Category Archives: Children’s Room

Highlight: How Artists See . . .

photo of a new art series for children
This delightful and visibly engaging art series opens the world of art history to young minds and eyes in a unique, yet simple, manner.  Grouping notable and well-loved works into categories such as People, Families, Weather, The Elements, Animals, etc. increases memory retention through the “science of relations” so to speak.
Each book covers a broad –  yet not overwhelming – amount of artworks, artists, and time periods.  The short biographies and recommended further readings at the end of each book complete this valuable new resource that we are very grateful to now offer.

Highlight: Plays

Photo of many plays (in book form) that the library offers
“Is there no play, To ease the anguish of a torturing hour?”

from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

In the non-fiction section at Schmaling, in the 812’s and 822’s, you will discover a wide array of plays for your reading enjoyment. Shakespeare is the classic choice, of course, and we have guides and essays enough to escort you through; however, I feel just plunging in and not caring if you get every word is the best path for enjoyment.

Requesting a “No Fear Shakespeare” edition of one of his plays over inter-library loan (ILL) is also a beneficial route since it shows the modern English side by side with the original wordage.

We also offer several movie versions of some of the plays: recordings of actual performances, feature films, and adaptations.  Downstairs in the Children’s Room we have (again in the 822’s)  several resources including biographies, and edited and illustrated versions of the plays.  There are some outstanding anthologies of the plays for children that include some of the original language that can be requested over inter-library loan (ILL); look for such authors as Charles and Mary Lamb (probably age 10+), E. Nesbit (under 10), Jeanie Lang, Leon GarfieldRoger Lancelyn Green and Bruce Coville.  Upstairs in the YA section, there are graphic novels, biographies, adaptations, and an acclaimed historical fiction novel by Gary Schmidt called The Wednesday Wars. Continue reading Highlight: Plays

Teddy Bear Tuesdays

photo of a large teddy bear sitting in a small child's chair, reading a Richard Scarry book; several shelves full of children's books are in the background

Beginning September 5th and running through April, the Children’s Department invites all children preschool aged through second grade to attend a story time led by our very own Miss Gwenn.

In addition: Beginning this year, 2017, the last Tuesday of each month will feature activities with the library’s DUPLO Lego bricks!!

This event is anticipated to happen every Tuesday the library is open, from 6 to 6:30 pm; please see Happenings for exact dates.  It is kindly expected that all children be accompanied to this event.

So wear pajamas, bring a favorite stuffed animal, enjoy the story, make a craft, and scarf a snack!

 

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