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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Reading is a Gift!

This year we have a special gift for our readers.  The winter reading program will take place early this year!  The theme of the program is Reading is a Gift featuring one of our favorite book characters Pete the Cat!  Many of the youth service librarians have been making trips to the local schools to invite students to participate in the program.  Any child birth through 5th grade can participate in the program and all you have to do is read 9 hours or 540 minutes from December 1 through January 29th.  I know you can do that.  In fact, you will probably have to pick up a few bonus sheets because you all are great readers.

You can earn prizes for reading too.  Just stop by the Youth Services desk to sign up and receive your recording sheet to take home with you and start 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.

So I look forward to seeing you on December 1st when you register for the winter reading program.  Don't hesitate to ask any of the youth librarians for help in selecting some great titles to read.  You know, reading truly is a gift!


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Celebrate the Season - Saturday, November 28 at 1 PM

I cannot believe it is that time of the year again.  A month from now it will be Christmas.  I hope all the little boys and girls out there are on their best behavior because someone I know is watching.  The library is offering a great way to get into the holiday spirit (I think I hear someone humming some holiday classics!).  One of our favorite local holiday singers, Tom Malouf, will be entertaining us at
1 PM on Saturday, November 28th with classic holiday songs along with a few new ones.  You are welcome to sing along with him.  Tom always puts on a great show!

Then at 2 PM, the big man himself, Santa, will arrive on the firetruck to help light the village tree and then come inside of the library to spend some time with us.  There will even be some photo opportunities with Santa, so bring your camera!  I know I want one with him! Santa is also bringing a special guest, Roselle's very own Rose Queen.  Come help us celebrate because Santa Claus is coming to town!

Holiday books

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Who doesn't love Snoopy?

I remember waiting for the Sunday paper to be deliver so that I could dive into the comic strips.  My favorite one....Peanuts by Charles Schultz. His clean, minimalist drawings really had you focus on the characters and what was happening.  Then there was the sarcastic humor of his characters and the inner thoughts of Snoopy, Charlie Brown's pet.  Snoopy was by far my most favorite character.  Growing up I had a Snoopy stuffed animal that you could dress.  I still have him to this day as he is one of my most beloved toys from childhood.

Charles grew up in Minnesota and he always knew he wanted to be a professional cartoonist.  On October 2, 1950, his Peanuts cartoon strip was published in seven nationwide newspapers, signaling the start to the American public's love of Charlie Brown and his gang. In 1999, Schulz retired and his comic strip went into syndication.  He has been honored with an Emmy award for his animated specials, had a NASA spacecraft named after his characters, and inspired a concert performance at Carnegie Hall.  Charles' comic strip also influenced Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin and Hobbes, to become a cartoonist.

Snoopy and friends also have a new movie out to have a new generation fall in love with the Peanuts gang in the new movie that was released on November 6th.  The library is a big fan of the Peanut characters too.  We have many of the animated Peanuts movies, easy readers for new readers to read, biographies on Charles Schulz and many graphic novels featuring Charlie Brown and Snoopy.  Also, if you'd like to learn how to draw, our shelves are loaded with books to teach you how to draw everything from animals to rockets ships to people.  You never know, you might just become the next Charles Schulz.

Peanuts Comic Strips website
Peanuts DVDs
Peanuts books
Drawing books

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Question of the Day

Working with children everyday, I've made an observation:  Kids ask the most amazing questions.  I was pondering over what I was going to blog about when I came across this awesome website called Wonderopolis.  "What a cool name for a site," I thought to myself, "maybe I should check it out."  I am so glad I did.  The site is dedicated to people, mainly kids, asking questions.  You simply type your questions in a box on the website and it is placed in its question bank (currently there are over 10,000 questions in the bank).  Each day the site picks one question and then provides an answer to it.  Kids are the best at asking questions, just ask a parent of a preschooler!  You can peruse through some of the questions in the bank too.  As I read many of them I thought, "Hmm, I wonder about that too."  What a great site to bookmark and look at every day as a family.

The library is a great place to get answers for questions.  You might have been wondering about some things such as:

Why do Mother Sea Turtles leave bury their eggs and then leave them?
Where did Taylor Swift grow up?
Where does money come from?
How big is the universe?
Why do you throw up?

These are all questions the amazing librarians that I work with can help you find answers for because we have thousands of resources available at our fingertips.  We really do love questions and then searching for answers.   You might say we have a little bit of a desire to become "detectives."  So the next time you have a question, you can visit the Wonderopolis website and see if your question is chosen.  Or, for a faster response, come check us out and leave with a wonderful book or DVD that can help you make that "I wonder" into a "I know."


Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Premiere of a Beloved Children's Television Series

I know that many of you were not even born yet, but back on November 10, 1969, the premiere one of television's longest running children's shows occurred and has broadcasted in over 120 countries and an estimated 8 million people in the U.S. along tune into it during the week.  That is quite the following!.  Let me see if you can sing the opening words to it's theme song with me.

Sunny day
sweepin' the clouds away
  On my way to where to air is sweet.  

Can you tell me how to get,
how to get to Sesame Street.

You are in great voice today!  That's right, back 46 years ago, Sesame Street was born.  It would go on to teach generations of children their letters and numbers, how to count, about diversity and model positive social messages.

The show was the brainchild of Joan Ganz Cooney whose goal it was to create preschool programming that was both entertaining and educational.  Cooney wanted to use TV as a way to help underprivileged 3-to-5 year olds get ready for kindergarten.  One of the most-loved aspects of Sesame Street are its cast of puppets know as Muppets.  Jim Henson created the cast of characters that became the stars of the show, including Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Grover and Big Bird.  I have to admit that Grover is one of my favorite characters!  There were many mornings you would find me watching Sesame Street and counting along with the Count or laughing at Ernie doing something crazy to Burt.  I love how they have celebrities guest star on the show too!

Sesame Street has tackled some tough subjects.  In 2002, it introduced 5-year-old Muppet character named Kami who was HIV-positive to help children living with the stigma of the disease.  In 2006, Abby Cadabby, made her debut as the show's first Muppet star female character in an effort to encourage diversity and provide a strong role model for girls.  In October of this year, the show added Julia, who has autism to its list of characters.  I love how Sesame Street exposes its young viewers to real world topics and models positively how to treat people that are different than us. 

The library LOVES Sesame Street too.  We have DVDs about Sesame Street, CD's with great songs featured on Sesame Street, Play-Aways, as well fun picture books and easy readers featuring the wonderful characters.  We even have books on Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets so that you can learn more about the history of the Muppets and the puppetry behind them.

So let's finish up by singing the rest of the opening theme song.  You know you want to!

Come and play
Everything's A-OK
Friendly neighbors there
That's where we meet

Can you tell me how to get
How to get to Sesame Street
How to get to Sesame Street

Sesame Street theme lyrics
Theme Song sung by characters and Jimmy Fallon
Sesame Street PBS Kids
Sesame Street DVDs
Sesame Street Music
Sesame Street Books



Sunday, November 1, 2015

For the Love of Picture Books!

I LOVE picture books! Some are super-duper easy, some have no
words, others have breath-taking illustrations; they can tell about history or just plan make you laugh hysterically while everyone room looks at you and what you are reading.  November is Picture Book Month (I cannot believe it is already November!!)  The wonderful thing about picture books is that you can find one on just about any topic you want.  Did you know that picture books can also be found in the Non-fiction section too?  Yep, all the fairy tales, folktales and  informational picture books about animals are all found in the non-fiction section. Did you know they even use picture books in high school?  Yes, it is very true.

Here are some of my personal favorites and reasons why pictures books are so important.

1.  Even if children can't read yet, picture books introduce them to the concept of reading.
It's okay if a child just picks up a book to look at pictures.  That's the beginning stages of reading.  If they make up their own stories to go along with the pictures, that's a sign of early literacy too.

2.  Picture books encourage conversation.
Readers talk about what's happening in the story, what emotions are the characters going through, the meaning of words, and can the reader relate to the story.

3.  Visual literacy skills are strengthened and introduce children to the LOVE of art.
You've heard the phrase, "a picture is worth a thousand words."  Pictures tell the story and clue us in on things the author may have intentionally left out in the words.  Characters' emotions are seen through pictures.

4.   Children learn how to become better listeners through picture books.
Ever had a day where the kids are running around acting crazy (I see a few of you nodding).  Well, I've also seen the power of reading aloud to children who were acting like that and been awed by the magic of picture books as the children are drawn to the story and sit quietly snuggled up next to me and then beg for another book.  Yep, that is definitely magical.

Roselle Public Library definitely has a plethora of picture books for you to come and check out.  So please come and celebrate Picture Book Month with us.  We'll be happy to help you find some great pictures books that will make you rhyme, count, happy, sad, cry, say "Wow!," see things from another perspective and of course make you laugh!

Picture Book Month


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Abracadabra! Hocus Pocus! Sim Sala Bim!

Do you recognize those famous words?  They are all phrases magicians say right before the magic happens.  "National Magic Week" is celebrated during the week of October 25 to October 31.  For more than forty years the Society of American Magicians has been honoring the life of their most famous member, Harry Houdini, with a special "MAGIC WEEK" throughout the United States and Canada.  Harry Houdini died on October 31, 1926, which is why the society chose this particular week to celebrate magic.  Many magicians throughout the United States perform for free during this time at schools, hospitals, nursing homes and libraries so people who may not normally get to attend a show can enjoy magic!

Harry Houdini is an interesting fellow to learn about.  He was born in Hungary but grew up in Magic Tree House series went on an adventure with Harry in "Hurry Up, Houdini!"
Appleton, Wisconsin.  He became a master of illusion and a famous escape artist.  His most legendary
act was the Chinese Water Torture Cell.  Houdini would be lowered upside-down in a locked glass cabinet filled with water.  He had to hold his breath for more than three minutes to escape.  Do NOT try that at home!  Even Jack and Annie from the

One of this year's Bluestem nominee books is about a boy who practices magic.  It's entitled Dorko the Magnificent and I think that it is a magnificent piece of writing.  It's the story of Robbie Dorko who tries to do magic like an old-school magician, you know the ones who pull rabbits out of hats or turn their magic wands into a bouquet of flowers.  Except that he is not always good at magic.  Robbie later learns that his cranky Grandma Melyvn was an internationally renowned magician.  Slowly she starts to teach him how to be really good at magic and they develop an interesting relationship (oh, and the magic is good too!).

The library has some great books to help you learn how to do magic.  There's a first-timer's guide to help you with coin and card tricks.  So next time you are at the library, come in and disappear into the 793.8 section of nonfiction.  I can't wait to see what magic tricks you learn to perform.  Maybe one day you'll become the next Harry Houdini!

Harry Houdini Biographics
Magic Tricks Books
DVDs about magicHarry Houdini, magic tricks, National Magic Week

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