Teen Poetry Night: May 19
Stafford 350
eBooks - we've got 'em
2014 Great Lives Chappell Lecture series
Digital magazines from Zinio. Back issues available.
Cafe Book 2013-2014: See what we're reading this year!
Teen Poetry Night: May 19
Stafford 350
eBooks - we've got 'em
2014 Great Lives Chappell Lecture series
Digital magazines from Zinio. Back issues available.
Cafe Book 2013-2014: See what we're reading this year!

LibraryPoint Blog

12/16/2011 - 4:31am

It's never too early to start raising a reader, and the library has a number of early-literacy programs to help. We offer...

Storytimes (see our program page for exact time and branch information):

  • Mother Goose for babies
  • Toddler Time for 2 and 3 year olds
  • Alphabet Soup for all ages
  • Books Before Bedtime in the evenings
  • Saturday Tales on the weekend for working families.

Early Literacy Activity Centers @ England Run, Headquarters, Porter and Salem Church. Kids learn when they're having fun! Children and their caregivers are invited to explore the toys, blocks and letters that enhance the library experience and teach early reading skills through play and self-discovery.

The LEEP librarian visits daycares providing preschool storytimes and delivering books

Our Kids Jr. page has a number of booklists to help you find the right book for your child's age/stage and interests.

12/15/2011 - 4:12pm
Best Books of 2011

Library staff members read and discuss books all year long. See what they consider the "Best Books of 2011" for adults, teens, and children.

Some of the "starred picks" (chosen by more than one staff member) include:

Bossypants by Tina Fey, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and The Paris Wife by Paula McLain for adults;

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt, and Divergent by Veronica Roth for teens;

and Press Here by Herve Tullet and Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean.

Check out the lists linked above to browse all the selections.

12/15/2011 - 11:29am
The Muppet Christmas Carol

What a wonderful introduction to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for the young (or a reminder of the message for the young at heart) to receive by watching A Muppet Christmas Carol with friends and family this holiday season.  Muppet Gonzo the Great, as author Charles Dickens, and his friend Rizzo the Rat, as himself, narrate and add some Muppet mayhem to this classic tale.  With music by Paul Williams and Michael Caine as a bemused Scrooge, this movie is sweet, funny, and heartwarming. I am a lifelong Muppet fan, and, like Jason Segal in his new Muppet Movie this year, want to save the Muppets from being forgotten. So suspend your disbelief and enjoy Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy as the Cratchits!

Jacob and Robert Marley (Muppets Statler and Waldorf) are the ghosts who haunt and heckle Scrooge in song about his avarice and greed. The chains Marley & Marley show Scrooge, which he has forged in his life, rattle his black soul and he starts his journey of self-discovery.  Scrooge, of course, is haunted by Muppet ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Gonzo and Rizzo go along for the ride and add a little slapstick humor. Mixing the classic Muppet repertoire with Charles Dickens’ story is done seamlessly, such as the party at Fozziwig’s (played by Fozzie Bear) Rubber Chicken Factory with Animal jamming on the drums--a delight.