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Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton

Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton

George has a problem. He wants to be good. He knows how good dogs are supposed to act. They are not supposed to devour entire cakes that have been left on the table. They should probably leave any cats alone...dirt, too. George knows what he should do. He just doesn't do it. Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton, brings his eternal struggle to life.

Children's Book Week, May 12-18, 2014

Chidlren's Book Week: May 12-18Children's Book Week (May 12-18, 2014) is the national celebration of books and reading for youth.

Visit your nearest branch to attend a free program, receive a special bookmark and a fun activity sheet!  

Grow a Reader Classes

Specially trained staff present stories, songs, and activities that lay the foundation your child needs to get ready to read.

Mother Goose Time
Ages 2 and under with a caregiver. Drop-in. 
Monday, May 12, 10:00-10:15 @ Salem Church
Tuesday, May 13, 9:30-9:45 @ Porter
Tuesday, May 13, 10:30-11:45 @ Headquarters
Wednesday, May 14, 9:30-9:45 @ Headquarters
Wednesday, May 14, 10:30-10:45 @ Snow
Thursday, May 15, 10:30-10:45 @ Porter
Friday, May 16 10:00-10:30 @ England Run

Author of the Month: Kadir Nelson

From African-American history to folktales to album covers, Kadir Nelson has added his glowing and inspired paintings to dozens of projects and gone on to become an award-winning author himself.

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

"Everyone was perfectly fine with the way things were. Everyone but Mr. Tiger."

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild takes on proper behavior and tears it to shreds. At the beginning of Peter Brown's picture book, four-legged animals walk stiffly upright, wear suits, dresses, top hats, and bonnets. Elephants, bears, and deer all have perfect posture. Every house on the block looks exactly the same, and our striped protagonist is sick of it.

Must Read Alouds

Duck, Duck, Moose

Some books just aren’t meant to be read alone by an adult sitting quietly on her couch with no children in sight; naming no names of course.  They demand an audience so that the actions aren’t just read, but performed, and so that the words aren’t just said, but shouted!  You don’t need a room full of children to enjoy books at this level, this is the kind of fun that can be had even if there are just two of you!

Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales

Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales

Niño is one remarkable little boy. He may look like an ordinary child playing with his toys. When he picks up his red mask though, Niño Wrestles the World.

Yuyi Morales has combined the two disparate worlds of children's literature and Lucha libre to create an unforgettable book.  Niño is great both as a multicultural read and as just a fun romp.

The Story of Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day-- that's September 16. Cinco de Mayo, the 5th of May, celebrates an incredible victory by native Mexican soldiers over the imperialist French who tried to rule them way back in 1862.
The French wanted to collect their debts from Mexico and, rather than making a deal with Mexican government, decided to put into power a new French emperor, Maximilian. Most native Mexicans were furious.

The Mexican leader, General Zaragosa, ordered Colonel Diaz to attack the flanks of the French army with his excellent cavalry. The French chased them, and were defeated. Those French forces that remained were ordered to attack. They charged through mud, a thunderstorm, and a stampede of cattle stirred up by Native Americans armed only with machetes. They, too, were defeated.

She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain by Jonathan Emmet and Deborah Allwright

She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain by Jonathan Emmet and Deborah Allwright

She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain takes the popular folk song to new heights of silliness. A serenading cactus begins our tune, inviting us to sing along. The "She" in question is a pint-sized cowgirl whose legend grows with the song.

We start normally enough, but when we find out that the six white horses she'll be driving are named "Misty, Moonbeam, Milkshake, Stardust, Silvermane, and Snowflake," we find ourselves riding off the beaten path into hilariously imaginative scenarios involving jelly-juggling and rooftop-dancing.

Moonday by Adam Rex

Moonday by Adam Rex

Like a lost puppy, the moon follows a family home one night. Soon an entire town is affected by the celestial visitor. They all have just received their first Moonday.

At first, it is very exciting. When the moon shrinks enough to fit in the backyard, our protagonist hops onto it and explores. But things grow peculiar. Morning never arrives and everyone is feeling extra sleepy. Soon the backyard is flooded with a high tide and howling dogs!

Week of the Young Child, April 6 - April 12, 2014

Grow a Reader classes | Community Events | Fast Facts About the Early Years | Links of Interest

Early childhood education is vital to our community. Children need a strong early learning foundation to succeed in school and to succeed in life. By bringing your child to the library & storytimes, you are growing a reader & providing a great start!

Make a difference in your community:

  • Support early literacy programs. Early reading skills are crucial for young children to be ready for school.
  • Reach out and thank parents, teachers, and all adults who help young children get a great start.
  • Support policies at the local, state, and federal levels that provide high-quality early learning opportunities for all young children.