Okay, I’m just going to say it. I…like reading picture books. And not just for my job. I really like reading them! And, I think if you’re a parent or you work with kids, enjoying these kinds of books can be integral to enjoying story time almost as much as your kids do! So, I am recommending some picture books that are enjoyable for both kids and adults. Some of these will be for the writing, some for the illustrations, and some will be because they’re just a fun story for all! I hope amongst these you find some picture books that you can really love as much as your kids do!
I’ve always been a huge fan of comics and graphic novels, but recently my love for them has grown exponentially. This year alone I’ve read far more graphic novels than text-based books – and I have a feeling that trend is only going to continue! Graphic novels are a great way to encourage reluctant readers to pick up a book, as the amount of pictures to text is often a little more appealing. The illustrations are also a great way to engage a child’s – or anyone’s – imagination!
I recently had the chance to read the first book in the Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi. Emily, her brother, and her mother have just moved into a house that has been passed down her mother’s family for generations. Soon a series of events leads Emily to an amulet that possesses an enormous amount of power and brings them all into the land of Alledia, a world similar to Earth, but teeming with magic, robots, and adventure!
The series starts with The Stonekeeper and is currently made up of seven volumes, which, if you’re at all like me, you’ll read quickly through in the span of a week. The eighth volume is due to release September 25th of this year, so now is the perfect time to pick up the series! Not to mention, this fall we’ll be launching the Tween Graphic Novel Book Club, for ages 8-12, and September’s book is the first in the Amulet series!
Harry Potter drips with nostalgia for me. I started reading them in the 10th grade and the last book came out when I was well into college. As such, there wasn’t much of a next for me in juvenile sci-fi, but these are the books I would have read if I had finished Harry Potter in middle school instead of in between chem labs and final exams.
Explore and learn in your own backyard. These fun, educational kits will encourage children to view the wondrous world of nature through new eyes. Both kids include a National Geographic Field Guide and magnifying glass. The insect kit includes a bug catcher with built in magnification, 2 butterfly nets and a set of 3D bug identification cards.
The bird kit includes child sized binoculars, a compass, a bird call and a deck of bird identification cards. Also included in this kit is instructions from Cornell Lab of Ornithology Celebrate Urban Birds program. This program is aimed at creating “Citizen Scientists” who gather and share information about the habitats in their own backyards. The instructions are easy, but do need to be followed in order to not invalidate the data. The website for sharing your results is included in the packet. Creating an account is required. If you would rather not do so, but still want your numbers counted, you can let the staff at the children’s desk know and we will add your results under the library’s account. Read More
Imagine that the library is your paradise away from home, during your Spring Break! The library has some fun activities going on during that week that will be fun for everyone!
We will start the week off with a walk- in craft making construction paper flowers on Sunday, March 25th through Saturday, March 31st!
Wednesday the 28th is going to be a fun day for all ages; at 11 a.m. we have Kevin Farris & the Infinite Possibilities and at 6:30 p.m. we have Family STEM night. Registration is required for both of these activities. Family STEM activities are open to children ages 4-12 years old.
On Thursday, March 29th at 2 p.m. we have a Walk-in Led Bracelet, ages 10-14.
To finish off the fun week we have a walk-in family story time (newborn – 6 years old) at 10 a.m. on Friday the 30th.
For more details about these activities or to register, link to our calendar. Read More