It's Talk Like a Pirate Day! If you missed our Pirate-themed Storytime, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to inspire a storytime fit for a scalawag that you can do at home. 

From Storytime

Pig kahuna pirates! by Jennifer Gordon Sattler

Pig brothers Dink and Fergus love playing at the beach, but when Dink wakes up from his nap in a grumpy mood, Fergus invites Dink to play with his new pirate ship of sand and gives him the starring role as pirate captain.

IF YOU'RE A PIRATE AND YOU KNOW IT

(Adapted from If You're Happy and You Know It, and inspired by Born Librarian)

    If you're a pirate and you know it swab the deck (swab, swab)

    If you're a pirate and you know it walk the plank (stomp, stomp)

    If you're a pirate and you know it dig for treasure (dig, dig)

    If you're a pirate and you know it shout "ahoy" ("AHOY!")

Did you miss our courage storytimes this week? Don't worry, here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to inspire a brave storytime you can do at home. 

From Storytime

We sang "Silly Bird" to warm up, but Caspar Babypants has a lot of other fun songs!

Flight school by Lita Judge

Little Penguin, who has the "soul of an eagle," and big dreams,  enrolls in flight school.

Did you miss our Pet Storytime at the Farmer's Market last week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a cuddly storytime you can do at home.

From Storytime

We tried a few different rhymes and songs. We sang "The Wheels on the Bus," but added noises for all the different pets on the bus (I think the Elephants on the Bus were my favorite). We also acted out this rhyme while making all the appropriate animal noises:

     Can you hop like a rabbit? Can you jump like a frog?

     Can you waddle like a duck? Can you wag like a dog?

     Can you fly like a bird? Can you swim like a fish?

     Can you sit back down and be still like this?

Strictly no elephants by Lisa Mantchev

A boy is excluded from joining his friends' pet club because of his unusual pet.

You love Raina Telgemeier, but are looking for something for a slightly older reader? Try these.

Tomboy by Liz Prince

Eschewing female stereotypes throughout her early years and failing to gain acceptance on the boys' baseball team, Liz learns to embrace her own views on gender as she comes of age, in an anecdotal graphic novel memoir.

The unlikely friendship between basketball team captain Charlie and robotics club president Nate is challenged when Nate declares war on the cheerleaders over funding that will either pay for new uniforms or a robotics competition.

This one summer by Mariko Tamaki

Rose's latest summer at a beach lake house is overshadowed by her parents' constant arguments, her younger friend's secret sorrows, and the dangerous activities of older teens.

All the Raina Telgemeier graphic novels are checked out, and anything similar. So now you're looking for similar chapter books. Here are a few.

Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.

Can you say catastrophe? by Laurie B. Friedman

"April Sinclair would like to blame someone for her mostly miserable life, and since her parents won't take responsibility, she blames the stork. Her teenage years kick off with a humiliating 13th birthday party, where one of her younger sisters reveals April's crush and the other puts on a show of peeing behind a tree like a boy. April can't wait to disown her loony family for a few weeks of summer camp with her two best friends. Meanwhile, she gets her first two kisses--from two different boys--and isn't sure how she feels about either one. But she's sure how she feels (horrified) when her parents cancel her camp plans in lieu of a family RV trip. Is there any silver lining to her summer?"--.

Afraid to actually ask Tina Zabinski for a date, eighth-grader Kevin spends most of his time theorizing about love and romance and observing and analyzing male/female interaction.

Maybe you want to read Sisters. Or maybe you love her work on The Baby-Sitters Club. Maybe you have no idea who Raina Telgemeier is, but you want a bright and fun graphic novel, and the ones your friends talk about are always checked out. Here is a list of Telgemeier's books (including alternative formats to check out), the popular titles that are just like Telgemeier, and some other suggestions for when those aren't available. Good luck, and happy reading.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Also available in: e-book

From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Also available in: e-book

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Also available in: e-book

In a semi-autobiographical graphic novel, Raina's disappointing bond with a cranky, independent younger sister is further challenged by the arrival of a baby brother and an estrangement in their parents' marriage.

Monster Mash Masquerade

Princess and Pirate Dancing

Families with young children can get dressed in their most comfortable costumes and boogie over to our open dance party. Our littlest patrons will be movin' and groovin' with their grownups to some great spooky tunes. After we've danced the monsters away, be ready for a costume parade through the library!

Designed for new walkers up to 5 years old, dancing is a great way to have some fun. Grown-ups and children alike are encouraged to wear costumes and dance together.

Please choose only one time to attend.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, October 31 -
10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Community Room
Monday, October 31 -
11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
Community Room

ABC Activity Time

Mom with Child

ABC Activity Time will run for six weeks from September 12 - October 22. This is an informal session where parents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. This drop-in playtime includes sensory activities, puzzles, and games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. No registration required. Each playtime is preceded by a storytime, and takes place on

  • Mondays @ 10:30 AM 
  • Tuesdays @ 10:30 and 7:30 PM 
  • Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM 
  • Thursdays @ 10:30 AM and 7:30 PM
  • Fridays @ 1:30 PM
  • Saturdays @ 10:30 AM

NOTE that specific locations are listed below, and the library will be closed on Monday, October 10. There will be no programming that day.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, September 26 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Tuesday, September 27 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Tuesday, September 27 -
7:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Community Room
Wednesday, September 28 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Thursday, September 29 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Thursday, September 29 -
7:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Friday, September 30 -
1:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Saturday, October 1 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Monday, October 3 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Tuesday, October 4 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room

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Family Storytime

Storytime Patrons Listening

Family Storytimes will run for six weeks from September 12 through October 22. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Each storytime is followed by a half hour of free play, and takes place on

  • Mondays @ 10:00 AM 
  • Tuesdays @ 7:00 PM 
  • Wednesdays @ 10:00 AM 
  • Thursdays @ 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays @ 10:00 AM

NOTE that specific locations are listed below, and the library will be closed on Monday, October 10. There will be no programming that day. 

Upcoming sessions

Monday, September 26 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Tuesday, September 27 -
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Community Room
Wednesday, September 28 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Thursday, September 29 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Thursday, September 29 -
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Saturday, October 1 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Monday, October 3 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Tuesday, October 4 -
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Community Room
Wednesday, October 5 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Thursday, October 6 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room

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Ten-year-old Aldo Zelnick chronicles his life and adventures over the course of his summer vacation through journaling and sketches in his diary.

Middle school student, Jamie Kelly, writes all the strange and sometimes not so wonderful things that happens to her or she sees during school in her diary and promises that everything she writes is as true as she wants it to be.

Tales from a not-so-fabulous life by Rachel Renee Russell

Fourteen-year-old Nikki Maxwell writes and sketches in her diary about her struggle to be popular at her exclusive new private school, and about giving up on being part of the elite group, before figuring out a way to simply be herself.

The first year of middle school can be exciting, or scary, just ask Ginny.

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