Posts by Mrs. T.

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Mrs. T. became a children's librarian when she realized it involved picture books and puppets. She also loves helping kids find great books to read. When not at the library, Mrs. T. enjoys spending time with her family and three cats, Chloe, Maddie and Lulu.


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The American Library's Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) recently announced it's Book and Media Award winners. If you're looking for quality books, audiobooks and video please take a look at their 2012 ALSC Book and Media Award Winners list. Highlights include:
John Newbery Medal  - (outstanding chldren's literature) Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Randolph Caldecott Medal  (outstanding picture book ) A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
Coretta Scott King Award (recognizing An African American author and illustrator) Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson
Mildred L. Batchelder Award (outstanding translation) Soldier Bear by Bibi Dumon Tak
For more information about these and other award winning children's books please call the Kids' World Desk at 847-506-2620.
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After the video games have been played and played and even you're sick of them... and there's nothing on TV...winter break boredom could set in.  Don't let it happen - read with a friend. When I'm helping kids find good books they often tell me about titles their friends are reading. Reading the same book at the same time can be fun. You can talk about the book while you're reading it or wait until you've both finished. In Kids' World we're lucky to have many copies of a lot of titles. We also have Book Discussion books  - so you could read with lots of friends in a group read. There's everything from mysteries like Chasing Vermeer to adventure like Stormbreaker and fantasy like Gregor the Overlander.  We can put some copies of any of these down at the Drive-up Window. Just give us a call at 847-506-2620. So don't get bored  - talk to some friends - pick out a book and get reading!
During the holiday season you may have the opportunity to see family, friends or neighbors whose first language isn't English. If you'd like to greet them and ask them how they are in their native language, spend some time on the library's helpful learning site called Mango. To access, click on Kids, then School Help. Scroll down until you see Mango. Choose the language you're interested in and begin. Designed to help learners 3rd grade and up, this is a great way for kids to practice their phrases in a second language they're studying in school or just to surprise their grandmother by asking how she is in her native language. Come sta, Nonna? Try it out and let us know what you think. Que tengas un buen dia!
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Do you like cooking or been interested but haven't had time to try it? Kids' World has some great cookbooks to get you started. When I looked at these I wanted to go home and start cooking right away. I think you will too! Please be sure to ask your parents for help in shopping and planning. Let me know if you try any of the recipes from this list of cookbooks and if you like them.  Check out the S'more Cupcakes in The Cookbook for Kids shown here. Enjoy!
Though the Welcome Desk has provided e-readers for check-out for awhile, we now have them in Kids' World! If you've been curious about what these are all about and how they look with kids' books on them - check one out to take a look. These are Nook Color e-readers that are loaded with titles for all ages, including interactive picture books. To access the record, search for  Nook color e-reader in the catalog. They're becoming very popular so you may need to place a hold. Let us know what you think.
Let's say you get home from school, have a snack, ride your bike, then start thinking about homework. You pick up your backpack, look inside and whoa! Something's missing - your Math book. Don't panic. Call or come into the library. We may have a copy of your Math book for you to use. We have many textbooks from area schools. We keep them for occasions just like this - when you forget to bring yours home. See you at the library.
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One recent evening I sat with my grandson on my lap. I was reading a book on a Nook e-reader I checked out from the library's collection. He was playing Angry Birds on my phone. A little later we were sitting on his bed reading picture books. As we finished them, we put them around us to look at the covers. The books could have been downloaded onto an e-reader but there was something about having them physically scattered all around us that was fun. It really doesn't matter. Times change, formats change but the important thing is we're reading together. What do you think about it all? Do you read e-books with your children? Have you used the Tumblebook Library or Bookflix programs from the library's website? Let us know. We'd  like to hear how you read.
Schools use Lexile scores as a way of helping children choose books for their specific reading level. The library's catalog now contains many titles which have Lexile scores attached to their records. To check on a title, go to the library's catalog and search for it. Then, scroll down to the bottom of the record - there's the score! You can also search for titles within your child's Lexile range by going to the Kids' Parents' page. On the right-hand side under "Leveled Reading Systems" click on "Lexile Reading Level Search" and follow the guide. There is also information about other reading systems there. Please come to the Kids' World Desk if you'd like a demonstration of this helpful new service.
Just like many of you - I love Harry Potter - books and movies. I saw the movie the first day it came out. When did you see it? Did you like it? I’m going to see the movie again – but then what? Many of you have told me you’ve listened to the audiobooks. I’ve never done that so I’m going to start. The library has all of the audiobooks. So I’m going to get listening!

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