I hope everyone's New Year has started off great. Mary Jo is off for a few weeks, so I said I would be glad to write some articles while she was recuperating.
We've had record breaking warm temperatures and not much snow. It makes you wonder what other records will be broken this year.
I'd like to remind parents and toddlers to come to the library and enjoy some stories, songs, rhymes, and some simple scarf activities during our Teriffic Toddlers Program on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 10:30 a.m. -- 11 a.m.
Also, come to the library on Monday, January 23 from 3:45 p.m. -- 4:45 p.m. and discover some "New Twists on Old Fairy Tales." Have you ever wondered what the Big Bad Wolf thought of the story The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf?
Or when a story ends with "they lived happily ever after" do you ever wonder just what their lives were like after they got married? All ages are welcome as we discover new books that give a new twist on traditional fairy tales, myths, and legends.
Speaking of new books I'd like to give a quick review of some new books in the youth department.
Flip and Flop by Dawn Apperley is a great story for families with small children, especially families where younger children are always trying to copy everything that the older ones do.
The pictures are adorable, the colors are bright. It tells a story about two little penguins who are brothers, ages two and five, and the silly games they play and how sometimes the older brother wants to play with his own friend instead. But it's okay because the little penguin finds a new friend his own age. And in the end they all play together. Boomba was the game the brothers played together and with their friends. So don't be surprised if you children ask you to play Boomba with them.
How about a story about a zookeeper and the animals he takes care of? "A Sick Day for Amos McGee" by Philip C. Stead is a charming story about a zookeeper, Amos and his animal companions.
Amos spends his days playing chess with the elephant, running races with the tortoise, sitting quietly with the shy penguin, soothing the rhino's runny nose, and reading bedtime tales to the owl.
It only makes sense that when Amos comes down with a bad cold and cannot make it to work, his animal friends hop on the bus and take care of him in the same gentle, loving way.
I will share more reviews in a couple of weeks.
Don't forget to stop in and check out our new books and pick up a January Newsletter.