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At The Library

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Children's Library Corner

There's no doubt about it, Old Man Winter has arrived! In spite of the cold and icy weather a few children were able to come to the library and discover new ways to tell a fairy tale during our "New Twist on Fairy Tales" program on Monday, January 23.

We discussed why some stories are called fairy tales. Then they put a new twist on a fairy tale, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." As the story was read, the children played a certain rhythm instrument for each of the main characters. Listening to know when to play your instrument was not as easy as they thought.

Next the children did a play called "Little Red Riding Hood Gets Lost in Fairy Tale Land." The audience is very important in this type of story because they provide sound effects, repeat phrases and sentences the characters say, and help set up the next scene in the play. Once again the audience found that they needed to pay attention to special phrases and words in order to keep the story moving. As I read the story Karen Long helped the audience stomp their feet, chirp like birds, and repeat what the characters said. It was definitely a new twist on an old fairy tale.

We have been having one program a month at the library during the school year. There are several ways to find out what programs are being offered at the library.You can pick up our February newsletter, listen to KCHE at the beginning of each month which airs from 8:30 a.m. -- 9 a.m., check the calendar of events in the Chronicle Times, or check our website on the internet. Come join us at the library in February for fun and a special guest.

I don't want the 9 -- 12 year old readers to think I have forgotten about them. This week I would like to share a review on a series entitled "My Weird School" by Dan Gutman. The first book in a wonderfully entertaining series is Miss Daisy is Crazy! Miss Daisy is a second grade teacher who needs her students to help her with things she is supposed to be teaching! Imagine the power Miss Daisy's class feels when they get to "help" their nutty teacher.

This series is fun for new readers and for parents to read aloud to pre-schoolers and kindergarten kids just adapting to school. Dan Gutman has a light touch in showing kids that school can be fun. With so much emphasis on standardized test scores it's great to see that there is someone out there reminding our children that reading can make you smile!

If you're not a series reader try a sports novel for youth by Dan Gutman, "Roberto and Me".

Peg Wurth
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