Friday, August 30, 2013

Cool Kids is Coming ( So is Ollie!)

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: Meet Ollie" on Thursday, September 5 at 4 pm. Ollie the Post Tribune dog  and his owner, Victoria, will spend time with the kids talking about owning a pet. It is open to grades K to 5th grade and families. (Please sign up via our  Library Events online calender.

Keep Reading!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Book Review: Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Bird-Sy Montgomery


On a small island off the southern coast of New Zealand, there lives the bird called the kakapo ( pronounced KAR-ka-poe). Known as the "night parrot",  they are flightless, heavy birds that smell of honey and making booming or growling sounds. Once numbered in millions, there are only ninety left in existence. Join author Sy Montogomery and photographer Nic Bishop to Codfish Island to meet these rare and unusual parrots and the team of volunteers working to save them.

Being a fan of wild life programs like Wild America, I immediately loved this book ( and actually want to see a kakapo!!) Montegomery and Bishop do such a great job of presenting this trip, it feels like I'm actually there, seeing  these amazing birds. Filled with vivid pictures and amazing facts and stories, one will learn that life on Codfish Island is filled with happy and sad moments, triumphs and tragedies. Part of the great Scientists in the Field series, this is an amazing read you won't forget.

 Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Bird by Sy Montgomery
Age Range: 10-14
Lexile: 940
***** (5 stars)

To learn more about the Kakapo Recovery Team and their continuing efforts, visit their website (where you also hear sounds and see videos of the kakapo.)

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Book Review:Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy-Jan Thomas


Okay boys and girls (and cows). The Brave Cowboy going to sing a lullaby. Time to rest your heads, time to go to bed. Time to sleep so tight, time to.... eekkkk, is that a spider?

This is another really cute book from Jan Thomas. It is very colorful and bright, filled with very big print.It is also very laugh out loud funny ( especially toward the end.) I've used some of her books for programs and the kids like them ( so I can't wait to see how they react to this one).

Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas
Age Range: 3 and up
***** (5 stars)

By the way, if you visit the the author's website, you can download a copy of a song.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

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. 3 and 17  at 10 am-Audience: Infants 6-23 months and caregiver (s).

Board Game Fun-Wednesday, September 4 at 6:30 pm-Audience: 2 to 5th grade

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

Lego Club- Monday, Sept. 16 at 4pm-Audience: 2nd to 6th grade

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday Sept 10 and 24  at 10 am and 2 pm- Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

Gaming Night- Wednesday Sept 18 at 6 pm- Audience: 12 to 17 years old.

Story Time for 2 and 3 yr olds- Monday, Sept  16  at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

See You Soon!!