Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cool Kids is Coming ( and it's gonna be AWESOME!!)

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 don't 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 also have a program coming up next Thursday at 4 pm. We'll be celebrating our AWESOME bot, Wyatt Jr., and we're going to feature some AWESOME books and make an AWESOME Wyatt puppet. It is open to grades K to 5th grade and families. (Please sign up via our  Library Events online calender.

Happy Cool Kids Month! Keep Reading!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Book Review: All The Lovely Bad Ones-Mary Downing Hahn


Travis and Corey love making trouble. So when they stay at their Grandma's inn and learn of it's history of ghost sightings, they decide to "haunt" the place. While it brings in business and thrills the guests, it also brings real ghosts. Can the two troublemakers restore peace to the inn and let the ghosts rest?

I'm not really in horror stories, but this book provides a good, old- fashioned spookiness, perfect for fall and Halloween nights.

All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn
Lexile: 670
***** ( 5 stars)
 Here is a fanmade book trailer. Enjoy!

For  those that prefer old-fashioned ghost stories, Hahn is a good author to read. She writes books for children and teens ( and in other genres besides ghost stories, check out her official website). Here are some of her books:

  • Wait Till Helen Comes- Molly and Michael dislike their new stepsister but realize they must save her when befriends an evil ghost child.
  • Closed for the Season-Two boys set out to solve a murder at an abandoned amusement park.
  • Mister Death's Blue-Eyed Girls- Told from many perspectives (and based on an actual case), tells the story of two girls murdered in 1956.
  • Look for Me by Moonlight- While visiting her father and stepmother at a  bed-and-breakfast inn in Maine, a young girl befriends a handsome but mysterious stranger. ( Note- Available in the teen fiction)
  • Where I Belong-  A young boy with no friends and is constantly bullied befriends a magical spirit of the forest. (Note- This one is coming soon, and the library is ordering it) 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Book Review: Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too!-Anna Dewdney


Nelly Gnu loves her daddy. He can do anything!! And today, they're making a playhouse. But it  needs  more than windows and a roof. So it's time to shop! But it's a big shop, and poor Nelly gets lost. Can Daddy save the day?

Fans of Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama  series will love this new character ( especially girls who love doing things with their dad), filled with bright colors and cute rhymes.   Welcome little Nelly (and Daddy too)!

Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by Anna Dewdney
Age Range: 2 and up
***** (5 Stars)

Want to learn about Llama Llama and his friends? Visit his website, featuring games and more!!

Want more stories about fathers and daughters? Here are some recommendations:

  • The Favorite Daughter by Allen Say
  • Pink Me Up  by Charise M. Harper
  • It's the Best Day Ever, Dad! by Brooke Shields
  • Daddy's Girl by Garrison Keilor
  • Love Your Heart by Tim McGraw

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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 to register.

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, Sept. 2 and 16  at 10 am-Audience: Infants 6-23 months and caregiver (s).

Board Game Fun-Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 6:30 pm-Audience: 2 to 5th grade

Library Cards are Awesome!!- Thursday, Sept. 4 at 4 pm- Audience: K to 5th grade and families

Lego Club- Monday, Sept. 8 at 4pm-Audience: 2nd to 6th grade

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday Sept 9 and 23  at 10 am and 2 pm- Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

Gaming Night- Wednesday Sept 17 at 6 pm- Audience: K-6th

Story Time for 2 and 3 yr olds- Monday, Sept  15  at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

The Hobbit-Thursday, September 25 at 4pm-Audience: K-5th grade.

See You Soon!!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bookworm List: Shark Week!!

A big thanks to all that took part in this Summer Reading Program. It was fun and there's more fun to come this fall. But now... it's Shark Week!!


Yes, we now have on display books about sharks, big and small, for Discovery Channel's week of sharks.  First held in July 1988, it was developed to raise shark awareness. ( For more info and list of shows, visit the official website.)

Did you know...

( courtesy of Sharks-Science for Kids)

  • Sharks do not have a single bone in their bodies. Instead they have a skeleton made up of cartilage; the same type of tough, flexible tissue that makes up human ears and noses.
  • Sharks have outstanding hearing. They can hear a fish thrashing in the water from as far as 500 metres away!
  • A pup (baby shark) is born ready to take care of itself. The mother shark leaves the pup to fend for itself and the pup usually makes a fast get away before the mother tries to eat it!
  • Great whites are the deadliest shark in the ocean. These powerful predators can race through the water at 30 km per hour.
  • A shark always has a row of smaller teeth developing behind its front teeth. Eventually the smaller teeth move forward, like a conveyor belt, and the front teeth fall out.
Want to learn more? Here are some  shark books that on display:

  • The World Strangest Sharks by Victor Gentle and Janet Perry
  • Surprising Sharks by Nicola Davies
  • A Shark Pup Grows Up by Pam Zollman
  • Tough, Toothy Baby Sharks by Sandra Markle
Most of our nonfiction shark books are under the call number 597.3 For stories featuring sharks, search " Sharks-Juvenile Fiction" or " Sharks-Fiction".

Happy Shark Week! Keep Reading!!