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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

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

April Showers Bring May Flowers

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“April Showers Bring May Flowers.” We have all heard this rhyme at some point, usually having been taught it at an early age by our parents or teachers. The saying may be traced back to the mid 1500’s as found as a short poem and earlier use may have existed. April is traditionally a very rainy month, but gives way to the month of May, when flowers bloom because of the water provided to them by… Read More

Are You a Fashionista?

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Last Friday, we invited local fashion designer, Jennifer Butler, to the Children’s Room for a tween fashion workshop! The tweens brought their own dolls and created a one-of-a-kind outfit. Throughout the workshop, we learned a little bit about the history of fashion, techniques to create a pattern for skirts, and how the world around us can inspire us to make amazing things! Take a look at the outcome… Way to go, FPL fashion designers! Want to… Read More

Great Websites for Kids

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

Travel Into the World of Imagination

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The  Woodsies  storytime group enjoyed an  exciting, mystical journey as they traveled  along  the” yellow brick road” into the world of make believe and imagination.  What an adventure when you travel with Al and his faithful dog Eddie in “Hey, Al” by Arthur Yorinks. Hey, Al By Arthur Yorinks Picture book Age Pre-School-Grade 1       OR!!   The happiness you  find in the simple treasures of everyday life  as you enjoy a neighborhood stroll  as… Read More