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Caldecott Medal for picture book awarded!

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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!

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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

Read Aloud 15 MINUTES by CindyB

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This is a non-profit organization that is working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care/parenting. “Reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to improve a child’s readiness to read and learn.” In an era of high stakes testing and education reforms and revolution, research has repeatedly proved that children who are read aloud to will get a head start… Read More

STEM[bots] and Gummy Science!

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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

How Do You Say That?

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A friend of mine recently showed me this most amazing website, The Author Name Pronunciation Guide.  Here you will find a collection of brief recordings of authors & illustrators saying their names.  They currently have 1,815 authors, but keep adding more each day! Have you ever read books from the author, Jon Scieszka? He is the author and illustrator of many children’s books including, The True Story of The Three Little Pigs, Battle Bunny, the Trucktown… 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

Planting a Garden!

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The Fairfield Woods Branch Library is now home to a freshly-planted vegetable garden, courtesy of the many preschool helpers that attending our Garden storytime and planting event on Friday, June 6. Stop by the Fairfield Woods Branch this summer and watch our garden grow……….and maybe if you’re lucky, it will be time to pick some peas, beans, or other yummy vegetables! Thank you to Amie Guyette Hall, certified Square Foot Garden educator, for her efforts in bringing this… Read More

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

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