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Snow Much to Do with the Little Ones-By Ms. Joleen

Snowball Fight

The recent snowstorms have reminded us that there is still more winter left to come, and sometimes it’s not easy finding things to do while stuck inside. Use your imagination–and whatever craft supplies you have on hand (and even the snow itself!)–to have fun with your children. In a future session of Countdown to Kindergarten we’ll be making “bird feeders” out of pine cones and peanut butter. Get out the binoculars and watch the different birds… Read More

Can You Solve the Mystery? By Ms. Beth


Check out “CAN YOU SOLVE THE MYSTERY?”  our reading list of Mysteries for grades 2-3! Lots of great suggestions for mystery lovers there! One of the ‘best’ on our list is  Blizzard of the Blue Moon  by Mary Pope Osborne The Magic Tree House carries Jack and Annie to New York City in 1938 on a mission to rescue the last unicorn. In this exciting new Merlin Mission, Jack and Annie go back in time to New… Read More

Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry

walls within walls

Book Review by Ms. Leslie Do you love games, puzzles, or scavenger hunts? Have you ever wondered who lives in those apartments overlooking Central Park? This book tells the story of 4 siblings who move from a modest home in Brooklyn to a luxury apartment in Manhattan when their father strikes it rich with his video game company. Their disappointment about leaving their old neighborhood is soon forgotten as they discover the apartment is full of… Read More

Moon Story Time @ the Branch

Papa get the moon for me

Story time update from Miss Diane: BURR!  What a snowy, icy winter this has been!  But, we have been warm and busy during story time at the Fairfield Woods Branch Library. This week we watched a snowman melt right in front of our eyes, and we watched the moon  change size!! A special treasure from our library collection which I read during Moonlight  Story Time is “Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me,” by Eric Carle.  The children… Read More

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano


Book Review by Ms. Kristina The summary of this book from the FPL’s catalog: Twelve-year-old Alexander Baddenfield, the last in a long line of evil men who die young, has his cat’s extra eight lives transplanted into his own body, while his caretaker, Winterbottom, strives to keep him safe. I thoroughly enjoyed the tone and snarkiness of this middle grade novel. It was a cross between Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning and Maude: The Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton.… Read More

And the Winners are…..!


Just announced! 2014 Newbery Medal winner: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, written by Kate DiCamillo and published by Candlewick Press.  The 2014 Newbery Honor Books are: Doll Bones by Holly Black; The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes;  One Came Home by Amy Timberlake, and Paperboy by Vince Vawter. School Library Journal recommends Flora & Ulysses for children in grades 4-6, stating, “Flora, obsessed with superhero comics, immediately recognizes and gives her wholehearted support to… Read More

Catching Kisses by Amy Gibson

catching kisses

Amy Gibson’s text in Catching Kisses is warm, poetic and thoughtful. She creates a meandering tone that carries the reader throughout the entire book–from the first end pages with fully formed dandelion seeds on stems to the last pages of select seeds carrying the reader outside of the book. The (digital) illustrations capture the tone and blows the reader forward to find the lonely dandelion spore that floats through the pages. The tone and “search and… Read More

2014 Youth Media Awards


At 9 am on January 27, 2014, this year’s winners of the Youth Media Awards will be announced at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter 2014 Conference. Here is what ALA says about the Youth Media Awards: Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott… Read More

Pro Sports Superstars – a new series!

Patriots football

With Superbowl XLVIII (that’s 48 I think), right around the corner on February 2nd now is the perfect time to catch up on all the details about your favorite Football teams with these great new books. Even reluctant readers will be drawn to this easy-to-read, high interest series of books about football. We have 8 brand new titles including Superstars of the Steelers, Giants, Patriots, Colts, Packers, Broncos, Cowboys, and Bears. The books are bright and… Read More

Go Graphic!

Secret Science Alliance

Go Graphic! by Ms. Beth Check out “Go Graphic!” our reading list of Graphic Novels for grades 4-5! There are lots of great suggestions for graphic novel lovers there. One of my favorites is The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis.   What does a Secret Squirt Watch, a pair of Spring –Loaded Super –Boots, and the incredible Kablovsky Copter have in common? This trio of gadgeteers is hard at work in a secret lab,… Read More