Human Candy Land

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Human Candy Land program was a blast. Board games are so much better when they're life-size! Take a look at the pictures from this deliciously fun program below.

Books to Look Forward to in 2010

Saturday, December 26, 2009

2009 is coming to a close and a new year means new books! Here's a few of the books we can't wait to read in 2010:

Calamity Jack by Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale. This sequel to the graphic novel, Rapunzel's Revenge will be out in January 2010.

Lord Sunday by Garth Nix. We're excited that the final book in the Key to the Kingdom series will be realeased in March 2010.

We the Children: Keepers of the School by Andrew Clements. We loved Frindle and everything else by Andrew Clements and we can't wait for his next book. This one's due out in April 2010.

The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry, illustrated by Jules Feiffer. One of our favorite authors combined with one of our favorite illustrators! How could we not be excited by this book about a princess who longs to escape from her royal life? It's due to be released in April 2010.

Happy New Year! May 2010 bring you lots of good fortune and good books!

Snow Books

Monday, December 21, 2009

We were inspired by all this snowfall to think about our favorite books about snow. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats in a favorite, so much so that we currently have our window decorated with a scene from that book. We also love Snow by Uri Shulevitz, Snow Day by Komako Sakai, Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, and Snowballs by Lois Ehlert. Do you have a favorite snow book? Share your list of favorites with us!

The Horn Book puts in their two cents...

It looks like everyone is counting down to the end of the year. The Horn Book's choices for the best books of 2009 can be found here.

And just to make sure you didn't miss any great books this year...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

For those of you still looking for book suggestions check out The Best Children's Books of 2009 from Kirkus Reviews. Speaking of Kirkus, this will be its very last listing of best children's books. We are very sad to hear of its closing. It was a publication well used by all of us.

Storytime Book List

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Week of 12/7/09 -- 12/11/09

Tales For Two's and Three's:
Where the Giant Sleeps by Mem Fox, illustrated by Vladimir Radunksy
The Baby BeeBee Bird by Diane Redfield Massie, illustrated by Steven Kellogg
I Took the Moon for a Walk by Carolyn Curtis, illustrated by Alison Jay

Fun for Four's and Five's:
Cookie Count: A Tasty Pop Up by Robert Sabuda
The Wolf's Chicken Stew by Keiko Kaaza
The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

Book Pairings: How to give the perfect holiday gift.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

We were really inspired by the 105 Ways To Give A Book post over at MotherReader in which she pairs books with a corresponding gift. The book/gift pairings in that post made us start to think of our own book matches. It was a challenge! Here are some holiday gift ideas from the youth services staff:

Picture Books
1. Pair The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney with a knot tying kit like this one.
2. Give Scribble by Deborah Freedman with a pad of drawing paper and crayons.
3. Give Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney with a pair of red pajamas.
4. Pair The Little Red Hen Makes A Pizza by Philemon Sturges with a play pizza set like this one.
5. Match Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy with a bottle of bubble solution (of course!) or a pack of bubble gum.
6. Give Kid Tea by Elizabeth Ficocelli and match it with some bath toys like Crayola Bathtub Crayons.
7. Pair Wiggle by Doreen Cronin with a hula hoop for wiggly fun.
8. Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson and a stuffed bear.
9. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats with a new snow hat and gloves.
10. Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel or (or any pirate themed book really) and a model pirate ship like this one or pirate gear like this.
11. Harry and Horsie by Katie Van Camp and this Radio Flyer Retro Rocket that matches the wonderfully retro illustrations.
12. Pair Bark, George by Jules Feiffer with a new puppy. (Just kidding!)

Easy Readers
1. Pair Mo Willem’s I Love My New Toy with a windup toy or an old fashioned top.
2. Pair any of the Fly Guy books by Tedd Arnold with those fake flies you can get as gag gifts. Add a butterfly net or bug catcher for a great gift for budding scientists.
3. Give Bones and the Math Test Mystery (or any of the Bones or Cam Jansen books) by David Adler with a detective set.
4. Give Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa by Erica Silverman and a cowgirl hat.
5. Match the classic Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman with a toy car.
7. Fred and Ted Go Camping by Peter Eastman paired with a play tent.

Chapter Books
1. Give Flush by Carl Hiaasen with a fishing pole or a plastic alligator.
2. Give A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban with some funky striped toe socks.
3. Match a book from the My Weird School series by Dan Gutman with a new backpack or pencil case.
4. A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman paired with a few packs of baseball cards, or tickets to Phillies game, or baseball glove.
5. All Shook Up by Shelley Pearsall (the characters father is an Elvis impersonator) paired with a music CD.
6. Saffy's Angel by Hillary McKay paired with a paint set and paper
7. Dessert First by Hallie Durand paired with a ice cream sundae kit, or gift card to Friendlys
8. Stink and the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers by Megan McDonald and a new pair of sneakers
9. Neil Armstrong is my Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty told me by Nan Marino paired with a telescope.
10. My Life in Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald with a makeup kit or a gift certificate for a facial.

1. Pair Moonshot by Brian Floca with astronaut ice cream.
2. Pair Never Smile at a Monkey by Steve Jenkins with passes to the local zoo.
3. Pair Fairy Tale Feasts: a Literary Cookbook for Young Readers and Eaters by Jane Yolen with a mixing bowl and some kid friendly measuring cups.

We're just getting started and we promise to post more book pairings as we come up with them. Please feel free to comment and add to the list with your own ideas!

Storytime Book List

Week of 11/30/09 -- 12/4/09

Tales For Two's and Three's:
Big Sister, Little Sister by LeUyen Pham
My Brother by Anthony Browne
The Wildest Brother by Cornelia Funke

Fun for Four's and Five's:
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle
Night Lights by Susan Gal
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
I Took the Moon for a Walk by Carolyn Curtis

December Book Buzz

Friday, November 27, 2009

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Here's what the staff has been busy reading:

The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman

Miss Breakbone may be intimidating (she gives herself gold stars for making kids cry), but she is no match for her resourceful students. When Miss Breakbone confiscates a gift intended for a child’s mother, Einstein, Junkyard, Clips, Spitball and others students decide they must take action. Clever and entertaining, the colorful illustrations will leave kids cheering for the Dunderheads! Meghan (J Fiction)

My Name is Jason. Mine Too: Our Story. Our Way. by Jason Reynolds

This is a coming of age story about two best friends, one is an artist the other a poet. After college they move to New York City to start their careers… but things weren’t that easy. Their struggles are unfolded through their original artwork and poems. This is an inspiring and fast read about aspiring artists! Jaclyn (YA Non-Fiction Graphic Novel -Y 811 Reynolds)

The Duchess of Whimsy by Randall de Seve

The Duchess of Whimsy is the life of the party. She’s fussy and fancy and fun. The Earl of Norm is the complete opposite. He’s plain and ordinary through and through. He also adores the Duchess, even though she ignores him. But when the chef gets sick and the Duchess and her friends have to make food, it’s the Earl who comes to the rescue. Fans of Fancy Nancy will enjoy this original fairy tale and, like the Duchess, they may even learn to appreciate the simple things in life. Alia (Picture Book)

Mudshark by Gary Paulsen

Mudshark is just his nickname, his real name is Lyle Williams and he is twelve. He gets his nickname from being so good at the game of Death Ball, which is played in the mud. He is also very good at observing things; he pays attention and therefore is able to help his classmates solve mysteries. The current big mystery at school is where and why are all the school’s erasers disappearing? He may need a little help in solving this one though, but wants to solve it before the school parrot does. Kristin (J Fiction)

Liar by Justine Larbalestier

Micah admits on the very first page that she is a Liar. She has lied about being born a boy, she has lied about her father being an arms dealer, and she has lied about not being romantically involved with the handsome Zach. That is until Zach turns up dead and the police start to question Micah about her involvement in his murder. From this moment forward Micah swears to tell only the truth. In the end it is up to you to decide whether Micah is telling the truth. Make sure to read this along with your friends; you’ll want to discuss what is real and what are lies. Recommended for grades 8 and up. Michelle (YA Fiction)

Picture This: Art Exploration For Kids

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Here are the pictures from our recent Picture This program. We explored the art of Andy Warhol and created some pop art with familiar characters. Can you spot our favorite pigeon?

Making the List

Monday, November 23, 2009

Looking for book recommendation? Need some great gift ideas? Now is the time that everyone is coming out with their best books of 2009 lists. Here are a few to get you started:

The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2009

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Gift Guide 2009

Reading Rocket Holiday Buying Guide 2008

And don't forget to check out our monthly Book Buzz and our K-5 book lists on this blog for book suggestions!

Story Time Book List

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Week of 11/16/09 -- 11/20/09

Tales For Two's and Three's:
Itty Bitty written and illus. by Cece Bell
Exactly the Opposite by Tana Hoban
Big Frog Can’t Fit in written and illus by Mo Willems

Fun for Four's and Five's:
Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes
Run, Turkey, Run by Diane Mayr
This is the Turkey by Abby Levine
I Know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson

Family Fun Night:Who Loves the Fall? By Bob Raczka
Possum’s Harvest Moon by Anne Hunter
Leaves by David Ezra Stein
Farmer Ham by Alec Sillifant

These Programs are for the Turkeys!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Turkey Tales
Thursdays, November 19
7 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Story and Craft Room, Upper Level

This event is a great opportunity to spend time with your child and hear some of our favorite turkey tales. Enjoy making a special craft that might even become the centerpiece of your family’s feast. All materials provided.

Please join us in the spirit of giving and bring a canned good with you to this event. It will be donated to the township’s Thanksgiving food drive which benefits Cherry Hill families.


Magic Tree House Book Club: Thanksgiving on Thursday
Monday, November 23
7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Story and Craft Room, Upper Level

Are you a Magic Tree House fan? Come listen to excerpts from Thanksgiving on Thursday and enjoy fun activities and snacks. Grades 1-3.


Guest Review!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade by Barthe DeClements
Review by Star B.
It's about a girl that is kind of round and how everyone hates her then in the end she makes a friend, Jenny.
P.S. In the book there are lots of surprises and when you read 4 pages you will want to read the whole book.

Hey kids, do you want to see your book review here? If you want your review published fill out the book review form at the youth sevices desk and turn it into us. You'll be able to see your review online and see what other kids are reading.

Join us for Family Fun Night!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Monday, November 16

7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Story and Craft Room, Upper Level

Wear your PJs and bring the whole family to enjoy stories, songs, crafts and more.

This month’s theme is:

Fall Stories.


Story Time Book List

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Week of 11/9/09 -- 11/13/09

Tales For Two's and Three's :
Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic (author and illustrator)
Wild Boars Cook by Meg Rosoff and illus. by Sophie Blackall

Fun for Four's and Five's:
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges
The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster by David Conway
Waking Beauty by Leah Wilcox
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka

Pictures from our Halloween Party

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Check out the pictures from our Halloween Party. There were some great costumes, spooky stories, monster-making, and sweet treats. We can't wait to do it again next year!

Remember, Remember the Fifteenth of November

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

That's when registration begins for our December programs. So if you're interested in any of our Registration Required programs (such as Baby Bounce, Strollers, Terrific Tales for 2's and 3's, Fun For 4's and 5's and more!) make sure you visit our online registration (click on Library Events at the top of this blog) or call 856-903-1229 if you need assistance. Events do fill up quickly so don't forget!

November Book Buzz

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Letters from Camp by Kate Klise
If you are a fan of Kate Klise’s “Regarding” series then you don’t want to miss this fun summer camp mystery. The story is unfolded through a series of letters, memos, post-its, news articles, and shopping receipts. It takes place at Camp Happy Harmony, a summer camp run by the once famous Harmony Family Siblings, who topped the charts decades ago. The camp was created to help siblings who don’t get along improve their relationships with one another. The campers discover that the Harmony Siblings are not who they appear to be and they begin to piece together a devastating mystery. Jaclyn (YA Fiction Grades 5-8th)

The Maze of Bones, The 39 Clues series by Rick Riordan
This is a great mystery starring Amy and Dan Cahill, a brother and sister, who are orphaned, and in the care of their elderly aunt. Their grandmother passes away, whom they love, and she leaves all the heirs with a choice of 1 million dollars or solve a centuries old Cahill family mystery. They must go on to solve 39 clues to win the prize, only one team will win and the competition is tough. Kristin (J Fiction)

A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck
Though Mrs. Dowdel “doesn’t neighbor”, she manages to have quite an impact on the new preacher and his family who moves in next door. She helps bring big crowds to the struggling church with a funeral for an authentic Kickapoo princess, and she adopts little Ruth Ann as her shadow (and partner in crime). Mrs. Dowdel shares important gifts with each member of the Barnhart family in this hilarious new book. Meghan (J Fiction)

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
When sixth grader Miranda receives a note that says, “I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own.” she ignores it. Her life’s already complicated since her best friend Sal stopped talking to her out of nowhere and she has to make all new friends at school. But the mysterious notes keep coming and whoever is leaving them knows things about her, things that have not even happened yet. Could it really be a message from the future? And if it is, can Miranda figure it out in time to save a life? Alia (YA Fiction)

Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko
This was a great book and as soon as I read the first chapter I remember why I loved the first book! Meet the families of the guards who work on Alcatraz in 1935. Moose, being the ultimate nice guy and good kid tries to make everyone happy, but ends up getting everyone mad at him in the process. He and his friends get into a bit of trouble with the cons and Piper, the warden’s daughter, doesn’t help the situation. This is the sequel to Al Capone Does My Shirts which was also an excellent book. Kristin (YA Fiction)

The Lightning Thief

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Lighting Thief, the first book in the Percy Jackson And The Olympians series is being made into a movie. If you're not familiar with the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan, it's a great time to check them out from the library. The series follows the adventures of young Percy Jackson, a kid who always manages to find trouble. After getting expelled from school again, Percy is sent to Camp Half-Blood and there he learns the truth about his identity. He is a demigod - the child of a human and an immortal Greek god. Even more shocking is the news that Percy's father is one of the three most powerful Greek gods. No wonder trouble follows him! This is an exciting series, full of quests, monsters, and special powers. Kids who liked the Harry Potter series will find a lot of similarities between Harry and Percy. Check out the trailer for the movie below!

Story Time Book List

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Week of 10/26/09 -- 10/30/09

Tales For Two's and Three's :

Leaves by David Ezra Stein
Who Loves the Fall? by Bob Raczka
The Very Busy Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri

Fun for Four's and Five's:
There's a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer
When a Monster is Born by Sean Taylor
Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly
Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O'Connell
Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

Video Book Buzz: I Spy Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Where The Wild Things Are Party

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

To celebrate the opening of the Where the Wild Things Are movie we had a rumpus of our own. We read the book, played "pin the tail on Max", made Wild Thing costumes, and then had a parade through the upper level of the library. We made lots of noise and had a great time. Check out the pictures below!

Online Book Raffle

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Cookie by Jaqueline Wilson
Beauty Cookson's dad is always yelling at her about something. He's so out of control that Beauty lives half her life as a lie. She pretends to her parents that she has loads of friends, and that they all like her. But really, the girls at school make fun of her and call her Ugly. When Beauty's birthday party ends in disaster, Beauty and her Mum take off. They find themselves in an idyllic seaside resort where their new-found freedom and a moment of culinary inspiration give them a hobby, an income and even a new nickname for Beauty!

We are raffling off a copy of Cookie by Jacqueline Wilson (Ages 9-12).

Click here to enter the raffle.

Story Time Book List

Week of 10/12/09 -- 10/16/09

Tales for Two's and Threes:
Dino Pets by Lynn Plourde, illustrated by Gideon Kendall
How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? By Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague
The Super Hungry Dinosaur by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Leonie Lord

Fun for Fours and Fives:
17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore by Jenny Offill, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
No David by David Shannon
Cookie's Week by Cindy Ward, illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Video Book Buzz: Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Lemony Snicket Is Back!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

That's right! Fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events will be happy to hear that a new series from Lemony Snicket is to be published by Egmont! Reports can be found here, here, and here.

Snicket said: “I can neither confirm nor deny that I have begun research into a new case and I can neither confirm nor deny that the results are as dreadful and unnerving as A Series Of Unfortunate Events. However, I can confirm that Egmont will be publishing these findings."

October Book Buzz

Fire by Kristin Cashore
This prequel to Graceling, tells the story of Fire, an eighteen year old ‘human monster’ that is so exquisitely beautiful, men find her irresistible. She also poses the power to control minds, which is an ability that can be quite useful. Fire lives in the land of the Dells where war is waiting to erupt, and thieves and spies are hiding all over the mountains and forest. Like Graceling, this book is an adventurous fantasy with romance entwined. You do not have to have read Graceling to enjoy this book, but may choose to after the story is completed. Jaclyn (YA Fiction- 7th Grade and Up)

Holes by Louis Sachar
Stanley Yelnats is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention camp, for stealing a pair of sneakers. As for the sneakers, he didn’t steal them, they fell out of the air and landed near him, what would you do? There is no lake at Camp Green Lake; it is a dried up lake with a story. What there is, is a LOT of holes in the ground, 5’ deep and 5’ around. After a few holes, Stanley realizes they aren’t just digging holes to build character like Mr. Sir says, but to find something buried in the dried up lake. Kristin (J Fiction)

Neo Leo by Gene Barretta
Now I’m sure you’ve heard of Leonardo da Vinci, the famous artist, but did you also know that he was an inventor, engineer, and scientist as well? In fact, a lot of things that we think of as modern inventions; things like robots and artificial heart valves, Leonardo thought of first. Pick this book up to learn more about the amazing inventions of Neo Leo! Alia (J Non-Fiction)

Neil Armstrong is My Uncle and other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me by Nan Marino
Tamara Simpson is misunderstood on Ramble Street. It is the summer of 1969, just before Neil Armstrong lands on the moon and the Vietnam War is underway. The kids on Ramble Street spend their time together playing games of kickball to keep themselves busy. You will get to know all he kids and especially Muscle Man McGinty the new boy who moves onto the street. He likes to tell big stories and it drives Tammy CRAZY!!! Read the book or try the audio version. Kristin (J Fiction)

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick
Homer’s older brother, Harold, has been illegally sworn into the Union Army and Homer is setting off to find him. Little does he know of what awaits him- capture by thieves, a stint in a traveling medicine show, and rides on trains, ships and even a hot air balloon! Historical fiction can be a hard sell, but this is also a fantastic adventure, full of twists and turns, it is great for boys looking for some action and even a bit of bloodshed. Meghan (J fiction)

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs Party

Friday, October 2, 2009

Last month we were so excited for the release of the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movie that we had a party to celebrate. Check out the slide show below to see how much fun we had making "spaghetti and meatball" cupcakes and catching donuts falling from the sky. It was a delicious night!

This month we'll be celebrating the release of the Where the Wild Things Are movie with a wild rumpus of our own. Join us for games, costume making, and a wild things parade on Thursday October 15th, 6:30 pm -7:30 pm.

Video Book Buzz: A Drowned Maiden's Hair

Thursday, October 1, 2009

New! Story Time Program Book Lists

If you've ever left one of our story time programs meaning to remember one of the books we read, you'll be happy to hear that we have a new feature on this blog. Each week we'll be posting the titles that we read in our programs. So if you want to give a book a second reading, this is the place to look it up!

Week of 9/31/09 -- 10/5/09

Tales for Two's and Threes:

Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Night of the Veggie Monster by George McClements

Fun for Fours and Fives:

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems
Mary Wore Her Red Dress and Henry Wore His Green Sneakers by Merle Peek
Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear by Nancy White Carlstrom and Bruce Degen
Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith

Early Literacy Activities

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Parents, do you have a a toddler or preschooler at home who's learning their ABC's? Here's a great early literacy activity for them from the Reading is Fundemantal website.

Letter Hunt
Ages: Toddlers, preschoolers
Materials: Construction paper, pencil, scissors, tape

1. Using one sheet of construction paper per letter, draw 10 letters.
2. Cut out the letters.
3. Go around your house and tape each cut-out to something that begins with the letter. For example, put an "R" on your refrigerator, a "D" on your door, or a "T" on your table. Make sure to position the letters at eye-level for your children.
4. Explain to your child what you've done. Ask if she would like to go on a letter hunt with you, and then walk with her around the house as she looks for the letters.
5. As she finds each cut-out, talk about other words that also begin with that letter.
6. After a few days, remove the letters and create a set of new ones. Repeat the activity.

For more early literacy activities from Reading is Fundemental click here.

Book Buzz: Out To Lunch

Friday, September 11, 2009

Out to Lunch, Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo by Nancy Krulik
This is Katie’s second adventure, where she changes into someone or something else, last time it was the class hamster. Now, Katie's two friends are arguing over who can take Speedy, the class hamster home for the weekend and they put her right in the middle and she doesn’t like it. She escapes to the bathroom and she can feel it is starting to happen again – who will she turn into this time? Fans of Clementine and Ivy and Bean will look forward to reading about Katie Kazoo. (J fiction)

The End of Summer

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Wednesday was the last day of our "Be Creative" summer reading program. We celebrated with the musical and artistic talents of children’s entertainer and illustrator, Steve Pullara. All ages were invited.

It was such a nice night for a concert. The weather was perfect for a picnic dinner before the fun began...

And then parents and children danced and sang as the sun sank down in the sky.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's summer reading program! We had a blast painting, podcasting, making music, and being all kinds of creative. We'll miss the sound of the prize wheel spinning but we're looking forward to our fall programs.
Hope to see you there!

Book Buzz: My Life in Pink & Green

Thursday, August 27, 2009

My Life in Pink & Green by Lisa Greenwald
I really enjoyed Greenwald's book about 12 year old Lucy Desberg. Lucy, her Mom and her grandmother live together and work together at the family pharmacy. When Lucy overhears conversations that the pharmacy is running into financial trouble, she starts doing everything she can to help save the pharmacy. After joining the Earth Club with her friend, she tries to get the pharmacy to go green. See what happens... Kristin (J Fiction)

September Book Buzz

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Princess Pigsty by Cornelia Funke
Little Princess Isabella has taken off her crown with no intentions of ever putting it on again! Isabella does NOT want to have her hair curled by the royal servants. She does NOT want to learn how to smile for hours on end. And she certainly does NOT want the royal footmen to blow her nose for her! Isabella intends to wear pants, climb trees, get dirty and pick her own nose, thank you very much! And her father, the king, cannot stop her. For a good laugh and some good, dirty fun check out Cornelia Funke’s Princess Pigsty. Michelle (Picture book ages 4-8)

Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express by Megan McDonald
This was just as fun as McDonald's other books, this one starring Stink, instead of his sister Judy. Join him and his two friends as they find, capture and help find good homes for 101 guinea pigs. They help Mrs. Birdwhistle of Fur & Fangs save these creatures and create a traveling guinea pig home to help get them adopted. Kristin (J fiction)

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Imagine a mysterious stranger arrives at your door one evening and announces that you are in fact a Romanian vampire princess —and worse, you have been pledged to each other from birth? If you are anything like Jessica Packwood, you would probably think the guy was crazy, tell him “thanks but no thanks,” and try to go about your senior year. Can life ever be normal for Jessica again as she tries to get a date for prom, take down a cheerleader, and, oh yeah, prevent a
vampire war that's been brewing for years from happening? Fans of vampire fiction won’t want to miss Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. Alia (YA Fiction)

Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love by Lauren Tarshis
Emma-Jean and her friends (as well as the whole seventh grade) are buzzing about the upcoming seventh grade dance. When Colleen receives a note from a secret admirer, Emma-Jean is on the case. Can she figure out who sent it? Will she be able to deal with her own new feelings for popular boy Will Keeler? Though Emma-Jean knows a lot about birds and trees, she struggles to understand her fellow students. Her latest adventure is as enjoyable as the first- Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree. Meghan (J Fiction)

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Lia and Cassie had been best friends since elementary school. But, Lia wasn’t there the night Cassie died alone in a motel room. Now she is left dealing with the ghost of her friend, the anxiety of her parents, and her own insecurities. This book gives a dark but realistic look into the world of anorexia and the risks some teens will go through to make themselves feel “good”. Jaclyn (8th Grade & Up)

A New Service for Parents

Friday, August 21, 2009

Parents, do you ever need a little help keeping track of what's going on at the library? If so, you may want to try out our new texting program. You can recive CHPL text messages twice a week about homework help, student resources, and educational children's programing at the library. How do you sign up?

TO: 51684

Standard text messaging rates apply. To end service text STOP to 51684. For information text HELP.

We Want To Hear From You...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Has anyone seen the new Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? We've heard from some kids who loved it and from some that thought it was dull. We'd love to hear your thoughts. Leave us a comment on the blog and let us know if you liked the movie or not!

Website Wednesday: Movies Based on Children's Books

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox is being made into a stop motion animated film. Check out the preview here.

Another movie preview to check out is Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. You can learn more about the movie and view that trailer here. At the library, we'll be celebrating the movie's release with a Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs party on September 12th. Registration is required so call us or register using the online calendar.

And for the older kids, don't miss the preview for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. But beware, this is Tim Burton's version so it's kind of creepy! You can see it here.

Enjoy the previews and while you're waiting for the movie, stop by the library and pick up the book!

August Book Buzz

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt (A Judy Moody & Stink book) by Megan McDonald
Join Judy and her brother Stink as they head to Artichoke Island (also known as Ocracoke Island) for a pirate adventure and treasure hunt. See if you can answer the clues along with them, and find out who will be the first to win the grand prize of a ride on a real pirate ship with Scurvy Sam, a real pirate. If you read this aloud, you will perfect your pirate voice and your parrot squawk! Ahoy Mateys! Kristin (J fiction)

Dying to Meet You: 43 Old Cemetery Road Book 1 by Kate Klise & Illustrated by M. Sarah Klise
The latest book by the Klise sisters is a departure in theme (but not format) from their popular “Regarding the…”
series. Using letters, notes, newspaper clips and other correspondence, this book tells the story of a grumpy old writer, a young boy, and a ghost all sharing one old house- 43 Old Cemetery Road. This is a quick, funny read and a promising start to a new series. The second book, Over My Dead Body, is due out in October. Meghan (J fiction)

Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
Alexis is a typical teenager complete with clueless parents and an annoying 13-year-old sister named Kasey. Kasey has always been little eccentric and overly sensitive. Recently, Kasey’s behavior has gone from irritating to creepy. Alexis knows something is wrong. Could her little sister be possessed? And if she is, can Alexis save her before Kasey is gone for good? Anyone looking for a truly chilling ghost story has got to read this! Alia (YA Fiction)

Breathless by Lurlene McDaniel
Travis Morrison is a champion diver and the most popular guy in school. On the first day of summer vacation before his senior year, his life is changed forever. On this day Travis finds out he has a rare type of cancer and all of his dreams for the future come to an end. But it’s not just Travis’ life that has changed; his family and friends have also been affected. This book allows readers to reflect on life, death, family, and friendship. It also challenges the reader to put themselves in the position of the characters, and ask, “How would I handle this situation?” Jaclyn (YA fiction)

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins, author of New York Times Bestseller The Hunger Games, does not disappoint with the much anticipated sequel Catching Fire. Set to be released September 1, I was lucky enough to get my hands on an Advanced Copy. Katniss and Peeta may have found a way to bend the rules of the hunger games, but they did it by rebelling against the Captiol. Now there are rumors of uprisings in nearby districts and President Snow is not happy. It is filled with action, suspense, humor and of course a messy love triangle. Now through August 15 you can enter for a chance to win an Advanced Copy at the Children’s Circulation desk!!! Michelle (YA Fiction)

Where the Sidewalk (Chalk) Ends

Monday, July 27, 2009

We are having such a creative summer at the Cherry Hill Library! There has been so many activities to share. Here are pictures of our fabulous sidewalk chalk creations. Don't we have some great young artists in Cherry Hill?

Creative Kids Make Edible Buildings

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

On Tuesday we had our first Creative Kids program. We learned about buildings and then tried our hand at construction using cookies, marshmallows and frosting. Check out the photos of our architectural creations.

Website Wednesday: Moon Landing Anniversary

To celebrate the anniversary of the 1969 moon landing we're listing moon related websites this Wednesday.

Solar Eclipse Video
See a video of what you probably couldn't viewunless you were in Asia: The longest total solar eclipse of the entire 21st century.

Apollo 11 Moonwalk Video
See NASA's newly restored video of the first ever moonwalks in 1969.

Moon in Google Earth
With Moon in Google Earth, you can: Take tours of landing sites narrated by Apollo astronauts,
view 3D models of landed spacecraft, and zoom into 360-degree photos to see astronauts' footprints. You'll need to download the free program Google Earth 5.0 to start exploring.

Audio Book Buzz: Wizards of Waverly Place - Spellbound

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Audio Book Buzz: Tonight on the Titanic

Audio Book Buzz: Tina and the Penguin

Audio Book Buzz: Tigers at Twilight

Audio Book Buzz: The Polar Express

Audio Book Buzz: The Night Before Summer Vacation

Audio Book Buzz: The Foot Book

Audio Book Buzz: Ruby and the Booker Boys

Audio Book Buzz: Planets

Audio Book Buzz: Penguin Chick

Audio Book Buzz: LEGO Space Adventures

Audio Book Buzz: Junie B. Jones is Captain Field Day

Audio Book Buzz: Jack and Jill

Audio Book Buzz: I am Good at Being Me

Audio Book Buzz: Hooray for Fly Guy

Audio Book Buzz: Green Eggs and Ham

Audio Book Buzz: Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia

Audio Book Buzz: Froggy Goes to the Doctor

Audio Book Buzz: Disney's Enchanted

Audio Book Buzz: Diary of a Wimpy Kid- The Last Straw

Audio Book Buzz: A Penguin Story

Guest Review: Andy Shane is NOT in Love

Andy Shane is NOT in Love by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Andy Shane is NOT in Love is an interesting book about what happens when a new girl named Lark Alice Bell moves to town. As Andy gets to know the new girl, they become really good friends. Then Dolores sees Andy write L.A.B. inside a big heart and she thinks Andy loves Lark Alice Bell. Whenever Andy and Lark are playing (like in the snow), Dolores tries to interfere. Dolores feels like Lark is more important than her and she is pretty sure that Andy Shane loves Lark Alice. But does he? Andy Shane is in love…but with who?

Jennifer Richard Jacobson wrote other books for children such as Andy Shane and the Pumpkin Trick, and Andy Shane and The Queen of Egypt, and more. Jennifer Richard Jacobson now lives in Maine. (Easy Reader)
Guest Reviewer: Lauren

Podcasting Workshop!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

We filled the computer lab this afternoon and all enjoyed creating some great "buzz" about our books. Our teen helpers raved about the experience as much as the kids participating!

Look for more Podcasting sessions this fall!

Harry Potter Trailer

Thursday, July 9, 2009

If you haven't seen it already, check out the trailer for the soon-to-be-released movie, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' Trailer
'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' Trailer

Guest Reviewers

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Kids, we want to hear what you think about what you are reading. Write a review of a book that you've read recently and we'll post it here on The Wild Rumpus. You can see your review online and find out what other kids are reading. To start us off we have some reviews from our teen Book Buddies.

The Cow that Laid and Egg by Andy Cutbill
The Cow That Laid and Egg introduces a curious question: what makes someone a mother. Is it the person who is biologicaly related, or the person who carefully nurtures the child with love? The story ultimately determines that appearances do not matter but actions do. On a less philosophical note, The Cow That Laid an Egg is quite entertaining. While I read, I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. Would the egg hatch into a chicken or a cow? Would Marjorie the cow have a happy ending? Despite the fact that I still cannot figure out how a chick developed such unusual vocal organs, I had an extremely positive reading experience . Read it to find out what happens! (Picture Book)
Guest Reviewer: Emily

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
I thought that this book was really cute for little kids when it's their bedtime. What I loved most about it were the pictures. They were very colorful. Another thing I liked about the book was that it was fun, but at the same time, it was informative because on every page there was a different dinosaur and the name of the dinosaur was written in the picture. The book also taught a message about good behavior. (Picture Book)
Guest Reviewer: Kelly

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
I remember reading this book when I was young. I really enjoyed it. The cover pops out at you with the cool, shiny scales on the fish. It also has a great message. The rainbow fish was the most beautiful fish in the sea because of its amazing colored scales. Sadly, the rainbow fish became very lonely. He did not want to play with anyone. He just wanted to show off and when another fish wanted to have just one scale from the rainbow fish, he had too much pride and wouldn't give any. So he has to learn to share and that there are more important things than beauty. (Picture Book)
Guest Reviewer: Jennifer

More Good Books For Boys

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Last month we posted some recomended books for boys in grades 3-5. Here's a few more.

Short & Shivery: Thirty Creepy Tales by Robert San Souci
If you like your stories on the scary side this book is for you. The thirty tales in this collection come from all over the world. But be warned; you might not want to read them right before bed!

Secret Identity (Shredderman Book 1) by Wendelin Van Draanen

Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd is tired of being called names by the class bully, Bubba, so he creates a secret identity. This funny, fast-paced story is the first in a series.

Swindle by Gordon Korman
What happens when sixth-grader Griffin Bing finds an old Babe Ruth baseball card stuck in the rolltop desk left behind in the old Rockford house? An exciting sports mystery, that's what!
Design by Pocket