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Monarchs in the Library!


Last Saturday at the Fountaindale Library I thought was going to be a typical Saturday. It was a beautiful day and the library was just open when something magical happened! Cindy Hennessy,  a Monarch Butterfly enthusiast and local expert had come into the library to meet a friend and brought with her a beautiful Monarch Butterfly that just emerged or hatched earlier that morning. While unable to fly just yet she seemed to enjoy exploring the library while crawling on our hands, arms and even faces! Cindy is so passionate about them and their conservation she taught us so much about Monarchs! From where they lay their eggs, Milkweed leaves, to what the caterpillars eat, milkweed of course, and all about their migration to Mexico!

She had one chrysalis with a Monarch that was just about ready to hatch. She generously left it with us so that we and the kids at the library could watch it emerge. She said it would take about an hour. She really knows her stuff because about an hour later the chrysalis began to shake and quicker than I was able to open my camera a beautiful Monarch was born. We watched as he slowly stretched out over the next few hours being careful not to disturb him.

When he finally stretched out we were able to be certain that he was in fact a he. Cindy told us to look for two black dots on the lower part of his wings. Later in the day we could tell he was ready to go. Miss Joyce took him home with her to share one last look with her daughter and then released him in their backyard. After a little hesitation Charlie as he was named flitted above their heads, floated for a bit then zoomed off to start his new life!

Remembering Donald Hall

We recently heard about the death of poet Donald Hall, who was a poet laureate and greatly respected for his poems about rural life. You can find examples of his work in our poetry and picture book collections.

The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children’s Poems edited by Donald Hall
An anthology of American poems, arranged chronologically, from colonial alphabet rhymes to Native American cradle songs to contemporary poems.

Ox-cart Man by Donald Hall, illustrated by Barbara Cooney
Describes the day-to-day life throughout the changing seasons of an early 19th-century New England family. Barbara Cooney won the Caldecott Medal for the illustrations.

Lucy’s Christmas by Donald Hall
In the fall of 1909, Lucy gets an early start on making Christmas presents for her family and friends, which they will open at the church’s Christmas program.

Lucy’s Summer by Donald Hall
For Lucy Wells, who lives on a farm in New Hampshire, the summer of 1910 is filled with helping her mother can fruits and vegetables, enjoying the Fourth of July celebration, and other activities. Lucy Wells was the name of Donald Hall’s mother.

The Milkman’s Boy by Donald Hall
Tells the story of the Graves Family Dairy, whose three horses pulled the wagons delivering milk to families in the years before trucks and shopping centers replaced them. Hall’s father worked in the dairy business.

Old Home Day by Donald Hall
The story of the growth of a New Hampshire village from pre-history to the bicentennial celebration of its founding.

Local readers are getting famous

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Two of our beloved patrons, Regan and Lauren, will be featured in the American Girl Doll Holiday Campaign. The two sisters tried out for a fun photo session organized by Mattel to select new models for their catalog. To their great surprise, both of them got the good news that they had been selected!

Their mom comes to the library every week to keep fresh books in the house. Regan loves Pinkalicious, Elephant & Piggie and princess books. Lauren’s favorite books are the Ever After High book series, Cupcake Diaries and books by Reina Telgemeier. Both sisters will attend middle school together in the fall.

We are very proud that our eager readers will be featured in an American Girl Doll campaign. We hope their beautiful smiles, that we often see, will bring more smiles to other families!

ALA Youth Media Awards

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Take a look at the award-winning books for kids and teens announced this morning! In addition to individual books that were honored, Eloise Greenfield and Jacqueline Woodson received awards for their many books for children (and Angela Johnson was honored for her writing for teens). Debbie Reese, who will deliver the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, has also shared the winners of the 2018 American Indian Library Association’s Youth Literature Award on her blog.

ALA Youth Media Awards – News and Press Center

Farewell, Richard Wilbur

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We recently heard the news about the death of Richard Wilbur. He wrote poetry for both adults and children, and was also known for translating plays. Click (and scroll down the page) to hear him read “The Opposite of Pillow” (“What is the opposite of pillow? The answer, child, is armadillo…”)

Happy birthday, dear Underpants…

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I first became aware of Captain Underpants during the presidential election of 2000, when a student at my college sent out an email reporting on the results of putting the presidential candidates’ names through Professor Poopypants’ Name Change-O Chart. But the series is actually a little older than that– it came out 20 years ago this month!

We have lots of Dav Pilkey books to help you mark the occasion, and you can also enjoy reading an interview with the author.


Go back to magic school (no, not that one)


Do you love the “School for Good and Evil” series? A new book, Quests for Glory, comes out today. Fans can enjoy an interview with the author as well as a book trailer: