Sunday, June 14, 2015

Book Review: Your Baby's First Word will be Dada!!-Jimmy Fallon


For most new moms and dads, when their child starts talking, they hope their first word will be "Mama" or " Dada". But in the animal world, it is most likely that a piglet will " Oink", a puppy will " Woof" and a duckling will " Quack". And while it might be frustrating, in time ( and in some form), they may one day say " Dada".


This is a really cute book from Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show. I love the oddly-cute animals like the triangular-shaped mice and the half-circle chickens. I would have like a bit of a plot, but I'm assuming that the intended audience is for the under 3 set, they can just point at the pictures and say the animal sounds in the bubbles (or  perhaps I could use  this for the animal/farm section of Mother Goose on the Loose.) Perfect for new dads.







Your Baby's First Word will be "Dada" by Jimmy Fallon
Age Range: 2 and up
*** (3 stars)



Looking for more books celebrating Dad ? Here are some recommendations:

  • Daddy Hugs  by Nancy Tafuri
  • Saturday with Daddy  by Dan Andreasen
  • Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin
  • The Fathers are Coming Home by Margaret Wise Brown

By the way, Fallon wrote a children's book long before he was married and had kids. It's called Snowball Fight!! and it's a good read aloud for winter.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Bookworm List: Summer!!!



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Hello all!!

So this weeks marks the start of our Summer Reading Program, Every Hero has a Story ( and runs until August 1st). This week, it's all about summer!!! Is anyone heading to the beach or planning a big vacation? Or are just planning to relax and have some fun reading before school starts?

Well, about reading some books all about .... Summer!! Here are some recommendations-

  • At the Boardwalk by Kelly R. Fineman
  • The Night Before Summer Camp by Natasha Wing
  • Sun Dance, Water Dance by Jonathon London
  • A Couple of Boys have the Best Week Ever! by Marlee Frazee
  • Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies
  • Totally Polar by Marty Crisp
  • Happy Birthday, America by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Beach Day by Karen Roosa
  • Sand Castle by Brenda S. Yee
  • Fun in the Sun by David Catrow
To close, I felt like posting a Beach Boy song ( especially since I used one for tonite's Family Storytime and tomorrow's storytime for ages 2 and 3 and ages 4 and 5. ) Here is " True to Your School". Enjoy!!


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Book Review: Bow Wow's Nightmare Neighbors-Mark Newgarden




About 7-8 yrs ago when I did my first outreach programs at the Merrillville public schools, I read a wordless, comic-like picture book called Bow Wow Bugs a Bug, in which a little yellow dog had some fun with a flea.  In his latest adventure, Bow Wow ventures to a spooky house to deal with some cats who bit him on the tail while napping and stole his doggie bed. With creeks and scares around very corner ( not to mention an even bigger tail-biting cat ), can Bow Wow retrieve his bed on a dark and stormy night?

Like the first Bow Wow, I laughed and laughed my head off ( plus felt the need to make spooky sounds and spooky music, like "Dun-Dun-DUNNNNN"). I'll have to keep this book in mind for upcoming Halloween programs ( or when things go bump in the night).


Bow Wow's Nightmare Neighbors by Mark Newgarden
Age Range: 2 and up
***** (5 stars)

Looking for more books featuring dogs? Here are some suggestions:

  • Bow Wow Bugs a Bug by Mark Newgarden
  • Traffic Pups by Michelle Meadows
  • Homer by Elisha Cooper
  • Shaggy Dogs, Waggy Dogs by Patricia Hubbell

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Book Review: Show Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie-Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie McClelland

Yay, Sophia Grace and her cousin Rosie are back!! The school's having a talent show and they're planning a big song and dance number with lots of glitter and purple tutus. And so much more. It's going to be grrrr-eat!!

Once again  my inner sparkle princess giggled and delighted at Youtube's and Ellen DeGeneres's favorite singing British cousins ( who are once again recaptured adorably and glittery through Shelagh McNicholas's pencil and water color illustrations). I especially love the BIG surprise ending that says everyone is a star.

Show Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie by Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie McClelland
Age Range: 5 and up
Lexile: 540
**** ( 4 Stars)







Looking for more glittery, girly reads? Here are some recommendations:

  • Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie by Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie McClelland
  • Pink Me Up by Charise M. Harper
  • Puptastic! by Victoria Kann
  • Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor
By the way, the girls also have a direct to DVD movie, Sophia Grace and Rosie's Royal Adventure. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Every Hero has a Story- June Programming

 Summer is just around the corner, and so is the library's summer reading program. Starting June 8th, and continuing until August 1st, children ages 2 to 14 can earn prizes by reading  library books. All they have to do is read one  book, magazine, or audio book and return it  to the Children's Department, where our teen volunteers will record each book read  on a special card, and eventually earn prizes for every 10 picture books or 500 chapter book pages read.

We will also be having programming during  the summer, too. 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.

 Tween and Teen Volunteer Meeting-Wednesday, June at 4 pm or Thursday, June 4 at 6 pm 'Tweens and teens, ages 11 (must be 11 by August 2014) 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.

Bea the Bea Story hour-Saturday, June 6 at 10am-Audience: All Ages

 Mother Goose on the Loose-Monday, June 8 and June 20 at 10 am-Audience:Infants 6-23 Months and caregiver.

 Family Story hour-Monday June 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 6pm-Audience: All Ages

 Story Time for 2 and 3 yr Olds- Tuesday, June 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 10 am Audience:2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr Olds-Tuesday, June 9, 16,23, and 30 at 11:15 am- Audience: 4 and 5 year olds

 Lego Club-Tuesdays at 4pm-Audience: K-5

 Read to the Dog!-Tuesday, June 23 and 30 at 3:15 pm-Audience:K-5

 Family Movie Day ( Wednesday at noon) Patrons can bring a lunch or snack. No red or dark colored drinks! 
June 10-Alexander and the Very Bad Day
 June 17-Incredibles
June 24-Big Hero 6 Audience: All Ages. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older

 Gaming with Heroes-Wednesday, June 10 and 24 at 6pm-Audience: K-6

Board Games with Heroes-Wednesday, June 17 at 6 pm-Audience: K-6

Comic Con Kick-Off- Saturday, June 13 at 10 am- 4 pm- Audience: All Ages

Superhero Training Academy-Thursday, June 18 at 10:30 am-Audience: K-5

 Comic Club- Thursday, June 18 and 25 at 3:00 pm-Audience: 3-6th grade

Merrillville Fire Department-Friday, June 19 at 10:30 am-Audience: All Ages

Spies vs. Ninjas-Thursday, June 25 at 10:30 am-Audience:K-5

 Tie-Dye T-Shirts- Friday, June 26 at 10:30 am-Audience: All Ages

See You Soon!!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Book Review: The Best Part of the Day- Sarah Ban Breathnach


 As day folds into night, have you ever ask yourself " What was the best part of the day?" Was it tending the garden or picnics with friends? Or the sand in your toes or catching summer's fireflies? Snuggle in safe and warm and celebrate " the best part of the day."


A beautiful written  book from the author of Simple Abundance (and beautifully illustrated by Wendy Edelson), this book helps children remember life's little moments, every day of the season. It may even encourage parents and grandparents to start a new bedtime ritual. Perfect for all ages.

The Best Part of the Day by Sarah Ban Breathnach
Age Range: All Ages
***** (5 stars)

Looking for more books that teach thankfulness? Here are some recommendations:

  • Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson
  • Thanksgiving Day Thanks  by Laura Elliot
  • The Thankful Book by Todd Parr

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Book Review: Yoda: The Story of a Cat and His Kittens-Beth Stern


Once upon a time there was a Persian cat named Yoda, who dreamed about being a supercat. But then his owners do not want him, so he is taken to a animal shelter, where his fur becomes dirty and becomes skinny as a string bean. But then a lady named Beth adopts him, and while it is heaven, something is missing. Perhaps some kittens will help.


This is such an adorable, funny illustrated  book from Howard Stern's wife(and yes, this really is a true story). I especially love  all the little, sarcastic cartoon bubbles from big, blue-eyed Yoda ( especially when he is trying to keep the kittens out of trouble). A must have for animal ( and cat) lovers.

Yoda: The Story of a Cat and His Kittens by Beth Stern
Age Range: 6-8
Lexile: 530
**** ( 4 Stars)

Want more books featuring cats? Here are some recommendations:

  • My Name is Bob by James Bowen
  • Little Lola by Julie Saab
  • Cheetah Can't Lose by Bob Shea
  • I Love Cats  by Sue Stainton

Monday, May 4, 2015

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr old: Love Your Mama

For our final 2 and 3 program for Spring 2015, we celebrated moms ( since this Sunday is Mother's Day). The kids heard three books ( A Little Bit of Love by Cynthia Platt, Over in the Meadow by Olive Wadsworth, and When Mama Comes Home Tonight by Eileen Spinelli), rang some bells, and made a handprint card for their mom.

Here are one of the songs we did for today-

Daffodils fingerplay added 3-23-00 Original Author Unknown
(Show fingers or make daffodil puppets from cupcake liners and craft sticks!)

One little daffodil had nothing much to do,
Out popped another one, then there were two.
Two little daffodils were smiling at a bee,
Out popped another one, then there were three.
Three little daffodils were growing by the door,
Out popped another one, then there were four.
Four little daffodils were glad to be alive,
Out popped another one, then there were five.
Five little daffodils were wearing golden crowns,
They danced in the breeze in green satin gowns.




For background music, I played a classic compilation CD called For Sunday Brunch ( part of the For Your Life CD series). Here is Concerto in A major for two violins in Scordatura and Continuo by  Georg Philipp Telemann. Enjoy.



 This summer, Storytime for 2 and 3 will be  every Tuesday starting June 9 at 10 am, followed by 4 and 5's Storytime at 11: 15 am.  Starting Monday, June 8 at 6 pm, we will be having a Family Storyhour.
Stay tuned for more details.



Sunday, April 26, 2015

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 4 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday,May 5at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).


Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday,May 12 and  at 10 am - Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.


Lego Club-Monday, May 11 at 4 pm-Audience: Grades K-5


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




Mother's Day Craft Class-Thursday, May 7 at 4 pm-Audience: K-5

Gaming Night- Wednesday, May 20  at 6 pm- Audience: Grades K-5


Coming This Summer- Every Hero has a Story ( June-August 2015)

See You Soon!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

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


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 Well, the weather almost a damper to our pond visit, but it happened ( rambunctious toddlers and all). The kids heard three stories ( Do Like a Duck Does  by Judy Hindley , Kipper's Book of Opposites  by Mick Inkpen, and Trout Trout Trout by April Pulley Sayre), tap some sticks, and made a rainbow fish.

Usually with the crafts, I like to play some background music ( and normally something that is tied to the program theme besides the activity CD). So with pond, I figure bluegrass ( even though I am not a bluegrass fan) and found Sarah Jarosz  Song Up in her Head  ( because of the cute cover). Here is one of the tracks, enjoy.

 

Our last  Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds for Spring 2015  is Monday, May 4 at 10 am.  We'll be celebrating Moms. 

See You Soon

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Book Review: Edible Colors-Jennifer Vogel Bass



Carrots are orange but did you know they could also be purple, white, or yellow? Or how about corn being red, white, and blue besides yellow? And did you know about red bananas, blue pumpkins and Buddha's Hand? How amazing can fruit and vegetables be!!

I love this vibrant colorful book ( and am a fruit and veggie lover.) Besides being a color primer, this book encourages children to think beyond the color box and fruit and vegetables are really cool ( besides being good to eat.) I do use there was some background information on each item featured, but maybe that would be a great activity for the classroom.

Edible Colors by Jennifer Vogel Bass
Age Range: 2 and up
*** 1/2 ( 3 and half stars)

Note-For those wondering what a Buddha's Hand is, it's a Japanese citrus that looks like creepy hand, here is a picture.)
Buddhas Hand


Looking for more books on fruits and vegetables? Here are some suggestions:
  • Little Sweet Potato by Amy Bloom
  • Fruit and Vegetables  by Carrie Branigan
  • Veggies with Wedgies by Todd Doodler
  • Fruit  by Honor Head

Monday, April 6, 2015

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: E is for Easter!!

Hello, hope everyone had a good Easter weekend.

Since everyone was still in an Easter mood, that's what today's story time was all about. The children heard three stories ( The World in a Candy Egg by Alvin Tresselt, My E Sound Box by Jane B. Moncure, and Easter Parade by Irving Berlin ( illustrated by Lisa McCue). We had some fun with shaking eggs and made colorful Easter egg collages.

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

  Spring Time added 3-12-98 Original Author Unknown
Sung to: "Did you Ever see a Lassie?"
My- eyes can see it's spring-time, it's spring-time, it's spring-time.
my- eyes can see it's spring-time, the grass is so green! 

The green grass, the flowers, the sunshine and showers.
My- eyes can see it's spring-time and I am so glad.


My-ears can hear it's spring time, it's spring time, it's spring time.
My- ears can hear it's spring-time, the birds sweetly sing.
The birds sing, the lambs bleat, the frogs croak, the bees buzz.
My- ears can hear it's spring time, and I am so glad.


My-body can feel's it's spring time, it's spring time, it's spring time.
my-body can feel its spring time, the air is so warm.
The warm air, the breez-es, no frost and no freez-es.
My- body can feel it's spring time, and I am so glad!




Daffodils Fingerplay added 3-23-00 Original Author Unknown
(Show fingers or make daffodil puppets from cupcake liners and craft sticks!)

One little daffodil had nothing much to do,
Out popped another one, then there were two.
Two little daffodils growing by a tree,
Out popped another one, then there were three.
Three little daffodils were growing by the door,
Out popped another one, then there were four.
Four little daffodils were glad to be alive,
Out popped another one, then there were five.
Five little daffodils were wearing golden crowns,
They danced in the breeze in green satin gowns.



Our next Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds are: (all at 10)

Monday, April 20
Monday, May 4

Happy Easter! See You soon! 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Upcoming Programs in April

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, April 6 and 20 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday,April 7 and 21 at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday,April 14 and 28 at 10 am - Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.



Lego Club-Monday, April 6 at 4 pm-Audience: Grades: K-5


Board Game Fun-Wednesday, April 1 at 6:30 pm- Audience: Grades K-5

Gaming Night- Wednesday, April 15  at 6 pm- Audience: Grades K-6

Spring Break Movie Marathon- Wednesday, April 8 at Noon-4 pm-Audience: All Ages

We Love Our Library-Thursday, April 16 at 4 pm- Audience: K-5

Earth Day Fun- Thursday, April 23 at 4 pm-Audience: K-5


See You Soon!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr old: Happy St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow, so we had an early celebration. The children heard three stories ( Green Shamrocks  by Eve Bunting,My Very First Look at Shapes by Christine Gunzi  and The Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever by Teddy Slater). The kids also learned about shapes, waves scarves, and made a Shamrock Buddy.

Here are some of the songs we did today:

This Little Leprechaun added 8-7-97 Original Author Unknown
This little leprechaun slid down the rainbow, (Point to thumb.)
This little leprechaun stayed home. (Point to index finger.)
This little leprechaun picked a shamrock, (Point to middle finger.)
This little leprechaun found some gold. (Point to ring finger.)
This little leprechaun cried, "See if you can catch me," (Point to little finger.)
As he ran home. (Wiggle little finger.)


 
Go On A Leprechaun Hunt added 3-9-98 Original Author Unknown
(an adaptation of the Bear Hunt)
Ask the children to listen closely and follow the directions. Instruct
them to clap the rhythm or slap their knees as you tell the story.

Going on a leprechaun hunt. I'm not afraid.
Let's go! Oh. look! I see a grassy field.
Can't go around it. Can't go under it. Can't go over it. Let's go through it.
Let's go! Swish, swish, swish, swish.
Oh, look! I see a giant tree.
Can't go over it. Can't go under it. Can't go through it. Let's climb it.
Let's go! Climb, climb, climb.
Oh, look! I see a river.
Can't go over it. Can't go around it. Can't go under it. Let's Swim it.
Let's go. Swim, swim, swim.
Oh, look! I see a dark cave.
Can't go around it. Can't go under it. Can't go over it. Let's tiptoe into it.
Let's go. Tippy, tippy, toe.
It's really dark in here. Better turn on my flashlight.
Oh, no. I see something!
It's mean! It's green! It's a leprechaun! Let's go!
Run! Run! Swim! Swim! Climb! Climb! Swish! Swish!
Whew...safe at home again.






Our next storytimes are (all at 10am) :
 Monday, April 6
Monday, April 20 
Monday, May 4 

Happy St. Patrick's Day. See You Soon.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Book Review: The Secret Life of Squirrles-Nancy Rose

 



 Mr. Peanut is no ordinary squirrel. Instead of gathering nuts or climbing trees, he plays the piano and cooks on the grill. But he is very lonely. So one day he sends a letter to his cousin, requesting a visit. And oh what fun they have.

I love this cute, odd book of squirrels playing with doll furniture ( especially the grill and hot dogs!!) A wonderful book about friendship, there are tips on to take pictures of wildlife and an interview with author/photographer Rose. ( By the way, she also has a website, The Secret Life of Squirrels, where you can see more of Mr. Peanut and friends in action.)


The Secret Life of Squirrels by Nancy Rose
Age Range: 3 and up
***** ( 5 Stars)

Want more books featuring squirrels? Here are some recommendations:

  • Miss You Like Crazy by Pamela Hall
  • Nuts to You by Lynne R. Perkins
  • The Busy Little Squirrel  by Nancy Tafuri
  • The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter



Monday, March 2, 2015

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Seuss on the Loose

 For today's storytime we celebrated  Dr. Seuss's birthday ( aka Theodor Seuss Geisel, born  March 2, 1904, died September 24, 1991). The kids heard two of his books, Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You? and There's a Wocket in my Pocket. They also counted some frogs, shook some eggs, and made their own Wockets in Pockets.

Here are some of the songs we did for today-


A Chubby Little Snowman added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown
A chubby little snowman,
Had a carrot nose.
Along came a bunny,
And what do you suppose?
That hungry little bunny,
Looking for his lunch.
Ate that snowman's carrot nose,
Nibble, nibble, crunch!!



 Spring Time added 3-12-98 Original Author Unknown
Sung to: "Did you Ever see a Lassie?"
My- eyes can see it's spring-time, it's spring-time, it's spring-time.
my- eyes can see it's spring-time, the grass is so green! 

The green grass, the flowers, the sunshine and showers.
My- eyes can see it's spring-time and I am so glad.


My-ears can hear it's spring time, it's spring time, it's spring time.
My- ears can hear it's spring-time, the birds sweetly sing.
The birds sing, the lambs bleat, the frogs croak, the bees buzz.
My- ears can hear it's spring time, and I am so glad.


My-body can feel's it's spring time, it's spring time, it's spring time.
my-body can feel its spring time, the air is so warm.
The warm air, the breez-es, no frost and no freez-es.
My- body can feel it's spring time, and I am so glad!


Our next 2 and 3 storytimes are (all at 10 am):

Monday, March 16 
Monday, April 6
Monday, April 20

Happy Seuss Day!! See you soon. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Book Review: Who Wants a Hug?-Jeff Mack




Everyone loves Bear. He's always happy and he gives great big hugs. But Skunk find this annoying, and he has some stinky plans to stop him.

Someone needs a hug.....

This is a cheerful, brightly-colored laugh out loud  read.  I especially love it every time Skunk's plans backfire ( reminds me of  the old Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd cartoons.) Ending is a bit predictable, but kids will laugh their heads off.



Who Wants A Hug? by Jeff Mack
Age Level: 4 and up
**** (4 stars)

Looking for more books about hugs? Here are some suggestions:

  • Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond
  • Daddy Hugs  by Tim Warnes
  • The Giant Hug by Sandra Horning
  • Time for A Hug by Phillis Gershator


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Upcoming Programs in March

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, March 2 and 16 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, March 3 and 17 at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday,March  10 and 24  at 10 am - Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.


Board Game Fun-Wednesday, March 4 at 6 pm-Audience: Grades K-5

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss-Thursday, March 5 at 4 pm-Audience: K-5

Lego Club-Monday, March 9 at 4 pm-Audience: Grades K-5



Gaming Night- Wednesday, March 18 at 6 pm- Audience: Grades K-5



Frozen Party!!-Saturday, March 28 at 1 pm
 Enjoy one last Frozen hurrah before Olaf's favorite season, Summer!  Children in grades K-5th will celebrate with games, crafts, and a snack!  Dress up if you wish, and be prepared to meet royalty!

Winter Movie Singalong-Saturday, March 28 at 2:15 pm 
All ages can sing along to this popular movie about a land where winter is brought on suddenly by a magical sister! 
 Snacks are welcome (clear drinks only)!  *Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult 18+


Hope to see you soon!!!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Book Review: If You Give a Mouse an iPhone-Ann Droyd

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What happens if you give a mouse an iPhone?

Well, he not going to ask for a cookie... or anything at all.  In fact, he will not know what is going on, especially if he falls out of a roller coaster ( because he didn't buckle up) or opens up all the zoo cages ( don't ask) or falls straight into the sea ( don't worry kids, he's safe). But when the battery runs out... look out!

This is a very funny, LOL ( laugh-out loud) modern parody of Laura Numerof's If You Give a ... series, with lots of cute cartoony scenes ( especially when the mouse panics).  Perfect for readers of all ages.




If You Give a Mouse an iPhone by Ann Droyd ( aka David Milgrim)
Age Range: All Ages
***** ( 5 Stars)

Looking for more books by author/illustrator David Milgrim? Here are some of his books:

  • Santa Duck
  • Another Day in the Milky Way
  • Santa Duck and his Merry Helpers
  • Time to Get Up, Time to Go

And he does have one other book under "Ann Droyd", Goodnight iPad: A Parody for the Next Generation, located in Adults under the call number 818.602 DROY.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, February  3 and 17 at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).


Board Game Fun- Wednesday, February 4 at 6:30 pm-Audience: 2nd to 6th grade



Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday, February 10 and 24  at 10 am - Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

Hugs and Kisses- Thursday, February 12 at 4 pm  Audience: K-6




Chinese New Year- Thursday, February 19 at 4 pm Audience: K-6
Gaming Night- Wednesday,February 18 at 6 pm- Audience: K-6

Lego Club- Monday, February 9 at 4pm- 2nd to 6th grade.


Due to a private library function, we will be closed to the public on Monday, February 16th ( President's Day). We resume normal business hours, Tuesday, February 17th.

See You Soon!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Warm Winter Hearts

Today was the first 2 and 3 yr old story time of 2014. Although cold outside, we had some winter/pre- Valentine's Day  fun with a few stories ( Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer, The Color Box by Dayle  Ann Dodds, and A Kiss Means I Love You  by Kathryn Allen). We also learned about color from the Color Birds and made a snowman with hearts.

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 . . .






 
Five Pretty Valentines Fingerplay added 8-7-97 Original Author Unknown
Five Pretty Valentines waiting at the store.
(name) bought one and then there were four.
Four pretty Valentines shaped like a "V"
(name) bought one and then there were three.
Three pretty Valentines said "I love you"
(name) bought one then there were two.
Two pretty Valentines, this was so much fun.
(name) Bought one and then there was one.
One pretty Valentine sitting on the shelf.
I felt sorry for it, So I bought it for myself



Our next 2 and 3 programs are ( all at 10 am in the Children's Programming Room)

Monday, February 2 
Monday, March 2
Monday, March 16

Happy winter! See you soon! 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Book Review: All Hail the Queen ( Anna and Elsa 1)-Erica David

 






Are you a fan of Frozen? ( Who isn't!)

For those in love with the Frozen trend ( or waiting for the mini-sequel, Frozen Fever, coming in March or the many Frozen attractions coming to the Disney Parks), there is now a chapter book series following the sisters Anna and Elsa. The first book, All Hail the Queen, is all about the sisters getting to know each other now that the castle gates have opened and Elsa has learned to control her powers. But ruling a kingdom and being a good sister... not the easiest thing.

This is a cute, quick read for Frozen fans. I especially love the adventure of Olaf and the sisters helping with the ice cutters ( and Olaf bonding with his ice cube "cousins".) More books  are planned to be released ( and we'll probably be ordering them for the fans who can't " Let it Go")

All Hail the Queen (Anna and Elsa 1) by Erica David
Age Range: 6-9
**** ( 4 stars)

Looking for more Frozen books? We currently have 13 books in the library system, including-

  • An Amazing Snowman by Barbara Hicks
  • Anna's Best Friends by Christy Webster
  • Big Snowman, Little Snowman by Tish Rabe
  • Olaf's 1-2-3 ( Board book by RH Disney)
  • Memory and Magic (Anna and Elsa 2) by Erica David

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Book Review: The Book with No Pictures- B.J. Novak









The following review is all about a book with no pictures.

Now that might sound like a bad idea, especially for a children's book. It probably sounds boring and no fun, right? But as everyone knows, a book works like this: Everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say . No matter what. So that means if the words are " Boo Boo Butt" or strange sounds or a funny song, the person.. has to do it. No matter what.!

This is a very funny and clever book. Using just text of various sizes ( and color) and lots of white space, author/actor B.J. Novak ( Saving Mr. Banks, The Office) creates a book that just begs to be read aloud to lots of little kids ( and possibly over and over again.)



The Book With No Pictures by B.J Novak
Age Range: 5-8
***** (5 Stars)


Here is the book trailer ( to give an idea of how the book works). Enjoy!!







Looking for more funny, off-beat books? Here are some suggestions:

  • If You Give a Mouse an iPhone by Ann Droyd
  • This is a Moose by Richard Morris
  • Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
  • Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas
  • New Socks by Bob Shea