If you have visited the Children’s section of the library over the past few months, you may have noticed that our Early Reader collection has had a bit of a makeover.
Lately I've been trying to branch out of my comfort zone with my reading choices. Spring seems like the perfect time to try some new kinds of books. Here are a few of the recent books I've read that were a little outside my comfort zone that I highly recommend!
Advanced Placement (AP) testing was this week. Congradulations Hartland teens for completing so many AP courses and earning such a high ranking for your school!
Village Elementary was in the news for a very cool reason: ducks! For the past thirteen years, a duck named Vanessa has returned to Village Elementary to lay her eggs, and each year, students and teachers alike welcome her with open arms. Find out more information at this link.
If your children are interested in reading about ducks, here are a few of the many great books available for checkout at Hartland's Cromaine Library!
Increasingly, public libraries are community centers and digital repositories. Cromaine offers many excellent programs for adults, children. You might sign up for storytime or attend a lecture. And services such as OverDrive offer the option to check out ebooks.
Last week, the Pulitzer Prize winners for 2016 were chosen! The Pulitzer Prize was established in 1917 to "honor excellence in journalism and the arts." You can find the list of winners here, and if you are interested in a title from the Letters, Drama, and Music section, stop by the library and we will be happy to place a hold for you.
Check out this article about the reading habits of a generation often stigmatized (incorrectly) as non-readers.
David Lynch's amazing, weird, dream-like tele
Yesterday, tweens were invited to try blackout poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. Blackout poetry is a unique writing form that uses pre-existing texts, highlights certain words from that text to create a poem, and crosses out the rest of the unused words. This can be accomplished in an endless amount of ways, from simply writing over words with a black marker, to adding bright colors, to creating fun or beautiful images around your new poem. Here are a few examples from last night that you can use as inspiration to create your own blackout poetry at home!
As March is Reading Month comes to a close, members of the Youth Staff are excited to share some of their favorite storytime read alouds with you. All of these books are available for checkout, and if you would like more recommendations, please let us know.
Ms. Marta’s Favorites
I'm a Frog: An Elephant & Piggie Book by Mo Willems
Piggie sends Elephant into a meltdown when she declares that she is now a frog. Apparently you can pretend to be things you are not. Who knew?!
Hum by Jamaal May: In May's debut collection, poems buzz and purr like a well-oiled chassis. Grit, trial, and song thrum through tight syntax and deft prosody. From the resilient pulse of an abandoned machine to the sinuous lament of origami animals, here is the ever-changing hum that vibrates through us all, connecting one mind to the next.
At this week’s Toddler and Preschool Storytimes, we hopped into Spring with some bunny crafts. Both projects can be duplicated at home, and both are great for developing fine motor skills.
The toddler craft this week was an adorably bunny mask. To make it, all you need is one paper plate, some cotton balls, glue, scissors, construction paper, and crayons.
April 1st is coming swiftly. In honor of April Fools' Day, a day dedicated to turns of trickery, here are three films with great plot twists and moments of humor (sometimes dark):
Donnie Darko: The voice of a six-foot tall bunny saves a troubled teen from sure death. As a result, the teen becomes a devout follower of the bunny, even to the point of destruction.
Some fun facts about The Call of the Wild:
Get out your dog sleds -- the kick off for the Big Read (The Call of the Wild by Jack London) is just one week away. Join us at the Village on Saturday, March 19 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm to enjoy free books, food, and entertainment.This program is presented with warmest gratitude to Arts Midwest, the National Endowment for the Arts, and our local sponsors.
Emma Watson (AKA Hermione Granger) has begun her own feminist book club. The club is open to everyone.
March is Reading Month! To celebrate, I thought I would share five of the best books I have read this year (so far.) All are available for checkout, and if we do not have a title checked in that you would like to read, we will be happy to place a hold on it for you and will let you know as soon as it is available.
The Wrath and the Dawn – Renee Ahdieh (Y FIC Ahdieh; this title is also available through Overdrive)
If you are looking for a fun, almost mess-free painting activity for your child, give this sensory activity from last week’s Preschool Storytime a try!
Earlier this week, American Girl released an exciting announcement that the new doll they are unveiling this summer has a Detroit connection. Nine-year-old Melody Ellison, a young girl who is passionate about singing, is a Detroit native who grew up during the tumultuous 1960s Civil Rights era. Books about Melody and all of her adventures will be released on June 23rd, 2016.
It is so important for kids to be able to see themselves in the books they read. Marley Dias is not only collecting books with characters that are like her, she is also bringing awareness to a larger issue in the publishing industry. And she's 11!
Check out the #weneeddiversebooks movement:
If you and your child have ever attended a children’s program with a craft component at Hartland Cromaine, you may have noticed that we do quite a bit of cutting, pasting, ripping, painting, and folding. While children enjoy the process of creating and are proud of their end result, they are also learning fine motor skills that will help them perform various tasks throughout their lives.
My name is Autumn, and I am the E-Resources Librarian at Cromaine. I manage OverDrive, Zinio, and hoopla. Outside of the library, I spend my time writing, watching films, and caring for my two cats.