Winter is coming and there is no turning back, but until then let's enjoy the glorious change in season. The smell of pumpkin spice lattes, staying warm at football games, and pulling out your favorite sweaters - what a time to be alive! To help keep your library up to speed on the new season, we have a few activities and decoration ideas that will help you transition into fall.
No matter what fall activity or decoration ideas you choose to do, hopefully we inspired you to try something new or even gave you new ideas of your own! Autumn is inevitable, so make the most out of it for yourself and your library. Have fun crafting your way into fall!
Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus by John Grandis, Illustrated by Michael Allen Austin
Sit back and enjoy the ride as this book has the perfect back to school vibe while also covering similar insecurities that children have in common with the main character. In this story, we follow a young boy, Kyle, who rides the bus for the first time. Along the way, Kyle is faced with situations where he MUST obey the ten rules his brother James has told him in order to stay out of some pretty sticky situations. However, Kyle has fun while discovering that the school bus isn’t as bad as he thought and that none of these rules actually matter. This book teaches children and adults that facing new challenges is not something to be afraid of and we should try new experiences with an open mind!
Lighthearted, silly, and important for all young children who are either starting school for the first time or heading back and might need some encouragement for the first day jitters.
Sales Representative, Katie Ratajczyk
Kids are heading back to school, so let's ring in the new year with a library card! Encourage kids to get a library card by setting up stations where they can personalize and decorate their own library card holders. Get people through the door is by hosting a Library card Sign-Up month celebration at the beginning of September, where you can give away goody bags, filled with old books, stickers and prizes, or yummy treats!
With the surge of new library patrons, also comes the need for new and exciting materials. If you're struggling to get funds to purchase new books, we've got some great ideas for you!
No matter what fund raising tactic you choose to adopt, just remember that with a little creativity, you can come up with many fun ideas that are sure to help your library in a new and unique way. Happy reading!
A Puppy for Helen Keller from the Secrets of American History series.
Dip a paw into history with this fact-filled Level 2 Ready-to-Read book, part of a new series all about pets and the people who loved them! In this story, learn all about Helen Keller and her Akita puppies, the first to travel to the United States!
Sales Representative, Dawn Marowsky
Pizza Pig by Diana Murray, Illustrated by Maria Karipidou
Following the flow of rhyming and engaging illustrations, we are first introduced to a pig who is great at bringing different animals together by making pizza catered to their different lifestyles. Bears are provided pizza topped with jam. Rats get pizza with extra cheese and mold. When the pig eventually serves a turtle sitting by herself, he is left wondering why she is displeased. After several attempts of making the perfect pizza for the turtle, the pig finally realizes what the missing component to the meal was. A friend!
I'd rate Pizza Pig 8 pizza slices out of 8 because of how it showcases the significance of friendship and compassion over any material items in our everyday life.
Sales Representative, Derek Kocher
Lucky Ducky by Doreen Mulryan, is a brightly illustrated picture book about appreciation. Ducky feels he is an unlucky duck. He wants to change that to become a “Lucky Ducky”-- so he sets out in search of a four-leaf clover. Along his search, he is distracted by each of his friends, at different times, inviting him to join them in fun. Eventually he ends his search for his four leaf clover as he begins to realize, he is lucky already, because he has friends. In fact, this makes him “the luckiest ducky of all”!
This is a fun, cute read for children because it re-enforces the importance of appreciating themselves and their friends, without wanting anything more!
Sales Representative, Sajidah Darr
4th of July is almost here, and we want to help you have a safe and fun holiday. So we have compiled some kid friendly activities to enjoy this holiday with a bang!
We hope you enjoy this holiday with friends and family. Share the love and spread the joy on this Independence Day. Happy Fourth of July!
The One-stop Story Shop
by Tracey Corderoy, Illustrated by Tony Neal
A fabulously engaging, unpredictable picture book taking a twist on a tried and true combination- the knight and dragon. A brave knight heads out looking for his adversary, the dragon, for a wonderful battle. However, sadly he discovers the dragon has gone on a 2 week vacation. A neighbor suggests a nearby 'story shop' may have a dragon for battle, but to his dismay the shop is out of dragons. Perhaps a 'ferret' will do? The knight is skeptical, but the shopkeeper describes various adventures with the ferret— space, a western and an underwater adventure. As the scenarios unfold, the knight and dragon go from being opponents to partners against the evils of the universe forming an unlikely friendship. Wonderful illustrations and engaging text entertain children and adults alike. A magical, thought provoking winner for story time!
Sales Representative, Joan Schimmels
Summertime means beautiful weather to sit outside and enjoy a good book, so grab a high-interest graphic novel. If you are new to graphic novels, check out these fascinating facts courtesy of Scholastic, highlighting the benefits of graphic novels you may not have known before:
Did you know, Barbie is still the world's #1 fashion doll since she was released in 1959? And now 60 years later, she is making her debut in a graphic novel series! These fun stories are sure to be a perennial favorite!
Summer is full of surprises and adventures, so take an adventure with graphic novels. Check out Penworthy’s Graphic Novel Collection with over 100 high-interest titles for boys and girls!
If you are a fan of The Wonkey Donkey, you will be sure to enjoy Willbee the Bumblebee, a soft-toned, rhythmical picture book about a bumblebee whose task is to pollinate the garden. While he is working on the job, he loses his black and yellow jersey and without it, he cannot work. But, with the help of a friendly butterfly, Willbee the Bumblebee is woven a new jersey and is able to continue to do his job.
This fun picture book is perfect for the warm weather, and does a fantastic job of emphasizing friendship and servitude. This title will be sure to keep you and the little ones in your library buzzing!
Sales Representative, Kanisha Hines
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