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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Summer Reading Ends Tomorrow!!

I am truly upset about the fact that summer reading will be ending tomorrow.  That's right, whether you are a child, teen, or adult, the Roselle Public Library Summer Reading Program ends tomorrow at 5 PM when our door close for the day.  I'm always sad at the end of summer reading because I get to meet so many wonderful patrons and watch their excitement when they get to pick out their prize book.

So pick up that library book that is sitting on your dresser and finish those last minutes you need to earn your prizes.  You have all day today and most of tomorrow.  You can do it, I know you can!

Once the summer reading program is finished, please promise me you'll still come in to see me and ask me to help you find some great books. You do promise, right?  

Sunday, July 26, 2015

No Fun! Summer Reading is Almost Done!

That's right, kids.  There is less than a week left for you to get your minutes read and to collect your prizes.  I am sitting diligently at the "Ask Me" desk waiting for you to come in and visit me.  There is nothing that makes my day happier then when I give away the prize books and bag of fun coupons. 

Remember anything you read by yourself, hear someone read to you, listen to an audio book or watch a Play-A-Way View counts towards your minutes.  If you are not sure what to read, come and see me and I will make a lot of suggestions.  I'm not sure if you know this, but I LOVE books!

SO PLEASE DON'T KEEP ME WAITING!  Come in and see me so that I can give away these great prizes our donors gave us!   Remember July 31st before 5 PM is the final chance you have to redeem your prizes.

Monday, July 20, 2015

It's Summer, Kick Back and Relax!

Summer is now in full swing, but you need to remember to slow down and find time to relax and enjoy it.  During these Dog Days of summer (remember that post a few weeks back), there is no better time to slow down and relax, especially when you are laying in a hammock enjoying the cool shade from your favorite tree. 

July 22nd is Hammock Day.  It's a day that exists for us to enjoy summer as it should be (winter will be here sooner than you think.  BRRR).  No lawn work today, just chilling in the shade reading the newest book you decided to check out from Roselle Public Library to count towards your summer reading goal (remember the program ends on July 31st)!  I've got my hammock reserved on the beach of Pensacola, Florida and my book is already picked out.

Oh and by the way, July 23rd is a very "cool" day too.  It's the day the ice cream cone was invented back in 1904.  Charles E. Minches of St. Louis, Missouri filled a pastry cone with two scoops of ice cream, and ta-da....the ice cream cone was born! 

Now let's add an ice cream cone with two scoops of mint chocolate chip into the mix of relaxing in my hammock and reading my good book.  Now you've got a great day.  I've gotta go, the ice cream is starting to drip!  Yummy!

Ice Cream books
100 Top Children's Novels
Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Etch A Sketch

On July 12, we celebrate the 55th birthday of the Etch A Sketch.  Everyone has played with an Etch A Sketch at least once in their lives.  It's such a great toy!  Create a design or write a secret message to a friend, then shake it and everything vanishes.   

Etch A Sketch was first created by a French electrician named, Andre Cassagnes in the 1950's.  The toy's name in France is the "Telecran" because it came out around the same time as the television and both had a screen and two knobs, the images were black and white and the screens could be cleared of images.  It's still sold under that name today in France.

In early 1960, Cassagnes brought the toy to the United States and began working with the Ohio Art Company to produce it.  The original name it was going to be sold under in the U.S. was Magic Screen, but somehow it got change to the name Etch A Sketch.  I'm glad it did because I think that is a catchier name.  Since it's introduction, more than 150 MILLION Etch A Sketches have been sold around the world. 

Drawing Books

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Dog Days of Summer

Have you ever heard the phrase, "dog days of summer?"  I have, but I wasn't really sure what was meant by it.  So since research is part of my job, I looked up the meaning.  It just so happens it has an interesting origin.  In ancient times different groups of people in different parts of the world drew images in the sky by "connecting the dots" of stars (reminds me of a Henry and Mudge book.  See my dog connection).  The Chinese saw different images than the Native Americans, who of course saw something different than the Europeans.  These star pictures became to be known as the constellations and were mapped out by our European ancestors.

Our ancestors saw images of bears (Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, twins (Gemini), a bull (Taurus), and others, including dogs (Canis Major and Canis Minor).

Sirius is the brightest of the stars in Canis Major, which also happens to be the brightest star in the night sky.  In fact, it is so bright that the ancient Romans thought that the earth received heat from it.

During the summer, Sirius rises and sets with the sun, so the  Romans believed that the heat of Sirius combined with the heat of the sun, thereby creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather.  They named the period between July 3 and August 11, the "dog days of summer."  Although it is certainly the warmest period of the summer, the heat is not due to the added radiation from a far-away star, no matter how bright it is.  Nope, the heat of summer is a direct result of the earth's tilt. 

If the "dog days of summer" ever decide to show up this year, still remains to be seen.  If they do, I know that my dog will want to be chilling in the pool to escape the heat just like the rest of us.  He'd probably enjoy laying in the grass looking up at the night sky to search for the constellations with me too.  Sounds like fun, right?

Constellation books

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Happy Birthday, America!!

On July 4th, we celebrate the birthday of our nation.  Many of us (including myself), will be celebrating it with our family and friends enjoying a delicious barbeque, maybe seeing a parade and then settling down to marvel at a spectacular fireworks show. 

Here's a little history you should know about the day.  Thomas Jefferson is the author the the famous document we call the Declaration of Independence.  He was the committee leader who formed the declaration during the dates of June 11-28, 1776 with the other members.  The document was voted on and approved on July 4, 1776, but was not signed by all the representatives of the thirteen colonies until August, 1776.  The first person to sign it?  John Hancock, of course!  Where do you think we got the saying "put your John Hancock on it" from? 

So celebrate our nation's freedom safely with family and friends.  If you want to marvel at other exciting shows, check out our calendar for our upcoming events.  I'm sure you'll find one you can "put your John Hancock on!"

Events calendar

Monday, June 29, 2015


Look!  Up in the sky!  It's a bird; it's a plane; no it's Superman!

Superman was first introduced to the world in comic format in June of 1938.  He's one of the coolest superheros around.  He's been in comics, TV shows and movies.  I love superheroes and I found some interesting facts about Superman.

1.  Superman and Clark Kent have different birthdays.
  • June 10th is Superman's birthday.  It's the day he landed on Earth.
  • June 18th is Clark Kent's birthday.  It's the day he was adopted by the Kent family.
2.  He wasn't born super.
  •   Clark Kent grew more powerful as he got older as it was able to store more solar energy and convert it more effectively.
3.  The S isn't just for Superman.
  • A Kryptonian glyph that served as a family shield for the House of EL, which means "hope."  
4.  He wasn't always able to fly
  • When he first appeared in 1938, he was incredibly strong, could withstand anything less than a bursting shell from a tank and was able to leap an 1/8th of a mile.  It wasn't until 1941 when he gained the ability to fly. 
5.  Kryptonite isn't his only weakness
  • Radiation of a red sun immediately robs him of his power. 
There is much more information about Superman on that you can check out when you have time.  So join me at the library to read some of our great Superman titles and find out about some of his other superhero friends.  You'll find me reading about Wonder Woman next!

Superman books
Superhero Graphic Novels
Superhero Easy Readers

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