Monday, January 31, 2011
"The Library Gingerbread Man", by Dotti Enderle with illustrations by Colleen Madden is a take on the classic tale. Here the gingerbread man escapes from his book as the librarian is placing it on the shelf. What follows is a chase through the library and the Dewey Decimal System as the gingerbread man runs from the wizard of the thesaurus at 423.1, past the robots from 629.892, right through to the biography section. As in the classic tale, the gingerbread man is tricked by a fox (in this case an arctic fox from 998) but is caught at the last moment by the clever librarian who returns him to his book where he'll await eager readers.
The Dewey system continues to confound many, but this book helps make it more accessible, and fun! Ms. Patty
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Today's pick is a picture book called Pobble's Way by Simon Van Booy. Pobble and her father set out for a walk in the winter woods and play a fun game along the way. Winter mushrooms on a tree must be 'frog umbrellas' decides Pobble, and a lost feather becomes a 'tickle stick'! Little do they know that when Pobble drops her fluffy pink mitten, the woodland animals play a game of their own. Owl decides the mitten is a 'wing warmer' while Duck is sure it is a 'fish coat'.
You would think the illustrations would include a lot of snowy white, but illustrator Wendy Edelson brings out the most vivid colors in the animals and scenery. This is a perfect book for this LONG winter we are having, and just may inspire you to take a winter walk of your own. Also a great choice for father's to read and enjoy with their own little Pobbles! Ms. Eileen
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
This Week's Books:
Snow Bear, by Piers Harper
Bear Play, by Miela Ford
Touch the Sky, My Little Bear, by David Bedford and Jane Chapman
Polar Bear Night, by Lauren Thompson, ill. by Stephen Savage
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr.
This Week's Music:
Polar Bear, by The Quiet Two
Polar Bear Stomp, by The Chenille Sisters
Polar Bear Waltz, by Baby Einstein
This Week's Action Rhymes:
The little polar bear swims in the sea
And eats all the fish that he can see
He gets out and shakes his white fur
Rolls in the snow and gives a little "Grrr"
Then he stretches big and tall
And goes to sleep curled up in a ball.
Marco the Polar Bear, white as the snow
Sat down on the ice near the cold water's flow.
"Lunch!" he said, "I'll make a wish."
He stuck in his paw and came up with a fish!
This Week's Art/Craft: A snowy landscape with puffy paint
Sunday, January 23, 2011
On a separate note: STORYTIMES START THIS WEEK!!!! (HAPPY DANCE)
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Maybe you have one of those kids that really prefers non-fiction, or maybe your kids are like mine and have conned you into not only stories before bed, but time to read or 'look' quietly at another book before lights out. This book is great for both situations. I've talked before about our JE-NF section - easy non-fiction books for our younger children. When it is no longer 'new', that is where this book will be found, along with another title in this country series - China in Colors.
There is a text box on every other page in these books, that highlights something of each color found on each 2-pg spread. For instance, in Russia, gold represents the lights of Moscow, while purple can be found on matryoshka dolls and red teaches us about borscht!
The photos are HUGE, and the entire book is really eye-catching. They include some basic facts in the back as well as a glossary.
I currently have China at home for the 4-yr-old to peruse before bed - better yet, I'll get the 8-yr-old to read it to her! Check these out!
Friday, January 21, 2011
nothing to do with winter or snow or anything remotely close! It has to do with balloons and cute porcupines! Isabel wants a balloon more than anything to hold at graduation, like the rest of her classmates. But alas, she is a porcupine, and like her teacher says, "Porcupines + balloons = trouble". Our plucky heroine is not about to give up however, so she and friend Walter come up with some clever ways (such as a 'pop-stopper' and bubble wrap) to keep their quills from popping the balloons. Adorable critters and just a cute, fun story make this a perfect choice for a day when you'd rather think of balloons than snowballs!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Today's selection is a non-fiction book (J 790.1 Stevens) currently on the New Shelf: "Things to Do With Dad", by Chris Steven (with editing, design, and illustration help from others). This little book is packed with all sorts of fun, mostly free, activities for kids and grown-ups to share. I was delighted to see some of the things my husband and I did with our kids such a making a button yo-yo (p. 97) and building a snow fort (p. 11). (By the way, this is the perfect time to do that!) But I was more delighted to see suggestions for things I'd never thought of such as creating a crazy golf course (p. 6) and making a cloud in a bottle (p. 22). These kinds of activities can make an ordinary day extraordinary and are the kinds of things we remember from our childhoods. Have fun. Ms. Patty
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
***And yes, by "similar quality" I mean chaos, Ms. Eileen and Ms. Patty slightly frantic and covered in glue and melted substances, kids laughing, parents chatting, and a big mess.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Your early readers must check out the sweet stories about these two Chinese-American twins. They may look alike and spent time together, but not everything is "exactly the same"! Author Grace Lin is a favorite who does everything well and with style. Congrats for Ling & Ting! Ms. Eileen
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
after that will be found in the section we call - JE non-fiction.
Just like you would find informational book in J non-fiction,
these books are in a section for our youngest patrons. They
often look like they could be a picture book, but are more
informational and of course, non-fiction! This is a great place
to find books and is sometimes overlooked. If you have young patrons between the ages of 2 and 8, you should definitely check out JE NF!
So when does 1+1=5? When you're talking about the wacky
equations in David LaRochelle's new book, that's when!
1 set of triplets + 1 set of twins =5! And didn't you know that
1 + 1=14? 1 ant + 1 spider =14 legs! And that's how it goes in this fun and colorful book where your kiddos might actually learn something! I'll leave you with one to ponder - when does 1 + 1=0? Check out this book and find out!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
"Let's make popcorn," Mommy says.
She picks a movie from the shelf.
It is a good one - but my lap is empty."
You can find this one as well as Good Dog, Aggie on the New shelf and Aggie and Ben in the easy reader section (JE-ER Ries). Ms. Eileen
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
TWO YEAR OLDS (with caregiver): Monday OR Thursday at 10 a.m.
THREE YEAR OLDS ONLY: Friday at 10 a.m.
THREE AND FOUR YEAR OLDS: Thursday at 1 p.m.
FOUR AND FIVE YEAR OLDS: Wednesday at 10 a.m. OR Friday at 1 p.m.
Sign-up begins January 12 for Marlborough residents, and January 19 for non-residents. Storytimes start the week of January 24 and meet for 5 sessions. Storytimes do not meet the week of February 21.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
First up: "There's Going To Be A New Baby", by John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury. This husband and wife team each have several notable picture books to their name, but here they collaborate to create a gorgeous, sweet, comforting new addition to the "new baby propaganda" book list. (That's how I refer to those books designed to allay the fears of older children when a new baby is expected.) This large book has illustrations that literally will make you gasp and sigh with their beauty. Super saturated colors with retro-inspired characterizations, each page could become it's own poster. Add to that the sweet, funny dialogue as an expectant mother explains to her young son that a new baby will be soon joining the family. As mother and son make their way around town, visiting the zoo, the museum, the beach, and so forth, mother explains about the new baby as the boy envisions how the baby will react in certain situations. The last page will bring tears to your eyes.
This book has just arrived at the library and will be on the new Picture Book shelf in a few days. Enjoy.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Aside from that bit of trivia, I wanted to share some changes at RML for you as the new year begins. First, we have a new children's computer!!! It is the awesome AWE Early Literacy Station; all touch screen and loaded with interesting, helpful, fun, high-quality children's software. Check out everything the AWE provides at this link.
In equally big news, we have a new librarian who will be joining us. Her name is Jessica and she will be at the library on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Be sure to give her a big warm RML welcome. Jessica takes over for the departing Cyndi who has gone on to an excellent career opportunity as an academic archivist.
Finally, a bit of housekeeping: We've moved the parenting books to the old place of the junior biographies (along the same wall as the children's DVDs). I think this may make for easier browsing. The holiday books are now in the low shelf that fronts the play area where the parenting books once were. Board books are once again on the lowest shelves in their bins. Finally junior biographies have moved closer to adult biographies; shelved in the low shelves in the YA section of the library where summer books are usually placed. Come summer, we'll find a new place for the summer reading books.
Phew! That was a lot of moving of books, but hopefully this will improve your library browsing experience. Our library is literally bursting at the seams and it is saddening to see the number of great books and other materials we have to weed out of our collection each year to make room for the new items. Any creative space thinkers out there are welcome to help us figure out how to squeeze more materials in our limited space. Hanging books from the ceiling perhaps?
Looking forward to seeing you all in 2011.