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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

Saturday, February 21, 2015

An Awarding Weekend

Roll out the red carpet...or a Fruit Roll Up
So it is an exciting time of year, full of glitz, glam, red carpets, Hollywood, and movie stars.  I don't know about you, but I certainly look forward to watching the Oscars each year.  I love the fashion, the music, the movies, the stars, and the mishaps.  So many elements are combined into one show and it provides so much entertainment...usually.

Anyway, this year, why not make the Academy Awards a family event?  Have your own red carpet show where the fashionista of the family can show off his or her best look.  Check out some movies for the weekend, and then have the family take a vote and decide which one would get best screenplay, best actor, best actress, and best movie.  We have plenty of fabulous movies to check out here at the Roselle Public Library to get you started.  Pick up a variety of Disney movies and then start the great debate over who is the best princess, which one has the best music to sing along with, and which is better - the animated movies or the live action movies.
Hooray for Hollywood

Better yet, get some of the books the Disney movies were based on and decide which movie best portrayed the book.  Boy oh boy, there are so many great ideas to test out with the Academy Awards coming up - especially when you are trapped in the house with this cold weather!  Well, I know what I will be doing this weekend - picked up some books and movies from the Roselle Public Library, have my own award show, and then watch the real thing.  Who's with me?

Disney movies
Movie Stars and more
For the fashionista

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Library Love

My love for books and libraries will never end!
Well, I hope you saved up some of your overflowing love from Valentine's Day.  I know you went all out on the 14th with candy, flowers, valentines, movies and more, but hopefully you kept in mind that there is more to celebrate this month.  Most importantly, obviously, is that it is Library Lovers' Month during February.  So, of course, you need to show us your love!  Stop by the Roselle Public Library and check out books, movies, video games, and more.  The more you check out and enjoy, the more you show us just how much you love us! 

Get the whole family in on it and get the kids excited to check out materials.  You know, we are still going strong with our Winter Reading Program, Catch a Dragon by the Tale.  There is still time to sign up, read, and get prizes just for reading.  The program ends on February 27th, so what are you waiting for?!?  Get your kids excited to visit the library, read as a family, and then collect prizes - I can't think of a better way to spend these cold winter days.  And the best part is that it shows us that you love the library.  Don't deny it - we know you do!

One of my all time favorite places to visit - Mt. Rushmore
Now, it just so happens that it will also be a long weekend since Presidents Day is on February 16th.
So while you're here picking out books, movies, and more for the three day weekend, you may want to check out some fabulous biographies on George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, or any other president that you find interesting.  These are men who formed our nation and helped make it what it is today.  From picture books, to easy readers, to chapter books, we have something for everyone about these greats in our American history.

So, as the temperature dips down, warm up at the library with some great books, movies, and more, and show us just how much you love us during Library Lovers' Month!

Picture books about the library
George Washington Books
Abraham Lincoln Books

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Power of Love

Happy Valentine's Day
Cupid and his arrows are about to be very busy.  That little plump winged cherub has a lot of work ahead of him this week since Saturday, February 14th is Valentine's Day.  You know the drill - flowers, chocolates, treats, valentines - all the lovely, fabulous gifts that make Valentine's Day something special.  spend the day with family and friends, and all the people you care about and love.  And what better way to celebrate than
to head on over to the Roselle Public Library and pick up some extra special Valentine's Day books?  I don't think there is anything better than sharing a favorite book with the ones I love.  Whenever I come across a new picture book or an exciting chapter book that I just can't put down, I immediately pass it around to everyone in my family to gush over and enjoy.  And that's what Valentine's Day is all about  - sharing time and love with the people you adore.

::drool::  Look at those cookies!  YUM!
Now not only are we celebrating Valentine's Day here at the Roselle Public Library, but we are also celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week, which is February 9th-15th.  You are already in a lovey dovey mood, so share the love by doing something nice for the people around you.  Hold the door open, bake some treats for the neighbors, write a note to mom and dad telling them how wonderful they are, the possibilities are endless!  So what will your random act of kindness be this week?

Valentine's Day picture books
Poems, Recipes, Crafts and More

Friday, February 6, 2015

Winging It

Getting my ducks in a row for birding!
Chirp, chirp, tweet, tweet.  Oh the sounds of spring, where have you been?  I know, we are a bit away from spring yet, but I can dream, can't I?  I am a nature girl through and through.  I love hiking and being outside, but this snow and cold really clips my wings.  Not to worry though my friends, I have a solution.  You see, it is National Bird Feeding Month, and I love nothing more than my little birdie friends.  Find some good bird seed, a feeder, and a good strong branch, and you are all set to be entertained by nature's little wonders.  You will be amazed at the sheer variety of birds that will come to visit your feeder. 

Now this would be a rare bird to see in Illinois!
While you're at it, check out a bird book or two from the Roselle Public Library, and then you too,
can identify just what birds are flying by your window.  Was that a Downy Woodpecker or a Black-capped Chickadee?  A Brown-headed Nuthatch or a House Sparrow?  Red-shouldered Hawk or a Red-Tailed Hawk?  There are literally hundreds of different birds to see just in Illinois, so get birding!  Get a notebook and write down every different kind of bird you see, draw them, and listen to their calls.  Keep track from year to year, and soon you will have a life list (all the birds you have seen) a mile long!  Birds are truly beautiful little creatures, so take a few minutes to admire their fine feathers with the kids.

Now, I also know that not everyone is as bird brained as I am.  Wait a minute, that didn't come out right.  Make that has birds on the brain - not everyone has birds on the brain as I do.  There, that's better.  Anyway, maybe you still are getting a little cabin fever and think birding is for the birds.  To combat this, I would check out those classic books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, who just so happens to be celebrating her birthday on Saturday, February 7th.  She would be celebrating her 148th birthday this year.  Not only do we have the original chapter books, but we also have picture books, and DVDs of the television show.
This guy is ready for spring too!

Well, there you have it.  Two perfectly fabulous ways to enjoy nature without truly going out into nature.  Hopefully, someday soon we will thaw out and you will be able to go outside again for more than 10 minutes at a time.  I am waiting for you spring, and I am ready!

Nonfiction Bird Books
Bird Picture Books
Laura Ingalls Wilder's Chapter Books
Laura Ingalls Wilder's Picture Books
Little House on the Prairie DVDs

Monday, February 2, 2015

The 2015 Winners

You like me, you really like me!  You are here just to read about me and what I have to say.  Well, let's start at the very beginning, shall we?  I was born on a cold winter night when the wind was blowing and the snow was falling...oh....wait, what was that you say?  You're here to find out who won the John Newbery Medal and the Randolph Caldecott Medal, and not hear my life story?  Well, this is a bit awkward.  I must say that this changes things a bit between us.  I would say I am a little disappointed in where your interests lie, but oh who am I kidding?  I can't stay mad at your for long.  And who can blame you?  I am pretty excited about the Medal announcements myself.

So, without further ado....the winner of the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature goes to....oh, I am so nervous I can hardly type...The Crossover written by Kwame Alexander.

Two Newbery Honor Books were also names, and they are, El Deafo written by Cece Bell and Brown Girl Dreaming written by Jacqualine Woodson.

And wait, there's more!  We still have the Randolph Caldecott Medal to The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend illustrated and written by Dan Santat.  I have to admit, this is also one of my favorites for this year, so I couldn't be happier!
announce.  Now this is the award for the most distinguished American picture book for children, so it is a pretty big deal.  And the winner is....

There are six, that's right, six Caldecott Honor Books and they are:
Nana in the City illustrated and written by Lauren Castillo.
The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art illustrated by Mary GrandPre and written by Barb Rasenstock.
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole illustrated by Jon Klassen and written by Mac Barnett.
Viva Frida illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus illustrated by Melissa Sweet and written by Jen Bryant.
This One Summer illustrated by Jillian Tamaki and written by Mariko Tamaki.

And there you have it folks - the greats of 2015 in children's literature.  Be sure to come on in to the Roselle Public Library and check them out.  You can watch the award show at the link below, and also see the numerous other winners of other awards.

So, doesn't this get you in the mood to host your own award show?  Gather a whole bunch of books and friends.  Have everyone read all of the books, and then take a vote for which one was the best.  Go all out with fancy reading glasses, popcorn, and make a fabulous medal of your very own.  This seems like the perfect activity to do when we are so snowed in and it is so cold out!  Well, enjoy the medal winners, and don't worry, I will forgive you for not wanted to hear my life story...maybe.

Video announcement of award winners

Monday, January 19, 2015

Gold Mine of Information

Good old gold
Gold is a wonderful thing isn't it?  It is pretty, it glitters, it is expensive, and boy can it make you rich.  Now I am more of a silver girl myself, but I would never turn down some gold.  And neither would the hundreds of thousands of people, or prospectors as they were called, who traveled out to California once James Marshall discovered gold at Sutter's Mill, California on January 24, 1848.  Marshall changed our American history forever 167 years ago, and started the great California Gold Rush.  President James Polk backed up the discovery in December of 1848, and the Gold Rush truly began.  Most people came out to California in search of gold during 1849. so they became known as the "forty-niners."

These boots are made for walking....
Now I just love American history, and the frontier and westward expansion just make me plain old giddy.  Whenever I read stories about the American west, I try to put myself in those brave people's shoes.  Just imagine - you read a story in the newspaper, or you hear a friend talking about the gold found out in California, thousands of miles away.  You decide you want some of that gold for yourself, so you pack your few belongings, say goodbye to your family and friends for possibly forever, and you start walking or riding in your wagon to the west.  This journey took months!  What courage, hope, and determination that took.  And that was just if you were leaving the east coast of the United States.  Many people came on boats from other countries to try their hand at finding gold.  Some made small fortunes, but many were left penniless.  Others made a living by running stores, laundries, and boarding houses which created towns and cities that still exist to this very day.

These old boys all had gold you?
So the question is - would you have been a "forty-niner?"  Would you risk everything you have to possibly find that fabulous gold out west?  I would hope that I would have had that gumption to do it, but I can't be so sure.  For now, I will stay right here at the Roselle Public Library and bask in the glorious glow of the gold mind of information that can be found right here in this very building.  So, you may not be able to be a "forty-niner" for real these days, but you could strike gold at the library when you discover a wonderful book! 

Non-fiction books about the gold rush
Biographies about those involved in the gold rush
Fiction about the gold rush

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