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Babymouse Book Group

BabymouseHey, kids in the third and fourth grades! Come to the library during your winter break to enjoy a lively discussion on Babymouse, Vol. 10: The Musical. We'll talk about the book, do some Babymouse activities, and even enjoy a snack or two.

Register online beginning November 25, then come to the Children's Help Desk to pick up a copy of the book. The book discussion will take place on Saturday, December 28, 2:00 PM.

Barbara Park, 1947-2013

Barbara Park, author of the best-selling Junie B. Jones series, has died at the age of 66.  Park was also the author of several stand-alone novels for middle grade-readers, including Skinnybones and The Kid In the Red Jacket, and picture books, such as Ma! There's Nothing To Do Here! Fans of Park's books will long remember her funny and realistic writing style.

Baby Storytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months old with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, and fingerplays. These sessions are held in the Purple Room.

There are two separate Baby Storytime sessions, beginning Tuesday, November 12, 10:00 AM, and Tuesday, November 12, 11:00 AM. Please register online for one half-hour timeslot.

Baby Storytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months old with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, and fingerplays. These sessions are held in the Purple Room.

There are two separate Baby Storytime sessions, beginning Tuesday, September 10, 10:00 AM and Tuesday, September 10, 11:00 AM. Please register for one half-hour timeslot.

Cookbooks for Kids

Kids, earn your Chow Down badge this summer by checking out a cookbook from the children's nonfiction collection. Here are some fun titles to consider:

Terrific veggies on the side by Kari Cornell ; photographs by Brie Cohen

Cook it


Kids' baking: 60 delicious recipes for children to make by Sara Lewis


Let's cook with cheese!: delicious & fun cheese dishes kids can make by Nancy Tuminelly

Midwestern recipes by Mary Boone

Easy breakfasts from around the world by Sheila Griffin Llanas

Chow Down Chapter Books

Check out some of these foodie chapter books to earn your Chow Down badge.

Madeline the cookie fairy by Daisy Meadows


Icing on the cake by Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk


My chocolate year by Charlotte Herman ; [illustrations by LeUyen Pham]

Katie and the cupcake cure by Coco Simon

The Dancing Pancake by Eileen Spinelli ; illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Lucky for good by Susan Patron ; with illustrations by Erin McGuire

Chow Down Picture Books

Check out one of these fun foodie picture books to earn your Chow Down badge.

Monster chefs by Brian & Liam Anderson


Albert the muffin-maker by Eleanor May ; illustrated by Deborah Melmon

The good-pie party by written by Liz Garton Scanlon ; illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

Tiny pie by Mark Bailey and Michael Oatman ; illustrated by Edward Hemingway ; recipe by Alice Waters


Pete's a pizza by William Steig

The apple pie tree by Zoe Hall ; illustrated by Shari Halpern

Chow Down Easy Readers

Check out some of these easy-to-read books to earn your Chow Down badge.

Pancakes, crackers, and pizza: a book about shapes by Marjorie Eberts and Margaret Gisler ; illustrations by Steven Hayes ; prepared under the direction of Robert Hillerich

Good food by written by DeMar Reggier ; illustrated by David Austin Clar

The greedy python by Richard Buckley ; illustrated by Eric Carle

Custard Surprise by Bernard Lodge ; pictures by Tim Bowers

Pete the cat: Pete's big lunch by created by James Dean

Easy as apple pie by Karen Gray Ruelle

Six Little Ducks Storytime

Kids ages 3-5, with a caregiver, register online to join us for a fun duck-themed program with ducky stories, a simple craft and a tasty snack.

Program Date: July 10, 10:00 AM

Baby Storytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months old with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, and fingerplays. These sessions are held in the Purple Room.

Session begins Tuesday, April 30, 10:00 AM.

2013 Caldecott Honor Books

Along with the 2013 Caldecott Medal Winner, the 2013 Caldecott Honor books have also been announced. This year five picture books were selected to receive the Caldecott Honor. Those five recipients are:

Creepy carrots! by words, Aaron Reynolds ; pictures, Peter Brown



Extra yarn by Mac Barnett ; illustrated by Jon Klassen


2013 Caldecott Medal Winner

This Is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen, has been awarded the 2013 Caldecott Medal. Klassen's story of a little fish, a big fish, a stolen hat and the consequences that follow is told through spare text and simple, yet clever illustrations. This award-winner will have kids and parents turning the pages over and over to enjoy both the story and the artwork.

Baby Storytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months with a caregiver, these storytimes feature simple stories, songs, and fingerplays. These sessions are held in the Purple Room.

We are now offering two sessions for Baby Storytime, please register online for one timeslot. Session #1 is held Tuesday mornings at 10:00 AM, Session #2 is held Thursday afternoons at 1:00 PM.  Registration opens December 27.

Farm Picture Books

Have you ever wondered what living on a farm might be like? Get a glimpse into farm life past and present with these great picture books.

Cock-a-doodle-doo, creak, pop-pop, moo by Jim Aylesworth ; illustrated by Brad Sneed



It's milking time by Phyllis Alsdurf ; illustrations by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher



Meet the dogs of Bedlam Farm by Jon Katz

Clothing & Getting Dressed

The weather is changing and soon we'll have to bundle up in our warmest clothes, so why not read a picture book all about getting dressed? Listed below are some fun choices.

Ella Sarah gets dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine



Under my hood I have a hat by Karla Kuskin ; illustrations by Fumi Kosaka



Jesse Bear, what will you wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom ; illustrations by Bruce Degen