Friday, November 28, 2014

Tropical Reef Paradise

On Monday, November 17th we invited art instructor and naturalist (Jan Porinchak) to the library!  Jan spoke to the class about tropical fish and their coral reef habitats.  He also taught them how to create realistic sculptures of the fish and assisted the children in making 3D artwork of the tropical fish, coral and other sea creatures.


Check out some of the 3D creations below!  Using a variety of mediums, and photographs for inspiration, students put together these very colorful underwater seascapes.  

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November is Picture Book Month!

 “…Picture Books can be great art and great art makes for a great people and a great society.”
– Tomie dePaola from his Picture Book Month essay

“Picture books open a safe, beautiful path to other worlds, when read and explained in the voice of loved ones.” 
– Rosemary Wells from her Picture Book Month Essay

The month of November is Picture Book Month!  Celebrate with us by coming to the library to check out a picture book.

Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November.   Visit to explore!  Every day in November, there will be a new post from a picture book champion explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important.  In this digital age where people are predicting the coming death of print books, picture books (the print kind) need love.  And the world needs picture books. There’s nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book.

We have a printable bibliography of 100 Picture Books!

Follow this link to go to the full, printable version:

Join the celebration and party with a picture book!

If you have a child who is not yet in kindergarten, you may want to consider signing up for our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.  This early literacy reading program encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before they enter kindergarten.  Prizes will be awarded as you complete different milestones in the program.  Call or visit the Children's Reference Desk for more information.

Tell us which picture book is your favorite in the comments section below!