Nov 27, 2009

News from the Children's Room

Alright, first the big stuff:
"Reading to Aspen" is now "Paws 4 Reading"--Aspen has a partner in crime now and her name is Misty! She's a long-haired German Shepherd, owned by Pat O'Hearn. Aspen and Ursula will be here every other Monday, Misty and Pat will be here every other Friday. Come meet Misty this coming Friday, Dec. 4th, at 4:00!

The Children's Room has a Facebook page! Check it out--watch for events and pictures and random notes. If you become a fan, you'll see all the news as soon as it hits the page!

Ok, for this coming week:
Monday at 3:30--Paws 4 Reading (Aspen). This week is completely full, so call or email for a slot next week.

Tuesday at 3:00--Christmas Story Time. This is an all ages drop in story time centering around seasonal books. We will also make a craft at the end.

Wednesday at 6:00--Family Christmas Movie Night. The first feature will be "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town". Starbucks is again providing us with hot chocolate! Wear your favorite jammies, bring a stuffed animal and relax!

Thursday at 3:30--The Great Stone Face Debates. Great books to discuss over hot chocolate and Christmas cookies! This is for 4th-8th graders only.

Friday at 3:30--Paws 4 Reading (Misty). This is her debut appearance! Call or email for a slot or just come in to meet her--she's lovely :)

Nov 25, 2009

Ladybug Party and Skype Author Visit Video!

The Ladybug Party and Skype Author Visit was great fun! Kristyn Crow, author of "Bedtime at the Swamp" was friendly and enthusiastic; she got all the kids chanting, thumping and shaking along. Then she answered questions they asked about her, about her books, about writing... There's actually nearly 15 minutes of video that I've cut down to almost 5. This was my first attempt at video editing; please be kind!

The Party and Visit were marvelous and we will be inviting other authors to join us via Skype at other times--be there with us next time!

P.S. The audio is simply not that good--turn up your speakers all the way.

Nov 24, 2009


First: I am still working on the video from the Ladybug Party when Kristyn Crow visited us via Skype. Editing, saving, sending, putting on the blog--all of these things are taking far more time than I expected, but as soon as it's available somewhere, I will let you know!

Second: The Children's Room now has a Facebook page! Check it out, become a fan, watch for events, send pictures, talk to other parents...

Third: There are regular story times tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 25th) and Friday (Nov. 27th). Then we're done until January.

Fourth: Christmas story times are starting on Tuesday, Dec. 1st! We'll have cheery stories and a small craft. This is an all ages story time.

Fifth: Family Christmas movie nights are starting Wednesday, Dec. 2nd. Starbucks is again providing our hot chocolate (three cheers!). Join us in your jammies with a favorite stuffed animal or pillow :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 17, 2009

new movies

New DVDs are IN come and check them OUT

Nov 10, 2009

new nonfiction

The perfect plain-English guide to the much-anticipated release of Windows 7
Windows For Dummies is the all-time bestselling guide to the Windows operating system. Windows 7 For Dummies answers all your questions about the interface adjustments and all the new tools in Windows 7.
Whether you're new to computers or just eager to start using the newest version of Windows, expert author Andy Rathbone will walk you step by step through the most common Windows 7 tasks, including managing files, applications, media, and Internet access. If you've never used Windows before, it shows you the things most books assume you already know, like how to navigate the interface, customize the desktop, and work with the file system. Then it helps you get comfortable using all aspects of Windows 7.
Nearly ninety percent of the world's PCs use the Windows operating system
Covers basic management of applications, files, and data; creating and printing documents; setting up an Internet connection and e-mail account; and online security
Explores using Windows to edit and manage audio, video, and photo files, and how to create CDs, DVDs, and playlists with Media Center
Helps you tweak and customize Windows 7 to operate your way and set up user accounts, build a home network, and maintain your PC
Provides troubleshooting advice, helps you find missing files and use the Help system, and explains common error messages
Windows 7 For Dummies will have you up and running on the newest version of Windows quickly and easily.
Picking up where her previous successful, and highly lauded book, America's Women, left off, Gail Collins recounts the sea change women have experienced since 1960. A comprehensive mix of oral history and Collins's keen research, this is the definitive book about five crucial decades of progress, told with the down-to-earth, amusing, and agenda-free tone this beloved New York Times columnist is known for. The interviews with women who have lived through these transformative years include an advertising executive in the 60s who was not allowed to attend board meetings that took place in the all-male dining room; and an airline stewardess who remembered being required to bend over to light her passengers' cigars on the men-only 'Executive Flight' from New York to Chicago.We, too, may have forgotten the enormous strides made by women since 1960--and the rare setbacks. "Hell yes, we have a quota [7%]" said a medical school dean in 1961. "We do keep women out, when we can." At a pre-graduation party at BarnardCollege, "they handed corsages to the girls who were engaged and lemons to those who weren't." In 1960, two-thirds of women 18-60 surveyed by Gallup didn't approve of the idea of a female president. Until 1972, no woman ran in the Boston Marathon, the year when Title IX passed, requiring parity for boys and girls inschool athletic programs (and also the year after Nixon vetoed the childcare legislation passed by congress). What happened during the past fifty years--a period that led to the first woman's winning a Presidential Primary--and why? The cataclysmic change in the lives of American women is a story Gail Collins seems to have been born to tell.

From the Publisher: In the shadow of the fallen Old Man of the Mountain, on a lonely stretch of mountain road, two men lay dead. A spasm of violence that took only a few minutes to play out leaves a community divided and searching for answers.Bad Blood is the riveting account of the long-standing feud between Franconia, New Hampshire, police officer Bruce McKay, 48, and Liko Kenney, 24. In May 2007, Kenney shot and killed Officer McKay, following a dramatic chase that began with a routine traffic stop. Kenney, cousin of ski legend Bode Miller, was then shot and killed by a shadowy passerby. Almost immediately, the tragic incident revealed deep tensions within this otherwise quiet community in the White Mountains with charges that Kenney was a hell-raiser and mentally unstable and counter-charges that Officer McKay was a rogue cop who dispensed justice as a way to settle personal scores. Striving to get at the truth of the story, the author uncovers a complicated mix of personalities and motivations. Local and statewide interests clash while regional and national media— and even YouTube viewers— supply ready stereotypes to fit their agendas. Amid larger questions of the meaning of individual freedom we are, ultimately, helpless witnesses to an inevitable clash of characters.

A practical guide for visual learners who are eager to get started with Windows 7
Windows 7 is Microsoft's highly anticipated operating system used by millions of people around the world. If you're a visual learner and are new to Windows 7, then this book is an ideal introduction to the new features of this operating system. Seasoned author Paul McFedries walks you through the basics and beyond of Windows 7 in a straightforward manner.
You'll discover how to install and repair programs, maintain your system, set up password-protected accounts, load images from a digital camera, play music and other media files, secure Internet and e-mail accounts, and much more. More than 150 tasks are accompanied by full-color screen shots as they guide you to becoming a confident user of Windows 7.
Experienced author Paul McFedries walks you through Microsoft's eagerly awaited new operating system: Windows 7
Clear and succinct explanations, step-by-step instructions, and full-color screen shots take you through the newest features of Windows 7
More than 150 Windows 7 tasks show you the basics and beyond, including installing and repairing programs, maintaining your system, loading images from a digital camera, and more.

Fantastic illustrations with easy to follow directions.

Nov 6, 2009

Next Week for Kids (Nov. 9-13)

There are a few things unusual about this week that may change your library plans:

Monday: Reading to Aspen has been shifted this week--she will be here from 3:00-4:15. The 3:15 and 3:30 slots are still available; if you want one, call or email me!

Tuesday: Lego Builders Association will be meeting again! Come in at 3:30 to build your own castle, show everyone how cool it is and get your picture with it for the website.

Wednesday: WE ARE CLOSED!

Thursday: There will be a Thanksgiving Drop In Craft between 1 and 5pm. We are making Indian Corn table/wall decorations. Join us when you can!

Storytimes are ongoing--if you'd like to sign up, let me know.

A request as we approach the holidays: I need empty gift-wrap tubes! If you would save them for me and bring them to the library, I would really appreciate it. There's a great craft I'd like to do next summer that will use them.