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Baby’s First Poetry: Nursery Rhymes

Poetry can sometimes feel a little intimidating, so how can you celebrate National Poetry Month (April) with your little ones?  Start with the least intimidating poems of all: Mother Goose.  In addition to the joy these simple poems bring us, studies have shown that pre-schoolers who learn them become better readers Read More..


The Other Ellis Island

Between 1910 and 1940 generations of Asian immigrants, mostly Chinese, were detained at Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay.  After weeks, or even months of detention, those who passed the interrogation and examination were allowed to continue on to San Francisco and the country that many Chinese knew as Gold Mountain.  The less fortunate were sent back home, Read More..


Dreamworks games

Last post we talked about various Disney based games, but Disney isn’t the only movie company in the video game business. The Lawrence Public Library carries many games from different Dreamworks films, letting everyone in the family continue the fun through the more interactive video game medium. As usual, these games are ESRB Rated E for Everyone, and are suitable for anyone that can watch a PG rated film! Read More..


Who Says Reading is a Quiet Activity (Part II – everyday)

Today, we revel in the noise of everyday.  Your kids will love reading a-“loud” with you.

Trucks Go  by Steve Light

Your throat will be hoarse after you rumble, walump, screech, crunch, and honk your way through this book.  Read More..


Online Storytime

In the dark ages of household phones with cords, the library used to have Dial a Story. Mom could dial the number and child would listen. Occasionally we get calls asking if we still have that, but no, it has been about twenty years. However, moving into the modern world of technology, in which 75% of us have internet access at home, and many more have it in their back pockets, Read More..


Bob Books

When asked by patrons for a suggestion on a good beginning reader book, I always recommend Bob Books.  From the feedback I’ve received from parents, children love them.  Bob Books are designed to provide the path for children ready to take their first steps into reading. The stories are simple enough that children feel very successful and say with delight, “I read the whole book!” Read More..


Disney Games!

Along with having many titles related directly to movies, Disney is known for releasing many games borrowing characters from across multiple movies.  If you’re looking for a way to take the magic from the movies to games, the following is a list of Disney-based video games.  As usual, they are all rated E for Everyone meaning they are suitable for all ages.  More info can be found on the ESRB rating system here. Read More..


Mo Willems, We Love You

Have you spent a lot of time with Mo Willems?

Is one of your favorite picture books Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus?  What about Knuffle Bunny?  After years reading those, did you graduate to Elephant and Piggie and Cat the Cat?  Are you the kind of hard core fan who’s even read the non-series titles like Read More..


Don’t Tell Me I’m Too Young!

I’ve been collecting books for my daughter since before she was born (thank you, Friends of the Library book sales!).  She has a big bookcase full of them arranged by what I considered age-appropriateness.  Turns out I know nothing about what is age-appropriate for a one-year-old.  Read More..


An Alternate History

ship sailing in the air, suspended from huge brass spheres, menaced from below by a ravening furry bear-like animal…. This is the cover of The Lost Kingdom by Matthew Kirby. Incongruously, the main characters are John Bartram and his son William, important naturalists of the 1700s. I had recently read  Read More..