Monday, February 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go."

That's the first 2 pages from one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books. Can you guess which one it is?
We're celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday next Monday, March 3rd, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Youth Services Department. All kids up to 3rd grade are invited to enjoy the games, treats, activity pages and stories read by Police Chief McDevitt. Be sure to check out the prizes on display at the circulation desk, they're all looking for a good home!

be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on you way!"

Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly

The Story of a Seagull and the Cat who Taught Her to Fly is a wonderfully written tale of a mother seagull and her as yet, unhatched egg. It is a tale about the lengths a parent will go for their child. As mother gull Kengah struggles to the nearest port with her wings weighted down from an oil-slick, she meets a kindly fat black cat named Zorba. Zorba pledges three promises to Kengah. He will watch over her egg, he will not eat the egg and finally when it's time, he will teach the baby gull to fly. As Zorba struggles to fulfill his promises, it proves the truth that love overcomes the greatest of differences.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Red Rose Box

February is Black History Month and we have several books on display in the youth/teen department that we hope you'll take the time to investigate. One book you might enjoy is The Red Rose Box, by Brenda Woods. This is Ms. Woods first novel and was awarded the Coretta Scott King Honor in 2003. It's 1953 and ten year old Leah, a poor black girl from Louisiana, receives an unexpected surprise in the mail one day from her aunt, a red rose box. It immediately opens the door in Leah's mind to all the possibilities the world has to offer. She treasures the box and all of its beautiful contents: shiny jewelry, expensive soaps and train tickets to visit Aunt Olivia in California. Leah's mother agrees to put aside her differences with her glamorous sister and takes Leah and young Ruth to California. And for the first time in their lives, Leah and her family are free. They don't have to ride the back of the bus in California, they don't have to drink from a separate water fountain or enter the back door to shops and restaurants. After returning to Louisiana, Leah and young Ruth are again invited to vacation with Aunt Olivia, this time in New York. While there, Leah loses what she loves most dearly and simultaneously gains a new, exciting life filled with freedoms she never knew existed. The Red Rose Box will take you on a sentimental, moving journey and because it's so well written, it will be just a little easier for you to imagine what it must be like to be a poor black girl in the rural south during a time of great social change in our country.

Monday, February 11, 2008

A view from the Paparazzi

Pop Culture: A View from the Paparazzi is another new series of books featuring some of the hottest new stars out there today! These books examine the stars private lives from their family and relationships through every aspect of their careers from beginning to end. The books are full of career and lifestyle choices and a chronology of their work, their accomplishments and awards and really great photographs. These books are fun and interesting reads. Come in and check them out!

Russell the Sheep

Russell the Sheep is a character in three wonderful picture books by Rob Scotton. The latest book in the collection is Russell's Christmas Magic. Russell is hanging up lanterns in the old tree when Santa crash lands in Frogsbottom Field. The sleigh is broken, and Russell can actually "see" Santa. Now this usually doesn't happen. You are not supposed to "see" Santa when he delivers the toys. Now that the sleigh is really broken, Santa wants to cancel Christmas. What's a sheep to do? Russell thinks he can help fix the problem. And he does. You will have to read the book to find out how Russell does this. Rob Scotton has a wonderful imagination. The stories are fun to share with a group of children, and the pictures are delightful. If you read this book you will discover a frog making a snow angel, as well as reindeer wearing ice skates.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Little House on the Prairie arrives on CD

Shall auld acquaintance be forgot, and the days of auld lang syne?

When the fiddle had stopped singing Laura called out softly, "What are the days of auld lang syne, Pa?"

"They are the days of a long time ago, Laura," Pa said. "Go to sleep, now."

Relive the days of auld lang syne. Newly arrived at Lansing Library is Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" series on CD. These classic tales tell of Laura's life as a child, traveling by covered wagon and growing up on the Dakota prairie. The audio versions include fiddle music to help bring the stories alive for the listener.

Audiobooks are a great way to pass the time during a long (or short) car trip. They're great for struggling readers to listen to and follow along with the story. And unabridged versions like these leave nothing out, giving you the whole story just as you would read it yourself.

Share one of these classics with your children today, or reacquaint yourself with the series. Begin with Little House in the Big Woods and move on from there. You'll be transported to the snowy woods of Wisconsin, to a time where fresh meat came from hunting and trapping and a trip to town was a very special occasion indeed. Revisit the joys of a sugaring dance, of a roasted pig's tail, and of a simple rag doll named Charlotte.

Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa's fiddle softly playing and to the lonely sound of the wind in the Big Woods. She looked at Pa sitting on the bench by the hearth, the fire-light gleaming on his brown hair and beard and glistening on the honey-brown fiddle. She looked at Ma, genly rocking and knitting.

She thought to herself, "This is now."

She was glad that the cosy house, and Pa and Ma and the fire-light and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

If You Listen

I decided I wanted to share a story about love in this blog entry so I went looking for love! It wasn't hard to find it here in the Youth Services Department, we have lots of books about all kinds of love. I rediscovered a few old favorites I read to my kids when they were small and I also found a new treasure. If You Listen is not your usual love story. It starts with the question "How do you know if someone far away is loving you?" and answers it in a unique and beautiful way. It helps you see love in the drop of a flower petal, a streak of lightning or a dog barking in the distance. It also reminds us that love doesn't have to be hearts and candy from those nearby. It can be felt in the everyday moments of our lives. If You Listen, by Charlotte Zolotow, is an excellent book to share with a child who has a father serving overseas.