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The New Present: A Christmas Musical

Last year's musical was a holiday sensation.  This year's is even bigger and better!  Head to the Library Theatre for The New Present: A Christmas Musical on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.  Santa's toys come to life in a musical comedy written, produced, directed and performed by the library's Children's Department staff.  You can see your favorite storytellers singing and dancing on stage -- Miss Alyssa, Miss Anna Beth, Mr Jeremy, Mr Justin, Miss Katie Jane, Miss Kaylen, Miss Polly, and Miss Traci!  Stick around after the show to meet Santa in person!  You'll also have a chance to decorate a delicous gingerbread kid cookie.  The after-show activities will take place on the Plaza, and all of this holiday fun is absolutely FREE!

* IMPORTANT SEATING GUIDELINES *
Seating in the Library Theatre is restricted to 250 guests.  All guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis by library staff.  All parties must be present to be seated.  Saving seats is not allowed.  Please arrive early to ensure your spot!

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Shy Surprise

You may be surprised to know that, as a child and as a younger adult, I was extremely shy.  That's why I completely love Shy, the new picture book by Deborah Freedman.

"Shy loves birds. He’d love to watch them fly and hear them sing, but he’s only ever read about them in books. . .until a real bird comes along. He’s dying to meet her, but there’s just one problem: Shy is, well, shy–so shy, in fact, that he’s afraid to leave the gutter of the book. Can Shy overcome his fears and venture out onto the page?"

I also love the surprise when you finally get a glimpse at Shy.  Read it and you'll see why.

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Misty Copeland Shares a Life in Motion

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland with Brandy Colbert Aladdin

Determination meets dance in this middle grade adaptation of the New York Times bestselling memoir by Misty Copeland.

As the first African-American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has been breaking down all kinds of barriers in the world of dance. But when she first started dancing—at the late age of thirteen—no one would have guessed the shy, underprivileged girl would one day make history in her field. Her road to excellence was not easy—a chaotic home life, with several siblings and a single mother, was a stark contrast to the control and comfort she found on stage. And when her home life and incredible dance promise begin to clash, Misty had to learn to stand up for herself and navigate a complex relationship with her mother, while pursuing her ballet dreams.

Life in Motion is a story for all the kids who dare to be different, dream bigger, and want to break stereotypes in whatever they do.

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Have you ever played with a Slinky?  I loved that toy as a child!  Ok, I love it as an adult, too.  That's why I'm so glad there is now a book about its origins!

The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy that Swept the Nation by Gilbert Ford
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One day, a spring fell from the desk of Richard James, an engineer and a dreamer. Its coils took a walk…and so did Richard’s imagination. He knew right away that he had stumbled onto something marvelous. With the help of his wife, Betty, Richard took this ordinary spring and turned it into a plaything. But it wasn’t just any old trinket—it was a Slinky, and it would become one of the most popular toys in American history.  With magnificent dioramic illustrations, Gilbert Ford captures the joy, creativity, and determination behind the invention of the iconic toy.

BONUS FOR TEACHERS!
http://www.theclassroombookshelf.com/2016/11/the-marvelous-thing-that-came-from-a-spring/ 

Do you recognize any of these names?  Harry Bliss, Cátia Chien, Geoffrey Hayes, Kazu Kibuishi, Hope Larson, Danica Novgorodoff, Matt Phelan, Dave Roman, Mark and Siena Cherson Siegel, James Sturm, Sara Varon, Gene Luen Yang?  Do you not only recognize these people but also absolutely LOVE their work?  Then add this book to your wish list!

Comics Confidential: Thirteen Graphic Novelists Talk Story, Craft, and Life Outside the Box
compiled and edited by Leonard S. Marcus
J  741.5  MAR

"Respected anthologist Leonard S. Marcus turns his literary microscope to the world of comics, which has lately morphed and matured at a furious pace. Powerful influences from manga to the movies to underground comix have influenced the thirteen artists and writers interviewed in these pages to create their own word-and-picture narratives. Here are their moving, funny, inspirational stories: true tales from the crucible of creative struggles that led each to become a master of one of today’s most vibrant art forms. The book also contains an original graphic short on the common theme of “the city" from each of the artists, a mini-comic set in a cityscape of their choosing—present-day, historical, or imaginary."

A Curious Christmas

Meet Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat in person at A Curious Christmas on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.  They are getting ready for George's first Christmas. George needs to learn about Christmas cards, tree decorating, gift giving, Christmas music and all the holiday fun. What will we do to help George get in the Christmas spirit? Make a Curious George Christmas ornament.  Create a special holiday card using your finger prints.  Help load Santa's sleigh with bananas (a monkey's favorite present).  Give George a hug or high five, and he'll give you a Christmas gift.  Also, enjoy Christmas songs and holiday snacks selected by the curious monkey himself.

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My Favorite Pets by Gus W. for Ms. Smolinski’s Class

Does the title of this blog sound like a student's school essay?  Good.  Because it's about a book of the same name, but the book is in the form of a school essay about pets.  The boy who writes it chooses sheep -- man's other best friend -- as his subject.

My Favorite Pets by Gus W. for Ms. Smolinski’s Class by Jeanne Birdsall, illustrated by Harry Bliss
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Gus writes a report about his favorite pet(s): his family’s 17 sheep. He begins with some basic facts about sheep but quickly slips into relating amusing details about his mischievous antics with the animals. Gus writes about his efforts to trade his little brother for a lamb, the time he dressed up a sheep in his teacher’s borrowed scarf, and his attempts to teach the sheep to ride a skateboard and a bicycle. He includes brief references to his parents’ reactions (“What were you thinking, Gus?”). But the last straw comes when the boy leads the sheep into the house, where they create quite a mess. “But we were only upstairs for a minute!” Gus’s mother exclaims. Bliss’s delightful illustrations take Birdsall’s funny text to the next level by showing the extent of the trouble that Gus’s grand ideas cause as well as the innocent-looking sheep. As fitting with an elementary school report, the text appears to be handwritten on notebook paper; Ms. Smolinski gives Gus a B+ and comments on his improved penmanship. (from School Library Journal)

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Ultimate Explorer Field Guides

Have you seen these yet?  They are not exaggerating when they say ultimate.  Check one out today.  See if it's a good addition to your holiday wish list.

National Geographic Ultimate Explorer Field Guides are the perfect companion for backyard or field trips, camping or vacation.  They contain tons of info and interactivity prompts.  Plus they're durable and portable -- just right for your pocket or backpack!

Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Birds
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This photo-filled, fact-packed bird guide will make kids stop, look and listen to find the feathered friends right in their own backyards. From ducks to hawks, sparrows to sandpipers, kids will learn how, where, and when to spot birds all over the United States. 

Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Night Sky
J  523.8  SCH

This photo-filled, fact-packed night sky guide will encourage kids to stop and look up to spot stars and planets right from their own backyards. From Mars to meteor showers, Scorpius to satellites, kids will learn how, where, and when to spot these space-dwelling phenomena in the night sky at any time of year.

Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Reptiles and Amphibians
J  597.9  HOW

This photo-filled, fact-packed guide to reptiles and amphibians will make kids stop and look for all kinds of scaly and slimy creatures right in their own backyards. From turtles to geckos, red cornsnakes to toads, kids will learn how, where, and when to spot these animals all over the United States (and how to keep a safe distance when necessary).

Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Rocks and Minerals
J  552  HON

This photo-filled, fact-packed guide to rocks and minerals will get kids outside to discover the amazing world underneath their feet. Created for the ultimate explorer, this book gives kids the knowledge and skills they need to identify just about anything they dig up—and become true rock hounds.

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Book-Inspired Christmas

Celebrate the holidays by making book-inspired decorations! Classics like Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter will fuel a few of our creative endeavors. Other projects will literally take old books and recycle them into something merry and bright. Plus, there will be season's eatings! This event is open for all tweens and teens, ages 11- 18. Please register online or by phone (444-7826) for Make a Literary Ornament on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

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Spin-a-Santa

Our monthly Saturday storytime gets a holiday twist!  Join Mr. and Mrs. Claus for our Spin-a-Santa storytelling event on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.  The famous couple will take turns sharing tales of the season then lead everyone in a holly jolly edible Christmas crafting session.  You do not need to RSVP for this event.  Simply follow the stars or listen for Santa's hearty "Ho-Ho-Ho!"

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