Library Column for September 5, 2018

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School is back in session. Make the effort now as you work out schedules to include time for reading. Reading benefits everyone!

School can bring out the jitters in just about anyone.  Twig by Aura Parker is a wonderful new picture book about starting school.  Heidi is shy and has a hard time making friends at Bug school as everyone seems to fail to notice her.  This book is filled with delightful bugs of every species and is a lot of fun to inspect for little details. Another couple of books good for examining details is the Scholastic Reader book I Spy: School with riddles by Jean Marzollo and photographs by Walter Wick or Mini Look & Find on the Farm by Thierry Laval.

Make time for one last picnic, or at least dream about next summer’s time outdoors with Pignic by Matt Phelan and create your dream picnic.

Beautiful illustrations and a sweet story can be found in Ocean Meets Sky by the Fan Brothers. Another book with detailed illustrations that you can examine over and over for new details.

I think I have talked about the new series of books by Nancy Krulik about the princess who wants to go to knight school, not princess school. Her father gives her permission if she can complete eight nice tasks for others.  She is having a hard time finding nice things to do on her Quest of Kindness and it doesn’t look like things will get any easier in book 3 Bad MOOOOVE!

Retellings of fairy tales are plentiful and a wonderful way to talk about point-of-view, perspective and just plain fun. Snow and Rose by Emily Winfield Martin retells “Snow White and Rose Red,” while Grump by Liesl Shurtliff is a retelling of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.” Norse myths are also popular and two well-known authors have provided new translations. Kevin Crossley-Holland with Norse Myths: tales of Odin, Thor and Loki and Neil Gaiman with Norse Mythology. Both are excellent translations with interesting differences. There are also numerous picture book retellings of fairy tales including the silly The Sky is Falling! by Mark Teague or the serious Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne. Fairy tale retellings aren’t just for kids, adults will enjoy Wicked by Gregory Maguire or the new book All the Ever Afters by Danielle Teller.

Last May, the library sent a letter home with every student providing them with their school library card number and information about accessing digital books over the summer, especially if they couldn’t get to the library.  Students can still use their school library card numbers to access both Overdrive via Libby and Hoopla for digital books, audiobooks, comic books and more. Students are welcome to ask either the school or the public library for their card number if they want to borrow materials digitally.

Saturday hours, 10 am – 3pm, begin this Saturday, September 8. Storytime will begin on Thursday, September 13th at 10:30 am.