Friday, June 19, 2009

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Storytimes are back! Join us this April for our next session of storytimes at the Mission Viejo Library.

“Mommy & Me” Storytime for children ages 12-36 months and a special grown-up will be offered three times on Monday mornings from 10:20am-10:40am, 11:00am-11:20am, and 11:40am-12:00pm. All programs include stories, music, puppets, and fingerplays.

Our newest storytime is offered on Monday afternoons from 3:30pm-4:00pm. Children ages 3 to 6 will enjoy stories, music, and a hands-on craft activity.

Monday evenings from 7:00pm-7:30pm children 3 to 6 years old are invited to join us for our “PajamaRama” storytime. Come in your PJ’s for bedtime stories, fun and crafts.

Dates for Monday storytimes are: April 6, 13, 20, 27, and May 4, 11.

Tuesdays we offer another storytime with a craft from 10:30am-11:00am and again from 1:30pm-2:00pm. Preschoolers from age 3-6 will enjoy stories, music, and a hands-on craft activity. Dates for this storytime with a craft are: April 7, 14, 21, 28, and May 5, 12.

All of the above storytimes are held in the library community room. Doors in the children’s area to the community room will open a few minutes before each program begins. Don’t miss out on all the fun! We’ll see you at the library for storytime!

Monday, February 23, 2009

In the Spotlight: Awards

It’s awards season. The Golden Globes, the Grammy Awards, and the Academy Awards are all given out around this time of the year. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC, a division of the American Library Association) also announces its children’s book awards this time of year. This year’s winners include some wonderful books for younger children. The Caldecott Medal, awarded to the artist of a picture book, was given to “The House in the Night” illustrated by Beth Krommes and written by Susan Marie Swanson. This cumulative bedtime story is sure to comfort and soothe the youngest of readers. A starred review from Booklist says “…the art is spectacular.” You’ll want to check it out and see for yourself!

Another of the awards recently announced by the ALSC was the Geisel Award, an award given in honor of Theodor Seuss Geisel, the one and only Dr. Seuss. This award is for an outstanding book for beginning readers. The award for 2009 was given to “Are You Ready to Play Outside?” by Mo Willems. It’s a wonderful story about Piggie and Gerald and how they deal with a rainy afternoon. You will laugh and fall in love with the characters on the first read! Then be sure to check out Willems’ other “Elephant and Piggie” books. Your beginning reader is sure to love them all!

For a complete listing of all of the 2009 ALSC Award Winners click on this link.

While we’re on the topic of award winners, you’ll want to check out this year’s Grammy winner for Best Musical Album for Children. It’s “Here Come the 123s” by They Might Be Giants.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

This Weeks Storytime in a Bag
by Daytha Howell

The Wide-Mouth Frog by Keith Faulkner

The reason I chose this book for Storytime in a Bag was…it’s just plain fun to read aloud! The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner is a pop-up book, and pop-ups are enjoyed by kids (and adults) of all ages. When the wide-mouthed frog asks different animals what they eat, the reader just has to open his mouth as wide as he or she can. Then, at the end when he asks the alligator what he eats and finds out that it’s wide-mouthed frogs…well, that is when you purse your lips and deny you’re a wide-mouthed frog. What fun!!!!

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

This Weeks Storytime in a Bag
Denise Mueller

Help! A Story of Friendship by Holly Keller
I selected this book for its sweet story of friendship between animals. It is also beautifully illustrated with cut paper collage. The storytime bag includes a shiny, long snake puppet, which kids will like to use in re-telling the story.

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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

This Weeks Storytime in a Bag

Bear's New Friend by Karma Wilson
Karma Wilson's "bear" books are all at the top of my list of great picture books. They're all so good that picking one for a "storytime in a bag" was difficult. I finally decided on this one because of the friendship theme.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

This Weeks Storytime in a Bag
by Denise Mueller

Harry & the Dinosaurs at the Museum by Ian Whybrow; Adrian Reynolds, illustrator
We get many requests at the Children’s Reference Desk for both dinosaur facts and dinosaur stories, so I believed there would be lots of interest in a dinosaur theme. The storyline is an entertaining fantasy as Harry’s dinosaur toys come to life.

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