Our Most Peep-ular Program

Friday, March 30, 2012

Are you ready to build a dazzling diorama filled with marshmallow creatures? Grab one the remaining spots at our annual Peep-O-Rama an Wednesday, April 11.

Can't make it to our event? Get inspired by some kid creations from the Washington Post's Peep Contest or check-out our slideshow of pics from last year's Peep-O-Rama. You can create your own Peep scene at home!

This Week @ Story Time

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

What we read:

Little Listeners:

What Does Bunny See? written by Linda Sue Park and illustrated by Maggie Smith
Picnic Farm, written by Christine Morton and and illustrated by Sarah Barringer
I Love Bugs! written and illustrated by Emma Dodd

Story Time:

The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins
Someone Bigger by Jonathan Emmett, illustrated by Adrian Reynolds
Stuck! by Oliver Jeffers

Revisit the fun! Watch author Oliver Jeffers reading Stuck!

Books For New Readers

Friday, March 16, 2012

Lately, we have been getting a lot of requests for books for very beginning readers. Often parents know to look for the Level 1 readers in our Easy Reader collection, but the levels vary by publisher and not every Level 1 is basic enough. Librarians to the rescue! Here is a list of some of the very basic books found in our Easy Reader section:

A Funny Man by Patricia Jensen
I See, You Saw by Nurit Karlin
Big Bird at Home by Ernie Kwiat (in Popular Characters section)
BOB Books: Funny Bunny by Bobby Lynn Maslen
Lunch by Gay Su Pinnell
School by Gay Su Pinnell
Turtle and Snake Go Camping by Kate Spohn

More Words, Lots of Repitition
Ride Fly Guy Ride by Ted Arnold (Fly Guy series)
Mouse Makes Words: A Phonics Reader by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook
BOB Books: The New Puppy by Lynn Maslen Kertell

Simple Sentences On My Own
Splat the Cat Takes the Cake by Amy Hsu Lin
Pinkalicious: Pinkie Promise by Victoria Kann
The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat by Nurit Karlin

This Week @ Story Time

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

What we read:

Little Listeners:
NASCAR 1, 2 3's written by Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender and illustrated by Aaron Zenz
Trucks Roll written by George Ella Lyon and illustrated by Craig Frazier
Drive written and illustrated by Nathan Clement

Story Time:
Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly
Where is Green Sheep by Mem Fox
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith

Where Does The Dinosaur Money Go?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Dear Readers,

Have you seen this dinosaur next to the YS desk? Ever wondered where all the money in the dinosaur goes?

When the dino's belly fills up, the coins get deposited into our Youth Services Programming Fund.  This money goes toward program material and equipment purchases. If you visit the Youth Services floor, you will see the results of your donations.  (Take a look around the children's area if you haven't visited us lately. We just "redecorated" with new posters!)

The proceeds from the dino purchase:
  • our much loved tiger head phones
  • the free bookmarks at the YS desk
  • program craft materials
  • posters for the YS area
So thank you for your contributions!

Looking for other ways to support our programs? We are collecting shoeboxes and cardboard tubes for upcoming programs.  You can bring any donations to the YS desk. 

Thanks again for all your support,
    The Youth Services Staff

The Week @ Storytime

We read...

Rhyme Time:
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr. Seuss

Sniffles for Bear by Bonny Becker
Llama Llama Home with Mama by Anna Dewdney
One Cow Coughs by Christine Loomis, Illustrated by Pat Dypold
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, Illustrated by Erin Stead

Tour with Brian Selznick

Saturday, March 3, 2012

New York’s American Museum of Natural History is a great place to visit.  But not everyone can make it to NYC. Well now you can take a field-trip from the comfort of your own home. Check out this virtual field trip by Scholastic, led by the best-selling author Brian Selznick! Selznick, along with a curator and a scientist, guides students through three exhibits that were featured in his 2011 novel Wonderstruck!

Read Across America Day

Friday, March 2, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Today, across America schools and libraries (including our own) will be honoring Dr. Seuss.  So pick up a book and celebrate!  Looking for a good activity for Read Across America? "The Lorax" opens today in a theater near you. Read the book and then see the movie!

Book Buzz March 2012

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Newberry winning writer Jack Gantos is back with a mostly true story about his life in the 1960s. Jackie is a 12 year old boy living in Norvelt, PA and is an only child. Always a bit wild, Jack is grounded for an entire summer for his latest antics. The only time he is allowed to leave the house is when he goes to his elderly neighbor’s house to help her write the obituaries for the local newspaper. This story is peppered with mini history lessons and silly antics. Jacquie (J Fiction)

Eleven by Patrician Reilly Giff
Sam lives with his grandfather and tomorrow is his 11th birthday. He has odd memories and images that come back to him and he doesn’t know where they are from. One day he finds hidden in the attic a newspaper clipping about a missing boy—and it’s him! Now he is very confused and thinks his grandfather isn’t really his grandfather. Sam has a lot of trouble reading, so he needs to find someone to help. He reaches out to the new girl, Caroline, to see if together they can find more information about Sam. Kristin (J Fiction)

Bless This Mouse by Lois Lowry
The mice of St. Bartholomew's are a quirky colony of church mice. Their leader Mouse Mistress Hildegarde is responsible for keeping them safe and out of sight. Poor Hildegarde has her paws full. First, there are mouse sightings by the church parishioners, and then there is the fast approaching feast day of St. Francis. The feast day of St. Francis brings with it the Blessing of the Animals. Soon the church will be filled with pets, including cats! Determined to keep them safe, Hildegarde comprises a plan. Can one act of bravery get Father Murphy to bless these mice and keep them safe forever? This was a quick and easy read by Newbery Medalist Lois Lowry with adorable illustrations by Eric Rohmann. Alia (J Fiction)

Floors by Patrick Carman
Leo lives in the wacky Whippet hotel, where each floor is more absurd than the last- one is filled with flying farm animals and another is a giant pinball machine. The Whippet’s proprietor has been missing for a year and the hotel is spiraling out of control. Then mysterious boxes begin to appear- boxes with clues just for Leo. It’s up to Leo to solve the mystery and save the Whippet Hotel! This was a fun read, filled with action. The second book in the series is due out in September. Meghan (J Fiction)

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