Monday, December 26, 2016

New Children's Books

Looking for something fun to read over Winter Break? The new book shelf at the Peter White Public Library is filled with adventures, journeys, a monster or two and compelling non-fiction to snuggle up and enjoy in the next few days.  Check out Talking Leaves, Joseph Bruchac’s fictionalized tale about a Cherokee man who created the first Cherokee Syllabary in the days before the civil war and Where, Oh Where is Rosie’s Chick a new picture book by award-winning author and illustrator Pat Hutchins.

These other titles are also sure to please:  

Quit Calling Me a Monster by Jory John turns stereotypes on their ear in a fun, yet effective way. The monster in this book recalls all the times he’s been called a “monster”, comparing it to a name that represents something dark, menacing and well monsterish. But he contends that he’s in his own space – the closet, under the bed -  minding his business when the name calling happens and without any good reason. What would he rather be called? His name of course, Floyd Peterson. This book will start conversations about the labels we put on ourselves and others, helping kids understand that those names carry weight.

In Bridge to the Wild, author Caitlin O’Connell’s fascination with animals will appeal to young readers who want to know more about well-known zoo species such as gorillas and elephants; and less well known, such as the Ground Hornbill. Filled with color photographs and tips on how readers can be animal scientists in their own communities, O’Connell writes about the animals she meets on a four day behind the scenes trip to Zoo Atlanta. O’Connell, who has studied wild elephants for over two decades, offers a picture of intelligent creatures whom she hopes readers will learn to understand better.

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson, is a story of hope and strength. Yeboah, bicycled across Ghana in 2001 with the King’s blessing and with one good foot. Quite an accomplishment from the teen considered a curse by most people in his village, including his father who left after Yeboah was born. While society expected Yeboah to beg to to meet his daily needs, his mother encouraged him to choose a different path. After losing her as a teenager, Yeboah made plans for the cross-country bike trip.

Life Cycle of a Honey Bee by Grace Jones is a short, simple and of course sweet, honey filled book that explains the life cycle of one of nature’s hardest working animals for very young readers. Appealing photos magnify bees in every phase from egg to, larvae to workers and drones. Easy to read text makes this an accessible option for students working on school reports. Engaging facts might inspire new apiarists to start their own hives next spring.

The Thing About Leftovers by C.C. Payne is a great middle-school story about a 12-year old girl who does not feel like she fits anywhere, school or home. A child of divorce, Fizzy’s parents are both in new relationships and her father’s new wife is expecting a baby. Her Aunt Liz is the only one who seems to remember she exists, and she offers fun suggestions to her niece on how to cope with the changes through cooking. Fizzy decides to enter the Southern Living cook off to prove to her parents and herself that she is worth noticing.

A face not even a mother could love. That is the baby described in Ugly by Robert Hoge, whose mother refused to see him for the first days of his life, leaving the hospital without him. In this raw biography Hoge shares an honest description of the world’s reaction to his misshapen face, from the early days filled with surgeries to remove the tumor and reset his eyes, to his reactions to the stares and comments. His mother emerges from her stunned state to become his fierce ally and protector as Robert navigates boyhood, then puberty. Audiences will cheer out loud in the last chapter as Hoge grapples with the decision to undergo another life-altering surgery. He wishes for a role model, someone whose physical appearance doesn’t deter them from living life.
And now he’s provided that for kids.

-Jenifer Kilpela, Youth Services

Monday, December 19, 2016

New in Youth Services

With our new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) programming at the library, we recently added some great new coding books and other STEAM titles.

The series Kids Can Code includes the following titles:
Understanding Coding with Hopscotch - In this title, kids use something similar to SCRATCH, with Hopscotch using colorful blocks that drag and drop, instead of lines of text. With this drag and drop method, users can quickly create games, stories, animations and more.
Understanding Coding with LEGO Mindstorms - LEGO Mindstorm is similar to the following LEGO WeDo, except more advanced, both in building and in coding/program. A lot of fun to play with, and great for young engineers!
Understanding Coding with LEGO WeDo - LEGO WeDo is something the library has done in our STEAM programs. They require the WeDo kits, which can be built into different creations (such as the snapping crocodile), and when plugged into a computer, kids then program their creation to do certain action.
Understanding Coding with Minecraft - This title is sure to be a hit-kids love Minecraft! This title will walk kids through the basics of coding with Minecraft.
Understanding Coding with Python - This title introduces new coders to the more traditional text-based coding. Coders type in exactly what they want the computer to do, using either the text editor that comes with the computer, or free ones that can be downloaded.
Understanding Coding with Raspberry Pi - Raspberry Pi are affordable microcomputers that plug into a monitor. They use the Python coding language. This title will walk you through what Raspberry Pi is and some of the basics of using it. The really cool thing about these are that the hardware of the raspberry pi is fairly cheap, and it allows kids to basically build their own computer.
Understanding Coding with Ruby - Like Python, Ruby is a text-based coding language. This title explains the basics of Ruby and how to start using it. Ruby is open-sourced, so anyone can use it. It is also a step closer to using more difficult coding programs, such as Java

We also have, or will soon be receiving, some titles associated with some very popular movies. The Beasts: Cinematic Guide (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) was just ordered for the kids area. Harry Potter fans, of the books and the new movie, will need to check this one out.
And with the Star Wars Rogue One movie out, we had to order a couple more Star Wars books. Keep your eyes open for the book Star Wars: Rogue One: Rebel Dossier for middle school ages and Star Wars: Rogue One: Secret Mission, a leveled reader for new readers.

--Sarah Rehborg, Youth Services Librarian

Monday, December 12, 2016

Holiday crafts

It’s not too late to make gifts for the holidays! 

The holiday season is upon us, but do not fret.  There is still plenty of time to make gifts for friends, family, and maybe even a few strangers this year.  If these books are checked out, we have hundreds of craft books!  Be sure to ask a staff member if you need help finding another title.

Handcraft Wire Jewelry: Chains, Clasps, Pendants (2015)
By Kimberly Sciaraffa Berlin
This guide to wire jewelry covers all the basics of wire jewelry creation.  Lovely color photos and step-by-step instructions will help to guide you as you create stunning pieces.  The author teaches jewelry makers how to make 22 pieces from start to finish.  The techniques described cover all the basics of wire jewelry construction including a variety of clasps, pendant settings, and chains.  The best part is that each instruction is a foundation technique that is interchangeable, the only limit is your imagination.

200 Beading Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets (2009)
By Jean Power
Award winning jewelry designer Jean Power walks readers through the basics of beading projects.  This book covers design and color considerations, bead types as well as basic bead stringing, wire work, and bead weaving techniques.  This book is full of color photos and easy to follow instructions.  It is a modest sized book, but is packed with information!

Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds (2011)
By Amy Bryant Aiello and Kate Bryant
Turn your latest thrift store finds into lovely terrarium gifts.  This book is filled with ideas for creating living gifts.  Using jars ranging from fancy apothecary jars to regular mason jars the ideas in this collection are as simple as they are intricate.  Some plants (mosses) can still be collected locally.  So, save yourself some money and get to the woods before the snow settles in for winter.

Arm Knitting: How to Make a 30-Minute Infinity Scarf and Other Great Projects (2014)
By Mary Beth Temple
Have a couple skeins of yarn? That’s all you need to make an arm knitted scarf!  These scarf projects make for a super quick gift.  The author details the basics of arm knitting and offers 15 projects based on this simple idea.  No needles or other equipment required. 

Scissors, Paper, Craft: 30 Pretty Projects All Cut, Folded, and Crafted from Paper (2014)
By Christine Leech
This collection of paper crafts ranges in difficultly from easy to somewhat complicated. Projects include pretty packaging for your other gifts: gift bags, gift tags and boxes. Home decorating: garlands, mobiles and light embellishments.  And standalone gifts: books, pictures and figurines.  At the end of this book you will find a nice bonus, all the templates. These templates make even the most complicated project in this book doable. 

The Art Abandonment Project: Create and Share Random Acts of Art (2014)
By Michael deMeng and Andrea Matus deMeng
Not technically a craft book. However, if you like the idea of random acts of kindness, try out the idea of Art Abandonment this holiday season. Art abandonment is creating something for the pleasure of making it, and then leaving it for an unsuspecting person to discover.  This book contains ideas for art abandonment, monthly challenges, and stories from the artists and ‘finders.’ The Art Abandonment Project also has a Facebook page, join to see art abandoned and found all around the world!  From the facebook page you can also download tags describing the art abandonment project. 

Happy (holiday) crafting!

--Andrea Ingmire, Library Director