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Father Goose?

That's right!  Our Mother Goose storytime for one-year-olds is now called Father Goose.  Why?  Because Mr. Justin is back at Hoover and the featured storyteller for that program.  He has tons of storytime experience, plus he is a proud papa to a one-year-old son.  Father Goose will continue to be Tuesday mornings at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.  It features stories, songs, and snacks.  Weekly registration is required because class size is limited to 15 children.  You can sign up online or by phone beginning Wednesday mornings.  Here are some of Mr. Justin's upcoming themes:

March 3, 2015 = Down on the Farm
March 10, 2015 = Vroom Vroom
March 17, 2015 = All Things Green
March 24, 2015 = Bunches of Bunnies
April 7, 2015 = Yummy Yummy
April 14, 2015 = Buzz Buzz Bugs
April 21, 2015 = The Deep Blue Sea
April 28, 2015 = The Favorites

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Babysitting -- Are You Ready for the Responsibility?

The Kid Zone has some brand new books that will help you answer that question!

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Storytelling Maestro Pam Muñoz Ryan

Pam Muñoz Ryan is the award-winning author of Becoming Naomi León, The Dreamer, and Esperanza Rising.  Her newest book, Echo, is a 592-page masterpiece that opens with a fairytale then relays the stories of three very different people -- Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California.  The connection that links them all together?  A magical harmonica.  Only a storyteller of Ryan's caliber would be able to pull that off.  I cannot wait to read it!

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Lisa Schroeder, the author of the It's Raining Cupcakes! series, has a new book called My Secret Guide to Paris.  Ooh-la-la!  Here's a sneak peek.

"Nora loves everything about Paris, from the Eiffel Tower to chocolat chaud. Of course, she's never actually been there — she's only visited through her Grandma Sylvia's stories. And just when they've finally planned a trip together, Grandma Sylvia is suddenly gone, taking Nora's dreams with her. Nora is crushed. She misses her grandmother terribly, but she still wants to see the city they both loved. So when Nora finds letters and a Paris treasure map among her Grandma Sylvia's things, she dares to dream again.  She's not sure what her grandma wants her to find, but Nora knows there are wonderful surprises waiting for her in Paris. And maybe, amongst the croissants and macarons, she'll even find a way to heal her broken heart."

Want to learn more about Paris, The City of Lights?  Try one of these books!
Eiffel Tower by Bryan Pezzi
The Inside-Outside Book of Paris by Roxie Munro
The Louvre by Jennifer Howse
Not for Parents Paris: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know by Klay Lamprell
Paris by Joanne Mattern
Paris Catacombs by Denny Von Finn
Passport to Paris by Alison Gardner


February 22-28, 2015 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.  Eating disorders – such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder – remain a serious concern.  In our country, 30 million people will be impacted by an eating disorder at some point in their lifetime.  These conditions affect all kinds of people and don’t discriminate by race, age, sex, or size. If you or someone you care about might be suffering from an eating disorder, it is important to educate yourself and seek professional guidance as soon as possible.  Early intervention is key to a successful recovery.  Click on the bold and blue to access an amazingly helpful website.  These books will help too.

Butter by Erin Jade Lange
Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
Letting Ana Go by Anonymous
Looks by Madeleine George
Massive by Julia Bell
Perfect by Natasha Friend
Pointe by Brandy Colbert
Purge by Sarah Littman
Skin by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
Skinny by Ibi Kaslik
The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Almost Anorexic: Is My (or My Loved One's) Relationship with Food a Problem? by Jennifer J. Thomas & Jenni Schaefer
Eating Disorders Information for Teens by Elizabeth Bellenir
Next to Nothing: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with an Eating Disorder by Carrie Arnold with B. Timothy Walsh
Overcoming Binge Eating by Dr. Christopher G. Fairburn
The Truth About Eating Disorders by Mark J. Kittleson