Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Nora's Ark

We have many copies of the 20 books nominated for the 2009 Monarch Award and one you might enjoy is Nora's Ark, by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock with illustrations by Emily Arnold McCully. This picture book is based on the true story of the flood of 1927, the worst disaster in Vermont's history. In Nora's Ark, Grandma is the first to suspect the rain might last awhile so she bakes 27 loaves of bread. When it comes down in torrents, Grandpa decides to move Wren and Grandma Nora to higher ground in the new house he's been building. Eventually, that house on higher ground helped save the lives of 23 people, 3 horses, a cow, 5 pigs, 4 cats and 100 chickens. Nora's Ark is a wonderful story of bravery, compassion and neighbors helping neighbors.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Secret Olivia Told Me

The Secret Olivia Told Me is written by N. Joy, and illustrated by Nancy Devard. This is one of my favorite new books! This book has been awarded a Coretta Scott King Honor Award for Peace, Non-violent Social Change and Brotherhood, and what a story it is!
I don't know which I like more, the story or the illustrations? The illustrations are all done in striking shades of red, black and white. The story; well let me tell you that the ending is a cliff hanger, but the message is loud and clear. Secrets told have a way of taking on a whole new life of their own! What a wonderful book! Come in and check out this book and many more on our new book shelves. Don't forget to ask about the Library Block Party on Friday, June 6th, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., and get the New Summer Newsletter with all of our summer events and programs.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Get in the Game, READ!

When I was a kid my family went to the library every Saturday. I can remember looking at books in the adult section and hoping that "someday" soon I would be able to check them out. I was just a kid so they were too complicated for me. My section was down in the basement. And it was a real basement not just called that. My first story time was with a very tiny little lady who had very long hair in braids that she wrapped around her head. I think she was the oldest librarian on staff at the time. And I loved her very much. My dad once told me that I had a library card before I could even walk. That's how much my parents loved reading. And they passed on that passion to me. Now, here comes the moral of the story. I'm a reader because my parents were readers. I read everything with words on it. I read signs, notes, bookmarks, instructions, etc. I love to read. And I owe it all to my parents. And the second part of the moral is this, people who read get better grades. All it takes is 4 books read over the summer to keep a kids grade level up. Now think about that. If all it takes is 4 books, what would happen if you read more? You do the math. I'll be reading a book.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

The librarians go marching one by one...

Saturday, May 3 is the Village of Lansing's Annual Good Neighbor Day Parade. Your favorite librarians from Lansing Library will be marching front and center (or near the front, in the center of the street) to greet you all. We've got some good candy and some fun library party info for you, so be sure to wave hello and check out our amazing covered wagon!

A little bit more information on the parade is available on the village's website (but be careful, because you won't find your way back to the library website easily from there). Plan on watching the parade? Did you see us last year? Are you reading this late (or are a time-traveler) and already saw the parade? Leave a comment and let us know what you think!