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More Ghost Stories

Speaking of Ghost Stories, I forgot to mention our Ghostly Reads display. Silly to scary; there’s a book for everyone. If your child enjoys mysteries we have lots to choose. There are classics from Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys, Caldecott and other award winners, nonfiction, poetry and easy chapter books. We also have audiobooks and audio storytelling that bring the suspense to life for young readers.

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“Dig Into Reading” Nooks

Come in and try out our new reading nooks. Curl up in the Rabbit Reading Hole or the Fiction Frog Flop with a good book while you are visiting the library.

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“Poem in Your Pocket” Crafty Reader

April is Poetry Month. In keeping with the spirit, this month’s Crafty Reader theme is “Poem in Your Pocket.” Kids PreK to 5th grade will make their own denim craft pockets, and choose fun children’s poems to fill them. Your child can decorate their pocket with colored sharpies and glue-on details, and add a magnet for a refrigerator decoration or a ribbon strap for a  purse/door hanger.

We’ll pull out our favorite Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, Jane Yolen, Dr. Seuss, Jan Greenberg, Carl Sandberg and others. Your child can fill his/her pocket with fun, imaginative children’s poetry to share on Poem in Your Pocket Day(Thursday, April 18th).

For more information and ideas to enrich your child’s life and education with poetry, visit

Crafty Reader “Poem in Your Pocket” – Tuesday, April 16th at 4PM


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A Book for Each Child: A Child for Each Book

Selecting books that meet a child’s interest and reading level can be a challenge. It can be especially difficult to find a good read for reluctant readers, children with learning disabilities and/or gifted readers. Matching the right reading level/vocabulary with attention span and age appropriate content can be a concern.

Don’t limit yourself to chapter books and beginning readers, there are other great media your kids might enjoy:

Graphic Novels:

– Images provide clues to help struggling readers

– Less intimidating than books with lots of text

– Can contain rich vocabulary with a minimum of text


– Can be skimmed, making them great for kids with short attention spans or who have trouble following a plot

– Channel a reader’s personal interests (Sports, Animals, Trucks, etc.)

– Photographs, captions and trivia help hold attention


– Contain fresh news and current events that books often cannot offer

– Articles are short and concise and often have rich vocabulary


– Some have “read along” books to follow along***

– Can spark an interest to read the book or series. And if the child does read the book later it will be much easier for them to follow the plot

***The library has a variety of “read alongs” on CD and cassette available in bags on a hanging rack in the Children’s Area.

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The Wizard of Oz

As a librarian, I’m always curious about new film adaptations of books. New film releases always create a buzz and increase the circulation of books; The Hunger Games, The Twilight Trilogy, The Help… I am thrilled there is another remake of the Wizard of Oz about to come out. I have no idea if it is good, bad or somewhere in between. I’m excited because it has the potential to turn young readers on to a great overlooked classic.

Recently, while perusing the Libra Vox catalogue, I found an interesting dramatic reading of the Wizard of Oz. Listening, I realized this reading wasn’t evoking scenes from the old film classic, rather it was creating its own rich imagery from my imagination. Frank Baum had a wonderful way of bringing his characters and settings to life.

I knew I had to dig out our Baum Classics from the collection, blow off the dust and display them proudly for a new generation. I hope a few kids will be tempted to check them out after watching “The Great and Powerful Oz” this weekend. The books are old but the stories are fresh and new to a child reading them for the first time. Simply timeless.


Homeschoolers and Teachers: Here are some great lesson plans that link these tales to everything from weather, geography, math and anatomy! And be sure to listen to the free Libra Vox recording:

Wizard of Oz Unit Study

The Wizard of Oz: An American Fairy Tale

The Wizard of Oz – Dramatic Reading


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Reorganizing Fiction

The staff has been visiting our wonderful Piedmont Regional sister libraries, looking for better ways to present our collections. Now that we have plenty of space, the sky is the limit. An idea that stuck out on a recent visit to the Nicholson Library is to have the Juvenile Fiction Series’ organized together rather than separately by author. So we are working through our own system now.

It makes complete sense to have a series with several different authors grouped together. What a pleasant surprise to find out how many nice series we have that were scattered all over the shelf. The highlight of our collection seems to be 39 Clues, American Girl, American Diaries and The Royal Diaries. Now your child can find them all in order, no searching and looking up authors.

We also have an extensive collection of series’ written by single authors; Magic Treehouse, Junie B. Jones, Hardy Boys, Judy Moody, Cam Jansen, Harry Potter, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Goosebumps and the list goes on.

We are always open to suggestions for new books! You are welcome to list your favorite series below by clicking “Leave a Comment” or just let us know the next time you are at the Library.
As we began this endeavor it became obvious to us that we have “holes” here and there and many books are beginning to look worn out. If your child has outgrown their chapter books, please consider donating them. We prefer hardcover, but we will accept paperbacks in good condition, as well.***Note: please bring donations of books to be used in our collection (or the library book sale) to the front desk. We do receive a percentage from the Better World book drop but we do not have access to the drop box to choose what we’d like to keep.

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Books Loved to Death

The hardest thing about being a librarian is “weeding” books. Some are outdated. Some simply aren’t being checked out, passed over for newer hot topics and genres. And some are in poor condition. The hardest to let go are the well-worn children’s classics. It feels like banishing old friends. We know our patrons love these books, they get checked out repeatedly! But we can’t keep patching pages and bindings together. It makes it especially hard to let these books go because we don’t know when or if it will be in the budget to replace them.

This is where you can help out! If you have a set of classics sitting on the shelf collecting dust, because your child has outgrown them, please consider donating them to the Library! We will give you a tax-deductible receipt and reassurance that they will go to good use. ***Note: please bring donations of books to be used in our collection (or the library book sale) to the front desk. We do receive a percentage from the Better World book drop but we do not have access to the drop box to choose what we’d like to keep.

Here are a just few of the classics we have loved to death:

The Hardy Boys Series

The Nancy Drew Series

The Harry Potter Series

The Junie B. Jones Series

Comic Books(especially Calvin and Hobbes) and Graphic Novels

Authors: Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, Beverly Cleary, Marguerite Henry…

All libraries have budget constraints and patrons love to have new books. The gently used classic you donate could mean the difference between having it on our shelf, ready to check out, or not.  And these donations free up resources for us to invest in current books.

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