Archive for June, 2009

Summer Book Discussion-Overnight

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Mother/Daughter Book Discussion

Ladies’ Night Out

July 22

Overnight by Adele Griffin

for girls entering grades 4-6

The book discussion will be held in Meeting Room C and will start at 7 PM, lasting 45 minutes.

Register at the Children’s Department desk or call (630) 868-7545.

Copies of Overnight are available in the Children’s Department, either on the shelf or at the desk.

Websites for Kids

Monday, June 29th, 2009

We recently had a program called Websites for Kids where we took a look at some great websites that children would be interested in.  Here are the sites we visited.   They are a mix of fun and games with education and learning. 

ASPCA’s Animaland

http://www.animaland.org

Dav Pilkey’s Extra Crunchy Website O’Fun

http://www.pilkey.com

Giggle Poetry

http://www.gigglepoetry.com/index.aspx

The Lorax Project

http://theloraxproject.com

Mathslice.com

http://www.mathslice.com

National Geographic Kids

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com

Spatulatta

www.spatulatta.com

Yuckiest Site on the Internet

http://yucky.discovery.com

Also, through the Kids’ Room page on our library website, we’ve got some more good websites for kids.  Enjoy!

Fun Facts- June 26

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Did you know June 26, 2009…

is the 35th anniversary of the bar code? (The first item scanned was a pack of Wrigley’s gum)

is Madagascar’s independence day?

is Take Your Dog to Work Day?

is the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, CA?

is children’s author Charlotte Zolotow’s 94th birthday?

Well, it is!  Find more fun facts about holidays, anniversaries, birthdays, and much more in Chase’s Calendar of Events: The Ultimate Go-to Guide for Special Days, Weeks and MonthsChase’s can be found in both the children’s and adult departments of the library.  These are reference books, which means they can’t leave the library but will always be here when you are looking for them.

The Adventures of Lewis and Clark

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Face to Face Production, Ltd.

presents

The Adventures of Lewis and Clark

Thursday, July 9, 2009

2 shows: 1:00 and 3:00

FOR KIDS ONLY GRADES 1-6

Free tickets available at the Children’s Department desk

For more information on the musical adventure program, visit http://www.facetofaceproductions.com/plays/lewisnclark/index.cfm

Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

I have recently fallen in love with Eleanor Roosevelt and, lucky for me, there have been some tremendous biographies that have come out lately all about my heroine!  One of the latest titles is Eleanor, Quiet No More: the Life of Eleanor Roosevelt.  Written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Gary Kelley, Eleanor, Quite No More follows Eleanor’s life story from her childhood through her years at the White House to becoming ”First Lady of the World.”  Each page includes quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt about her life experiences.  The illustrations are inviting and truly capture this remarkable woman and what she accomplished. 

Another wonderful Eleanor Roosevelt biography which came out a few years ago is Our Eleanor: a Scrapbook Look at Eleanor Roosevelt’s Remarkable Life.  This title goes into detail providing time lines, documents, photographs, stories, and much more.

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Read, read, read.

                       William Faulkner

Fun Facts- June 19

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Did you know June 19, 2009…

marks the start of the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival in Avon, Ohio?

is Huck Finn’s Jubliee?

is Emmancipation Day in Texas?

is Garfield’s birthday?

is World Sauntering Day? (the description for this day reads: “A day to revive the lost art of Victorian sauntering and to discourage jogging, lollygagging, sashaying, fast walking and trotting”)

Well, it is!  Find more fun facts about holidays, anniversaries, birthdays, and much more in Chase’s Calendar of Events: The Ultimate Go-to Guide for Special Days, Weeks and MonthsChase’s can be found in both the children’s and adult departments of the library.  These are reference books, which means they can’t leave the library but will always be here when you are looking for them.

Dog Safety

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Wheaton Public Library

and

Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy

present

Dog Safety:

Teaching children how to interact safely with dogs

Wednesday, July 22 at 11:00 a.m.

Children’s Department, Lower Level

Grades K-4 with adult

Free tickets available at Children’s Desk

The goal of this program is to “promote education aimed at the prevention of dog bites and increase child safety in interactions with dogs.”  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, each year in the United States, approximately 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs and more than half of those bitten are under 13 years of age.  From the Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy Dog Safety Program, “Because the high number of dog bites can be reduced by teaching children to behave safely around dogs, Rainbow AAT will target the most vulnerable age group for dog bites: children between the ages of five and nine (grades K-4).”  For more information on Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy, visit http://www.rainbowaat.org/

Stephen Huneck and Sally

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Sally has found her way into our lives here at the library and I wanted to introduce her to you.  She is the heroine of Stephen Huneck’s books.  Sally, inspired by Huneck’s real dog, is a black labrador and each book finds her on a new adventure.  Stephen Huneck, an artist as well as a children’s author, writes and creates the woodcut prints for each book.  His prints are displayed at the Museum of American Folk Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and the American Kennel Club Library. 

 Stephen Huneck has overcome a great deal to become the author and artist of the Sally books.  After a fall down stairs, he developed Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome and went into a coma.  After waking up, he had to learn how to do much in his life all over again.  You can read about his experience in his own words in his easy picture book, My Dog’s BrainMy Dog’s Brain is my favorite book by Stephen Huneck.  He gets into the mind of a dog and tells us what they are really feeling and thinking about.  For anyone who has or had a dog, I think they will find this book very true to life.  His other title are Sally Goes to the Farm, Sally Goes to the Vet, Sally’s Snow Adventure, Sally Gets a Job, Sally Goes to the Beach, Sally Goes to the Mountains, as well as an adult book called The Dog Chapel.

For more information about Stephen Huneck, his artwork, and Sally visit http://www.dogmt.com/.

I hope you enjoy Sally as much as we do!

Monday, June 15th, 2009

The more you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut