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more than books in the library

Does your child love music?  You can find a variety of CD’s for check out in the children’s department.  A few of my favorites are the Veggie Tales CD’s (the newest one is called Boyz in the Sink), Ralph’s World and Ralph’s World: Happy Lemons by Ralph Covert, and Not Naptime by Justin Roberts.  What about CD-ROM’s, you ask?  The library has those too!  Check out the Cars CD-ROM (yes, that’s the same Cars as the movie), or our many Blue’s Clues computer games.   You will also find a great selection of books on cassette tape and on CD, as well.  There are even puppets that are available for check out!   So be sure to check out all that the Lane Library has to offer to your family.

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web review

Do you ever feel overwhelmed at the sheer amount of information you get on the internet, or wish that you could somehow organize the number of interesting sites that you read?  Pageflakes can help.  Not only can you keep track of the blogs that you read, you can find even more by using their feeds gallery.  But Pageflakes can do more than that.  On Pageflakes, you can access your address book, local weather information, to-do-list, news, blogs and much more – it’s all on one page that you can access from anywhere and any computer.  By adding “flakes” or bits of information to your page, you can access almost anything from your email to stock quotes to your favorite bookmarks, as well as play sudoku and get local movie showtimes.

But it gets better.  You can share your page with other internet users by entering the email addresses of the people you want to invite to view your page.  This means that you can share contacts, to-do-lists and news with your church or playgroups, set up a family page with photos and notes, share a calendar with your spouse – the possibilities are endless!   By using Pageflakes, everything you need is in one place on the internet.  And, it’s free!  Check it out!

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what is emergent literacy?

During this story time session (and preschool parents, this will be of interest to you, as well), I will be incorporating aspects of a philosophy called emergent literacy.  Simply put, this means I will be focussing on helping your child develop his/her language and vocabulary skills, as well as letter knowledge and print awareness, among other things.  Read here for some information about emergent literacy, and ways that you as a parent or grandparent can help prepare your toddler to read, and stay tuned to this blog for more information on how I am incorporating emergent literacy into storytime.  And of course, if you have any questions about emergent literacy or about any other aspects of storytime, don’t hesitate to ask me.

–Miss Tracey

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more literary gift ideas

There are some more great books as gifts ideas in this article.  Read it and see!

–Miss Tracey

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book ideas for holiday gifts

Books make perfect gifts for kids for the holidays.  I’ll be giving several Goosebumps and Lemony Snicket books to the kid in my house this Christmas! 

For some picture book gifting ideas for the children you know, check the several reviews on this blog.  All of those were picture books that I thought would be fun for kids to read and have read to them.  I have also checked with some end-of-the-year “best of” lists, and come up with a list of books that would make great gifts for your preschoolers and beginning readers this holiday season.  All titles are linked to the Barnes and Noble website so that you can see the book itself and read summaries and reviews of each title.  Of course, nothing beats holding a book in your own hands, so be sure to visit a local bookstore and find some titles on your own, as well.  Happy gifting!

And of course, remember that you can check out most of these books at your Lane Library, as well! 

Once Upon a Banana by Jennifer Armstrong, Beach by Elisha Cooper, The Cow Who Clucked by Ohio author Denise Fleming, Wolves by Emily Gravett, Duck and Goose by Tad Hills

Houndsley and Catina by James Howe, Five For a Little One by Chris Raschka, Ballet of the Elephants by Leda Schubert, So Sleepy Story by Uri Shulevitz, Butterfly Eyes by Joyce Sidman, Flotsam by David Wiesner

Mommy? by Arthur Yorinks and Maurice Sendak, Max’s Words by Kate Banks, Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen by Cari Best, But Excuse Me That is My Book by Lauren Child, The Princess and the Pea by Lauren Child, How High Can A Dinosaur Count? by Valorie Fisher

Lilly’s Big Day by Kevin Henkes, Library Lion by Michelle Knudson, Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod, The Little Red Hen by Jerry Pinkney, Not Afraid of Dogs by Susanna Pitzer, Clip-Clop by Nicola Smee 

Have fun reading and giving this holiday season!

–Miss Tracey

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holiday books

If you need a good holiday themed picture book, come to the library!  The children’s department at the Hamilton branch has pulled out all of our holiday picture books and put them in a special display next to the children’s service desk, making it easy for you to choose some great stories to read to your kids (or have them read to you!)  Come and check out the holiday books! 

–Miss Tracey

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news article

A study was recently conducted by two psychologists, who found out what we as parents and libarians already knew.  Reading picture books to kids really does help them learn!  The study worked with 18- to 30-month-old toddlers, but I think we can safely extend what they learned to apply to older kids, as well.  Read the CBS news article for yourself and find out what you knew before the psychologists did.

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