Wednesday, October 24, 2012

October is National Hispanic Heritage Month

We may only have a week left in October and everyone might be focusing on Halloween, but it's not too late to dig into some Hispanic Heritage. Here at SLPL, we have some great resources for learning more with your kids.


- A Kid's Guide to Latino History: More Than 50 Activities by Valerie Petrillo
 Broken down by country of origin (Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans on the Mainland, Cuban Americans, Central Americans, Dominican Americans and South Americans), this book offers lots of information, as well as many fun activities. Mold a Day of the Dead skull, grill a Cuban sandwich, create Guatemalan worry dolls, design a poster to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, and more! You'll definitely need to renew this book, there's so much to do. It also contains a list of Latino museums, Latino movies and videos, and a suggested reading list for kids.



- Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English by Alma Flor Ada
For the little tykes, why not read them this great alphabet book? Each letter is represented in a poem, all of which join together to describe the life of migrant Hispanic farm workers.The poems are printed side by side in Spanish and English, making it easy to compare the words for fruit, vegetables and other everyday items.


Friday, October 19, 2012

I don't know about you, but reading makes my tail wag...

Guess what? Dogs like reading too! It may not be scientifically proven, but it's easy enough to tell that they love books. Don't believe me? Then you should join us on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1:30-2:30 for your chance to read to a dog in our Tail Wagging Readers program.
We'll have kind and gentle therapy dogs and their owners here at SLPL for you to read to!
It's open-house style - come and go as you please. Bring your own books or read from ours. Ages 2-12, parent or caregiver must stay. No registration required. This is a really great program for encouraging reluctant readers, especially kids who are reluctant to read out-loud for fear of making mistakes. The best thing about dogs is that they can't correct your pronunciation. And they look at you with love in their eyes the entire time...talk about a confidence boost!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

As Promised...

So I promised you book reviews of our newest children's books, and I like to keep my promises! Let's start with my 2 favorite NEW PICTURE BOOKS:

The Duckling Gets a Cookie by Mo Willems

If you haven't heard of Mo Willems yet, you are really out in the boonies. The extremely popular author has several extremely popular series going at once, as well as several instant classic stand-alones. Any child who has every possessed a special blankie, toy or other security item immediately identifies with his Knuffle Bunny books, and his newest Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs is on my cataloging shelf right now. His series include the Elephant and Piggie books for beginning readers, the Cat the Cat books, and the favorite of Kindergarteners everywhere, the Pigeon series.
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? is the latest hilarious addition to this series. As we all know, Pigeon likes to get what he wants, but sometimes that does not happen, even with all his hard work of begging, pleading and sometimes screaming. So when Duckling gets a cookie with nuts just by asking politely, Pigeon is quite upset and he lets everyone know it! Will Pigeon ever learn his lesson?



Shark Vs. Train by Chris Barton

If you have a little boy in your life, you NEED this book. Actually, you should read it anyways even if you don't, it's so funny. The premise takes you right back to your childhood days, when all you needed was a toybox and your imagination for hours of fun. Two little boys head for a toybox stuffed with toys and each one pulls out their weapon of choice: a rubber shark for one, and a toy train engine for the other. The rest of the book is a mad-dash competition between a shark and a train (as if those two things were even comparable). Who would win if they were...having a burping contest? Or playing hide-and-seek? Or sword-fighting on a tightrope? I guess it all depends on the situation. Barton hits the creative genius of kid's imagination spot-on, and the bubble comments from the shark and train as they are put through the long series of challenges are hilarious. My favorite page is the one in the library...Who would win if they were trying not to get shushed?


Friday, October 12, 2012

Skip the Dinner Prep

Now, this technically has nothing to do with the children's department...except for the fact that I KNOW you really want a break from making mac & cheese for dinner for the 1,324th time. Well, here at SLPL we aim to please. So come on out, this Monday night Oct. 15th, for our annual Copperhead Grille fundraiser! SLPL gets 10% of your bill, no coupon or voucher required. Invite your family, friends, neighbors, etc, and make it a dinner party! Don't forget the kids, and don't sit too close to the librarian table (we're loud).
Image property of and attributed to www.copperheadgrille.com

Monday, October 8, 2012

LET THEM PLAY!!!

As I mentioned briefly in an earlier post, SLPL is now proud to be a designated FAMILY PLACE library. Through grant funding, we have been able to create a whole new parent/child opportunity to provide in addition to our popular story time sessions. This is called the "Play to Learn" Parent/Child Workshop. 
LET THEM PLAY!!!
 This workshop is for children ages 12-36 months 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 online at www.solehipl.org 
Dates are Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, and 29. 10:00-11:15 AM. 
Parents who register MUST commit to attending at least 4 of the 5 sessions.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Movin' and Shakin'

Things are really movin' and shakin' here in the Children's Department at SLPL! If you've been into the library lately, you may have noticed that it was a little bit louder, a little bit brighter and lots more fun!!! 

Thanks to funding received from a grant awarded by Family Place Libraries, we have spruced up our children's area with some great interactive and developmental toys. 

We have added an awesome Duplo block table with people and animals:
A BIG, Beautiful Dollhouse with furniture and families:
AND, new foldable reading chairs for kids and their adults (stored in a cozy spot in the rear hall):
Trust me, you will barely recognize the place! Kids have been LOVING the new interaction. The library may have been cool before, but now it's super awesome! Come in and visit. And keep your eyes sharp for - COMING SOON - The WILD About Reading Cave






Monday, October 1, 2012

HOWDY-DO!

Welcome to the brand-new kids blog from Southern Lehigh Public Libary! This is going to be THE place …

-to read book reviews of new items (written by yours truly!) Fiction, non-fiction, picture books, audiobooks, and so much more!
-to find out about the happenin’ kids events that will be happening at the library…you don’t want to miss out.
-to find links to helpful sites, book and educational related
-to find out about new library services and collections
-to hear about special displays, contests and seasonal events
-to connect with other readers and book lovers!

Subscribe now, for the sake of the kids!