Download of the Day: June 3


How Did That Get to My House? Mail - Gaetano Capici

You've got mail! How did it get to you? This book will give you the scoop.

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PreK Bits - "C" is for crocodiles

Ms. Rachel had tricky stories today. Crocodiles lost. Chickens and Monkeys won.
In MRS CHICKEN And The HUNGRY CROCODILE, Mrs Chicken convinces Crocodile that they are sisters because they both lay eggs. “You can’t eat your sister !!”
Ms. Sara played guitar and sang “Chick-chick Chicken” from Sharon Lois and Bram SING A-Z and the play-song ”Miss Lucy Had a Baby”. You can find this song in the kit SHAKE IT TO The ONE THAT YOU LOVE The BEST songs and play from Black musical traditions.
In COUNTING CROCODILES Monkey held a count off with the crocodiles in the sea.

For more tricky crocodile stories and songs try these favorites:
The CD CLUCK OLD HEN by Barnyard Seranade. They perform a riot of chicken songs for you to cluck and peck to.
SOLOMON CROCODILE by Catherine Rayner.
LYLE, LYLE CROCODILE by Bernard Waber. Bernard Waber has many classic stories that continue to appeal.
CORNELIUS: A Fable by Leo Lionni.
The WATERMELON SEED by Greg Pizzoli.
I'D REALLY LIKE TO EAT A CHILD by Sylviane Donnio.
OPEN VERY CAREFULLY by Nicola O'Byrne.

Download of the Day: June 2


Polar Bears - Josh Gregory

Learn all about the lives and habits of polar bear cubs.

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IRL: In Real Life

In Real Life written by Cory Doctorow and illustrated by Jen Wang is a slice-of-life graphic novel for anyone who loves video games. It takes a look at Anda, a high school girl who gets involved in a massive-multiplayer online game called Coarsegold Online. She loves the game because it lets her be a warrior and a hero, fighting with her friends and slaying monsters. It's all battle and earning experience points until Anda meets a poor Chinese boy who plays a gold farmer in the game. This boy, along with many other Chinese kids, gathers valuable items in the game to sell to people for real money, a practice that is illegal in the game. Follow Anda as she struggles to come to terms with the fact that right and wrong isn't always clear, and as she tries to help her new friend get a better life from across the world.

If you're wanting more teen fiction written by Cory Doctorow, check out Little Brother and Homeland, or any of the other novels he's written here.

You can also check out Jen Wang's other book at the library, Koko Be Good, or any of her other books here.

IAW 2015 Guest Speaker: Rebecca Donovan

The 2015 It's All Write Teen Writing Contest Awards Ceremony is almost upon us! In less than one week's time, YA author Rebecca Donovan will be here to talk about writing, and winners in attendance at the celebration will receive their awards. We'll be at the Pittsfield branch on Sunday, June 7, at 2 pm, so stop on by!

Curious to know more about our upcoming guest? Look no further!

Rebecca Donovan is a self-described "hopeless optimist" whose enthusiasm and passion comes through in her writing. She loves going to concerts, is a big fan of Mountain Dew, and lives in New England but really doesn't like winter. She started college intending to major in journalism but ended up graduating with a degree in psychology, and she spent years doing social work and working in the event industry before she turned to writing. Her first trilogy, The Breathing Series, is a USA Today bestseller and has been optioned for film.

In the first book in the series, REASON TO BREATHE, a high school girl named Emma Thomas in a wealthy Connecticut town struggles to retain her perfect image while hiding secrets - like trying to cover the bruises on her arms. When she unexpectedly finds love, it makes her recognize her own worth but puts her "perfect image" at risk.

BARELY BREATHING, the second book, deals with the repercussions and fallout of first book. OUT OF BREATH, the third book, follows Emma to college, where she must continue to battle the demons of her past and complete the healing process through forgiveness.

Donovan's most recent book, WHAT IF, came out in January 2015 and is about high school graduate Cal Logan, who sees his childhood crush Nicole at a coffee shop thousands of miles away from their hometown ... only she says her name is Nyelle, she's the complete opposite of Nicole, and she doesn't know who Cal is! What secrets is not-Nicole hiding? The more he discovers, the more he doesn't want to know.

PreK Bits - "B" is for buttons !

In Ms Rachel's Storytime this week ... each story had buttons.
A very big favorite character is PETE The CAT And His FOUR GROOVY BUTTONS by Eric Litwin. When Pete lost a button did he cry?
"Goodness No! Buttons come and buttons go." He just kept on walking!
Ms. Sara accompanied the group singing "My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean", while Ms. Rachel led action to go with the song. Be careful about those "B"s!
Frog told the story of “The Lost Button” from FROG And TOAD ARE FRIENDS by Arnold Lobel. Toad lost a button. Each button they found was not the one Toad lost. But Toad was so grateful for Frog's help that he made him a special gift with the leftover buttons. This is why they are best friends forever !!

For more stories about why buttons are special, try these titles:
ELIZA’S KINDERGARTEN SURPRISE by Alice B. McGinty
HANNAH’S COLLECTION by Marthe Jocelyn
GRANDMA’S BUTTON BOX by Linda Williams Aber
SOMETHING FROM NOTHING by Phoebe Gilman
PRESS HERE by Herve Tullet
BUTTON UP! WRINKLED RHYMES by Alice Schertle
CORDUROY by Don Freeman.
The BELLY BOOK by Fran Manushkin. Guess where "the button" is ?

Download of the Day: June 1


Hello, Hello

One storytime to go, please — or at least the start of one!

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Transportation: Past, Present, and Future

If you’ve got a little one who loves planes, buses, trucks, cars, and more, check out some of our new transportation books, featuring images from the past, present, and future!

French illustrator Alain Grée’s wonderful illustrations from the late 1960’s have been bundled into the fabulous book Transportation, which will satisfy any young readers with an interest in cars, buses, planes, trains, and more. Simple illustrations and facts will help children learn about transportation. The plane illustration may make adults jealous of the early travelers pictured reclining in great comfort! Because this book originated in 1968, adults reading it to little ones may want to explain some anomalies, such as why almost everyone in the book is white, that Native Americans don’t actually travel by canoe anymore, and that spaceships look somewhat different than they used to.

If you want to learn about futuristic machines, we’ve got lots of new youth books that will help you out! Check out the books Hovercraft and Drones. For military machines, look at Denny Von Finn’s military planes series, or Ryan Nagelhout’s books Air Force One and Fighter Planes.

Finally, for older readers looking for a history of flight, you can’t do much better than Tim Grove’s colorful and detailed book First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race. Published with the help of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, this book contains a plethora of pictures, maps, and primary source material. Readers will love this exciting story.

Download of the Day: May 31


The Arsenic Labyrinth - Martin Edwards

Britain's scenic Lake District is the setting for this contemporary mystery ties together the cold case of a missing woman, a mysterious drifter, and a historical researcher.

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Download of the Day: May 30


One/Three - Dabrye

Dabrye (aka Tadd Mullinix) kicked off a trilogy with this EP for Ghostly.

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