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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!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

November is barreling down the tracks!

Yay!  November is finally here!  I know some of you dread November...only a month away from the holidays - so many things to decorate, plan, purchase, bake, cook, and more.  Whoa there, I am starting to freak myself out a bit.  But let's take it a day at a time, right folks?  And boy does November start off with a bang!  Hold on, because here we go!

Chugga chugga choo choo!
So to start the month off right, the Model Railroad Showcase will return to the Roselle Public Library for the entire weekend.  Both Saturday, November 1st, and Sunday, Novem
ber 2nd, we will have trains galore at the library.  Running layouts of model railroads will be on display in multiple places throughout the library.  A fun train craft will also be available along with many books about trains.  This is a popular family event that you won't want to miss!

November 1st happens to be a special day, aside from our fabulous train showcase, since it is National Family Literacy Day!  What a great day to visit the library, and find some excellent books to take home and share as a family.  Get picture books for the little ones, novels for the older kids, and a great adventure story to read aloud as a family.  Read individually for a bit, read together...why not read to the dog?  We have tons of books to choose from - hey, it is why we are here after all.  I know I will be checking out a couple extra books for the weekend to celebrate National Family Literacy Day, and will be reading to my kitty cats at home.  Meow!

Better get some earplugs for my snoring!
Finally, November 2nd marks the end of daylight savings time.  Hello extra hour of sleep...we meet again and I have been waiting for you.  Well, you could use that extra hour for dream land, or you could use it to read or listen to an awesome audio book.  You did just check out a massive amount of books for National Family Literacy Day right?  So, why not read for that extra hour?  It sounds like a plan to me.

Well there you have it.  November is a busy month, so hit the ground running and we will see you here at the Roselle Public Library.

Train books

Friday, October 24, 2014

What a spooktacular idea!

Give me your candy...or else!!
Halloween is just around the corner.  Costumes need to be made, decorations put up, pumpkins carved, and tricks planned.  It is a busy time of year for just about everyone.  As with any holiday, it is important to take some time to really enjoy the big day, and make it memorable for the little guys.  Many families make trips to the pumpkin farm, or the apple orchard, or even a haunted house or maze.  This is great for the older kids, who can remember what they do from year to year, but for the little ones, it may just be a fleeting moment and then forgotten.

It would just be a shame for all those fun times to be lost on your little ones, so why not create a small memory book for your child?  Now, I know you are short on time, but this really only takes a few minutes - I promise, and it will bring your kids lots of joy, and even help their literacy skills. 

Everyone say "cheese!"
While you are out gallivanting with the family at a fun place like the pumpkin patch or the zoo, be sure to take many pictures with family members.  When you get home, print some of the photos and place each one on a separate piece of construction paper.  Below each picture, write a simple sentence of what was happening and who is in the photo.  For instance, you could write, "Sally picked up a big, round, orange pumpkin."  Punch a hole in the top corner of each page, and tie a ribbon through all of the pages and you are done.  See?  Simple!  Now sit down with your child, and read about your adventure!  Look at the pictures and point out different colors, shapes, letters, and more.  Your little one will have a grand time looking at people he knows doing something fun.

When you are done with your personalized adventure story, you can always drop by the library and pick up some more adventure books.  We have plenty of holiday and fall books, so stop in and check some out.  We also have numerous movies and CDs to get you into the spooky Halloween spirit. 

And don't forget our Halloween Fun program for kids ages birth through age 6!  That program is on Wednesday, October 29th, at 10AM.  Be sure to register and wear your costumes!

Halloween picture books
Halloween movies for kids
Sign up for Halloween Fun Program

Happy Halloween!


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Lions, and Tigers, and Writer's Block, Oh My!

Give me cookies!! Chocolate chunk please.  Yes, that is what writer's block sounds like, my friends.  Blank.  Nothing.  Empty space.  Writer's block is truly awful, and something made only to torture those of us who need or want to write.  Now, there are all kinds of writer's block.  For instance, you may need to write a creative fictional story for school - you could write about anything or everything.  But how do you decide?  That big old white blank page sitting in front of you can be terrifically dreadful at that
point.  But there are ideas everywhere.  Think about your own experiences - what if you had chosen a different path during some situation in your life.  What would have happened?  If you want to make it a little more interesting, what if a yeti suddenly appeared and demanded cookies?  Chocolate chunk cookies to be exact.  The fabulous possibilities here are endless, so just start writing, and see where it takes you.  You can always edit later.

No writing now...eating cookies with the yeti.
Now other times, you may be in the middle of a paper or story and just don't know where to go from there.  Well, there are a couple things to do at this point.  Go get a glass of milk, some cookies, and think about where to go the next time you sit down to write...boy, I must have cookies on the brain.  Anyway, throw a twist into your story by adding a new character, or a sudden plot twist.  This will get you writing in no time.  If you are working on a paper for school, try outlining.  Now, I was never a great outliner, with the numbers and letters and all, but I was good at writing down my main idea, and then a few sub ideas to get the paper going.  Give it a try.

A great, easy thing to do, is to carry a small notebook and pen around with you....EVERYWHERE!  You never know when inspiration will strike, and you don't want to take the chance that you will forget your brilliant idea by the time you get home or to your computer.  Also, keeping a journal every day is an easy way to keep yourself writing and the thoughts moving.

Finally, the best, most fantastic, outstanding advice I can give for writer's block, is to read!  Yep, that's right.  Reading a variety of genres, authors, and even lengths of books will open your mind to more possibilities.  You will learn how other authors handle different situations and eventually meld that with your own writing style.

Well, it happens to the best of us.  Writer's block a can be a terrible, frustrating thing, but if you take a few simple steps, you too can avoid it, or overcome it!  So what are you waiting for?  Get writing!

Books about writing
Books about cookies
Books about the Yeti

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