Weekly Quote: Jorge Luis Borges

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I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.

― Jorge Luis Borges

Book Review: Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t)

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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

Book Review: Library Lil

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Library Lil 

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.

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day

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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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Comfort

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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.


Book Review: Calico Cat Meets Bookworm

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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.

Amelia Bedelia is a Bookworm

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Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm

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)

Kindle News

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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.

step one


Browse and search for Kindle books.

step two

Check Out

Add titles to your cart, and check out.

step three


Select a Kindle device or Kindle reading app.

step four


Sync your device or app and enjoy.

Overdrive information

Amazon’s library borrowing information

Baldo Comic: Meaning of library

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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.

If you can’t read the comic clearly it states: ‘There it is, Nora…The Meaning of Life!’.

The building states: El Centro Public Library.

Book Review: The Library Card

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The Library Card

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.

Book Review: Library Lion

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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.

opening page:

One day, a lion came to the library. He walked right past the circulation desk and up into the stacks.