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Gimme Those Green Pants

We all have that piece of clothing or that accessory that makes us feel invincible.  For me, it was my Wonder Woman underoos.  For my sister, it was her "bell" dress -- a dress with a swirly skirt that had a bell pinned to the inside.  What was it for YOU?  And what is it for the star of our feature story?

Green Pants by Kenneth Kraegel
Jameson really loves green pants, when he wears them he can do anything.  But when he is invited to be in his cousin's wedding, he is torn.  He really wants to be in the wedding, but he would have to wear a tuxedo, a black tuxedo.  So what will he do?  Will he brave the black pants and be in the wedding?  Or will he stick to his green pants?  It is a tough decision.  A really tough decision.  AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRGH!!!

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Kick Off Kindergarten

Who's ready for a party just for kids starting kindergarten?  I am!  Me too!  Don't forget me!  Sounds like everybody's ready for Kick Off Kindergarten on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.  This event is just for kindergarteners and their caregivers.  We will be celebrating this major milestone with a series of fun activities inspired by the school day.

Art - Create an apple for teacher.
Math - Where will your name fall on our community graph?
Music - Dance and play along with some toe-tapping tunes!
Science - Take part in our screaming balloon experiment.
Snack - Enjoy a cool popsicle treat.
Storytime - Make poetry come alive as you act out I'm Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor.

Every child will also receive an official Going to Kindergarten button badge when they arrive and a stamp on the hand as they leave.  And make sure you experience Picture Day in our Class of 2030 photo booth.  You do not have to register for this event.  Just follow the stars to the Youth Program Room.

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Two Burach Giraffes

I Am Not a Chair by Ross Burach (February 14, 2017)
Grab the best seat in the house with this funny, touching picture book about a giraffe who keeps being mistaken for a chair!  Could there be anything worse for Giraffe? Maybe being sat on by a skunk or smooshed by two hapless hippos, or worst of all—cornered by a hungry lion? No one seems to notice that Giraffe is not standing around just to be sat upon. Will he be able to find his voice and make his friends realize who he really is?
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There's a Giraffe in My Soup by Ross Burach (February 23, 2016)
In this debut picture book, an assortment of hairy, scary animals pop out from under the lid at a restaurant!
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Discover Fred Koehler!  This up-and-coming illustrator is definitely worth knowing!  

Puppy, Puppy, Puppy by Julie Stenberg
What happens a family with a young child is given a brand new puppy? Twice the chaos and twice the cuddles in the most adorable mayhem that’s ever been in print.

This Book Is Not About Dragons by Shelly Moore Thomas
It isn’t, okay. So stop asking if there are any dragons in this book. Because there aren’t.

One Day, The End by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Winner of a Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Award, One Day, The End tells a series of connected stories much in the way a kid would actually tell a story to a grown-up – just the facts with all the juicy parts left out. Fortunately for readers, the truth comes out in the illustrations. Kids will love to read aloud the simple text and get lost in the fun of the stories behind the stories.

This will be the final fiction-nonfiction pair for this blog series.  It's been a good three-year run, and we're going out with a mix of the new and the classic. 

  • John Ronald's Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. Tolkien by Caroline McAlister (2017)
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    John Ronald loved dragons. He liked to imagine dragons when he was alone, and with his friends, and especially when life got hard or sad. After his mother died and he had to live with a cold-hearted aunt, he looked for dragons. He searched for them at his boarding school. And when he fought in a Great War, he felt as if terrible, destructive dragons were everywhere. But he never actually found one, until one day, when he was a grown man but still very much a boy at heart, when he decided to create one of his own. This picture book biography introduces the beloved creator of Middle Earth and author of The Hobbit to a new generation of children who see magic in the world around them.
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (1937)
    Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.



The Kidzone has programs galore as well as books, movies, and other cool stuff. Read our blog below for more information and check out our upcoming events to get an idea of what's happening at the Kidzone! Our main phone number is 205.444.7830.