Thursday, December 31, 2015


Winifred isn’t afraid of the monsters in her room but she wants them gone because they’re keeping her awake at night. She makes different attempts to get rid of them but none of them seem to work. She even reads a book about it but that doesn’t seem to do the trick, either. Sleepless nights affect her daily routine since she is tired all the time. Will poor Winifred finally find a solution to her monster problem and eventually get some rest?

Monster Trouble! by Lane Fredrickson and illustrations by Michael Robertson is a cute story about a girl trying to find different solutions for a problem. The rhyming text and colorful, bold illustrations make this a great read-aloud. This book is a good read for toddlers to first graders

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


The library will be closed  12/31/15 at 5pm through 1/3/16.  

Tuesday, December 29, 2015


After spending the day at the beach, Pete and his friends don’t want the fun to end so they decide to have a sleepover at Pete’s house. After all the fun and games, Pete decides to go to sleep but his friends want to make noise and stay awake instead. How will Pete get some ZZZs?

Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues by Kimberly and James Dean, is one of those stories that readers will love to read over and over again. Similar to other “Pete the Cat” titles, this book has a lot of repetition, and is a great interactive read-aloud for storytime. This book is a good read for toddlers to first grade.  


This 'action-packed' book is filled with adorable creatures who show readers how to move.  From moving your hands, to tapping your feet, this book for our youngest readers is a special treat!  The drawings are adorable, with bold and contrasting colors too.  From hot pink, green, yellow, and different shades of blue. 

Tim Harrington's Nose to Toes, You Are Yummy! is fun and bright. For adults to a share with young ones in the morning, noon, or night.

Monday, December 28, 2015


With the evening moon above, all the characters in the house are restless. No one can seem to fall asleep until one special creature sings a calming song that helps them all settle to sleep. This is the sequel to the classic, "The Napping House" where everyone is sleepy. 

The Full Moon at the Napping House by Audrey Wood and illustrations by Don Wood is another fun cumulative bedtime story that children will enjoy. This book is a good read for toddlers to first grade.  

Saturday, December 26, 2015


Duncan enjoyed coloring and owned many different crayons. One day, he received a stack of postcards from different crayons he had misplaced in various locations, both near and far. The crayons were ready to come home. Each postcard tells the humorous tale of a specific color crayon.

The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt with illustration by Oliver Jeffers does a wonderful job in keeping readers entertained until the very last page. This story makes a great read-aloud for preschool children and older. Children will enjoy listening to the colorful tales of Duncan’s crayons and it might make them think twice about caring for their own crayons.  Recommended for children K-2nd grade.

Thursday, December 24, 2015


The popular fairytale, Cinderella, is retold with a fun twist. In this version, Cinderella has three stepsisters. The two are as mean and cruel as the original version but one stepsister, Gertie, is very kind, sweet, and helpful with the house chores. Ironically in this adaptation, Cinderella is lazy and not very nice.

When Gertie is invited to the Ball, her mother does not let her go because she is an embarrassment to the family. She does not live up to their family reputation of being mean and evil. Throughout her training, Gertie meets different fairytale characters and has trouble being mean. What is Gertie to do? She really wants to go to the Ball but doesn’t want to be mean like the rest of her family. Will the Fairy Godmother come to her rescue? Will Cinderella go to the Ball? Will Prince Charming finally find his princess?

Cinderella’s Stepsister and the Big Bad Wolf by Lorraine Carey, illustrated by Migy Blanco, is a great read-aloud. With references to other fairytales, the twist in this adaptation can be amusing to readers, especially if they are familiar with the other stories. Great read for grades K-2nd

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


The Library will be closed from 12/24/15 to 12/27/15.  

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


The story of the Three Little Pigs has been retold many times. In this particular version, not only does the author retell the story with a different sense of humor, but she also brings in other well-recognized fairytale characters to help the pigs build their homes. This adaptation also incorporates numbers and geometric shapes into the classic tale.

The Three Little Pigs Count to 100 by Grace Maccarone with illustrations by Pistacchio makes a great read-aloud. The vibrant illustrations and humorous storytelling make this a fun read for all, especially if you are teaching children basic numbers and shapes. Great read for grades K-2nd.

Saturday, December 19, 2015


This is a wonderful interactive story about different animals and the food they eat. This book allows children to learn about a variety of animals and their favorite food in a fun, interactive way by turning the half-fold pages and feeding the animals on each page.

Who’s Hungry? by Dean Hacohen and illustrations by Sherry Scharschmidt, makes a great storytime book. The colorful illustrations introduce children to the topic of healthy eating habits. This is the same duo who brought us the popular title, Tuck Me In!  

This is a great book for toddler – preschoolers.  

Friday, December 18, 2015


The holidays are here and Sophie and her family are preparing for the festivities.  Her good friend Tommy and his family are also getting ready for the holidays.  When Tommy and his family are invited to Sophie's house for a party, Tommy realizes that while some traditions are similar to those of Sophie’s family, Sophie and her family also celebrate Hanukkah. Tommy learns all about Hanukkah and the traditions.

Eight Candles and a Tree by Simone Bloom Nathan with illustrations by Brian Barber tells a great story about how different families celebrate the holidays.  This great story also teaches children about religiously mixed families and is a great overview of some of the traditions celebrated on Christmas and Hanukkah.  This is a great read aloud during the holiday season.  Great read for children pre-kinder – 2nd grade.

Thursday, December 17, 2015


Luigi Lemoncello is an ink drinker!  He's loved everything about books and libraries for his whole life.  When he grows up to become a successful entrepreneur, he decides to give back to his community and builds a state of the art public library.  Before its grand opening, twelve students from the local elementary school are selected to take part in a library sleepover.  As part of their stay, they participate in a number of strategy games.  But when a grand prize is announced, they are each faced with the decision to try to win the grand prize individually or win as a team. 

With so many twists and turns, Chris Grabenstein's book is a wondrous read filled with so many treasures and unforgettable characters.  What would you do if you had to Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library? 

If you plan to check out Charlie and the Chocolate Factory then do take this along too.  You won't regret it!!  Also, our very own Central Library is undergoing a renovation.  There are still many adventurous things happening in the Children's Room and at our Branch locations. Pick up a Family Events brochure or click on the link for events.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


The Princess and the Pony by author-illustrator Kate Beaton definitely turns the typical princess story on its head and takes it to new hilarious heights. Princess Pinecone is the smallest warrior in a kingdom of warriors, and she can't wait for her birthday. She's tired of getting cute, cozy sweaters--this year she wants a big, fast, strong warrior's horse. But the horse she gets does not quite live up to what she imagines, and Princess Pinecone worries that she'll never be able to compete in the great battle with her small, round, hopeless pony. How will they ever stand a chance going up against all the other big, mean warriors in the kingdom? 

Full of both humor and heart, this is a wonderful picture book to share with preschoolers to second graders, whether they are fans of princess books or not. 

Saturday, December 12, 2015


Poor Truly Lovejoy, only 12 years old and tall beyond anyone in her class.  With a size 10 1/2 size shoes, she thought at least she would have a new perfect start, with her cousin, and the rest of her family in Texas, but everything changed when her father was hurt by an IED on his last tour of military service. The family plans are changing and now they were all packing up once again, moving to Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, the smallest town ever and founded by her ancestors.  

Her father has changed.  There's no more jokes, no more swimming, and she has flunked math and now has to be tutored by him everyday. The only bright thing in her life in this tiny town is watching for birds. She's been a birder ever since her grandfather turned her on to the hobby.  

A great read by Heather Vogel Frederick, author of The Mother-Daughter Book Club series, Absolutely Truly:  A Pumpkin Falls Mystery is not so much a mystery as a story of changes, adapting, belonging and patience. 

For readers in 6th and up. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015


The hilarious and oddly matched duo from Who Wants a Hug? returns in a rollicking, splashy bath time story. When good-natured Bear tries to host a surprise birthday for his curmudgeonly friend Skunk he encounters a teeny-weenie, minor problem: no one wants to party with a stinky skunk. Skunk, to absolutely no one’s surprise, is not particularly keen on baths.

It’s a sticky situation (and a smelly one), but the solution seems obvious and simple enough: Bear will persuade Skunk that baths are actually fun! Ever the optimist, Bear’s schemes for bath time fun literally rise to new heights as they dive down slides, soar from swings, and rebound off trampolines-- or one of them does anyway.

Just as Bear is about to throw in the towel, Skunk learns with a squish, slip, boing, swoop, and SPLASH that baths (and pool parties!) can be awesome fun after all.

Jeff Mack’s picture book Who Needs a Bath? is a wonderful read aloud to share with reluctant and enthusiastic bathers alike. For other humorous bath time reads, check out The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems, How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson, and Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman.

Ages 4+


The delightful characters of Emily Jenkins's beloved Toys Go Out chapter book series are back in a wintertime picture book adventure for a younger new audience. Lumphy the stuffed buffalo, StingRay the plush sting ray, and Plastic the rubber ball encounter all the wonder of a snowy day for the first time in Toys Meet Snow when their little girl has left them at home during her winter vacation. They try to get to the bottom of what snow is exactly--is it frozen water? or a "blanket of peace over the world"?--by catching snowflakes, building snowmen, and making angels in the snow. 

Paul O. Zelinsky's  captivating illustrations shine in this bold color format, and Jenkins's poetic and gently humorous text makes a seamless transition from chapter book to picture book. This sweet and whimsical story will warm the hearts of readers of all ages, but particularly the preschool to second grade set. 

Monday, December 07, 2015


Our last week of storytimes will be the week of 12/7 - 12/12. Please check our online calendar for the few remaining special programs in December.  

Storytimes will resume January 11, 2016. 

Friday, December 04, 2015


Greg Heffley is back and he's as hilarious as ever in Old School, the newest installment of the Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. All the fun--and of course the trouble--begin when Greg's mom lobbies for a weekend of unplugging so everyone can get back to how things were in the "good old days." And so Greg is forced not to rely on his electronics--or even electricity--and get outside for some good old fashioned "fun" in the form of community service and making a lemonade stand. With his signature knack for turning the simple and straightforward into a slapstick comedy of errors, things go uproariously awry. 

And just when you think things can't get any more outrageous, Greg embarks on a field trip to Hardscrabble Farms, where he and his classmates must survive in the woods for an entire week without modern conveniences or junk food, not to mention the rumors of Silas Scratch, a creepy farmer who went crazy in the woods. Armed with just an old book of his grandpa's, a few packs of baby wipes, and his flair for the dramatically ridiculous, is there any way Greg will make it the whole week? 

Fans of the Wimpy Kid series won't be disappointed with this latest book in the series--the crazy antics and the laughs just keep on coming. Recommended for 4th grade and up. 

And don't forget: the Children's Room is having a Wimpy Kid Party this Saturday, December 5th from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, and a library hunt all week. Come join us for all the Wimpy fun! 

Wednesday, December 02, 2015


It's our last book party for before the holidays.  Come for some Wimpy Kid fun making crafts and playing games.This Saturday at 11:00 am at the Central Library in the Children's Room.  

Don't forget to play the Diary of a Wimpy Kid hunt while you're in the room.  

This party is perfect for kid who love Diary of a Wimpy Kid stories or who are in 3rd grade and up.  

Tuesday, December 01, 2015


Feeling sad? Or feeling mad? That’s okay because the little boy in Wild Feelings goes through a series of emotions. In this funny book, each page is filled with illustrations that describe a different feeling. 

Wild Feeling by David Milgrim is a wonderful one-on-one book that sends a nice message about how natural it is to have such feelings. The description of the feelings is also linked to animals (for example: as stubborn as a mule).

For Ages 4-6