Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Necesitan Tu Ayuda! (They Need Your Help!)

Have you ever worked really hard to achieve a goal? It's character-building, right? Even more so when that goal will benefit your community! We have 2 special patrons here at SLPL, Haley & Marissa, who need your help to fulfill their goal of earning a Girl Scout Bronze Award.
Here at SLPL, we have a special need for Spanish books due to the Spanish immersion program offered by our school district. Students are required to read books in Spanish throughout the multi-year program, and our Spanish collection saves parents a lot of money. Now we will have even more variety and options available!

There is a donation box for Spanish books (designed by the crafty duo) located in the lobby of the library, and any gift cards may be dropped off at the circulation desk.

Thank you, Haley & Marissa, for spotting a need in our collection and working hard to benefit your friends and neighbors. Girl Scouts rock!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

UMIGO!!!!!

Coming soon to a library near you...
UMIGO!!!!

What is UMIGO? UMIGO - You Make It Go - is a fun, vibrant world of adventure that helps early elementary age children learn math and develop the skills they need for effective reasoning and problem solving through stories, music and games!

Discover more and watch the new app-isode "Nobody Rides the Soakster" on the UMIGO website.

This Saturday, Sept. 27 is National You Make It Go Day! Connect with other families in your community as well as towns and cities across the nation in a day of interactive adventure! SLPL is hosting a special progam from 2:30-3:30 for children ages 5-8.

Friday, September 12, 2014

New Special Display - Explorers!

If your kids are anything like me when I was a kid, they're already counting down the days until the next school vacation. Or even day off! And guess who is sailing the ocean blue to give them a break? Good ole' Christopher Columbus.
Kids aren't going to ask too many questions about why they get a day off school, but hey! Columbus wasn't the only one out there exploring the world. So this Columbus day, why not check out a book from our special display about all kinds of explorers - modern, ancient, real, or imagined. I feel a spirit of discovery wafting by!

Limit: 3 per card
Checkout: 3 weeks

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

What's New?

Here's a look at some great new reads in the Children's Room:

Fraidyzoo - Thyra Heder
Little T wakes up to an extremely excited older sister shouting "Today is the PERFECT day for the zoo!" Enter apprehension. Little T is scared to go to the zoo...but can't remember why. Everybody wants to help and this becomes a clever alphabet book of high imagination. The family spends a fun-filled day of laughter trying to figure out what animal might be causing the fear. By the end of day, Little T is ready to go to the zoo...but must now wait until tomorrow! There is much to love about this book. Little T is not gender-specific: could be a girl or a boy with longer hair, making this accessible to both kinds of little scaredy-cats. The family uses all kinds of household items to recreate the animals which are never actually named (a chance for delighted readers to figure it out using visual clues. If you get stuck, check out the endpages) and instead of being disappointed about missing the zoo, enjoy their creative and imaginative day together. But the best twist comes at the end, when they arrive at the zoo the next day and find out exactly who is afraid of exactly what. 5 stars!
And the Cars Go... - Willam Bee
Another car book? Is that really necessary? Yes! Because moms and dads everywhere get tired of reading car/truck/fire engine/helicopter books that are boring. Start your engines, folks! And then get ready to wait in traffic. A policeman on his motorcycle comes across a station wagon packed with a family headed for the beach. They are stopped...what is the problem? Walking forward along the line of traffic, he encounters a Duke and Duchess out for a drive in their Rolls-Royce, a school bus full of shouting kids, a race car on its way to the track, etc. At the front of the holdup...Baaa! Beautifully detailed, quirky illustrations beg to be pored over on each page. And yes, there are engine noises galore. Everyone works together to solve the problem, and continue on their way. Bonus: There are 15 snails in this book. Can you find them all?
Weasels - Elys Dolan
Ever wondered, "What do weasels do all day?" Apparently, so has Elys Dolan. And she came up with: plot world domination! Today is the day they'll take over the world. If they can pull it together between power outages, broken machines and clumsy assistants. Kids will love to closely examine the busy pages full of little details. Parents will love the sly humor and pop culture references (think weasel mastermind with monocle in swivel chair stroking white pet mouse) Will they succeed? Who knows, but these weasels are so cute it might not be such a bad thing.

And let's not forget those older kiddos:
Tommysaurus Rex - Doug TenNapel
TenNapel is one of my favorite graphic novelists...and with good reason. Once again he has created a surprisingly heartwarming story with a quirky plot line and bold illustrations. Ely has a dog, the best dog in the world - a golden retriever named Tommy. But one day Tommy breaks his leash and gets hit by a car. Great start to a book, you might say. Ely is crushed and goes to stay on his grandpa's farm for the summer. While running from a bully, Ely hides in a strange cave in the woods. Which just happens to have a buried T-Rex in it that comes to life and becomes Ely's new pet. Expectedly, chaos ensues. What you don't expect is the deeper story of sacrifice, compassion and hope that follows. I NEVER thought I would cry reading a book about a T-Rex.

Images courtesy of Novelist K-8 and Amazon.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Going, going....green!

NEW Learn-With-Me kit:

Going Green
An interactive kit designed for teaching kids about taking care of our environment - and having fun at the same time! This busy bag includes:

4 books -
Arthur Turns Green
The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge
Green Crafts for Children
We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers

1 DVD -
Sid the Science Kid: Going, Going Green!

Recycling Truck (made from 100% recycled plastic)

Stacking Tree toy (for little hands)

Stop by the library to pick up this (or another of our 20+) educational Learn-With-Me Kit! Hurry up, they don't stay on the shelf for long!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It's over, it's over...

...theblondelibrarian says "It's over!"

Summer Reading Club has come and gone. School is about to start and fall story time registration is up. Can you believe it?
Happy/Sad feelings abound....

BUT WHAT A SUMMER! So many kids and their families participated in Fizz Boom Read that it was like an explosion in the library! Here's some stats from the online reading club:

Read-to-me Club = 76 kids read/listened to 4896 books
In-Between Readers = 73 kids read 3,465 books
Independent Readers = 121 kids read 226,721 pages
Teen Reading Club = 39 teens read 140,565 pages

And that's just reading on their own...our programs and story times were overflowing! Here's a fun little reminder of all the good times:

Click here for a slideshow.

None of this could have happened without some very important people. Mainly, YOU! Thank you for participating, supporting and making the Summer Reading Club an all-around good time.

Also crucial to success are our local sponsors:
Crayola
Copperhead Grille
Putt U
Tales of Adventure Comics and Games

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Together, we created a scientifically-awesome summer of reading and fun!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

7 Days Left!

ONLY 7 DAYS LEFT to read books and log them in for Summer Reading Club!

Keeping reading and logging until Wednesday, August 13th, @ 5 pm. You can do it!

IMPORTANT: all raffle prize tickets must be picked up and placed in the bins by Wed. Aug. 13th @ 5 pm. So don't wait around and think you can put them in before the final program on Thursday night. 'Cause you can't.

Speaking of, hope you are planning to come to our closing program on Thursday, Aug. 14th @ 7 pm. Lots of fun for the whole family as we close out the summer theme of FIZZ BOOM READ with some helium science experiments, yummy snacks, and the announcement of all prize winners!

You won't want to miss it, so pre-register here. I'm so excited, I just can't hide it!