Thursday, January 22, 2009

February is Black History Month

Some of our most noteworthy citizens throughout our country's history have been from African American ancestry. We are honoring these numerous Black Americans in the Youth Services Department in Long Beach by celebrating Black History Month.

Visit us at the Main Library to see our Black History bulletin board display, as well as to check out some of the great books relating to Black History, which are in our book trough display.

Also, check out our new database - Oxford African American Studies Center.

Websites relating to Black History Month:

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is on February 2, 2009 this year, and in our Youth Services Department, we have a number of books relating to groundhogs and the day - both fiction and non-fiction.

"If Candlemas be fair and bright,Come, Winter, have another flight;If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,Go Winter, and come not again." ~ an Old English Song.

Check out these websites relating to Groundhog Day: : The official website of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. :Wikipedia site explaining Groundhog Day.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Hi! My name is Joe, and I work in a button factory.

Ever think about doing a fun, fast-paced, camp song with your kids? Here's one that we sing at the library storytime programs.

It's called, "My name is Joe."
First start out by waving your hand, "Hi! My name is Joe, and I work in a button factory. I've got a wife and some kids and a family. One day, my boss said, 'Hey, Joe. Push that button with your right hand." And this ensues. Begin pushing an imaginary button with your right hand. Continue pushing.
And then, "Hi, my name is Joe. And I work in a button factory. I've got a wife and some kids and a family. One day, my boss said, 'Hey, Joe. Push that button with your left hand." Now you are pushing two buttons, one with your right hand, and one with your left hand. Continue pushing and repeat the phrase. You then can push buttons with the following:

right foot,

left foot,

right hip,

left hip,


and then, "Hi, my name is Joe," while flailing, pushing all those buttons, "And I work in a button factory. One day, my boss said, 'Hey, Joe,' and I said, 'NO!!!!!!'"

Really yell out that last 'NO!' as if you absolutely do NOT want to push any more buttons for this boss! This is so much fun and the kids really love it. Try it yourself and see!


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Biography Databases

Need a biography? Did you know that the library has a wealth of information in our biographical databases? There are several which can be very helpful with finding biographies.

Obama, Barack Sex: Male Born: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States 4 August 1961 Activity/Profession: Lawyer, U.S. Senator ( 4 Aug. 1961 – ),
1)Biography Resource Center: gives a list of full text biographies; also has magazine and newspaper articles, and websites.

2)Oxford African American Study Center: allows for searching and browsing of biographies of African American individuals throughout history and gives a number of sources with text of biographies for each individual.

3) Science Online: Has a biography search, by both nationality, occupation, Nobel Prize Winners, and Women in Science.

To view a fascinating biography about Barack Obama, our president elect, visit: