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Happy 141st Birthday Lucy Maud Montgomery!

Happy 141st Birthday to Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of the Anne Books. 
Anne Shirley, star of the novel, Anne of Green Gables, is an orphan who comes to live with the Cuthberts on Prince Edward Island. However, they were hoping for a boy! Anne is out to prove that she is better than any boy could be. Will Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert fall in love with Anne and keep her? Read the stories or watch to movies to find out! Enjoy!

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery ; with a new afterword by Jennifer Lee Carrell

Anne of Green Gables [videodisc] by a Kevin Sullivan production ; screen adaptation by Kevin Sullivan and Joe Wiesenfeld ; produced by Kevin Sullivan and Ian McDougall ; directed by Kevin Sullivan.

Share a Story: Pumpkin Storytime

Did you miss our pumpkin storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a squash storytime of your own. It can be hard to find pumpkin stories that aren't focused on Halloween, but most of these stories manage to incorporate pumpkins without the holiday.

From Storytime

Try this rhyme at home: 
   Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
   The first one says, "oh my, it's getting late!"
   The second one says, "there is frost in the air."
   The third one says, "but we don't care!"
   The fourth one says, "let's run and run and run."
   The fifth one says, "are you ready for some fun?"
   Then woooooo went the wind and OUT (with a clap) went the lights,
   And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

Pumpkin time! by written by Erzsi Deàk ; illustrated by Doug Cushman

Books For Babies - Colors

Infants generally have good color vision by five months of age.  They especially like bright shades of red, yellow and blue. 
Try these titles to give your baby some color stimulation and enhance their visual perception:

Are you eating something red? by [by Harriet Ziefert ; illustrated by] Ryan Sias

Circles by Yusuke Yonezu

Red pepper, yellow squash: a book of colors by concept by Rebecca Bondor

Zoom: a fast-paced book of colors by text by John Litton ; illustrations by Fhiona Galloway

Picture Books on Bundling Up

The temperatures outside have dropped, so it's time to get out our warm winter clothing. Think coats, sweaters, hats, mittens, and boots. Keep cozy by reading these picture books about bundling up.

Lucille's snowsuit by Kathryn Lasky ; illustrated by Marylin Hafner

The jacket I wear in the snow by Shirley Neitzel ; pictures by Nancy Winslow Parker

Little lamb, have you any wool? by Isabel Minhós Martins ; [illustrations by] Yara Kono

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

The hat by Jan Brett

200th Anniversary of Jane Austen's Emma

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's Emma. Stop by our display and check out All Things Austen!

Emma: a modern retelling by Alexander McCall Smith

The Jane Austen Quilt Club: a novel by Ann Hazelwood

Jane Austen's first love by Syrie James

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Jane Austen's England by Roy and Lesley Adkins

Undressing Mr. Darcy by Karen Doornebos

Sense and sensibility by Jane Austen ; foreword by Cathleen Schine

Curl Up With a Cold-Weather Picture Book

The season is changing once again and it's time to get cozy under a blanket with a wintry book. Try these snowy weather-themed picture books and stay warm!

Snowy Sunday by Phyllis Root ; illustrated by Helen Craig

First snow by Peter McCarty

Snow by Sam Usher

The little snowplow by Lora Koehler ; illustrated by Jake Parker

If it's snowy and you know it, clap your paws! by Kim Norman ; illustrated by Liza Woodruff

Outside by Deirdre Gill

Share a Story: Counting Storytime

Did you miss our counting storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own 1-2-3 storytime.

From Storytime

Try this rhyme at home: 
   There were 10 in the bed 
   And the Little One said: "Roll Over, Roll Over" 
   So they all rolled over and 1 fell out. 
   There were 9 in the bed
   And the Little One said... 
   Continue until... There was 1 in the bed 
   And the Little One said: "Good Night!"

Counting crows by Kathi Appelt ; illustrated by Rob Dunlavey

Let's count goats! by words by Mem Fox ; goats by Jan Thomas

Bear counts by Karma Wilson ; illustrations by Jane Chapman

1-2-3 peas by Keith Baker

Picture Books on Thankfulness and Family

Looking for picture books for Thanksgiving but everything's checked out? Never fear, we've prepared a list of alternatives. Books about family meals or about being thankful are just as good at getting you in the Thanksgiving spirit. Try these titles today.

Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell

Don't let Auntie Mabel bless the table by Vanessa Brantley Newton

Three scoops and a fig by written by Sara Laux Akin ; illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung

Everybody serves soup by Norah Dooley ; illustrations by Peter J. Thornton

Share a Story: A Fine Dessert

We had a great time reading A Fine Dessert and making the delicious Blackberry Fool that went with it. We looked at how making this simple dessert has changed over 300 years and then tried out some of the different technologies used.

If you missed it, create your own culinary adventure at home with some of the following stories. 

 More Stories About Food (with recipes!)

Hasty pudding, Johnnycakes, and other good stuff: cooking in colonial America by Loretta Frances Ichord ; illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis

Bring me some apples and I'll make you a pie: a story about Edna Lewis by Robbin Gourley

Once upon a time in the kitchen: recipes and tales from classic childrens stories by Carol Odell, illustrated by Anna Pignataro