Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Book Review: Otis and Sydney and the Best Birthday Ever!-Laura Numeroff


Otis and Sydney are two adorable bears who love to play tug of war, dress in silly costumes and play music together. This year, Otis plans to give his friend a surprise party. So he decorates the house, bakes a cake, and mails out invitations. But-oh no, he gets the date wrong! Will it still be the best birthday ever?

This is another sweet, warm and fuzzy book from the author of If You Give A.... and Jellybeans series ( and would love to see the little bears again.) I especially love  Dan Andreasan's muted pen and ink illustrations which give the book an old-fashioned, 1940s feel (inlcluding their big smiling faces on the cover and the way they embrace while hopping on the trampoline!!)

Otis and Sydney and the Best Birthday Ever! by Laura Numeroff
Age Range: 5 and up
Lexile: 450
***** (5 stars)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Book Review-Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie-Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie McClelland


Yay! Sophia Grace and Rosie are planning the fanciest, pinkest, princessy tea party ever! There will be lots of glitter and yummy treates, in the fanciest, most sparkly castle ever. And the cousins plan to invite the person they love the most in the world, with tutus and magic galore. Yipee!

I giggled when I opened this book from the little British girls featured on the Ellen show ( I'm including a few videos for those who are curious as to who they are). Shelagh McNicholas's pencil and water color illustations are cute and sweet ( and sometimes glitterly!!!!). The ending is a bit predictable but oh so adorable, as well as tea tips in the cover of the book and the girls's dedication notes to family and their fans.

Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie by Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie McClelland
Age Range: 5 and up
Lexile: 590
Rating: **** ( 4 stars)

Here is a video featuring Sophia Grace and Rosie. Enjoy the cuteness!!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Just a Reminder...

Just a reminder...

Next week is the last week of Summer Reading program 2013-DIg into Reading! We hope everyone had a good time and that everyone keeps reading and coming to the library. Saturday, July 27th is the last day to turn books in for prizes. Please return all children's books to the book drop to the  Circulation desk after July 27th.

Here is what we have going on between today and next week. Please register via the Library Calender at the or call 769-3541 ext 360.

Down Under at the National Lakeshore- Today at 2:30 pm ( K-5)

We Dig Dinos! ( Storytime for 4 and 5 yr olds)- Tuesday, July 23 at 10 am or Wednesday, July 24 at 6:30 pm

Family Movie Day (We're Back: A Dinosaur Story) All ages, please no dark or red-colored drinks- Wednesday July 24 at noon

Silly Safari ( All ages)- Thursday, July 25 at 10 pm (

We will also be having a book exchange on Monday, July 22 from 10-3 pm. No registration is required for this program, open to all ages. They are welcome to bring up to five gently-used books to exchange for five new gently-used books.

Also next week ,  baseball players from the Gary Railcats will be visiting and reading in the Children's Department on Tuesday, July 23 at 11 am. 

See You Soon!!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr old-Dino Stomp!!

For our last 2 and 3 of the summer, we dug up some dinosaurs. We heard two stories features the reptiles of long ago ( Tadpole Rex by Kurt Cyrus and Dig Those Dinosaurs by Lori Houran) and learned about colors ( The Color Box by Dayle Dodds). We also made a dinosaur with a movable tail.

Here are some of the songs we did today

Ten Little Dinosaurs
Adapted by Sarah Northshield
(Sung to the tune of “Michael Finnegan”)
(Caregiver counts on toddler’s fingers and tickles toddler at the end, with a big roar)
One little, two little, three little dinosaurs
 Four little, five little, six little dinosaurs
 Seven little, eight little, nine little dinosaurs 
Ten little dinosaurs ROARing! (Roar with child)

Here is the video for the Laurie Berkner song " We are the Dinosaurs"

This week's Family Movie is Wreck it Ralph. It starts noon on Wednesday, July 17.Patrons can bring a lunch or snack. No red or dark colored drinks!  It is open to all ages. (Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.)

See You Soon!! 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Book Review-Cozy Classics and BabyLit Board Books

Ever wanted to read Pride and Prejudice or Moby Dick to your babies? Well, now you can with two wonderful new board books series, Cozy Classics and BabyLit.

Herman Melville's Moby Dick

Cozy Classics- Written by brothers Jack and Holman Wang, the CC series presents a classic story in 12 kid-friendly words with needle-felt characters. For example, the words featured in Moby Dick include " captain", " leg" ( as in peg-leg,), and "sink". A small description of the plot is provided on the back and Cozy Classics website provides quotes and a simple version of the story(this is helpful for those who may not know the story) . The concept is a cute idea to introduce the classics( and big words) to wee ones( or a delight for English majors). We currently have four in the series ( and saw we are ordering Oliver Twist and Jane Eyre. I also saw  on the CC website that Emma  is coming. Can't wait to see how that turns out.). I love all four (but being an Austen fan, really like Prejudice, especially how Mr. Darcy's proposal is portrayed with the words "yes" and "no".  )

Here is a video that shows how the characters are made-

BabyLit- Like CC, it takes classic stories but uses retro-like artwork and concepts to present the story to wee ones. For Dracula, author Jennifer Adams and illustrator Alison Oliver have turned into a counting tale with two friends, five heroes, and 9 coffins. For Wuthering Heights,  the story is presented with weather concepts. Again, this is a really cute way to get to little ones into the classics. I actually like these a little more than CC because of the concept idea and use of the labels on characters and places.  My favorite out of the five that we have is Sense and Sensibility which is presented as a tale of opposties ( featuring a "happy" Willoughby and "sad" Colonel Brandon), though I might use Dracula this year for my fall programs.
They also have a website, where you can also buy prints and other items featuring the artwork .

Here is a trailer for Alice in Wonderland and Jane Eyre.

Cozy Classics-by Jack and Holman Wang
Age Range:0-3
Rating: **** ( 4 stars)

BabyLit by Jennifer Adams
Age Range: 0-3
Rating: ***** ( 5 stars)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy Fourth of July!!

Hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!See you all on Friday and keep reading!!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds-Big Truck Fun!!

For today's 2 and 3 yr old story time, we had some fun with some big construction trucks. We heard three books ( Construction Kitties by Judy Goodwin-Sturges, Kipper's Book of Opposites by Mick Inkpen, and On the Day the Tall Ships Sailed by Betty Paraskevas) and decorated some license plates with 4th of July stickers.

Here are some of the songs we did today-

Johnny Had One Hammer (song with motions) you have to be sitting down to do this song
While singing this verse make an up and down motion with one hand in a fist as if pounding a nail:

Johnny had one hammer, one hammer, one hammer, Johnny had one hammer then he had 2.

(Make same motion using both fists while singing this verse:)
Johnny had 2 hammers, 2 hammers, 2 hammers, Johnny had 2 hammers then he had 3.
(Continue with 3 hammers using both fists and one leg.)

Then 4 hammers using both fists and both legs.

For 5 hammers use both fists, both legs and head and sing:
Johnny had 5 hammers, 5 hammers, 5 hammers, Johnny had 5 hammers, then he went to sleep. (make a sleep motion as if laying your head on a pillow)

This is the Way ( Construction Worker Version)
This is the way we pound a nail
Pound a nail, Pound a Nail
This is the way we pound a nail
So Early in the morning

(Add whatever actions you want, like saw some wood, haul some bricks, etc.)

This is the Wiggles' version of Coming Around the Mountain ( We did the version from Laurie Berkner's Whaddaya Think of That? CD) Enjoy!

We have one more Storytime for 2 and 3 yr old on Monday, July 15 at 10 am and 11:30 am.

Due to the 4th of July holiday, we will be closing at 5pm on Wednesday, July 3. We will be closed all day on Thursday, July 4.We have normal business hours on Friday, July 5. We will still be doing a movie at noon, The Goonies. Patrons can bring a lunch or snack. No red or dark colored drinks!  It is open to all ages. (Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.) No movie next Wednesday, instead we will have Ronald McDonald at 2 pm. ( Please visit Library Events for information and to register)

Happy 4th of July!! See you soon.