Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy National Library Week!

Here's a big, happy, THANK YOU from the Youth Services Department to all our patrons on National Library Week! We love our jobs, and we love our library! Our faithful patrons make the Southern Lehigh Public Library a great place to work, visit, and enjoy.

Mrs. Lacock - Youth Programming
Mrs. Payne - Youth Collection Development

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Giant Puppy Dog Story Walk!

Running April 14-19, at a library near you...

We as librarians like to celebrate our livelihoods year-round...but we are asking you to join us next week! In fact, why not join the whole nation as libraries are celebrated from the sandy shores of the East Coast, to the rocky cliffs of the West Coast, to that gorgeous Texas Panhandle. Freedom is a great thing, and so is free access to resources and information. Libraries rock!

We will have all kinds of hootenanny going on next week at SLPL, but we created something special for the kiddies. This year, we will be hosting:

A Story Walk! Starring the Giant Puppy Dog!

Ok, he may not look giant in this photo, but he's actually HUGE. And your child could win him! Here's how:

1. Stop in @ the library and ask for a clipboard, pencil and paper.
2. Walk along our Story Walk path, looking for the Story Walk signs and using your imagination to create your very own story inspired by the pictures.
3. Take your finished story back to the library to enter a drawing to win the big black & white dog who stars in the pictures of our Story Walk.
4. The winner will be picked by random drawing, not based on story quality.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SLPL is Going to the Dogs!

Here's some pics from our latest Tail-Wagging Readers program on March 22nd -




Furry fun was all around as patrons read to these patient pooches and their trainer/owners.

We have one more session this spring, on Saturday, April 26th from 1:30 - 2:30 pm. This program is open house style; come and go as you please! No registration required, open to ages 2-12 (parent or caregiver must remain in the room).

Keep your eye out for our summer sessions - June 28, July 26, and Aug. 23

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Student Art Show is totally groovy!

You may have noticed that @ SLPL, we like to support the arts. We have continuous rotating art shows all year in which community residents are invited to participate as artists or art lovers.

Running March 24 - May 2, the STUDENTS SHOW features artwork created by local elementary, middle, and high school students. The pieces are being displayed on the walls in the main library area for your viewing pleasure.

Here's a sneak peak, but be sure you stop by to see the rest of these groovy and inspiring creations by talented young artists!

Great job, student artists! We can't wait to see what you create next!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Fab and Funny New Books

What's new, buckaroo? Here are some fabulous and funny-licious new finds in the Kid's Room!

Crankee Doodle - Tom Angleberger
Does Crankee Doodle want to go to town with his eager horse? Certainly not!! Just like a grouchy child, Crankee Doodle has dozens of reasons why he shouldn't do what he doesn't want to do. But when he hurts the feelings of his noble steed, Crankee learns a lesson in friendship. Laugh-out-loud funny, this book will have you singing the old tune at the top of your lungs.

Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great - Bob Shea
So what if Unicorn can make it rain cupcakes and turn stuff into gold? Goat isn't jealous. Or is he? While moping in a corner after being upstaged by Unicorn several times, he fumes. But then Unicorn prances over and starts a conversation. Turns out that Unicorn has his share of insecurities as well. Time for a new understanding on the part of the now-buddies - Everyone is special in their own way.

Battle Bunny - Jon Scieszka & Mac Barnett
A little boy receives a book from his Gran Gran on his birthday called Birthday Bunny. But boy, is it boring! So he takes a pencil and changes the story to his liking. Suddenly, instead of dopey birthday parties, it's an all-out doomsday battle!

Mr. Wuffles - David Weisner
Mr. Wuffles is a fearless terror of a housecat. He spurns his toys, but when a spaceship-shaped one appears, things get interesting. The tiny aliens inside dash for safety under a cupboard, but how can they return home? By joining efforts with some helpful household pests, they are able to bambozzle Mr. Wuffles and escape his clutches. He is not at all pleased. **Caldecott Honor 2014

My Dad Thinks He's Funny - Katrina Germein
We know that dads are the source of all lame jokes. This boy's father is no different. Your kids will recognize their dad (or uncle, or grandpa) in this, and perfect the eye-rolling technique quickly. I would take this home to my husband, but he already knows all these jokes. And he's not even a dad yet.

The Tortoise & the Hare - Jerry Pinkney
This almost wordless retelling of the Aesop's fable requires lots of time to pore over the gorgeous illustrations and search for every minute detail. Don't miss the great spread on the endpages, showing all the desert animals dancing in glee over Tortoise's victory. Caldecott medalist Pinkney does it again!

The Animal Book: a Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest - and Most Surprising - Animals on Earth - Steve Jenkins
When I was deciding whether to purchase this book (we have SO many animal books), I thought "Why would anyone want to read an animal book that doesn't have real photos?". I'm so glad I didn't let that stop me. Jenkins has created an amazing animal book, probably one of the best I've seen. The illustrations are breath-taking. He breaks the information down into little nuggets that are extremely interesting (even to an adult). A bonus section on the making of books is included at the end. A glossary, index and bibliography round this out to a really great informational book, one that your kids won't be able to put down.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"Play To Learn" is Back!

Bonus: ROAAAAR!!!!
DeSales seniors Julia, Maria, and Emily helped out with character masks after their Wizard of Oz story time.
Thanks, ladies!
And now back to our regular programming: 

SLPL is very proud to be a designated FAMILY PLACE library. Through grant funding, we have been able to provide the "Play to Learn" workshop twice a year. This spring session is being offered in the evening for families who can't make a daytime class.
LET THEM PLAY!!!
The "Play to Learn" workshop is for children ages 12 mos. - 3.5 yrs. and their parent/caregiver. Parents and their children will interact together with age appropriate educational toys and manipulatives in a relaxed, safe environment with the opportunity to speak individually with early childhood specialists on a variety of child development topics.

All that fancy talk to say: a really fun, educational time to play/interact with your child and help them develop new skills. Lots of really awesome toys, a simple craft and storytime, and experts on hand to answer all your questions. Did I mention free?

Get your spot now! Register here. 

Session dates are Tuesdays, March 18 - April 15, 6:30-7:45 pm. 
Parents who register MUST commit to attending 4 of the 5 sessions. Additional siblings up to age 5 yrs. may attend as needed.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

I Can Taste It Already...

Tick tock, tick tock,

Time is almost up! Anyone participating in our SUB CLUB has until Monday, March 10th to complete their Reading Passport and receive their FREE KID'S MEAL from SUBWAY @ The Promenade.
Gah! Now I'm so hungry.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors, SUBWAY @ The Promenade!