Polar bear, Polar Bear....

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Today is International Polar Bear Day! Did you know that polar bears live only in Arctic areas that surround the North Pole—not in Antarctica, which surrounds the South Pole. We often see illustrations of penguins and polar bears together, but this could never happen. In fact, the word arctic comes from the Greek word for bear, and Antarctic comes from the Greek meaning the opposite, without bear. To learn more about polar bears check out these websites:
National Geographic Kids : Polar Bears
Polar Bears International-FAQ

Then stop by the library for some polar bear stories like these:
P MAC Hush Little Polar Bear by Jeff Mack
P MAR Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr.
P THO Polar Bear Night by Lauren Thompson

Or try some Non-fiction:
J 599.786 KNU  Knut: How One Little Polar Bear Captivated the World by Juliana Hatkoff
E 599.786 GIB  Polar Bears by Gail Gibbons

Library Lab: Be a Star!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

We had a great time at this week's Library Lab. We learned all about different kinds of commericals and then created and recorded our own! Enjoy these two examples and don't forget to sign up for next month's Library Lab: Gross Out. We'll be working on all kinds of surprises for April Fool's Day!

This Week @ Storytime

Thursday, February 17, 2011

We read:

Little Listeners:
My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
Splash! A Penguin Counting Book by Kirsty Melville
Puffins Climb, Penguins Rhyme  by Bruce McMillan

What Color is Your Underwear by Sam Lloyd
Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig
"Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze!"  by Patricia Thomas

Happy Birthday Abe Lincoln!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Today is Abraham Lincoln's birthday! Interested in learning more about the 16th President of the United States?  Try these books:

E BRE     Abe Lincoln's Hat by Martha Brenner

JB Lincoln, A     Abraham Lincoln by Ingri D'Aulaire
JB Lincoln, A     Me and Willie and Pa, The Story of Abraham Lincoln and His Son Tad by F.N. Monjo
JB Lincoln, A     Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln by Judith St. George

J 973.7092 FLE     The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candace Fleming
J 973.7092 KRU    Abraham Lincoln Tells a Joke: how Laughter Saved the President (and the Country) by Kathleen Krull

Or come on into the library for more Lincoln recommendations!

This week @ Storytime

Thursday, February 10, 2011

We read about airplanes and celebrated the Chinese New Year.  Here are the books we read:

Little Listeners
Airplanes Soaring! Turning! Diving! by Patricia Hubbell
Flying by Donald Crews

My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz
Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin
This Next New Year by Janet S. Wong

February 2011 Book Buzz

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Take a peek at these staff picks for February!

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Abilene Tucker finds herself in Manifest, Kansas at the start of the summer of 1936. Since her daddy will most definitely be returning for her before summer’s end, Abilene is hesitant to make herself at home. However, it’s not long before she’s trying to solve a mystery with two girls her age and listening to the stories Miss Sadie tells while Abilene works off a debt. The book alternates wonderfully between Abilene’s narrative and the stories Miss Sadie tells about the events of 1917- that may or may not involve Abilene’s daddy. Readers will likely experience as much pleasure (and anguish) as Abilene did in putting it all together. This book is the 2011 Newbery Medal winner. Meghan (J Fiction)

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
Eleven year-old Turtle finds herself being driven to Key West, FL because the woman her mama works for doesn’t like children. Turtle is being delivered from New Jersey to her aunt and cousins she has never met. Aunt Minny didn’t know she was coming and neither did her cousins, Beans, Kermit or Buddy and they are less than thrilled at her arrival. It takes all of them some time to find out where Turtle fits into to this new family she has. Holm’s story is based on old family stories she heard while growing up. This is a very entertaining story! This is one of the 2011 Newbery Honor books. Kristin (J Fiction)

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Christian Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Amos McGee is a zookeeper who visits his animal friends every day. He plays chess with the elephant, runs races with the tortoise, sits quietly with the penguin, and at sunset, he reads stories to the owl. But one day Amos wakes up sick and cannot visit the zoo. What are his friends to do without him? Why, take the bus over to Amos’ house help take care of him, of course! This is an sweet story of friendship with illustrations that are so adorable it’s no surprise it was the 2011 Caldecott Award Winner! Alia (Picture Book)

Wolf Pie by Brenda Seabrooke
It is a time old question. One that we ALL think we know the answer to. But Brenda Seabrooke puts the question out there again, with a huge twist. What is the question??? Can a wolf and a pig be friends? They can if they are James, Marvin, and Lester Pygg and the silly wolf named Wilfong. But friendship does not come easy to these characters. The wolf has to work, beg, plead, and even freeze, before the Pyggs will even let the wolf near them. But thru a few quick chapters, the Pyggs realize that Wilfong is a great friend to have……especially when another pack of wolves come to the Pyggs house…..for some pig pie! This is a silly beginner chapter book that children will be sure to eat up! Jacquie (J Fiction)

The Week @Storytime

Thursday, February 3, 2011

We read the following:

Little Listeners:
Cowboy Bunnies written by Christine Loomis and illustrated by Ora Eitan
The Magic Rabbit written and illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson

Go to Sleep, Groundhog! by Judy Cox and illustrated by Paul Meisel
Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather by Bruce Koscielniak

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

On the Western calendar, the start of the Lunar New Year falls on Thursday, February 3, 2011.  On the Chinese calendar, 2011 is Lunar Year 4709 — The Year of the Rabbit.. If you were born in 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, or 2011 - you were born under the sign of the rabbit.

Want to learn more about the Chinese New Year?  Check out these books and more at the library:

J 394.26 OTT   Celebrate Chinese New Year by Carolyn Otto
J 394.26 MOR   Hiss! Pop! Boom!: Celebrating Chinese New Year by Tricia Morrissey
P DEM Happy, Happy Chinese New Year! by Demi
P KAT   My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz
P LIN   Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy New Year!
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