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Story Time from Space


The title character from Andrea Beaty’s children’s book Rosie Revere, Engineer will be joining other female space pioneers making history, when the book travels to the International Space Station to be part of the space station’s Story Time from Space program this summer. A project from the Global Space Education Foundation aims to foster literacy and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning by having astronauts record their readings of selected titles. Author Jeffrey Bennett has… Read More

Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

Please Mr Panda

This is a great picturebook about a panda that does not like doughnuts and offers them to all the other (black and white) animals that he encounters. Only the lemur (I think it’s a lemur) asks politely and so gets the doughnuts. Really a simple concept but the color contrast of the doughnuts and the animals makes for a visual treat. Pun intended.   Review also found on Goodreads.

Caldecott Medal for picture book awarded!


The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. We are very happy to report that this year’s winner is The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend!   The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, illustrated and written by Dan Santat and published by… Read More

It’s Never Too Early to READ!

baby book

It’s never too early to start reading with your baby! A child’s development of early language and literacy skills begins at birth. The songs, rhymes, play and stories we share in library storytimes are all building blocks for basic skills your child needs. We offer a range of Early Childhood Development classes like Book Babies (0-18mos), Toddler Time (18-36 months) and Stories Alive! (for ages 3-5) and more. Click here to see what’s available.  Here are some of… Read More

STEM[bots] and Gummy Science!

Save Fred 1

STEM[bots] is a new program that allows children to explore concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) using hands on fun. This week our intrepid 3-5th graders learned about the Scientific Method and how to ask and answer questions by making observations and doing experiments.  The problem at hand was how to save Fred, a “shipwrecked” gummy worm whose life jacket ( a gummy ring) was stuck underneath his boat ( a plastic cup). The only… Read More

The Storm Whale by Benji Davies

The Storm Whale by Benji Davies My rating: 3 of 5 stars “Noi lived with his dad and six cats by the sea.” The premise and set up for this picturebook is wonderful–the illustrations are sweet and a bit naive in style. I thoroughly enjoyed the depiction of animals and had fun finding the cats in every spread. The story itself started so strong that the ending was a let down. When the father said “he… Read More

Picturebook Ninjas

Dojo Daycare by Chris Tougas My rating: 3 of 5 stars 3.5 stars This rhyming Ninja story is full of fun rhythm, mayhem, kindness and respect. A great read aloud. The illustrations are nothing artistically special–digitally rendered, lots of white space, but rather generic–the integration of “Kaboom! Kapow! into both the rhyme scheme and the illustrations has design merit. Ninja! by Arree Chung My rating: 4 of 5 stars This graphic novel-style picturebook has great fun… Read More

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


  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

Purrrfect Picturebooks

Halloween Houdini

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

Great Websites for Kids

Great Websites

      The Great Websites for Kids Committee announced 7  new sites that have been added to  their list! They are: *Discovery Kids in Spanish     Videos and games featuring favorite characters from Discovery Kids. Also includes helpful information for parents. *GlacierWorks:  Everest Glacierworks utilizes stunning photography and videography to educate visitors about the glaciers of the Himalayan Region.   *Kidzone with the New York Philharmonic Discover the world of the New York Philharmonic and go… Read More