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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!

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!

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture

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.

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture

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.

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
E  790.1  FOR
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.


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."



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