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Groundhog Day is Coming: Will he see his shadow?

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Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog resident of Punxsutawney  Pennsylvania, emerges from his dwelling in Gobblersknob on February 2. Residents celebrate the beloved groundhog with a festive atmosphere of music and food. The folklore has been around since the 1800’s. If “Phil” sees no shadow, it means there will be an early Spring, but if he sees his shadow it means there will be six more weeks of Winter on the way. Brrr-let’s hope he sees his shadow!… Read More

And the Winners are…..!

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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

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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

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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!

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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!

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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

WELCOME!

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Welcome to Children’s Services’ new blog: Magic Words! You’ll find all sorts of good stuff on this blog: from book reviews to story time songs/rhymes to educational articles and more. Needless to say, Magic Words has something for everyone. As any good blogger knows, keeping the posts current and fresh is important. So, we’ll make sure to have something new almost every day. In the meantime, meet the staff of Children’s Services. Maybe you’ll find out… Read More

Abe Lincoln – The Boy Who Loved Books

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The Boy Who Loved Books by Ms. Diane BRRRrrrr!!!!!!! Keeping warm this winter by discovering many treasures at the Fairfield Woods Branch Library to use for winter programs. A special treasure is  Abe Lincoln, The Boy Who Loved Books.   Abe Lincoln by  Kay Winters Grades K-3 Format: Biography, Picture Abraham Lincoln was an amazing person who overcame many hardships and became our 16th president. Readers will enjoy learning about Lincoln as a spirited, wiry youngster who loved to… Read More

The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud

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By Ms. Kristina This oversized picture book was originally published in 2011 in France under the title Une chanson d’ours and as such has a distinctly French air. The color palette of yellow, blue and black fade to a muted color scheme that feels nostalgic as well as modern. The colors bring the reader through a frantic search for little bear. The first two-thirds of the book feel like an ornate and beautifully rendered “search and… Read More

Every Who in Who-Ville

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Every Who in Who-Ville by Cindyb I would just like to say how much I enjoyed performing How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss (aka Theodor Geisel) to such a receptive audience! Thank you for the opportunity to do my Boris Karloff impression, while reciting my favorite holiday book! The Teen Librarian, Nicole S. helped project images from the book and was an excellent elf. As you know the “Grinch” hates Noise, Noise, Noise, Noise,… Read More

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