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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

Monday, January 12, 2015

Think Healthy Thoughts

Yum!  Don't you want to dive on in?
Now, I am probably the last person who should write about this (if you have been reading along, you know I have an undying love for cookies and must have at least one a day - who am I kidding, make that two a day) but it is a new year, and it is time to make some changes.  January is National Staying Healthy Month and if you haven't already made a resolution to be healthier this year, then now is the time to make the commitment and become a happier, healthier you!  And I am not talking to just the adults out there - kids need to learn just what foods to eat, how to stay active, and how to maintain healthy hygiene practices as well.

Me when I try to lift anything other than a cookie.
As a family, you can really make a difference in how everyone feels, thinks, and looks just by taking
a few small steps to change your daily routine.  And boy, do we have the resources to help you out!  Start out by taking a walk to the library.  Kids can then find books here on nutritious and delicious recipes, fun exercises, and tips for great hygiene.  Just carrying all those fabulous books home will strengthen those muscles!  And the more you do as a family, the easier it will be fore everyone to get on board.  Cook something up from one of your library cookbooks as a family and sit down together to taste it.  And guess what!?!  Anything that you are reading counts towards your minutes for the Winter Reading Program - Catch a Dragon by the Tale!  How about that?!?  Read, get healthy, and earn minutes to win prizes from the library.  Well, I don't think it can get much better than that!  So what are you waiting for?  Pull on your walking shoes and get on down here to the Roselle Public Library and start staying healthy this month!

Exercise Books
Hygiene Books
Info about Catch and Dragon by the Tale and other programs

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Catch a Dragon by the Tale

I have some fiery news for you!
Okay, okay, I have a joke for you.  Ready?  Why do dragons sleep during the day?  So they can hunt knights!  Hardy har har har.  I know, cheesy.  But don't stop reading just yet - I can't make any promises, but I will try to refrain from the bad jokes.  Anyway, I have some hot news!  It might even be fiery news.  You see, our Winter Reading Program is back, and this year our theme is Catch a Dragon by the Tale!  So, you can just imagine how fiercely fun this program is going to be here in the mighty library realm.

Children birth through grade 5 can earn incentive prizes by logging in reading minutes each time they visit the library.  Reading earns you a chance to win the Grand Prize as well.  This seems like a pretty good deal to me!  Just read or listen to stories, keep track of how long you read for each day, and win prizes!  I wish I was young enough to participate!  But don't you worry, I will be reading anyway.  So, you have from Monday, January 5th through Friday, February 27th to login and
Even babies can earn prizes!
earn prizes.  Just come on into the Roselle Public Library and fill out the registration card up in the Youth Services Department.  We will get you your game card and then you can start reading all about dragons, and knights, and king and queens, and so much more!  Here, I will even get you started by listing some wonderful dragon books below!  What are you waiting for?

Okay, one last dragon joke....I know, I can't help myself.  Why are dragons good storytellers?  They all have tails!  Get it?!?  Alright, alright.  Now I am done.  I, too, am ashamed of my terrible sense of humor.  

Dragon Picture Books
Dragon Non-Fiction Books
Dragon Fiction Books for Older Readers

Friday, December 12, 2014

Games Galore!

How many days until school starts again?
Well, it is just about that time of year.  Winter Break time.  Did you just break out in a cold sweat?  That's right, that time of year where you and the kids will be in the same house for hours on end, for days on end....together....watching the clock tick by slowly.  Now, I know, this could be a wonderful, joyous situation, but at some point the kids will get bored.  And you might just get a little tired of hearing, "Mom, I am bored.  Mom, I have nothing to do.  Dad, entertain me!  Mom, Mom, MOM, dad, Dad, DAD!!" 

Well, we have a solution for you.  Actually, we have many solutions to the boredom problem since we have so much to offer you, but for now, I have a new solution.  The Roselle Public Library now has PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U games available for checkout.  Of course, we have always had video games available for checkout, but now we have the newest, the coolest, the best games out there too! 

No hysterics here...the library to the rescue
So, when you are desperately trying to wrap those last three gifts, and your lovely, angel face of a child is pulling on your shirtsleeve, begging you for something fun to do, you can come on over to the library, checkout a few of the new games, and you will have peace and quiet in your home once more.  See nothing to worry about over winter break.  Who knows, it could even turn into a family game night, and you'll have fun playing these games too with your little darlings. 
A happy family once more

And should your child tire of these awesomely fabulous new games, we certainly have more to entertain their growing minds, like books, Books, and more BOOKS!  Picture books, novels, non-fiction - you name it, we have it.  We also have movies and even puzzles you can checkout and take home.  So, winter break doesn't have to send you into hysterics, because we here at the library have you covered.

PS4 games
Xbox One games
Wii U games

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

It's the most wonderful time of the year

Well, it is here.  We can't escape it any longer.  December has arrived.  This month is a busy one with shopping, wrapping, celebrating, cooking, cleaning, baking and more.  And this all needs to get done in less than one itty bitty little month.  Get that calendar out and start planning your schedule!

Let me lace up my elf shoes.
Now while many people see this time of year as stressful, I see it as wonderful, delightful, fabulous, and magical.  And it can be the same way for you - you just have to know what to look for and what to celebrate.  Luckily for you, I am here to help you out.  Think of me as a little elf, working behind the scenes to bring you some holiday cheer.

I pick this one! Oh, I'll eat all of them eventually.
So without further to celebrate during just the first week of December.  First of all, December 4th is one of my favorite days of the whole year.  If you have been reading along for a while, you probably know that I have a small, minor, teeny, tiny obsession with cookies, and December 4th just happens to be National Cookie Day.  Now, I may be the only one who thinks this, but I truly believe that December 4th should be a national holiday, just so I can stay home, bake cookies, and then wait for it......EAT the cookies!  What a glorious day that would be!  What kind of cookies are you going to make to celebrate National Cookie Day?  I am thinking the good old classic chocolate chip cookies, but I have a hankering for some chocolate crinkle cookies too lately.  Who am I kidding - I will just make both and be in cookie heaven!

Let it go, let it go.....
Now, there couldn't be a better time for this, but Walt Disney's birthday is on December 5th.  Seriously - I will still have some cookies left over (hopefully) and then I can watch Disney movies until my heart's content on the 5th to celebrate old Walt's birthday.  I think very few things pair as nicely as cookies and Disney movies.  What is your favorite Disney movie?  I would guess that a lot of you are saying Frozen right now - and it is good timing considering the weather.  I love Frozen too, along with Beauty and the Beast, and Brave, and Mary Poppins, and Cars, and, and, and....oh I just love almost any Disney movie.  I don't think I ever grew up.

Wash, dry, fold...this isn't too hard.
But wait, there's more!  December 6th is Saint Nicholas' Day.  Now I know Saint Nicholas' Day isn't celebrated that much in the United States, but it is still a nice day to celebrate and bring kindness and cheer to other people.  While you don't necessarily have to put gifts in other people's shoes as Saint Nicholas does, you could certainly bring over those last few delicious cookies to your neighbors as a treat.  Or help decorate the house for the holidays.  Or even better, help clean the house for the holidays - mom may just break down and cry and let you eat all the cookies in the house if you do that.  Anyway, celebrate Saint Nicholas' Day by spreading warmth and holiday cheer.

So now that I have you looking for recipes, Disney movies, and ways to help out, come on over to the Roselle Public Library and we have all you need.  Click on the links below to get some great ideas!

Disney Movies

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Oh Thanksgiving Week

La, la, la, la
Thanksgiving week, Thanksgiving week, how did you sneak up on me?  Oh Thanksgiving week, Thanksgiving week, I stuffed my face and can hardly speak.  Luckily I know a place, that is filled with hope and many a bookcase.  It's the library, the library, where I spend all of my free time.

I play a mean game of checkers
Thank you, thank you.  I know you appreciate my song writing skills...make that forcing words to fit a holiday song.  Anyway, the library is the place to be Thanksgiving week.  The week of Thanksgiving, November 23-29, just happens to be National Game and Puzzle Week.  And guess what!?!  The Roselle Public Library has oh so many fabulous puzzles to check out and take home, and a whole big stack of board games you can play right here in the library.  The kids have a few days off school, so stop on by, play a game, and pick up some puzzles, books, and movies for home.  Keep those kids happy and busy while you are cooking away in the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day...hey, that rhymed.  I am on fire today!

See you at the Roselle Public Library
So after eating and eating on Thursday, and shopping till you drop on Friday, you will need something spectacular to do on Saturday.  Join us for our Celebrate the Season program, which starts at 1pm.  Singer and entertainer, Tom Malouf, will sing old favorites and start the holiday season off right.  Then a special visitor will join us at 2pm.  Here is a hint:  HO, HO, HO!  You guessed it - Santa Claus will be here to say hello to the kids, along with our very own Rose Queen.  No registration is necessary, and it will be fun for the whole family. 

So, enjoy this Thanksgiving week - I know I will enjoy it at the library!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Oh so many programs!

November is a busy time for everyone, but I know I am never too busy to visit the library.  As the weather gets colder, and the skies get darker earlier, all I want to do is curl up with a great book and a mug of hot chocolate...and a cookie or two.  You can never have too many cookies.  Anyway, I make sure that I always have a stack of fabulous books to read - nothing is worse than finishing a book and not have another one to dive into immediately after.  And boy do I read, so  am constantly running over to the library to grab a couple extra books.

Now when I get to the library, I am sure to check out the events they have coming up soon.  I'd be a turkey not to check.  Get it?  A Turkey.....November and Thanksgiving.....hardy, har, har, har.  I know it was cheesy, but that is just my kind of humor.  Moving on, the Roselle Public Library has a number of events coming up soon that I just know you will want to attend.  So, get ready because I am about to speed through all the fun activities we have going on here.

First we have a program for all you mad scientists out there - Mad Science Lab.  It takes place on Saturday, November 15, and you will learn how to do a whole bunch of awesome experiments that you can replicate at home!  Be sure to register!

Next, on Monday, November 17, we have Books & Popcorn, where they will be discussing Toys Go Out.  Again, reading, eating, and talking - need I say more?  Just make sure to register and pick up a copy of the book before Monday.

On Thursday, November 20, scarecrows take over the storytime room during Kreative Kids.  We will do a scarecrow craft, read books, and play games and have a grand time.  Please register for this program as I sound like a broken record yet?  Do kids even know what a record is these days?  Did I just show my age? 

Oh, and finally, a program you don't have to register for - the Family Movie on Saturday, November 22!  Come on in with the whole family and take in a great movie for free!

So there you have it.  A lot is going on at the Roselle Public Library and you won't want to miss any of it!

Events Calendar - so you can register!

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