Thursday, November 30, 2006


Want something different but not interested in the usual superhero comic book or manga?

Try a new fun graphic novel series, Babymouse, about an ordinary girl with a giant size imagination and a constant craving for pink cupcakes. Her rich fantasy life always clashes with her real life. She daydreams when she's in class, in the shower, pretty much whenever and wherever.

Start with Babymouse: Queen of the World and work your way through the entire series by Jennifer and Matthew Holm.

For 3rd - 4th grade readers.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


Give a friend a calculator and tell them to key in the number of the month in which they were born.

  • Multiply by 4
  • Add 13
  • Multiply by 25
  • Subtract 200
  • Add the day of the month they were born
  • Multiply by 2
  • Subtract 40
  • Multiply by 50
  • Add the last two digits of the year they were born
  • Subtract 10,500

Ask to look at the calculator and then tell them their full date of birth. The first one or two digits gives the month, the next two gives the day, the last two gives the year.

This is just one trick you'll find in Johnny Ball's Go Figure! A Totally Cool Book About Numbers. Whether you absolutely love math or hate it, you won't be able to resist this intriguing book all about numbers. It is bursting with mind boggling brain teasers, magic, illusions and puzzles that are both challenging and fun. You'll also see that numbers relate to practically everything around us whether it is history, art, science, music, magic, sports or the lottery!

Monday, November 27, 2006


A Bear Named Trouble
by Marion Bauer

Jonathan loves Mama Goose. In fact, he loves all animals at the Alaskan zoo where his father is the keeper. Nearby in the wild, a young bear is becoming more and more desperate. His mother has turned him away and he must now survive on his own. The poor young bear is getting hungrier and hungrier but can't find any food. And when he finally does, he is attacked by an angry moose. Now hurt and starving, he is moving further and further away from his territory and closer to Jonathan's home. One night, the two "boys" meet and Jonathan is absolutely taken with the bear. Jonathan lures the bear into the zoo with food which brings about disaster. Jonathan witnesses firsthand how much harm a wild animal can cause. Now the bear has been named trouble and the zoo authorities are looking for him. Jonathan is torn. Should he try save to Trouble? Would Trouble hurt him too?

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


We'll be hobblin' and gobblin' away Thursday and Friday, November 23-24, and reopen Saturday at 10:00 a.m. as usual.


our online tutors will be available Friday, November 24, for your homework needs. Go through the library's website, and click on online resources.

Thursday, November 16, 2006


Can this school year get any worse?

Not only is Sam the new kid but the school bully is targeting him and gets him sent to the principal’s office. Sam's home life is not any better. His older brother is a jerk. Now this mysterious box at the front door suddenly morphs into his twin and sends him into some other parallel universe where students have six eyes and the school secretary looks like an octopus. Meanwhile, Exeter, the mischievous shape-shifting intergalactic alien is ruining what’s left of his already miserable life. How can Sam capture this alien twin and get his life back? Find out when you read Interplanetary Avenger by Caroline Luzzatto.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Cookies! Cookies! Cookies!

The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins is a picture book classic. It is a cumulative tale perfect for preschoolers and cookie lovers alike. A group of children is about to enjoy a plate of cookies together when the doorbell rings and now there is one more person to share the cookies. No problem. The only thing is that the doorbell keeps ringing and ringing and ringing!

In the mood for a cookie now? Try making this no bake recipe with your preschooler:

No-Bake Cookies
1/2 cup (80 g) raisins
1/2 cup (75 g) chopped dates
2 tablespoons (60 g) of honey
3 graham crackers

Pour raisins, dates, and honey into mixing bowl. Put the graham crackers in a ziplock sandwich bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Add to honey and fruit mixture. Mix until the ingredients are able to form balls. Roll into balls. Let dry and serve.

Recipe is from Creating Readers : Over 1000 Games, Activities, Tongue Twisters, Fingerplays, Songs, and Stories to Get Children Excited About Reading by Pam Schiller (pg 120-121).

Thursday, November 09, 2006


Hope the only way you plan to visit the Library tomorrow (November 10, 2006)is through cyber-space. We are closed for the Veteran's Day holiday, but will be back on schedule on Saturday, November 11,2006 and open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


A Room With a Zoo
by Jules Feffier

You absolutely have to have one. You can't stop thinking about it. You really really really need a pet dog. I mean really. The only thing that stands in your way is time. Your parents tell you that once you turn 10.5, then you'll be old enough. But what if you're only 9. What do you do you in the meantime? You convince your parents of a cat. So Timmy joins the household. You're so excited! Except there's a problem. Timmy is M-O-O-D-Y! He won't let you pet him and he keeps hiding. Ok let's forget Timmy for awhile. So Hammy the hamster joins the household. And he's wayyyy friendlier. Now that you have two pets there's no reason they can't be friends right? Even if Hammy might make Timmy a little hungry? You get many warnings from your family, but they don't know everything, do they? Well, it turns out that in this case they do! Hammy makes it alive though. But Timmy needs someone to take his mind off Hammy. And that someone is Oscar.But it doesn't end there. Before Julie is done with the school year she'll have even more guests living in her room including Reddy 1, Reddy 2, Turtelini, Butch, Jessie, and Stitches.

Thursday, November 02, 2006


A recent study sponsored by Scholastic focused on how much importance children and their parents place on recreational reading. The study found that children of frequent readers tend to be become frequent readers themselves. However, only 21% of the parents surveyed considered themselves to be frequent readers. It turns out that parents have a much greater impact on their children's reading habits than they may realize. Children who love to read are twice as likely to turn to their parents for reading suggestions. Interestingly enough, the number one reason children cite for not liking to read is not being able to find books that are interesting or fun. It also looks like parents have a relatively short window of opportunity to help their children develop a love of reading. The chance of raising an avid reader declines sharply after a child reaches 8 years old as this is the "critical drop-off age for reading engagament". This is based on the finding that 40% of children ages 5-8 are high frequency readers which drops down to 29% among children ages 9-11. The decline in recreational reading is even more drastic when one compares low frequency readership among children aged 5-8 years old versus teens that are between 15 and 17 years old. While only 14% of the younger set are considered to be low frequency readers, almost half (46%) of the teen group are low frequency readers.

To view a copy of Scholastic's THE KIDS AND FAMILY READING REPORT, go to

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Be sure to check out the display case downstairs. This month it features a special exhibit with all of your favorite storybook characters. If you can name the book that one of the characters in the display appears, then come up to the Children's Room and tell one of the librarians who will give you a small prize.


If your answer is yes, then this new book by the same author, Gail Levine, is for you. Its. a great fantasy, with Kings, Queens, handsome princes and singing! Look for it on the shelves soon.