Friday, November 30, 2012

New Display

It's that most wonderful time of the year...(insert music). And so, we have pulled a selection of holiday books for our new Juvenile display. Located on top of the shelf above the "New" items, patrons can check out 2 items from the special display at a time. Are your kids asking about:

New Year's Eve/Day?
Chinese New Year?

Stop by and pick up something to read! Don't just celebrate the what, learn the why!

P.S. Don't forget to come see us at Barnes & Noble tomorrow, Dec. 1st for our BOOKFAIR day. Frog and Toad storytimes, crafts, scavenger hunt, activities, free gift wrapping and more!
A portion of the proceeds will benefit SLPL! See previous post for more info.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

All Aboard!

Choo-choo on over to the library with your little engineers and check out SLPL's newest addition to the children's area -- an Imaginarium Train Table!
We've put our Big, Beautiful Dollhouse away for a while to make room for a fun, interactive train landscape. Zoom around the tracks, up hill and down. Unload your cargo onto the crane, or zip through the waterfall tunnel. When you're tired, come back to the roundhouse for a rest. Just don't jump the tracks!

P.S. Building the tracks and making everything fit was hard! This is not a train table for the faint of heart!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here are some quick Thanksgiving quotes to think on:
"Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way."
       ~ Native American saying
"Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude." 
        ~ E.P. Powell
"Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds."
        ~ Theodore Roosevelt
And one funny one ---
"The thing I'm most thankful for right now is elastic waistbands."
        ~ Author unknown

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Enjoy this special day with your family and friends!

Monday, November 19, 2012

True story...

So I was...Remember that time when....You're never going to believe what just happened ...Back in the day... fill-in-the-blank. True stories happen every day. In library land, we like to call them NON-FICTION. Some kids think "information" books = boring. Some kids have no idea where to look for these exciting books, or that they even exist! But if you can get your kid to love non-fiction books early in life, it will create a habit that will make them smarter their whole life long. So in honor of everyone's true stories, I'm breaking out some reviews of our newest and coolest NON-FICTION books for kids.

Annie Sullivan And The Trials Of Helen Keller - Joseph Lambert
This is not your typical non-fiction book. It's not your typical biography. It's not your typical graphic novel, and it's certainly not the typical first thing a kid would grab off the shelf. But that's what makes it so special. It's new territory, a graphic-novel shared biography of Annie Sullivan and her deaf and blind student Helen Keller. Told from 2 points of view - the sighted view of Annie, and the blind and dark view of Helen - the story jumps back and forth with startling suddenness. Lambert's illustrations take you from Annie's Victorian world, to a shapeless, formless, colorless black void that belongs to the young girl Helen. In Helen's world, everything is blank arms and objects, nothing makes sense, and she acts out in her frustration at her inability to communicate with and understand the world around her. Annie is hired by Helen's parents, and begins the seemingly impossible task of teaching some sort of language to a little girl who can't see or hear her, lashes out violently at her, and acts like an indulged wild animal. The illustrations fit the wildness and frustration of the story perfectly, showing Annie and Helen scuffling and emerging with messy hair and injuries. As Helen finally begins to trust Annie and learn, the empty blackness surrounding her changes into shapes and items labeled with names and meaning. It's a long road, but excitement builds as Helen is slowly released from her isolation and begins to enjoy the world around her. Although some aspects of the story require a higher level of comprehension, even younger kids will be drawn in by the cartoon panel illustrations. You might find your adult friends picking it up from your coffee table as well!

Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems - Kristine O'Connell George
While not technically a true story, poetry does count as non-fiction! I've never been a big sister, but I've been that annoying little sister always tagging along and ruining life, and boy, I loved this collection of poems. But be careful, tissues may be required. Jessica has a problem. Her little sister Emma is always there. Bugging her, touching her things, acting weird in front of people, it never ends. In 34 sweet as sugar poems, Jessica deals with the in-and-outs of everyday sisterly life. Always having to be a role model, translator, and general "watcher-over". Snooping, cheating, sharing. Holding hands, birthdays, comfort, it's all here. But when Jessica finally receives a long-promised break from Emma, things turn out quite differently than she thought they would. Heart-melting and sincere, this perfectly illustrated picture book will have even the most fractious sisters giving each other a big hug! 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Guardians of Childhood, Unite!

No, this isn't an invitation to some new Mom's club...

I'm sure you've heard this statement within the last few weeks: "MOM! DAD! I want to go see the new movie Rise of the Guardians! It looks awesome! It looks funny! It's great for families (they said that on the commercial)! Can we go? Can we, huh, can we?!!!" or something along those lines.

Yes, it's true, the new DreamWorks movie Rise of the Guardians is coming to a theater near you this Wednesday, November 21st, just in time for the holidays. And yes, it will probably be awesome.

But wait! You can use this as a chance to bribe your kids, I mean build your kid's reading skills! Tell them that they have to read one of the books before they can see the movie. Bam! They get to see a radical movie, and you get the satisfaction of knowing that they've increased their vocabulary and reading skills! Everybody's happy.

SLPL has 4 of the books in this great series from amazing author/illustrator James Joyce, and we will be picking the others up as they come out. Rise of the Guardians is a fantasy series that explores the origins of some of our favorite childhood characters, and there's lots of action and adventure to go around as well! For younger kids, try these picture books:

The Man in the Moon (about the Man in the Moon, of course)

The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie (about the Sandman, of course)

For older readers, try these chapter books:

Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King (about Santa, I think?)

E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core! (Has to be about the Easter Bunny)

Now while I'm sure the movie will have spectacular animation (DreamWorks never lets us down), the real treasure of these books, especially the picture books, is Joyce's GORGEOUS detailed illustrations. He imbues them with an extra-large dose of the power of imagination, and I could probably sit and dreamily page through the books for an hour. He takes old and faithful friends, and injects them into new and splendid worlds. Colors leap from the pages, and you can almost feel yourself leaning forward and hoping you'll fall through into these wonderlands. He's the kind of illustrator that inspires future Caldecott award winners, and even librarians with no artistic talent whatsoever! Maybe I'll write him some fanmail!

Need an in-between activity? Watch the trailer for the movie here, along with games, apps, and an elf sing-along!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Barnes & Noble Bookfair

Barnes & Noble Bookfair benefiting the library!
Give the gift of reading!
Saturday, December 1st is SLPL day at Barnes & Noble at the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. The theme this year is 2 of my favorite literary characters, FROG AND TOAD! Come into the store between 10am and 3pm for:
-Frog and Toad story times
-Scavenger Hunt
-Creative craft

Plus other fun kid's activities! Meet and greet with Frog character in costume!

Now we wouldn't leave the parents out…
-Basket raffle
-Free gift wrapping by Friends of the SLPL
-Donate a book from the wish-list table and have your name placed inside!

Stop by the library to pick up a B&N/SLPL Bookfair VOUCHER, or get one online at our website Vouchers will also be available at B&N on DEC. 1 ONLY. When you present this to the cashier, B&N will generously donate a portion of the proceeds from your sale back to the library.

Use your voucher DECEMBER 1-6 with in-store purchasing AND online @
When shopping online, there is an area to enter your bookfair ID: 10817799 at checkout.

 You have to shop for the holidays anyways…why not give the library the kick-back this time around? And since you're buying the best gift possible – books—everyone's happy!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

And we are finally back...

Well, the world stopped spinning for a while this last week (i.e. no technology!), but the library is back online and so, I hope, are all our readers! Our best wishes and thoughts go out to anyone who was badly affected by Hurricane Sandy, especially our neighbors in New York and New Jersey. The library suffered no permanent damage, but was closed for 3 1/2 days, and without internet access for several more.

I have so many things to blog about! But I don't want to overwhelm, so I'll just pick one:

2 great storytimes are coming up here at SLPL -
On Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6:45-7:45, Carol Lacock (our children's programming librarian) will be hosting a story time featuring the award- winning book When the Shadbush Blooms by Carla Messinger. It will be a Native American Heritage themed story time, for ages 3-10 years, with activities.

In preparation for:
"Lenape Lifeways" - a Native American program that gives attendees a better idea of Lenape life in the past. Highlights include demonstrations, interactive exhibits and Q & A time with educators and consultants Carla and Allan Messinger (author of When the Shadbush Blooms). This program will take place Tuesday, Nov. 27th, from 6:30-7:30, and is open to ages 4 years to adult.

Both of these wonderful programs are FREE: register online here