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New Programs!

Not only is next week the beginning of February, it also marks the return of our weekly programs here in the Children’s Room. In case you missed our previous post, we took a break from programming in January so we could focus on various projects such as creating a tween section and reorganizing the picture books. This blog post is going to highlight some new programs and activities we have planned for the upcoming session!

Since our Kids MarioKart Tournament was such a success earlier this month, we’ve decided to have another one in February and March. They are both going to be on Fridays when the kids have the day off from school. To register or learn more please click here. This tournament will be for children ages 6-10.

That dance party we had way back in December was such a blast, that we decided to make it a weekly thing! Starting next week, every Friday from 1-2pm we will have a drop in dance party for kids ages 2-5. Fun will be had by all.

We will also be adding a weekly Sensory Playtime. This program is for 17 months – age 2. For more information please click here.

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Book Review: The Witch Boy

All Aster wants to do is learn about witchcraft, especially because he’s quite good at it. The only problem is that all the girls in his family are raised to be witches while all the boys are brought up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who tries to go against these traditions is exiled. Aster is constantly getting into trouble for hiding in trees and behind doors, trying to secretly listen to the girl’s lessons. But when someone starts attacking Aster’s family and a dark family secret comes to light, Aster’s witch powers just might be the very thing that can save everybody.

This trilogy is perfect for readers who liked the Amulet and Bone series. Both the illustrations and plot in the Witch Boy books are a feast for the eyes. What I really enjoyed most about the series was how it incorporated both the witch world and the real world in the form of Charlie, Aster’s non-magical friend. She often helps put things in perspective for Aster and the other characters. Struggling with who you are versus who you are expected to be is one of the many important themes of this trilogy. The importance of family and friends is another.

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Reorganized Picture Books

Remember how we had the picture books organized in an alphabetical spiral?

Well, it didn’t work out so we changed them up again.

Stop in and we’ll give you a tour of the new arrangement!

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns feel free to email Miss Betsey.

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Tween Section!

Do you have a child who has outgrown the chapter books in the Children’s Room but isn’t quite ready for the teen section? Then we have good news for you: the library is creating a tween section!

Listed below you can find some questions and answers about our blossoming tween section.

Q: Who is a tween?

A child between the ages of 10-13. Often tweens are in middle school.

Q: Do I have to be a tween to check out books from the tween section?

Of course not! The books are for everyone and therefore anyone can check out tween books.

Q: Hey you wily librarian, why can’t I seem to find any of the chapter books I’m looking for in the Children’s Room?

We are currently pulling books that are “tween-y” out of the regular chapter book collection and putting them in the tween area. The same process is being done in the teen section.

Q: Well, where is the tween area?

It is located in the back of the Children’s Room where the biographies currently are. All tween books currently have a “T” sticker on them.

Q: How do you determine if a book is meant for tweens?

A typical tween book has the following characteristics:

  • A protagonist in grades 6, 7, or 8
  • A protagonist ages 10-13
  • Light swearing or no swearing
  • No drug use by the main character
  • May contain kissing and chaste touching, but no sex
  • May have more intense violence and horror than a children’s book, but does not describe it in great detail.

Q: Whoa, whoa, whoa, light swearing? Elaborate please.

Acceptable words: damn, crap, hell

Acceptable in moderation: shit, ass

Q: I have a question, suggestion, comment or concern. Who do I contact?

Email Miss Betsey!

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Book Review: Pearl by Molly Idle

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While technically all picture books are works of art, Pearl is one of those books whose illustrations are a feast for the eyes. Written and illustrated by Molly Idle, Pearl tells the story of a little mermaid named Pearl who wants more than anything to make a big difference. 

In the beginning of the story, she swims around observing all the mermaids working on their various undersea jobs. Some kept an eye on the coral reefs, others tended to the forests of kelp, while some guarded the giant octopi. One cool visual detail is that the mermaids are illustrated so that they resemble the undersea task that they are responsible for. Pearl goes to her mother and asks to be given her own task to help with. Her mother gives Pearl one grain of sand and tells her that it is hers to care for every day and keep safe every night. Needless to say Pearl is devastated. She wanted something big and important! What’s so special about one single grain of sand?! Nonetheless, Pearl takes care of it and what happens in the end is truly magical. 

With its stunning illustrations and positive message, Pearl is a perfect picture book to read out loud. It teaches children that even the smallest people and things can make a huge difference. I highly recommend this book.