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Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Great Outdoors

Psst...I don't think Seward was a fool, do you?
So as you may know, I do love me some good old history.  So today's step back in time is all the way back to 1867.  Any guesses what happened in 1867?  I am sure a ton of things happened that year, but the event I am talking about is Alaska being purchased from the Russian Empire on March 30, 1867.  So before that date, Alaska was part of Russia!  Crazy, right?  Secretary of State, William H. Seward, purchased Alaska for $7.2 million.  Now, back at that time, most of Alaska was unexplored - no one really knew what was in Alaska or what the land had to offer, so many called the deal "Seward's folly."  Folly means foolishness, so many thought Seward was a fool for buying Alaska.

So what do you think?  Was Seward foolish?  Alaska increased U.S. property by nearly 20% since it
Just makes you want to get outside, huh?
is so large.  It is actually the largest state in the United States.  Gold was discovered there in the 1880's and 1890's.  Tall mountains, shimmering lakes, thick forests, and wild animals are abundant in Alaska.  Really, Alaska is a place of adventure and exploration.  I would love to one day travel there, but for now, I must settle with reading about all the wonders Alaska has to offer.  And guess what - we have a whole bunch of books on the state here at the Roselle Public Library, so I can read my little heart out.  Once I am done reading, I am heading out the front door and going exploring.  You never know what you might find.

Books about Alaska
Books on exploring

Monday, March 23, 2015

Pancakes and Soda Pop

Add some fruit to those, and I am drooling!
Can you imagine a world without pancakes?  What would you eat for breakfast on Sunday mornings?  Pancakes are a staple in the breakfast world - plain, cakey, chocolate chips, with fabulous fruit - the combinations are endless, and it just doesn't seem like there could ever be a time when pancakes didn't exist.

The same goes for Coca-Cola.  It is that refreshing cold soda pop drink that is the perfect treat on a hot summer day.  Pour it over ice, and nothing is more thirst-quenching that a good old can of Coca-Cola.  Coca-Cola is such a treat for me that I have even named my cat Coca in honor of the drink....and she happens to be the same color as the pop.

This could be you!
Now, why are we talking about pancakes and soda pop you ask?  No, I am not just hungry right now and listing my cravings.  We are talking about it because pancakes were first made on March 25, 1885, and Coca-Cola was invented on March 29, 1886!  Two great food/beverage inventions in the same month!  Maybe being trapped inside during winter has something to do with that.  Anyway, there is no better time than now to experiment in your own kitchen.  Make up a new recipe.  Test it out on your family.  You never know - you could be the inventor of some wonderful food that will be enjoyed by millions years from now.  Don't feel that ambitious?  Then just try out a new recipe!  We have numerous recipe books here at the Roselle Public Library.  So....get cooking!

Pancake picture books

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A new season

Yay!  Finally spring is here.  I couldn't be happier after this long, cold, snowy winter.  I am ready for some green grass, leaves on the trees, flowers blooming, and birds singing.  So, March 20th, the official first day of spring, may just be one of my favorite days of the whole year!  And to express my love of spring, here is a bit of poetry I have made up for you.

Spring, spring....

Just kidding, no one wants to read my poetry.  It is almost as bad as my singing!  Instead, you should pick up some wonderful poetry books from the Roselle Public Library because it just happens to be Children's Poetry Day on March 21st.  We have quite a collection of poetry here at the library that will tickle your funny bone, make you think, and encourage you to write your own poetry.  If I were you, I would pick up a couple fun poetry books - maybe some Shel Silverstein or some Jack Prelutsky - and read them at home as a family.  Get the giggles out, because some of these poems are hilarious, and then pick a random subject and get writing your own poetry.  Write about your dog, the front yard tree, the pickle jar on the table, anything really!

Need even more inspiration?  Well, it also is Randolph Caldecott's 169th birthday on March 22nd, so check out some of the beautiful picture books that have won the Caldecott award over the years.  Of course, you will want to read the stories in these books, but you could also just flip open to a page, look at the picture and write a poem about the picture you see.

So there you have it.  Some fun ways to spend the next few days and really enjoy the changing of the seasons.  Get outside a bit, and take a walk on down to the Roselle Public Library.  We will be happy to see you and help you find all thing spring, poetry, Caldecott, and more!

Spring picture books
Shel Silverstein books
Jack Prelutsky books
Caldecott books

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Spring into programs

Just in case you missed it, our spring session of programs begin this week, on March 17th!  Hurray!!  The programs are back!  As the weather gets nicer outside, you will want to get the kids up and out of the house for a bit.  Get some fresh air, take a walk, and where better to go than the Roselle Public Library?  We have programs for everyone - the babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and of course we wouldn't forget the school age kids.  We have fun stories, songs, crafts, and more selected just for you!  You won't want to miss it.  You can sign up online through the link below, call us to register, or even better, stop on by, pick up some fabulous books for the week, and one of the librarians can register you for programs.  So what are you waiting for?  Come on in today and see what we have going on here at the Roselle Public Library.

Youth Services Spring Programs
Online calendar where you can register

Friday, March 13, 2015

Easy as Pie

Time to get messy!
So I hope you have your thinking cap on.  The brain has to really be working the next couple of days because not only is it Albert Einstein's 136th birthday, but it is also Pi Day - 3.14 - this weekend!  So, we should celebrate and dig into some math and science!  I am all about the messy kitchen science experiments, and boy do we have the books to teach you simple experiment recipes to do at home.  Check out some books, gather the materials, and get messy!

Sad to say, math and science were never my favorite subjects in school.  I would study and do alright in these subjects, but English and history were my areas to shine.  So, instead of cranking out numbers, equations, and formulas this weekend, I think I would rather read a biography about Albert Einstein.  There are some really fabulous biographies about Einstein out there - even picture book biographies!  Also, although Einstein regretted endorsing the idea, he had a key role in the United States building the atomic bomb during World War II, so you may want to check out some books about that as well.  Or if that doesn't float your boat, then read about Germany - Einstein's homeland.
Pi Day...good excuse to eat pie!

I know, most of you probably think you get enough math and science at school, but there are tons of
fun ways to make learning about science and the people behind the equations interesting.  And if all else fails, bake a pie in honor of Pi day.  Cherry, apple, peach...the possibilities are endless.

Science experiment books
Albert Einstein biographies
Books about Germany
Math books

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

From Amateurs to Artists

Where is my coloring book?
Ever hear of Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso?  Amateurs!  That's right, all amateurs!  Because we have the real deal here, the experts, the artists at the Roselle Public Library.  March is Youth Art Month, and here at the library we are celebrating by putting the real artists on display - the children of Roselle!  Come on upstairs to the Youth Services department and be amazed by all the stunning creations of kids you might even know.  Our art gallery stretches across the back wall of the youth services department and brings a beauty inside with bright vibrant colors, imagination, and inspiration.

yes, this is about the best I can do.
Seeing all this fabulous artwork makes me want to break out the paints, markers, and pencils as well
and get to work.  Now, these kids are far better artists than I will ever be, but it is nice to spend some time letting my creativity flow through pen and paper.  And while you can't bring the artwork of the children home with you for inspiration, we have numerous books about art, artists, and how to draw that can get those creative juices flowing.  And what better time than now to start your own art gallery at home?  Between the cold temperatures, snow, and freezing rain, you're trapped inside anyway, so why not make the inside of the house beautiful with some paint and paper?  So, stop on by the Roselle Public Library today to get inspired by the young artists of

Art books
Books about artists
How to draw books

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Read my Lips

I just love Toothiana.  Best Tooth Fairy ever!
Let me see those pearly whites.  Give us a big smile because it is National Children's Dental Health Month in February.  Not only is this the perfect time to talk about teeth then, but on Saturday, February 28th, it is also National Tooth Fairy Day.  So, that being said, I hope it isn't like pulling teeth to get you and your family to care for those chompers in your mouth!  Taking care of your teeth can actually be a fun experience.  We have so many fun books about teeth, the tooth fairy, and the dentist here, and they will all give you a reason to smile wide and show off those gleaming white teeth.  Of course, I have my favorites - Bear's Loose Tooth, Clarabella's Teeth, and a fictional novel, Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies.  If you have ever watched The Rise of the Guardians movie, then you know who Toothiana is and this book tells you how she became the tooth fairy that we all know and love.

These guys are gabbing away about the library!
So what a great way to spend this week and weekend - reading up on how to care for your teeth, some silly tooth stories, and sharing the tooth fairy's story as a family.  And do you know what makes this month even better?  It is Word of Mouth Month...see how fabulous it is?  We are already talking all about our mouths and teeth, and on top of that it is time to spread the word about how wonderful the library is during Word of Mouth Month!  So, I shall begin my Word of Mouth Month here about the library - I believe the library, the Roselle Public Library in particular, is a place full of light and hope.  It brings me peace, happiness, and adventure through the many stories you can find here.  If I can't go on vacation, then a book is the next best thing.  I can escape into a book and forget the world around me.  Anyway, it is now your time to use those pearly whites and get talking about the library during Word of Mouth Month.

Teeth and how to care for them
Silly teeth picture books
Teeth in fiction

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