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Monday, December 10, 2018

Baking Some Memories

The holidays bring back the memories of baking cookies with my family.  It was always fun to make the dough and use the cookie cutters to form holiday shapes.  However, the best part was always decorating the cookies.  This reminds me of one of my favorite children's stories, The Gingerbread Man.  There are many different versions of the story - Gingerbread Boy, Gingerbread Baby, Gingerbread Girl, Gingerbread Cowboy - but one that is special this time of year is Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas by Laura Murray. The Gingerbread Man goes on field trips with the school and everyone in his class is busy getting ready to thank the people who help their community.  The Gingerbread Man has made his own extra sweet card.  Right before he is to deliver his gift,  the wind picks up and the snow falls, leaving slushy sidewalks. Will he get to deliver his gift to his special person?  You'll have to read the book to find out!

Delicious Desserts:  Sweet Treats from the Premier Children's Cooking School  by Barbara Beery has a wonderful gingerbread cookie recipe you might like to try.  Here are the ingredients you'll need:

3/4 cup butter, softened                                                   
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg
3 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup molasses
Powdered sugar (for rolling out dough)

Now for the directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Combine butter, brown sugar, egg and molasses in a large bowl.
3.  Stir in the dry ingredients and mix.  Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 2-3 hours (this might be a really good time to read The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas or some other version of a Gingerbread Man story.)
4.  Take out about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of dough, and roll out to 1/4- or 1/2-inch thickness.  The secret is to use powdered sugar to roll out the cookie dough because it won't toughen the cookies if too much is used.  Use a cookie cutter to cut out the gingerbread man shape.
5.  Cover a cookie sheet with foil and then spray with nonstick cooking spray.  Bake for 8 to 12 minutes, depending on the size of cookie.
6.  Let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then remove carefully.  Cool for about ten minutes and then get ready to decorate!

Enjoy baking some holiday memories!

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Monday, December 3, 2018

150th Anniversary of Little Women

Little Women, written in 1868 by Louisa May Alcott, is the classic tale of the four March sisters, Beth, Jo, Amy and Meg, growing up during the American Civil War and then following them into adulthood.  As soon as it was published, it was an instant success.  The characters were flawed like real people, so readers identified with the sisters. It is still a relevant tale 150 years later.

The March sisters are very much human - they try to be good but are forever getting into troubles due to their particular character flaws.  Jo is hotheaded, Meg is vain and Amy is shallow.  Beth is the only sister without any glaring faults.

Jo has always been a heroic figure for women as she is independent, unconventional and impatient as well as a devoted writer who earns her own money from it.  Jo is a tomboy who appeals to most readers.

The story is so timeless that it is being made into a new graphic novel in modern times.  Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy:  A Graphic Novel:  A Modern Retelling of Little Women by Rey Terciero and Bre Indigo will be released in February 2019.  In this version, the sisters are a blended family living in New York City.  Their father is away in the military and their mother is left to support the family by working lots of overtime.  The sisters have to rely on each other to deal with day to day issues like fighting over the bathroom, homework, bullies, having crushes, or battling leukemia.  The story tells how the girls discover themselves and follow their dreams.

So if you've never read the classic version of Little Women before, consider checking it out over winter break.  There are several different movie versions of the story as well, with the most recent being the 2018 PBS version  (but please read the book first; it's always better than the movie).  Then check out the modern graphic novel when it comes out in February.  You can bet we will have it in our collection.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

I Spy Winter Reading

Calling all children ages birth to 5th grade!  I Spy: Books!  Winter Reading Program begins on Saturday, December 1, 2018 and ends on January 31, 2019.  Earn incentive prizes for every three hours of reading you complete for a total of nine hours.  Bonus sheets are available for those participants who go over the nine hours.

Just stop by the Youth Services desk to sign up and receive your recording sheet to take home and begin reading.  Every time you come to the library and check in your reading minutes with us, you are entered into a drawing to win an extra prize at the end of winter reading.


Monday, November 19, 2018


We hope our patrons view the Roselle Public Library as a safe space for people of all ages to come
and learn new things.  As such, it is a perfect supportive environment for homeschoolers.

More people are choosing homeschooling, and public libraries are providing invaluable resources to those families.  Did you know that Roselle Public Library can be the perfect place to check out free resources, such as books, periodicals, movies, music, science kits and other library materials?

Besides the library's physical collection, it also offers opportunities for cultural experiences by offering Museum Adventure Passes.  The Museum Adventure Passes can be borrowed by library patrons to obtain free or reduced admission to a variety of participating institutions in the local area.  One pass per family can be checked out weekly and the passes offer free or reduced admission to the establishments.

Looking to learn another language?  The library has picture dictionaries in other languages and DVDs to help acquire new languages, even sign language.  Plus there are online resources such as Little Pim and Mango, which offer instruction in practical conversation in multiple languages.

Don't forget the programming the library has to offer either.  Children in grades 2-5 can join in our monthly Books and Popcorn program where children read a specific book beforehand and come ready to discuss it, as well as partake in activities about the book.  Kreative Kids offers children in K-2 the opportunity to enjoy listening to topic specific stories, creating a craft, playing a game or participating in a science experiment.  New this season is our STEAM Saturdays, focusing on patrons who are in grades 3-5.  STEAM Saturdays offer the chance to have fun while completing a science task.

Not only do the programs above provide a learning opportunity, they also serve as a chance for socialization.  Homeschooled children who use the library have the advantage of being able to interact and learn with their peers in age-specific library programming as well as in programs which are open to all ages.

Homeschool families, please join us on Tuesday, November 27 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. for Home School Hangout.  It's a chance to come together and learn more about our fantastic library services as well as an opportunity to let the library know what types of programming would help support the homeschooling community.  Then stay to participate in a group activity for the whole family.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Create with LEGO!

Calling all LEGO® lovers!  Drop by the library on  Monday, November 19th, from 12-2 p.m. when you are off from school.  Bring your imagination to create your own design.  Stop by to look at projects constructed by our local LEGO® hobbyist, Terry E.  One Saturday a month, Terry will host Lego® Design: Tips and Tricks for Kids for children in grades K-5.  The first one will take place on January 19th.   Look at our online calendar for more information.  Children must register for the Saturday winter events.

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

They're BACK!!

Storytimes are back!! We know you've missed them (and we've missed you!).  Construction is not going to stop us from providing some fantastic literacy options.  Our theme for the Fall session is "Name That Shape!"  Shapes are all around us and make for some entertaining tales.

On Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., join us for Tots & Tykes.  Designed for children ages 6-19 months, this program exposes your child to their first storytime experience.  For those just a little older, Toddler Tales focuses on children ages 20-35 months and engages them in a literacy experience by listening to stories and having a chance to socialize with other children their own age.  Toddler Tales meets from 10-10:30 a.m.  Registration is required for both storytimes.

New to Tuesday is a Drop-in Preschool storytime.  Preschoolers listen to stories that expand vocabulary while enjoying the rhythm of oral language.  The session runs from 1-1:30 p.m. and does not require registration.

On Wednesday mornings, Preschool storytime is offered from 10-10:30 a.m.  Registration is required for this program.

If you can't commit to coming regularly to storytimes, consider stopping by for our family Drop-in programs, where registration is not required.  Working parents may consider attending our evening sessions on Tuesdays from 6:30-7 p.m., or if daytime is better for you, Thursday mornings from 10:30-11 a.m.

Don't forget about our Music and Movement program.  Preschoolers are welcome to join in on the singing, dancing and creative movement fun of this program.

It's never too late to register or drop on by.  We hope to see you at one or more of our programs!

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Dewey's Big Finale!

Welcome back for the final installment on the Dewey Decimal System.  The 700-900 nonfiction sections hold a wide variety of topics.  Entertainment is what I think when discussing the 700s.  The first part of the 700s has books on arts and crafts.  If you love to draw, there are over 160 books which will teach you how to draw faces, animals or your favorite cartoon characters.  Do you love to make crafts?  There are over 180 books to help you use your imagination to create something unique and beautiful.  Love music?  Find your favorite children's song in a picture book and also materials to help you learn how to play instruments, like the guitar.  Our country's favorite past times seem to be playing or watching sports.  The 700 area has books about your favorite professional teams (Go Bears!) as well as how to learn how to increase your skills in your favorite sport.
The 800s also holds a lot of entertainment value for our patrons.  This is where you will find books about poetry.  Some favorite poets are Shel Silverstein, Jack Pretlutsky, A.A. Milne (love Winnie the Pooh), Naomi Shihab Nye and Paul Fleischman.  If you are looking to be a writer, the 800s will also provide you with resources on how to improve your writing.  So I guess this area not only entertains you, but educates you too.  Did you realize that reading poetry is not only fun, it also exposes children richer vocabulary, rhyming, and figurative language?  This are just a few of the many benefits of poetry.
For all you history and geography lovers out there, the 900s is your place to be.  Are you looking for a certain historical era, such as the Revolutionary War or the two world wars?  This would be the section you'd find a book to fit your interest.  Learning about Native Americans?  Look here to find out about all the tribes of North America.  Planning a trip?  Take a browse through the 900s to see all the places in the world that you can visit.  Grab a book about a destination and try to persuade your family to take a vacation there.
Thanks for take this journey through the Dewey Decimal System with me.  I hope I have persuaded you to browse the nonfiction collection a little more know that you know how it is all organized.  Hope to bump into you soon in the stacks!


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