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Monday, February 20, 2017

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

I thought I'd time some time to remind you about a special program that the Roselle Public Library offers.  It's the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.  As a mom, I wish this program had been around when my children were small.  I began reading to my children by the time they were three months old.  We'd sit in the rocking chair at night, with that bedtime bottle and they'd (hopefully) fall asleep while I was reading some classic childhood story.

Over the years, numerous studies have been conducted showing the connection between reading and early stimulation for brain development.  Early reading helps children acquire key literacy and language skills which does help with future academic success.  Even the American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to read aloud to their children daily.  The goal of the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is to help guide parents and children to develop and sustain daily reading.  For small children, hearing a healthy dose of reading aloud age-appropriate literature is vital.
Here are some questions you may have about our 1,000 Before Kindergarten Program:

Q:  1,000 books is a lot!  How can we read so many?
A:  If you read 1 book a day for 3 years, you will have read 1,095 books?  Or you can read 3 books a day for 1 year!

Q:  How long do we have to read 1,000 books?
A:  Until the day your child starts kindergarten.

Q:  Do the books we read for Summer Reading or Winter Reading count?
A:  YES!

Q:  Do the books we hear at storytime count?
A:  YES!

Q:  What if we don't finish? 
A:  That's okay.  The point of the program is to expose your child to a variety of books and new vocabulary.

Q:  Do the books have to come from the Roselle Library?
A:  No.

Q:  What if we read the same book twice?
A:  It counts as two books!  Repeated readings are a part of early literacy!

Please stop by the Youth Services "Ask Me" Desk to sign your child up today.  It's a great investment in your child's future and it's free!  Plus it is quality time you get to spend with your child that will hopefully lead a lifetime of loving to read!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten website
Teacher's Top 100 Books for Children

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Let's See That Beautiful Smile

It's always important to take care of your teeth!  As a child, they fall out and we get those great visits from the Tooth Fairy.  But that is the only time we want our teeth to fall out.  Did you know that American students miss 51 million hours of school each year due to oral health problems?  This means children are missing critical instruction time and can lead to lower literacy skills and grades. 

The American Dental Association and the National Education Association are joining together to raise awareness about the importance of good oral health.  Parents and children are encourage to brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day and read for 20 minutes to help build good oral health and literacy habits. 

Open Wide: Tooth School Inside by Laurie Keller presents information about the care of teeth and discusses what to expect at a dental visit, all told in a picture book format.  The fun part is that the teeth are the students!

 There are some fine science experiments you can conduct at home too around dental health.  One shows how much sugar are in sugary beverages such as soda.  A new one to me is on flossing using peanut butter.  Check them out. 

Here are some fun facts about dental health:

1.  If you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, you will brush your teeth for about 24 hours each year, or 76 days over the course of your life!  All this brushing will use about 20 gallons of toothpaste.

2.  In China, they celebrate national "Love Your Teeth Day" each year on the 20th of September.  To
promote dental health, a Chinese dentist used 28,000 teeth to build a giant tooth-shaped tower.

3.  If you had a toothache in Germany in the Middle Ages, you would have been told to kiss a donkey to cure your toothache!

4.  Most Americans did not brush their teeth every day until after World War II.  In WWII, the military required soldiers to brush their teeth twice a day in order to keep healthy teeth.  The soldiers brought home that habit after the war.

5.  Toothpaste was used as long ago as 500 BC in China and India.  Ancient toothpastes included ingredients such as soot, honey, crushed egg shells and ground ox hooves (YUCK!).  In 1873, Colgate released the first commercially prepared toothpaste, which had the minty taste we know today.

Come in and check out some great nonfiction books about dental health.  Or it's always fun to read a good picture book  or easy reader with a healthy message about good dental hygiene. 

Books about Oral Health
NEA Dental Health Resources
American Dental Association Resources

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

February is...Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans.  It's a time for recognizing the impact African Americans have made in U.S. history.  First brainstormed by noted historian Carter G. Woodson, it was originally called "Negro History Week."  The week was chosen to occur during the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and Frederick Doublass on February 14th.  Both these dates had been celebrated together by Black communities since the late 19th century. 

As part of the United States Bicentennial in 1976, Negro History Week was officially expandedby President Gerald Ford as February becoming Black History Month.  President Ford urged Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."  Other countries around the world devote a month to celebrate black history, including Canada and the United Kingdom.

The Roselle Public Library is honoring Black History Month by displaying books based on the lives of famous African Americans. 

 Find out more about Mae Jemison,  the first female African-American astronaut.  She was born in Alabama, but considers Chicago, Illinois her home. After graduating from Stanford University, Mae became a medical doctor and joined the Peace Corps working overseas in Liberia and Sierra Leone.  In 1983 she applied to the NASA program and became the first female African-American to become an astronaut and go into space.  She is a doctor, a dance, and astronaut and holds 9 doctorate degrees in humanities, science and engineering.  Now that's impressive no matter what race or gender you are!  Find out more about her by checking out her bibliography and watching the Mae Jemison interview.

George Washington Carver led an impressive life.  Born during the time of slavery, he went on to become one of the most prominent scientists and inventors of his time, as well as a teacher at the Tuskegee Institute.  Did you know that Carver developed over 100 products using just one major crop - the peanut?  He convinced farmers in the South to rotate their cotton crops by planting peanuts and soybeans in order to help the soil regain nutrients need to continue growing cotton.

There are also many great African American authors.  Rita Williams-Garcia is just one of many.  She has written many award winning books such as the Newbery Honor novel, One Crazy Summer, which turned out to the winner of the Coretta Scott King Award.  The sequel, P.S. Be Eleven, also won the Coretta Scott King Award.  Check out her books for children in middle school.

So come and learn more about people who have made a wonderful contribution to our American society. 

Mae Jemison
George Washington Carver
Rita Williams-Garcia
Black History


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Pick up a Biography Today!

For whatever reason, I always find it fascinating to read biographies in January.  A biography is an account of a person's life that is written by someone else.  I'm not sure why I like to read about people during this time.  Maybe it's because there is a big focus by the media on all the famous people who have passed away during the year.  Or perhaps it's all the award shows that begin to happen around this time that I want to learn about the popular actors and musicians.

Who Is and Who Was is a popular biography series we have at the library.  We are constantly being asked for these books.  What's so cool about the series is that they have a wide range of people to learn about like historical figures such as King Tut and Sacagawea, U.S. Presidents like George Washington and Ronald Regan, and even famous authors such as Maurice Sendak and J. K. Rowling.  And that's just to name a few.  It's such a great series that children of all ages really do love them.  There are great illustrations that are included in the book to provide more information about the person.  The books also have a timeline of the person's life and compare it to other memorable events in world history.  It's a great way to compare and contrast for those Common Core Standards.

There are some fabulous picture books too that are biographies.  Why the 2017 Caldecott, Radiant Child:  The Story of Young Artist Jean Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe is a biography picture book!  There are great picture book biographies of former presidents too such as Barack O'Bama:  Son of Promise, Child of Hope by Nikki Grimes and Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln by Judith St. George.  Or maybe your prefer athletes.  Jump!: From the Life of Michael Jordan by Floyd Cooper is a great read.  

So come on in and find out someone who made a contribution to our world!
Biographies for Kids website 
Who Was series website


Monday, January 23, 2017

Meet the 2017 Caldecott and Newbery Medal Books

I have been anxious for today to come.  Do you know why?  The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, announced the 2017 Caldecott and Newbery Medal winners!  These are BIG announcements in the library world (kind of like the Academy Awards).

 Caldecott Medal was named to honor nineteenth-century English illustrator
Randolph Caldecott, so this medal is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.  This year's winner is Radiant Child:  The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe.  Steptoe's illustrations are bright and radiate energy.  He uses a patch-work canvas of scavenged wood, painted and photo collages, as well as images of human anatomy.  Steptoe became familiar with Basquiat's art when he lived in Greenwich Village in New York and was exposed to his graffiti and posters.  This exposure created a connection that is shown throughout his work.  Such beautiful artwork you don't want to miss. 
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery.  It is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to children's American literature.  The Girl Who Drank the Moon, written by Kelly Barnhill, is the 2017 Newbery Medal Award Book.  The story is about magic and witches.  Each year, the people in town leave a baby as an offering to the forest witch to stop her from terrorizing their town.  However the witch is actually kind and she rescues these children and finds them new homes on the other side of the forest, feeding them starlight on the journey.  On accident, she feeds a baby moonlight and decides to keep her and name her Luna since moonlight fills the child with extraordinary magic. As Luna's thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge with dangerous consequences. 

The Geisel Award honors author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readings. We Are Growing:  A Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book, written by Laurie Keller is the winner!  Elephant and Piggie endorse this book so you cannot go wrong.  Beginning readers will enjoy the hilarious and crazy growth spurts of seven blades of grass.  You can tell the blades apart by their expressive facial features blade and give a fresh perspective to character development.  Engaging text occurs with word play, speech bubbles and different sizing of font that early readers love!
So come in and enjoy these new ROCK STARS of the medal winners. 

2017 Caldecott Medal
2017 Newbery Medal
2017 Geisel Medal

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Happy Birthday, A. A. Milne!

A. A. Milne
Happy birthday to A. A. Milne, the creator of one of my favorite childhood characters...Winnie-the-Pooh (and Tigger too)!  The author was born on January 18, 1882 in London, England as Alan Alexander Milne.  He is best known for his books Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House At Pooh Corner (1928); stories he created for his son Christopher Robin.  Many of us have grown to love the adventures of Christopher Robin and his animal playmates.  Did you know that these beloved characters, Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, Tigger, Owl, Kanga and Roo, were inspired by his son's stuffed toys?

Winnie was actually a female bear that lived at the London Zoo.  Winnie had an interesting life before she made the London Zoo her home.  Two books have been recently written about Winnie.  Finding Winnie:  The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear by the great-granddaughter of Captain Harry Colebourn (who owned and cared for Winnie) won the 2016 Caudecott Medal.  Winnie:  The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker is a 2017 Monarch Nominee.  Both tell a similar tale of how Winnie was saved by Captain Colebourn and became a "member" of his section of the Canadian veterinary corps until he made the difficult decision to take Winnie to the London Zoo in order to keep her safe during World War 1.  It is there that Christopher Robin met Winnie and named his teddy bear after her.  This led to his father, A. A. Milne writing adventures of Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends.

The stories of Winnie-the-Pooh have been favorite read-alouds with each new generation.  The early illustrations of Pooh Bear and friends are very different from the Disney versions we have now become accustomed too. 
I loved Winnie-the-Pooh so much growing up that I shared the stories and the animated films with my own children.  They grew to love all the various tales and started collecting their own stuffed animal collection of the Hundred Acre Woods beloved characters.  My daughter definitely had the energy of Tigger!  My hope is that one day when they have their own children, they will pick up these books and share them with their son or daughter.  If you haven't done so already, stop by and check out these timeless stories.  They make a great family bedtime story.

A.A. Milne biography
Winnie-the-Pooh books
Winnie-the-Pooh music
Winnie-the-Pooh movies


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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Upcoming Events


Storytime is ready to start again!  Sessions begin on Tuesday, January 10th with Friendship as the theme.  Call the YS Ask Me Desk to join or register through our events link on the webpage.  Mrs. A hosts the Tuesday morning sessions for ages 6 mos. to 35 months.  On Wednesdays, preschoolers join Miss Liz for some wonderful early literacy enrichment.

In December, Miss Nancy decided to retire, which made us very sad as she had such energy and passion for her drop-in storytimes.  She always loved helping our patrons and had that friendly smile at the desk which will be missed.  Miss Stephanie and Miss Tammi have big shoes to fill for the Tuesday evening and Thursday morning drop-in programs for families.

Rose Queen Tea

Calling all future princesses!  Come and meet Grace Biernacki, the current Roselle Rose Queen for an afternoon of royal fun on Saturday, January 14th from 2-3:30 PM.  Pull out that beautiful dress, put your hair up and add some great jewelry so that you can attend the royal gathering.  Create your own tiara, play games and dine on delicious desserts.   It's a fun event for children in grades K-6th.  

STEAM Sunday

Do you like airplanes?  How about creating your own paper ones?  I know that I find it really fun to make several airplanes with different designs and then seeing how far I can make them fly.  Children grades 2-5 can attend this fantastic program on Sunday, January 15 from 2:45-3:30 PM where they can learn  more about the science of aerodynamics.

Kreative Kids

Things That POP!  Children grades K-2nd can come join the fun on Thursday, January 19 from 4:30-5:15 PM.  This program features stories and science experiments as we learn about things that go POP!  



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