Friday, January 31, 2014

Bookworm List: Heart's a Flutter... in the Snow.

February starts this weekend, a month full of love and ... snow. ( Yes, more snow is on the way. Just think summer... and how hot it is unfortunate going to be.) So of course, on display are books about Valentine's Day and books about snow.

Here are some recommended Valentine's Day titles:

  • The Valentine's Day Mix-Up by Laura Dower
  • The Story of Valentine's Day by Clyde R. Bulla
  • Valentine's Day by Alice Flanagan
Here are some recommended winter titles:
  • Snowy Days by Trudi Truiet
  • Hello Snow by Wendy Lewison
  • The Snowy Day by Komako Sakai
February is also African-American History month, so we have a small display of fiction and non-fiction books centered on the people and culture of African-Americans. Here are some featured titles:
  • George Crum and the Saratoga Chip by Gaylia Taylor
  • Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, JR! by Elenora E. Tate
  • Something Beautiful  by Sharon Wyeth

Happy February! Keep Reading!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Book review: When It Snows- Richard Collingridge


One magical snowy night, a young boy and his teddy bear journey to a faraway land. They see snowman built as high as the sky , fairies in a dark and gloomy forest ruled by the Queen of the Poles, and elves helping giant reindeer and Santa get ready for his big night.

This is a wonderful picture book, with a very surprising ending. I love the author/illustrator's use of shadow and light to create a land that is both magical and haunting (and makes me really want to go there). It reminds me of The Polar Express ( possibly better because the language and short and sweet, so might be using this next November/ December.) A perfect read for cold winter nights.

When It Snows  by Richard Collingridge
Age Range: 2-6
***** ( 5 stars)

Here is the book trailer for When It Snow. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Upcoming programs in February

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, February 3 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, February  4 and 18 at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).

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

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday, February 11 and 25  at 10 am - Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

A Treat for the Sweet- Thursday, February 13 at 4 pm

Gaming Night- Wednesday,February 19 at 6 pm- Audience: K-6

Lego Club- Monday, February 3 at 4pm- 2nd to 6th grade.

Kids Art Club- Thursday, February 27 at 4 pm- Audience: 2nd to 6th grade

Due to a private library function, we will be closed to the public on Monday, February 17th ( President's Day). We resume normal business hours, Tuesday, February 18th.

See You Soon!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Book Review-Baby Bear-Kadir Nelson


One night, a baby bear loses his way home. So he seeks help from every animal, from the funny-looking squirrels to the mighty moose and ram. Each offers a piece of advice: the mountain lion tells him to retrace his steps, the moose tells him to listen to his heart, the wise owl tells him he is not alone, all are watching out for him. With each piece of advice, Baby Bear slowly gains courage and confidence to find his way home.

A lovely, simple tale about believing in one's self and truly feeling at home, Baby Bear is filled with vivid, softly brushed oil paintings of animals in nature. Even the most intimidating  animals, like the mountain lion and the moose, look  very gentle and reassuring. I especially love the close-up scene of Baby Bear's eyes looking at the moon and thinking of home. A perfect book to snuggle up to at bedtime!

Baby Bear- written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Age Range: 4-8
***** ( 5 stars)

Here is the book's official trailer. Enjoy!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Winter is Fun!

Today was the first 2 and 3 yr old story time of 2014. Although cold outside, we had some winter fun with a few stories ( Mouse's First Snow by Lauren Thompson, My Very First Look at Colors by Christiane Gunzi, and Snowball Fight by Jimmy Fallon). We also learned about color from the Color Birds and made a winter hat.

Here are some of the songs we did-

The Snowkey Pokey added 12-16-01 Original Author UnknownSung to: "Hokey Pokey"
You put your right mitten in,
you take your right mitten out,
you put your right mitten in
and you shake it all about.

You do the snowkey pokey
and you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about.

Additional verses:
You put your left mitten in . . .
You put your right boot in . . .
You put your left boot in . . .
You put your hat in . . .
You put your snowself in . . .

Gingerbread Man  added 10-29-01 Original Author Unknown
Stir a bowl of gingerbread       (stir as in bowl)
Smooth and spicy brown
Roll  it with a rolling pin
up and up and down               (Pretend to roll)
With a cookie cutter,             ( pretend to cut out)
make some little men.
Put them in the oven             ( place in oven)
till half past ten!

Our next Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds are:
 Monday, February 3 at 10 am
Monday, March 3 at 10 am
Monday, March 17 at 10 am

All will be in Meeting Room B.

Happy winter and see you soon!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Book Review: Carnivores- Aaron Reynolds


The lion is known throughout the kingdom as the "king of the beasts". The great white shark is the fiercest creature of the seas. And the howl of the timber wolf scares the heart of the cute woodland creatures. But even they have feelings. What can they do? Be vegetarians? Blend it? Or accept who they are?

This is a fun, laugh out loud book from the writer of Creepy Carrots  and Buffalo Wings, with a wonderful but somewhat creepy message of being yourself. It reminds of the shark support group in Finding Nemo. ( "Fish are friends, not food.")I especially love the very surprising end (sorry all you cute and fuzzy creatures) and the illustrations by Dan Santat ( including the very cool cover!)

Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds
Age Range: 5-8
Lexile: 610
***** ( 5 Stars)

For more information on Reynolds, check out his website.

Also, here is a cool trailer featuring illustrator Dan Santat as the shark. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Let's Go Visit the Transportation Neighborhood!

Beep-Beep! Vroom! Choo-Choo!

We hear these lovely sounds every day on the street, in the air, even on the water. What I am talking about? Transportation ( or in words  the little kids will understand, "Things That Go!") A favorite book to look up for little boys (and girls), most of our cars, planes, boats, and trains books can be found in our Transportation   Neighborhood.

Marked with a blue sticker on the spine, here are a few titles you will find in this area:

  • Red Wagon by Renata Liwska
  • I Fly by Anne Rockwell
  • I'm Dirty by Kate and Jim McMullan
  • Building by Elisa Cooper
  • Sail Away by Donald Crews
This marks our last visit of the Neighborhoods. Hope you enjoyed the tour and will come check them out.

Come check out the Neighborhoods!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Let's Go Visit the Song and Rhyme Neighborhood!

One of type of book that is always asked about are the rhyming books. One person that we librarians recommend is Dr. Seuss but some people may not like Dr. Seuss ( or might consider his books a bit too long for wee ones.) One place that has a lot of books that rhyme ( or might be based off songs) is the Song and Rhyme Neighborhood.

Marked with a yellow sticker on the spine, here are a few titles featured in this Neighborhood:
  • Where do the Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna C. Sayres
  • Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
  • A Wish For You by Matt Novak
  • It's Raining, It's Pouring as told by Kin Eagle
 So the next time you are in the mood for a song or too, check out the Song and Rhyme Neighborhood.

Come check out the Neighborhoods!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Let's Go Visit the Popular Neighborhood!

Most of the time, kids will come to the library and ask " Do you have any Bob the Builder books? or " Do you have any books with Max and Ruby?" While some are very easy to locate ( all the Max and Ruby books are Rosemary Wells), other require a bit of a scavenger hunt ( Bob the Builder has about four or five different  authors). So that's where the Popular Neighborhood comes in.

Technically, we have two Popular shelves. One features the likes of Barbie/Disney Princesses, Dora, superheros/Stars Wars, Spongebob, Thomas the Tank Engine, Winne the Pooh, Sesame Street and fairies. The Neighborhood one features a mix of Bob the Builder, Backyardigans, princesses ( Disney and non-Disney), and some lesser known characters ( and have a purple sticker).

Here are some of the titles you find in this area-
  • Johnny Tracker and the Big Surprise by Judy Katschke
  • Ruby's Party by Rosemary Wells ( Note- We have cataloged as P RUBY)
  • The Backyardigans and the Secret of Snow by Alison Inches
  • Bob the Builder and Run-Away Roley by Alison Inches
For other characters, like My Little Pony or Care Bears, it's best to look it up in the catalog (or ask us) first to see if we have any on the shelf or at other branches.

So the next time you're looking for a popular cartoon character, check out the Popular Neighborhood!

 Come check out the Neighborhoods!