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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

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Merry LEON Day

I wish you a Merry LEON Day.  LEON Day, you say?  What is LEON Day?  LEON Day is "Noel" spelled backwards.  It means there is 6 months until Christmas!  Now don't start to panic, six months is still a long time, although I think Santa may begin sending his elves around to make sure we are being nice and not naughty.

I found some fun ideas to share with you to help celebrate LEON Day.

Celebrate a mini-Christmas
Wrap up a few Christmas books, movies and music CD's and put them under a plant or flower in your house.  Then throughout the day unwrap one and either read or watch a movie.  If it's a music CD, you can go bake Christmas cookies while listening to the holiday tunes or have fun making some holiday crafts.  You may even want to prepare a Christmas feast for dinner that evening.  Yummy turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce!

Have a Backwards Day
 Since LEON is Noel spelled backwards you can have a backwards day.
  • Write backwards
  • Wear your clothes backwards
  • Wear your sunglasses on the back of your head
  • Walk backwards
  • Serve breakfast for dinner or serve dessert first
  • Read the book Tell Me the Day Backwards by Albert Lamb (yes, the library owes it!) 
Hopefully you'll decide to just be silly and enjoy the day.  Hmm, I wonder if it's too early to start my Christmas wish list?

Christmas Picture Books
Christmas Movies

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Summer, Picnics and Dad

Who comes to a picnic but is never invited?

You'll have to read to the end find out!  People often say that life is no picnic - but today it is!  International Picnic Day is celebrated on June 18 and offers a chance to eat outside in the beautiful summer weather with friends or family.  Now I love packing a picnic basket.  I stuff it with sub sandwiches, chips, fruit, veggies and some amazing cookies or brownies for dessert.  Picnics are a fun way to catch up with family, have a water balloon fight with the kids, or play a great game of bags.

Picnics are fun to have on any beautiful summer day, so you may consider planning one for June 21,
which just happens to be the first day of summer and Father's Day.  Two great things to celebrate on the same day!  Did you know that there are over 70 million fathers in the United States?  As I was looking up information on Father's Day, I learned something I didn't know before.  During the 1920s and 1930s, there was a movement to eliminate Mother's Day and Father's Day altogether in favor of a single holiday, Parents' Day.  After all, it takes a mother and a father to make a family so the thought was that both parents should be loved and respected together on the same day.  However, the Great Depression struck and retailers redoubled their efforts to make Father's Day a "second Christmas" for men, promoting goods such as neckties, hats, pipes and sporting good items.  (Sounds like I have bought my dad for Father's Day.)  When World War II began, the argument was used that celebrating Father's Day was a way to honor American troops and support the war effort.  Despite all that, Father's Day did not become a federal holiday until 1972, when President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making it a federal holiday.  It is estimated that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father's Day gifts.  Luckily my dad knows my budget is limited and always seems happy with whatever I get him on Father's Day.   Yep, my dad's pretty special!

So here's the answer to the joke from above.  I'll say it one more time because you have probably forget it by now.

Who comes to a picnic but is never invited?  An ant!!!:)

Picnic Picture Books
Snack cookbooks

Friday, June 12, 2015

Happy Birthday, Old Glory

Raise up your flag high and sing along with me:

You're a Grand Old Flag
By George M. Cohan

You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.                                           

You're the emblem of
The land I love
The home of the free and the brave.  
Ev'ry heart beats true
'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

June 14th is National Flag Day, a day to celebrate our country's flag.  Also nicknamed "Old Glory," it has had several designs over the centuries.  I am sure you are familiar with the original version with the 13 stars for the original colonies.  Our current version consists of 13 equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars.  You also probably know that each of the 50 stars represents one of the 50 states in the United States and the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies that became the first states in the Union.  Flag Day is a time when we Americans celebrate the freedom the flag of the United States represents.  It has been an enduring symbol of our country's ideals since its early days of our pursuit of liberty and justice.  Let's wish it many more "Happy Birthdays!"

American Flag books

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Read to the Rhythm

Cel-e-brate good times, come on!  Let's celebrate!  Summer break has begun along with the start of our summer reading programs at Roselle Public Library.  This is one of my favorite times of the year because I get to meet so many of you when you come in to sign up for the summer reading program or check-in your minutes to receive your prizes.  It is especially exciting this year because registration is online too.  Read to the Rhythm! is this year's theme.  Don't forget to look for our float in the parade.  We are going to have a special surprise!  Then join us throughout the summer for some great musical events like a concert, painting and learning how to dance the Jitterbug!  Sign me up right now! 

So mark your calendar and stop by the library on June 8th when  all of our summer reading programs begin.  We will be ready to register you and make some recommendations of great titles to read over the summer.  I already have a list of books I want to read.  Stop by and give me some suggestions to add to my list.  Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Freegal Music
Music Picture books

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Doughnut or donut?

It's time to celebrate my favorite sweet treat with a hole in its middle.  The first Friday in June, which this year is on the 5th, is National Doughnut Day!  There are so many types of doughnuts to choose from like frosted, glazed, powdered, sugar, CHOCOLATE, Boston cream, coconut, sour cream, cinnamon, jelly and the list goes on and on!  While I know your mouth is watering and your tummy is rumbling for the deliciousness of a doughnut, there really is a deeper meaning to the day.

In 1917, the original "Salvation Army Doughnut" was first served by the ladies of the Salvation Army.  During WWI, the Salvation Army "lassies" were sent to the front line in Europe to provide home cooked foods to boost the morale of the troops.  The doughnuts these "lassies" made were often cooked in oil inside the metal helmets of American soldiers, which is how the American infantrymen gained the nickname "doughboys."  Now this is some trivia I could sink my teeth into!

Here are some more fun facts about the day and doughnuts:
  • It was created by the Salvation Army in 1938 as a way to raise funds and awareness to The Salvation Army's social service programs.
  • National Doughnut Day commemorates the "donut lassies," those volunteers who provided writing materials, stamps, mending of clothes and home-cooked meals to the soldiers who were on the front lines.
  • It is said that the alternative spelling "donut" was invented when the New York-based Display Doughnut Machine Corporation abbreviated the word to make it more pronounceable by the foreigners that they hoped would buy their automated doughnut making equipment.  As there is more than one way to eat a donut, there is more than one way to spell it too!
  • Entenmann's has made more than 4 billion donuts.  If you placed them end-to-end, they would go around the Earth almost 9 times!  If I ate that many, I'd have to run around the Earth 9 times to burn off all the calories!
  • More than 168 million pounds of chocolate have been used for Entenmann's Rich Frosted Donuts, enough to fill all of the Great Lakes.  Just think of diving into a chocolate Lake Michigan!
Many doughnut shops in the area will offer free doughnuts to its customers while supplies last on June 5th.  As you are eating your doughnut on that day, remember the great ways the Salvation Army helps us and think about making a donation.  After all, you got a free doughnut so you probably have some extra money on hand.

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