Friday, March 29, 2013

Pick of the Week: Monsters Love Colors

Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin (Harper, 2013)
I'm fond of doing "theme" storytimes that share basic concepts like colors, counting, shapes, and sizes. I'm looking forward to trying out this new book about colors by Mike Austin in storytime soon. These adorable monsters like to scribble, mix, dance, and wiggle (just like so many of the children that come to storytime!). This book should inspire budding artists to have some fun creative exploration with color.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Time to Get Creative!

This week the library is hosting its first Maker Festival on Wednesday, March 27 and Thursday, March 28 from 12-4 pm each day in the library's Main Meeting Room.

What is a Maker Festival? A showcase exploring the Makerspace concept: "a space to make things in." Join us for fun, hands-on activities for kids, teens, and adults, including 3-D printer demos, Arduino electronic creations, local artists, OSU Robotics, Kinetic Creatures' walking cardboard creatures, The Arts Center, Punk Rockets, a Built It Table featuring Snap Circuits, K'nex, Legos, and more! For more info, call your library at 541-766-6794 or 541-766-6793. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  

Here are a few picture books to spark the imagination of young readers/listeners: (full list here.)

Andrew Drew and Drew

Andrew Drew and Drew
By Saltzberg, Barney
2012-10 - ABRAMS
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When Andrew gets hold of a pencil, anything canNand doesNhappen in this innovative and artistic book. The story literally unfolds step by step as readers are invited to follow Andrew through flaps and gatefolds. This lighthearted depiction of artistic inspiration is sure to engage doodlers of all ages. Full color. …More

Every-Day Dress-Up

Every-Day Dress-Up
By Alko, Selina
2011-10 - Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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A young girl imagines her own future as she puts on costumes and pretends to be great women from history, including Amelia Earhart, Lucille Ball, and Eleanor Roosevelt. …More

A Few Blocks

A Few Blocks
By Young, Cybele
2011-08 - Groundwood Books
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Ferdie doesn't want to go to school, but go to school he must, and fortunately his imaginative older sister Viola paves the way. First she urges him to put on his rocket blaster boots, which enable him to leave the house. When he stalls again she convinces him to take command of a ship in search of buried treasure, and at the next meltdown, she tells him that as a knight, his duty is to fight the fierce fire-breathing dragon who has stolen the princess. But then it is Viola's turn to fall apart, and Ferdie, following her example, draws on his own inner resources and imagination to keep them on their way. The children's fantasy world is beautifully illustrated by Cybele Young's intricate 3-D paper sculptures, which have been painted with contemporary urban images and then photographed for this book.

See the full list here:

Friday, March 1, 2013

School Readiness

Parents want their children to succeed when they head to school for the first time. But, how do you know your child is school-ready? What does it take to give them the right start? Zero to Three has a great infographic on the "school ready child." Take a look here.