May the 4th Be With You! A Star Wars Readers Advisory Guide from the Youth Department

May 4th is the official, unofficial Star Wars day building off of the catch phrase in the movie, "May the force be with you." It started in 1977, when the first movie was released, and has caught on with Star Wars fans around the world. In 2013, Disney officially observed the holiday with activities and … Continue reading May the 4th Be With You! A Star Wars Readers Advisory Guide from the Youth Department

Poetry for Kids (and kids at heart): A Poetry Reader’s Advisory from Youth Services

From the Academy of American Poets - April 2021 marks the 25th annual celebration of poets and poetry. Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. The Author Spotlight this month celebrates the … Continue reading Poetry for Kids (and kids at heart): A Poetry Reader’s Advisory from Youth Services

Join Our Hat Parade! A Reader’s Advisory from the Youth Services Department

I love hats! All kinds of hats! One of my favorite stories to read and to tell is Caps for Sale by Eshyr Slobodkina. It is timeless story about a cap peddler and some mischievous monkeys. This month we are celebrating all of the fun and important ways that we cover our heads. Here are some more books you may want to check out.  Tiara's Hat Parade … Continue reading Join Our Hat Parade! A Reader’s Advisory from the Youth Services Department

Amazing Women, A Women’s History Month Reader’s Advisory from the Youth Department

March is Women's History Month - a time to honor and celebrate the contributions and impact made by women throughout the history of our country. In the Children's Department our Author Spotlight is recognizing award winning authors and illustrators. Some of the most prominent awards for children's literature are the Newbery Medal awarded for the … Continue reading Amazing Women, A Women’s History Month Reader’s Advisory from the Youth Department

Stories that Inspire, A Reader’s Advisory from the Youth Services Department

"There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy." - Mark Twain Did you know that Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first American President to ride in an airplane? Did you know that Mary Parker, who was born … Continue reading Stories that Inspire, A Reader’s Advisory from the Youth Services Department

Graphic Novels are “Real” Books, A Reader’s Advisory from Youth Services

While sitting at the Youth Services desk at the library I often hear parents and teachers say, “No, don’t get a graphic novel. Find a “real” book.” I confess that I may have uttered these words myself to my 2 boys as they were choosing books like Bone, Amulet, and Captain Underpants. In the past year, … Continue reading Graphic Novels are “Real” Books, A Reader’s Advisory from Youth Services

I Spy with my little eye… A Reader’s Advisory from Youth Services

Picture puzzles, like the riddles found in I Spy books and the hidden pictures in Highlights magazine, are a lot of fun and have many educational benefits. Picture puzzles help with visual discrimination skills which are essential for reading. Solving picture puzzles improves memory skills and increases a child's vocabulary. They also engage reluctant readers … Continue reading I Spy with my little eye… A Reader’s Advisory from Youth Services

A Few of our Favorite Things (In the Children’s Department), A Reader’s Advisory

This month out Youth Services staff have picked out a few of their favorite books. Here are just some of the titles you can find on our special selection shelf. PICTURE BOOKS Don't Worry Little Crab by Chris Haughton Miss Teri says to check out Don’t Worry Little Crab by Chris Haughton. It is a sweet … Continue reading A Few of our Favorite Things (In the Children’s Department), A Reader’s Advisory