Archive for December, 2010

Dave Herzog Presents Stars on Strings

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010


Dave Herzog’s Marionettes Presents

Stars on Strings

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

11 a.m. (45 minutes)

Lower Level, Large Meeting Room

Dave Herzog’s Marionettes presents Stars on Strings, featuring favorite marionette acts from 37 years of touring.

Free tickets are available at the Children’s Department desk.

Jim Gill

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Jim Gill’s Family Room Tour
Saturday, January 8
10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Large Meeting Room, Lower Level

For preschool children with adult.

Clap, jump, and dance along as Jim plays songs from his award-winning recordings for young children !

Movie at the Library

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Monday, January 17 at 1:00 p.m.
A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. (98 minutes; Rated PG)
Free tickets available at the Children’s Department desk.

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New Year’s Eve Bingo

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Wheaton Public Library Presents

New Year’s Eve Bingo!

Pick up a BINGO card and listen for your lucky numbers!

Fun prizes will be awarded!

Friday, December 31st


All Ages- Children under 7 assisted by an adult

Lower Level, Large Meeting Room

Free tickets are now available at the Children’s Department desk

Holiday Hours

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Here is a link to the Wheaton Public Library’s holiday hours  for the next couple of weeks.

Happy Holidays!


Monday, December 20th, 2010

Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26-January 1.  To learn more about the holiday or to find some stories to read, check out the Wheaton Public Library catalog.  Here are some searches that will get you results:


Kwanzaa Decorations

Kwanzaa Drama

Kwanzaa Fiction

Kwanzaa Songs and Music

Books to Buy

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

This time of year people like to give the gift of books to children.  ALSC (Association for Library Services to Children) listserve subscribers came up with some resources to aid in book giving!

* Guide Book to Gift Books: An Annotated List of Books for Youth

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

* Books as Gifts–Holiday Buying Guide

Reading Rockets

* 105 Ideas for Book Gifting

MotherReader Blog


Monday, December 13th, 2010

Christmas is December 25th.  If you are looking for information about Christmas or want some stories to read, check out the Wheaton Public Library catalog.  Here are some subject search terms that will get you results:


Christmas Cookery

Christmas Decorations

Christmas Films

Christmas Folklore

Christmas Music

Christmas Plays

Christmas Poetry

Christmas Stories

Word After Word After Word

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

  Patricia MacLachlan is one of my favorite authors.  Sarah, Plain and Tall, Journey, Baby, All the Places to Love, Once I Ate a Pie, Arthur, For the Very First Time, Three Names, and What You Know First are but a few of the wonderful titles in MacLachlan’s collection.  Word After Word After Word , her most recent title, is a tremendous book about writing and is worthy of a place among MacLachlan’s collected works.  Read what the reviewers had to say:

Booklist Reviews
*Starred Review* Ms. Mirabel, a visiting poet, works with a fourth-grade class over several weeks as they first discuss why people write poetry and then attempt to express themselves in verse. “I, myself, write to change my life, to make it come out the way I want it to,” states Ms. Mirabel and thus, she becomes a catalyst for the students’ growing awareness in writing and gives them a means to cope with changes in their lives. Narrator Lucy, whose mother is recovering from cancer treatments, often meets her friends to talk about their hopes, their fears, their families, and their charismatic poetry mentor. Children reading the book may long for such friends, who talk so openly about serious matters, support each other in direct and indirect ways, and find plenty to laugh about, too. As the story draws to a close, even the adults in their lives are drawn into the magical power of words. Showing great respect for both her readers and her craft, Newbery Award winner MacLachlan makes every word count in Lucy’s smooth-flowing, economical narrative. Though a number of characters cry along the way, the story is anything but sad, and even poignant is too soppy an adjective for the swift, subtle depiction of characters’ realizations, revelations, and connections. A memorable chapter book.
BookPage Reviews
Changing lives with words Why do people write? To express themselves? To reach others? To inspire? Whatever the reasons, five fourth graders in Miss Cash’s class are about to get the lessons of their lives—courtesy of visiting author Ms. Mirabel.Ms. Mirabel brings with her not only a melodious name and ebullient spirit, but what she calls “magical words.” And BFFs Lucy, Henry, Evie, Russell and May are spellbound—both by having such an interesting visitor and by learning how to tell their own stories, word after word after word.“I, myself, write to change my life, to make it come out the way I want it to,” Ms. Mirabel tells the kids. But she encourages them to find their own words and their own reasons for putting pen to paper.One of the kids faces family relationship issues. Another deals with a serious family illness. All of them, however, share their stories underneath the lilac bush at Henry’s house after school. And that’s where the magical words fill their notebooks with the poems and prose that reflect their own lives.

In Word After Word After Word, Patricia MacLachlan weaves a gentle, funny story about five friends, their camaraderie and the words that ultimately stir each of them. Ms. Mirabel’s encouragement is a timeless—and well-stated—lesson in creative writing.

Copyright 2010 BookPage Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews
Lucy, whose mom has cancer, and her friends are inspired by a visiting author who writes “to change my life, to make it come out the way I want it to.” At the end, everyone’s parents read the students’ writings, and change happens. Though the children’s interactions are too mannered to be believable, readers may be swept along by this feel-good story. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Publishers Weekly Reviews
MacLachlan (Edward’s Eyes) delivers a strong, spare novel about the power of writing to transform. When a famous writer visits a fourth-grade classroom, she helps five friends discover how writing can help make sense of their lives. Many of the most humorous scenes emerge in contrast, such as when Russell asks about outlines and the author dismisses them, advice that clearly contradicts that of the frowning teacher (“Miss Cash closed her eyes as if her head hurt”). The writer’s flamboyant enthusiasm appeals, but the five friends and their quiet, realistic journeys are the star, including Lucy, who “doesn’t think her life is very interesting,” except for sadness about her mother’s cancer, and Evie, who longs to set up her newly separated father and invents a flirtatious character for a new neighbor, only to learn the woman is a nun. Fans of MacLachlan will recognize her work among the excerpts read by the visiting author. The writing produced by the characters effectively complements their development, and the novel’s message that everyone has a story in them should inspire readers to explore that idea firsthand. Ages 8–12. (May)[Page ]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews
Gr 2–5—When a writer spends six weeks in a fourth-grade classroom, Lucy begins to understand the power of the written word. Colorful Ms. Mirabel introduces the students to the idea that writing can change their lives and inspires them to find their own stories and to write them. Lucy doesn’t believe her life is interesting enough to write about, but Ms. Mirabel insists that everyone has an important tale to tell. She begins by reading passages from famous pieces of literature that eloquently describe places, characters, and moments in time. After school, Lucy and her friends Evie, Henry, and Russell discuss the tumultuous events that have shaped their own lives, including Lucy’s mother’s cancer, Evie’s parents’ divorce, and the death of Henry’s dog. MacLachlan creates marvelous characters, children who can empathize with and support one another and who produce amazing poetry that captures their sadness and courage. The result is a tale that draws readers into a dichotomous world that is serious and lighthearted, sad and happy, real and unreal. Children will enjoy the lively characters and warm friendships depicted in this early chapter book, and it will make a memorable read-aloud to help teach the important story elements that will encourage young readers and writers to explore the world of words as they find their own voices.—Carole Phillips, Greenacres Elementary School, Scarsdale, NY

The Best of 2010

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Check out the new addition to the Kids’ Page!  Kirkus Reviews put out the Best of 2010 for Children’s and Teens!  Find out what made their list!