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    by Kris L | Apr 30, 2017

     

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    This May marks the 98th anniversary of Children’s Book Week, an annual celebration of ... you guessed it! ... CHILDREN’S BOOKS and the love of reading.

    What better place to celebrate Children's Book Week than the library?

    Activities at the Georgetown Branch Library include:

    • All week, May 1-7th -- Cast your vote for the Children’s Choice Book Awards
    • All week, May 1-7th -- Free official Children’s Book Week Activity Posters, while supplies last
    • Monday, May 1st -- 7:00 pm -- Family Fun Night featuring Book Bingo
    • Thursday, May 4th -- 10:15 am AND 11:00 am -- Family Storytime
    • Saturday, May 6th -- Free Comic Book Day with Superhero Storytime & Training at 2:00pm

    Activities in Children’s Services at the Main Library include:

    • Wednesday, May 3rd -- 3:30 to 4:30 -- Minecraft Masters
    • Thursday, May 4th -- 3:30 to 4:30 -- LEGO Club
    • Thursday, May 4th -- 6:30 to 7:30 -- Paws to Read
    • Friday, May 5th -- 10:00 to 10:25 -- Baby Storytime
    • Friday, May 5th -- 10:30 to 10:55 -- Toddler Storytime
    • Friday, May 5th -- 11:00 to 11:25 -- Toddler Storytime
    • Saturday, May 6th -- 10:00 to 3:00 -- Free Comic Book Day with activities throughout the day!
    by Katie B. | Apr 29, 2017

    Cherry Blossom Festival

    Sunday May 7th

    Kamishibai Storytelliing


    It is time again for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival at the Main Library!  Here in Children’s Services we will have our own FREE festival fun with crafts and traditional Kamishibai storytelling. 

    In the program room from 12-4 pm, you can make your own koinobori windsock, a notan collage, a beautiful cherry blossom drawing, and other festival-related activities.  We will also have storytelling at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 4:30 under the reading tower. 
    Be sure to come by and visit us!
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    by Teresa W. | Apr 27, 2017

    Two of our younger customers (along with their grown-ups who elected not to be photographed) are sorting toy fruits and vegetables by color in the Early Learning Center of the Children’s Services department of the ACPL Main Library.

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    Sorting is one of many ways to develop math and language skills. Besides that, it’s fun.

    Play is a child’s work, and children learn even more when you play and talk with them. The Early Learning Center is open for children ages 6 and younger and their grown-ups to play together from 9 am to 8 pm, Mondays through Thursdays; 9 am to 5:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays; and noon to 5 pm, Sundays.

    Hope to see you there!

    by Dawn Stoops | Apr 24, 2017

    I took this new graphic novel home over the weekend, to rave reviews.
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    CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington is an adventure story featuring cat astronauts. These space cats have to save the world from a power shortage by racing to the moon to harness solar energy and send it back to Earth. From looking at the cover, I thought the story of cats as astronauts was going to be a comical romp with silly situations and cat themed humor. It does have funny moments, but as my father-in-law commented “This is right out of Apollo 13”. If it were a movie it would be in the drama section, not the comedy section.

    What did the four and five year old think? They would have sat through all 10 chapters in one sitting if they had gotten their way. They enjoyed the pictures and followed along with the dialog, asking questions in that way young readers naturally do. It was a hit. After I told them there was a second in the series called CatStronauts: Race to Mars, I had my mission for Monday morning. The world, at my house, is depending on me.
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    by Dawn S | Apr 20, 2017
    The library's summer program - Just One More Page - starts June 1st!
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    Today I got my huge pile of summer program fliers to hand out at school visits. I'm putting the finishing touches on my presentation and waiting on a few phone calls, but as of now, I've got visits planned with more than 1,500 students in the Leo/Grabill area.
    Many of my colleagues have many more schools and many more students on their lists.

    We love visiting schools and inviting all of those shining faces to visit us at the library this summer.

    See you soon!
    check out acpl.beanstack.org for more info on our online program.
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    by Michal M | Apr 17, 2017

    Free Comic Book Day – Saturday, May 6, 2017

    Free Comic Book Day is here again! Join us in Children’s Services at the Main Library on Saturday, May 6, 2017 for free, family fun with: free comics*, scavenger hunts,  superhero appearances, and more!!!

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    Check out the Schedule for the day:

    10:00 am Family Storytime

    11:00 am – 12:30 pm Costume Factory

    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Meet the Superheroes

    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Superhero Bingo Quest

    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Comic Drawing Workshop with comic book artist Matt Gross

    All Day Fun – Comics Giveaway*, Photobooth, Scavenger Hunt

    *Limit two per person. While supplies last.

    Check out even MORE fun at the following places:


    Georgetown Branch Library
    Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at the Georgetown branch library!  Free comics for all ages will be given away - 1 per person, while supplies last. 

    Kids of all ages are invited to an extra-special Superhero Storytime from 2:00-2:30, and then Superhero Training  and photo ops with the one-and-only Supergirl from 2:30-3:30!

    Teens at the Main Library
    Celebrate Free Comic Book Day by picking up a free comic or two. From 2:00-4:00pm, we'll also be making buttons. Limit 2 buttons per person, while supplies last.
    by Dawn S | Apr 14, 2017
    Take a look at these fun new chapter books!
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    by Cindy H | Apr 12, 2017
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    Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music, written by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Rafael Lopez, is based on the true story of a Chinese-African-Cuban girl named Millo Castro Zaldarriaga who was the first professional female drummer in Cuba. She first performed with her sisters in their band Anacaona, and went on to achieve international success as a musician; she even played at a celebration for President Franklin Roosevelt at the age of 15. This book is written in the form of a poem, with vibrant and gorgeous pictures. This story is very inspiring and will help children, particularly girls, see that they can achieve their dreams even if someone tells them that it is not allowed due to societal conventions; it teaches the value of perseverance.

    Since this book is based on a true story, that means that most of the events really happened but the author may have embellished or enhanced some of the details to make the story more interesting. This book provides historical information at the end of the book to help the reader understand what happened in real life. This book has won many awards and is recommended for children ages 4-7.

    This book is available in print or as an e-book on Overdrive. It is a very inspirational book that I highly recommend. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
    by Cindy H | Apr 06, 2017
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    Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla, written by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by G. Brian Karas, is the story of how a young gorilla was taken from the wild and showcased in a shopping mall for much of his life. The story describes Ivan's life living with a large family of western lowland gorillas in a tropical forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It describes how he was taken by poachers, along with another baby gorilla (who doesn't survive), and shipped to Tacoma, Washington. He lived almost like a human child for a few years, in the home of a pet shop owner, until he became too big. Ivan then went to live in a cage at a mall for 27 years until local and national attention helped move Ivan to a more suitable home, the Atlanta Zoo.

    This book contains factual information about Ivan's story, although some elements may be embellished or enhanced for the sake of the story. The pictures are warm and personable, balancing both the hard reality Ivan faced and the love he received from those who met him. They make this story approachable for young audiences.

    At the end of the book the author describes the true story in detail and provides references on where more information can be found. While the story has a happy ending, some children may be upset when baby Ivan is taken from his family, or made to live in confinement. This would be a good time to have a conversation about animal needs and rights.

    Ivan has won many awards and is recommended for children ages 4-7. This book is available in print or as an e-book via Overdrive. For older children, Katherine Applegate also wrote a somewhat more fictionalized tale called The One and Only Ivan written from Ivan's perspective that I would highly recommend.
    by Kris L | Apr 04, 2017

    We made sock puppets recently at the Georgetown branch library's weekly Family Fun Night!

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    And then we tried out some storytelling with the library's puppet collection!

    Storytelling with puppets


    Puppets are a wonderful toy – and a fun way to practice early literacy skills.  What are early literacy skills?  The reading, singing, talking, playing and writing that parents and caregivers do with young children that help them get ready for school.  Like playing with puppets!

    Among other things, making up or retelling stories with puppets gives children an opportunity to practice using words.  And as adults join the fun and play WITH their children, they can enhance this practice by introducing new words.  Try it!  You’ll not only be having fun, but you’ll be helping your children’s brain development.

    by Dawn Stoops | Apr 03, 2017
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    Our family has a thing for peanut butter. It's a staple in the sandwich department, it makes great cookies, and elevates bananas to an extra yummy treat with protein power. I started collecting peanut butter jar lids for possible library craft projects and discovered something else instead.

    Large lids have a lot of math potential!

    Young children need lots of math concept practice before they start school. Sorting, counting, matching, and creating patterns are all key to getting those little minds thinking mathematical thoughts. With a collection of peanut butter lids and other large  lids (non choking hazard size) children can play all sorts of games.

    - sort the big ones from the smaller ones
    - sort them by colors
    - make a pattern of one face up and one face down, then repeat
    - count them as they are dropped into a bowl or box

    Large lids help babies develop!

    Things like peanut butter lids are also great for babies! Those tiny bodies need practice grasping, reaching, lifting, and matching what they see to what they want their hands to do. I probably wouldn't have thought about the potential of plastic lids with babies if I hadn't seen these great resources at the library.
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    These hefty, well researched books by Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky give all the why's and how's of helping children learn and develop by playing with found objects.

    Here's a bit from the publisher:
    "A variety of new and innovative loose parts ideas are paired with beautiful photography to inspire safe loose parts play in your infant toddler environment. Learn about the safety considerations of each age group and how to appropriately select materials for your children. "

    I love learning about new ways to help children learn and it's especially nice when it involves reusing something I have around the house. Who knew those peanut butter lids could be such a powerful, earth friendly, way to help kids grow!

     

    by Dawn S | Mar 30, 2017
    School vacations are a great time to visit your local library, or a library far away. Some families seek out new libraries when on vacation in a new town. I highly recommend it!

    If you're staying  in town, The Allen County Public Library has some fun upcoming programs!
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    April Fools' Day Scavenger Hunt- Saturday, April 1st - all day at the Main Library in Children's Services
    April Fools Scavenger Hunt- Tuesday, April 4th - Friday, April 8th - all day each day at the Georgetown Branch Library

    Lego Clubs

    Minecraft Masters

    other great Spring Break stuff

    Check out our full calendar here!

    by Kara E. | Mar 27, 2017

    Everyone knows the story of Little Red Riding hood… or do they? Check out these silly fairy tale retellings at your library!


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    by Miss Heather | Mar 24, 2017
    index.aspxWhat do you know about octopuses? Did you know that each octopus "arm" has about 240 suckers on it? They help an octopus move, hunt, and even taste!

    While there are many picture books and non-fiction books featuring octopuses there is an excellent book that combines the two with a rhythmic text peppered with facts. Octopus Escapes Again! by Laurie Ellen Angus can be read to/with a younger child using just the story but can include the italicized facts to be shared with an older child. Following the story is an "explore more" section with fun facts about the octopus and other sea animals. There are also extension activity ideas and suggested videos to allow for a fuller understanding of octopuses. The video below is linked--it shows a large octopus escaping thru a 1" hole! Find the book on the shelves at all our ACPL locations. More fun activities are also available on the publisher's website.



    by Kris L | Mar 22, 2017
    The library receives new books almost every day!  Here are a few of the many new children's picture books we've received recently.  Click on a title to find out more about it, to see which Allen County Public Library locations have a copy, or to reserve a copy for yourself.

    Noisy Night by Mac Barnett
    The Road Home by Katie Cotton
    All Ears, All Eyes by Richard Jackson
    Bear Likes Jam by Ciara Gavin
    A Greyhound A Groundhog
    Short Stories for Little Monsters
    North South East West
    Life on Mars
    Hug This Book

    We hope to see you soon at the library!
    by Cindy H | Mar 21, 2017
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    Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas, written by Lynne Cox and illustrated by Brian Floca, is the story of an elephant seal who lived in the Avon River in Christchurch, New Zealand. Although most elephant seals like to live in the ocean, Elizabeth seemed to prefer her river. Unfortunately, there were a few incidents where Elizabeth got out of the river to lounge in the road, causing some minor car accidents. Fearing for Elizabeth's and the drivers' safety, the people of Christchurch captured Elizabeth and took her to a colony of elephant seals in the ocean. Elizabeth came back, however, and even though they tried to take her to colonies even farther away she always managed to find her way back home. She became a local legend of Christchurch.

    This book contains factual information about the story of Elizabeth the elephant seal. Some elements of the story may have been enhanced or embellished, but the essential parts of the story remain true. At the end of the book the author provides additional information about elephant seals, as well as some references.

    This book has won many awards and is recommended for children ages 4-8. It is a very sweet story and I highly recommend it! Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
    by Erin | Mar 17, 2017
    ...But I'm going to have to wait because they're not published yet.

    I'll admit it, us librarians can be a little greedy when it comes to books. When we read a good book review, we want to have that book right now! However, unless we get our hands on an advanced reader's copy, we're stuck waiting until the book is published.

    Here are just a few picture books that will be coming out in May that I want to read RIGHT NOW!

    Stack the CatsStack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani.

    Okay, it's kind of a silly concept -- anyone who has ever owned a cat knows that you can't stack them -- but that's part of the beauty of this book. Readers will be instructed to count the cats as they are arranged in various formations. So while the bright illustrations and silly concept will appeal to young kids, young readers will also be developing their counting and grouping skills! This book's release date is May 2nd, so if you have a little one at home who's a cat enthusiast or who loves to count, keep your eyes peeled for this one!

    A Cage Went in Search of a BirdA Cage Went in Search of a Bird by Cary Fagan & Banafsheh Erfanian.

    While I can't speak for my fellow librarians, I do admit to sometimes judging a book by its cover. I know, I know, shame on me! However, every now and then a picture book comes out with such beautiful cover art that I can't help but be captivated without even reading it! This is one of those picture books. The bright colors just lure me in. Apparently the book is about a lonely cage that leaves its home in search of the perfect bird. Okay, that concept is a little weirder than the stacking cats idea, but if the inside illustrations are as beautiful as the cover, then I am totally on board with this book! A Cage Went in Search of a Bird will hit shelves on May 16th!

    I Got a New FriendI Got a New Friend by Karl Newsom Edwards.

    I don't always go for the saccharine sweet when it comes to picture books, but the illustration of that little girl and her puppy is just too adorable to pass up! The story itself doesn't sound like anything new. Books about getting a new pet and learning about the responsibility of taking care of pets is a recurring theme in the picture book world. However, the sweetness of the illustrations means that this one will probably become a favorite of mine! This book won't be published until May 23rd; however, the library already has it on order!
    by Miss Heather | Mar 14, 2017
    index.aspxI first learned of Amy Krouse Rosenthal from my mother who, at the time, directed an after school program for PreK-5th grade with a staff of about 20 teachers and assistants. Always in search of good material for her staff meetings, she used Amy's book Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons as a read-aloud and discussion tool. Each spread uses cookies to illustrate important concepts like respect, loyalty, patience, and trustworthiness. Here are two examples: "Cooperate means, How about you add the chips while I stir?" and "Trustworthy means, If you ask me to hold your cookie until you come back, when you come back, I will still be holding your cookie." What great visuals for children and grown-ups alike! (And a great excuse to serve and eat cookies!) Amy went on to add One Smart Cookie: Bite-Size Lessons for the School Years and Beyond; Sugar Cookies: Sweet Little Lessons on Love; and Christmas Cookies; Bite-Size Holiday Lessons to her set of cookie-themed picture books. That was the beginning of my love for Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

    “ADMIRE means, I really look up to you and the way you are with your cookies. You remind me of what is good and possible in this world.”

    She subsequently created a wonderful optical illusion book, Duck! Rabbit! that is so much fun to use with groups; two picture books perfect for the classroom, Exclamation Mark and Wumbers; and a pile of picture books that share simple messages including being proud of your uniqueness (Spoon), being satisfied with being just OK (The OK Book), fairness (It's Not Fair) and being happy on one's own (Chopsticks). I've used all these books with visiting classes over the years. Amy endeared her work to me even more when she partnered with my very favorite illustrator, Peter Reynolds, on a few recent books including Plant a Kiss.

    9781452126999.pt02Perhaps the loveliest of Amy's books is I Wish You More, a  visually pleasing set of wishes illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Chronicle Books, Amy's publisher, recently issued a blog post encouraging readers to send out their own wishes marked #loveforamykrouserosenthal in honor of her last days.

    I didn't realize Amy had written books for adults including several memoirs: Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, Mother's Guide To The Meaning Of Life: What I've Learned On My Never Ending Quest To Become A Dalai Mama, and Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I have Encyclopedia on hold currently and hope it is as delightful as her picture books. I wish I had know about these before! Amy's YouTube channel gathers her video projects (of which there are many) with her Ted Talk, 7 Notes on Life likely her most well known.

    Here is a link to the Publisher's Weekly obituary for Amy. And another in the New York Times. And in her own words:
    "Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a person who likes to make things.
    Some things she likes to make:
    Children's books.
    Grown-up books.
    Short films.
    Salads.
    Connections with the universe.
    Something out of nothing.
    Wishes."

    **Another tidbit to swell my heart with love for Amy's work? The video in which she demonstrates her great affection for libraries thru her home decor style, "Book Lover Modern." Siiiiiiiiiiigh.

    by Cindy H | Mar 13, 2017
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    Separate is Never Equal is based on the true story of the Mendez family and the little-known but landmark court case of Mendez v. Westminster in which the Mendez's, a Mexican-American family, fought for the right of their children to attend the same school as white children in their area. The story opens with Sylvia Mendez starting at her new school for the first time. She is harassed by a white student who tells her to, "Go back to the Mexican school! You don't belong here!" She goes home to tell her mother she is upset and doesn't want to attend the integrated school, and her mother reminds her that they fought hard to integrate the school so she could attend. The rest of the story provides the background of their struggle, including filing a lawsuit, and the court case that eventually led to integration.

    This book is very inspirational and I think it could help children understand the struggles of minorities to achieve equal rights. It is disturbing at times to hear the blatant racism expressed by some of the people in the story, but the message is very powerful and important, and I think this book could be a great jumping off point for discussions on race, discrimination, and acceptance.

    This book has won many awards and is recommended for children ages 6-9. It is available at your local library branch in print, on DVD, or on Hoopla and Overdrive as an e-book. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!

    by Erin | Mar 10, 2017

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    It’s that time of year again! The Children’s Services department at the Main Library is hosting the annual Spring Preschool Puppet Show! This year we’ll be going on a bear hunt and helping a mixed up rooster solve a problem. If you have a little one who loves storytime and puppets, swing by the Main Library sometime next week to see the show!

    Wednesday, March 15 @ 9:30, 10:30, and 1:30

    Thursday, March 16 @ 9:30, 10:30, and 1:30

    Friday, March 17 @ 9:30, 10:30, and 1:30

    Saturday, March 18 @ 10:30

    The Puppet Show will be held in the Main Library’s Theater. Space is limited, so please plan to show up at least 15 minutes before the show starts.

    Large groups of 10 or more people must register for the show by calling 421-1220. Smaller groups do not need to register but will be seated on a first come, first served basis.

    Hope to see you there!

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