Friday, February 27, 2009

March Fun!

We have a few fun activities going on in March for ages K-5!

Sam-I-Am says "Join us if you can!"
Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with us!
Monday, March 2nd from 6-7:30 p.m.
Kids up to 3rd grade are welcome.
We'll have Seuss stories, Seuss games, and Seuss treats!

Join Miss Maureen for a St. Patrick's day themed craft and story.
Monday, March 16th from 6-7 p.m.
Grades K-3 are welcome and sign-up is required.

Make a St. Patty's Day throw pillow with Miss Jackie.
Saturday, March 14th from 1-2 p.m.
Grades 4 and 5 are welcome and sign-up is required.

To sign-up or for more information, you can call us at 708-474-2447 or come on in to the Youth Services Reference Desk.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham

Everything can change in an instant.  That's what happens to 15 year old Jane Arrowood one day at the beach.  She goes into the ocean for a swim and a shark attacks her.  She awakes some time later in the hospital with her arm amputated below the elbow.  This novel is comprised of poems, letters, telephone conversations and newspaper clippings that Jane receives during the course of her recovery.  Jane's thoughts are also supplied in verse style - in haunted, depressed then eventually hopeful tones as the story goes on.  Jane receives a prosthetic arm but is still self-conscious of how she will be perceived once school starts.  Her relationships with friends and family become strained, which is something many teens can identify with.  What happens as one of the most popular, good-looking guys at school befriends her and helps her get around?  Is he just being nice or will they become more than friends?  This book is a Rebecca Caudill nominee that both junior high and high school students will enjoy.  Come check it out today!

Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate

Raining cats and dogs.  A barrel of laughs.  These are phrases that Americans easily understand and throw around in everyday conversation.  Imagine being new to the country and trying to learn English - it could get pretty confusing.  Home of the Brave is the story of Kek, a refugee boy from Africa.  He has arrived to Minnesota to live with his aunt and his cousin, Ganwar.  Kek's father and brother were killed in Africa during fighting.  His mother's whereabouts are unknown but Kek hopes against hope that she will arrive safely in America.  Minnesota is a strange new place to Kek, it is cold and snowy.  He attends school and is helped by a social worker named Dave.  He makes friends with a girl in his apartment building named, Hanhah.  In Kek's homeland, cattle are revered.  Kek finds work at a small local farm taking care of a cow he has named Gol, which means "family" in his native language.  There are certain issues that Kek does not understand, like why a group of boys gets mad at him for befriending a "white girl."  This book is very beautifully written in verse and explores the struggles and trials of people landing in a new place, trying to make their way.  It is a 2010 Rebecca Caudill nominee and multiple copies will soon be available in youth services.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Monarch Award

The Monarch Award is given annually to an author and/or illustrator of a book voted as their favorite by participating K - 3 children in Illinois. The award is sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association and is designed to encourage Illinois students to read critically and to become familiar with children’s books, authors and illustrators.

The award is named in honor of the Monarch Butterfly, Illinois’ state insect. The butterfly symbolizes growth, change and freedom–qualities that also characterize the emergent reader.

Here is a list of the Monarch Award Nominees:

Recess at 20 Below by Cindy Lou Aillard

Max’s Words by Kate Banks

Nic Bishop’s Spiders by Nic Bishop

I Lost My Tooth in Africa by Penda Diakite

The Gingerbread Girl

by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman

Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Delores Starbuckle by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

What to Do About Alice? By Barbara Kerley

Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything

by Lenore Look

Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly

by Alan Madison

Once I Ate a Pie by Patricia MacLachlan

On the Road by Lucy Nolan

The Cheese by Marge Palatini

The Little Red Hen by Jerry Pinkney

My Dog Is as Smelly as Dirty Socks: And Other Funny Family Portraits by Hanoch Piven

Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds

A Day with No Crayons by Elizabeth Rusch

Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

Baa-Choo! By Sarah Weeks

At the moment we do not own all of these titles, although they are all on order. Stop by the Reference Desk in the Youth Services Department or call 708-474-2447 for more information.