Friday, July 27, 2007

Teacher's Breakfast

It's time once again for our Teacher's Breakfast. This is an annual event sponsored by the Youth and Teen Services Department. The breakfast will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 2nd. Please use the lower level entry near the back parking lot. We provide a delightful breakfast with time to visit, exchange some ideas and of course, talk about books. Our Scholastic Book Fair will also be open for shopping! All teachers (pre-k-12), who live or teach in Lansing are invited. We hope you'll come and join us once again as we prepare to help you as educators, kick off another successful new school year.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Thunder From the Sea

You don't have to be a dog lover to enjoy this book, Thunder From the Sea. The setting is 1929, Newfoundland and young Tom Campbell has spent the last 10 of his 13 years in an orphanage. He's happy and scared that his chance to join a real family, the childless couple Fiona and Enoch Murray, has arrived and he sails south to join them. Shortly after his arrival, while out fishing with Enoch, a storm blows in and Tom fishes a black Newfoundland dog out of the sea. A loving relationship between Tom and the dog he names Thunder quickly develops. After Thunder saves the lives of a neighbor girl, Fiona and later the whole town, even the Murrays want to keep Thunder around. But where did Thunder come from? Is his real owner looking for him? And when the childless Murrays learn they are expecting a baby, will they still want Tom? Thunder From the Sea is a 2008 Rebecca Caudill nominee and I enjoyed the themes of loyalty, loneliness and love running through this story.

Friday, July 20, 2007

The Last Dragon

The Last Dragon by Silvana De Mari is a book that can be read on many levels. It can be read as a simple fairy tale about the last elf and the last dragon and the adventures they have. It can be read as a political statement about what happens when people lose their freedom to choose for themselves. And it can even be read as dark vs. light, or good vs. evil. This little book contains some wonderful images about what it is like to be a little elf, born lately, and the two humans who don't understand him, but try their hardest to help him. Common knowledge is that elves have caused all the rain and misery that humans now experience. This book is about cause and effect. The question is this, does the elf really cause all the bad weather? Does he have the power to make the world a sad, dark place? Or perhaps is something else going on? As the little elf travels and grows up, so does our understanding of the world and what is really at play in this story. The story is enchanting, the lessons are thought provoking, and the translation from the Italian to English is praise worthy. This is a book to read, ponder and share with others.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Big is beautiful!

Do you have a struggling reader? Then try one of our LARGE print books! Sometimes all that small print can be a turn off for a struggling reader, they feel like they'll never get to the end of the page! Think of tax forms and legal documents, all that fine print can a big turnoff for adults, the same is true for some kids. According to the April 2007 School Library Journal, "the use of large print may unconsciously help students return to their earlier learning experiences, when they perceived reading as easier and more enjoyable." Some of our LARGE print books are on display in the Youth Services Department so please check them out. If you're looking for a particular book in large print, any reference librarian can help you.

Friday, July 13, 2007

NoveList and Harry Potter

NoveList has some great stuff up for Harry Potter fans awaiting book seven. You can find a summary of books one through six (so you don't have to re-read them all by next Saturday) or a great list of other books you may like if you're a Potter person. You'll need your library barcode to enter NoveList, so get it ready and click here to prepare yourself for more Harry!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

It's Not over till it's over!

So many books to read ... So many prizes to receive!
I hope I can remember them all! We have already given away outer space sticker sheets and stickers, DuPage Children's Museum passes and alien eggs for the teens. Summer bowling passes, Mission Read 2007 pencils and Steak and Shake milk-shake coupons for the teens. Old Country Buffet coupons, glow in the dark pinwheels and alien parachutes for the teens. My personal favorite prize is this week, but you'll just have to come in and find out for yourself what the prize is!!!
It's not too late! You can still sign-up for our summer reading program. We haven't run out of books or prizes yet, and there are still plenty of programs and events to attend. So come in and sign-up, there's nothing to it and your summer vacation won't be complete without a trip to the library! See ya soon. Don't forget that tomorrow, Wednesday, July 11th is our Blast off to Space program, from 2:00p.m.- 3:00p.m. in the Community Room. Commander Wrong-Way McBragg blasts off from mission control to tell tales of his mis-adventures in space. No sign-up required and all ages are welcome.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Books by David Wiesner

I love David Wiesner's books for two reasons. The pictures are awesome, and for the most part there are not so many words. As you may know, I love pictures books. And Wiesner's books have some of the most imaginative stories and pictures that I have ever seen. In the book June 29, 1999, the vegetable seedlings that have been launched into the sky grow to enormous sizes. Or do they? The ending of this book is a great laugh- out-loud surprise. In the book Tuesday, around 8 0'clock the frogs start to hover and fly around town on their lilly pads. This book is a great one to read to a little kid because there are not many words and they can make up their own story as you go along. And the pictures of the frogs, warts and all are totally worth the price of the book. I have given away many copies of Tuesday to family and friends. Sector 7 has no words at all, and conveys a very important message about friendship, imagination, and ecology. In Flotsam, it is apparent that Wiesner has become one of the best non-verbal story tellers around. The colors , the perspective of the pictures, the detail, and layout are wonderful. Right now, this one is my favorite book by him. But, I also have to say that Tuesday will always be the one I love the best.