Thursday, July 31, 2014

Book Review: Let There Be Light-Archbishhop Desmond Tutu


For most of us ( religious or non-religious), the Bible story of creation has always been moving. And Let There Be Light shows just how moving it can be.

Drawn from his Children of the God Storybook Bible, author and Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu presents a simple but powerful telling of how the world was created. What makes this book more wonderful are the breathtaking artwork of Nancy Tillman (author and illustrator of some wonderful books On the Night You Were Born and The Spirit of Christmas). There seems be a magical, warm glow with each picture. I especially love the picture with the powerful waves of the ocean. A book meant to read again and again ( and possibly worth adding to your shelf!!)

Let There Be Light by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Age Range: All Ages
***** ( 5 stars)

For a preview of the stunning artwork, check out the book's trailer-

Want more books on the creation story? Here are a few recommendations:
  • Let the Whole Earth Sing Praise by Tomie DePaola
  • Creation by Gerald McDermott
  • Who Made Me? by Shirley Tulloch
  • I Sing for the Animals by   Paul Goble

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bookworm List: Come to the Fair!!

Summer is slowly approaching it's end. But before the shorts and flip flops are put away for pants and school shoes, there still some summer fun to be had... at the fair grounds!!. During the late summer and early fall months, states across the country will holding their state fairs for local farmers and other agricultural groups to show off their livestock and farm products. ( In fact, this Friday marks the start of two fairs: Lake County Fair in Crown Point ( August 1-10) and the Indiana State Fair (August 1-17) in Indianapolis.For more info, please click on link to their websites.)

For those wondering how and why states have state fairs, here's some info I picked up by way of Wikipedia ( click link to see full article). In short, they started in the 19th century for promoting state agriculture ( or farming) by way of livestock and farm product shows. Over the years, they have grown include carnival rides, games, and live entertainment. The first state fair happened in Syracuse, New York in 1841 ( and continues to run annually each year.)

We have a few books on state fairs on display in our ABC-123 box. Here are some of the titles:

  • County Fair by Elisa Cooper
  • Come to the Fair by Janet Lunn
  • Barney goes to the Fair by Maureen Valvassori
  •  Mystery at the Fair by Gertrude C. Warner
  • Night at the Fair by Donald Crews
For more books about state fairs, try "Fairs-Juvenile Fiction", " Fairs-Juvenile Literature", or "Fairs-Fiction".

By the way...
This is the last week of the Summer Reading Program. We have one final movie tomorrow at noon (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2) and Starlab Portable Planetarium this Thursday at 2pm and 4 pm. The last day to turn in books is Saturday, August 2nd.

Happy Summer!! Keep Reading!!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Book Review-Goatilocks and the Three Bears-Erica S. Perl


Most of us know the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. But what if instead of girl it was... a goat? Would she like porridge ( or perhaps eat the bowl)? Would she cause a mess? How will the bears react?

This is an oh-so-cute take on a beloved fairy tale, filled with bright colors, cute cartoon-like drawings  and a very happy, unusual ending.

Goatilocks and the Three Bears by Erica S. Perl
Age Range: 4 and up
**** ( 4 stars)

Want more alternative takes on Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Here are some recommendations:

  • Goldie Socks and The Three Libearians by Jackie Hopkins- The bears help Goldie Socks look for the perfect book.
  • Rolling Along with Goldie Locks and the Three Bears by Cindy Meyers-Goldie Locks befriends Baby Bear, who uses a wheelchair and goes to physical therapy.
  • Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems- Goldilocks breaks into a house of ...dinos!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Just a Reminder...

 Just a reminder...

There are only two more weeks left of Fizz Boom Read!! We hope everyone had a good time and that everyone keeps reading and coming to the library. August 2nd 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 August 2nd.

Here is what we have coming up this week and next week. Please register via the Library Calender at the or call 769-3541 ext 360.

The Lego Movie- Wednesday, July 23 at noon ( All Ages)

Gaming Night-Wednesday, July 23 at 6pm ( K-6th grade)

Challenger Learning Center-Thursday,July 24 at 1pm ( K-5th grade)

Kids Art Club-Thursday, July 24 at 4pm ( 2nd-6th grade)

Cloudy with Chance of Meatball 2-Wednesday, July 30 at noon

Starlab Portable Planetarium- Thursday, July 31 at 2pm and 4pm

Monday, July 21, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Color Magic!!

Today's storytime was very colorful!! The group heard two stories ( Color Box by Dayle Dodds and I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont). We also counted some monkeys and did some fun bubble wrap art.

Here are some of the songs we did at today's program:

If you like the color Red added 8-7-97 Original Author Unknown
Sung to: "If your happy and you know it"
If you like the color red, Shake your head,
If you like the color red, Shake your head,
If you like the color red,
Then please shake your head.
If you like the color red, shake your head.

Others: Blue, touch your shoe
Black, pat your back
Green, bow like a queen
Yellow, Shake like Jell-O
Brown, Turn around
Pink, give us a wink.

Colors ( Blue is the Lake)
Blue is the Lake,
(point to the floor)

Yellow is the sun
(point to the sky)

Silver are the stars,
When the day is done,
(wiggle fingers in the air)

Red is the apple,
(make circle with hands)

Green is the tree
(raise arms over head like branches)

Brown is a chocolate chip cookie for you and me!
(rub tummy)

Want to make a bubble wrap print? Here's a video that shows how ( ask Mom or Dad before getting the bubble wrap!)
We have two more Family Movie Days. They are:
Lego Movie- Wednesday, July 23 at noon
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2- Wednesday, July 30 at noon
The last day to turn in books for the Summer Reading Progam is Saturday, August 2nd.

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds will be taking a break next month. Look for our fall session later in September.
Have a Happy Summer! See you in the fall!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Book Review-Let's Do Nothing-Tony Fucile

Meet Saul and Frankie. They've done everything, from reading every comic book ever written to baking enough cookies to feed a small country. So what left for them to do? NOTHING!!!

But can doing nothing actually  be fun? Well, you'll have to read this fun, laugh-out loud AWESOME book for yourself. (Which by the way was written and illustrated by a former Disney animator!!!) Reminds me of Phineas and Ferb or Arthur and Buster.

 Unless you actually are doing .. something. Still, read anyway!!

Let's Do Nothing by Tony Fucile
Age Range: 4 and up
Lexile: 360
***** ( 5 stars)

Want a preview? Here's the book trailer:  

Want more fun books about imagination? Here are some recommendations-

  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Book Review-Tap the Magic Tree-Christine Matheson


Trees are magical. Want to see? Tap it once, then again. Watch pink buds form, them blow away with a swish and a kiss. See apples grow and shake them from a tree with a plop plop kerplop.  And that's not all, there's more when fall and winter comes. And it happens over and over.

This is a neat and colorful book for teaching the seasons ( especially great for storytimes!!)

Tap the Magic Tree by Christine Matheson
Age Range: 3-8
***** ( 5 Stars)

For a preview, here's  the book trailer-

There's even more fun with some classroom activities ( click on the link)

Want more books about the season? Here are some recommended titles:

  • A Year with Friends by John Seven
  • All the Seasons of the Year by Deborah L. Rose
  • Turning of the Year by Bill Martin
  • What Makes the Seasons by Megan Cash

Monday, July 7, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds-Stars at Night

Hello, hope everyone had a good 4th of July weekend and ready for more fun at the library.

Today's 2 and 3 yr old story time was all about space. The kids heard three stories ( Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, My Very First Look at Shapes by Christine Gunzi, and Quack! by Arthur Yorinks). We also rang some bells, learned about shapes, and made a rocket picture using a circle, rectangle, and triangle.

Here are some of the songs we did today:

Four Little Stars added 2-19-98 Original Author Unknown
Four little stars
winking at me.
One shot off,
then there were three!

three little stars
With nothing to do.
One shot off,
Then there were two!
Two little stars
Afraid of the sun.
One shot off,
Then there was one!

One little star
Alone is no fun.
It shot off,
then there was none!

Dance Your Fingers

Dance your fingers up,
And dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side,
Dance them all around!

Dance them on our shoulders,
Dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummy,
And put them all to bed!

Here is a video of Greg and Steve's " Bop Til You Drop" ( featured on Kids in Action)

Our last 2 and 3 of the summer is July 21 at 10 am and 11:30 am- Color Magic ( Note- Because there is painting involved, please bring an old shirt or something to protect your clothes from stains).

This Wednesday at noon, we are showing Frozen ( " Do you want to build a snowman?"). In the coming Wednesdays, we're going to have Despicable Me 2, The Lego Movie, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

Happy Summer! See You Soon! 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy Fourth of July!

Here's to a safe and happy 4th of July! Enjoy a weekend of family, fun (and fireworks!!) and we'll see you all on Monday!