Monday, January 31, 2011

Snow, Snow & More Snow!

Yep - CT is gearing up for yet another round of snow! What do you do when the weather is frightful? We suggest stocking up on some books! We've got cookbooks just for kids (learn a new recipe), craft books, game books (play a game together), and so much more. You can also listen to some new music - we've got a lot of fabulous music CDs. You can download free audiobooks for kids, too. Just visit - with  your library card you can "check out" downloads just like books! Plug in "juvenile" in the search box to narrow your choices down to just kids' audiobooks.

Of course, we have lots of videos, too. Whatever you do, have fun and be safe!

Friday, January 21, 2011


Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House series is back with a new adventure: A Crazy Day with Cobras. But with the magic tree house comes terrible news: Merlin's beloved penguin, Penny, has been put under a spell! Jack and Annie must find four things to break the spell. The first is a rare and precious emerald. When the magic tree house whisks them back to India over four hundred years ago to search for the jewel, they discover an amazing and exotic world filled with great danger. Will Jack and Annie find what they're looking for? Will they avoid the wrath of the all-powerful Great Mogul, survive a crazy ride on a wild elephant, escape an attack by king cobras--and make it back to the magic tree house alive?

Visit our Library Catalog to check the book out from the library today, or place a reserve on it!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011



No Babygarten and story times today due to weather conditions!

There will be no Babygarten or story times today because of the weather. Babygarten will be rescheduled for next week on Jan. 25. Sip some hot chocolate or curl up with a good book! Check out Tumblebooks, animated, talking picture books. You'll find the link at the right of the screen. Stay safe, everyone!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

ONLINE STORYTIME: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

A cure for cabin fever...Barnes & Noble's Online Storytime!
Find more videos at B&N's Online Storytime Page. Grab some hot chocolate and settle in for great stories...

Monday, January 10, 2011

American Library Association Award Winners 2011

The ALA announced the award winners for the year 2011 today. Check them out or reserve them from the library! Here's a list of the winners in some of the major categories. For the complete list, visit ALA.

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:
Winner: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
Winner: A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead; written by Philip C. Stead

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:
Winner: Bink and Gollie, written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee and illustrated by Tony Fucile

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
Winner (for children ages 0 to 10): The Pirate of Kindergarten, written by George Ella Lyon; illustrated by Lynne Avril

Pura Belpré (Author) Award honoring a Latino writer whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
Winner: The Dreamer, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan; illustrated by Peter Sis.

Robert F. Sibert Medal for most distinguished informational book for children:
Winner: Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot, written by Sy Montgomery; photographs by Nic Bishop

Saturday, January 8, 2011

STORYBLOCKS: Songs & Rhymes to Help Build Readers

I wanted to share this fantastic resource with everyone! It's a website called STORYBLOCKS, and it is a project of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, working in partnership with Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Services. It is a collection of 30-60 second videos designed to model to parents and caregivers some songs, rhymes, and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood. Each video clip includes helpful early literacy tips to increase caregivers’ understanding of child development and pre-literacy needs. Take a look!

Thursday, January 6, 2011


We've got a brand new website - visit and check it out! Lots more to come in the Children's Room section...stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy Birthday, Jacob Grimm!

Jacob Grimm (of the Brothers Grimm) was born on January 4, 1785 in Germany. Visit National Geographic's Brothers Grimm page to hear a fairy tale read to you online!