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    by Teresa | Mar 03, 2016
    picture of kids at math adventures
    Numbers are lots of fun. At 4 pm, Monday, March 21, in the Children's Services program room at the ACPL Main Library, we will have Math Adventures, an hour-long program especially geared for children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade.
    by Dawn Stoops | Feb 29, 2016
    Sometimes you need just the right book for a particular situation. Here's a new picture book that might be that 'just the right book' for you sometime.
    ida always  book cover

    ida, ALWAYS, by Caron Levis, treats hard topics like sickness and loss in such a warm and soft way. Ida and Gus are polar bears at the Central Park Zoo. Levis' fictional story about these real bears speaks beautifully to young kids about love, kindness, sickness, loss, and memory. The tender words chosen by Levis and the touching pictures created by Charles Santoso make this a very useful book to share in situations of grief, but also a lovely book to read anytime.

    For more helpful suggestions for 'just the right book' take a look at our grief booklist or ask your local librarian.
    by Dawn Stoops | Feb 26, 2016

    What are You Glad About? What are You Mad About? : Poems for when a person needs a poem
    by Judith Viorst, with art by Lee White


    book cover for what are you glad about? what are you sad about?
    This new poetry book jumped out at me this week. I think it was the title...or the cover art. I can't decide. The book certainly makes a good first impression!

    The poems are about normal kid stuff: toes, summer, bubble gum, homework, and stars. Viorst's poems make me laugh a lot like the poems of Shel Silverstein make me laugh. I also really enjoy the way she makes things rhyme. Here's a verse from her poem "Such a Lovely Girl".
        Each night I go to bed and pray
        That Anna May will move away
        To someplace far--perhaps the Isle of Man. It
        Could be New Zealand, Paraguay,
        Nepal, the Gobi Desert. Hey,
        It even--yay!--could be a whole new planet!

    As the title suggests, this book is perfect for when a person needs a poem.
    When do you need a poem?


        
    by Dawn Stoops | Feb 24, 2016
    Some kids just love reading true books. Here's a new batch of non-fiction from National Geographic Kids.
    birds book cover 

    Birds
    by Julie Beer
    Filled with charts, colorful pictures, and brief descriptions, this bird guide gives kids a great introduction to watching birds. As the cover says, be a bird nerd!


    national parks guide book cover

    National Parks Guide U.S.A.
    by Sarah Wassner Flynn
    Celebrating the National Parks' 100th birthday this book really takes you outside to enjoy the sights. Charts, maps, and beautiful photos are all arranged with tips and travel advise to get you on your way.


    rhino rescue book cover
     
    Rhino Rescue!
    by Clare Hodgson Meeker
    Enjoy these thrilling tales of animal rescues.
    rascally rabbits book cover
    Rascally Rabbits!
    by Aline Alexander Newman
    Dogs who rescue bunnies? Helicopter searches for bears? Find out about these and other naughty animals and the adventures they have.
    rocks and minerals book cover
    Rocks & Minerals
    by Nancy Honovich

    Be a rock hound with this great field guide. There are tons of colorful pictures and interesting facts about geology and how we use these rocks and minerals every day.




    by Miss Heather | Feb 20, 2016
    Hoopla Logo


    ACPL has had streaming video thru Hoopla since 2014. While streaming video on its own is great, we have added the rest of what Hoopla offers: music albums, audiobooks, and e-books! The best news of all--everything on the site is available to check out all the time! Looking for a book (or audiobook) for your family or class to read together? You will all be able to check out the same title at the same time!! Hooray! Click on each category below to be taken to the full list for kids!

    Audiobooks (3 week checkout)
    Non-Fiction (3 week checkout)
    Fiction 
    (3 week checkout)
    Streaming Video  
    (3 day checkout)
    Music (7 day checkout)

    You are limited to 10 checkouts per month (combined among all the categories).
    Have fun!



    ACPL has had streaming video thru Hoopla since 2014. While streaming video on its own is great, we have added the rest of what Hoopla offers: music albums, audiobooks, and e-books! The best news of all--everything on the site is available to check out all the time! Looking for a book (or audiobook) for your family or class to read together? You will all be able to check out the same title at the same time!! Hooray! Click on each category below to be taken to the full list for kids!

    Audiobooks (3 week checkout)
    Non-Fiction (3 week checkout)
    Fiction 
    (3 week checkout)
    Streaming Video  
    (3 day checkout)
    Music (7 day checkout)

    You are limited to 10 checkouts per month (combined among all the categories).
    ACPL has had streaming video thru Hoopla since 2014. While streaming video on its own is great, we have added the rest of what Hoopla offers: music albums, audiobooks, and e-books! The best news of all--everything on the site is available to check out all the time! Looking for a book (or audiobook) for your family or class to read together? You will all be able to check out the same title at the same time!! Hooray! Click on each category below to be taken to the full list for kids!

    Audiobooks (3 week checkout)
    Non-Fiction (3 week checkout)
    Fiction 
    (3 week checkout)
    Streaming Video  
    (3 day checkout)
    Music (7 day checkout)

    You are limited to 10 checkouts per month (combined among all the categories).
    by Dawn Stoops | Feb 13, 2016

    "Mommy, what's a reen?"


    nectarine
    This question, posed by my 4-year-old, didn't make sense to me at first. Then I remembered that about an hour before, he had eaten an entire nectarine as part of his lunch.

    "Like in the word nectarine?"

    I asked him.
    Yes, that's what he was talking about. I tried to explain that 'rine' was part of the word but wasn't anything much by itself. I think the conversation wandered from there to other important matters like race cars and uncomfortable socks.

    It wasn't a major early literacy moment for him, I'm sure, but I could tell his little brain was taking words apart and thinking about those parts. That's a fantastic skill to have and use as you learn to read and write. I could have even made this interaction into a game by helping him clap the parts of the word 'nec-ta-rine' so he could hear that there are three parts and the middle part starts with the letter 't'.

    This learning to read stuff is so much fun, in the least expected ways!
    by Miss Heather | Feb 08, 2016
    Today is the biggest day on the Chinese calendar--it's New Year's Day! The Chinese calendar is pretty different from ours--rather than New Year's Day being on the same day each year it can fall any day between our January 21 and February 21. Each year has an animal associated with it and this year's animal is the monkey.

    While our New Year's celebration is New Year's Eve night through New Year's Day, the Chinese celebration lasts 16 days from New Year's Eve to the Lantern Festival. Chinese new year celebrations include staying up late, fireworks, and parades which feature dancing dragons and lions! Chinese kids receive red envelopes filled with money from relatives! Red is a lucky color in Chinese culture and the envelopes are given to wish health, growth, and good luck to the children. 

    Here are a few stories and non-fiction (factual) books about Chinese New Year that you may borrow from the library:
    Lion Dancer   bringing in

      runawaychinese
    Happy Year of the Monkey!

    hgHeather is the Children's Librarian at Shawnee Branch. She likes to bead while listening to audiobooks. She also watches a bit too many tv shows when she should be reading. Her dog, Pookah, is her only "son" and is her shadow wherever she goes.
    by Dawn Stoops | Feb 08, 2016
    Homeschool Craft class at Grabill was especially messy today! We practiced some printmaking techniques and created a lot of lovely art. If your homeschool family would like to attend any of the library's free homeschool classes just check out our online calendar!
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    by Kris L. | Feb 05, 2016

    Fall in love with a book
    February is National Library Lovers' Month!  
    What do YOU love about your library?

    by Dawn Stoops | Feb 01, 2016
    Here's another batch of new books.

     witch wars
      ricky ricotta's might robot
      pony girls carly
      goblins puzzle
    mcventures of morgan mcfactoid
     secrets of valhalla
      catnapped
      story thieves stolen chapters
    friday barnes girl detective
    by Dawn Stoops | Jan 29, 2016
    Here's a new concept book with flair and fancy fun!
    shape shift
    Shape Shift, by Joyce Hesselberth, introduces little ones to the shapes all around us and then encourages imaginative play. What can you make from a circle and a rectangle? Well, lots of things!

    I love the overall design of this book. The simple text encourages interaction with your child but isn't dull or boring. The characters show lots of creativity and invite you to keep playing with the last page full of different shape combinations. Someday I'll probably read this book at preschool storytime, but for now it's entertaining a three and four year old with several readings a day at home.
    by Kris L. | Jan 26, 2016

    These families discovered the hobby of letterboxing last month at the Georgetown branch library.  

    Letterboxing at Georgetown

    Letterboxing at Georgetown

    Letterboxing at the Library

    Letterboxes are also hidden in the Children’s Services department at the Main Library, other places in Fort Wayne -- and all around the world!

    Letterboxing is a fun hobby that combines problem-solving, treasure-hunting skills and artistry.  Learn more about this family-friendly activity, and find clues to where the letterboxes are hidden the library -- and anywhere -- at letterboxing.org and AtlasQuest.com.  

    We hope to see you soon at the library!

     

    by Dawn Stoops | Jan 23, 2016
    Happy 200th Birthday Indiana!

    indiana legends

    I know you're going to want to celebrate, and one great way to do that is to read about famous people from Indiana.The book pictured above, Indiana Legends, is a collection of more than 100 short biographies about famous Hoosiers.It's fun to leaf through and catch bits about notable authors, astronauts, athletes, entertainers, engineers, and so much more.

    For some longer works written for children about famous people from Indiana, try out some of these!
    maggie ray 

    Maggie Ray: World War II Air Force Pilot

    by Marsha Wright
    Here's a notable Hoosier from Allen County! During WWII, Margaret was one of the first women Air Force Pilots. Afterwards she continued flying in races around the world.

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    madam walker
    Madam C.J.Walker

    by Susan Bivin Aller
    Sarah Breedlove, originally from Louisiana, was the first in her family of slaves to be
    born free. After many hardships, she moved to Indianapolis in 1910 and worked to become the nations fist female African American millionaire.
    norman bridwell
     
    Norman Bridwell

    by Jill Wheeler
    Yep, the guy who created Clifford the Big Red Dog is from Indiana! Clifford first met readers in 1963 and has been in hundreds of books and television shows ever since.
    gus grissom
    Gus Grissom:The tragedy of Apollo I

    by Robert Greenberger
    Virgil "Gus" Grissom was the second American to go up into space. You can read about the amazing career and tragic death of this Indiana native.





    by Dawn Stoops | Jan 21, 2016
    hedgehugs
    Hedgehugs, by Steve Wilson and Lucy Tapper, is a sweet little story about two friends who find it hard to hug - it's just too spiky! These creative little creatures try all sorts of things, from covering their spines with snow to sticking strawberries on themselves, with silly and disappointing results. There is a solution, however. You'll love it!

    Read this story with your favorite friend. It would make a great Valentines day story to share too!
    by Kris L. | Jan 16, 2016

    …we sang!   

    We sang...

    Where is thumbkin? Where is Thumbkin?
    Here I am!  Here I am!
    How are you today, friend?  Very well, I thank you.
    Run away.  Run away.


    ...and we sang...


    The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round!
    The wheels on the bus go round and round, All around the town!


    ...and then we sang...


     The Seals on the Bus!

    The Seals on the Bus


     

    Of course, singing is a big part of any storytime for young children, but have you ever wondered why?

    Singing songs and nursery rhymes…

    • exposes children to words that may not be used much in ordinary conversation
    • stretches out the sounds in our words, making it easier for children to hear them
    • is fun and engaging, making it easier for children’s brains to learn
    • involves lots of repetition of words and phrases  

    Scientists who study the brain development of children have seen over and over that children who know nursery rhymes and songs when they are very young find it easier to learn to read when they get older. 

    So sing with your children – every single day!

     

    by Dawn Stoops | Jan 14, 2016
    Take a look at these new nonfiction books about all sorts of amazing things!
    101 ways to amaze 
      how to draw superman
      construction activities
      dc super hero origami seriously amazing
     50 disasters
      12 most amazing american cities
      boy who fell off the mayflower
    how to draw wonderwoman
    by Dawn Stoops | Jan 12, 2016
    Librarian hearts all around the country are all aflutter with the announcement, yesterday morning, of the 2016 Caldecott and Newbery Medals. The American Library Association's Youth Media Award winners can be found here, in case you want to take a look at the entire list of winners and honor books.

    Here's the winner of the Caldecott Medal!
    finding winnie
    This is such a fantastic book. The story is captivating and especially interesting because it's true and told by the great-granddaughter of the story's main character. Sophie Blackall's pictures are worthy of the Caldecott Medal indeed. They are a perfect mix of color, emotion, detail, and composition. I like the use of full page spreads and smaller images used as a storytelling device.

    And this year the Newbery Medal goes to a picture book too!
    last stop on market street
    This is the fist time a picture book has won the award. It's a lovely story about a boy and his grandmother traveling to a soup kitchen after church. You can read more about the author's reactions in this great School Library Journal blog post.

    Congratulations to all the winners! We're so fortunate to have so many talented authors and illustrators who create amazing books for kids (and adults) to enjoy.
    by Teresa | Jan 08, 2016

    go dog go

    I have a fondness for Go Dog Go by P.D. Eastman. In fact, when I was a senior in high school, my mother gave it away. I made such a fuss that my dad bought a new copy as a graduation gift for me.

    My sister and I would take turns reading every other page of the tongue twisters known as Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss. We would sit on the couch, trying to outdo each other in speed and accuracy.

    These days there are lots more beginning reader books than back when I was kid in the 1970s.

    Starting Tuesday, January 19, and continuing every other week until March 29, beginning readers (children, ages five through seven) and their grown-ups are invited to meet in the Children’s Services Program Room at the Main Library from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. We will read some old and new favorites and participate in other reading-related activities.

    by Erin | Jan 05, 2016

    …But I’m going to have to wait because they’re not published yet.

     

    January is such an exciting time in the book world! Not only is everyone coming out with “Best of…” lists for the year before, but there’s also a lot of discussion about books that will be published in the coming year. Now, I’m generally a pretty patient person, but when it comes to books, I have the patience of a two-year-old. Which is why, when I sat down the other day to read some reviews of upcoming picture books, I pretty much threw an internal tantrum any toddler would be proud of because I want to read these books NOW!!! Sadly, I’m going to have to wait just like everyone else.

     

    If you’re like me and want to take a sneak peek at what the new year holds, here are just a few of the amazing picture books that are due out in 2016:

     

    Daniel Finds a Poem
    Daniel Finds a Poem
    by Micha Archer

     

    This wonderful picture book features both collage illustrations and poetry as a young boy explores nature! It’s already been getting a lot of buzz from book blogs and review journals, and any book that helps children appreciate nature and poetry gets an A+ from me! Luckily the wait for this book isn’t too long because it’s due out on February 16th!

     

    Opposite Zoo
    The Opposite Zoo
    by Il Sung Na

     

    This book combines three of my favorite things: zoos, opposites, and author/illustrator Il Sung Na (who is a person, not a thing). There’s not too much out about this book yet, but from what I can gather, it’s about a monkey who visits all the animals in the zoo and describes them. I imagine opposites come into play by comparing the various animals (such as elephants are big and penguins are small). Either way, I am super excited for this book and will definitely be checking it out when it’s published on March 8th!

     

    Monster and Son
    Monster and Son
    by David LaRochelle

     

    LaRochelle’s previous books, It’s a Tiger! and Moo!, are two of my favorite books to share in storytime! This next book features various monsters and how they love their little ones. Don’t let the idea of monsters fool you, this book appears to be very gentle and tender. The cover displays a benevolent-looking King Kong on top of a building with a smaller, sleepy giant monkey. Monster and Son will be hitting shelves (and storytimes) near you on April 12th!

     

    Thunder Boy Jr
    Thunder Boy Jr.
    by Sherman Alexi

     

    Coming out a month before Father’s Day, this father/son tale emphasizes the importance of identity as the son tries to choose a name that represents himself. While the story sounds wonderful, I am especially excited over the fact that this book is written by Sherman Alexi and illustrated by Yuyi Morales! These two powerhouses are sure to produce something that is absolutely amazing, and I can’t wait to get my hands on this book when it comes out on May 10th!

    by Dawn Stoops | Jan 02, 2016
    If you're a doodler, coloring queen, or daring drawer, perhaps these picture books will inspire and entertain.
    Tiz and Ott's 

    Tiz and Ott's Big Draw
    by Bridget Marzo
    What kinds of adventures can two friends have when they draw up a storm? Luckily there's a rainbow in the end. This book even gives instruction on the last few pages for how to draw Tiz and Ott.


    day the crayons
    The Day the Crayons Came Home
    by Drew Daywalt
    This collection of letters from lost and run-away crayons will tickle your funny bone.
    Do you have a crayon stuck in the couch?
    chalk
     
    Chalk
    by Bill Thomson
    What happens when some friends find some magic chalk? You tell the story of this wordless picture book!
    the dot
    The Dot
    by Peter Reynolds
    Vashti is not an artist...or is she? I love this book and the way it encourages creativity.
    how to draw a dragon
    How to Draw a Dragon
    by Douglas Florian

    This rhyming book has lots of great ideas for drawing a dragon with pointed spines and a bearded chin. There are so many different dragons in this book and everyone seems to be having a great time!




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