Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Hey Library  Friends!  It's me, Kathy from Youth Services at MRL, on the lookout for great books to share with you from our collection.  What a great fall we had!  The weather was great and I don't know about you but I got to sit on my porch swing and read in the sunshine for many more days than I had hoped.  Yay!
 But now we're gearing up for the holidays and cold weather and it's going to be great.  You know, in Iceland there is a tradition of giving books to each other on Christmas Eve.  After exchanging,  everyone snuggles down and enjoys their book through the cold winter evening.  Sounds magical to me so maybe we should start looking for great books to share with family and friends and start our own tradition.  Here are some ideas to begin with.

 First of all, for you older kids and adults.   It's Middle-Earth time!  
The Chldren of Hurin

is a  wonderful book is by J.R.R. Tolkien who is the author of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbitt.  It was put together into book form by his son, Christopher Tolkien  as it was originally in manuscript version  This story takes place long before the other two books and may help readers understand what eventually happens in their stories.  I really liked it's flow and manageable size and since I love the stories of middle earth, I was completely drawn in.This book is for kids in the 6-9th grade range.  You will really like it if you are into fantasy.

For a totally different type of story, we have Jack and Louise.  This one jumped out at me because it is about two teenagers who love musical theater!  And musical theater is a passion of mine.  These two kids meet when the boy  (who has actually been on Broadway)  moves to the town where he encounters the girl who would love to learn to do theater but is too afraid. This is just book 1 so there are two others to read and enjoy as they learn about performing arts and also aboout each other.  It has a very light-hearted, humorous tone and is easy to read read (Book Level 5.7) even though the material is geared toward 6-9th graders.   So grab it quick before someone else does!

 Now let's turn to some picture books.  Although this one is in that category, It is for kids in the 3rd-4th grade.  It's called
 I Said No!.  This book is based on the real-life experience of a mother whose 5 year old son encountered some bullying to engage in inappropriate touching by a friend at a party.  Although this mom had thought she had taught her son well, she realized after his "incident" that she had omitted some important things such as what to do when the adult you tell doesn't listen or take it seriously.  Or what happens when it is your best friend who tries it.  The mother is an Early Childhood teacher and was appalled at the things that she didn't think about when teaching her son about protecting his privacy and his own body.  She wrote this book to help herself and others.  

 And finally, a sweet book for grades Pres- 1st  but with a 3.5 grade book level, we have The Little Scarecrow Boy.  What I personally loved was first, the cute little scarecrow, but also the effort by the scarecrow boy to be just like his daddy.  Our parents are our first teachers and we hope that it is a positive experience and in this case, the scarecrow remembered and tried the things his dad taught him.  Sometimes it is easy to forget how powerful that experience really is.  

Hopefully I've sparked an interest in one of these books or something like them.  Come see us and we'll help you find these or anything else you might enjoy.   That's what we're here for !!!  Really...it is!!!

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

More books!

Hey library friends!  It's me, Kathy from Youth Services at MRL , on the lookout for great books to share with you from our collection. It's been very busy around Children's Services the past few weeks.  Of course our Fangtastic Festival was a great success so I hope you were able to join us.  We had a very large crowd and even though we could not get everyone into the Bard room to see the Madcap puppets, people were so pleasant and understanding.  Thank you!  In additional , those people took advantage of all other activities in the library until trick or treat and the games began. It was geat.

Please remember that we have numerous programs coming up for school-age kids such as our weekly after-school Thursday activitiy.  This week is STEM with Miss Rhiannon where you'll be exploring science and math while having fun.  And next Thursday will be free-form Legos!  ALso the second Saturday this month is creative Craft time.  All of these are free and do not require registration so please drop in and join us.

Okay, on to books.....the main event!  

 My first book to show and tell is Such a Silly Baby by Steffanie and Richard Long. 

This book is truly silly and sweet but what I liked the most was the opportunity for babies and their big person to imitate animal sounds throughout the book just like the baby in the story is doing.  The verses have a light easy rhyme to them and can be read in a variety of voices and loudness levels which makes it more exciting for the little ones.  The illustrations are fairly busy so a younger baby might prefer to listen to the story more than look at the pages.  It is just a very happy book.

The next book is a chapter book called Crenshaw  by Katherine Applegate.This book has a book level (aka reading level)  of 3.8 which means it is for those who read at 3rd grade 8th month level.  But it's Grade level of interest would go from 4th-6th grade.  A book for younger readers who like a little older content.  ANYWAY...It is about a very very large cat who is an imaginary friend for a young boy with some pretty big worries.  I love cats , well, animals in general, so I'm drawn to stories that give animals voices, opinions and human-actions.  And this cat is really something.  And look at his size in the picture I posted! 

That's my two books for this week.  I hope you find something you'd like to read in one of my posts.  And check back often for "stuff" on my blog.  You just never know what I'll find!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Fangtastic Fall Festival Pics

Our MRL Fangtastic Festival was a lot of fun! Here are some pictures of the festivities. Thanks to all who came!