Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Are You a Working Parent....

...but would still like to introduce your children to the library and share the pleasures of listening to a good story together? Please join us for an evening or weekend storytime with your little ones! We offer Stop in for Stories, a program for kids of all ages, on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm at Central Library, Wednesdays at 6:30 pm at Glencarlyn Branch Library and Saturday mornings at 11:00 am at Central. We also offer Cuentos para ninos, an English/Spanish bilingual storytime for all ages, at 7:00 pm at Columbia Pike Branch Library. There is no registration required for any of these programs--just drop in! Call 703.228.5946 for more information.

Friday, January 22, 2010

The 2010 Newbery Award Winners

The winner of the 2010 Newbery Award is When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. Miranda, a twelve-year-old girl in late 1970's New York City tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space. Madeleine L'Engle's classic A Wrinkle in Time is Miranda's favorite book and a strong influence on this story.

Newbery honors were awarded to the following four books:


Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose which tells the true story of an African American girl in Montgomery, Alabama who refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a public bus almost a year before Rosa Parks did. In this short video, author Phillip Hoose describes how he became interested in this story and you can also hear Claudette Colvin herself speak about her experiences.



The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly chronicles the story of eleven-year-old Calpurnia Tate in rural central Texas in 1899. With three older and three younger brothers, Callie Vee is expected to enter into traditional young womanhood. But she'd much rather explore and study the natural world with her grandfather, an amateur naturalist. With humor, an eye for detail, rich characters and a grounding in the historical period, Calpurnia's road to self-discovery is a revelation.



Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin tells the story of Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village who buys a magical goldfish in an effort to help her struggling family. Lin weaves in a generous helping of Chinese folktales, as Minli receives help from The Old Man of the Moon, a flightless dragon and other companions along the way. This tale of greed and gratitude is timeless, the art is exquisite, and Minli is a strong and compelling character.



The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick Twelve-year-old Homer P. Figg is a poor but clever orphan who has a series of extraordinary adventures after running away from his evil uncle to rescue his brother who has been conscripted into the Union army. Homer runs across all manner of colorful con men, rogues and scoundrels that populate the Civil War setting. He faces danger and moral dilemmas as well as witnessing some of the horrors of war and the injustices of slavery. But humor ultimately rules in this rousing adventure.

Maria Gentle, one of Arlington Public Library's very own youth services librarians, had the honor of serving on this year's Newbery Award committee. Check back soon for an interview with Maria about her experiences reading hundreds of books over the course of last year and the process of choosing the winner. If you have any questions you'd like to ask Maria about the Newbery Award this year, please leave it in the comment section of this blog post or email ceys@arlingtonva.us.



Monday, January 18, 2010

The Caldecott Award: And the Winner (Really) Is...

The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney won the 2010 Randolph Caldecott Medal awarded to the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Six of our mock Caldecott school groups agreed with the choice of the official Caldecott committee: Ashlawn, Barrett, Campbell, Claremont, Key, and Patrick Henry. Three schools, Carlin Springs, Glebe and Nottingham, chose it as an honor book. Congratulations on a job well done!


All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee and written by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon was one of two books receiving a 2010 Caldecott honor award. Students from Long Branch chose this as their winner and students from Patrick Henry selected it for an honor award. Good choice!






The other Caldecott honor went to Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors written by Joyce Sidman with illustrations by Pamela Zagarennski. It is a celebration of the fours seasons and the colors that describe them. Unfortunately, this book wasn't on the short list from which the students worked so they didn't have the opportunity to vote for this one.

The 2010 APL/APS mock Caldecott collaborations were a great success! The reports from the children and both school and public librarians were overwhelmingly positive. Everyone had fun learning about and discussing what makes a great picture book. And, given the results, it looks like they did an excellent job!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Barcroft Elementary's Caldecott Award: And the Winner Is...

Students on the Barcroft Elementary School mock Caldecott committee awarded their top honor to Otis by Loren Long. They gave Caldecott honors to Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca and Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange, illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Good job!

Randolph Elementary's Caldecott Award: And the WInner Is...

Randolph Elementary School students chose The Secret World of Walter Anderson by Hester Bass with illustrations by E.B. Lewis as their mock Caldecott Award winner. Randolph honors went to Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange with illustrations by Kadir Nelson, Otis by Loren Long, and Looking like Me by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Christopher Myers.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Long Branch Elementary's Caldecott Award: And the Winner Is...

After all the votes were tabulated, Long Branch Elementary School
bestowed the mock Caldecott Award to All the World by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon with illustrations by Marla Frazee. Caldecott honors went to Coretta Scott, poetry by Ntozake Shange and illustrated by Kadir Nelson and Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald.

Patrick Henry's Caldecott Award: And the Winner Is...

Students working with Ms. Desiree and Ms. Stacy selected The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney as the Caldecott Medal winner at Patrick Henry Elementary School. Honors went to Otis by Loren Long, All the World by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon and The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes with illustrations by E.B. Lewis.

Key Elementary's Caldecott Award: And the Winner Is...

The mock Caldecott committee at Key Elementary School selected The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney as their Caldecott winner. Honors were awarded to Tsunami! by Kimiko Kajikawa, Button Up!: Wrinkled Rhymes, poems by Alice Schertle, pictures by Petra Mathers and Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers with illustrations by Christopher Myers.

Claremont's Caldecott Award: And the Winner Is...

Students on the mock Caldecott committee at Claremont Elementary School selected The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney as their winner. An honor award went to The Secret World of Walter Anderson by Hester Bass. Good work!

Carlin Spring's Caldecott Award: And the Winner Is...

The students of Carlin Springs Elementary School awarded the Caldecott Medal to Otis by Loren Long! Caldecott honors went to Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald and The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney. Excellent work by this committee!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Glebe Elementary's Caldecott Award: And the Winner Is...

Otis by Loren Long took the mock Caldecott at Glebe Elementary School. Students chose to bestow honors to The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney and Tsunami! by Kumiko Kajikawa. Good job by the Glebe mock Caldecott committee!

Drew Model School's Caldecott Award: And the Winner Is...


Otis by Loren Long! The students at Drew Model School bestowed Caldecott honors to Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald, Eleanor, Quiet No More: The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt by Doreen Rappaport and Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Nottingham Elementary's Caldecott Award: And the Winner Is...

Otis by Loren Long took the prize at Nottingham Elementary School. Honors went to The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney and Birds by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Lauren Dronzek.

Barrett Elementary's Caldecott Award: And the Winner Is...

Two classes at Barrett Elementary School participated in the mock Caldecott voting. It took five votes in Mrs. Barnette's class for a clear winner to emerge. Mrs. Weaver's class had clear margins with only one round of voting . But despite that difference, the results were the same for both classes: The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney wins again! The honor books from Barrett include Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca, Otis by Loren Long, and Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Jamestown Elementary's Caldecott Award: And the Winner Is...

When the votes were tabulated, students at Jamestown Elementary School awarded their mock Caldecott to Coretta Scott, poems by Ntozake Shange and illustrations by Kadir Nelson. Eleanor, Quiet No More: The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt by Doreen Rappaport was awarded a Caldecott honor by this group.

Ashlawn Elementary's Caldecott Award: And the Winner Is...

Students at Ashlawn Elementary School chose The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney as the winner in their mock Caldecott voting. They awarded Caldecott honors to Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, Eleanor, Quiet No More: The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt by Doreen Rappaport, and Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Campbell Elementary's Caldedecott Award: And the Winner Is...


Arlington public and elementary school librarians, along with discerning groups of young book lovers, teamed up again this year to select the best picture book of 2009 in much the same manner as the official Caldecott committee. With guidance from the librarians, students in ten elementary schools analyzed the illustrations of up to a dozen potential award-winning books before selecting their favorite.
For the children at Campbell Elementary, the mock Caldecott winner was The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney. Honors went to Otis by Loren Long and Tsunami by Kimiki Kajikawa. The children did a wonderful job and we'll soon see how there choices stack up when the official Caldecott is awarded on January 18, 2010.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Ribbity Rabbity Read Gets Hopping

Ribbity Rabbity Read is a new Adult/Child Book Sharing Program at Central Library. It takes place in the "Rabbit Hole" (our nickname for the program room located between the children's and young adult rooms) on Wednesdays from 10 – 11 a.m.

We'll provide the books, games, coloring sheets and a fun environment in which you can read or play games with your child. This is an excellent way to make new friends for your little one and to teach them about the library. Please note that in order to make this a fun and safe time for everyone, you must stay with your child at all times.

In honor of our "Rabbit Hole," here are some great stories to read to your "bunny."

Bunny Fun by Sarah Weeks (Ages 2-6)

A lively young rabbit finds many ways to have fun--and cause havoc--on a rainy day.

A Bunny for All Seasons by Janet Schulman (Ages 2-6)

A little brown bunny enjoys visiting a garden from summer to spring, especially when a gray bunny shares the fun.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (Ages 4-7)

Peter disobeys his mother by going into Mr. McGregor's garden and almost gets caught.

Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems (Ages 4-9)

Trixie becomes very unhappy when she accompanies her daddy to the laundromat and realizes she has lost her stuffed bunny.

Bunny Business by Nancy Poydar (Ages 4-9)

When his class performs a spring play about rabbits, Harry proves that he is a good listener after all.

Bunnicula by Deborah & James Howe (Ages 9-12)

Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Storytime Schedule for January 11- May 29 2010!

Our new preschool storytime schedule goes into effect beginning January 11. You can find the complete schedule [pdf] via Kids Corner.

We're changing our program packaging a bit, but you and your little ones will still find fun, engaging and stimulating programs that strive to introduce children to the wonders of the library and the joys of language and literature, no matter their age.

For children two years and under and an accompanying adult, Tales for Tots will include read-aloud techniques, songs, fingerplays, puppets and flannel boards.
For children two to five years old and their adult, Page Turners for Preschoolers will use similar techniques to introduce children to listening skills and picture books. Stop in for Stories invites children of all ages and accompanying adults. And Cuentos para ninos is a Spanish/English bilingual storytime for all ages. We always encourage full and active participation of accompanying adults. That makes it fun for everyone! We hope to see you soon at storytime!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Special Storytimes for Spring Break

There will be no regular storytimes at any of the Arlington Public Libraries from March 29-April 11. We will resume our regular storytime schedule starting the week of April 12 and look forward to seeing you then!

But we do have two special programs planned for children as part of this year's Arlington Reads celebration. On Saturday, April 3 at 11:00 am in the Central Auditorium you can Bee in the Know! Elementary school students and their families are invited to join beekeeper Paul Diehl as he explains how bees make honey and how you can become a beekeeper! Children can also make a bee-autiful craft to take home bee-fore leaving. On Friday, April 9 at 10:00 am in the Central Auditorium, preschool-age children and their caregivers are invited to Planting Time, a special storytime program. Listen to garden stories and songs and then decorate a container and plant a seed to start your own garden!

Please check the Library homepage for other special events!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Promoting the Joy of Reading!


Welcome to Arlington Public Library's newest blog. Our professional youth services librarians will regularly provide book, audio, movie, and website reviews. We'll highlight events and news pertinent to your family of readers (and readers-to-be). We'll provide tips to promote the love of reading for the kids in your life. And, of course, we would love for this to be a conversation, so we welcome your comments and insights. Please join us!