Thursday, March 27, 2008

Henry the Dog with no Tail

Henry the Dog with no Tail by Kate Feiffer tells the story of poor Henry. All his friends have tails but he doesn't. So what does Henry do but try to create one. In the end, Henry learns an important lesson about himself. This is a cute picture book that deals not only with a life lesson but also of dogs which children (and adults) always seem to love!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Tuesday's Movie(s)

Ever wondered what a typical day is like for an 8 year old girl in Ghana? How about a 5 year old in boy in Brazil?

Each film in the Families of the World series focuses on a different country and shows what daily life is like for two children from different families in that country. The films are narrated by children and everything is shown from the kids' perspective - you'll learn what it's like to go to school in another country, what kind of games kids like to play, and what kind of chores they do to help their families. Watch and compare the lives of kids around the world to your own - you may even want to make your own film showing what it's like to be a kid where you live!

Check 'em out! They are shelved in J non-fiction, on top of the bookshelf in the 900's.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

March Matinees

Are you looking for something to do while on Spring Break? The library has some movies and popcorn to keep you busy while school is out!

Visit us this week at 2 p.m. for:

Hoot on Tuesday
The Thief Lord on Wednesday
Surf's Up on Thursday

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Tuesday's Movie

In The Greatest Game Ever Played, based on the true story of the 1913 U.S. Open golf championship, we meet young Francis Ouimet, a boy from a working class family in Massachusetts. Francis dreams of playing golf, but, as it is a game reserved for the upper class, he contents himself with working as a caddy until he unexpectedly given a chance to compete as an amateur. Against all odds, but with the encouragement of his mother and a loud-mouthed 10-year old caddy, Ouimet goes up against the world's greatest player, and Francis's idol, Harry Vardon.

Exciting, moving, and funny, The Greatest Game Ever Played will definitely appeal to golf lovers and also those who enjoy inspiring underdog sports movies like Miracle and Remember the Titans.

Rated PG.

Monday, March 17, 2008

About a Book - Wolf Brother

Wolf Brother, the first book in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series, is part wilderness survival story, part adventure, part fantasy. Torak lives in a prehistoric forest some 6,000 years ago, and his father (Fa) has just been killed by a bear posessed by an evil demon spirit who, if not stopped, will destroy the entire forest. Before Fa dies, Torak swears an oath to his father, which begins his journey to learn of his very unusual destiny. Torak receives an unlikely guide along the way - a wolf cub who has also lost his family to the bear. The fact that Torak and the wolf can speak to each other indicates Torak's mysterious destiny, and also the secrets of his past.

Wolf Brother is also a nominee for the 2009 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award. If you like it, check out the sequels: Spirit Walker and Soul Eater. (There will be more to come!) This is a great series to suggest for fans of adventure stories and also fans of fantasy like Harry Potter.

Check out Wolf Brother today - in print or on audio cd!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

D4D Encore April 5 10-Noon

Welcome spring with the "GROW A READER" family reading program! We won't miss the winter cold & snow, but we will miss our Saturdays with families! Once again we had a great winter of Day 4 Donuts, with lots of families visiting the library on Saturday mornings. Thanks to all of our great patrons for making this such a rewarding program! We would also like to thank Georgi, who volunteered her time almost every Saturday & really helped things go smoothly. And a huge THANK YOU to Blue Max Coffee, for once again providing coffee and scones. As soon as the "Thank You" creation, which many children contributed to, is finished, we'll post a photo of it here and take it to Blue Max.

We will be hosting an encore D4D on April 5 from 10-Noon to kick off our Spring Family Reading program, "Grow a Reader." Come join us in a seed planting project - more information coming soon!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Tuesday's Movie

If you're looking for a good Shakespeare adaptation for kids, check out Shakespeare 4Kidz' versions of the plays Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream. The productions remain true to the original storylines, but include rocking musical numbers and adapted language.

These are filmed versions of play productions, so they have the feel of watching a play on the tv. Recommended for older grade school kids and teens.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Tuesday's Movie

If you like animated movies and really weird and wacky humor, "Teacher's Pet" might be just right for you. Leonard is a fourth-grade boy and Spot is his faithful dog, but Spot longs for something more. He wants to go to school! He wants to learn! He wants to be a real boy! Wearing a pair of glasses and a beanie cap, Spot enters Leonard's classroom as Scott Lead-Ready II and quickly becomes the teacher's pet.

On the last day of school, just when Leonard and Scott/Spot are getting excited to enjoy their summer off together, Leonard learns he is traveling with his mother to sunny Florida - and NO DOGS ALLOWED. Spot is heartbroken. Then he hears about Dr. Ivan Krank, the mad scientist who can turn animals into humans, and who lives in - where else? Florida! So, "disguised" as Scott Lead-Ready II, Spot hitches a ride with Leonard and his mom, and they are all in for the goofiest adventure you ever saw.

The slapstick comedy and crazy happenings will totally appeal to kids - but don't worry, the parents will be laughing out loud, too.

Rated PG.

Monday, March 3, 2008

About a Book - Gossamer

Have you ever wondered where dreams come from? In Gossamer, a fantasy novel by Lois Lowry, we enter the world of the dream-givers - tiny imaginary creatures who bestow dreams on humans. The dream-givers gather memories by touching everyday objects, and then weave these memories into dreams. Littlest One is a tiny and curious dream-giver, assigned to a home where a lonely woman and an abused boy are forging a friendship. Littlest One weaves dreams to bring them strength and healing, but must fight against the Sinisteeds, deranged dream-givers who bestow nightmares that bring fear and sadness.

If you like Lowry's other novels, including The Giver, you might enjoy this book, which was just announced as a nominee for the 2009 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award.

We also have this book in audio format!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

New Books

Starting this week you can visit the Children's Services Page on the Library website to see a selection of new titles that have been added to the collection this month. This list includes a picture of the cover, a brief summary, and you can also click from the list right to our catalog to see if the title is on the shelf or place a hold.

Click Here for New Titles

Don't forget to check out our new titles on display on the shelf in front of the DVD's