Monday, January 28, 2008

Feed the Birds!

Winter's snow cover presents a challenge for birds to find food. Do you have a feeding station for the birds that visit your yard? If not, you can create one very easily. Just cut a hole in the side of a well washed empty milk carton and fill it with seeds. Bend a coat hanger into a hook and hang the carton to a tree limb by its handle. The birds that visit me like sunflower seeds especially, but there are lots of other things you can serve them. Try spreading peanut butter on a stale bagel or donut half and then covering the peanut butter with seeds. Tie a ribbon through the hole and hang it on a tree. For extra special recipes intended to nourish our feathered friends, check out My Recipes Are For the Birds by Irene Cosgrove and Invite a Bird to Dinner by Beverly Courtney Crook. We also have lots of bird guides to identify your diners. Bon appetit!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Tracking

Ever wonder what animals visit your yard? Tracks in the snow provide the clues! Now is a good time to wander about your yard or take a walk in the woods with your child and look for the tracks and traces of wildlife. We have several books available to help you identify your finds. At the top of the list is the brand new revised and expanded edition of Mammal Tracks and Scat by Vermont authors Lynn Levine and Martha Mitchell. We also have their first book, Mammal Tracks. Both are life size tracking guides and are made of waterproof paper that allows them to withstand outdoor use. We also have Crinckleroot's Book of Animal Tracking by Jim Arnosky (another Vermonter), Tracks in the Wild by Betsy Bowen, and, an old standby, Animal Tracks by George F. Mason. This book begins with a quote by Ernest Thompson Seton. "To the young, oncoming naturalist, I would say: Never forget the trail, look even for the track in the snow. It is the priceless, unimpeachable record of the creature's life and thought, in the oldest writing known on earth. Never forget the trail." So, bundle up, hit the trail, and look for tracks and traces of the many creatures that share our space.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

And the winners are...

Newbery Medal winner:

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices form a Medieval Village By Laura Amy Schlitz

Newbery Honor Books:

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson

Caldecott Medal Winner:

The Invention of Hugo Cabret written and illustrated by Brian Selznick

Caldecott Honor Books:

Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Undeground Railroad written by Ellen Levine; illustrated by Kadir Nelson
First the Egg written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain written and illustrated by Peter Sis
Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity written and illustrated by Mo Willems

For more information about these and other literary awards go to:
http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/literaryawds/literaryrelated.htm

Monday, January 14, 2008

The Big Read

Are you too young to participate in the Big Read? How about joining the Springfield Town Library's Junior Version? The adults are reading the Maltese Falcon, and the kids (grades 3-6)are reading the Malted Falcon by Bruce Hale. On Wednesday, February 20 @2:00, readers will meet to talk about the book and make (and eat, of course) a malted falcon. Books are available now!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Winter Program Calendars Are Ready!

Pick up a calendar at the library or look for a copy distributed at your child's school. You can also view events by clicking the Calendar tab on our homepage at www.springfieldtownlibrary.org. All of our programs are free and open to everyone, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Springfield Town Library.