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It’s summer, and we’re already half way through the Summer Reading Game. Many of you have signed up and finished. Some of you are just starting. There’s plenty of time to start now and finish by August 8.

I find more people inquire about using eBooks and eAudiobooks. Perhaps the next book in a series the kids want is available in eBook format first, although you might still have to place a hold. Or, perhaps you really want some audiobooks to listen to on a road trip, and the CD Book isn’t available or is on hold for someone else.

On our website you can find guides for using the various platforms (Overdrive, Enki, etc.) with your particular Android, iPad, Nook, Kindle, or other device. Look for eBooks on the bottom right column on our homepage. On the next page, click on Overdrive (or OneClick or other options). Then you’ll see a list of guides for your device for that particular platform. After trying it out at home, if you need more guidance, ask our librarians at any information desk. Just be prepared for a bit of a wait, as we have longer lines than usual as we’re giving out summer reading prizes 🙂

Meanwhile I have a list of kids’ books I want to read, suggested by various children’s librarians in the Bay Area as “distinguished” books, including several titles that are just available this year.  Here are three of them…

alabamaGone Crazy in Alabama, by Rita Williams-Garcia (April 2015). She wrote the Newbery Honor winner, One Crazy Summer(2010), about three sisters (ages 11, 7 and 5) who spend the summer of 1968 in Oakland with their mom. They are enrolled in free breakfasts and peace day camp provided by the Black Panthers — where they learn about pride in their heritage, and learn how to stand up for themselves. They also learn that the family that loves them may not be related by blood — and some of the family that loves them most is back in Brooklyn. One summer later, the girls travel to the Deep South, to Alabama, to visit their paternal grandmother and great grandma. They learn about a slower lifestyle, a more polite way, but a place where small rivalries and grudges are held onto for decades. These girls may be the catalyst for reconciliation in their family — but they have a few things to learn from their aunties, as well!

The Imaginary, by A.F. Harrold (ill. Emily Gravett), March 2015. About the life of an imaginary friend — and what does he do when the girl who imagines him is fading away? An interesting existential question! (I’m intrigued to know more about the story A.F. Harrold will unfold to us) imaginarythe-honest-truth

The Honest Truth, by Dan Gemeinhart (January 2015), which is an adventure of a boy and his dog, surviving in nature. But the boy has a terminal diagnosis. He’s sick enough to need to go to the hospital for treatments. But before that happens, he wants to climb a mountain in Washington state. He uses ingenuity and creativity just to get himself and his dog out of the city. I can’t wait to see what happens next…

Whether you’re reading Harry Potter #1, or Percy Jackson for the first or fifth time — or trying something brand new — enjoy the summer for the opportunity to read something different, thought-provoking, or fun!

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If your book club is between books, there may be something for you in the library’s book group kits.  At the www.aclibrary.org home page, do a title or keyword search for “book group kit” to find a list of titles.  Each kit consists of a bag that contains one study guide and ten copies of the title, so members of your book club won’t have to go and find their own copy.

Childcare providers and parents can search for “story times to go”.  The search results will list thematic kits containing books and materials for children.  The materials come in a blue bin and may include a DVD, puppets and books, depending on the theme.

Holds can be placed as usual on titles in group kits and story times to go.  Check them out.

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If you’ve set foot in any of the Alameda County Libraries this month you know that March is Art is Education Month . This year’s theme is “Tell Us Your Story.”

Have fun with this idea by checking out Wordless Picture Books!

The best kind have intriguing illustrations that allow readers to tell tales in their own words, as they see images unfold. We’ve had a lot of fun at our house with wordless picture books, as each time stories change and evolve depending on the “teller” of the story. I tell a story one way to my toddler, and her father will interpret the same images in a totally different way.

If you have a child who is in preschool or younger this activity fosters observation as well as, narrative skills, and talking, which is a valuable pre-reading ability.

Below is a sampling of books that I’ve come across while working here at Fremont Main Children’s Room:

Beaver is Lost by Elisha Cooper
4 words is all you need to tell a story of beaver finding his way home. Cooper’s watercolor and pencil drawings will fill in the blanks.

Bluebird by Bob Staake
Drawn in a manner similar to cartoon storyboards, this exploration on friendship may be more accessible to school age kids.

Daisy Gets Lost by Chris Raschka
Another cheater on the list, as there are 4 words, 5 if you count the dog barking. Raschka’s follow up to A Ball for Daisy is a sweet tale of being lost and found.

The Giant Seed by Arthur Geisert
To be honest the only reason this caught my eye is because my kid loves blowing seeds off dandelion puffs. This book will probably be more interesting to older children who can make astute observations on how a tiny pig community bands together for survival.

Last Night by Hyewon Yum
Reminiscient of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, a little girl gets sent to bed early and embarks on evening adventures with her stuffed bear.

The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
My favorite version of Aesop’s fable! This book actually does have a few words, most of which are animal sounds. So I’m letting it slide. Pinkney won a Caldecott Award for his rich illustrations. Check it out and see why!

Red Hat by Lita Judge
Another book with words in the form of animal sounds, but story tellers will laugh at the rag tag group of baby animals and a child’s solution to their hijinks.

Time Flies by Eric Rohman
A Caldecott Honor Award winner. A modern day bird journeys through time and visits ancient dinosaurs.

Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole
Simply and beautifully told through the eyes of a young girl as she chooses to help a runaway slave.

And there are so many more! Do you have any favorites I missed? List them in the comments below!

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June 5 would have been the 94th birthday of children’s author Richard Scarry.  Scarry wrote very not-scary books about Busytown, which was populated by animals.  He authored or illustrated over 150 books in his lifetime!  In the 1980s, many of his books were made into popular animated videos.  There were even toy sets made based on his very popular books.We have lots of Richard Scarry’s books and DVDs – come check them out!

 

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Today is the anniversary of the Reverend Wilbert V. Awdry’s death (March 21, 1997). Reverence Awdry was the creator of the beloved Railway Series, featuring Thomas the Tank engine and his friends. In his youth, Awdry lived near train tracks and could hear the trains at night, chugging up a steep grade. The first of the Railway Stories was created in 1943 when his son was sick at home. Awdry created the story to entertain his son, and continued writing new stories afterwards (a total of 26 stories, before Awdry stopped writing in 1972). For more information about Awdry, please check out the wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilbert_Vere_Awdry

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Are you in grades 6-8? Do you like to read books and discuss what you’ve read (and have a lot of fun?) Consider joining Tween Page Turners. We meet once a month (the last Wednesday of the month) from 4-5 pm in conference Room A. We read a different book each month, and sometimes we read Advanced Reader’s Copies (books that are not yet published) and review them for the library. We currently are about half full, and are looking for new tweens to join us! If you are interested, please stop by the Children’s Desk to pick up a copy of the bookfor the next month’s meeting.

If you would like any further information, or have any questions, please email Mary Ayers at mcayers@aclibrary.org.

Some of the recent titles we’ve read:

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The Secret of Platform 13 by Iva Ibbotson

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

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We have two art programs returning to the library in February and March. The first is Book Party, which was a successful storytime and craft program that ran last year during the spring, and is returning February 20th. Our first session was actually yesterday, and participants had a great time hearing two of Mo Willem’s pigeon books (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and The Pigeon Wants a Puppy).Pigeon FingerpuppetAfter the stories, each child made a set of fingerpuppets (a pigeon, duckling and Mad Cow) from the new activity book from the series: http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Pigeon-Finish-This-Activity/dp/1423133102/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358462532&sr=8-1&keywords=dont+let+the+pigeon+finish. The kids had a blast coloring in their puppets and making them as “crazy” looking as they could.

Upcoming dates for future Book Party programs are: February 20th, March 20th, April 17th and May 15th. We meet in Fukaya Room A (with the exception of March, when we will be in the storytime theater). Program meets from 4-5 pm. All ages are welcome, but the stories and crafts are geared towards children ages 5-7 years old. Young children should have an adult helper present.

Our other returning program is Fun with Origami, run by our teen volunteer, Vanessa. Vanessa prepares two-three new origami projects each session and shows the kids how to fold them. Beacuse of the limited supply of paper, classes will be limited to 20 students, ages 8-10 years old. There is no registration for these classes, but you must pick up your free ticket at the Children’s Desk beginning at 3:45 pm the day of each program.

Origami Classes are on Thursdays, February 7th & 21st and March 7th & 21st. Classes are 4-5 pm in Fukaya Room A.

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