Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!

It's the last  day of 2014!!  I hope everyone had a good year and  will continue to do so (and continue reading) in 2015! So, from all of us at Lake County Public Library (including your lovely blogger)....

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Upcoming Programs in January and Holiday Hours

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.

Board Game Fun-Wednesday, January 7  at 6:30 p.m. --Audience: 1st-5th grade

Lego Club- Monday, January 13 at 4pm- Audience: 2nd to 6th grade.

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

 Story Time for 2 and 3 yr olds- Monday, January 19 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

 Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, January 20 at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).

 Gaming Night- Wednesday, January 21 at 6 pm- Audience:K-5th grade

 Celebrating Your 'U'
Monday, January 19         4 p.m.
In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, school age children (kindergarten to grade 5) will celebrate his dream of tolerance and individuality through stories, games, and a craft. 

 Beach Party Bash
Thursday, January 22          4 p.m.
School age children (kindergarten to grade 5) are invited to come in from the cold and join us for an indoor beach bash.

 Reminder to all about holiday hours-
Wednesday, December 24-Closed
Thursday, December 25-Closed
Friday, December 26-Tuesday, December 30-OPEN, Normal hrs
Wednesday, December 31- Close at 5 pm
Thursday, January 1-Closed
Friday, January 2-OPEN, Normal hrs   

Coming Soon-
Readathon ( More Details to Come)

Happy New Year. See You in 2015

Monday, December 15, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Jingle Jingle!!

Happy Holidays!!!

Today was our last storytime for 2014. We had very big crowd that wanted to celebrate the holidays. The group heard three stories ( Jingle Jingle by Nicole Smee, Ten on a Sled by Kim Norman, and I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by John Rox). They also rang some bells and made a Jingle Hippo Ornament.

Here is a video for "Holly Jolly Christmas", sung by Burl Ives. Enjoy!!

We're taking a holiday break, but we'll start again Monday, January 19 2015 at 10 am.

Happy Holidays and see everyone next year!!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Book Reviews: Books for a Quiet Holiday

For the most of us, the holidays are a season of hustle and bustle. There are endless weeks of shopping, preparing, and partying. Yet these two books celebrate the quiet moments.

The Christmas Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood- Fans of Underwood's The Quiet Book  and The Loud Book will love the holiday companion that celebrates Christmas's quiet moments.  In digitally colored pencil artwork by Renata Liswka ( plus simple text from Underwood), bunnies, bears, and other animals quietly make snow angels,  drink cocoa, and try to stay up for Santa.  A perfect read to calm little ones to bed.


Noel by Tony Johnston- On Christmas Eve, the sounds of bells from "an icicle-pointed steeple" call a community to gather and sing " Noel".  Beloved children's author Johnston's lyrical and haunting words celebrates the beauty and calm of the season, matched wonderfully with watercolor artwork by Cheng-Khee Chee. Using a watercolor method called "saturated wet-paper technique" ( which is described in the back of the book), Chee's images of snow-covered carolers and twinkling street lights seem to glow from the pages.  A warm and wonderful holiday read.

The Christmas Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood
Age Range: 3-7

Noel by Tony Johntson
Age Range: 5-8
Lexile: 500

Both books: ***** ( 5 stars)

Looking to create a quiet holiday? Here are a few CD recommendations ( Please note that most of theses will be up in the regular AV department):

  • Noel-Josh Groban
  • December-Kenny Loggins
  • Ultimate Relaxation Christmas Album-Various artists
  • A Smooth Jazz Christmas-Dave Koz
  • Wintersong-Sarah McLachlan
  • My Christmas by Andrea Bocelli

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Book Review: Roc and Roe's 12 Days of Christmas-Nick Cannon

It's the holiday season and Morroccan (Roc) and Monroe (Roe) Cannon are ready to deck the halls!!  They're going to decorate the tree with choo choo trains, festive fairies and an angel with sparkly, shiny wings! Yippee.

This is a cute, modern take on the Christmas carol "The 12 days of Christmas". I love AG Ford's Saturday morning-looking artwork of Nick Cannon and Mariah Carery's twins ( who make a cameo in the book) and all the stuff that they add to the tree (most of which is clumped at the bottom). It's also good to use for story times because the kids will know the song (and they help you count).

Roc and Roe's 12 Days of Christmas by Nick Cannon
Age Range: 3-5
**** ( 4 stars)

Looking for more Christmas books? Here are some suggestion:

  • A Cookie for Santa by Shephanie Shaw "NEW"
  • Christmas Parade by Sandra Boynton
  • Here Comes Santa Cat by Deborah Underwood "NEW"
  • Must Be Santa  by Tim Moore
  • Elmo's 12 Days of Christmas by Sarah Albee

Monday, December 1, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Rocking Holiday Pizza!!

To kick off the holiday season, today's storytime was a rocking holiday pizza party (sans pizza but it was still fun)! The children heard three stories ( Pizza at Sally's by Monica Wellington, My Very First Look at Opposites by Christiane Gunzi, and Roc and Roe's 12 Days of Christmas by Nick Cannon). We also rang some bells and made a mini pizza ornament.

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

Pizza Man added 1-9-00 Original Author Unknown
Pat a cake, pat a cake, Pizza Man.  
Make me a pizza as fast as you can!  
Roll it and toss it and sprinkle it with cheese.
And don't forget 5 pepperonis ,please !!

If You Want To Make Some Pizza added 3-15-04
Submitted by:
Lisa Pope
Sung to: "If You're Happy and You Know It"

If you want to make some pizza, clap your hands,(clap, clap),
If you want to make t some pizza, clap your hands, (clap, clap),
If you want to make some pizza, clap your hands
If you want to make t some pizza, clap your hands, (clap, clap)

(Add whatever actions you like)

Gingerbread Man Fingerplay added 12-10-01 Original Author Unknown
Stir a bowl of gingerbread (stir as in a bowl)
Smooth and spicy brown
Roll it with a rolling pin (roll as if with a rolling pin)
Up and up and down
With a cookie cutter (pretend to cut cookie)
Make some little men.
Put them in the oven (put pan in the oven)
Until half past ten.

 Today's holiday treat- We Need a Little Christmas from Glee's Xmas Album, Vol 1. Enjoy!!


Our last Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds is Monday, December 15 at 10 am.  The Christmas Hippo will be stopping by.

Happy Holidays!! See You Soon!!