Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t)Written by Barbara Bottner Illustrated by Michael Emberley Published March 9, 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers Topics:Reading, Books, Library Ages: 5+, 32 pages
Miss Brooks is the librarian and she really loves books. She even dresses up for story hour and celebrates books all year. However, there’s a stubborn first grader who doesn’t think she will ever love a book the same way as the librarian. In May, Miss Brooks announces that it’s Book Week and each student needs to pick a favorite story to share with the class. They need to wear a costume and tell why you love the story. Miss Brooks fills her bag with books to read at home, but the child dislikes all the books because they’re too silly or have kisses. Finally, the mother calls the child a wart. Suddenly, it clicks and the stubborn child now wants to read a story about warts. So, the mother finds a book called Shrek! and they make an ogre costume. There’s even stick-on warts for the whole class!
I thought Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t) was a cute book for hesitant readers. The correct book may be difficult to locate, but it’s out there somewhere. There’s a book for everyone! Today is the start of National Library Week. Plan to visit your local library soon!
Celebrate National Library Week!
April 8-14, 2012
by Suzanne Williams, illustrated by Steven Kellogg
Ages 6 & up, 32 pages
Since the time she was born, Lil loved to read and had a wild imagination. When she was eight, she read all the books in the children’s room at the library. Lil was also very powerful as she held heavy encyclopedias with one hand while turning the pages with her teeth. Of course, she became the librarian and the town nicknamed her Library Lil. However, there was a problem because people in Chesterville were not readers and their only entertainment was watching television. Lil’s luck turned during a terrible storm that caused the power to be out for two weeks. Library Lil quickly came to the rescue with books to read, which created active readers in Chesterville. The library was the place to be for story time. A motorcycle gang entered town and Bust-’em-up Bill demanded a television to watch his wrestling show. He was disappointed when he learned that the town didn’t watch television anymore and was told to chat with the librarian. Well, Library Lil’s strength and enthusiasm helped make the motorcycle gang become readers.
I received this information from Reading is Fundamental (RIF) through Facebook. RIF’s mission is to motivate all children to become active readers. They want all children to have access to books and enjoy reading. RIF delivers free books to children who may not have many opportunities.
Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day is December 3rd, which is tomorrow. Honestly, it doesn’t matter when you go just as long as you go soon with your son, daughter, brother, sister, niece, nephew, friend, grandchild, and anyone else who needs a great book to read. I’m also a big fan of the library, so help the child get a library card, visit story hour, and explore new worlds between the book shelves.
There’s an interactive map on their website with bookstores across 35 states, two Canadian provinces, England, and even Australia, that participate in Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day. But it doesn’t matter where you go, just encourage a visit to any bookstore.
This week’s photo challenge is comfort, which can be very diverse for each individual. The first thing I thought was how books bring me warmth and are always there. A magical place where books live is the library. I love to spend my time within the stacks and rows that hold books within the library. Here are some photos of my local library.
This photo is the library’s entrance. Through these doors hold my comfort.
These photos are in the children’s corner within the library. The books come alive and show the wonder to children.
Calico Cat Meets Bookworm
written & illustrated by Donald Charles
Ages 4-6, 31 pages
This is the story about Calico Cat who has nothing to do until he meets Bookworm who introduces the wonder of books and the library. The book explores different stories that Calico Cat enjoys, such as stars, sailing ships, far away lands, clowns, and trains. Bookworm explains all those stories and more can be found at the library. Calico Cat Meets Bookworm was published in 1978, so people may not be aware of this book. My copy from the library was in the main stacks that wasn’t checked out often. I think this is a shame, because it’s a simple book that gets to the heart of books and reading. The last page gives a check list how to use the library: I know where the easy books are kept. I am quiet and orderly. I handle books with care. I know how to borrow and return books. You’ll probably have to buy this book through an outside seller, such as on ebay or half priced books. Cross your fingers that your library has the book.
by Herman Parish, illustrated by Lynn Sweat
Ages 5 – 7, 63 pages
The Amelia Bedelia book series describes a housekeeper who takes everything too literal and gets herself into mix-ups. In this book, Amelia Bedelia volunteered at the library but not everything went according to plan. She misheard the librarian and thought all the children received a bookmark, but actually the librarian stated: “Here’s your book, Mark.” She helped children with book reports and created bookmarks, but she got herself in trouble when she stole the bookmobile. I thought this was a delightful read and excites children about using the library and reading books. Besides, who doesn’t want to be a bookworm?
“Excuse me,” said a girl. “I need some help, too. I am looking for a thesaurus.” “The Saurus?” said Amelia Bedelia. “What kind of dinosaur is that?” “I’m not sure,” said the girl. “Is a thesaurus a dinosaur? My teacher said I needed one to do my report.” “Gee,” said Amelia Bedelia, “you are way too late. Every Saurus died millions of years ago.” “What am I going to do now?” said the girl.
– Herman Parish (Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm)
If you’re a kindle owner and haven’t already heard the exciting news that you can now ‘check out’ library books onto your kindle. It’s similar to checking out any library book, so you need your handy library card. Hopefully, you already have one. (September is library card sign-up month.) This was the biggest factor when I decided to buy an e-reader, since I love my local library. I finally picked the kindle, since it’s been around the most and tweaked any problems. For some reason, Amazon thought they were too ‘special’ and did not allow downloads from the library. Check out the long list of other e-readers from the nook to Sony readers. The ‘magic’ is done through overdrive, which is basically the middle person between publishers and libraries. It is not an EPUB or PDF download, instead there’s a special kindle symbol next to the book. Remember Amazon is special, so the difference between other reading devices is when you’re about to ‘check out’ you’re then taken directly to their site. It doesn’t work through 3G, so instead you need to be either wireless or have a USB connection. Of course you still have to be on the waiting list just like any other book at the library. What happens when my library book is due? Nothing. Amazon automatically removes the book, however if you’ve ‘highlighted’ anything it keeps everything if you decide to buy it. I successfully downloaded a book onto my kindle in about three minutes.
How it Works
It’s easy to enjoy titles from an OverDrive®-powered site. Once setup is complete, all you need to do is browse, check out, download, and enjoy.
Browse and search for Kindle books.
Add titles to your cart, and check out.
Select a Kindle device or Kindle reading app.
Sync your device or app and enjoy.
Well, if you’ve followed my blog posts you’ll notice similarities the past few days. I highlighted the library and the importance of getting a library card. I enjoy the comics with breakfast and often clip if they make me smile. I think this comic, Baldo, sums it up that the library is ‘the meaning of life’ and holds endless information.
The building states: El Centro Public Library.
Written by Jerry Spinelli
Ages: 9+, 148 pages
The Library Card describes various ways that a library card enhances someone’s life. The book contains four ‘mini’ stories about teens experiences that guide them to obtain a library card. Each mini story is divided into chapters. Mongoose turns from shoplifting to curiosity about information for a particular insect. Brenda discovers the library during a TV turn off week and realizes that she doesn’t truly know herself. Sonseray finds comfort at the library where he’s missing elsewhere in life. April rides a bookmobile and meets a unique individual. Overall, I thought the book was good that highlights four very different teens who benefited from the library.
Hopefully, you’re inspired from yesterday’s post and quickly signed up for your library card. The American Library Association created this list of 52 ways to use your library card. So go ahead and explore your library to its fullest.
52 Ways to Use Your Library Card
(for each week of the year)
1. Take the kids to see a free movie.
2. Download an e-book.
3. Update your Facebook page.
4. Learn about job seeking resources.
5. Find a list of childcare centers in your
6. Learn about local candidates for office.
7. Pick up voter registration information.
8. Check out your favorite graphic novel.
9. Pick up a DVD.
10. Get free wireless access.
11. Attend a family game night.
12. Attend a resume writing workshop.
13. Get new ideas for redecorating your house.
14. Attend a family crafts workshop.
15. Attend a lecture or workshop.
16. Hear a local author reading his/her latest novel.
17. Book a meeting room for your club or community organization.
18. Attend preschool story hour with your child.
19. Get help with homework.
20. Look up all kinds of health information.
21. Start a parents and teens book club.
22. Trek to another planet in a Sci-Fi novel.
23. Take a cooking class.
24. Research your term paper.
25. Learn about the history or your city or town.
26. Decide which computer to buy using a consumer guide.
27. Explore new opportunities and research
technical schools, community colleges and
28. Borrow or download an audiobook for your next road trip or commute.
29. Use the library’s resources to start a small business.
30. See a new art exhibit.
31. Volunteer as a literacy tutor.
32. Broaden your world by checking out cookbooks of foods from other cultures.
33. Ask for a recommended reading list for your kids.
34. Learn a new language with books or online databases.
35. Get a book from interlibrary loan.
36. Enroll your child in a summer reading program.
37. Take a computer class.
38. Find a new hobby.
39. Take out the latest fashion magazine.
40. Enjoy a concert.
41. Trace your family tree.
42. Check out a special collection of rare books.
43. Investigate a legal questioner issue.
44. Follow your friends on Twitter.
45. Learn about home improvement.
46. Borrow some sheet music.
47. Take a class on how to use your new digital device.
48. Get involved – join you library’s Friends group or teen advisory board.
49. Pick up tax forms.
50. Connect with other people in the community.
51. Find a quiet spot, curl up with a book and enjoy.
52. Take a fitness class.
The library opens up so many possibilities to individuals and the community. It’s a shame that so many libraries in the United States faced with economic troubles have closed. My own city closed two libraries. It is during challenging times that individuals most use their public library. The library provides résumé workshops, job search tutorials, technology support, guest speaker seminars, research on computers, and much more. It’s a safe place where individuals interact with the community and gain information. At the library you can learn a new language, listen to audio books, sample new music, complete homework, catch up on the latest DVDs, attend book readings, participate in summer reading programs, listen to story hour, socialize during teen activities, watch monthly movies, and provide endless reading materials. The best part of the library is that all these activities are FREE for EVERYONE.
September is library card sign up month. The process couldn’t be more simple to get a pass for all materials at your finger tips. Most libraries you need to be at least age 5 and can write your name. Normally, children thirteen and younger need parent or guardian permission. You also need to present some proof of residency. Here are some links that promote library card sign up month and information about libraries.
http://atyourlibrary.org is a wonderful site that gives you overall information about everything you can do at the library, how to use your library, locate a library, reasons to use a library, and additional information such as individual’s connections to the library. (For example, author readings and guests such as Julie Andrews who provide comments about the library.)
Library Association (ALA) provides a brief overall of the event.
The readwritethink organization link provides numerous activities, classroom resources, event description, and additional links.
This is a cute Arthur cartoon video about all the fun that you can have at your library.
In an earlier post, I gave a book description for Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. I think it’s a great introduction for younger ages to become excited about the library. I added the link, so you don’t have to search for it.
The message is clear: get your library card today. It’s almost silly not to get a card, since it’s so easy to obtain. Enjoy all the wonderful materials and resources for FREE!!!
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
ages 6-8, book genre: realistic fiction with unlikely animal behavior. (The lion doesn’t talk, so not exactly fable-like book.)
This book has 40 pages with beautiful illustrations. It alternates between one full length picture and about 2-3 text paragraphs. This isn’t a fast read book, since there is more text than usual. However, it is a great book with heart that encourages reading.
I love reading and the library, so this is a perfect ‘fit’ when sharing to children that hopefully encourages them to also cherish the library. The story is about an orderly library that has a surprise when a lion enters. At first the people are hesitant, but gradually they grow to love being with the lion and often give him jobs. However, the lion makes the mistake of roaring in the library and is asked to leave. Of course, the people are sadden by this event and want their lion back. A few terms, such as card catalog, need to be explained since not all libraries contain them anymore.
Often, when I finish this book I ask children if they have their own library card. The library is a wonderful place for knowledge and further increase reading enjoyment. Many children don’t realize how easy it is to obtain a library card with parent or guardian.
One day, a lion came to the library. He walked right past the circulation desk and up into the stacks.