Our JBIO collection features a wide variety of great stories about real people. These subjects might be well-known, or relatively ordinary. They might be extroverted and exuberant or shy and passionate. Maybe the people in these tales look just like you, or maybe they're like no one you know. Meet someone new in 2017 by checking out some of the following biographies. The list begins with books for younger readers and ends with more advanced titles, but each story might hold wider appeal than its first impression.

A biography of the scientist known as the "Shark Lady," reveals how she turned a childhood passion into her life's work, devoting herself to studying sharks and educating the public on the graceful, clever sea creatures.

Recounts the life and accomplishments of the environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Also available in: video | e-video

A picture book biography of mathematician Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, by the award-winning author/illustrator Fiona Robinson.

If you were snowed in and missed our Winter storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to create your own chilly storytime for snowy weather. You can also catch this storytime via the Library's Facebook page.

From Storytime

Best in snow by April Pulley Sayre

A photographic non-fiction picture book about the wonder of snowfall and the winter water cycle.

 

WINTER HOKEY POKEY

     You put your mittens in, you put your mittens out,

     You put your mittens in, and you shake them all about.

     You do the Winter Pokey and you turn yourself around.

     That's what it's all about! [Repeat, with a boot, your hat, and a snowsuit]

If you missed our Sheep storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to create your own warm and wooly storytime. 

From Storytime

One more sheep by Mij Kelly

Sam's sheep must find a way to keep him awake long enough to count them, so that he will not open the door to let in what he thinks is a stray sheep, but might be an enemy in disguise.

A story about many different sheep, and one that seems to be missing. You can also look for the green sheep in Spanish, or in a Board Book format.

ABC Activity Time

ABC Time

ABC Activity Time offers a safe and informal environment for caregivers to interact with their young children. Experience a variety of hands-on and imaginative play opportunities while building social and cooperative skills with other young children and caregivers. No registration required.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, January 23 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Tuesday, January 24 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Tuesday, January 24 -
7:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Wednesday, January 25 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Thursday, January 26 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Friday, January 27 -
1:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Saturday, January 28 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Monday, January 30 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Tuesday, January 31 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Tuesday, January 31 -
7:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Friends' Activity Room

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Family Storytime

Storytime

Family Storytime provides an opportunity for caregivers to actively engage with their children under age 5. Together with a Youth Librarian, you can build early literacy skills in a welcoming environment through meaningful stories, songs, and play. Encourage a love of language and reading while practicing listening and cooperative tasks. We look forward to sharing this experience with you. Every Family Storytime is followed by a half hour of ABC Activity Time. No registration required.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, January 23 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Tuesday, January 24 -
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Wednesday, January 25 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Thursday, January 26 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Saturday, January 28 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Monday, January 30 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Tuesday, January 31 -
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Wednesday, February 1 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Thursday, February 2 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Saturday, February 4 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Friends' Activity Room

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If you missed our Cars and Trucks Storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to get your own storytime on the move. 

From Storytime

Toot toot beep beep by Emma Garcia

Can you make as much noise as a book full of traffic? Lots of opportunities for audience participation here, but ends quietly.

BLUE CAR, BLUE CAR (Follows the pattern of Brown Bear, Brown Bear)

     Blue Car, Blue Car what do you see? I see an Orange Airplane looking at me.

     Orange Airplane, Orange Airplane what do you see? I see a Yellow Bus looking at me.

     [Follow the pattern with Brown Tractor, Green Taxi, Purple Balloon, Red Ship, etc.]

     For your final verse, finish with: I see my passengers looking at me!

If you missed our Shape Storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to get your own storytime in shape. 

From Storytime

They all saw a cat by Brendan Wenzel

In simple, rhythmic prose and stylized pictures, a cat walks through the world, and all the other creatures see and acknowledge the cat.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT SHAPE THIS IS? (Tune: Mary had a little lamb)

     Do you know what shape this is, shape this is, shape this is?

     Do you know what shape this is, shout it out for me. [Triangle, Square, Circle, Star, Heart, etc.]

Music can inspire us during our worst times, or be the backbone of a celebration. Check out some of these stories about the people behind the music, and check the links for where to listen to their tunes.

Little Melba and her big trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown

A biography of African American musician Melba Doretta Liston, a virtuoso musician who played the trombone and composed and arranged music for many of the great jazz musicians of the twentieth century. Includes afterword, discography, and sources. Her music can be interloaned through MeL.

With rhythmic swirls of words and pictures, Suzanne Slade and Stacy Innerst beautifully reveal just how brilliantly Gershwin reached inside his head to create his masterpiece, Rhapsody in Blue. It's a surprising and whirlwind composition of notes and sounds and one long wail of a clarinet-dazzling and daring, just like George Gershwin himself!

Read about the beginnings of hip hop and break dancing. 

If you missed our Music Storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to inspire a storytime that will get your toes tapping at home. 

From Storytime

Hiccupotamus by Steve Smallman

The jungle animals are having a musical celebration! Mouse squeaks, Bird tweets, and Centipede taps his feet. Then more animals hear the music and want to join in, as Monkey, Warthog, and Crocodile bring their own music-making talents to the group. But what is that silly Hippo doing?

 

FIVE LITTLE DRUMS (Built on the framework of one of my favorite fingerplays):

     Five little drums making music at the show (hold up 5 fingers)

     One fell down and started to... ROLL! (roll your hands)

     It bounced offstage and landed with a BOOM.

     How many drums are left in the room? (repeat until all the drums have rolled away)

 

If you missed our Gray Storytime this week, don't be blue. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to inspire a colorful storytime that you can do at home. 

From Storytime

My body is tough and gray by Joyce L Markovics

Similar to the Guess What series, this book offers a series of clues for the reader to solve.

I dream of an elephant by Ami Rubinger

Elephants of many colors are described in couplets that invite the reader to complete the rhyme using color-themed clues.

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