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Building a Bright Future for Babies @ the Library!

I've had the honor of working with children and their families for twenty seven years; eleven of which, have been at the Atascocita Branch Library. I am one of those lucky people who truly enjoy what they do, and the Infant Lapsit program is one of my greatest loves.  

Eleven years ago, we started with just one Infant Lapsit program a week. Over the years, the program has grown and we now off three baby times each week. It has been a delight to see your children grow, and to see their continued use of the library. I know in my heart that these children will continue to have books in their lives and are on the path to becoming lifelong learners.  

William Steig's Creative Work Continues to Inspire Both Young and Old

Kingwood High School Theatre arts program will be presenting a musical production of Shrek later this month. Before Shrek huge success on the silver screen, or adapted into the musical play,  there was William Steig's SHREK!. 

So, I thought it would be fun to highlight the book that started it all, as well as,  other fabulous stories by this beloved and extremely talented author. If you happen to be by the Atascocita Branch Library, I currently have a small display for our costumers. I am sure that these items will check out quickly; so, if you need help requesting items please ask a staff member for assistance.  

Create a Puerto Rican Carnival Mask

During our Hispanic Heritage celebration, each child will have the opportunity to create a Puerto Rican carnival mask! We will also be sharing a few of our favorite books that are reflective of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Multicultural programs such as this, help children to develop a better understanding that their world is larger than their community, and enriches the lives of everyone. You will not want to miss this program. * Online registration is required.

Pumpkin Patch, I Spy Game @ the Library

Last month, we unveiled our I Spy @ the Library game, and over 100 children participated. As promised, this month we will continue the fun with a new theme.  As we go into the fall season, children will have an opportunity to earn a pumpkin die cut, and one prize from the treasure box. Readers and non-reader alike are encouraged to participate.

Apple Storytime Theme and Books

Our talented Children's Librarian, Ms Dawn, is sharing her favorite books about apples in storytime this week.  If you were not able to attend or would like to extend your child's experience, checkout my blog this week. For your convenience, I have also placed several picture books on the display shelf.

Apple Season

 In Houston, we do not yet see the autumn leaves change in color, but we certainly have the ability to enjoy the fall harvest.

One of the things that I truly look forward to in the fall are apples.  I hope that you enjoy the selection of books below; you will find that some focus on a more traditional theme  and others are lighthearted and playful. 

Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John Appleseed Chapman Esmé Raji Codell

The Life of a Book

 Where the Wild Things Are , by Maurice Sendak, was one of my favorite books as a child. Not only did I love the story, but I found the illustrations to be magical. 

Libraries are not only a great place for the newest books, but they also provide an opportunity for us to experience and discover classics, such as this. 

In 1964, Where the Wild Things Are, won the Randolph Caldecott Medal. This award is named in honor of nineteenth century English illustrator, Randolph Caldecott, and is awarded annually to the illustrator of the most distinguished picture book for children. It is sponsored by the Association of Library Service to Children a division of the American Library Association.

Pokémon Club this Thursday!

 Hello Pokémon fans! This is a friendly reminder that Children ages 7 to 10 years old are invited to join our Pokemon Club.  This meeting will be a great opportunity to meet other players and share ideas. Please make sure to bring your Nintendo DS, games, trading cards, and anything else you would like to share and discuss. Parents are not required to attend, and may visit the library during the program. 

When: Thursday, Sept. 26 @ 4pm

Get your name on the waiting list for the newest and greatest Pokémon book!

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Observed by numerous cultures throughout Asia, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival was on September 19th this year.  I was lucky enough to hear about this holiday from someone who was planning to celebrate, and I also had the opportunity to sample traditional Chinese moon cakes (pictured below).

Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Grace Lin    

This simple, young, and satisfying story follows a Chinese American family as they celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Each member of the family lends a hand as they prepare a moonlit picnic with moon cakes, pomelos, cups of tea, and colorful lanterns. And everyone sends thanks and a secret wish up to the moon.

Celebrate U.S. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

 

 

 

We the people
of the United States, in order to form a more
perfect union, establish justice, insure
domestic tranquility, provide for the
common defense, promote the general
welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty
to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain
and establish this Constitution for the
United States of America...

 

Read the full Constitution of the United States of America (1787) by clicking here
Constitution Day   Molly Aloian

In 1787, a handful of Americans signed a historic document that helped organize a structured government for the United States and recognized the rights of its citizens. This national holiday celebrates the most important document in the history of the United States-its Constitution. Learn more about this crucial turning point in American history.

 

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