February 2014 Archive

Black History Month
Posted on February 3, 2014

This month is short, but it’s definitely not short on things to do at the library with your family! We’ve got events scheduled every Saturday this month to help us celebrate Black History Month. Young children can check out books to become more familiar with any number of famous people, including Martin Luther King, Jr., President Obama, Jackie Robinson, and Duke Ellington. Look for displays throughout the library full of other interesting and entertaining items to check out and take home.

Saturday events are held at 2 pm and include the Local Author Panel with Raquel Eatmon, Katherine Davis, and Brandi Johnson that was last week on February 1st; an Open Mic Black History celebration featuring poetry, prose, or music, and a Sweet Potato Pie contest on February 8th; Is Said and Advance Party on February 15th; wrapping up with The Talented Tenth Show, open to young people, grade 5—college, who wish to perform a talent (solo or as a group) on February 22nd.

The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia
Posted on February 8, 2014

The Winter Olympics just kicked off and we're eagerly watching the medal count!  There are so many books at the library for you family to learn more about all sorts of interesting things like the history of the Olympic Games (Summer and Winter), biographies of athletes, information about Russia (past and present), and all kinds of winter sports and activities.  From hockey and figure skating to skiing and snowboarding, we've got you covered!

Check out a few of these great reads:

Next week, from Monday, February 10th through Saturday, February 15th, every location is having an Olympics Scavenger Hunt where you can find all the pictures and get a small prize. 

We've also got a program to celebrate the Winter Olympics which will be held at several of our locations, including Butler on Feb. 10, Lucas on Feb. 13, Madison on Feb. 17, Bellville on Feb. 18, Main Library on Feb. 22, and Ontario on Feb. 24.  We'd love to have you join us as we learn more about curling, bobsledding, ski jumping, speed skating, and the luge.  We'll celebrate these and other Winter Olympic sports with stories, crafts, games, and activities.

See you at the library!  (And stay warm!)

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Happy Birthday, Mark Teague!
Posted on February 11, 2014

Mark Teague’s birthday is this week! Born on February 10, Mr. Teague is the author of many children’s books such as The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf, Funny Farm, and Firehouse! as well as illustrator of over 40 more titles, including the Poppleton series by Cynthia Rylant and the How Do Dinosaurs series by Jane Yolen.

In an interview on the Reading Is Fundamental website, Mr. Teague says drawing comes natural to him, and we agree! His bright, fun illustrations make reading entertaining and exciting. Mr. Teague must like animals, as most of his books feature a variety of pets and farm animals as the main characters. Ike from Dear Mrs. LaRue is actually fashioned after pet dogs Mr. Teague owned!

Click here for a look at Firehouse! by Mark Teague!

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Book Review: Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
From Miss Sheri at Crestview Branch and Plymouth Branch
Posted on February 15, 2014

Imagine a world in which parents are told by the government that they can only have two children. What do you think would happen if they had three?

In the Shadow Children series created by Margaret Peterson Haddix, this decree is a reality. Families can only consist of a mom, dad and up to two children, no more. But sometimes, a third child is born, a shadow child, so what do they do? Parents hide their third child and hope they are never caught by the Government.

For Luke, an illegal third born, being a shadow child is hard. He wants to go outside and play with his brothers. He wants to eat dinner at the table with his family, instead of on the stairs. He wants to go to school and have friends and be a normal child. But he can’t for fear of being caught by the population police and that has severe repercussions.

But one day, he looks out his window at a house that he knows has two children and sees a girl about his age looking at him. He realizes that she is a Shadow Child, just like himself. Jen is unlike any Shadow Child Luke could imagine. She talks to other Shadow Children by using the computer, and she goes out shopping with her mother at the mall. She wants to be free and is willing to do whatever it takes and sacrifice everything in order to achieve that goal. Jen says being a shadow child is “being among the hidden” and she is tired of it. She has a plan to get the Government to recognize the illegal children. Luke isn’t so sure.

Find out if Jen gets her wish and follow Luke’s story through Margaret Peterson Haddix’s seven part series, beginning with Among the Hidden.

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Crafting With Kids
Posted on February 18, 2014

February is National Bird Feeding Month! In honor of this month-long event, our craft this month is an easy-to-make bird feeder using recycled plastic and odds and ends from around the house.

All you need to make a super easy bird feeder is a plastic bottle, a plastic lid or pie pan, some wire, and scissors. We used a recycled water bottle, a recycled yogurt lid, and a pipe cleaner for our bird feeder.

Since this project includes cutting plastic, grown-ups should help children. Begin by taking the lid off the bottle, but be sure you don’t lose it! Cut out two holes near the neck of the bottle. These will allow the bird seed to fall out for the birds to eat. Then make two holes in the bottom of the bottle for your wire—this will become the top of the feeder. Insert your wire through one hole, across the inside of the bottle, and out the other side. Next, cut a hole in the lid or pan just big enough for the mouth of the bottle to fit through and insert the bottle into the lid. Don’t forget to fill your bird feeder before screwing the bottle lid back on tightly.

Complete directions for this craft can be found at http://www.runnerduck.com/crafts/garden_crafts/2liter_bird_feeder.htm .

For an even simpler bird feeder, be sure to check out the ideas found here, especially the cardboard tube and peanut butter version!

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Story Time Starter -- Cats & Kittens
Posted on February 24, 2014

We're back with a new story time for you to share with your kids; whether at home, at preschool, or at the library, you'll have everything you need for a successful and fun time together!

We all LOVE cats & kittens, and we have SO many books to share that we had a hard time picking just a few.  But here some of our favorite stories:

Cats & Kittens Book List (Word Document/.doc)

Along with the stories, here are some rhymes for you to try out:

Cat Chant
Big cats.          [hold up hand over head]
Little cats.       [hold hand at knee level]
Fat cats.          [curve arms, hold out at sides]
Skinny cats.     [bring arms almost together]
White cats.      [point to something white]
Black cats.       [point to something black]
Brave cats.      [puff out chest]
Fraidy cats.      [look scared]
Sleepy cats.     [put head on closed hands]

Kitty Cat
Kitty cat, kitty cat; fat, fat kitty cat
Kitty cat, kitty cat; black and white kitty cat
Kitty cat, kitty cat; kitty cat wearing a hat
Kitty cat, kitty cat; "Meow!"

Kitty Cat, Are You Under the __________ Hat?
(Hide a small flannel cat under a flannel hat shape, and say the following)
Kitty cat, kitty cat, are you under the red hat?
Kitty cat, kitty cat, are you under the blue hat?
Kitty cat, kitty cat, are you under the yellow hat?
(Repeat using different colors of flannel hats and hide the cat underneath various hats)

Five Little Kittens
Five little kittens standing in a row
They nod their heads to the children so
They run to the left, they run to the right
They stand up and stretch in the bright sunlight
Along comes a dog, who’s in for some fun
M-e-oooow, see those kittens run!

Here are some of our favorite songs:

And to finish things off, here are some great crafts for you to share:


Book Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
From Miss Melia at Main Library
Posted on February 26, 2014

Auggie is a boy. He has a facial deformity. He has been homeschooled—until now. Now, his parents think he is ready to enter the world by attending a public school. But Auggie doesn’t think he is ready.

Auggie begins fifth grade in a real school, and even though a part of him wants to go to school, he wishes he was like everyone else. His appearance is something he is used to, his family is used to, and his friends are used to—but not everyone else. It’s hard enough for a normal kid to be the new kid at school, and Auggie is definitely not what most people would consider normal. The thought of being stared at petrifies him. Auggie is afraid he won’t make any friends and won’t be able to adjust. But he goes to real school anyway.

Despite growing up different, Auggie believes he is like everyone else on the inside and sets out to prove it. Contrary to what he believed, Auggie makes some friends right away. But he also faces many stares, rude remarks, and unfriendliness from his classmates. Even so, Auggie perseveres and finds out something about life and compassion, kindness, and who his true friends are.

Broken up into eight parts and told from several different character viewpoints, Wonder is a heart-warming story about a young boy’s journey in a world full of judgment and sometimes cruelness. This is definitely a good read!

Check out this book trailer found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgB7_KpBDss

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