Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Preschoolers Sing Books with Emily!

Get Caught Listening for preschoolers welcomed special guest Emily Leatha Everson to Central Library on Wednesday morning. She also recently visited Westover, Shirlington, and Aurora Hills.

Emily will perform her wonderful program for preschoolers again on Friday, July 30 at 10:30 am at Columbia Pike, Wednesday, August 4 at 6:30 pm at Glencarlyn, and Thursday, August 5 at 10:30 am at Cherrydale. You can call those branches for more information.

Here is a little preview of the fun you can expect!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Meet Your Youth Services Librarians!

Please say hello to Anne, youth services librarian currently working at Westover Branch Library!

1. How long have you been a librarian?

Seven years at the New York Public Library and I'm coming up on three years with Arlington Public Library.

2. What is your favorite part of the job?

Talking with kids who come into the library to find out what they enjoy reading. Librarians always think we have our pulse on the new "it" book, but kids often have a very different take!

3. What/who are some of your favorite books? authors? illustrators?

My favorite series as a kid was Little House on the Prairie; I wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder sooooooo badly and have to climb a ladder to my loft bed.

The first book I remember getting addicted to was Willowbrook Farm. I was in second grade and I remember whining to my mom one afternoon that I was bored and had nothing to do. She said "Why don't you go and read your Willowbrook Farm book?" A light went off in my head and I could think of no better way to spend an afternoon. I still can't.

4. Do you have a favorite online resource or website?

I like to send parents to It's educational games so you're keeping everyone happy!

5. If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be?

A unicorn. I've always loved them. And preferably one that could fly.

If you have a question you'd like to ask any one of our children's or teen librarians, please let us know. Thanks!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Hound Dogs, Hokey Pokey and B-I-N-G-O!

Library Director, Diane Kresh, recently engaged a large and enthusiastic group of preschoolers with singing, dancing, and stories about dogs at Central Library's Get Caught Listening program.

A rousing version of Elvis's "You Ain't Nothing But a Hound Dog" brought the young crowd to their feet!

The picture books were a big hit, of course, and included Dogs by Emily Gravett and A Dog Needs a Bone by Audrey Wood.

If you're looking for some other great books about dogs, try these:
Dogku by Andrew Clements
Maggie's Ball by Lindsay Barrett George
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems

And you can find even more books about dogs (and lots of other animals, too!) at What's Next, our super list of books for kids and teens!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

It Doesn't Tweet, Blog, or WooT- It's a Book!

It's a Book! by Lane Smith won't be released until late August, but you can enjoy this charming video right now. Please share with your young technophiles :>)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Sea Turtles, Our Watershed, and Our Children

An enthusiastic group of elementary school-aged children recently gathered in the Central Library auditorium for a summer reading program called Sea Turtles and Our Watershed, presented by Smithsonian National Zoo.

The aim was to connect kids with their local and global watersheds through an engaging activity and to raise awareness of the sea turtle's habitat.

As part of the presentation dealt with water pollution, the the topic of the BP oil spill was raised. Many of the children were aware of the spill and contributed interesting comments to the the discussion.

If you, as a parent, teacher, or concerned adult, need some suggestions about how best to present this information to children, take a look at Ranger Rick's website. They address questions that kids ask, including concerns about the affected animals and how to deal with sad feelings.

PBSParents also has some valuable tips for discussing news in general with children, broken down by ages. Given how much exposure even the youngest children get to TV news, it's a good idea to have some strategies to help them cope, appropriate to their age and temperaments.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

If the Aquarium Can't Come to Us...

well, then we'll just have to be creative!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Help your child learn to read with Toon Books

Looking for fun books to help your child learn to read?

Toon Books for Emerging Readers are comic books that are perfect for kids learning to read. After the visual artist creates the story images, Toon Books works with reading teachers to find simple replacements for the Dolch Sight Words - a list of 220 words that must be learned in order to master the English language, but which can't be taught through pictures and/or phonics. The books are then test-read by children, and the feedback is incorporated into the final copy.

Benny and Penny in the Big No No won the 2010 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award - Columbia Pike's Youth Services Librarian Desiree Fairooz  created this video teaser for the book:

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Make Origami Yodas, We Did!

On Friday, June 25, Tom Angleberger, author of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, delighted a group of children and their adults at Central Library. Take a look!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

'Ocean In Motion' Cancelled Due to Heat

hook a bookWe're very sad to report that the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center's Ocean in Motion program, which had been scheduled for Thursday, July 8, has been CANCELED.

We received news today that the cooling system in the mobile aquarium is broken, which threatens the fish (especially in this heat), and means they can't travel to see us.

Ticket holders can still participate in the 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Get Caught Reading craft program.

And beginning at 3:15 p.m. we will show movies in the Central Library Auditorium, including Finding Nemo and IMAX Under the Sea. No tickets will be required for the movies.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Do You Have a Child With a Flair for the Dramatic?

Do you know a child who would love to do something dramatic this summer? Check out the Westover Branch Library's Summer Children's Theatre Workshop, beginning July 12.

Children ages 7-11 need to register to take part in this 5-week program, during which they will memorize a script and make their own costumes for a play.

Rehearsals will take place on Monday afternoons, from 2 - 3:00 p.m. from July 12 - August 9. The performance of our play will be at Westover on August 10, at 6:30pm. This workshop is free. To register please call 703-228-0522.

If your young thespians are in the mood for books about theater, here are some suggestions (click on the title for a summary)


Little Diva
by LaChanze; illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Starring Miss Darlene by Amy Schwartz
Louise, the Big Cheese: Divine Diva by Elise Primavera
The Fabulous Feud of Gilbert & Sullivan by Jonah Winter ; illustrated by Richard Egielski
Hooray for Reading Day! by Margery Cuyler
A Play's the Thing by Aliki
Stagestruck by Tomie DePaola
One Dark and Dreadful Night by Randy Cecil
Moses Sees a Play by Isaac Millman
Bunny Business by Nancy Poydar
The Year I Didn't Go to School by Giselle Potter
Shrinking Violet by Carrie Best


Cinder Rabbit by Lynn E. Hazen
Annie and Snowball and the Shining Star
by Cynthia Rylant
Iris and Walter: The School Play (Iris and Walter series) by Elissa Haden Guest


The Tallest Tree by Sandra Belton
The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood
Willa By Heart by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
No Biz Like Show Biz (Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo series) by Nancy Krulik ; illustrated by John & Wendy
The Ghost in the First Row (Boxcar Children series) created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Curtain Went Up, My Pants Fell Down (Hank Zipzer, The World's Greatest Underachiever series) by Henry Winkler
The Great American Mousical by Julie Andrews Edwards & Emma Walton Hamilton
Replay by Sharon Creech
Junie B., First Grader: Shipwrecked (Junie B. Jones series) by Barbara Park
Annabel the Actress, Starring in Hound of the Barkervilles by Ellen Conford
Stage Fright on a Summer Night (Magic Tree House series) by Mary Pope Osborne
Cam Jansen and the School Play Mystery (Cam Jansen series) by David A. Adler

Babymouse: The Musical by Jennifer & Matthew Holm
High School Musical: Lasting Impressions by Suzanne Harper


Lights on Broadway: A Theatrical Tour from A to Z by Harriet Ziefert ; with Brian Stokes Mitchell ; illustrated by Elliott Kreloff
The Jumbo Book of Drama by Deborah Dunleavy
Putting on a Show: Theater for Young People by Kathleen McDonnell
Showtime!: Over 75 Ways to Put on a Show by Reg Bolton
Break a Leg!: The Kids Book of Acting and Stagecraft by Lise Friedman