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Monday, December 11, 2017

Party with the Force

Calling all Padawans!  Your training is about to begin at the Party with the Force Jedi Academy.  While most Padawans train with their masters for about a decade, our masters will train you in several hours.  Come and test your Jedi skills on Saturday, December 16th from 12-2 PM.  You can create some Star Wars art along with eating a snack to keep up your Jedi strength.  We highly ENCOURAGE you to wear your Star Wars gear.  You will definitely see our masters in Star Wars attire.

Here's a bit of Star Wars movie history.  The first Star Wars movie was released in the United States on May 25, 1977 (it's title was later changed to Star Wars IV:  A New Hope).  It was the highest-grossing film of all time until 1982 when E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was released. The original film was nominated for ten Academy Awards (it won 7) including Best Picture which happened to be won that year by the movie Rocky. Star Wars is regarded as one of the most important films in the history of motion pictures.  The film's success led to two successful sequels, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983).  Star Wars was reissued numerous times as requested by George Lucas, to include modified computer-generated effects, altered dialogue, re-edited shots, remixed soundtracks, along with added scenes. 

A prequel trilogy was released in 1999, beginning with The Phantom Menace, then Attack of the Clones (2002), and Revenge of the Sith (2005).  In 2015, the sequel trilogy began with The Force Awakens.  And now we are just days away from The Last Jedi (December 15th).


"Use the force, Luke" and find your way to the Roselle Public Library on December 16th!

Star Wars DVDs
Star Wars Easy Readers
Star Wars Fiction
Star Wars Graphic Novels
Star Wars Picture Books

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Monday, December 4, 2017

What's New for December

December tends to be a busy month with everyone getting ready for the holidays.  The library will be bustling with activity too!  Here are a few YS events we would love to have you join us for this month.

On Monday, December 4, it's time for another round of Books and Popcorn.  The book this time is Dragonbreath:  Attack of the Ninja Frogs by Ursula Vernon.  Ms. Vernon's comic-book style writing is well loved by children.  This particular title has lots of kung fu, plenty of school drama, and just a little bit of love.  Fans of Wimpy Kid  and Bad Kitty will enjoy this series.  Join Miss Liz for some great discussion, an activity and some popcorn!

Calling all Mario Kart enthusiasts.  Join Miss Stephanie on the first Wednesday night of the month for some Mario Madness.  Bring a group of friends or come alone - there will be plenty of competition!  This is for ages 6-11 and will run from 5-7 PM.  While you are cheering on the other players, enjoy snacking on some popcorn!

The monthly program, Kreative Kids, occurs on Thursday, December 7 from 4:30-5:15 PM.  Children ages K-2 will explore winter with Miss Tammi by participating in some science and art activities, along with enjoying  stories to enhance the theme. Registration started November 27th.

But the fun is not only reserved for the weekdays! On Sunday, December 10th, we have two events!  From 1:30-3 PM,  Miss Loretta will be showing children in grades 3-5 how to re-purpose old books into beautiful holiday decorations in Decorate for the Holidays...Library Style!  Registration begins on November 27th for this creative event. Then at 3:30 PM, children ages birth to six years may listen to Miss Laura read stories in Polish!

Totime on December 19th from 11:30-12:00 PM, is a great time for children 6-20 minutes to come in and learn how to play together.  Miss Liz will read a fun story and then out come the toys and it's playtime!  This is a wonderful way to meet other families and possibly make some play dates!

Calling all cooks who love books.  Join Miss Loretta for a new program called Books and CooksListen to some great books and then learn how to make a snack based off of one of the books!  Registration begins December 4th.

We look forward to having you join us in some December frolic! To register for events, click here.









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Monday, November 27, 2017

Read Like a Ninja


Read Like a Ninja, our Winter Reading Program is just days away!! We cannot contain our excitement!  The program runs from December 1 through January 31.  Any child birth through 5th grade can participate in the program.  All you have to do is read 9 hours (or 540 minutes).  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! Miss Stephanie will be making trips to many of the local schools to invite students to participate in the program. 

Prizes are given away for every 3 hours you read.  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.





There are plenty of good books about ninjas. Here are just a few!



Ninja! by Aree Chung tells about how ninjas must be strong, courageous, and most importantly - quiet, which is not always a quality a young ninja exhibits.  This ninja is on a secret mission.  As he creeps through the house, he may encounter some obstacles that may be harmful to completing his mission.

Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz is a fractured fairy tale of an all time childhood favorite and a companion book to The Three Ninja Pigs.  Ever since the three little pigs started teaching everyone  ninja skills, Wolf has had a hard time scrounging up a meal.  He is craving for some meat.  If you can't be them, join them.  Wolf begins to attend ninja classes and he is ready to try out his new moves.  It should be simple to catch Red and granny, right?

So we look forward to seeing you throughout the month of December and January when you register and check in for the winter reading program.  Don't hesitate to ask any of us for help in selecting some great titles to read.  Go Ninjas; you got this!





Monday, November 20, 2017

Put on those walking shoes - It's Cocoa Crawl time!

"So grab those mittens, bundle up with care, cuz Cocoa Crawl time is here!" (song to melody of Santa Claus is Coming to Town).

I don't know about you, but I am truly excited!  Last year's inaugural Cocoa Crawl was awesome but I think that this year's crawl might just be epic!  Let me just give you a run down of the family fun afternoon on November 25 (you might want to get your calendars out to mark the day - just sayin'.)  Starting at 1 p.m., Kevin Farris and the Infinite Possibilities will be rocking the library with their groovy musical style (wonder if Pete the Cat will show up - he's been known to groove you know).  Then put those coats back on because you don't want to miss Santa driving up in that shiny red fire truck (our firefighters take pride in their equipment!).  Santa and the Rose Queen will light up the village Christmas tree and then come inside the library where both Santa and the Rose Queen will visit with all those good little girls and boys we know are here in Roselle.  Get those cameras ready!

NEW, NEW, NEW this year.  You won't have to wait in that long Santa line anymore.  Have you ever been to Disney and used those Fast Passes?  This year, the library has developed one of their own called the "Santa Pass."  It will let you know when it's time to get in line for Santa. 

I know, I hear you asking, "But what do I do until it's time to visit Santa?"  Youth Services has you covered.  Come on upstairs where you can snack on some cookies and drink cocoa (yes, with marshmallows), and then color a picture, do a puzzle, build, read a book or play a board game.  I'm telling you, there will be lots to do. 

Don't forget to pick up your passport here and get it stamped.  Then put on your walking shoes, put the kids in the wagon or stroller  and head on out to Main Street for the rest of the Cocoa Crawl.  The American Legion will have a Christmas train operating in their parking lot, plus an area for kids to decorate an ornament.  Stores along Main Street will be open and serving cocoa for free and it's a strong possibility that they may have some goodies to give away.

"So mark your calendar, November 25th is near, cuz Cocoa Crawl time is here!"

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Being Thankful

I've been reading the book A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen (a current Caudill nominee).  It's about the 1961 Berlin Wall.  You might be thinking, "Okay, but what has that got to do with being thankful?"  Just hear me out.  When World War II came to an end in 1945, the German territories were split between the Allies.  The eastern part of the country went to the Soviet Union, while the western part went to the United States, Great Britain and France.The city of Berlin was split this way as well.  In 1958, tensions rose and people started to leave East Germany by the millions; many of them young skilled workers such as doctors, teachers and engineers. On August 12, the largest number of people defected to West Germany in a single day - 2,400.  As a result , that very night a wall began to be built to keep the people of East Germany from leaving. 

Here's where the story starts.  In the story, Gerta's family gets split apart because her father and
brother Dominick are caught on the west part of Berlin when the Russians order the wall built.
Life is not easy for Gerta, Fritz and their mother.  Their family is under constant surveillance by the Stasi, the East German police because their father was believed to be part of a worker uprising.  Gerta describes life in East Germany as "gray," with constant food rations, and the constant fear of saying or doing anything against the government.  If you see your family on the west side of the wall, you were told to ignore them or be beaten or shot. 

So this lead me to think about how much I am thankful for freedoms I enjoy every day.  While I know life is not perfect, it could be much worse.

So I'd like to share what I'm thankful for (and it might be a little cheesy but it's real).

I'm thankful for:
  • being able to work in a library surrounded by books (my dream as a child).
  •  the people I work with who also enjoy books.
  • the patrons who use our library and I've gotten to know over the years.
  • being able to plan programs for children.
  • getting the opportunity to buy books that I believe others will enjoy as much as I do.
  • getting to help people select new titles or find a new author they love to read.
  • the library being closed on Thanksgiving so that I can be with my family.
So even though the world is not perfect, think about what you are thankful for and focus on that for at least one day out of the year.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Veterans Day



On Saturday, November 11th, we will be celebrating Veterans Day.  It is a day we honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.  It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other countries to mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.  The date of November 11th was chosen because the major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.  Veterans Day was previously know in the United States as Armistice Day until 1954 when it was renamed to Veterans Day to honor all who served in the Armed Forces.

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says that Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country.  Veterans Day is to honor all those who served honorably in the military, whether at war or peace.

Veterans Day is also celebrated in other countries.  In Canada and Australia, it is called "Remembrance Day" while the United Kingdom observes "Remembrance Sunday" on the Sunday nearest to November 11.  However, Remembrance Day is very much like the United States's Memorial Day, a day to honor the nation's war dead, as well as honoring all who served in the military.

So if you know a veteran, shake their hand, give them a hug, salute them because they helped protect this country we live in.  They deserve to receive our respect and admiration for taking on this responsibility.  So whether you are a veteran of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard, we wish to say thank you for serving our country and protecting our freedoms!


Veterans Day books
Armed Forces books



Monday, October 30, 2017

Check out our November Programs

I'm back to tell you about all the exciting November programs we have to offer you!  Let's first start with our storytime theme for our second Fall session.  It's Foodie Patootie!  Come join us for stories based on food.  Doesn't that sound delicious!  Remember we offer daytime stories times for 6 month through 5 years old.  Also drop-in storytimes on Thursday mornings and Tuesday evenings for all ages.  Check out the events page for times and registration requirements. 

"Czytajmy po polusku!"  Let's Read in Polish is back on Sunday, November 12th.  Children ages 0-6 are welcome to attend to hear stories in Polish.  Parents or caregivers must attend.

Books and Popcorn meets again on November 2nd.  The title to be discussed is called Have a Hot Time Hades! by Kate McMulan.  It's part of the Myth-O-Mania series.  Hades and his siblings were swallowed whole by their father, Cronus, Ruler of the Universe.  Why you ask?  Just because there was a prophecy that said one of his children would overthrow him one day and take over the universe.  Will they escape and take over the world?  Read the book and then come join Miss Liz to discuss it, eat popcorn and do a fun activity!

Everyone loves building with Legos!  Drop-in on Monday, November 20th when the kids are off school for Thanksgiving break.  Let your imagination flow from 12-2 pm.  Bring your friends with to collaborate on a creation.  Then display your completed masterpiece in the Youth Services Department for all of Roselle to admire!

Kreative Kids hosts another engaging program called "Glow-Time" on Thursday, November 2nd.    Children in K-2 are encouraged to attend to hear some stories and then complete a craft or science project based on the subject. 

There is one more big program in November that I'll share with you in a few weeks. Here's a little Rebus clue....











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