Archive for October, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Happy Halloween (one day early)!

Are you looking for some crafts to do this Halloween?  The Crafty Crow: a child’s craft collective has some great ideas for children and adults to help celebrate.  Learn how to make Halloween paper lanterns and wreaths, ghost cookies, bat rings, and much more!

Staff Favorites

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

I’ve asked the staff of the Children’s Department to share some of their favorite titles for children.  I’ll periodically post some of our can’t-live-without books and hope you get the chance to enjoy them as much as we do! 

Click on the titles to find out where they are in our collection.

 Six-Dinner Sid

 Borreguita and the Coyote


 Miss Rumphius

 The Old Woman Who Named Things

 Alice in Wonderland

Famous First Lines

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Can you guess which children’s book this first line comes from?  Give it a try!

“In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines”

Did you guess?  Click here for the answer.

a child’s garden: a story of hope

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

A Child’s Garden: a Story of Hope by Michael Foreman is just that: a beautiful story of hope.  It is the tale of a young boy, living in a rundown community, who discovers a small, green plant growing amid the rubble.  He cares for it and nurtures it until it blooms and is enjoyed by all.  Even though those on the other side of the fence attempt to destroy their happiness, hope prevails when both sides of the fence come together to grow something.


Tuesday, October 20th, 2009


Have you seen the displays in the Children’s Department?  Each month, three children have the chance to display their collections from home here at the library.  This month we have lighthouses, souvenirs from Hawaii, and Transformers.  Learn more about each person’s collection on the Kids’ Room Display of the Month page.

Chris Van Allsburg

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Do you enjoy the books written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg?  If so, I encourage you to check out his website,  Get to know more about Van Allsburg as an author and artist, read his responses to frequently asked questions, and interact with games, puzzles, and coloring sheets.  He has a gallery of other artwork he has done, bookmarks you can download and print, and wallpaper you can choose for your computer.

Want to read some of the books written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg?  Check out our collection here at the library!

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

The other day, we were thinking of  some of our favorite children’s authors’ pen names.

If you could pick a pen name for yourself, what would it be?


Friday, October 9th, 2009

ugandaToday, October 9,  is Uganda’s Independence Day.  Uganda gained independence from Britain in 1962. 

Learn all about Uganda with one of the great databases that we have through the library’s website: Lands & People: Electronic AtlasThis database can be accessed through the Kids’ Room- Homework Help page.  Lands & People  is a helpful resource when working on research and homework projects.  The articles found here contain their source information and can help students cite the source when they have to do a bibliography or “works cited” page in their papers.  Many times, there are additional links and websites to find further information on a particular subject.

We also have a print collection here at the library dealing with Uganda; its history, land, and folklore.

October Birthdays for Children’s Authors and Illustrators

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

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

October 4: Donald Sobol, Robert Lawson

October 5: Louise Fitzhugh, Gene Zion

October 7: Alice Dalgliesh

October 8: R. L. Stine

October 9: Johanna Hurwitz

October 11: Russell Freedman

October 14: Lois Lenski

October 15: Barry Moser

October 16: Edward Ardizzone

October 17: Alan Garner

October 19: Ed Emberley

October 20: David Johnson Leisk (Crockett Johnson)

October 21: Ursula Le Guin

October 23: Marjorie Flack

October 25: Steven Kellogg

October 27: Lillian Morrison

October 31: Katherine Paterson