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Weekend Plans?

Memorial Day is this weekend!  If your plans lean more towards grilling at home than campfire hotdogs and smores, don't forget to stop at CPL for a movie!  It's perfect for a family movie night at home.  It's also great for that long car ride to the cabin up north. Here are some vacation themed films to get you started. 

Happy Birthday Mia Hamm and "Sugar Ray" Leonard

This sunny May 17th, we have two high profile birthdays to celebrate. It is the birthday of boxer "Sugar Ray" Leonard born on this date in 1956 and also soccer player, Mia Hamm, who was born on this date in 1972. Both of these figures have had illustrious careers in their sports field and we wish them a heartfelt happy birthday! Be sure to check out our books on both of these famous, amazing athletes!

ArtFest

Looking for something to do this week-end? Visit the ArtFest in downtown Plymouth or check out craft books at the library.  Street performers will entertain with music, chalk art, juggling, balloon twisting, and face painting. The fest is free for everyone to enjoy!
Friday, May 15th and Saturday May 16th, 2009 from 10am - 6 pm

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time is a drop-in play program for children ages birth to five and their caregivers. Registration not required.
Program Dates: Monday, May 18 from 10 - 11 am
AND Wednesday, May 20 from 7 - 8 pm

Fun Night

Children ages 5-8 and caregivers are invited to gather 'round the campfire under the stars and enjoy stories, crafts, snacks and games. Register today.
Program Date:  May 21 from 7 - 8 pm

Enjoy Some Historical Fiction

Did you know that today marks the founding anniversary of Jamestown, VA? Yep, on May 14, 1607 this first permanent English settlement in the U.S. was established. Why not commemorate the day with a great historical fiction book set in the Jamestown colony? We've got plenty to choose from!

Summer Reading Only a Month Away!?

It's hard to believe that Summer Reading starts just over a month from now.  Did you know that EVERYONE can sign up this year and join the fun?  And we'll have another fantastic selection of prizes and programs all summer long.  While you're waiting for all the summer fun to begin, try exercising your creativity through music - read a story or check out our amazing CD collection for kids!

More storytime hits

Here are a few more CDs that the children's librarians like to use in storytime.  They're easy on the ears and fun too!

Songs for Wiggleworms
Jim Gill's irrational anthem: and more salutes to nonsense
Singable songs for the very young
Wee sing for baby

While waiting for the next Percy Jackson and the Olympians...

why not try another mythological marvel! As Rick Riordan said in a recent interview, "Mythology is a natural draw for kids. It has magic, mystery, adventure - everything you could want." There are fictional stories based on Greek mythology, as well as books about the glorious gods and goddesses and traditional olympic myths. Riordan recommends a great Web site for mythology buffs: Theoi Greek Mythology

Kids Graphic Novel News - #10

"When Will Turner goes looking for Captain Jack Sparrow on a remote island, he has no idea what--or who--lies in wait.  Can the ever-crafty Jack escape certain death yet again?  Watch the hit film's swashbuckling action adventure unfold in the palm of your hand!"

Check it out in:
Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest

Fish News - Do You See Crabby?!

Blubbbb. Blubbbb.

Where did Crabby the Hermit Crab go?  Sometimes he is so hard to find. 
Do you see him? Could you tell me where he is today?
 
To answer me just click on  add new comment at the bottom of the page. 

Thanks!
Your friend,
Nemo

P.S. Wave at me when you go by!!

Blubbbb. Blubbbb.

Writing is a craft

You can be a writer and compose amazing stories, too. Check out Gail Carson Levine's helpful book, Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and Stories by Celia Warren to find help with grammar, developing a plot, character development and much more. Happy writing!

Hickory Dickory Dock...

Kids like Nursery Rhymes a lot!
We’ve got them on video, Here at the library
Hickory Dickory Dock!

We get many requests for Nursery Rhymes videos. My favorites are Jim Henson’s Mother Goose Stories, but there are many others to choose from here at CPL!

Boredom Busters For Summer

With summer fast approaching, you're probably trying to think of ways to keep busy during that long break from school. Of course, you should visit the library as often as possible (and read lots of books!), but on those non-library days, you'll need some other things to do. Try some of the ideas in this book: The Family Manager's Guide To Summer Survival. It has over 300 boredom-busting ideas to keep your summer fun and interesting!

The Bugs Are Back!

Now that spring is in full swing, you might be seeing lots more bugs crawling, buzzing, and flying all over the place! Learning about them doesn't have to be icky and gross...you can read books and find out all kinds of cool stuff without ever having to touch a bug! Here's one very simple book all about bugs that you can read on your own. Ask one of the librarians to show you more bug books next time you come to the library!

Celebrate Children's Book Week with Olivia

Next week, May 11-17, is Children's Book Week!  Librarians will be dressing as different children's book characters, and you are welcome to join the fun.  I've got three different costumes ready to go for next week - it was really hard to choose my favorites!  Spend the weekend working on your costume, or celebrating with this year's featured children's book character, Olivia, by reading some of her books

Home Run History

babe ruthToday fans, is a legendary day. May 6, 1915, Babe Ruth hit his first major league home run while batting for the Boston Red Sox.  As history tells us, he only went on from there to become a bigger and bigger sports legend. Enjoy our many materials highlighting the life and career of this powerful baseball slugger!

Flower Power!

The storytime theme this week is Flowers. Here are some great picture books about plants and flowers:

New Puppet Arrivals!

Our new shipment of Folkmanis puppets has arrived and these cute friends are ready to go home and play with you! Check out some of my personal favorites: Frog in a Spaceship or Frog Prince - they're awesome!

V-E Day Anniversary, May 8th

V-E Day, or Victory in Europe Day, commemorates the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allied forces towards the end of WWII. But the joy seen in this photo was dampened by the memory of fallen comrades and the ongoing war in the Pacific. If you don't have grandparents to share their memories with you about this tragic war, many moving stories available at the library will help you appreciate what this time was like.