February is Library Lovers’ Month

Sunday was Groundhog Day. I hear that Mr Phil saw his shadow. There were no shadows here. It was a wet, cold, dreary day. I slept most of the day.

IMG_4910I hear that it was also Super Bowl Sunday. I’m not really sure what that means. I did get a Super Bowl full of my favorite kibble and green beans and pumpkin for dinner! That makes me a winner!

IMG_4914All of this means that February is upon us. And February happens to be the month for Lovers of Libraries. And that means me!

“Library Lovers’ Month is a month-long celebration of school, public, and private libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone, especially library support groups, to recognize the value of libraries and to work to assure that the Nation’s libraries will continue to serve.”

Our libraries are in danger these days. There are all kinds of cutbacks in funding. Some are closing their doors. A very sad thing. Our public library has had to cut back on workers and hours that they can be open. Another very sad thing. Libraries are important to communities. Libraries are places to learn something new or to escape into new worlds. They are sanctuaries from the hubbub of the outside world. Like minded people can congregate at libraries. They are the only places that you can go and spend all day out of the cold or heat without having to spend any money! And Oh! The Places You Can Go in a library!! It boggles the mind!

I have pulled some books off of my personal library shelves that are about libraries. There are soooooooo many books about libraries and librarians! All kinds of critters visit libraries. Dogs, of course, and cats. But there are books about Library mice and lions and dragons and bats and ghosts and foxes and even gingerbread men! The library has a place for everyone! Well, I’m going to share some of my books with you.

IMG_4911img491Library Lil is by Suzanne Williams and illustrated by Steven Kellogg. I love Steven Kellogg! My copy was published by Scholastic in 1998 by arrangement with Dial Books for Young Readers.
Lil was a girl who LOVED books. When she was little she read all the time. In bed, in the tub, while playing soccer. She was always carrying around stacks of books so her arms got really strong. When she grew up, she became a librarian. She had to convince the townfolks that books were better than TV. And she managed to convince a gang of motorcycle hoodlums that books were a good thing too! A Librarian Extraordinare!!

img492The Brave Bookmobile was written by Grover Page, Jr. and illustrated by Joe Reisner. It was published by E.C. Seale & Co. in 1966. This is a little book that shows how important the Bookmobile is to a community. Hill County is blanketed with snow, but there are folks out there that need books! The Brave Bookmobile must trudge through and make her rounds. Becky has a report due and needs to do some research. Richard and his mom need to do some research too. Old Ben, who is blind, needs some audio books. And everyone in town likes to come congregate at the Bookmobile. Even Mr. Brown, the dog! The Brave Bookmobile manages to make all the rounds and leave everyone happy.

img490Quiet! There’s a Canary in the Library was written and illustrated by Don Freeman. It was published by The Trumpet Club in 1969. Every Saturday morning Cary went to the library. One Saturday she sat down with a book about a zoo and began to imagine what it would be like if there was a day at the library for all the animals to come. In her imagination, mayhem insues, but the day is saved by a canary! It’s a pretty funny story!

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Curious George Visits the Library was “illustrated in the style of H.A. Rey by Martha Weston.” This book was published in Great Britain by Walker Books in 2008. More mayhem in the library! It seems to follow Curious George wherever he goes. This mayhem involves George’s desire for more and more books to take home, and a library cart.

img488There’s a Cricket in the Library is the most interesting one of this bunch. It was written and illustrated by fifth-grade students of McKee Elementary School in Oakdale, Pennsylvania. It was published by Willowisp Press in 1991. A cricket is causing mayhem in the library. He’s chirping like crazy and hopping on chairs and eating the books! So the kids all say “SHHH!” So the cricket says “Good-bye!”

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Reading With Rhythm!!

I’ll be going to visit the library this week. Like I do every week. Maybe you can find some time to visit your library this month. And when you do, maybe you can stay awhile and help out. Shelve some books, or do some paper work, or read to some kids. Something to help out those librarians.

You might like to check out the website for Library Lovers’ Month. They have some great ideas for things to do this month.

And HERE is another site that has all kinds of suggestions for ways to help your library.

Wishing you JOY at a library near you!
Your library friend
Rhythm
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National Library Card Sign-up Month

As I mentioned in a previous post, September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. To honor this tradition, Walker and I signed up and received our very own library cards from the Somervell County Library in Glen Rose, Tx.

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It was an exciting event! Our library ladies are some pretty special folks. I’ve told you all about them and about our library in another post that you can check out if you so desire by going here.

To promote Library Card Sign-up, the Pinal County Library in Arizona has created some really cool graphics about the benefits of Libraries.

pcld-library-card-benefits-series-discover-new-worlds-8To see more of these unique advertising tools you can visit the Pinal County Library blog here.

For more things to do to promote Library Cards visit the American Library Association website here.

Here is a little movie called The Lord of the Libraries by Chris Martin. – enjoy!

I LOVE Libraries! They are magical places full of adventure and also quiet places of comtemplation.

IMG_3179Now, go hug a librarian and get yourself a library card!
Rhythm

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Take Your Poet to Work Day

According to Book Patrol, today was Take Your Poet to Work Day!

We didn’t take a poet, but we did take some poetry to work! Work being the library today. And not that the library doesn’t have it’s own share of poetry, but we have a couple of good books that I wanted to share on Poet Day.

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Both of these books, Loose Leashes and Dog-Gone School are by a husband and wife team – Ron and Amy Schmidt. Ron does the photography and Amy does the poems. And what a great team they make!!

We have had Loose Leashes in our home library for quite some time and use it a lot. It has inspired quite a few detention kids to write their own poems. It was published in 2009 by Random House Children’s Books. Each page spread has a full page photo of a dog or dogs doing some silly things – like driving a car or going surfing or cutting down trees. And each photo is accompanied by a poem. Some are short and some are rather long. These poems probably work well for 3rd grade and up. But younger kids will enjoy the photos.

Dog-Gone School, I think, works well for the younger set. The poems are a little simpler. There is a note in the front of the book that tells what kind of poem each of them is. This is a new book just published in 2013 by the same publisher, Random House Children’s Books.

Here is a link to the Loose Leashes Facebook page.

And since the day was about poetry, the girls who read with us today picked out a hilarious book from the library shelves. The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster by David Conway and illustrated by Melanie Williamson. You can find out more about them by clicking on their names.

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This book was published in 2008 by Tiger Tales. This is one crazy book and had everybody laughing! It starts with Little Miss Muffet being bored with being in the same old nursery rhyme and wanting a change. So she jumps onto another page of the book to see if she will like another rhyme better. She goes from one rhyme to the next, never finding one that she’s happy with and creating chaos wherever she lands. In the end, all of the nursery rhymes are all mixed up, nobody is in the right rhyme and Miss Muffet decides to tiptoe back to her own. EEEEEEEK!

This was a fun, fun read aloud book!

And here is Kermit the Frog interviewing Little Miss Muffet –

Now go check out some poets!
And thanks for visiting — Rhythm

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Summertime and the Reading is Easy

Walker and I spend a lot of time at our local library. We go to read with kids (or whoever!) once a week. During the school year we go in the evening – because during the day we all have to be at school!

But during the summer we go in the morning. I like that better. This week we started our new summer hours and had a really nice turnout! The newspaper lady even came and took pictures. We made the front page of the Glen Rose Reporter! Ms Amanda is a nice lady who has put us in her paper a number of times. We appreciate her!

This week for our 1st summer morning, Ellie came to visit. Ellie will soon be turning 2 and she mostly likes to walk us around and show us all the books. Ethan came as well and Ethan is a READER! He just finished kindergarten and will be moving on up to 1st grade! He chose several books to read with us.

IMG_2349I Feel a Foot is an odd little book by Maranke Rinck, illustrated by Martijn van der Linden. It was published by Lemniscaat in 2008. Ms Rinck and Mr van der Linden are Dutch and this book was originally in Dutch. When I tried to find something about them, everything is in Dutch. I don’t read Dutch but I will give you a link to Ms Rinck’s website here in case you do! And Mr van der Linden’s website is here.

This is a nighttime story so all the pages are black. And the characters are all bright colors. They are really eye catching against the black background — even for me!  The story is a mystery that must be solved! It begins with 5 friends asleep in a hammock. Turtle, Bat, Octopus, Bird and Goat. Ethan thought it was very strange for an octopus to be in a hammock in a tree! Suddenly they hear a noise and in the pitch black night, they go to investigate.

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On each of  the following pages one part of the noise maker is encountered and revealed, but each animal has a different idea as to what it is. Turtle first feels a foot! A great big foot. And he thinks it must be a great big turtle. Ethan knew what it was from the beginning, but those animals sure didn’t! The story makes for quite a guessing game! I thought this book was great fun!

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Next we read The Red Lemon by Bob Staake. This book was published by Dragonfly Books in 2006. Another quirky book. Bold, geometric illustrations. Lots of circles. Rhyming verse. Farmer McPhee grows lemons. He LOVES lemons! “Bright yellow lemons for miles and miles! Bright yellow lemons give farmers big smiles!”

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But one day, he spies up in a tree — a RED lemon! It can’t be! He is struck by the horror of a world with red lemons! So – he throws the offending red lemon over the sea where it lands on an island. Then 200 years pass and Farmer McPhee’s lemon orchard has become nothing but weeds. Over on the island the red lemon seeds have sprouted and red lemon trees are everywhere! And the red lemons are loved by everyone. People come from all over the world to eat the sweet fruit of the red lemons. The End. A story about evolution. About not judging a book by its cover, so to speak. You never know what might be on the inside. About the benefits of thinking “outside the box”, about being creative. As this book is creative! Ethan and I both loved this book. It made me drool on Ethan’s knee.

And I’ll leave you with a little trip through Europe with a lemon!

The Biblioburro

I’m a library dog and I’m interested in all things library. I love my local public library and the libraries at the local schools. They are fabulous, magical places always filled with kids. Kids that are travelling to far away places in their imaginations.  But did you know that there are places in the world that don’t have libraries? Can you imagine being a child and not being able to visit a library? Imagine not having books in your home or at your school? Imagine not having a school?! There are places like this for real! Not just imaginary places.

I found a book about just such a place. In Columbia, which is far away in South America. The book is called Biblioburro. It is written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter. ( This is the author who gave us another book about a library — The Librarian of Basra.) It was published in 2010 by Beach Lane Books. It’s suitable for ages 6 and up.

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This is a true story about a truly remarkable man. From the book – “Deep in the jungles of Colombia, there lives a man who loves books. His name is Luis. As soon as he reads one book, he brings home another. Soon the house is filled with books.”  He needs to find something to do with all of his books!  So Luis decides he can share them with people in the faraway hills who have no books.

He gets 2 donkeys to carry the books and paints a sign to hang on their backs: BIBLIOBURRO. Which means donkey library! Every week he loads books onto the donkeys and travels far away through rivers and jungles, over mountains and past bandits until he reaches a village where the kids have no library and no school and no books. And he tells them stories and reads them books and leaves each child with a book to take home. Then Luis makes the long trek back to his own home to read his own book.

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This is such a heartwarming story! It’s nice to think that there are people like Luis in the world who can make such a positive difference in a child’s life! The illustrations in the book are quite lovely as well. They are big and bright and give the feel of the jungle and the happy kids.

We read this book with some 4th graders and had a nice discussion about what it would be like to not have a library. Then we talked about how special Luis is. The kids tried to come up with ways that they could be special, too. They thought about learning about other places that might not have books and about trying to collect books to donate to kids who need them. We even have kids in our own community who don’t have books at home. That’s a sad thing. Books are powerful things and have the ability to connect us all.

Luis really is a real person and some time ago we watched a show about him on PBS. Here is a link to a video about Luis.

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So now your heart is warmed and full and you can go check out the book — Biblioburro!  You’ll be glad you did!

And then you can check out all the other Perfect Picture Books at Susanna Hill’s blog. Enjoy! And go out and do something powerful!

The Librarian of Basra

It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday!  We came across a really interesting book about a heroic librarian. ( I actually think all librarians are pretty heroic!).

The book is called The Librarian of Basra, a True Story from Iraq by Jeanette Winter.


It is a non-fiction book published by Harcourt, Inc. in 2005.

I think that it would be suitable for elementary age kids.

The book tells the story of Alia Muhammad Baker, the librarian in Basra, Iraq. “Her library is a meeting place for all who love books. They discuss matters of the world and matters of the spirit.” Alia loves her books and loves her library. When war, with its bombs and fires, comes to her city, she worries about the books being destroyed. So secretly in the night she and her neighbors move all the thousands of books to a nearby restaurant. When the war moves on from her city, leaving the library in ruins, she moves all the books again — to her own house and the houses of friends. And there she and the books wait for the end of war and she dreams of a new library.

This is a sad, but uplifting story. The book is a picture book and does not provide a lot of detailed information about the war or Iraq, but the illustrations are quite lovely, bright and simple and filled with emotion.

“Part of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to a fund administrated by the American Library Association to help rebuild the book collection of Basra’s Central Library.”

That sounds like a good cause! And maybe a classroom or school might like to do a fundraiser for the library. Or even for their own local library!

You might want to read the original article from the NY Times that inspired Ms Winter to write this book. Or maybe an interview with Ms Winter herself! Jeanette Winter is an interesting lady and has written other books. You can read a nice article about her here.

This book could provide a good history lesson about Iraq and the war there. And about libraries in general. A history of libraries would be fascinating. Kids might like to do a play about the Librarian saving her books.

A study guide for this book and another book about the Basra Library called Alia’s Mission by Mark Alan Stamaty, can be found here.

I would sure not like to have to move all the books from our Somervell Co. Library!  Whew! What a task! I can’t even imagine how a few people could do something like that in a night!   You know, that might be a good math problem for big kids to figure out! How many books could you move in a night?!
I hope your libraries are all safe and sound. I hear that some bookstores in the northeast got flooded when Sandy came to visit. It’s a sad thing to lose books like that.

Go check out The Librarian of Basra and — Treasure your books! And if you want to check out some more great picture books you can visit Susanna Hill’s blog!

Let’s Go to the Library!

I’d like to take you on a tour of my library! The Somervell County Library in Glen Rose, Tx. Come on in. This is a Grand library, with lots and lots and lots of books. Even more than we have at our house! There are history books and cookbooks and how – to books and science books and gardening books and books just for fun. Everything under the sun!  And if you can’t find a book that you are really really wanting, the very fine ladies that take care of the library can find the book for you through another library! Is that smart or what?

These ladies are outstanding! They work so hard – helping people find books, putting books back on shelves, checking books out, checking books in. I give them 4 paws up!

The library has lots and lots of big windows so the sun can shine in. Sometimes it’s nice to just sit and watch the squirrels playing outside. My favorite place in the library is where all the picture books are. That’s usually where all the kids are, too!  They have some really cute chairs there that I don’t fit in.

Along with all the books, there are lots of computers at the library! Now who would want to look at that computer when there are all these books around?! But there are always lots of people sitting at those computers. I don’t know what they are doing. Looking stuff up or playing games, I guess. Sometimes I go visit  these folks because they just look too serious.

Me and Walker are the only dogs at the library. I don’t know if other libraries have dogs that come visit. I’ve heard that some libraries have cats! My Mom Person even read me a book one time about a library cat named Dewey. Crazy! Does your library have dogs or cats? Or maybe a kangaroo? I’ve never seen a kangaroo.

Libraries sure are great places to visit. You can sit and read, or do some research or your homework, or just come in out of the weather.  I think that libraries are about the only place that you can just go hang out in all day and never have to buy anything!! I love the library!!

These are some other library places you might want to check out —

American Library Association

Public Libraries

A History of Libraries

Going Beyond Survival in the School Library

Go check out your library!  And then tell me what’s so special about it!

Sunshine in the evening!

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Library night!  Our gooood friends Sunshine and Will came by for a visit!  We haven’t seen them in quite awhile and it sure was nice to see them tonite!  Sunshine has been coming to visit us since before she could actually read. Now she’s reading chapter books! What a smarty!  Right now she’s reading a book called Bella, by Ellen Miles. It’s part of The Puppy Place series.This book is about a family that fosters dogs until they can find a forever home. That’s a really good thing to do! Bella is an orphan baby cocker spaniel that the family is taking care of. Sunshine just read one chaper but it sounds like a pretty good story. In this chapter, the family had to stay up ALL night feeding and taking care of Bella. That sounds like a pretty good family to me. The girl Lizzie keeps a spy journal!!  And there seems to be some mystery with new next door neighbors. There was a funny word in the book — slurry . This is what they fed Bella. I don’t know what slurry is and Sunshine didn’t know either. And we both didn’t think that it sounded very tasty. But there it was – slurry! I hope Sunshine comes back next week to read me some more!

I was kind of a foster puppy myself. And I think I kept my family up for a few nights myself!  It’s hard being away from your brothers and sisters and real mom. I had to get on an airplane and go hundreds of miles away to a strange house with strange people and a strange bed. But it didn’t take long for me to discover it was a happy place to be!  And now it’s my forever home. I hope Bella finds a good forever home too.

Have you ever been a foster family for a dog before? I hear that there are lots of puppies out there looking for happy families.

Maybe you should read about Bella!

Go check it out!  SLURRY!

Dancing Dinos

Dancing Dinos!

The Ladybug Princess read to us again. A fun, crazy book called
Dancing Dinos Go to School! by Sally Lucas and illustrated by Margeaux Lucas.  I always judge a book by its cover and this one looked pretty fun. The dinos started out in a book but danced right out into the classroom!  Then just ran amok having a jolly ole time!  Looked like alot of fun to me!  The Ladybug just started kindergarten AND she’s a dancer so there was alot about this book that she liked. It had rhyming words and funny pictures. She read it pretty easily and laughed at the silly dinosaurs.  I give it 4 paws up! ( that’s all I have!)

Go check it out! – at your local library!

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