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Monday, November 12, 2018

Create with LEGO!

Calling all LEGO® lovers!  Drop by the library on  Monday, November 19th, from 12-2 p.m. when you are off from school.  Bring your imagination to create your own design.  Stop by to look at projects constructed by our local LEGO® hobbyist, Terry E.  One Saturday a month, Terry will host Lego® Design: Tips and Tricks for Kids for children in grades K-5.  The first one will take place on January 19th.   Look at our online calendar for more information.  Children must register for the Saturday winter events.

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

They're BACK!!

Storytimes are back!! We know you've missed them (and we've missed you!).  Construction is not going to stop us from providing some fantastic literacy options.  Our theme for the Fall session is "Name That Shape!"  Shapes are all around us and make for some entertaining tales.

On Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., join us for Tots & Tykes.  Designed for children ages 6-19 months, this program exposes your child to their first storytime experience.  For those just a little older, Toddler Tales focuses on children ages 20-35 months and engages them in a literacy experience by listening to stories and having a chance to socialize with other children their own age.  Toddler Tales meets from 10-10:30 a.m.  Registration is required for both storytimes.

New to Tuesday is a Drop-in Preschool storytime.  Preschoolers listen to stories that expand vocabulary while enjoying the rhythm of oral language.  The session runs from 1-1:30 p.m. and does not require registration.

On Wednesday mornings, Preschool storytime is offered from 10-10:30 a.m.  Registration is required for this program.

If you can't commit to coming regularly to storytimes, consider stopping by for our family Drop-in programs, where registration is not required.  Working parents may consider attending our evening sessions on Tuesdays from 6:30-7 p.m., or if daytime is better for you, Thursday mornings from 10:30-11 a.m.

Don't forget about our Music and Movement program.  Preschoolers are welcome to join in on the singing, dancing and creative movement fun of this program.

It's never too late to register or drop on by.  We hope to see you at one or more of our programs!

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Dewey's Big Finale!

Welcome back for the final installment on the Dewey Decimal System.  The 700-900 nonfiction sections hold a wide variety of topics.  Entertainment is what I think when discussing the 700s.  The first part of the 700s has books on arts and crafts.  If you love to draw, there are over 160 books which will teach you how to draw faces, animals or your favorite cartoon characters.  Do you love to make crafts?  There are over 180 books to help you use your imagination to create something unique and beautiful.  Love music?  Find your favorite children's song in a picture book and also materials to help you learn how to play instruments, like the guitar.  Our country's favorite past times seem to be playing or watching sports.  The 700 area has books about your favorite professional teams (Go Bears!) as well as how to learn how to increase your skills in your favorite sport.
The 800s also holds a lot of entertainment value for our patrons.  This is where you will find books about poetry.  Some favorite poets are Shel Silverstein, Jack Pretlutsky, A.A. Milne (love Winnie the Pooh), Naomi Shihab Nye and Paul Fleischman.  If you are looking to be a writer, the 800s will also provide you with resources on how to improve your writing.  So I guess this area not only entertains you, but educates you too.  Did you realize that reading poetry is not only fun, it also exposes children richer vocabulary, rhyming, and figurative language?  This are just a few of the many benefits of poetry.
For all you history and geography lovers out there, the 900s is your place to be.  Are you looking for a certain historical era, such as the Revolutionary War or the two world wars?  This would be the section you'd find a book to fit your interest.  Learning about Native Americans?  Look here to find out about all the tribes of North America.  Planning a trip?  Take a browse through the 900s to see all the places in the world that you can visit.  Grab a book about a destination and try to persuade your family to take a vacation there.
Thanks for take this journey through the Dewey Decimal System with me.  I hope I have persuaded you to browse the nonfiction collection a little more know that you know how it is all organized.  Hope to bump into you soon in the stacks!


Monday, October 22, 2018

Part Deux: Do You Know Dewey?

Welcome back for Part Deux of getting to know the Dewey Decimal system.  Did you know "deux" means two in French?  Books written in French are located in the
400 section of the library in the World Languages section.  Here you'll also find books in other languages, like Spanish, Polish, Chinese and even Hawaiian, to name a few.  Need books to help you with your language arts homework?  You'll also find dictionaries and books about grammar usage in this area.

The 500 section is our most popular section.  It's the science portion of Dewey.  You'll find books on how to conduct science experiments (useful for school projects), math (yes, math is important to learn), astronomy (who isn't fascinated by space), physics, chemistry, geology, dinosaurs, and plants.  WOW!  That's a lot of science and I haven't even told you the most popular topic yet!  The most popular topic in the 500s is animals!  You can learn about birds, bugs, reptiles, ocean animals, creatures that live in the name an animal, we can find you a book that has information on that animal in it!

Our final part of the Dewey system today will be the 600s.  This was the first nonfiction section I got to purchase materials for when I came to the library, so it holds an endearing place in my heart.  In the 600s, you will find books on how your body works and the changes it goes through as you get older.  Transportation is a big topic of interest in this area.  Boys love taking out books on cars, trains, construction trucks, airplanes, military equipment, to name just a few modes of transportation.  Another popular topic is pets.  You'll find books here to help you select the right pet for your family in the 600s.  Dogs, cats, reptiles, horses....we have books on all different breeds.  Do you love to cook?  There are many books to help you learn how to cook because it's never too early to experiment in the kitchen.

Please join me next week as we wrap up our tour of the Dewey Decimal System.  Since I'm still in the world language mode, I bid you adieu, ciao, auf wiedershen, do widzenia, aloha!


Monday, October 15, 2018

Do You Know Dewey? Part 1

I thought I'd talk a bit about our nonfiction section in the Youth Services Department.  It's a really great part of our collection that can teach and entertain you and is organized using the Dewey Decimal Classification System.

If you don't know Dewey, you should.  Knowing the basic organization of it will help you find the materials you need quickly.  The system was created by Melvil Dewey, an American librarian who developed it in 1876.  It uses a numerical scheme for the arrangement of subjects of mostly nonfiction books, and classifies them into 10 main subject categories.  Each category is represented by numbers ranging from 000 to 999.

This week I thought I'd feature the Dewey System categories of materials found between the ranges of 000-399.

The 000-090 range contains books on Computer Science, Information, and General Works.  In this area, you would find a book on the Dewey Decimal System.  Bob the Alien Discovers the Dewey Decimal System by Sandra Donovan is shelved here. Interested in Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster or the Bermuda Triangle?  You've come to the right section.  Also found here are books on computers and Internet safety.  Looking for encyclopedias for a school project?  You've come to the right spot.  030 starts the call number for those books along with the Guinness Book of World Records (the information in Guinness is so amazing). 

Philosophy and Psychology is the category name for the range of 100-199.  With Halloween right around the corner, this is the area where you will discover books on ghosts and witches.  Many books about emotions are also found in this numerical range.  These materials are perfect for preschool and primary aged children struggling with controlling their emotions.

Religion is a big focus in the 200s.  You can learn about Christianity, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, or Judaism, just to name a few.  Maybe mythology is more your thing.  Did you know that besides Greek and Roman mythology, there is Egyptian, Norse, African, Native American and Japanese myths?  Wow!

The final range we'll look at today is the 300s.  This is a huge category that houses lots of different subtopics.  You'll find books about the different branches of the government here - executive, legislative and judicial.  Books about the military are found along the shelves here too.  Alpha, Bravo, Charlie:  The Military Alphabet by Chris L. Demarest would make a cool read-aloud for the upcoming Veteran's Day holiday.  Speaking of holidays, books about holidays we celebrate are also located in the 300s.  Boy and Girl Scouts will also find their manuals in this area.  My favorite part of this category are the books based on fairy tales and folktales.  Did you know there are about 50 different versions from all over the world of Cinderella?  They are definitely not the Disney version either.

Join me next week as we explore the world of Dewey in the land of the 400-600s.  Hopefully I've piqued your interest and you'll stop by for a good read from the 000-300s.  Until next time!


Monday, October 8, 2018

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is an early literacy initiative aimed at getting children from birth to five years old ready to early literacy skills.

Sign up today!

Reading to your child is one of the most important ways to prepare them for school.  The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is open to all families whose children will attend Roselle, Medinah or Keeneyville schools.  Families do not need to have active library cards in order to participate.

How do we start?

Visit the Youth Services Department to sign up.  We will give you the materials to record the books you read with your child.  Start the program at any time and age prior to Kindergarten.

What should we read?

Read anything you and your child enjoy!  You can choose library books or books that you have at home.  If you read a book more than once it counts each time you read it.  Also, books heard at Storytime count too!

How long will this take?

That depends on you.  You read at a pace that is comfortable for your family.  You have until your child's first day of Kindergarten to finish the program.

If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books a year.  That is 730 books and in two years and 1,095 books in three years.


Monday, October 1, 2018

Books to help explain cancer to children

October always marks the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Pink becomes the official color of the month.  The NFL players wear pink shoes, shoelaces, socks and pink ribbons onto their jerseys to show their support for finding a cure.  Many of us know someone who has been struck by the disease. Explaining cancer is an especially difficult conversation to have with children.  Parents and caregivers need resources to help children hear the right information.  The child needs to know how the diagnosis will affect his or her daily life, not the specifics of the disease.

There are several beautiful picture books that can help explain how cancer will affect the family's daily life, while still remaining positive about the situation.

Cancer Hates Kisses by Jessica Reid Sliwerski is a wonderful resource for families to use with young children.  I love that Mom is featured as a superhero, which I  believe to be true of people battling any type of cancer.  The author provides the best summary of her book.  "Through this story, children learn that their family member is not a victim of cancer; she or he is a strong, brave, and beautiful warrior who draws strength from loving support."  Speaking from personal experience, I know this to be true.  Maintaining a positive attitude and having wonderful people around you to cheer you on and support you is the best medicine. 

Hair for Mama by Kelly A. Tinkham is another great story that explains cancer to children.  Ms. Tinkham is also a cancer survivor and this book is based off a conversation she had with her son about losing her hair as a side-effect of her treatment.  He told her that he would give her his hair if she lost her own.  It's a beautifully written story of how the son is concerned about his mom and wants to support her to help her get better.  Her advice is this, " Hair is nice to have, but not as nice as being surrounded by loving family and friends.  I'd give up my hair any day for them!"

Another recommended book is called Promises by Elizabeth Winthrop.  This book is told through the eyes of the daughter.  Some days may be hard for children as they hear people make comments about their parent or see their parent not being able to do things they did when they were healthy.  Medical treatments and hospital stays are part of this story and show how a child may want to see their parent but also be afraid to visit the hospital.  The ending has the child want the mother to promise she will never be sick again and the mother has to explain that she cannot make that promise but she can make other promises that she can keep.

My wish is that a cure is found for this disease and you will never have to use these resources.  However, for now, if you need them they are here and can help with that difficult conversation.  The most important message each one of these titles share is that being surrounded by loving family and friends make all the difference in the world.

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