Monday, April 28, 2014

Upcoming Programs in May

 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, May 5 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday,May 6 at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday,May 13 and Tuesday, May 27  at 10 am - Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

Lego Club-Monday, May 12 at 4 pm-Audience: Grades 2-6

Board Game Fun-Wednesday, May 7 at 6:30 pm- Audience: Grades 1-5

Gaming Night- Wednesday, May 14  at 6 pm- Audience: Grades K-6

Kids Art Club- Thursday, May 29 at 4 pm- Audience: Grades 2-6

Also this month-

Fantastic Rainbow Loom Fun- Thursday May 8 at 4 pm-Audience: K-6

 School-aged children, K-6, are invited to attend this fun Rainbow Loom program. Participants should bring their own loom but bands will be supplied.
Registration is required and attendance is limited to 15.

 Volunteer Meeting-Tuesday, May 27 at 4 pm and Wednesday, May 28 at 6 pm
 'Tweens and teens, ages 11 (must be 11 by August 2013) through 17, who are interested in volunteering during the library's Summer Reading Program, must attend a Volunteer Meeting in order to sign up. A parent or legal guardian must be present to sign a permission slip at the meeting.  

Coming This Summer- Fizz Boom Read ( June-July 2014)

See You Soon!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Book Review- The Mysterious Woods of Whistle Root- Christoper Pennell


In an small town called Whistle Root, there lives an orphan girl named Carly Bean Bitters. Carly is a bit of night owl and spends the midnight hour drinking hot tea and reading books til the sun rises, when she can sleep. One night, she finds a squash on her roof...

And that's all I going to tell you about this odd but charming and magical book featuring musical rats, a boy named Green who lives in a cabin under the school, and a monstrous creature know as the  Griddlebeast. There's also wonderful black and white illustrations that add charm and mystery to this very gentle  dream-like read.

The Mysterious Woods of Whistle Root-Christopher Pennell
Age Range: 9-12
Lexile: 790
**** ( 4 stars)

For information on Pennell, visit his website.

Want more books featuring talking rats ( or mice)? Here are a few recommendations:
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O'Brian
  • Loamhedge by Brian Jacques
  •  The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  • Redwall by Brian Jacques
  • Walter: Story of a Rat by Barbara Wersba

Monday, April 21, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr old: An Egg-cellent Morning!

Hello, hope everyone had an wonderful and happy Easter.

Since everyone was still in an Easter mood, that's what today's story time was all about. The children heard three stories ( Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure by Kimberly and James Dean, Kipper's Book of Opposites  by Mick Inkpen, and Easter Parade by Irving Berlin ( illustrated by Lisa McCue). We had some fun with scarves and made colorful Easter egg collages.

So during the craft time, I'll play some type of CD as background music. I usually try to find some type of instrumental or kid-friendly CD ( and different from the activity music CD) that fits the theme of the program. I went with the soundtrack to Disney's Alice in Wonderland ( the 1951 animated film). My favorite song from Alice (and very appropriate for this season) is " All in the Golden Afternoon" (and I love the bread and butter flies!!), so here is a clip of that song. Enjoy!!!

Our last 2 and 3 yr old for Spring 2014 will be Monday, May 5. We then take a short break ( and will be getting read for our summer reading program, Fizz Boom Read). Our summer session starts Monday, June 2 ( at 10 am) and Monday, June 16 ( which being part of our SRP, will be 10 am and also at 11: 30 am and will be all about the weather).

See You Soon!!!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bookworm List: Egg-cellent Reads ( plus movies!!)

Well, I'm hoping Tuesday was the last time we'll see snow (or else the Easter Bunny will be wearing a coat and boots to hide the eggs and deliver the baskets of jellybeans, chocolates and Peeps. I have the new Birthday Cake Peeps, good to add to coffee! Or yes, explode in the microwave but what a mess!)

So after the egg hunts and gathering with family for ham ( or lamb) and bunny cake, you'll probably want to wind down with some Easter and spring-related books. Here are a few recommendations, which you might find on our display shelf by the front desk or the ABC box by the New Book Elephant (which might also have some new Easter/spring books):

  • *NEW* Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure by Kimberly and James Dean- Pete the Cat helps the Easter Bunny decorate the eggs and hide them ( plus dress like a bunny. A cat dressed like a bunny, now that's funny!!!)

  • The Easter Bunny's Assistant by Jan Thomas-The Easter Bunny has a new assistant named Skunk and he's going to help decorate the eggs. But when he gets excited, it....stinks!!

  • *NEW*Here Comes Peter Cottontail by Kristen Depken- Picture book adaptation of the  1971 Rankin-Bass cartoon.
  • Easter Parade by Irving Berlin ( illustrated by Lisa McCue) Picture book adaptation of the classic Irving Berlin song from the movie Easter Parade ( lyrics included at the back. Kind of wished it came with a CD for those not familiar with the song, especially because it features the lesser-known opening verse.)
Now, the kids might also want some Easter/ spring related movies. This... might be hard because unfortunately, most people think religious ( most of which are too much to handle due to subject material and length. The classic Ten Commandments, airing this Saturday on ABC is 4 hours long!!!). And of what there is bunny and eggs, very hard to find ( there were about 10 or so special back in my 80s-90s childhood, like Peter and the Magic Egg and Family Circus Easter. Plus ABC used to air the Walt Disney Easter Parade, featuring Southern Belles and a sing-along to Peter Cottontail or Easter Parade. Check the Youtube). So here is my best recommendations that I can think of:

  • It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown!- Love Snoopy and the dancing bunnies ( plus Patty's attempt to teach Marcie to die eggs.) It will be airing this Sunday on ABC at 6 pm ( along with a Charlie Brown baseball cartoon)
  • Here comes Peter Cottontail- Based off the book The Easter Bunny that Overslept, it's the story of how the Easter Bunny came to be (and sort of a sequel to Santa Claus is Coming to Town because it features the mailman voiced by Fred Astaire.)
  • Prince of Egypt- For those that want Moses but not the long movie, there is 1998 Dreamworks musical cartoon featuring the voices of Val Kilmer and Patrick Stewart. 
  • Alice in Wonderland- The Disney 1951 animated movie (or the lesser-known 1985 CBS TV-movie with Carol Channing, Sammy Davis Jr., and  a bunch of big stars, which we have over at Dyer, Hobart, Lake-Station, and Munster ) are my favorite takes on the Lewis Carroll tale ( and actually I am using the Disney soundtrack for my Easter program this Monday). The 2010 Tim Burton is okay ( but more appropriate for Halloween because of Burton freakiness).
I am also recommending a few movie musicals that take place during the 1800-1900s, like Hello Dolly, My Fair Lady,Gigi, Mary Poppins, Newsies and of course, Easter Parade. ( Why? Because the Victorian/Edwardian clothes and designs show up in a lot of Easter decorations and some of the songs from these musicals, especially " Easter Parade" and " Put on Your Sunday Clothes" are used alot in Easter parades.)

 We will be open tomorrow and Saturday at our normal hours but closed Sunday due to the Easter holiday.
Happy Easter!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's National Library Week!!!

Did you know that this week is National Library Week? Created in 1958 by the American Library Association (ALA) to increase awareness of the library, it's usually falls during the second week of April.  For more information, check out ALA's official site.

We at the Merrillville Library have lots of stuff going on this week. ( All the other branches have National Library Week stuff, too, please check the calender.) On the main level, we  have a " Guess the Numbers" contests where we are asking our patrons to guess how much we have in books, CDs, etc. On the upper level, we have a photo booth ( no, not an actual photo booth, but a fun little area with props and speech bubbles where you can take a "selfie" celebrating your love of the library.) And down in childrens, we have a contest where children can guess the storybook characters featured in our Programming Room ( yes, we have a mural,and it's LOVELY!!!) and if they can name them all, they win a prize. We will also be having this Thursday, April 17, at 4 pm-

Celebrate National Library Week! Children in grades K-5 are invited to celebrate National Library Week with us! At this special program, participants will learn about how awesome the library is, hear some great stories and make something cool to take home. PLEASE REGISTER

 So come out and celebrate your library!

 Keep Reading!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Book Review: The Easter Bunny's Assistant-Jan Thomas


The Easter Bunny has a new assistant. His name is Skunk, and today they're going to be showing the kids how to make beautiful Easter eggs. Decorating eggs is very exciting, but when Skunk gets excited, it...stinks.

Once again, Jan Thomas has created another funny, LOL book. It is very cute , full of bright colors and big, big print. Also like that the steps are repeated again in the back ( and with more specifics and when an adult's help is required.)

The Easter Bunny's Assistant by Jan Thomas
Age Range: 2-5
***** ( 5 stars).

And if you like this book, here are some of Thomas's other books:

  • Can You Make a Scary Face?
  •  The Doghouse
  • Rhyming Dust Bunnies
  • What will The Fat Cat Sit on?
  • Birthday for Cow
  • Here comes the Big,  Mean Dust Bunny

Monday, April 7, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: A Day at the Zoo!

Today's storytime took place at the zoo! The kids heard three stories ( Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles, Chester's Colorful Easter Eggs by Theresa Smythe, and How Loud is A Lion? by Clare Beaton). We also shook some eggs, got a visit from Bananas the Monkey and the Color Birds, and decorated a lion picture with yarn.

Here are some of the songs we did today:

The Animals at the Zoo added 6-2-02 Submitted by: Cecilia HarrisSung to: "The Wheels on the Bus"

The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar,
Roar, roar, roar,
Roar, roar, roar,
The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar,
All day long!

( You can do any animal for this, like kangaroos or penguins!)

Who Does a Monkey See? added 7-17-00 Original Author Unknown
Sung to: "Skip to My Lou"

Who does a monkey see from a tree?
Who does a monkey see from a tree?
Whodoes a monkey see from a tree?
Monkey sees (child's name)  from a tree.

Our next Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds are Monday,April 21 and Monday, May 5. Both are at 10 am in the Children's Programming Room.

Hope to see you soon!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Book Review: Babies on the Go-Linda Ashman


Babies like to be on the go. But some may need a little help. So...they might ride bareback through the trees. Or tucked inside a pouch. They might be squeezed together in a bunch, or be snug under a wing. But no matter where (inside or outside) or how ( by stroller, gentle paws, or piggyback), they all travel with love.

Lovely illustrations of different animals and their babies ( such as humans,lions, swans, and snow monkeys) along with rhymes and big new words ( like perch, nudge, and boosted) make this an enjoyable treat for parents and little ones!

Babies on the Go by Linda Ashman
Age Range: 2-5
**** (4 stars)

Looking for more books featuring animals and their babies? Here are some recommendations:
  • Mole's Babies by David Bedford
  • Close to You: How Animals Bond by Kimiko Kajikawa 
  • Carry Me: Baby Animals on the Move by  Susan Stockdale
  • Hello Baby! by Mem Fox