Archive | December, 2012

New Picture Books for Sharing!

31 Dec

By Toni Snee

This year I found selecting books for my 7-year old nephew a somewhat daunting task– what does a 7 year old like?  My nieces at this age were easy — Jan Brett and Alexandra Day– but boys are so different.  I listed to how much Ann Lattinville, the Children’s Librarian, laughed out loud as she cataloged some children’s book a few weeks before Christmas.  The following 4 books made the biggest impact, so I purchased copies for my nephew.

Unfortunately there was a bug going around my nephew’s school and he managed to catch it right before Christmas.  The nice thing about him being sick is he’s quiet and just wants to snuggle with anyone who’ll read to him.  In three days’ time, I had these stories memorized!

Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin

Dragons love tacos

Did you know that dragons LOVE tacos?  They love all kinds of tacos: chicken, beef, cheese, any kind.  But dragons don’t like salsa– any way, shape or form.  Read this story to see what happens when you mix dinosaurs + tacos + salsa.

I Loathe You, by David Slonim

I Loathe You

Did you know that monsters loathe each other?  Find out what happens when a young monster worries that his parents don’t loathe him enough.  According to Amazon, “unconditional loathing is monsterly love in this sweetly humorous picture book.”

Christmas Wombat,  by Jackie French

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In the second wombat book by Jackie French, the wombat thinks Christmas is just like any other day until she smells carrots.  Nothing, and I mean nothing, can come between this wombat and carrots–  including Santa’s reindeer.  Exhausted from fighting with the reindeer, wombat finds a cozy spot for a nap–  in the back of Santa’s sleigh– and learns that carrots are available all around the world.

I am so Handsome,  by Mario Ramos

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He’s back– the wolf from “I am so strong”–  now he wants to know who is the most handsome creature in the forest.  Apparently he didn’t learn his lesson the last time.

Each of these books is available in hardcover from the Scituate Town Library. Stop by and check one out! Or place a hold and we’ll call you when it’s available and then you can come and pick it up! Visit the online catalog to place your hold.

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Best of 2012: Children’s Books Display

27 Dec

By Ann Lattinville

As you enter the children’s room, we have a small book case with a rotating display.  Sometimes we shelve craft and activity books– which we like to call “boredom busters”– and sometimes we shelve “staff picks”, or summer reading suggestions, or other thematic groupings. The list of ideas for featuring the collection is virtually endless.

We have decided that for the next few weeks the display will contain a mix of picture books, easy readers, and chapter books in fiction and nonfiction. What these books all have in common is that they have each appeared on “Best of 2012” book lists.

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Not surprisingly, each of these titles are also books we have checked out to patrons and re-shelved over and over again. From Z is for Moose, by Kelly Bingham, (a perennial favorite at pre-school story time) to The Fairy Ring, or Elsie and Frances Fool the World, by Mary Losure, a fantastic work of nonfiction that reads like a mystery novel, there’s something that is sure to appeal to every one.

Both books mentioned in this post are available through the Old Colony Library Network. Scituate Town Library owns both as hardcover editions.  Abington Public Library owns The Fairy Ring, or Elsie and Frances Fool the World on audio CD! You can request it through the Old Colony Library Network by placing a hold. You can pick it up at the Scituate Town Library and return it to the Scituate Town Library when you’re done.

For a look at some of the “Best of 2012” book lists, follow these links to: School Library Journal, Booklist, or the New York Times.

Best of 2012 Display 1

Wonder, by R. J. Palacio

27 Dec

By Ann Lattinville

If you’re looking for a great book for a child in Grade 4-7, you might consider Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  The story’s central character is Auggie Pullman, an ordinary kid who has overcome some extraordinary circumstances. Born with genetic facial abnormalities, he’s had over 27 surgeries by they time the reader meets him at the beginning of the book. Auggie doesn’t dwell on that though and tells the reader up front that he’s not going to describe his birth defects, so don’t bother asking.  Instead, he moves the reader right past that to his more immediate problem: he’s been home-schooled up until the present day but his parents have decided it’s time for him to start Grade 5 at Beecher Prep!

Now he’s got to navigate the social minefield that is middle school. As you might expect, there are issues with being the kid who is “different.”  But with patient, humorous parents and a few good friends who have his back, Auggie’s story of his first year in school with other kids unfolds to a satisfying conclusion.

When I went to the schools to talk to students about summer reading ideas last spring, I brought this book. Kids immediately gravitated toward its striking cover and asked about it. At one school, a student was simply unable to contain his enthusiasm for this novel and impressed upon his peers that everyone should read this book, including grown-ups. Now that’s high praise from the fourth grade! And I heartily agree with that student.

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For excellent parental observations about the book, see Maria Russo’s review in the New York Times.

 

Check Out This Great Magazine: Mental_Floss

26 Dec

By Mary Jo McNally

Know a chocoholic?  Check out chocolate fun facts in the November issue of the magazine Mental_Floss! Did you know that during the Great Depression, Milky Way bars were prescribed for Vitamin A deficiency?  That is just one of the many facts you can amaze your friends with.

Mental Floss

Each month this magazine is full of strange facts and a trivia quiz that will really test your skills.  I guarantee you will learn something from each issue!  Mental_Floss: the magazine for knowledge junkies.

Christmas Tunes!

21 Dec

By Toni Snee

Looking to listen to something different this holiday season?  Try one of these CD’s.

The titles below are owned by Scituate Town Library we have listed their their call number in parentheses. Stop by and check out a few!

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James Taylor at Christmas (Christmas 3096)

Home for Christmas – Celtic Woman (Christmas 772)

The Gift – Susan Boyle (Christmas 3655)

Rocky Mountain Christmas – John Denver (Christmas 1092)

Jingle Bell Swing (Christmas 2447)

Brasilian Christmas (Christmas 1444)

Home for Christmas – Irish Tenors (1816)

Christmas with the Rat Pack (Christmas 3659)

Christmas – Celtic Thunder (Christmas 3652)

Christmasville – Mannheim Steamroller (Christmas 3710)

Merry Christmas, baby – Lou Rawls (Christmas 3711)

Merry 1940’s Christmas (Christmas 3583)

Christmas with the Beach Boys

Noel – The Priests (Christmas 3670)

Reggae Christmas from Studio One (Christmas 2149)

Christmas Music of Johnny Mathis (Christmas 2445)

Pops Christmas Party (Christmas 1426)

Charles Brown Cool Christmas Blues (Christmas 1428)

Christmas Cheers – Straight No Chaser (Christmas 418)

The Quiet Times…

20 Dec

By Peter Struzziero

The library tends to be a little quieter than usual during the week before December 25th and the week leading up to New Years. Why is this? Oh come on, you know exactly why.

QuietZone

It’s the season for driving around, seeing all those relatives, sitting in traffic, and singing holiday tunes in the car perhaps. Lots of things are happening: dressing up nice, lots of cooking and eating, and maybe watching a little football if time permits.

We at the Library remain available however. It tends to be a quiet time, since everyone is so busy. What does this all mean really though?

First of all, it means that your library is standing by ready to help you (and possibly you alone depending on your timing). Ever wander into a movie theater at an odd time and realize that you are the only one in it? It’s nice in a personal sort of way, isn’t it?

Our books, e-books, DVDs, music, magazines, graphic novels, audiobooks….just all of it… will be here waiting to be checked out. Odds are, some of the more popular items that are usually checked out… won’t be. Excellent opportunity to come in and find the things you want.

Don’t forget too: if you receive a new device as a Holiday gift and… well… have no idea how to use it…, we can help with that. iPads, Nooks, Kindles, iPhones, you name it…we are pros. Come on in and let us teach you all the tricks and how to get the most out of the library with your new device.

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So to recap: we know you’ll be busy but we’ll still be here, happy to say hello and provide you with a good book or a movie for your Holiday.

The Scituate Town Library will be closed December 23rd-25th. We will close at 5pm on December 31st and be closed on January 1st. Otherwise… we’re all yours.

More Christmas Movies!

13 Dec

By Toni Snee

Fitzwilly: stars Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Feldon, Edith Evans. 

Fitzwilly

Courtesy of IMDB

Dedicated staff, led by the butler Claude Fitzwilliam, attempts to keep up appearances for their employer, Miss Vicki.  By misdirecting deliveries and swindling patrons in bars, the staff has been able to keep Miss Vicki comfortable.  Miss Vicki comes up with the idea of writing a dictionary for dopes and hires a secretary to help with the task.  Soon the secretary realizes that something is afoot and attempts to stop the mischief.  The staff decides on one final job, big enough to keep Miss Vicki comfortable for life – they will rob Gimbels Department Store on Christmas Eve.

We’re no Angels: stars Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray. 

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Courtesy of IMDB

Three escaped convicts from Devil’s Island arrive at a coastal town, where they plan on stealing clothes from a store and stowing on an outbound ship.  Instead they stay on to help a family being exploited by the store owner.