Thursday, September 29, 2011

Children's Room KINDLE!

The Children's Room Kindle is now available! Call us at 742-7606 or visit our CATALOG  (search for KINDLE and choose the J/KIN KINDLE) to place your reserve. The Kindle checks out on an adult card for one week. 
The Children's Room Kindle is preloaded with lots of great kids' books. The following are the titles currently on the Kindle, and we will be adding more!
  • The 39 Clues (Cahills vs. Vespers): The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman
  • The Anne of Green Gables books by L.M. Montgomery
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • The Book of Dragons by E. Nesbit
  • The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Dogs in the Dead of Night (Magic Tree House) by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Football Genius by Tim Green
  • Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows
  • Judy Moody, Girl Detective by Megan McDonald
  • Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park
  • The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus) by Rick Riordan
  • The Magnificent 12: The Call by Michael Grant
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies by Beatrix Potter
  • The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

Monday, September 26, 2011

Banned Books Week

Each year during the last week of September libraries across the country celebrate Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. This year Banned Books Week runs from September 24 - October 1.

The American Library Association compiles a list of the top ten most challeneged or banned books each year. Over the past ten years here are some of the children's books that have made that list:

* Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
* Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz
* Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey
* And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
* Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes
* The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
* In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
* Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
* Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
* Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

Did any of your favorite books make the list? Aren't you glad we have the freedom to read what we want? Here at the library we think it is worth celebrating. Visit the Banned Books week website @

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Inheritance is Coming!

Inheritance, the fourth and final book in Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle hits the shelves on Nov. 8! While you wait, reserve your copy from the library's catalog , and refresh your memory by re-reading the first three books in the series: Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr. Also take a look at The Inheritance Almanac: an A to Z Guide to the World of Eragon (JNF 813.6 MAC) and Eragon's Guide to Alagaesia (JNF 813.6 PAO).

Last but not least, watch the book trailer for Inheritance!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New Materials in the Children's Room

The Children's Room has some fabulous new materials for you to take home! Check out a new Geronimo Stilton title (The Amazing Voyage: the Third Adventure in the Kingdom of Fantasy), Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick, new picture books by Rosemary Wells (Love Waves) and Eve Bunting (Pirate Boy), and some great new DVD titles. And coming soon - a Children's Room Kindle and a Playaway View!

Monday, September 12, 2011


September 13 is Roald Dahl Day! Mr. Dahl, author of such fabulous books as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda (and many others) was born on Sept. 13, 1916 in Llandaff, Wales. Did you know that he coined the word "gremlin"?

This year, however, is particularly special because it is the 50th Anniversary of one of Roald Dahl’s best loved stories, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH!

Visit the Children's Room and check out our Roald Dahl book display and take home a "scrumdiddlyumptious" book by Roald Dahl! 

You can also: 
 1. Wear something yellow (Roald's favorite color).
 2. Give someone a favorite book - wrapped in newspaper and tied up in string, just like Roald used to do!
 3. Tell a silly joke - Roald loved swapping these with his kids!
 3. Write your own Revolting Rhyme.

Find out more ways you can celebrate Roald Dahl Day at the official Roald Dahl Website.

Friday, September 9, 2011


Babygarten is a fun and exciting program for children ages 0 to 2 and their caregivers! 

Babygarten runs in multiple 6-week sessions during the year, and requires registration for each session.  Space is limited!
  •  The next 6-week session begins on Tuesday, September 13 @ 10:15 AM - the dates are as follows: Sept. 13 & 20; October 4, 11, 18 & 25. Registration is open!. Call 742-7606 to register.
What is Babygarten?
  • Infants and their caregivers will share nursery rhymes, songs and books, but also get a chance to make fun projects that demonstrate the children's developmental milestones - usually a homemade toy or a baby book item.
  • Many projects and activities will emphasize the importance of reading to babies and parents will learn how to do this most effectively.
  • The class concludes with a free play period.

The program includes:

Nursery Rhymes and Songs – Infants in the womb are soothed by the ever-present beat of a mother’s heartbeat. Babies of all ages still respond to a steady beat no matter what form it takes – rhymes, music, windshield wipers, dishwashers, etc. Rhymes also provide interesting repetition of the sounds we use in everyday language. Using familiar rhymes on a regular basis encourages your child to make sounds and eventually form first words.

Book Sharing – We’ll read books in unison (yes, the same ones over and over!) and the librarian may recommend books that are most popular with babies. For infants, a book represents the closeness of being held and the soft sounds that come from a familiar person. Eventually, they will understand how a book “works” and that the black squiggles somehow correspond with the sounds the reader makes. These are all pre-literacy skills that better prepare your child for a lifetime of learning.

Parenting Information – Questions about infant development and parenting often arise during the Babygarten program. We welcome your questions and will do everything we can to help you find answers. Sometimes the best source is the person sitting next to you on the floor!

Handmade Toys and Mementos – The playthings that babies enjoy most are always the least expensive ones. You’ll have the opportunity to construct simple, effective toys from items we all have around the house. Also, to help you remember the fleeting moments of your child’s babyhood, we’ll make some items that are perfect for grandparent gifts or the baby book.

Free Play Period – At the end of each session, we’ll do what we THINK comes naturally to all caregivers. Playing is how babies learn and your involvement can enhance their enjoyment and enlightenment. It’s fun to see how other people play and how babies respond to each other. This is where some of your best discoveries will originate – either through observation or conversation (with babies and adults!).

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sept. is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! If you don't already have a Booth & Dimock library card, then September is a great month to get one - get a special treat (kids only) just for getting a card!

Also, if you haven't already, "LIKE" the Booth & Dimock Memorial Library's Children's Room facebook page ( during the month of Septemebr, then visit the Children's Room for a special prize...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Latest Coventry E-Blast (9/1)

Coventry Storm Clean-up Update 9-1-2011
Thursday, September 01, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Drinking Water is available free at Capt. Nathan Hale Middle School lot. (Additional ice has been requested but is not yet available…If we get some it will be next to the water truck…two bags max.)
September 1:  Pasta Dinner at 5:00 Coventry High School Cafeteria provided by UCONN Women Basketball (600 meals).
Showers are open at Coventry High School 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 Thursday and Friday & 6 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday.  Enter through the Auditorium entrance on side.  Bring own towel and toiletries.
Food waste (only) will be accepted at transfer station free of charge Saturday between 9 A.M. and noon.
Brush and limbs (only) will be accepted free of charge at Town's South Street Extension Gravel pit (Turn onto South Street Extension from Main Street and continue straight past Miller-Richardson ball fields down the hill, turn right into the pit.  Look for directions to pile).  No town wide brush pick up is planned.  Do not place material at road edge.
The boil water order only applies to the Pilgrim Hills neighborhood due to a construction accident, not related to the storm.
Limited meals ready-to-eat and bottled water will be available at pasta dinner.
CLP is predicting at least 1,000 households in the lake area may have power restored tonight.   In the Northern end of town CLP is estimating 99% restoration by Sept. 2.  and 100% BY Sept. 3. Please call CLP at 1-800-286-2000 to report your outage and track the restoration projection.