Kids Blog

"Please Play Along!" by Patches, resident faux hamster @ Salem Church Branch

I took up residence on the Children’s Desk at the library about one year ago. Although I have been adored and admired by many, some people actually give me the cold shoulder. Can you believe that people say things like, “Oh, it’s a fake hamster. Whatever!” or “Let’s go. It’s not real.” I have even been called a rat! I want you all to know that I am listening, even if I don’t always physically react (my batteries run low sometimes, don’t yours?). And just for the record, I prefer the term faux.

Legend of the Guardian Trailer Released

Enjoy this trailer for "Legend of the Guardians," the animated movie covering the first three books in Kathryn Lasky's Guardians of Ga'Hoole series!  The movie will be in theaters September 24th! 

  

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

If there's one series that I can count on my kids to read again and again, it's the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney. My 11 and 9 year-old have both re-read each book multiple times, laughing along at Greg Heffley's antics. For anyone who has not yet picked up a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book (and there are now four in the series, with a fifth one due out sometime this year), here's a trailer to tell you a little more about them. You can also check out the series' Web site at http://www.wimpykid.com/. There's even a movie coming out on March 19th.

Ask Cornelia Funke a Question

Cornelia Funke, author of the Inkheart trilogy, Dragon Rider, The Thief Lord, and more kid favorites, has written a new book called Reckless that is due to be published in September. Curious about her new book? Want to know more about how she comes up with her cool ideas? Email her a question through Kidsreads.com! Selected questions will be answered in an online video right from Cornelia Funke. Go to Kidsreads.com and read all about it on the homepage.

Great Backyard Bird Count Starts Today

The GBBC is an annual, four-day event that takes a snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. It's an easy, fun, and free way to help the birds. Anyone can do this for as long or as little a time as he pleases, and their Web site has good information on how to get started, .

Author visit postponed

This Saturday's author program for kids with Michael Hemphill and Sam Riddleburger has been postponed due to the impending snow.  Our co-sponsor, Jabberwocky Children's Books, is working on a new date in May. Stay tuned for the announcement of their rescheduled visit!
 

The Timeless Stories of Jane Yolen

She's been compared to Hans Christian Andersen and that clever fable maker Aesop. For children (and adults!) in today's world, her carefully crafted stories sing with a timeless rhythm and an honest truth. Her family's Russian-Jewish roots have given her the jumping-off place for many a tale (And Twelve Chinese Acrobats, Firebird, and Baba Yaga), but some stories seem to drawn from the heart of the world itself.

Jane Yolen, born in New York City on February 11, 1939, showed a talent for writing early on when she wrote and composed the words and music to her grade school pageant, starring as the lead carrot. She seems to have never slowed down during her years in high school: news editor of the school paper, Spanish club vice president, singing with the a capella choir, and captain of the varsity basketball team. Summers spent at a Vermont camp run by Quakers influenced her deeply. Several of her later books (The Gift of Sarah Barker and Friend: The Story of George Fox and the Quakers) relate to this period of spiritual growth.

Groundhog Day: February 2

Groundhog Day is coming up next Tuesday, February 2. Check out our Groundhog Day book list for some great books for kids. Want more groundhog? Visit Groundhog.org for Groundhog Day history and more!

Visit our Holidays page for more holiday books & info ... Valentine's Day, the Chinese New Year, and Presidents' Day are just around the corner!

Tiger Treats for the Chinese New Year

In 2010, the Chinese New Year celebration begins on February 14, marking the beginning of the Year of the Tiger. Why not have valentines and paper lanterns at your party? Get ready for a tigerrific time. Here are some places to go for craft and food ideas:

DLTK's Jungle Tiger Section
Print out pages to color, make a paper bag puppet or a book end, and try other tiger crafts.

Newbery Medal Winner: "When You Reach Me" by Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead has won the 2010 Newbery Medal!

When You Reach Me, set in 1979, is about a twelve-year-old New York City girl who is in the midst of reading A Wrinkle in Time when she begins to receive a series of mysterious notes from an anonymous source that seem to defy the laws of time and space.

Rebecca Stead is also author of First Light, about New York City boy who accompanies his parents on a research trip to Greenland where he meets a mysterious 14 year-old girl named Thea who lives below the ice.

See the other award-winning children's books!