Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Best of 2014 - According to Your Kids!

Starting as early as October, I usually begin to see "Best of" lists, reporting what the most popular children's books of the year were. There are lists by sales, lists by bloggers, lists by publishers, lists by librarians..... Then those lists soon morph into lists of contenders for the upcoming awards season (and as I've stated before here, I'm not all that great at picking the winners!)
So the other day, I asked Ms. Patty if she could work her magic and come up with some statistics for me of what the most popular children's items at RML were this past year*. (I know - why didn't I think of this sooner?) We can always tell you what is popular and what goes out a lot, but to see it on paper in an official report was kind of fun. There weren't too many shockers on the list - this list and the short list for the Newbery and Caldecott awards aren't going to intersect much. But to confirm what Marlborough kids loved best is it's own reward!
*(We based the list on number of times the item circulated. Obviously, the items released and added to the collection earlier in the year had more of a chance to circulate, so I'm giving you a few extras if possible. I never said this was rocket science!)

Picture Books
The Pigeon Needs A Bath by Mo Willems
Buddy and the Bunnies in Don't Play with Your Food by Bob Shea
 Nest by Jorey Hurley

When Elephant Met Giraffe by Paul Gude
How to Babysit A Grandma by Jean Reagan
Odd One Out: a spotting book by Britta Teckentrup

Easy Readers
 Fancy Nancy: just my luck by Jane O'Connor

My New Friend is So Fun! by Mo Willems

Bunny Double, We're in Trouble! by Dan Gutman

I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis

J Fiction
High Time for Heroes (Magic Tree House) by Mary Pope Osborne
The 26-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

Win or Lose by Alex Morgan
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

The Lego Adventure Book: spaceships, pirates, dragons & more! 

Jaguars by Vicky Franchino
Connecticut by Zachary Kent
ProjectKid: 100 ingenious crafts for family fun by Amanda Kingloff

Lego: Legends of Chima
The Lego Movie
Strawberry Shortcake: berry big help
Lego Star Wars: the Yoda Chronicles


Friday, December 12, 2014

New...and Perfect for the Season!

Just wanted to share a few new picture books with you that are great for this time of year! Stop in and take one home!

Fans of Deborah Underwood's Here Comes the Easter Cat will be happy to see Here Comes Santa Cat. This time, Cat is realizing that it's really hard to be as kind and generous as Santa.

 Stephen Krensky's The Last Christmas Tree will delight children when they find out who takes home the last, sad-looking, tree from the tree lot.

An Amazing Snowman by Barbara Jean Hicks is a short ode to that silly snowman, Olaf, and will delight pretty much anyone who has seen THAT movie.

 The latest offering from the iconic Jan Brett is called the Animals' Santa, where we find out who brings the woodland creatures their holiday gifts. 
 Lastly, Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: a winter wonderland of color by Felicia Chernesky is simply a winter treat for the eyes. It will remind children that this season can be something other than white.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What We've Been Up To: November

Here are some snapshots from recent programs we've had at RML - what a fun month it's been!

There are many times when Ms Patty and I think that what is leftover after storytime crafts looks just as cool as what we've made during storytime! Here's what one of the tables looked like after we did some leaf prints:

Our Next Chapter Reading Club for grades 2-4 recently chose The Gumazing Gum Girl: Chews Your Destiny by Rhode Montijo as their November book. We had a great time blowing and measuring bubbles and learning about the history of chewing gum.

I highly recommend this book if you want to learn a little more about the history of bubble gum!

 We also had a visit from storyteller Joyce Marie Rayno for our American Girls Tell Their Stories program. She really made the stories of Josefina, Kirsten, and Addy come to life! Afterwards, the girls made and decorated little ponchos for their dolls.

 If you have an American Girl fan in your house, be sure to check out these new titles we got in from their new Beforever series. They are adventurous stories with the beloved historical characters where the reader can choose from multiple endings!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October Fun at RML!

October is just about my favorite time of year, so of course we have a ball at the Library enjoying all sorts of fallishness! That includes pumpkins, spooky tales, and yes, glue.
Here are a few pics of some preschool fun at Storytime (p.s. Session II starts October 22!)

 Our 'Next Chapter' Reading Club had a little craft fun after discussing our October book:

My Haunted House (Araminta Spookie) by Angie Sage.
 We were inspired by Ed Emberley's awesome thumbprint books which are classics!

The man is sort of an idol of mine and I have loved his drawing books my whole life. He won the Caldecott Medal for Drummer Hoff in 1968, which he collaborated on with his wife (a Librarian I might add!)
Want to keep your kids busy for a few HOURS?? Check out any of his great books!


Friday, October 3, 2014

Picture Book Read-Alouds for 2nd Graders

Second graders aren't the fuzzy little first graders you knew last year, but they aren't the cool 3rd graders they will be next. They have a special brand of kookiness all their own, and if you are lucky enough, you just might get to read to their class. Here are some options you can bring:

Cronin, Doreen. Diary of a Worm/Diary of a Spider/ Diary of a Fly
Daywalt, Drew. The Day the Crayons Quit
Demi. The Empty Pot 
Frazee, Marla. A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever
Hollub, Joan. Little Red Writing
Johnson, Doug. Substitute Teacher Plans
Kahl, Virginia. How Many Dragons are Behind the Door?
Katz, Alan. Don't Say That Word!
Mahy, Margaret. Seven Chinese Brothers
Orloff, Karen Kaufman. I Wanna Iguana 
Polacco, Patricia. The Junkyard Wonders
Prelutsky, Jack. There's No Place Like School: classroom poems
Schwartz, Alvin. In A Dark, Dark, Room & Other Scary Stories
Scieszka, Jon & Lane Smith. The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Scillian, Devin. Memoirs of a Goldfish/Memoirs of a Hamster 
Seuss, Dr. & Jack Prelutsky, Lane Smith. Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!
Shannon, David. A Bad Case of Stripes
Shulman, Mark. Ann and Nan are Anagrams /  Mon and Dad are Palindromes
Staake, Bob. The Donut Chef
St. George, Judith. So You Want to Be President?
Sturges, Philemon.  The Little Red Hen Makes A Pizza
Teague, Mark. Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf
Van Allsburg, Chris. The Sweetest Fig

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wrapping Up Summer!

It's September!
We have a had a really fun Summer here at RML! 'Science' was truly a great Summer Reading theme that let us explore all kinds of topics. Here's a look at the past few months:

We kicked off the Summer with the fun Yo-Yo Show! I just know there's some physics involved in there!

Next up was Marlborough's own storm chaser, Jason Dunion, with weather science. Hearing all about his job flying into hurricanes for NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) made me enjoy the atmosphere here at RML all the more!

July was the month for our 4 Science Labs, where kids got to enjoy some hands-on fun.
The Science of Pop-up Books, Kitchen Science, Science Outdoors, & Computer Makey-Makey Fun.

The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center also visited in July, presenting the Science of Ooze! The kids learned all about how slugs, salamanders, and toads use slime to help them move about and protect themselves.

Ms. Patty had a great group for her Sensory Play for Little Ones program. This wins for the biggest mess of the Summer.

In August we welcomed Jerry Schneider to help with our 'Science of Batman' program.
 I think we will be seeing a lot of these cool t-shirts around town.
Keith Michael Johnson also visited the Senior Center with his Science Isn't Always Pretty show. It really wasn't. Scatology was just one of the cool things happening. Eewww...

Along with programs for adults (The Science of Food) & teens (Spark A Reaction), we had a really full Summer! Congratulations to all our weekly prize winners who walked away with some great gift certificates this Summer as well. And to our 'Reading Geniuses' who completed their Summer Reading and those who won some great Prize Packs!

As for Ms Patty and myself, we will take a break for a bit before we start planning events for next Summer - here's a hint: it's going to be 'Super'!