Dec 13, 2012

Polar Express Story Time

 The traditional Polar Express Story Time, complete with Old Time Radio star Don Bagley, returns this year on December 19!

Children who attend the Polar Express Story time will enjoy hot chocolate and stories.  After the stories, each child will receive a bell and a small stocking and get to choose their own book as a gift from the library.

Please note:  Due to the incredible popularity of this story time, we have changed it a little to make it better.  We now have TWO story times:  one at 4pm for ages 0-4, and another at 6pm for ages 4+.  While this age distinction is not ironclad, be aware that the stories for the younger group will be shorter and simpler.  You do not need to sign up for this program--just come on in!  Jammies are encouraged and shoes are required.

Polar Express Story Time:  Wednesday, Dec. 19
                                               4pm for ages 0-4
                                               6pm for ages 4+

Nov 19, 2012

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

We're making Indian corn-shaped cookies (NOT corn flavored!), then eating them while we watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. You're invited :)

Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 2:00pm in the Meeting Room

Nov 9, 2012

Drop in Food: PB Balls

It's National Peanut Butter Month!  come celebrate by making PB Balls.  A very easy, very tasty recipe for a fun treat kids can make all by themselves! SIGN UP  to create your own!

Tuesday, November 13, 3-5pm

Oct 19, 2012

The rest of October for the Children's Room

Here's what's left to do in October for kids:

Monday, Oct. 22 at 3:30pm:  Lego Builders!  Come build something creeeeeepy!

Wednesday, Oct. 24 1-5pm:  Drop In Craft:  Spider Candy Holder.  Come in any time between 1 and 5 to make a hanging candy holder with legs and eyes....

Friday, Oct. 26 at 11am:  No Nightmares Halloween Story Time.  If you need friendly ghosts, happy monsters and helpful pumpkins, this one's for you!  Costumes are encouraged, but not required.  A simple craft will complete this story time.

Monday, Oct. 29 at 6pm:
Halloween Magic Show
Spooky funny magic for everyone! 
Recommended for ages 3-10, but all are welcome 
Trick or treats for children afterward

Sep 28, 2012

Top Ten Lists for the Children's Room

Want to know what people are watching and reading 
the most in the Children's Room?

Top DVD of the month:  Cinderella
Top DVD of the year:  Rio

Top Picture Book of the month:  Mom, it's my first day of kindergarten!

Top Picture Book of the year:  Chicken Butt

Top Parenting Item of the month:  1,2,3 Magic DVD

Top Parenting Item of the year:  Guiding young children's behavior : helpful ideas for parents & teachers from 28 early childhood experts 

Top Chapter Book of the month AND the year:  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever

Top Audiobook of the year:  City of Ember

Top Biography of the month:  On the half-pipe with Tony Hawk

Top Biography of the year:  100% official Justin Bieber : first step 2 forever, my story

Top Easy Reader of the month:  Frog and Fly: Six Slurpy Stories

Top Easy Reader of the year:  The Cat in the Hat Comes Back

If you want the full top ten for each category, come on in--they're posted in each section!

Sep 26, 2012

Drop in Food: Apple Cider Caramel Cookies

Sign up to make cookies at the library!  Seriously.  It's fall, so we're making apple cider caramel cookies :)  Wait til you see the gooey caramel in the middle and smell the apple cider cookie dough baking...yum!

You may come in any time between 3 and 5, but I have to know that you're coming so that we have enough for everyone!  To sign up, call 474-2044 and ask for Lisa or email

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 3-5pm, Seabrook Library.  Find us in the Meeting Room!

Sep 12, 2012

Book Trailer Stars

4th, 5th and 6th graders--here's your chance to be a movie star!  Ok, not a whole movie, just a trailer.  But it will be one YOU create and star in (with friends if you want) about a book that you really like!  You bring your ideas and some friends to help, I'll have the camera and snacks. 

Book Trailer Stars:  Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6:00-7:00pm

Sep 6, 2012

Welcome Back to Lego Builders!

Lego Builders is starting back up on Wednesday, September 12 at 3:30pm.  If you like to build and create, join us!  You'll have 50 minutes to build something "fall-y" and then 10 minutes to tell everyone about it and get your picture taken with it.  This is open to all ages except those young enough to think Legos are for eating :)

Lego Builders:  3:30pm, Wednesday, Sept. 12 in the Meeting Room

Aug 20, 2012

new audiobooks

new teen books

One last chance...
for Max, Fang, and Dylan...
before it all ends.
Are you ready for the final chapter? Are you ready for the ultimate flight? Because THIS IS IT. One last incredible, explosive adventure with an astonishing ending that no one could have seen coming.
Telling the Truth Could Get Them Killed. Remaining Silent Could Be Worse. When Cooper, Hiro, and Gordy witness a robbery that leaves a man in a coma, they find themselves tangled in a web of mystery and deceit that threatens their lives. After being seen by the criminals---who may also be cops---Coope makes everyone promise never to reveal what they have seen. Telling the truth could kill them. But remaining silent means an innocent man takes the fall and a friend never receives justice. Is there ever a time to lie? And what happens when the truth is dangerous? The three friends, trapped in a code of silence, must face the consequences of choosing right or wrong when both options have their price.
Hatchet meets Lost in this modern-day adventure tale of one girl's reawakening

Jane is on a plane on her way home to Montclair, New Jersey, from a mental hospital. She is about to kill herself. Just before she can swallow a lethal dose of pills, the plane hits turbulence and everything goes black. Jane wakes up amidst piles of wreckage and charred bodies on a snowy mountaintop. There is only one other survivor: a boy named Paul, who inspires Jane to want to fight for her life for the first time.

Jane and Paul scale icy slopes and huddle together for warmth at night, forging an intense emotional bond. But the wilderness is a vast and lethal force, and only one of them will survive
Fall under the spell of Wake—the first book in an achingly beautiful new series by celebrated author Amanda Hocking—and lose yourself to the Watersong.
Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They're the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone's attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.
Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.
Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.

new nonfiction

In 1900, there were just over seven million Americans age 55 and older. In 2010, there were over 63 million. As the population of older adults continues to boom, will the health of this group fizzle? Not if Reed Tuckson, MD, has anything to say about it. The Doctor in the Mirror is centered on a simple, yet often-overlooked premise: as you age, the health advocate you need first and foremost is you. It starts with an honest look in the mirror to identify the barriers keeping you from better health. Then it calls on the amazing, the brilliant, the esteemed Dr. You to overcome those barriers. Not overnight, but over time. Learn how to better understand the chronic illnesses that older adults commonly face. Get armed with simple, common sense prevention strategies. Discover how to maximize your partnership with your physicians, hospitals, and the health care system. And finally, Dr. You will learn to weave a safety net of relationships built around home, family, friends, and community to maximize your quality of life. As you age, don t let your health situation take control of you. Take control of your health situation instead. Come on, America. It s time to age with more vitality!
The Red Sox story, notwithstanding the mythic " Curse of the Bambino" is a matter of pride and achievement, and of pleasure and excitement. The Red Sox Encyclopedia is the ultimate Red Sox reference book including eight eras from 1901-1997, moments of glory, greatest moments in Red Sox history, the greatest Red Sox players, Red Sox managers, as well as detailed statistical coverage. Young, Speaker, Williams, Yastrzemski, Evans and many more are included in this magnificent volume
It’s the Middle Class, Stupid! confirms what we have all suspected: Washington and Wall Street have really screwed things up for the average American. Work has been devalued. Education costs are out of sight. Effort and ambition have never been so scantily rewarded. Political guru James Carville and pollster extraordinaire Stan Greenberg argue that our political parties must admit their failures and the electorate must reclaim its voice, because taking on the wealthy and the privileged is not class warfare—it is a matter of survival. Told in the alternating voices of these two top political strategists, It’s the Middle Class, Stupid! provides eye-opening and provocative arguments on where our government—including the White House—has gone wrong, and what voters can do about it.
Controversial and outspoken, authoritative and shrewd, It’s the Middle Class, Stupid! is destined to make waves during the 2012 presidential campaign, and will set the agenda for legislative battles and political dust-ups during the next administration
From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes more incredible stories of science, history, language, and music, as told by our own DNA.

In The Disappearing Spoon, bestselling author Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic table. In THE VIOLINIST'S THUMB, he explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA.

There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking. They can even allow some people, because of the exceptional flexibility of their thumbs and fingers, to become truly singular violinists.

Kean's vibrant storytelling once again makes science entertaining, explaining human history and whimsy while showing how DNA will influence our species' future.

new fiction

#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor returns with his most explosive thriller ever. Somewhere deep inside the United States government is a closely guarded list. Members of Congress never get to see it—only the President and a secret team of advisers. Once your name is on the list, it doesn’t come off . . . until you’re dead.
Someone has just added counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath’s name.
Somehow Harvath must evade the teams dispatched to kill him long enough to untangle who has targeted him and why they want him out of the way.
Somewhere, someone, somehow can put all the pieces together. The only question is, will Harvath get to that person before the United States suffers the most withering terrorist attack ever conceived?
Vaclav and Lena seem destined for each other. They meet as children in an ESL class in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Vaclav is precocious and verbal. Lena, struggling with English, takes comfort in the safety of his adoration, his noisy, loving home, and the care of Rasia, his big-hearted mother. Vaclav imagines their story unfolding like a fairy tale, or the perfect illusion from his treasured Magician’s Almanac. But one day, Lena does not show up for school. She has disappeared from Vaclav and his family’s lives as if by a cruel sleight of hand. For the next seven years, Vaclav says goodnight to Lena without fail, wondering if she is doing the same somewhere. On the eve of Lena’s seventeenth birthday he finds out. In Vaclav & Lena, Haley Tanner has created two unforgettable young protagonists who evoke the joy, the confusion, and the passion of having a profound, everlasting connection.
Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness...
He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I'd never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily...

Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other's most private worlds...and desires.

The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn't tear us apart...
On the eve of her retirement, Georgia attorney Mikala Aulani is as vivacious and vibrant as ever, eagerly anticipating a happy future with her partner, Ben. But if Kala has learned anything in thirty-five years of practicing law, it's that the truth can always surprise you. And when Adam Star turns up at her office, confessing to the long-ago murder of his wife,
 Kala must return to a notorious case that has never stopped haunting her.
Ten years have passed since young nurse Sophie Lee was accused of murdering her wealthy patient, Audrey Star. Kala defended Sophie and had no doubt of her innocence--or of Adam Star's guilt--but the prosecution convinced a jury otherwise. Sophie was convicted on a Tuesday--the day on which every significant event in her life, good or bad, seems to happen. Now, on the verge of his death, Adam exonerates Sophie and also leaves her a huge fortune in atonement.
Released from prison, Sophie retreats to Kala's house and tries to evade the media frenzy that surrounds her. Kala is determined to help her client make her way back into the world and adjust to her new wealth and freedom. Yet for both, there are still revelations in store--about the nature of redemption, the strange workings of fate, and the power of forgiveness. And most of all, about the secrets that hide in every heart--even those we think we know best
After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to His Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome. The Vatican police suspect suicide, though Gabriel believes otherwise. So, it seems, does Donati. But the monsignor is fearful that a public inquiry might inflict another scandal on the Church, and so he calls upon Gabriel to quietly pursue the truth—with one caveat.
"Rule number one at the Vatican," Donati said. "Don't ask too many questions."
Gabriel learns that the dead woman had uncovered a dangerous secret—a secret that threatens a global criminal enterprise that is looting timeless treasures of antiquity and selling them to the highest bidder. But there is more to this network than just greed. A mysterious operative is plotting an act of sabotage that will plunge the world into a conflict of apocalyptic proportions. . . .

In this captivating novel, bestselling author Lisa Grunwald gives us the sweeping tale of an irresistible hero and the many women who love him. In the middle of the twentieth century, in a home economics program at a prominent university, orphaned babies are being used to teach mothering skills to young women. For Henry House, raised in these unlikely circumstances, finding real love and learning to trust will prove to be the work of a lifetime. From his earliest days as a “practice baby” through his adult adventures in 1960s New York City, Disney’s Burbank studios, and the delirious world of the Beatles’ London, Henry remains handsome, charming, universally adored—but unable to return the affections of the many women who try to lay claim to his heart. It is not until Henry comes face-to-face with the truths of his past that he finds a chance for real love.

new large print

new movies

Aug 13, 2012

Story Times Start Soon! Sign up

Story Times at the Seabrook Library
September 4-October 12

Toddlers (1-2 year olds):  Fridays at 10:30Songs, fingerplays, stories, then play time.

2s and 3s with Parents (2-3 year olds):  Wednesdays at 2:00.  Songs, stories and fingerplays, then a craft.  Please dress for paint, glue and mess! 

3s and 4s On Their Own (3-4 year olds):  Tuesdays at 11:00.  Songs, stories and fingerplays, then a craft.  Please dress for paint, glue and mess!  Adults must remain in the library.

4-6s On Their Own  (4-6 year olds):  Thursdays at 3:30.  Songs, stories and fingerplays, then a craft.  Please dress for mess.  Adults must remain in the library. 

Please call 474-2044 to sign up

Aug 3, 2012

Thank you!

On behalf of the Seabrook Library, I would like to thank those who made our summer reading program a success.  Since I am the sole children’s librarian, it is only the generosity of all of these people and companies that has made a reality out of my plans.  

Many companies or organizations made donations:  Seabrook Station, our most faithful and generous supporter, sponsored our wildly successful Eyes on Owls program.  Bob’s Discount Furniture has assisted us financially for several years now.  Topsfield Fair provided prizes and a Growums project, as they have for the past couple of years.  Leo’s Super Bowl and the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center provided free passes for prizes for our readers.  That’s Very Fun provided a beautiful cake for our Kickoff Party.   TD Bank sent a volunteer, Debra Robinson, every week to provide a story time.  The NH Astronomical Society sent three astronomers and their telescopes for a Skywatch.

The individuals who graciously offered to help, either in advance or on the spot, include Laura Litcofsky, Julie Robidoux, Brandie Gaffney, Gina McGinness, Sheryl Peabody, Mikki Phillips, Leah O’Hara, Jennifer Price, Debbie Simonelli, Julie Emond, Rick Dumont, Catherine Evans, Anna Evans and Bobby Evans, Barbara Shea and I know there were more.  

Thank you all; I appreciate your help more than I can say.
Lisa Michaud, Children’s Librarian.

Jul 28, 2012

July 30-August 2 for Kids

If you can only pick one thing this week, please make it the Final Party with Judy Pancoast!

Monday, July 30 at 7:30pm:  Skywatch with the NH Astronomical Society.  If you've attended their other programs, you know just how cool this is.  We'll meet in the Meeting Room to hear what can be seen in the sky right now, then we'll go out to where the telescopes are waiting! 

Tuesday, July 31 at 4:00pm:  Stuffed Animal Sleepover!  Bring your second-favorite stuffed friend over for a story, then make them a nametag and tuck them in for a night at the library :)  They can be picked up on Wednesday, Aug. 1 after noon.  They'll have a little book of their adventures.

Wednesday, August 1 at 6pm:  PJ Story Time.  This is it--the very last one!  Wear your jammies and bring (or pick up!) your stuffed friend for one last round of stories, songs and craft/activity.

If you wait past this point, I cannot guarantee you will be entered for the prize drawings.
You will still receive the ones you have earned (a book, Topsfield Fair pass).

Thursday, August 2 at 3:30pm:  Final Party with Judy Pancoast!  Enjoy Grammy-nominated musician Judy Pancoast and pick up your prizes, enjoy treats, see who won passes to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center and Leo's Super Bowl, and who gets to sleep over at the library!

"That's all there is, there isn't any more" ~Ludwig Bemelmans
Until the sleepover itself on August 10 and regular story times start up in September and ....

Jul 21, 2012

July 23-27 for Kids

Only two weeks left! 

Monday, July 23 at 3:30pm:  Movie Time!  This is one of my favorite movies with the cutest hero ever.  Popcorn, as always, is included :)

Wednesday, July 25 at 6:00pm:  Owls of the World--Whoo's Watching You? with Eyes on Owls.  Teacher/naturalist Marcia Wilson and author/photographer/naturalist Mark Wilson introduce you to the owls of New England and beyond. Learn field marks, signs and skills that you can use to find wild owls.  Meet six live owls up close!  Get a hooting lesson and learn how to attract and protect owls near you.

Thursday, July 26 1:00-5:00pm:  Drop In Craft:  Firefly Jars.  In case imprisoning bugs isn't for you, here's a glowing jar just for you!

Friday, July 27 at 11:00am:  Story Time.  This is an all ages drop in story time with songs, stories, flannelboard stories, rhymes and a craft.

Please come to see the owls--this is an awesome and very rare opportunity!

Jul 14, 2012

July 16-20 for Kids

Halfway there--three weeks left!

Monday, July 16 at 3:30pm:  Movie Time!  A fun space cartoon.  Popcorn, as always, is included :)

Wednesday, July 18 at 6:00pm:  PJ Story Time.  Wear your jammies and bring a stuffed friend for an evening story time that's all about night time and bed!  I will provide plastic jackets if our craft/activity is particularly messy--so don't worry about ruining your favorite jammies :)  

This is an all ages drop in story time--bring friends!

Thursday, July 19 1:00-5:00pm:  Drop In Craft:  Flying UFO.  If you'd like, you can even put an alien or two inside...

Friday, July 13 at 11:00am:  Story Time.  This is an all ages drop in story time with songs, stories, flannelboard stories, rhymes and a craft.

Don't forget to bring in your reading logs for a small prize and a chance to win a t-shirt!

Jul 7, 2012

July 9-13 for Kids

Ok, this week we have a really cool option for the older kids--please look closely at the Rockets program! 

Tuesday, July 10 at 3:00pm & 4:00pm:  Rockets:  There and Back again with the Boston Museum of Science.  Create an air rocket that launches across the room, and engineer a way for a payload to return safely to Earth. This hands-on workshop explores the science behind rockets and space exploration. Use your imagination to plan, build, and test your own design. 
Ages 6 and up. Children 10 and younger must be accompanied.
You must SIGN UP for this--they have given me a limit, so please call or email!

Wednesday, July 11 at 6:00pm:  PJ Story Time.  Wear your jammies and bring a stuffed friend for an evening story time that's all about night time and bed!  I will provide plastic jackets if our craft/activity is particularly messy--so don't worry about ruining your favorite jammies :)  
This is an all ages drop in story time--bring friends!

Thursday, July 12 1:00-5:00pm:  Drop In Craft:  LEM with Parachute.  Come make your own lunar landing module with a parachute to help it land gently!

Friday, July 13 at 11:00am:  Story Time.  This is an all ages drop in story time with a craft.

Keep reading--don't forget to bring in your reading logs every week 
for a small prize and a chance to win a t-shirt!

Jun 30, 2012

July 2-6 for Kids

Happy Fourth of July! Don't forget sparklers and going to fireworks and parades... 

Monday, July 2 at 3:00pm: Star Wars Party! We'll have Yoda cupcakes (oh yes, you get to assemble your own!), pin the light saber on the Jedi, Jedi mind training and more... costumes are encouraged :)  

Thursday, July 5 1:00-5:00pm: Drop In Craft: Pillowcase Stamping. If we're going to dream, let's make it fun to go to bed! I'll have some cool spacy stamps and fabric paint, you bring a blank pillowcase! If you don't have a pillowcase you're willing to sacrifice, please let me know and we'll find one!  

Friday, June 29 at 11:00am: Story Time. This is an all ages drop in story time with songs, stories, flannelboard stories, rhymes and a craft. 

Have a safe and happy holiday and come visit the library on the non-holidays :)

Jun 14, 2012

Dream Big--Read!  Kickoff Party

Join the Summer Reading Program:
·    Read
·    Win Prizes
·    Save the Animals
·    Help the People

It's all here: Enjoy special treats, sign-up for the summer reading program, and meet our partners--the NHSPCA (and a furry friend!) and Rockingham Community Action! You'll get to choose which special events to attend--will it be rockets, live owls, planting your own garden, or all of the above?! Best of all, if you sign up to read, you'll not only earn prizes, you'll also be saving the animals and helping the people: for every two hours you read, an item will be donated to the NHSPCA or Rockingham Community Action Food Bank (right here in town!). Questions? Call 474-2044 and ask for Lisa or email
Sign up at the Seabrook Library
Thursday, June 21 at 3:30pm

Apr 23, 2012

April Vacation Week for Kids

Mon: Movie Theater Day! Movies all day long, starting with little kids’ cartoons and ending with movies for grown-ups. Call for titles.

Tue: Spring Astronomy Week. Make a constellation finder for April stars.

Wed: Library Club for 1st, 2nd, 3rd graders: World Penguin Day! 3:30-4:30

Thu, 3:30pm: Fabulous Frogs! SIGN UP to see live frogs and learn about the ones in your backyard!

Fri: Arbor Day. Weave a tree out of yarn, fabric, raffia, ribbons….