Monday, September 29, 2014

LIFT THE FLAP FOR SOME FUN FUN FUN



Hello in There!: A Big Sister's Book of Waiting by Jo Witek and illustrated by Christine Roussey is a fun story of a very excited big sister who begins to imagine what the baby in the womb is thinking, doing and might look like. One side is big sister doing her everyday thing and  the left side has a flap that you open to see what baby is up to.  This book is for all those families looking for a tongue in cheek way to get their child ready for a new baby.

In Who's in the Tree? And Other Lift-the-flap Surprises by Craig Shuttlewood animals rhyme and do silly things.  Kids will want to guess where the animals are hiding and lift the flap to see if they were right!  A fun book for the little ones. 

For ages 3 and up. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

LALALALALALA


HEY, KIDS!
NEVER BEEN TO THE OPERA?
Get an introduction to the world of opera presented by The Guild Opera, tomorrow.  The guild  will be performing Little Red Riding Hood in our auditorium.  For ages 4 and up.

Saturday Sept 27, 2014
2 p.m.

Central Library.
222 E. Harvard St.
Glendale, CA 91205

3 hours free parking with validation across the street in the parking structure.



Monday, September 22, 2014

NINJAS!!!!!!


Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz and illustrated by Dan Santat is a whole mess of asian stuff thrown together in the story but somehow with Santat's illustrations i just had fun reading it.  It's very reminiscent of their previous collaboration of The Three Ninja Pigs.

This visually packed story about a boy practicing to be a ninja in his home where there's danger at every turn (napping father) is a fun read for all ages. Ninja! by Arree Chung definitely understands that every child has wanted to  be a ninja or at least thought about being one at some point in their life.  

For ages 3 and older. 







Monday, September 15, 2014

HELLO FADDUH.

Postcards from Camp: A Postal Story by Simms Taback - classic camp story told in postcards and letters about one boy's reluctant first time away at summer camp and his father's attempts to keep everything upbeat with a hang in there attitude, buddy.  As they write back and forth you see the special father son relationship and you hope and wish that the little guy will eventually have a great time at camp.  

Reminiscent of the Camp Granada song, it a great book to take your time and read over every inch of it.  

For readers in 4th and up.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

ALL FOUR STARS

Passionate for Food? OR Are You a Food Critic?

Gladys Gatsby, an eleven year old, found herself in the middle of her kitchen, caught by her parents who displayed a shocking, disbelief when they found the kitchen curtains on fire. How? Well, all Gladys was trying to do was bake creme brulee!  Thanks to her aunt Lydia from Paris, Gladys' passion for baking started at the age of six.  Gladys would cook and bake while her parents were at work and they were completely unaware of her active role as a "chef." Gladys' passion was so strong that she could not keep away from the kitchen. She knew that her parents would disapprove of her using any kitchen appliances; this was a big no-no. However, the creme brulee disaster revealed her baking secrets and put an end to the kitchen activities for six months. Gladys' punishment included making friends, spending time on the computer among other ridiculous activities. 

Join Gladys as she goes through a series of crazy adventures to follow her passion and find out what Gladys would become.   

Tara Dairman's, All Four Stars is a fun, light read that encourages everyone to chase after their goals. 

For readers in grades 4-7.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

IS THE TRUTH ALWAYS YOURS TO TELL?


 Set in the summer of 1963, the Beatles and the Beach Boys are the hot musical groups. The country is on the verge of making what turns out to be a very unpopular decision, to go to war in Viet Nam. While the rest of the world is in the midst of either musical or political turmoil, people living in Hamilton, Missouri, population 1701, have settled in to their summer routines of barbeques and swimming at the community pool. For 13-year-old Tree Taylor, whose main goal that summer was to earn a spot as the only freshman on the high school newspaper and to get her first kiss, finds there is a lot more to worry about when the sound of a rifle firing is heard in her neighborhood. In response to those shots her father, the only doctor in town, dashes out the door while warning her to stay put. Ignoring that warning, Tree sure that this shooting is destined to be her big story, discovers instead that as with most stories there is more than one version. 

Spend some time with Tree in her small town as she grapples with the quandary of keeping a secret or exposing the truth in Dandi Dailey Mackall’s THE SECRETS OF TREE TAYLOR. 

For grades 5-8.

A review by the Central branch's librarian Theresa. 


Monday, September 08, 2014

WE'RE UP AND RUNNING

Don't forget that all storytimes and programs are up and running this week.  Pick up a monthly events flyer at each branch or check our list of events online.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

DON'T FORGET

THE PRESCHOOL DANCE PARTY 
All toddlers, come dance and sing along with us Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. on September 8th next door at the Adult Recreation Center instead of the library auditorium.  

Wave some scarves, ring some bells, jump around to some great music.  


Tuesday, September 02, 2014

THE MANY FACES OF HOPE

Ten-year-old Star Mackie moved to a trailer park in California from Oregon with her mother and sister. Although she sees that her sister Winter is very unhappy with their mother for making them live in a trailer and having to go to an alternative high school, Star has a more positive outlook. She tries to make friends at her school, which is not helped by the fact that her mom's hairdresser friend gave her a layered blue hairstyle which immediately gets mistaken for a mullet. But Star is not hindered. Determined to have her schoolmates understand that living in a trailer is not so bad, she decides to start a trailer park club at her school. Star encounters kindness and adversity from students and teachers, and manages to overcome all her challenges with strength and optimism.

Hope is a Ferris Wheel by Robin Herrera is a realistic fiction novel that helps its readers understand the diverse experiences of other children. Star Mackie is not so different from other ten-year-olds in her school, except for the fact that she does not live in a big house like many of her classmates. But far from focusing on the hardships of being poor, Star focuses on things in her life that make it normal. This lively protagonist is sure to capture the readers' hearts.

For grades 6 and up.

Friday, August 29, 2014

CHECK OUT THE FUN BOOKS

Under the Hood by Merlin  - Lift the flaps and find out what's wrong with Mr. Bear's car.  You'll be in for a big surprise.
 Woody Guthrie's Riding in My Car by Scott Menchin has fun movable parts and pop ups making this a happy trip for everyone.  Sing along with the dog family as they drive across the country. 

Here are two amazing movable and lift flap books available for check-out.  
For readers ages 3 and older.  

WE ARE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND

All Glendale libraries will be closed Saturday, August 30 - Monday, Sept 1. 

Even though our libraries will be closed, you can still access the online catalog, download an ebook, download  music, get information in the databases or place books on hold.  You just need your library card and pin number.

See you all Tuesday.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FIND YOUR VOICE


Paperboy is a historical fiction novel set in Memphis, Tennessee in 1959. It is about an eleven-year-old boy who takes over his friend's paper route when his friend goes out of town. The only problem is that Victor stutters, making everyday conversation difficult. He has to pick his words carefully, because certain letters, or combinations of letters, are much more difficult for him than others. Wanting more than anything to be normal like other children his age, he does not talk too much, and only chooses words he can pronounce. However, there are two people he can talk to freely - his family's maid "Mam" who he is very close to, and Mr. Spiro, a man he meets on his paper route who is not fazed by his stuttering problem. When a local junkman Ara T. starts making trouble for Victor, he has to overcome his fears to fight back.

Paperboy  is a beautifully written short novel loosely based on author Vince Vawter's own speech impediment. It focuses on something most of us take granted - the ability to express ourselves with words - and makes us think about how we view others who talk differently. But despite its important message, this book is a quick read with a bit of a mystery and some action. It will capture the readers' hearts and make a lasting impression.

For grades 4 and up.

Monday, August 25, 2014

CATS AND MORE CATS



Mathilda's Cat likes to do whatever Matilda does, but does she really?  Another lovely story with beautiful illustrations by by Emily Gravett.  

Two new Pete the Cat books will have everyone singing along with him to these favorite ditties as one pages through the books.  Pete the Cat- the Wheels on the Bus and Pete the Cat - Old MacDonald Had a Farm by James Dean.  

For readers from toddlers through Kindergarten. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

MASON DIXON


Mason Dixon has completed third grade and is gearing up to start fourth grade.  However, his mother is already pressuring him to start thinking of all the extra curricula activities that he should get involved in, specifically singing.  The problem is that Mason has been traumatized so badly that singing for him would be like diving into a pool of dead frogs.  Unfortunately, the fact that he needs to remind his mother of the dreadful incident that took place couple of years ago is making him to feel even more traumatized.

Funny, cute and a charming easy chapter book, especially for boys.    Mason Dixon: Fourth Grade Disasters by Claudia Mills.

Grades 3rd and up.  

Thursday, August 21, 2014

DO YOU HAVE A GARDEN?

“I have a garden” a playful dog announces on the first page of the book. And as the reader goes on to discover all the variety of the different animals that the garden has, the pages of the book become filled with more animals and flowers. Showing even more illustrations of lushes flowers and animated animals and insects.  

However, all the flowers and the animals belong to him because the garden is HIS.  But can this be possible?  Beautiful things are to be shared, so how can the dog be convinced that the garden belongs to everyone?  

This particular picture book is so colorful and vibrant that after reading it, I wanted to literally jump inside the pages and smell all the flowers and play with all the animals.   It is a fun and easy book that will even be great for a read aloud.  I Have a Garden by Bob Barner

Pre-k to 1st grade