Friday, February 13, 2009
The blog is part of BookLetters, a new enewsletter service from the Library. In addition to replacing the Library’s blogs, BookLetters has everything from lists of bestsellers to new children's chapter books, from "What's on the Air this Weekend" to teen reads, from award winners to staff suggestions. Be sure to take a look at the lists especially about children’s books.
The Library staff has also added lists specifically for Palo Alto customers. You can sign up for a number of these lists. We hope you love BookLetters – it’s our Valentine’s Day gift to you!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Magic Pickle by Scott Morse
Meet the world's greenest, bumpiest, briniest superhero, the Magic Pickle. With his feisty sidekick Jo Jo Wigman, the Magic Pickle faces his worst nightmare, the Brotherhood of Evil Produce. Will he save the world from those foul fiends, or will the world be conquered by vegetables gone wild?
Peter Parker dons his Spider-man outfit to protect the city of New York from the villany of Electro, the Sandman, the Vulture, Kraven the Hunter, Sandman, and the Scorpion.
Astro Boy by Osamu Tezuka
Presents several comic-strip tales featuring the jet-powered robotic boy hero Astro Boy, including the story of his birth.
Sarah Bellum, the new star pupil at school, mistakenly creates hundreds of copies of her pet bat, Bobo, with her cosmic copy machine, until Buzz Beaker comes up with an ingenious way to solve the problem.
Otto's Orange Day by Frank Cammuso & Jay Lynch
After a genie fulfills Otto the cat's wish by turning the whole world orange, Otto realizes that his favorite color is not the best color for everything.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Saturday Showcase: Reading Becomes Storytelling
With traditional Japanese picture-card dramas called kamishibai (paper theater). Come hear Hazuki Katoaka share stories from around the world using this unique method.
Date and Time: Saturday, February 7 at 2:3 p.m. Location: Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd. Ages: For all ages
The Black History Show African American dance, singing, and spoken word. Fun for the entire family!
Date and Time: Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7 pm Location: Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
School's out! If you're looking for something to pass the time, stop by the Children's Library to play games with other kids. Bring your own or we'll have a supply of cards and board games on hand for you to use.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Come on in to Children's Library and check out some of the wonderful books we have on display. There are so many to choose from, but here's one of my favorites, a book of African-American folklore by Virginia Hamilton: The People Could Fly.
Saturday, February 7 at 7 pm
Mitchell Park Community Center,
3700 Middlefield Rd.
African American dance, singing, and
spoken word. Fun for the entire family!
Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
When I was in preschool, I listened to this readalong non-stop in the car. Of course, my childhood version was a cassette, not a CD! But even all these years later, the story of the little elephant Sooki and his saggy, baggy grey skin still resonates as a wonderful tale of self-acceptance.
The lovely, lush illustrations of this book are what initially drew me to it. It's evident that lots of care was put into crafting this retelling of the Cuban folktale. Apparently, the Odyssey award panel thought the same thing, because Martina was just named an Odyssey Honor Book for 2009. The Odyssey awards are given each year to audiobooks that show exemplary production values.