Archive for December, 2009

Movies at the Library

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009


Monday, January 18 at 1:00 p.m. 

The most delicious event since macaroni met cheese. Inspired by the beloved children’s book, the film focuses on a town where food falls from the sky like rain. 

(90 minutes; rated PG)  

grades 1 to adult 

Free tickets available at the Children’s Department desk. 

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The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

I just finished reading The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O’Connor and found it quite touching.  Popeye is a lonely young man with nothing to do until a motor home gets stuck next door to his grandmother’s house.  The motor home is full of curly-haired children and it is the eldest, Elvis, who takes Popeye down the creek and off on a small adventure to find the source of little boats that come floating down the stream.

Winter Break

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Looking for things to do as a family over winter break?  Let the library help!

Tickets are still available for both of our movies in December at the Children’s Department desk.  These are free tickets!

Take advantage of the Museum Adventure Pass to visit Chicagoland area museums.

Come to the library or go online to browse through our collection of books, audio books, movies, music, and much more! 

We have some winter craft books full of good ideas to pass the time.  Here are some of the titles:

 Step-by-Step Crafts for Winter by Kathy Ross

  Winter Day Play!  Activities, Crafts, and Games for Indoors and Out by Nancy Castaldo

  Crafts to Make in the Winter by Kathy Ross


Friday, December 11th, 2009

Have you ever wanted to run the circus or a zoo?

Do you cheer aloud when Horton hears a who?

If you have a kind heart like Cindy Lou Who

(who was no more than two),

have I got a website for you!

Movies at the Library!

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009


Tuesday, December 29 at 1:00 p.m.

78 year-old Carl sets off on a balloon adventure of a lifetime to find his lost childhood dreams in this animated movie.

(96 minutes; rated PG)

 Grades 1 through adult

 Free tickets available at the Children’s Department Desk.

Famous First Lines

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

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

“All children, except one, grow up.”

Did you guess?  Check here for the answer.

Snow! Snow! Snow! Snow! Snow!

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

These last few days, it has been so nice to see a few snowflakes whirling about in the wind.  In light of the upcoming weather, I’ve put together some favorite snowy-time tales.  I hope you enjoy them!

snow  Snow by Uri Shulevitz

  White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt

  Winter Poems selected by Barbara Rogasky


  The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel

  Toot & Puddle: Let it Snow by Holly Hobbie

  The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

  Thomas’ Snowsuit by Robert Munsch

  The Lemon Sisters by Andrea Cheng

  Flannel Kisses by Linda Crotta Brennan

December Birthdays for Children’s Authors and Illustrators

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

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

December 1: Jan Brett

December 2: David Macaulay

December 8: Padraic Colum, James Thurber

December 9: Jean de Brunhoff, Joel Chandler Harris

December 10: Rumer Godden, George MacDonald, Ernest Shepard

December 11: William Joyce

December 14: Rosemary Sutcliff

December 16: Quentin Blake, Bill Brittain, Marie Hall Ets

December 18: Marilyn Sachs

December 19: Eve Bunting

December 20: M.B. Goffstein

December 22: Jerry Pinkney

December 23: Avi

December 24: Noel Streatfeild

December 27: Ingri Parin D’Aulaire

December 29: Molly Garrett Bang

December 30: Rudyard Kipling, Mercer Mayer