Epic Yarn

Star WarsThere is a Canadian link to Star Wars now! Brothers Jack and Holman Wang put their creative talents to work on the cutest books you’ve ever seen…all with an amazing twist!

Recently, we received these three board books at the library, all under the STAR WARS : EPIC YARNS series—A NEW HOPE, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, and RETURN OF THE JEDI.  But these are not your typical board books. They tell the well-known Star Wars tales with few words….and pages full of gorgeous felt creations by the Wang brothers. Each photo is well lit and the settings and characters are extremely detailed.

I love each and every book in this new series, and I can see it being quite popular with fans of Star Wars. Even if the little ones reading these books aren’t yet old enough to walk, their parents sure will delight in sharing the stories with them.

A new generation is born!

You can find out more about the books, the series, and the brothers who created them right here.

Peanuts!

 

While it isn’t exactly library related, it’s PEANUTS, folks!  And they’re releasing a movie in November!

Growing up, I read “Peanuts” religiously. After all, weren’t the Saturday comics the only part of the newspaper just for kids? I thought so, anyway, and grew to love Lucy, Charlie Brown, Linus and Pigpen as though they were my friends, too. I’m so excited to see this movie….it’s been a long time since a new Peanuts release, so I thought I’d share.

If you’re interested in knowing a bit more about Charles Schulz and his wonderful gang of wacky kids, we have some great books at the library about his life, and the characters.

Biography of Charles Schulz

The Parables of PeanutsSee you at the movies in November, Charlie Brown!

The Winners are Announced!

Forest-of-Reading-LogoWhile we had our official Forest of Reading® Voting night back in April, the final totals were sent to Toronto to be tabulated along with results from other libraries and schools across the province. Last week, the final winners of each category were announced. And the winners are……………

 BLUE SPRUCE

kindergartenTHE DAY MY MOM CAME TO KINDERGARTEN by Maureen Fergus

 

SILVER BIRCH EXPRESS

 chickenKUNG POW CHICKEN : LET’S GET CRACKING by Cyndi Marko

SILVER BIRCH FICTION

gardenerTHE NIGHT GARDENER by Jonathan Auxier

 SILVER BIRCH NON-FICTION

 carrANNALEISE CARR : HOW I CONQUERED LAKE ONTARIO TO HELP KIDS BATTLING CANCER by Annaleise Carr as told to Deborah Ellis

 RED MAPLE FICTION

threeTHE RULE OF THREE by Eric Walters

 Our library didn’t do too badly, picking a few of the overall winners. If only we didn’t have to wait until December to start reading next year’s nominees!

Scratch-Off

Last summer, our adult readers had a lot of fun with our “Goodies for Grown Ups” adult summer reading tickets. After joining the program and reading books, they were given special scratch-off tickets to win prizes that were donated by several local businesses. It was a big hit!

scratchoffmap2So, when I came across this Scratch-Off World Map, it reminded me of our program. The “I Was Here” map is a unique item designed by the Art. Lebedev Studio Shop to help travelers keep track of places they’ve been. It begins as a large, grey world map, but once you visit a place, you scratch off the country and the colour is revealed underneath. How is that for incentive to get visiting the world?

This gives me ideas for our upcoming summer program…..

What Would You Do With That Object?

Artist Christophe Niemann calls himself a visual storyteller. He takes everyday objects and translates them into something fresh. Each simple piece tells a story without ever using a word. What do those scissors look like to you except a pair of scissors? To Niemann, they become a sophisticated woman with her legs crossed, reading the newspaper.

Niemann is one of many artists to use Instagram as  a medium to share his art, and I must admit, he is someone I’ve been following for quite some time. His ideas are whimsical and always interesting, and they add a touch of joy to the everyday.

bearHow about this wonderful paper cup bear? And this was just a simple photo taken mid-flight somewhere.  You can find out more about his work on his website here.

The next time you pick up a paper clip, or a hairbrush, I bet you’ll look at it in a brand new way. How can you tell a story today in a new way?

 

 

Dads and Babies

babytimefacebookHey Dad….stay home with your baby today!

Okay, this isn’t an official holiday or anything, but we do have a lot of dads that come with their little ones to babytime and storytime. And it’s refreshing to see such hands-on dads!

While some dads are really lucky, the Swedish government recognizes how hard it is for fathers to spend these precious and important early years with their children. Not only do they have a very generous maternity leave in Sweden (480 days), at least 60 of these days MUST be taken by the father, or are lost altogether. Isn’t that amazing?

Photographer Johan Bävman has begun a photo series he calls Swedish Dads, showing just what it is like for these fathers who are tasked with taking care of their little ones. So far, he’s documented thirty dads, but is aiming for sixty, to have one for each of the paternity leave days. Drop by his website here to see some fantastic funny, heartwarming, and beautiful pictures of dads and their children in this series. You can also read about each of their stories. I guarantee this will make your Monday better!

Spring Craft Night

We had a great group in for Spring Craft Night at the library this week. Our young crafters gave it their all and really got creative!  We made butterflies, and decorated bird houses. We couldn’t have had more fun if we’d tried!

springcraftThis is the last craft night until the fall, but don’t worry….we have plenty of things to offer this summer for kids of all ages. Keep watching for the summer calendar. It’s only a few weeks away…..