What is a Fractured Fairy Tale?

Fractured Fairy Tales Saturday, April 26 at 2pm For Grades K -6 A Fractured Fairy Tale is a traditional fairy tale that has been changed, usually to be funny.  The main character, the setting where the story takes place, or the even the ending could be changed.  Sometimes the story is told from a different character’s […]

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Let’s Take a Walk

As part of the library’s  Mind, Body & Sole program, we are encouraging everyone to walk, run, bike, skate for 26 miles over the course of the summer.  You can also measure your exercise in half-hour increments, with each half hour equaling a mile. Here are some picture books about taking a walk:       […]

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Get Moving for the New Year!

  Everyone seems to be thinking about getting fit after the holidays.  That goes for kids and families, too.  Here are some library resources to inspire you: FITNESS Super Simple Walk & Run : healthy & fun activities to move your body  JNF 613.7042 T925sw This fun title will help kids find a variety of […]

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Children’s Library

Looking for things to read and do over the holiday weekend?  Here are some ideas from our collection: Paper Crafts for Thanksgiving / Randel McGee    JHOLI 745.5941 M145pt Explains the significance of Thanksgiving and how to make Thanksgiving-themed crafts out of paper.  Crafts include: Turkey pop-up card — Pilgrim boy and girl — American Indian […]

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Inspired by Gabby Douglas? Explore Gymnastics

Although we don’t have any biographies of Gabby Douglas, the new Olympian gold medalist in gymnastics yet, you can check out these books about gymnastics while you wait.  These are just a sampling of what the library owns: My First Gymnastics Class by Alyssa Satin Capucilli with photos by Laura Hanifin.  JNF 796.44 C255m This book […]

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Good Gift Books for the End of the School Year

Looking for a gift to give to a graduate, from kindergarten to sixth grade or beyond?  Have you already given Dr. Seuss’ Oh The Places You’ll Go to everyone you know?  Here are some recent gift books you might want to think about for this year’s graduates. Reach for the Stars: And other advice for life’s […]

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Bloom with Books

The Children’s Library is springing into the season with a special program featuring activities created by local Master Gardeners and members of the Gardeners of Greater Akron.  How Does Your Garden Grow? will be held in the Children’s Library at 2 pm Saturday, April 21.  To get children into the gardening spirit, here are just […]

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Picture Books for Gift Giving

Sue, who orders our picture books, suggests the following titles for giving to young children.  Press Here by Herve Tullet.    Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the […]

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Gift Ideas for Older Children

Anne-Marie selects our juvenile fiction and suggests the following titles as gifts for readers in your life:   Wonderstruck by Brain Selznick,  JFiction Set 50 years apart, two independent stories weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. Playing with the form he created in his trailblazing debut novel, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” Caldecott Medalist […]

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Hanukkah Books and Jewish Folktales

 Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 1st, 2010 and ends on December 9th.  Here are some books to enjoy during the holiday:  Hanukkah Stories and Jewish Folktales Hanukkah Stories: Erlbach, Arlene  Hanukkah: celebrating the holiday of lights  JHOLI 296.435 Er69h Color photographs highlight this overview of the historical, religious, and secular aspects of the holiday. Hanukkah Lights: Holiday […]

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