Doggy Love

John Grogan adapted his New York Times best-selling memoir Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog for a younger audience in two books released in May. Bad Dog, Marley!, intended for ages 3-7, is a picture book that illustrates how mischievous, and yet how irrefutably indispensable, a young pup can be. Marley: A Dog Like No Other, meant for ages 8-12, is a “kid friendly” version of Marley & Me. Grogan is also in the digital world with a website devoted to Marley and our other four-legged friends. On the site, learn more about Grogan, peruse his blog, and read other doggy stories!

Want to get into summer mode?

Poor Angelina longs for her Jamaica home, dreaming of papayas, hot sun and rainbow-colored birds. What will make her happy in her new home, Brooklyn, New York? Carnival of course! Once again, author Jeanette Winter touches and entertains with her whimsical story and magnificent illustrations.

Lloyd Alexander, 1924-2007

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One of our best-known writers for children, Lloyd Alexander, passed away on Thursday at the age of 83. Alexander was the author of over 40 books, mostly fantasy novels for children; his series included the Prydain Chronicles, the Westmark Trilogy, and the Vesper Holly Adventures. He won the National Book Award for The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian, the American Book Award for Westmark, and the Newbery Medal for The High King. Read the Washington Post obituary or visit his website for more information on this great author.

As a child, I wrote a fan letter to Lloyd Alexander, and he took the time to write a very kind reply. I know several other people who have similar stories. He’ll be missed.

It Takes a Village

Poor Elephant cannot get any sleep because grumpy Gecko is waking him up every single night to complain about the fireflies that flash outside his window. In this whimsical adaptation of an ancient tale from Bali, little does Gecko know that all his complaining will not help because “the world is all connected. Some things you just have to put up with.” Once again, the amazing storyteller Margaret Read MacDonald gets it just right, with a blend of old fashioned message and lots of laughs!

New Children's books in German!

We have several new children's books in German which will be available soon. They will be distributed between the branches and you can find them on the foreign language shelves. You can also put a hold on the books through the on-line catalog and have them delivered to the branch of your choice. Remember that new foreign language books now have "NEW" stickers on them to distinguish them from other books in the collection. If you have any questions or comments about the foreign language collections, please e-mail stantont@aadl.org

Follow the links to see the record for these new German books:

Piro auf Schatzsuche: eine abenteuerliche Geschichte / von Kurt Baumann
Der kleine Bär / von Else Holmelund Minarik. Bilder von Maurice Sendak
Regenbogenfisch komm hilf mir! / von Marcus Pfister
Der regenbogenfisch / von Marcus Pfister
Kleiner Eisbär wohin fährst du? / von Hans de Beer

En Espanol/In Spanish: Chronicles of Narnia Books!

The library recently purchased Spanish translations of the popular "Chronicles of Narnia" series by C.S. Lewis. There will be copies of "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe/El Leon, la Bruja y el Ropero" at all branches and copies of all other titles at the Downtown Branch on both the Adult and Youth Foreign Language Collection shelves. Ask a staff member if you have trouble locating these areas. You can also put a HOLD on any of these books via your account in the online catalog. Follow the links below to see the records and call numbers for each book.

El Sobrino del Mago por C.S. Lewis
El Leon, la Bruja y el Ropero por C.S. Lewis
El Caballo y el Muchacho por C.S. Lewis
El Principe Caspian por C.S. Lewis
La Traversia del Viajero del Alba por C.S. Lewis
La Silla de Plata por C.S. Lewis
La Ultima Batalla por C.S. Lewis

Storytime Scoop

Go wild at the last preschool storytime of the session at Downtown and Pittsfield
with stories filled with jungle animals and jungle noises!

Storytime Scoop

Hold onto your hats for windy, rainy stories to Wake Up Spring at the Downtown and Pittsfield preschool storytimes the week of April 16th.

Oy Vey!

This irreverent celebration of Yiddish is the perfect parody of the Five Little Ducks for a Passover chuckle. Author Dave Horowitz sends five little chopped fish balls on adventures through the colorful streets of NYC. All I can say is, don’t let the bus driving pigeon meet up with the feisty gefiltes-OY VEY!

The Best Dog in Vietnam

This is a war story so I wasn’t sure that I wanted to read it. This is a dog story so I am happy that I read it. Newbery award-winning author Cynthia Kadohata researched unusual soldiers in the Vietnam War, dogs who were the first in line on the battlefield, sniffing out booby traps and mines, and saving thousands of soldier’s lives. The point of view in the story hops from Cracker, the German Shepherd, to Willie her first beloved owner, to Rick, the teenage soldier who becomes her handler, and grows to trust her better than anyone. Readers who like constant action and realistic portrayals of war will dive into this one.

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