Thursday, February 17, 2011

Good news, Bad news, maybe

The good news is that we have some great stuff going on during February!

On Monday, Feb. 21st, children and teens, ages 7 and up, can join the Youth Services staff as we play Games on the Rug and other games, too.  Checkers, Chinese checkers, (my favorite), mancala, Parchesi AND Rivers Roads and Rails, and Apples to Apples and Dominoes.  Younger children can play if their parents stay with them.

On Sat., Feb. 26th, from 2 to 3 pm, the Parkland Community Library will hold its Annual Dr. Seuss birthday party.  This program is open to all ages.  Tellers Too will do a Reader's Theater presentation of a Dr. Seuss book, Mrs. Karen will tell a Dr. Seuss story and there will be songs and games!  Please call 610-398-1361 ext. 19 to reserve a space.  This program will occur at the South Whitehall Township building.

The other news, good or bad depending on the day and where you sit, is that I am retiring - right after the Dr. Seuss birthday party.  I hope to publish a port or two between now and then.  After 22 years at the Parkland Community Library, I will turn my energies to other things.  It's not over yet, though, so keep reading.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Battle of the Kids Books

The brackets are cast and the sixteen contenders have been chosen.  The judges will be revealed on February 22nd, and then.....and then....SLJ's 3rd Annual Battle of the Kids Books will commence.

It is always fun to see what books make this honored cut of 16 out of the thousands of fiction and non-fiction written for middle grade readers and teens.  Then the challenge for Mrs. Chaply and myself is to actually read or have read all the books or enough of them to make an educated guess about which book will move on to the next round.

In the first round, for instance, Lynne Rae Perkins' As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth goes up against Louis Sachar's The Cardturner.  In one book (Falling), a boy is stranded in the middle of nowhere just because he wants to make a cell phone call.  In the other, a boy is recruited to turn cards for his blind uncle as the uncle plays tournament bridge.  I haven't read either of them!!  But that will change in the next couple of days.  I haven't read A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner OR Countdown by Deborah Wiles either.  But I will!

Take a look at the brackets.  Next week the fun begins.  And even if I am retired before the end of the Battle, I will find a way to share my insights and reading triumphs with all of you through the whole exciting contest!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Teddy Bears and Puppy Dogs

The Parkland Community Library will be the place to be during February, 2011.  On Saturday, Feb. 12th, certified therapy dogs will be here to listen to young readers and to visit with anyone who wants to pet a puppy.  These dogs are wonderfully calm and love children.  Please register for this event by calling the Youth Services department at 610-398-1361 ext. 19.

On Tuesday, Feb. 15th, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, everyone can celebrate Chinese New Year and the Paper Lantern festival by attending the Annual Teddy bear Costume party.  Dress up those teddy bears and come out for an hour of fans, fireworks(!!) and fun.  Please register for this event in advance.  This event will be held in the South Whitehall Township Building.

The fun doesn't end there.  On Monday, Feb. 21st, from 1 to 3 pm, there is another Games on the Rug event for children from the ages of 7 and up.  (Younger children can attend with a parent.)  Play the games printed on the meeting room rug - Checkers, Parcheesi, Chinese checkers, mancala - or play Apples to Apples or Rivers, Roads and Rails.  Please let the Youth Services department know if you will attend by calling 610-398-1361 ext. 19.

And we will celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday early this year with a party on Saturday, Feb. 26th from 2 to 3 pm.  Join the Teen Tellers and Tellers 2 for stories, songs and games in honor of Dr. Seuss.  Please sign up in advance for this event by calling 610-398-1361 ext. 19.