Archive for September, 2009

Johnny Appleseed

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Saturday, September 26 is Johnny Appleseed’s birthday!  The Wheaton Public Library has books, audio books, and movies all about the legend of Johnny Appleseed.  Find out what we have here.


And what better time than now, at the beginning of fall, to start thinking about apples!  There is a wonderful book, How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman, that takes the reader on an adventure around the world to gather the ingredients that go into an apple pie.  At the end of the book, find a recipe to make your own apple pie.  Here is a great recipe for one of my favorite desserts, sour cream apple pie.

The New and Improved

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

untitled, a website created by author Jon Scieszka to promote literacy among guys, has a brand-new look!  Check out new sections including “Guy Downloads” where kids can download bookmarks, bookplates, and more.  There is also a blog and a resource section that includes their mission statement, websites and “guys in the press.”  Find great books for guys at all different reading levels in all different areas of interests.  I’ve recommended this website a lot in the past and have found it exceedingly helpful.  Happy exploring!

Fall Storytime and Reading with Rover Registration

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Registration for Fall Storytime and Reading with Rover is just a week away!  Sign up for classes beginning Wednesday, September 30th by either coming to the library or calling the Children’s Department programming phone: (630) 868-7545. 

Here’s the Storytime class schedule for the fall session.  A link to the calendar is available on this page as well.  This is a 6 week session that runs from October 5th through November 13th.

Reading with Rover is also a 6 week session that runs from October 10th through November 14th.  For more information about the program and time slots, visit the Reading with Rover page on our website.

Bookmark schedules are available at the Children’s Department desk.  For both Storytime and Reading with Rover registration, a Wheaton Public Library card is required.

P.S.  There is one more class for our drop-in storytime.  3, 4, and 5 years olds can join us Thursday, September 24th at 2pm for some great books.


Friday, September 18th, 2009

Did you know Saturday, September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day?

Read up on pirates here at the library and practice your Arrrrrrghs.  We have pirate books all over the Children’s Department.  Here are some favorites:

Pirate by Richard Platt

How I Became a Pirate and Pirates Don’t Change Diapers by Melinda Long

Pirates: Facts, Things to Make, Activities by Rachel Wright

Edward and the Piratesby David McPhail

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Friday, September 11th, 2009

booksaleThe Friends of the Library 2009 Used Book Sale is here again!  The schedule for this year is as follows:

Thursday, September 24, 6-9pm: Friends Members Preview (Day of Sale  Membership $25.00)

Friday, September 25, 10am-6pm: Open Admission

Saturday, September 26, 9am-5pm: Open Admission

Sunday, September 27, 1-5pm: Bargain Day!  Half-price or less!

If you would like to donate to the book sale, bring you donations to the library until September 22nd.  To find out what the book sale can accept and not accept, you can visit the Friends of the Wheaton Public Library page.  This page also has additional information about the sale.   Happy bargain hunting!

Children’s Magazines

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Did you know that the Children’s Department subscribes to a variety of magazines for children?  Located near the non-fiction section in the Children’s Department, we have 50 different magazine subscriptions waiting to be checked out.  They can be checked out for two weeks at a time.  The most recent issue stays of the shelf for everyone to read but lift the shelves to find all of the back issues that can be taken home.  There are magazines for guys (Boy’s Life, for example), gals (Discovery Girls), little ones (Babybug), as well as the whole family (Family Fun)!

Magazines like Calliope, Cobblestone, Faces, Muse, and National Geographic Kids make for great homework help.

One of my favorite magazines, Dig, is all about archaeology and ancient civilizations.  Their website, is a great place to go for more information, quizzes, games, links and much, much more!

Speaking of websites, some magazine entries in our online catalog have direct links to the magazines’ websites. 

Here’s a list of the magazine subscriptions for the Children’s Department.  Have fun checking them out!

Willoughby & the Lion

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Willoughby & the Lion is one of the newest books by Greg Foley.  Foley is also the author of Don’t Worry Bear, Good Luck Bear, and Thank You BearWilloughby & the Lion follows the story of a boy who is granted ten wishes by a golden lion.  Though he uses his wishes selfishly at first, Willoughby has a change of heart and chooses to use his gift to help a friend.  The illustrations, a mix of gold and black, are eye-catching and intriguing.  There is also a special surprise at the end of the book for the children.

September Birthdays for Children’s Authors and Illustrators

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Here is a list of authors and illustrators who have their birthdays this month.  Check out some of their books to celebrate!

September 1: Jim Arnosky

September 2: Demi

September 4: Joan Aiken, Syd Hoff

September 5: Paul Fleischman

September 8: Jack Prelutsky

September 11: Anthony BrowneAlfred Slote

September 13: Roald Dahl, Else Minarik

September 14: Edith Thacher Hurd, John Steptoe

September 15: Tomie DePaola, Robert McCloskey

September 16: H.A. Rey

September 19: Arthur Rackham

September 21: Taro Yashima

September 22: Esphyr Slobodkina

September 23: Jan Ormerod

September 27: Paul Goble, Bernard Waber

September 30: Edgar D’Aulaire, Alvin Tresselt

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