Treasure Quest Pics

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

At tonight's fun filled program we listened to professional storyteller, Don Dougherty, tell the story of the “Quest for TRUE Treasure.”  He brought a fog machine! And treasure! Check out the pics below!

This Week @ Story Time

Summer Stories:

Monster Trucks! written and illustrated by Mark Todd
I'm Dirty! written by Kate and Jim McMullan
and illustrated by Jim McMullan
Tip Tip Dig Dig written and illustrated by Emma Garcia
Machines at Work written and illustrated by Byron Barton

Dig Into Wildlife

Thursday, July 25, 2013

In case you missed the fantastic Dig Into Wildlife program we had last night, here are some pics we snapped of the visiting animals. 

Next week, join us for a pirate program with storyteller Don Dougherty as we take a Treasure Quest!

Book Buzz July, 2013

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Doll Bones by Holly Black
Ever since they were little, Zach, Poppy, and Alice have played together, creating a complex world with G.I Joes and mermaid dolls and an ever evolving story-line. A world ruled by the Great Queen, the bone-china doll imprisoned in Poppy's mother's display cabinet. But when Zach's dad throws away all of Zach's toys, he quits the game. In a last ditch attempt to keep playing, Poppy breaks the Great Queen out of her prison, declaring that the doll holds the remains of a ghost girl who will not rest until she is properly buried. So the three friends set off together one last time to lay the Queen to rest. Zach and Alice aren't sure if the ghost is real or if Poppy is lying to keep them together but one thing is for sure, ghost or not, their journey will change them all forever. Highly recommended for fans of Coraline! A great book about growing up with a lot of creepiness thrown in for good measure. Alia (J Fiction)

Hold Fast by Blue Balliett
Early Pearl and her family (her mom- Sum, her dad- Dash and her brother- Jubie) live in Chicago and love to read books, especially poems. Her father works at the Chicago Public Library and also sells rare books on the side, until one day he goes missing.  Things quickly go downhill for the Pearl family: Sum, Early and Jubie end up living in a shelter while trying to figure out what happened to Dash. Early is determined to find out where her father is and what happened to him, knowing he would never just leave them.  By doing her own investigative work she works around the clock to try and find her father all while living in a shelter. Lindsey (J Fiction)

Bink and Gollie Best Friends Forever by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
The two best friends are back and as always, fun times are in store.  In this three short-story book, Bink and Gollie learn all sorts of great lessons.  Bink learns the hard way that being queen is not always the best.  Gollie learns that even though she is short, she is perfect the way she is. And together, Bink and Gollie learn that they do not need to be in the record books to be special.  Three great stories, with three great messages!  Another great Bink and Gollie book! Jacquie  (J Fiction)


July's App of the Month

Friday, July 19, 2013

Another Monster at the End of this Book...Starring Grover & Elmo
by Sesame Street
Updated: May 15, 2013
Version: 3

This book app will be a big hit with Sesame Street fans. Lovable, furry old Grover is back and this time he's trying to prevent his curious pal Elmo (as well as the audience) from getting to the end of the book and the monster that is waiting there. The animation and puzzles are easy enough for a very young child to master and add an additional level to a great Sesame Street story.  Reviewed by Alia

Program Fun @ the Library

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Here's a photo recap of the two awesome programs we hosted at the library this week: Snakes, Frogs, and Turtles, Oh My! by the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge and Dig into the Past! by the American Swedish Museum.

Doesn't it look like fun? Make sure to come to the library next week to take part in more summer programs!

This Week @ Story Time

Summer Stories:

Compost Stew written by Mary McKenna Siddals and
illustrated by Ashley Wolff
Flower Garden written by Eve Bunting and
illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt
We're Rabbits! written by Lisa Westberg Peters and
illustrated by Jeff Mack
illustrated by Lois Ehlert

This Week @ Story Time

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Summer Stories:
The Very Quiet Cricket written and illustrated by Eric Carle
Butterfly, Butterfly written and illustrated by Peter Horacek
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! written and illustrated by Bob Barner
Beetle Bop written and illustrated by Denise Fleming
I Love Bugs! written and illustrated by Emma Dodd

Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Philadelphia Art Museum has a fabulous exhibition of drawings and watercolors by designer and illustrator Jerry Pinkney. A Philadelphia native, Pinkney won the 2010 Caldecott Medal for his picture book, The Lion and the Mouse. He has also been the recipient of  five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Book awards, and four Coretta Scott King Honor Awards. We were lucky to be there Sunday July 7th, when Pinkney was at the museum talking about his work. 
Here he is giving his presentation:

And here's a young friend of ours exploring the exhibit: 


“Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney” is on display at the Special Exhibitions Gallery, Perelman Building from June 28 to Sept. 22.  "Drawing on the Reverse Side: The Art and Life of Jerry Pinkney" is a simultaneous art show at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Branch.  But you don't have to make it into Philly to see his work.  Stop by the library and check out our very own Jerry Pinkney display by the Youth Services desk!

Lego Club Creations

Monday, July 8, 2013

Check out these cool creations from our Lego Club Freestyle on July 7, 2013

Comic-Con Pictures

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Thanks to everyone who came out to Comic-Con. It was great seeing families enjoying the different programs. Want to relive the magic or see what you missed?  More photos are on Facebook in the album "CHPL Comic Con 2013"

The End of the Sprout House...

And then our sprouts turned into tiny beanstalks:

One More Seed House View

Monday, July 1, 2013

It's pretty amazing how fast our seeds grew. These guys look ready to be planted in dirt!
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