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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Happy Birthday, Tedd Arnold!

Roselle Public Library wants to wish Tedd Arnold a very happy birthday!  Tedd is one of the most beloved authors in our collection.  Mr. Arnold has written and illustrated over 60 books, including one of our patrons' favorite series: Fly Guy.

Tedd held some interesting jobs before becoming an author and illustrator, including newspaper boy, soldier, hamburger cook, popcorn maker at the local drive-in theater, and a worm counter at a fishing tackle store.  He became interested in writing picture books while his wife was teaching kindergarten.

One of his most popular picture books is Parts, which is also one of Parents Magazine 50 All-time Best Children's Books.  In this story, the young narrator notices some disturbing changes in his body.  His belly button has fuzz in it, his toes are peeling and something just fell out of his nose!  Yuck!  Parents love the reassuring message the book delivers that all of this is quite normal, while the funny illustrations and rhyming text will have a young reader laughing until their belly aches!

Recently he has introduced a new nonfiction series starring Fly Guy.  Fly Guy Presents covers many topics that children want to learn more about, like castles, space, sharks, snakes, bats, dinosaurs and insects.  He's always coming out with new topics.  His next one comes out in February and it's called Fly Guy Presents:  Garbage and Recycling. I can see this title being a big hit with young readers!

So join us in wishing Tedd Arnold a very happy birthday and many more years of new books for us to enjoy!

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Appreciate a Dragon

Dragon.  Just saying the word conjures images in a person's mind.  Dragons are legendary creatures who can be found in myths, legends, literature, song, art, film, toys and even in video games.  They are depicted in various ways: hideous, good, evil, smart, helpful, stubborn, scary, harmless, and ancient.  Some can fly, talk, breathe fire, or communicate telepathically with people or other dragons, while others can't do any of those things.   Dragons can be found in cultures stretching across the globe.

Whether you love them or fear them, dragons have captured the hearts and imaginations of people all over the world.  So much so that every January 16th marks the annual celebration of Appreciate a Dragon Day.  The day was created in 2004 by author Donita K. Paul to honor dragons depicted in popular literature.

The library has lots of books featuring dragons.  Check out the selection we have in Youth Services:

188 Fiction
104 Picture books
78 Non-fiction
62 Easy Readers

There have been many series about dragons.  Here are just a few we have ready to check out on our shelves:

Dragon Keepers                        Unwanted Quests
by Kate Klimo                          by Lisa McMann


Inheritance                               How to Train Your 
by Christopher Paolini             Dragon
                                                 by Cressida Cowell

Eragon and How to Train Your Dragon have film versions you should check out (after reading the book).  Other movies with dragons in them are: Pete's Dragon, Puff the Magic Dragon, Sleeping Beauty and Mulan.

Consider celebrating "Appreciate a Dragon Day" by reading a book, drawing a picture or enjoying a movie featuring a dragon. You might just find out you really love dragons!

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Join us for January Storytimes!

We can hardly believe it is 2019!  We hope you are enjoying the holidays, but we are all ready for our families to join us next week for our winter storytimes.  This session's theme is "Be A Friend!"  It begins on Tuesday, January 8 and ends on Thursday, February 14th.

For the younger ages, we offer Tots & Tykes for ages 6-19 months.  It takes place on Tuesday mornings from 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.  For ages 20-35 months, join us for Toddler Tales at 10-10:30 a.m.  Both programs have parent participation and require registration.

Preschool age storytime occurs on Wednesdays from 10-10:30 a.m.  This is open to children ages 3-5 and it is the first storytime where
children attend without a parent in the room.  Registration is required.

One of our newer options is Drop-in Preschool Storytime.  This is a perfect program for those preschoolers who are still a little shy as a parent stays with their child.  To participate in this storytime, please join us on Tuesdays from 1-1:30 p.m.

There are several drop-in storytimes offered.  On Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7 p.m. and Thursday mornings from 10:30-11 a.m., Family Drop-in storytimes are available.  These programs are for all ages but parents must accompany their child.

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Meet our newest YS member!

Hello! My name is Deanna Siegel and I am the new Youth Services Librarian here at the Roselle Public Library.

My first vivid memory as a young child is going to the library with my Dad and playing concentration games. The library was a place with fun games and new books, movies, and music. It was a weekend destination, and a special place for my Dad and I to play together. My Dad loved going to libraries, and so the love spread. When I entered library school, I knew that I wanted to provide children with the same positive experiences I had when I was a child.

In elementary school, my favorite book series was A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (I still enjoy this one from time to time!). This was the first time I had felt that book spark, a feeling that would occur many times over the years.

I like to read all different kinds of books now, ranging from classic British literature to the newest picture books. However, my absolute favorite books to read are graphic novels. I am always ready to recommend both youth, teen, and adult graphic novels and am constantly on the lookout for more. Some of the graphic novels I enjoy the most are El Deafo by Cece Bell, Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick, and Through the Woods by Emily Carroll.

When I am not in the library, I am either reading, watching new television shows, or practicing my ukulele skills. If you ever see me in Youth Services, come by and let me know what you’re currently reading!

See you soon,

Deanna Siegel

Monday, December 17, 2018

Check Out Our Winter Break Family Options!

Winter break is a great time to create family memories.  The Roselle Public Library wants to be included as one of your destinations while the children are enjoying some time off from school.  We have some family programs we would love to invite you to be a part of during this vacation period.
Come and use your imagination and build during Lego® Mania on December 26, from 12-2 PM.  Bring a friend or two and create a group project to leave on display at the library.

"It's Mario Party time!"  Drop by for some family fun with a Mario and his friends.  Play Mario Kart on the Wii, make a Mario craft, play the Star Rush game, and have a snack.  See you on December 27 from 12-2 PM.

January 2 is a busy day at the library.  We are excited to welcome back the Frog Lady at 1 o'clock.  During this family event, The Frog Lady will bring over 20 live animals that kids will be able to meet and touch.  She will also teach the audience the difference between reptiles and amphibians.  Please reserve a spot for your family to attend this event.
Calling all racers ages 6-11!  Join us from 5-7 PM for some Mario Kart competition.  Race against your friends while snacking on some popcorn.  Who will become the overall Mario Kart champion?
Grandparents Got Holiday Game is back!  Bring your grandparent or grand-friend and drop by on January 3rd from 1:30-3 PM.  Participate in the holiday activities, munch on a snack and play some games.  What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!
Is there a better way to end Winter Break than by having a picnic with Roselle's very own Rose Queen?  Join Rose Queen Joie Allen on Saturday, January 5 from 2-3:30 PM.  Dress in your best royal garments, bring a favorite blanket or towel and spread out for an afternoon indoor picnic with delicious snacks, crafts and fun activities.   

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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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