Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Getting Ready for a New Year!

Have you jotted down your New Year's resolutions yet?  If you haven't and you're strapped for ideas, why not consider taking up a new sport or hobby as your resolution for 2012?  The start of a fresh, blank year is the perfect opportunity to learn something new, and here at the library, we have tons of great books to help you on your quest. 

See below for just a few of the titles we currently have in stock in the Ozark Regional Library system (all cover images are from Goodreads).  Tip: If you don't find the book you want on your library's shelf, fill out a request slip at the front desk, and we'll have the title ready in a few weeks for you to pick up!


Karate by Terry Allan

Ballet by Lisa Dillman.

Jump Ball! by Nick Fauchald
and Bill Dickson.

Winning Volleyball for
Girls by Deborah W.
Crisfield and Mark Gola.

Learn to Play the Guitar
by Frank Cappelli.

Fishing by  Lisa Klobuchar.

Chic Knits for Young Chicks
by Sarah Paulin.

Keep reading!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mark Your Calendars!

I just wanted to remind all of our readers that all libraries in the Ozark Regional system will be closed on Saturday, December 24 and Monday, December 26 in observance of Christmas.  We will also be closed on Monday, January 2 for New Year's.  

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

More Gift Book Ideas...

If you're still looking for a few last-minute gift ideas, why not try these high-circulation titles out?  They're guaranteed to be welcomed by the young readers on your list!  All book cover images are from Baker and Taylor Online.

For Ages 0-3
The Artist Who Painted a
Blue Horse by Eric Carle.

For Ages 4-6
If You Give a Dog a Donut by
Laura Numeroff and
Felicia Bond.

For Ages 7-9
Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
Cabin Fever by
Jeff Kinney.

For Ages 10-12
The Emerald Atlas by
John Stephens.

For Ages 13-up
The Running Dream by Wendelin
Van Drannen.

Keep reading!


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Looking (Way) Ahead to Summer 2012...

I know it's still December, but this is the time of year we at the library start preparing for next year's round of summer programming, and we'd love your feedback.  I added a new survey to the right-hand side of the blog's main page.  Scroll down, check it out, and cast your vote!  Remember, your vote will have an impact on what performers the library brings in for Summer 2012's Reading Program!

*Update: this poll is no longer available.  Per your requests, we've booked several magic/comedy shows and a puppet show for Summer 2012.  Thanks for your feedback!*

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Wrapping up Fall Story Time 2011: The Four Seasons

I can hardly believe that 2011 is almost over, but I just finished up the tenth and final week of Fall Story Time programming this past week.  From September to December, we held a total of 111 programs and had a final attendance of 1157 kids!  I think that's cause for celebration, and I just want to thank all you parents, daycare leaders, teachers, and kids for supporting your local library!  We couldn't do what we do without YOU.

Now, we're on hiatus until spring programming starts up in mid-February (the week of February 20th, to be exact.  Keep watching this blog for more details, or check the front desk of your local library sometime in the next few weeks).

What to do while you're waiting for story time to return?  Why not try having story time at home?  Beginning in January, I'll be posting some simple ideas you can try out from the comfort of your own kitchen or living room.  Each story time program will include several book suggestions, a game or song idea, and instructions for a craft using items you probably already own.  A lot of the themes will likely focus on travel, as I have oodles of fun ideas left over from last summer's "One World, Many Stories" program that I didn't get a chance to try out.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Four Seasons- Week #10 Photos

Several snowman story time

Our snowball toss game!
We ended up doing this
in lieu of our gumdrop
sculptures, which ended
up falling apart!

One of our cute reindeer cards
(note: I was informed this one
is NOT Rudolph).

Don't forget Spring Story
Time starts February
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Monday, December 5, 2011

The Four Seasons- Week #10

Fall Story Time (Week #10)
Weekly Theme: Winter (All About Snow and Sweets)

Icebreaker: talked about snowflakes

Books: The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll, The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett, All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle, Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

Activity: gumdrop sculptures

Craft: Rudolph reindeer cards

Pictures of this week of story time are up in the next post, so... 

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Four Seasons- Week #9 Photos

Pretending to "ice fish"
for our game.

Using our amazing
hooking sticks (read
Kumak's Fish for some
context!) to snare our

Painting with watercolor
ice cubes.

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