@ Your Library – July 22, 2021

@ Your Library

Whew! The library air conditioner has been working overtime trying to keep the library cool! Come spend an afternoon (or morning or evening) solving our escape gallery. It has challenged all who have attempted it. Solve all five puzzles, unlock the locks and win Chamber bucks to spend as you like.

Join us three more Wednesday evenings from 6 – 7 pm in Smokey Bear Park for games. We have three more storytimes on Thursday mornings at 10:30 am. We are having lots of fun exploring colors. Friday mornings young kids are playing together from 10:30 – noon during Big Play. While the organized events will end the week of August 9, we will continue to put up story strolls on Fridays and accept Summer Reading Bingo cards until the end of the month.

If you took a puzzle piece to decorate, please return them by August 13th so we can complete our puzzle. We don’t want holes in our puzzle. We are so much better together!

I love picture books! I love reading them and sharing them. Lately there have been a lot of new picture books I want to share so here are a few of them.

Keep an Eye on Ivy by Barroux is such an innocuous title for a book about a plant that eats every living thing in the book. Lots of fun to share this one aloud as a little boy becomes aware of fewer and fewer living things around him.

And if we are going to be brave around plants, then be sure and be brave around cats with Brave as a Mouse by Nicolo Carozzi. A mouse befriends a goldfish but three unfriendly felines threaten to put an end to their fun.

When my children were small we often went for ‘night-night’ walks. We’d get them ready for bed, then bundle them up into their stroller and walk the neighborhood. So I was attracted to the book The Night Walk by Marie Dorleans. The walk in this book is a little more than our evening walks, but the reward is amazing.

I am excited about our new books by Monique Gray Smith, including her fiction book Tilly and the Crazy Eights a Canada Reads finalist, My Heart Fills with Happiness and You Hold Me Up are written in both English and Anishinaabemowin. Both picture books are beautiful stories about togetherness.

And speaking of togetherness and the importance of friendship be sure and borrow Little Wise Wolf by Gijs van der Hammen and Hanneke Siemensma and The All-Together Quilt by Lizzy Rockwell.

Kids who like vehicles and stories about trips will really enjoy Road Trip! by Steve Light and The Runaway No-Wheeler by Peter Stein.

And finally how many families have ‘the thingity-jig’ or a ‘whatsa-whosits’? The book The Thingity-Jig by Kathleen Doherty is a joy to read and play with word sounds as bear discovers a springy thing, a bouncy thing that he must get home to share but it is too heavy and no one wants to help.

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