Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Summer Program Calendars ...

...are ready! We have lots of fun programs, activities, and, of course, books to help you while away the summer days.

Monday, May 19, 2008

In Flanders Fields the Poppies Grow...

Memorial Day is fast approaching. It's a bittersweet holiday for me. I look forward to the unofficial start of summer the holiday provides, but I'm always so moved by the thoughts of the men and women who have served our country, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The holiday provides an opportunity to talk with children about war, peace, and courage, and the library has some books that might help you start a dialogue with your child.

Memorial Day by Trudi Strain Trueit
In Flanders Fields: the Story of the Poem by John McCrae by Linda Granfield
True Stories of the Second World War by Paul Dowswell
True Stories of the First World War by Paul Dowswell
Manneken Pis: the Simple Story of a Boy Who Peed on a War by Vladimir Radunsky
Why War is Never a Good Idea by Alice Walker
The War by Anais Vangelade
Patrol: an American Soldier in Vietnam by Walter Dean Myers
Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigon
Can You Say Peace? by Karen Katz
The Big Book for Peace edited by Ann Durell and Marilyn Sachs

Monday, May 12, 2008

Dance, Dance, Dance

Congratulations to the Dance Factory dancers for a wonderful Mother's Day weekend performance! If you have an interest in dance, you might want to check out the following books in our children's collection:

Ballerina Dreams by Lauren Thompson
Why Sparks Fly: the legend of Dancing Point by Mary Quattlebaum
Tallchief: America's Prima Ballerina by Maria Tallchief
Dance by Elisah Cooper
Savion:My Life in Tap by Savion Glover
Rap a Tap Tap by Leo and Diane Dillon
Tap-Dance Fever by Pat Brison
Mama Had a Dancing Heart by Libba Moore Gray
Hop Jump by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Put your dancing shoes on and get moving!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Spring Music

Early each morning as I walk my dog, we are serenaded by a chorus of birdsong. How lovely this music is! I've been trying to identify birds by their song, but it is a difficult skill to master. There are two very basic books about birdsong in the Children's Collection that make a good introduction to the subject. We also have many nonfiction as well as fiction books about birding. If you and your child(ren) are interested in learning more about birds, take a look at one or all of the books listed below. Help your kid(s) appreciate the beauty and wonder our feathered friends bring to this world.

Bird Songs by Betsy Franco
Bird Talk by Ann Jonas
Backyard Birds by Robert Bateman
Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing the Birds by Jim Arnosky
Crinkleroot's 25 Birds Every Child Shold Know by Jim Arnosky
About Birds by Cathryn Sill
Bird-watching by David Burnie
Birds of North America by Dr. Philip Burton
The Birdwatchers by Simon James
It's a Hummingbird's Life by Irene Kelly
Two Blue Jays by Anne Rockwell

Book Beginnings 3--The Answers

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf as told to Jon Scieska
Sounder by William H. Armstrong
The Teacher's Funeral by Richard Peck