Monday, March 31, 2008

Music

We have something for everyone! Browse through the carousel of tapes and CDs or search for something specific in the catalog. Tapes and CDs are fun to listen to in the car, for a family sing along, or to calm during quiet times. We have lullabies, nursery rhymes, folk songs, old favorites, holiday music, opera, classical, rock and roll, songs from around the world--you name it! We have recordings of musicians from the other side of the world like The Wiggles as well as right from our own backyard like Paul Ippolito. You can learn some new dance steps with a folk dance recording or catch the beat with a rhythm stick activity. Here are a few favorites:
"Kidz Bop"
"Can a Cherry Pie Wave Goodbye?" by Hap Palmer
"Quiet Time" by Raffi
"Pet Sounds" by Gary Rosen
"Magical Flight" by Paul Ippolito
"Simplified Rhythm Stick Activities" by Laura Johnson (includes rhythm sticks)
"Musical Scarves and Activities" by Georgiana Stewart (includes scarves)
"Cold Spaghetti Western" by the Wiggles
"Folk Dance Fun" by Georiana Stewart
There are lots more!!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Here are the answers ...

...to the riddles posed in April Fools, Frail Loops:
kayak, solos, level
Where can you find the questions? Just listen to the podcast entitled "April Fools, Frail Loops."

Monday, March 24, 2008

April Fools' Day

The first of April, better known as "April Fools' Day," is fast approaching. Learn the history behind this day at http://www.infoplease.com/spot/aprilfools1.html .

One way to have some harmless fun is to read a riddle book. We have several to choose from that will take you beyond "your shoe's untied":
Creepy Riddles by Kathy Hall
My First Riddles by Judith Hoffman Corwin
Riddle Road and With One White Wing both by Elizabeth Spires
Unriddling: All Sorts of Riddles to Puzzle You compiled by Alvin Scwartz
Behind the King's Kitchen Door by William Jay Smith
Keep 'em Laughing by Louise Phillip

You can also entertain yourself with these books:
Mother Goose Unplucked and Funny Business both by Helaine Becker
Scranimals by Jack Prelutsky
Timothy Tunny Swallowed a Bunny by Bill Grossman
Merry Merry Fibruary (and I didn't spell it wrong) by Doris Orgel

However you choose to spend the day, have good natured fun and hope that Mother Nature doesn't play a weather joke on us all!

Monday, March 17, 2008

"Won't You Wear Your Sweater?" Day

Come to the library on Thursday, March 20 dressed in your favorite sweater to honor Mister Rogers and receive a sticker or bookmark. March 20th is the 80th anniversary of the birth of this popular and gentle educator. You can read all about his accomplishments and contributions to children's welfare in the Wikipedia entry at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Rogers . You might want to check out The World According to Mr. Rogers or listen to Songs From the Neighborhood: the Music of Mr. Rogers. We also have several of his books pertaining to children's issues like Going to the Doctor, Making Friends, and The New Baby for borrowing. So, wear your favorite sweater on Thursday to honor Mister Rogers and always heed his advice, "Let's make the most of this beautiful day."

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Answers Are:

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Hobbitt by J.R.R.Tolkien
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
How did you do? Or perhaps you're wondering, "The answers to what?" If so, check out the Childen's Room Podcasts!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Saps a Runnin'!

It's maple sugarin' time in good old Vermont. The 7th Annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend is coming up. Maybe you'd like to go on a family outing to a sugar house. Check out the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers' Association website at http://www.vermontmaple.org/ for places to visit. Or maybe you'd just rather fill up on pancakes, sit back with your child, and enjoy a good book. We have some great ones on the subject:
Sugar on Snow by Nan Parson Rossiter
Sugaring by Jessie Haas
Sugaring Off Party by Jonathan London
Maple Syrup Book by Marilyn Linter
Sugaring Time by Kathryn Lasky
The Sugar Maple by Rosamond S. Metcalf (who taught at Park Street School)
Wow--I've just had a sudden craving for a dish of vanilla ice cream with the sweet stuff poured on top.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

If Dr. Seuss was alive today, he would have celebrated his 104th birthday yesterday (March 2). We have all grown up with his nonsense rhymes, and many of us have passed down our love of his books to our own children. Who amongst us has never heard the telling of The Cat in the Hat or Green Eggs and Ham? My personal favorite is Horton Hatches the Egg. The Springfield Town Library's collection includes many books by Dr. Seuss for you to check out. We even have a cookbook by Georgeanne Brennan entitled Green Eggs and Ham: Recipes Inspired by Dr. Seuss.

You can learn more about Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, by reading one of these biographies:
The Boy on Fairfield Street by Kathleen Krull
Dr. Seuss: Best-Loved Author by Carin T. Ford

The next time you pass through his hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts, visit the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden at the Springfield Museums. Find out more at http://www.catinthehat.org/.