Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Here is a penguin themed program moms and dads or teachers can use with your young ones:

Book: Playful Little Penguins by Tony Mitton

Kit (book & CD): Five Little Penguins Slipping on the Ice by Steve Metzger

Song: Little Penguin (to tune of I'm a Little Teapot)

I'm a little penguin, round and fat.
Here is my beak, here is my hat.
Winter days are coming, hear me shout,
Please don't toss my mitten out!

This song was found on the following website:

This site offers additional action rhymes and songs, as well as craft and snack ideas.

Have fun!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Using recycled materials for crafts

Doing an activity on recycled materials? Check out Family Fun's February 2009 issue for Trashtown Fire Station and Villagers using egg cartons, plastic bottle caps, grocery bags, and more.

Check out amazingmoms.com or birthdaypartyideas.com for games, snacks, and decorations - just add books. This is helpful anytime you're planning a kids party or event.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Love is in the Air

and Cupid's arrow has hit our library with all kinds of Valentine's Day books. Get yourselves or your little ones ready for Valentine's Day by reading all sorts of delectable Valentine's Day books.

Here are some that I really love:

Froggy's First Kiss by Jonathan London - Great for Preschoolers, Froggy is totally grossed out when he actually receives a kiss from Frogalina.
Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse - Great for Babies through Kindergarten. Mama loves her dear one more than all the creatures in the Arctic, even when her child misbehaves.

I like me! by Nancy Carlson - Great for Toddlers through Kindergarten. A charming pig loves life and everything having to do with herself!

Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane de Groat - Great for Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Kids will appreciate the Valentine's Day sentiment of passing out Valentine's to their friends, and/or not getting ones they necessarily like. This story emphasizes being kind to everyone.

Franklin's Valentines by Paulette Bourgeois - Great for Kindergarten through 1st grade. Franklin loses the Valentines he had made for his classmates on the way to school. When it's time for the Valentine's party his schoolmates teach him the meaning of true freindship.

* Please note - click on the link underlining the book to take you straight to our catalog. Thank you.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Presidents' Day is on February 16th

Presidents' Day used to be the day of Washington's Birthday and was called just that. Now we call it Presidents' Day and also celebrate Lincoln's Birthday. The day has even been expanded to include all of our nation's presidents.

If you are looking to find out more about some of these great leaders of our country, their wives, the events that were happening around the time of their terms, or their background, stop by your local library to pick up a biography or book on the Presidents. At Main Library, our trough at the entrance to the children's department is filled with books on these topics.

For more information about Presidents' day, try this link to Wikipedia:


For several learning sites with information and craft ideas, try these links to websites: