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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!  



Monday, January 2, 2017

Homework Help

As school starts again, I thought I'd remind you of a great resource the library website has to help you with your studies.  It's on the Kid's Page and it's called Homework Help.  The page has a link to Live Homework Help through which provides assistance to children and adults.  Roselle card holders can access this site 24/7, with live tutors being available from 4-10 p.m. daily.

Need to use an encyclopedia as a resource but don't have time to get into the
library?  Access World Book from the warmth of your home.  You can get maps, photographs and videos to use on your project.  Don't forget to check out how to cite your source.  We offer links to help you get that good grade on your bibliography page.

Need help with math?  Khan Academy has some great tutorials to help with those tricky math problems.  Need to learn your addition, subtraction, multiplication or division facts?  We got some great links that will help you learn those important math skills.

Recently we had a great suggestion from a patron to add a safety section to the page with links to teach children about fire, weather and home hazards.  When you have a chance, check out those new resources.  If you find a great resource we should add, send us an email and we'll check it out.  If we like your suggestion, we will add it to our site.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Audio Books

Many people love listening to audiobooks. Did you know the library counts audio books as part of their winter and summer reading programs?  Sometimes parents ask us if audio books is really reading.  They think it is cheating if you listen to a book.  However, I don't think that way, as listening to reading has many benefits.   If the definition of reading is to understand the content of a story or a theme, then audiobooks certainly fit this definition.  No one here would argue the importance of teaching children how to decode in order to read a physical book (we can definitely match a book to a reader).  But the most important part of reading is understanding the message, thinking critically about the content, using imagination and making connections.  This is the heart of what it means to be a reader and why children and adults alike love books.

So I thought I'd list the benefits of audiobooks for all children.  Audiobooks can be used to:
  • Introduce children to books above their reading level
  • Model what good reading sounds like
  • Build critical listening
  • Highlights humor in books
  • A way to introduce new genres
  • Help with new vocabulary or unfamiliar dialects/accents
  • Provide a bridge to important topics of discussions for families while they are commuting to sporting events, music lessons, or on vacations
  • Recapture the delight of hearing stories beautifully told by extraordinary storytellers
Many audiobooks are read by the author.  Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key is read by author Jack Gantos and includes commentary about why he wrote the book.  Information such as this can provide the reader with a connection to the author as well as insight into the author's thoughts and writing process.

The Roselle Public Library has many audiobook titles to choose from in three different formats.  You can get an audiobook on CD, MP3 format or to download onto your electronic device.   Next time you are in the library, check out our audiobook selection.  You will be happy you did!

Audiobooks catalog

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Winter Break Ideas

It's the first week of winter break and already you are looking for things to do with the family.  Don't fret - the library has some ideas to help keep everyone happy during this holiday break. 

IDEA #1 - Check out a Museum Pass.  The library has passes available to places like the Brookfield  Zoo, Lego Land, Illinois Railway Museum, Cantigny Park, Chicago Botanic Garden and other smaller local area museums.  Each location has four passes for checkout, so call first to see if passes are available for your destination.

IDEA #2 - Have a movie marathon night at home.  The library has thousands of titles to choose from in regular and BlueRay formats.  Browse through our quick pick movies for newly released titles, just remember that quick pick movies can be borrowed for three days where later releases are checked out for a week.  

IDEA #3 - Lego My Lego! on December 26 from 12-2 PM.  Come hang out in the storytime room upstairs and spend hours creating Lego creations.  The best part is your creation will be displayed in Youth Services for everyone to appreciate and admire.

IDEA #4 - Totime!  Bring your 6-19 month old to play and socialize at the library.  This fun event happens twice over break - on December 20th and December 27th from 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.  Join Miss Stephanie in the storytime room for fun activities and toys appropriate for the young ones.

IDEA #5 - Grandparents Got Game or GGG as we like to call it is back for winter break!  Join in on the fun on December 28th from 1:30 - 3 p.m.  There will be a holiday activity to participate in, a craft to make, snacks and board games for all to play.  This is really a fun event that you can just drop in and have fun.

Calendar events 
Museum Adventure Pass 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Author Mo Willems

Since Winter Reading's theme is based off of characters created by author Mo Willems, I figured I would find out a little bit more about him.  One interesting fact I discovered was that Mo was born in
Des Plaines, Illinois, which is only about 24 miles from here. However, he moved to New Orleans and spent his childhood there.  Now he lives with his family in Massachusetts.

Art and writing were his passion from a young age.  Beginning around the ages of 3 or 4, Mr. Willems began drawing and writing his own cartoons.  He knew if he could make an adult laugh, he was a good storyteller.

He started his career working as a writer and animator for Sesame Street.  During his time there from 1993-2002, Mo earned 6 Emmy Awards (which is pretty impressive).  You'd also find on his resume jobs writing and animating for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.  This guy has worked for some well-known employers that entertain us!

Mo decided he wanted to author children's books, so he quit his job and became a stay-at-home writer and dad.   It's a good thing he did or Pigeon, Elephant and Piggie or Knuffle Bunny may never have ever been created.  Did you know the character Trixie in Knuffle Bunny is named after his daughter? Three of his books have been awarded the Caldecott Honor - Don't Let Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny:  A Cautionary Tale and Knuffle Bunny Too:  A Case of Mistaken Identity.  Elephant and Piggie books have won the Theodore Seuss Geisel Medal in 2008 and 2009.  All are favorite selections of Roselle Public Library patrons.

So next time you are at the Roselle Public Library, make sure you sign up for Winter Reading if you haven't already and check out a few Mo Willem's books.  You'll be glad you did!

Books by or about Mo Willems

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Write a Book Review

Miss Nancy and I love to write about the books we read on our Blogger Book Club page.  I find it so much fun to write about a story I have really enjoyed.  You'll know that too if you visit me in the library because I get so excited when you ask me for suggestions.  I feel like I'm floating through the shelves showing all the great titles I have read and I jump in the air like Elephant and Piggie because Books Bring Me Joy!

Well now it's your turn to help us write about books.  During the Books Bring Me Joy! winter reading program, we'd love for you to write a short review about ANY book you have read for the winter reading program.  That's right ANY type - graphic novels, nonfiction, fantasy, picture books, historical fiction, science fiction, realistic fiction, easy readers.  Your choice!  We've make it easy for you too as there is a special report form you can pick up at the YS Ask Me Desk.  Your report will be displayed in the department and some of them will be selected to be put on our Blogger Book Club page.  YOU could join Miss Nancy and I on reviewing books and helping other patrons choose new titles.  Those reviews selected will be marked so when you are in the library, look for yours and see if it was chosen.  Or better yet, check out the Blogger Book Club.  It has great reading suggestions for all ages!

Blogger Book Club

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