It’s My Favorite Day of the Year!

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Grammy’s Shmammy’s…the Youth Media Awards is the real deal! I was up bright and early watching the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards announcements this morning from Philadelphia. Here are some highlights!

Newbery Award 2014  

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Newbery Honor Books 2014

The Paperboy by Vince Vawter

Doll Bones by Holly Black

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

Caldecott Award 2014

Locomotive by Brian Floca

Caldecott Honor Books: 

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Journey by Aaron Becker

Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner

Really excited that I called Flora & Ulysses! Seriously, what can’t Kate DiCamillo do? My pick for the Caldecott was Journey by Aaron Becker. So glad to see that he was honored. For a full list of the awards and winners check out http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/01/american-library-association-announces-2014-youth-media-award-winners

 

The Infamous Miss Molly!

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We’ve got a new face in the Children’s Department!  Her name is Miss Molly and she is the new Children’s Assistant!  You’ll be seeing her alot around here, in story time and especially during Summer Reading.  Miss Molly is finishing her Master’s in Library Science and is super excited to meet all of you! 

Stop in and say hello!

Oldies But Goodies

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Dora the Explorer. Transformers. Spongebob Squarepants.  I can’t keep books with these characters on my shelves.  We have a display of favorites that I probably fill at least 4 times a day.  Children love to see their favorite TV characters in books, and I love to see them reading. However, some of the “older” generation of children’s books often get lost in the shuffle. Many of these classics may be familiar to you. Babar the Elephant, Madeline, Peter Rabbit. There is a reason that these books have been around for so many years and are considered the best of the best for children. I encourage you to revisit these stories!  They are filled with beautiful illustrations and gorgeous writing, and are part of our literary heritage. Happy Reading!

Try It, You’ll Like It!

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I love picture books. I adore chapter books. And according to our library’s circulation statistics, so do our patrons. However, I also can’t get enough of children’s non-fiction books. And according to those same statistics, many patrons aren’t as enthusastic about them. Let me tell you, you are missing out! Gone are the days of boring, text-heavy books that will put you to sleep. Some of the most beautfiful and entertaining picture books that I purchase for the library are non-fiction. Kids will love them! Everything from books on animals, outer space, fire trucks, sports, crafts, history, urban legends, dinosaurs and so much more.  Many series that have come out are absolutely genius, and perfect for reluctant readers.  One of my new favorites is the Ye Yucky Middle Ages books.  Kids, especially boys, will eat these up.  Topics such as “Could you survive being a knight,” and “Could you survive living in a castle” will bring history to life for children.  Don’t miss out!  

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We have a new story time schedule!  There’s something for kids of all ages and families, too! 

Mondays: Little Listeners @ 10:15 & 11:15 AM.  Perfect for children birth through age 3.

Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM Story Time for ages 3-5.

Thursdays @ 1:00 PM Story Time for ages 3-5.

Thursdays @ 6:30 PM Story Time for families!  (Please check our website for firm Thursday evening dates.)

Hope to see you there!

Go, Dog, Go!

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Did you know that on the second Wednesday of every month we have our Reading with Ruby program?  Ruby is a miniature collie and a certified therapy dog who LOVES kids and books!  When you register for this program, your child will have a 15-minute private reading block with Ruby and her human, Miss Nancy!  This is perfect for children who are either learning to or struggling with, reading.  I’ve also had a few parents whose children have a fear of dogs come in to a secure environment to help them overcome their feelings.  Check out our website for more information!

BIG NEWS!!

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ImageWe are so excited to announce a brand new program at our library!  “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” will kick off Monday, March 11th, 2013.  This early literacy program is geared towards children ages birth-Kindergarten age.  Our goal is to support parents in their efforts to bring books into the lives of children as early as possible. 

Studies show that the more books children have direct home access to, the better their chances of success are once they start school.  Children get ready to read years before their formal education begins and the most effective way to get your child ready to read is to read aloud to them.

When you sign up for our program you will recieve a specialized tote bag, information on early literacy including additional resources, and a huge book list compiled by Miss Megan to help get you started! 

For every 100 books that you and your child read together, you can come into the library and choose a free book to keep. 

We are so excited to offer this program to you and your family!  Stop in and get started!

Authors & Artists

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A few years ago I tried a program called Authors & Artists.  It was, hands down, one of the things I’ve been most proud of.  15 students from grades 1-5 spent a month with me working on books that they wrote and illustrated.  At the end of the program, I laminated all of the books and bound them, made posters for each of the kids and held an Authors & Artists Gala.  Friends and family came (in formal dress!) to celebrate the unveiling of these books.  I had teens act as waiters, carrying around horderves and champagne flutes full of sparkling juice.  It was a blast.  We just had our second run of the program and it was again, a huge success.  Seeing these kids taking the project so seriously and working so hard week after week is such a gift.  When a few of these kids stood up at the gala and read from their books, and when their parents told me how it was all they could talk about, are moments when I realize how lucky I am to have this job.  Congrats to my fantastic group of writers and illustrators!

Follow me!

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Do you often find yourself in a Pinterest hole?  Trying to climb your way out of one-pot meal ideas and easy front door decorations?  Why not stay a little longer and follow me on Pinterest?!  I post everything from rainy day ideas, to easy meal ideas and book reviews (for both kids and moms).  Find me as MissMegan!

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How about Facebook?  I post all of our events and even tips and simple fun stuff for parents.  Find me under Moon Township Public Library Children’s Department!

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Now, if you aren’t already familiar with goodreads.com, you need to discover this fantastic website for readers!  Find my reviews and recommendations under goodreads.com/Miss Megan.

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And finally twitter.  I’m just sticking my feet in the twitter-pool, but you can follow library news from the children’s department under @MissMeganMoon.

You can also find all of the links to these pages under the Children’s Department page on our website, www.moonlibrary.org.

Hope to see you!