August 25, 2015

Mac is Back

Remember our great night of 5 (which turned out to be 6) superstar kid's authors??

Leo a Ghost Story 9781452131566We are delighted because, on September 3rd, Mac Barnett will return to Takoma Park, this time with Christian Robinson.

They will be introducing Leo, a Ghost Story.

Politics & Prose Bookstore will be selling copies of the book, but the event is free and no purchase is required to attend.

The Terrible Two 9781419714917 All of the books pictured to the left can be checked out from the library (except for Leo which hasn't been published yet). Click on the cover pictures for more information.

Jory John, the co-author of The Terrible Two, was one of our five superstars.

The Skunk 9781596439665Have you ever been followed home by something warm and furry?

President Taft is stuck in the bath 9780763663179The story of Taft in the bathtub may or may not be apocryphal, but he did weigh an awful lot and he did love bathtubs.

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole 9780763662295The illustrator for Sam and Dave Dig a Hole was Jon Klasson, who not only was the 6th, unexpected, superstar, but he also presented a program of his own at the library on a November Sunday.

Mac and Jon dig a hole

Telephone 9781452110233The grand old telephone game (with its important lesson about passing on information)

Battle Bunny  9781442446731Battle Bunny was written with Jon Scieszka, another of our superstars.

Count the monkeys 9781423160656Kevin Cornell, the illustrator, teamed up with Mac Barnett again. For The Terrible Two (above).

Chloe and the lion 9781423113348Metafiction - Mac (the author) fires Adam (the illustrator)

Extra yarn 9780061953385Extra Yarn: great Barnett/Klasson pairing.

Guys read : funny business (story: Best of Friends, volume edited by Jon Scieszka)Jon Scieszka edited this book. He chose work by Adam Rex, David Yoo, David Lubar, Christopher Paul Curtis, Paul Feig, and Jack Gantos. As well as by Takoma Park visitors Kate DiCamillo, Mac Barnett and Jon Scieszka himself.

Eoin Colfer? He is scheduled to visit here this fall. (We're thrilled.)

The ghostwriter secret 9781416978176Books by Adam Rex, such as The true meaning of Smekday and Frankenstein makes a sandwich, are much loved in Takoma Park. We have Smekday both in print and as an award winning CD set. Superb narration.

Oh no!, or, How my science project destroyed the world 9781423123125You might also like: Science fair : a story of mystery, danger, international suspense, and a very nervous frog by Dave Barry (who was here recently) and Ridley Pearson.

Dan Santat won the Caldecott Medal this year for The Adventures of Beekle, an imaginary friend

The case of the case of mistaken identity 9781416978169Secret agent librarians. In black.

Billy Twitters and his blue whale problem 9780786849581

Posted by library at 01:30 PM

August 16, 2015

Art and Fun

Christian Robinson
box01 (1K) was an animator for Pixar and Sesame Street
box01 (1K) has won honor after honor for his books
box01 (1K) is coming here, to our library, September 3rd to introduce Leo, a Ghost Story, his new book with Mac Barnett

Here are some of his absolutely spectacular books: (click the covers to find reviews)

Leo a Ghost Story 9781452131566

Last Stop on Market Street 9780399257742

Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade 9780399257438

Gaston 9781442451025

Josephine 9781452103143

Rain 9780547733951

Harlem's Little Blackbird 9780375869730

Posted by library at 10:55 AM

August 14, 2015

Caldecott Club Monday!

Did you know that the Caldecott Medal is awarded each year to the best-illustrated book for kids ages birth through age 14? That wide age range -- from babies to teens -- is what makes our Caldecott Club such an interesting program, and also perfect for families. So join us for our next Caldecott Club program on Monday, August 17 at 7 p.m. Our unique, monthly program is just an hour long, but it's loads of fun as both kids and adults give their opinions of the books we read together up on the big screen. It's a wonderful way to practice some visual literacy skills while enjoying good books. Plus, we serve lemonade and cookies!

What do we read? A selection of newly-published books -- picture books for young children and older kids, illustrated non-fiction books, and some graphic novels -- generally geared to ages 4/5 and up. Because these books have just been published, you likely won't have read, or even seen, them yet. So the Caldecott Club also is a great venue for parents to find and preview some great new books for family reading.

And there's an extra added attraction this year at our Caldecott Club. Children's librarian Karen MacPherson is a member of the 2016 Caldecott Medal committee, and is tasked with the job of gathering as many opinions as possible from kids and adults about Caldecott-eligible books published this year. So by attending our Caldecott Club, participants are helping provide valuable, real-world feedback.

If you can't make it to this Caldecott Club session, mark your calendar for our September meeting, which will be held on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. (We usually meet on Monday evenings, but Mondays already are booked for other fun library programs in September). Hope to see you soon at the Caldecott Club!

Posted by karen at 01:41 PM

August 13, 2015

No Spanish Circle Time

Spanish Circle Time has been canceled for today, Thursday August 13, and next week. Senora Geiza will return on Thursday, August 27 at 10:30 a.m.

Posted by karen at 08:25 AM

August 12, 2015

Crafts for Kids: Back to School!

Back to School Crafts is Sunday, 8/16 at 2:00! Drop in and enjoy a range of crafts for young kids, including washi taping pencils and notebooks, making 1st day of school necklaces, & bookmarks.

paper bag backpack


Posted by kathryn at 03:12 PM

August 10, 2015

Bedtime Stories & a Craft, Tues. 8/11

Bedtime Stories is Tuesday, 8/11 @7
Our theme is Moon & Stars.

Wear your PJs, bring your teddy bear or other stuffed favorites as we read some stories and sing some songs.
After our stories and songs, we will do a simple craft!
Perfect for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown-ups.

Posted by kathryn at 02:16 PM
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