Day of The Dead Party

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Looking for some after Halloween fun? There's still room to sign-up for our Dia de los Muertos Party! El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) is a festival traditionally celebrated in Mexico in November. Join us for crafts, snacks, and to learn more about this special Mexican celebration honoring those who are no longer with us. Sign up online or call to register.
November 3, 2012
2:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.
All  ages are welcome 
(though best for ages 4 and up)!

Food may be served at this event. For allergy concerns, please contact us at 856-903-1229.

This Week @ Story Time:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What we read:

Little Listeners:

See You Later, Alligator written and illustrated by Bobette McCarthy

Colors: Green written by Sharon Gordon

A Frog in the Bog written by
Karma Wilson and illustrated
by Joan Rankin

Story Time:
Space Case written by Edward Marshall, illustrated by James Marshall

It Came from Outer Space written by Tony Bradman, illustrated by Carol Wright

Smile if You're Human written and illustrated by Neal Layton

Rise of the Guardians Trailer

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Check out the trailer for the movie and then head over to the library for the books in the Guardians of Childhood series!

Cast a Vote for Reading!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

So the second presidential debate is over and the campaigns have kicked into high gear.  Now is the time to teach kids about our electoral process!  Check out SLJ's Best Websites for Teaching the Presidential Election and then come on over to the youth services department where we have a great display of election books!

This Week @ Story Time

This week we all celebrated Fall. What we read:

Little Listeners and Story Time:

The Busy Little Squirrel
written and illustrated by Nancy Tafuri

Leaves written and illustrated
by David Ezra Stein

Leaf Man written and illustrated
by Lois Ehlert

Another Staff Fave Discussed at Calling Caldecott

Monday, October 15, 2012

Calling Caldecott discusses Little Dog Lost by the Free Library of Philadelpia's very own Monica Carnesi.  We really enjoyed this book's illustrations.  They are deceptively simple and yet they do a wonderful job of telling the story.  Do you think this book could be this year's big medal winner?  We hope it takes home an honor at the very least!

Cool Links!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Slate's interview with R.J. Palacio, author of one of the most notable children's books of the year, Wonder.

Full Episodes of Mister Roger's Neighborhood are available online at PBS Kids. Watch the crayon segment in the "how things are made section" or take a virtual field trip!

The National Book Foundation announced the finalists for the 2012 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature.

Over at the Huffington Post there's a slide show of foods from children's books. Lot's of great party ideas here. 

Happy Clicking!

This Week @ Story Time

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What we read:

Little Listeners:

Six Chicks written by Henrietta Branford and illustrated by Thierry Elfezzani

Big Fat Hen illustrated by Keith Baker

Wake Up, Big Barn! written and illustrated by Susanne Tanner Chitwood

Story Time:

I Like Old Clothes by Mary Ann Hoberman

Zorro Gets an Outfit by Carter Goodrich

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

What Color is Your Underwear? by Sam Lloyd

Book Buzz October, 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli
Jerry Spinelli  (author of Maniac Magee) has written a book about family and growing up that is funny and bittersweet.  Jake and Lily are twins.  The bond between them is so strong that they can hear each other’s thoughts and feel each other’s emotions.  They were born on a train and every year on their birthday, they sleepwalk to a train station in the middle of the night.  But things start to change the year they turn eleven.  Jake wants to hang out with the other boys in their neighborhood and Lily is lost without him. Suddenly both Lily and Jake have to find out who they are without their twin by their side and what kind of people they want to become.  Alia (J Fiction)

by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Mighty Miss Malone is a powerful story about a family growing up and changing in Gary, Indiana during the depression era.  Christopher Paul Curtis creates such strong and fun characters that you get drawn into this family right away.  Dezza is the young “darling daughter” in the Malone family who is smart and kind, and knows how to use a dictionary and thesaurus.  Rough times come upon this family and they are separated.  They don’t know if they will ever be together again.  But through these hard times, there is laughter and tenderness that will stick with you for years.  Jacquie (J Fiction)

One Year in Cold Harbor by Polly Horvath
This is the companion to Everything on a Waffle.  Primrose’s life has returned to normal now that her parents have returned safely from their year stranded on an island. There are plenty of things to keep her busy now.  She is desperately trying to be a matchmaker to her Uncle Jack and Miss Bowzer, but that’s not going so well. Primrose is a bit lonely and would love to have a friend of her own. Can she find anyone in her small town to be best friends with? When the town becomes aware that a logging company is planning to clearcut their mountain, Primrose decides they need to be stopped. This is a great story with a lot of surprises at the end. Kristin (J Fiction)

by Stephanie S. Tolan
The sequel to Surviving the Applewhites has finally arrived and fans of the first book will find much to enjoy here. The eccentric homeschooling family is in financial trouble. To avoid losing their farm, Wit’s End, they decide to open an arts-based summer camp. To make their plan work, every Applewhite (and honorary Applewhite, Jake Semple) must pitch in with his or her unique talents. Will the family be able to survive the summer without losing any campers or their home in the process? Meghan (J Fiction)


Calling Caldecott Discusses Green

Monday, October 1, 2012

Green by Lauren Vaccaro Seeger is one of the staff favorites. Come check it out if you haven’t. Don’t you just want to touch the paint? But is it a Caldecott contender? See what the experts at Calling Caldecott think.
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