Tuesday, April 26, 2011

New DVDs for Preschoolers

When you are looking for some quality preschool TV time consider some of our new titles. We have recently added Yo Gabba, Gabba! and WorldWorld to our collection. Yo Gabba, Gabba! combines colorful high-energy creatures, cool music, and positive stories that emphasize social skills and fun interactions.

WordWorld is an Emmy-winning and Department of Education endorsed TV program from PBS Kids. Letters and words come alive through stories involving the adventures of lively, warm animal characters. These adventures explore the everyday world of mailing letters or going on a first bike ride.

In addition, we have multiple titles of Sesame Street, the gold standard for preschool TV, and other series including SuperWhy? and Reading Rainbow. With DVDs, you can control the particular episode you wish to see and you will eliminate commercials, public service announcements, or pledge drives. Come check out our collection!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Go Green with Arthur for Earth Day!

RFPL's Laona Fleischer had the opportunity to meet Arthur creator Marc Brown earlier this month! Just in time for Earth Day, Marc Brown has released Arthur Turns Green, a new story about the loveable aardvark. Arthur shows his friends that there are easy things they can do each day to help the planet. Check out a review in School Library Journal.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


To kickoff National Library Week (April 10-16), we had our 2nd annual Librarypalooza last Friday. It was another great turnout! Families created a paper sculpture, bowled in the library stacks, played giant games, listened to the juggling storyteller Chris Fascione and folksinger Rick Pickren, ate ice cream, and, of course, checked out books and movies. Hurray for libraries! Folksinger Rick Pickren: The ice cream social crew: Community Paper Sculpture BEFORE the fun begins... and AFTER--we created a collective art piece!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Fire Station Tour

Ms. Ellen and a group of our RFPL patrons had a great time this past Thursday touring the River Forest Fire Station. The group got to meet a few of River Forest's heroes including Lt. Bentel. The group also got a look at some of the equipment firefighters use to do their jobs. The tour included a look at where these firefighters sleep and eat while at the station.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Puzzle Day at River Forest Library!

Families had fun doing puzzles today in the children's room! The Puzzle Day was one of our activities for "Tune In to Your Community & Tune Out TV." You can find a calendar of events and more at the TV Tune Out blog. Screen-free activities are happening through April 17 in Forest Park, River Forest, and Oak Park.

Working on a challenging geometric block puzzle:

Kids creating their own puzzles:
Puzzle fun--piecing it together!