Just for Kids

Story Hour: We Know Our ABCs and 123s!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 11:27 Written by
You'll often hear us signing the alphabet song at Story Hour, but did you know we had a whole Story Hour theme on ABCs and 123s? All the books were about counting and the alphabet! We laughed at the interrupting moose in one of our new favorites, Z is for…

Dinosaurs Galore!

Monday, 22 July 2013 14:00 Written by
If you heard roaring in the Children's Library recently, your ears weren't deceiving you. It was our Story Hour about dinosaurs! Eager participants aged 3-5 got their nametags and found a comfortable spot to sing, spell, and listen together to books about their favorite giant lizards. Some loved the bright…

For aspiring young artists...

Thursday, 15 November 2012 00:00 Written by
How to Draw Princesses and Ballerinas and How to Draw Fairies and Mermaids Published by Usborne Reviewed by Children's Library volunteer Carole Black Usborne has published two instructive books entitled How to Draw Princesses and Ballerinas and How to Draw Fairies and Mermaids, that provide a clear, step by step…

Learn to read and write with our favorite new pup!

Saturday, 10 November 2012 00:00 Written by
Rocket Learns to Read by Tad Hills Reviewed by Children’s Library volunteer, Carole Black Rocket Writes a Story is Tad Hills' second  story about Rocket, a loveable  puppy who learns about letters, sounding out words, sharing ideas and reading stories with his chirpy encouraging teacher, the little yellow bird. Having…

Meet Champ

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 10:31 Written by
A little over a month ago, a very curious young patron asked for all the books we have in the Children's Library about hamsters. "I'm going to get a hamster for my birthday," he said "and I need to know how to take care of one." He ended up taking…

New Historical Fiction for Kids

Wednesday, 09 May 2012 16:56 Written by
John, Paul, George & Ben: Written and illustrated by Lane Smith Reviewed by Children’s Library Volunteer Kristen Crans If you are looking for a fun and interesting way to introduce your child to the United States of America’s founding fathers, then look no further.  John, Paul, George & Ben is…
Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet, by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser Reviewed by Children's Library volunteer Carole Black Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet is a true to life tale about friendship and the trials and tribulations of auditioning and performing in a ballet.  Nancy and her…

Go Green for Earth Day!

Friday, 20 April 2012 17:45 Written by
Let the Lorax help you introduce your kids to being green, while Lane Smith reminds us just how wonderful nature can be. Scroll down for a few other recommended reads and links to a some great green ideas for children on Earth Day or any day. Grandpa Green by Lane…

Just in: Beginning Chapter Books

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 17:13 Written by
Ling and Ting, by Grace Lin Reviewed by Children's Library volunteer Sarah Grandin Ling and Ting are twin girls, but as the subtitle of the book states, they are "Not Exactly the Same." After reading the book to Lucy, age 6, I asked her how she thought the two were…

Heart-Warming New Reads

Wednesday, 07 March 2012 11:22 Written by
Check out a few of the new releases that have just arrived in the Children's Library. These beautifully illustrated picture books are perfect to keep you busy during the last few days of winter... The Robot and the Bluebird, by David Lucas Reviewed by Children's Library volunteer Carole Black A…

Celebrate Black History Month

Saturday, 18 February 2012 18:10 Written by
February is Black History Month in the US. Take this opportunity to explore the civil rights movement and black history with your kids using some great reads from the Children's Library. We have a wide selection of age appropriate materials about American heroes and iconic figures including Rosa Parks, Martin…

Little Rat Makes Music

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 12:59 Written by
Little Rat Makes Music, by Monika Bang-Campbell, Illustrated by Molly Bang Reviewed by Liz Gomes Little Rat wants to learn how to play the violin and make wonderful music like what she hears in concerts. But for her to do so, she needs to practice, which is not so easy,…

Edwina the Emu

Wednesday, 21 December 2011 16:31 Written by
Written by Sheena Knowles and Rod Clement Reviewed by Children's Library volunteer Carole Black Edwina tries to find ways to provide for her growing family after she lays 10 emu eggs in the nest she shares with Edward at the zoo. She has several courageous interactions with humans as she…

For Cat Lovers, Big and Small

Thursday, 08 December 2011 15:35 Written by
Cats, Cats, Cats! written by Lesléa Newman illustrated by Erika Oller Reviewed by Children's Library volunteer: Christel Prestidge This is a charming, loving, warming and fuzzy tale of the relationship between Mrs. Brown and her 60 adorable cats. Mrs. Brown loves each of her cats. She pets, feeds, combs each…

Salting the Ocean

Thursday, 01 December 2011 15:59 Written by
Salting the Ocean, with poems selected by Naomi Shihab Nye Reviewed by Children's Library volunteer Marcia Lèbre Salting the Ocean is a collection of 100 poems written by 100 children who wrote their poems in grades 1-12. They are not famous and now are dentists, dancers, teachers, students and construction…

We're Thankful for Thanksgiving!

Thursday, 24 November 2011 15:34 Written by
Thanksgiving is here! This American holiday celebrated on the third Thursday of each November is a chance to remind ourselves about all of the great things we have to be thankful for (and of course, it means there's a fantastic feast full of fall foods). This past week, kids, teens…

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids

Wednesday, 23 November 2011 10:29 Written by
These great kid's books (new in the Children's Library) will help you introduce your child to yoga and movement. The ABCs of Yoga, Written by Teresa Anne Power, illustrated by Kathleen Reitz Reviewed by Children's Department volunteer Carole Black The ABCs of Yoga for Kids includes a rhyming introduction to…

Inheritance is in!

Wednesday, 09 November 2011 11:10 Written by
The fourth book in the Inheritance Cycle has just arrived at the Library! Inheritance, the fourth installment following Eragon, Eldest and Brisingr, was just released yesterday. You check find it in the Children's Library under J PAO, or put the book on hold using the online catalog.

Did a Dinosaur Drink this Water?

Thursday, 03 November 2011 14:07 Written by
Did a Dinosaur Drink this Water? by Robert E. Wells Reviewed by Children's Library volunteer Elizabeth Harkins In this colorfully illustrated tale, we are invited to join two friends as they travel across time and space learning about the water cycle. They start off pouring a cup of water into…

Boo-tiful Books for Halloween

Friday, 28 October 2011 14:50 Written by
Halloween is almost here! We've got our pumpkins carved, and our costumes are ready for the Library's festivities tomorrow, but you may still be looking for some good Halloween books to read to get in the spirit of things. Here are some recommendations for great Halloween reads: - Celeste Rhoads…
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