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Summer Reading 2014

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Summer Reading is well underway! Fairfield Public Library’s Read. Game. Win! has brought the community into the library to play games, read books and have a great time. With something to do every day of the week, FPL has been busy giving out book recommendations, hosting programs for all ages and handing out reading prizes! Fairfield’s students in grades K-5 have read a combined total of 440,660 minutes so far! And the summer is not even… Read More

Care for Books! by Cindyb

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From  Book Week Online: This “Care for Books” bookmark by Hardie Gramatky, was available for purchase from the Children’s Book Council for nearly 30 years, but it fell out of print in 2004. With the permission of the CBC, the Gramatky family, and G.P. Putnam’s sons, it has become available to libraries on an as-needed basis. Hardie Gramatky is the illustrator of the classic children’s book, Little Toot, which has been in print since 1939. It is… Read More

Woodsie Band by Diane P

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Story Time at Fairfield Woods ended on a “HIGH” note!  We conducted our “Woodsie Band” with bells, rhythm sticks, and a xylophone and performed our own version of the sound of music!  We read Little Pig Joins the Band and used the CD for added sound effects.  The Children’s SongBag by Paul DuBois Jacobs contains many simple compositions without sharps or flats, which can be banged out on the xylophone.  We made a cardboard guitar as a… 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

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

Purrrfect Picturebooks

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Are you ever in the mood to just watch videos of adorable cats? We get that way too. But sometimes you really just need a good book about adorable cats. Here are some of my favorites. It’s All About Me-ow: A Young Cat’s Guide to the Good Life by Hudson Talbott follows an adult cat as he gives three kittens advice on how to charm, entertain, and communicate with their new human family. A fun, funny and… Read More

Bird is the Word, or Words on Birds

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I Spy in the Sky by William Gibbs (2014) This book is in the same style/”series” as I Spy on the Farm. And like I Spy on the Farm, this book is rendered completely in digital media. While you can tell it is digital, it still looks phenomenal. The spread with the peacock is particularly striking. It really is a fun read–especially for engaging a younger audience. Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray, Illustrated… Read More

Fun Read Alouds by Ms. Beth

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Parent’s Guide To “Read Alouds” by Ms. Beth 1. Pick a book that YOU love! Here are some that I love: Kindergarten – Grade 1 Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems Grades 1-2 Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin The Dog Who Cried Wolf by Keiko Kaszka Are You A Horse? by Andy Rash Grades 3-4 I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff What’s With This Room? by Tom Litchenheld… Read More

Books That Go Zoom-Vroom-Choo

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Zoom! Zoom! by Robert Burleigh is a busy, colorful, comic-feeling picturebook that would make a fantastic storytime piece. I expected a CD to accompany the book since the rhymes are so sing-songy that they could be, well, a song. There are lots of details and colors that would keep any toddler occupied, though it might not entice those with a refined sensibility for picturebook illustrations. They are fun, yes, but do not offer anything unique or… Read More

Fairy Tales and Cardboard Castles by Ms. Diane

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Fairy Tales and Cardboard Castles by Ms. Diane   The Woodsies have been very active designing castles that would delight the Royal Families of Europe! We used large and small paper towel tubes for turrets and recycled cardboard packing material for the castle.  Add some color with crayons and glitter and you have a sparkling palace fit for a King or Queen! Princess Hyacinth by Florence Parry Heide is one of the picturebooks I read during our… Read More