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May is “Get Caught Reading” month

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“Get Caught Reading” began in 1999 as a national campaign to promote the joys of recreational reading-reading for the fun of it- for readers of all ages. It is a way to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read for pleasure. The campaign is supported by the Association of American Publishers, the national trade association of the book publishing industry in the United States. The hope is to encourage people to… Read More

What’s In Your Child’s Lunchbox? by Ms. Joleen

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  First Lady Michelle Obama has been in the news lately for trying (much to my high-schooler’s chagrin!) to improve the nutritional quality of school lunches in her quest to reduce childhood obesity in the U.S.  That initiative, coupled with a recent report about the many health risks of sugar consumption, may have us parents rethinking what we feed our kids. FPL’S Children’s Collection can help you make some informed decisions with our many books on… Read More

Does a Zookeeper Sleep at Night? By Ms. Diane

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Where do all the zoo animals sleep at night? The “Woodsies” know! During story time we danced like elephants, roared like tigers, stretched like giraffes, and read Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann. We also watched the Weston Woods DVD which accompanies the book. The children laughed at the mischievous gorilla and the animal antics. We did wonder if the Zookeeper had a good night’s sleep! Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann Picturebook Peggy Rathmann Ages 4-8

Unicorns, Dragons and Mermaids, OH MY!

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The Menagerie by Tui T. and Kari Sutherland Did you ever dream of being a zookeeper? 7th Grader Zoe Kahn is living that dream! She lives in Xanadu, Wyoming, a picturesque town with a hidden secret: a menagerie of fantastic animals including unicorn, dragons, griffins, phoenixes, and mermaids. It’s closely guarded by Zoe and her extended family, who have been tending the Menagerie for centuries. When six baby griffins escape from their area, 7th grader Logan Wilde is accidentally drawn into the… Read More

Recharging Creativity by Ms. Leslie

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Last week some of the Children’s Librarian’s attended CLA, Connecticut Library Association’s annual meeting. Groups of librarians from all over the state meet each year to talk about what’s new in the library world and “recharge our creativity.” We previewed some new Children’s books – everything from a new Sandra Boynton book about bunnies to a new series about a young Harry Houdini. The day included seminars about the Common Core State Standards for Connecticut, an… Read More