Monarch Reading Club
Friday, December 1–Thursday, February 15
Voting: Thursday, February 15–Thursday, March 1
Pick up a reading log at the Monarch Award display in the Secret Garden, and check out some of the books. Read or listen to all 20 nominees to earn a prize. Read or listen to at least five and vote for your favorite. If your school is voting for the Monarch Award, you can still vote to pick the library winner.
It’s Picture Book Month! Take a look through the Children’s Services department and you will see little notes throughout the picture book collection pointing out some of our favorite titles.
Family Reading Night
Clothespin Puppets Picture Book Show
Wednesday, November 15, 7-7:45 p.m.
See your favorite books come to life during a fast-paced mix of stories, puppets and audience participation. Get here early and meet the puppets and puppeteers starting at 6 p.m. Drop in.
Are you curious about reading levels? Would you like to read what the creators of the A-Z leveling system used in local schools have to say about them? Take a look at this recent article from School Library Journal: Fountas and Pinnell Say Librarians Should Guide Readers by Interest, Not Level
Here are a few tried-and-true books for kids and resources for parents to help deal with violence and upsetting news.
The Moon Came Down on Milk Street by Jean Gralley
You’ve probably seen a quote attributed to Mr. Rogers about his mom telling him, when he saw something scary, to “look for the helpers.” That’s this book in a nutshell, as firefighters and rescue dogs and other helpers put things right after a disaster.
Sometimes Bad Things Happen by Ellen Jackson
Mentions some of the bad things that happen in the world and presents some positive ways to respond to them.
And God Cried, Too: A Kid’s Book of Healing and Hope by Marc Gellman
The angel Gabriel helps Mikey, an angel-in-training, to understand why bad things happen for what seems to be no reason and how to hold on to hope and faith during difficult times.
What to Do When You’re Scared & Worried: A Guide for Kids by James J. Crist
This self-help guide has lots of practical and specific advice about how kids can handle their fears.
Someone also shared an article from PBS Parents that was new to me, How to Help Kids Feel Safe After Tragedy, which is a quick read and has simple, practical suggestions.