was a town, there was a girl, and there was a theft.

And so begins Who Could That At This Hour?, the first of four books in Lemony Snicket ( real name Daniel Handler)'s new series All the Wrong Questions ( or ATWQ).  Meant to be a prequel series to A Series of Unfortunate Events ( ASOUE), the first book introduces to a twelve and a half year-old Snicket, who is recruited by a mysterious detective agency to serve as an apprentice to S. Theodora Markson. The two go a town called Stain’d-by-the-Sea (  which ironically has no sea anymore, having been drained a long time ago)  and are hired by Mrs Murphy Sallis to find a black and creepy statue known as the Bombinating Beast. But young Lemony learns that is a mystery of many clues and no solutions.

I am bombinating ( which means buzzing) with happiness. I loved everything, even the beastie ( which we are making Bombinating Beast bookmarks in our upcoming creepy the funny book program next Thursday at 4 pm) and am so looking forward to the rest of the series. ( Book two comes out later this year, the other two to be announced.) It is a hilarous and mysterious read full of interesting characters, such as Moxie Mallahan, the budding journalist who wants to know the full story, and Pip and Squeak, two little kids who are subbing for their dad's taxi job ( one is stting on books to reach the steering wheel, the other is down below operating the brakes.) I love Dashiell Qwerty, the strange  but helpful sub-librarian ( the town cannot afford a full-time librarian). There's also the usual Snicketism of defining large words youngters may not understand and reference-dropping to literature and whatnot that encourages one to look up what it is.( Example: The last name of the sub-librarian is a reference to the top left row of the keyboard. Raise your hand if you are looking at your computer keyboard right now to see if I am correct.) I also love that the blue, grey,and white illustrations of  artist Seth, are appropriate and add to the retro-ness of the mystery.

I do have one small complaint about how it ends. I'm not really a fan of cliffhangers ( and it's kind of a eh end), and Snicket leaves a lot of questions unaswered. But I'm going to forgive him because this is the first book and obviously not everything is going to be answered in the first book. Still, I am keeping my fingers crossed that the rest of the books will be good, and perhaps not only answer the questions of Hour but also finally  answered questions left unanswered seven years ago from ASOUE. ( I'm betting the beastie, who everyone is also saying may/ maynot be the Great Unknown, ends up in ... the suguar bowl. But I could... be wrong.)

Who Could That Be at this Hour? ( All The Wrong Questions 1)- Lemony Snicket ( aka Daniel Handler)
Lexile: 850
**** 1/2 ( 4 and a half stars)


Monday, January 14, 2013

Storytime for 2 and 3-yr olds: Welcome Winter

Today was the first storytime for 2 and 3 yr old, where winter was welcomed with two stories ( Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer and Snowball Fight by Jimmy Fallon) and a few fingerplays. They also got to meet some of the Color Birds and decorated a snowman picture with "snow" ( really fluff, don't know what the exact name is).

Here are a few songs we did:

 Snowflake, Snowflake Falling Down

Sung to: " teddy bear teddy bear"

Snowflake, snowflake falling down,
 (flutter hands down)
Twirling, twirling to the ground.
 (twirl to the ground)
Softly, lightly on my nose,
 (touching nose)
Snowflake, snowflake icy cold!
 (fold arms and shiver)

The Love Bug added 8-7-97 Original Author Unknown
It begins with a grin (smile Broadly)
It turns to giggle (put both hands on mouth and giggle)
You start to laugh (throw head back and laugh out loud)
Your legs start to wiggle (put feet in the air and shake)
You look all around for someone to hug (move eyes back and forth)
What can you do (shrug shoulders)
You've caught the love bug (hug another child or yourself)


Our next Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds are February 4 and 18 at 10 am ( in the NEW children's programming room all the way in the back of the NEW children's department. We're still downstairs, but in the former Audio-Visual section.  Please pardon our dust because we are still under construction and we only have the elevator as our mode of getting from here to there. )

Happy Winter and keep reading!!