Harry Potter Palooza Pics

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Check out the pics from our Harry Potter Palooza back in November. And please join us on Thursday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m. ‐ 8 p.m. for our next Library Lab program: Bubblegum Blowout. We'll have bubblegum trivia, contests and more. We’ll even make our own bubblegum to try! Food will be served at this event. If you have concerns about allergies, please contact
Meghan at 856‐903‐1230 for more info. For kids in grades 4‐6. REGISTRATION REQUIRED

This Week @ Storytime

Thursday, December 16, 2010

This week we stayed warm and toasty in the library by reading about cookies and more! We read:

Tales for 2's and 3's
Hoptoad written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Karen Lee Schmidt
Joey and Jett written and illustrated by James Yang
Desmond the Dog written by Nick Denchfield and illustrated by Ant Parker

Fun for 4's and 5's
Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
Who Took the Cookie from the Cookie Jar by David A. Carter
Cookie Count: A Tasty Pop Up by Robert Sabuda
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by by Laura Numeroff

The January Event Schedule

Monday, December 13, 2010

Our January events can be seen here.  Please note our registration, start time, and description changes!

This week @ Storytime

Thursday, December 9, 2010

We read the following books:

Tales for 2's and 3's
Ducks Don’t Wear Socks written by John Nedwidek and illustrated by Lee White
Sally and the Purple Socks written and illustrated by Lisze Bechtold
New Socks written and illustrated by Bob Shea

Fun for 4's and 5's
How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
The House in the Night by Susan Marie Sawnson
Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

*And Don't Forget to look for our January Events Schedule. We've made some changes to our regular storytimes! Look for new times and new programs!

Book Pairings Part 2: More advice for gifting books.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Last December, inspired by the 105 Ways To Give A Book post over at MotherReader in which she pairs books with a corresponding gift, we posted our own list of book/gift pairings. You can check that list out here.

This year we thought we'd do things a little differently and come up with book pairs that go well togther. So here's our list of great book pairs that would make great gifts!

Picture Books:
1. Pair The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood, with Too Loud Lily by Sofie Laguna.
2. For an art theme, pair Art and Max by David Wiesner with Chalk by Bill Thomson.
3. For the child learning the alphabet try giving LMNO Peas by Keith Baker with The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra.
4. Go with garbage! Try pairing Here Comes the Garbage Barge! by Jonah Winter with I Stink! by Kate McMullan.
5. For your favorite little dancer pair Brontorina by James Howe with Miss Lina's Ballerinas by Grace Maccarone.
6. For the budding scientist pair Oh No!: Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World by Mac Barnett with The Secret Science Project that Almost Ate the School by Judy Sierra.  For extra fun add a science kit like this one.
7. For the kid who really wants a puppy (but isn't getting one) pair City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems with Dogs by Emily Gravett. 
8.  For a bad idea theme try A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea by Michael Ian Black paired with Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown.
9. Pair We Are In A Book! by Mo Willems with How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills.
10. Explore the world. Pair Olivia Goes to Venice with Knuffel Bunny Free by Mo Willems. Add some swedish fish and a coupon for gelato for the finishing touch!
11. For the competitive kid try pairing Shark vs.Train by Chris Barton with Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea. For a fun extra throw in this Captain Corndog vs. Baron Von Broccoli Action Figure Playset.

Chapter Books
1. For the Star Wars enthusiast try pairing The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda by Tom Angelberger with Lego Star Wars: The visual dictionary by Simon Beecroft.
2. For girls who enjoyed the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series try pairing Doodlebug: My Book in Drawing and Writing by Karen Romano Young with The Populatrity Papers by Amy Ingatow.
3. Kids who like historical fiction might like Coundown by Deborah Wiles. Pair it with One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia for two different looks at the 1960's.
4. Give The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter with Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Mary Rose Wood for a slightly dark, slightly quirky pairing.
5. Give The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan with a Greek Mythology book like this one.
6. Try this easy reader pairing.  Give Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee with Ling and Ting: Not Exaxtly the Same! by Grace Lin

Can you think of any others? Let us know.

December 2010 Book Buzz

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It's the end of 2010 and here's what the staff's been reading...

Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord
Set on a small island off the coast of Maine, 11 year-old Tess and her family welcome a new child to the family. Their island has its own school, but several families have moved away and the state wants to close the school. To keep their school open, several families take in foster children. The Brooks family is very excited to meet Aaron a 14 year-old boy. Tess is very superstitious (about everything) and sets about making friends with Aaron. He is not as warm and friendly as she had hoped, but her parents warn her it will take time. This was a wonderful book about finding out where and how you fit in. Kristin (J Fiction)

The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter
When their father leaves on a business trip (their mother disappeared years ago), the Hardscrabble siblings set off on what turns out to be quite an adventure. After a misunderstanding leaves them with nowhere to sleep, they make their way to the seaside village Snoring-by-the-Sea, which is definitely not a snore! Otto, Lucia, and Max stay with their strange American aunt in a small play castle filled with illusions and secret passageways. Their castle sits in the shadow of the huge Kneebone castle.  The siblings don’t know what to make of the story of the Kneebone boy, said to be an animal-like first born son being held captive in the castle. This is an excellent book that juggles two mysteries- what happened to the Hardscrabble’s mother and what is the truth behind the Kneebone boy? Enjoy this quirky, slightly dark read, and be glad it’s not as dismal as Lemony Snicket! Meghan (J Fiction)

Art and Max by David Wiesner
Art is a horned lizard and an accomplished painter. One day while painting in the desert he meets up with his friend Max, an enthusiastic novice. Max can’t wait to start painting. When he asks what he should paint, Art suggests himself. Unfortunately, Max takes this advice literally and splashes bright colors all over Art's body. Suddenly Art has become a work of art! The two lizards end up going through various artistic media as they try to restore art to his original body. Can Max save the day? This is a humorous story with gorgeous illustrations. A Caldecott contender for sure! Alia (Picture Book) 

You can read more about our thoughts on Art and Max and other Caldecott condenders here.
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