Big and Little Fun

Meet the Spiffiest Giant and teeny Bill, the owl, at the Downtown and Pittsfield libraries this week for Big and Little Storytime!

Stories in Every Size

Bill's lost his mom and we need a bed that is just so. Not to mention that Mother Brown is still trying to keep her knees up and our big black boots are still making that bonka bonka noise. So many problems to solve at this week's storytimes at the Downtown and Pittsfield branches!

A good sketch is better than a long speech

I've been in to picture books, comics, manga, graphic novels or what ever you prefer to call the medium of artistic story telling for a long time. I remember trying to explain my appreciation for graphic novels to my parents. They looked at me with slightly puzzled, slightly worried looks...

"...so are they called graphic novels because they are violent?"

"Some are some aren't, but thats not important"

"... so are they called graphic novels because they have naughty pictures?"

"Some do some don't, but that's not important"

".. so is it the foul language that makes them graphic?"

" NO!, they are called graphic because of the art work."

Movin' Storytime

Bounce with dog and dance with dinosaurs and silly bears in this week's storytimes at the Downtown and Pittsfield libraries.

Kid Bits - A Taste Of Culture

There is a NEW series of books that are all about food within cultures of the world. With colorful photos, and plenty of information you can find out about the kinds of foods eaten, preparation, and what foods symbolize within cultures. A few titles in "The Taste Of Culture" series are Foods Of Mexico ... think chocolate and guacamole! Foods of Vietnam ... think mooncakes and pho and chicken during Tet. Foods Of Iran ... think lamb kebabs and "promise soup" known as ask (awsh). Foods Of Russia ... think beef stroganoff and Ukrainian Easter eggs. Yumm!

Kid Bits - Lick Quick !

"Poetry Shmoetry"? These titles are NEW and dandy! Gwendolyn Brooks created a collection of poems that celebrate childhood in the Bronzeville section of Chicago. They are completely NEW again with illustrations by Faith Ringgold in Bronzeville Boys And Girls. There is a treasure collection of small gems in Here's A Little Poem. These are short poems for young children with colorful full-page illustrations by Polly Dunbar. One favorite is "August Ice Cream Cone" .....Lick Quick! =)

Amazing Egghead

Are you in for a wacky ride with strange juggling, bad disco moves and vaudeville-style costumes? Join us this Thursday at the Downtown Library at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm for the Amazing Egghead!

Literary Insights

With increasing life expectancy, family relationships may change over the course of many years. How can we make the most of these years and learn from the experience? Good books—both fiction and non-fiction—have a lot to say about family dynamics and aging. Gerontology educator and consultant Joanne Grabinski will address the topic in Aging and Family: Literary Insights on Sat., July 21 at 2 - 3:30 pm at the Malletts Creek Branch. Join the discussion and bring your own recommendations of helpful literature.

Great Grandpa Could Not Have Imagined

What you can make with that thing he used to clean his pipe with! All kids five and up are invited to join us for Pipecleaner Fun when we make crawly critters and other outrageous creations at the Pittsfield Branch this Wednesday, June 20th at 4:00 p.m.

Tiger Tail Soup Anyone?

Find out why Tiger is so mad and Bear is so sad at the Downtown and Pittsfield “Safari” preschool storytimes this week.

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