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What Goes Up? Books and Fun are Up in the Air!

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Couldn’t make story time this week? Take the fun home! This week we talked about the word UP.

We started the fun off with a bouncy song from Raffi. Sit on the floor and dance along in your pretend wagon…

Then read a few books all about going UP and practice the early literacy skills we suggest to extend the learning and enhance the fun!

For more action/early literacy fun with this book, have your child stand or toss a ball up every time the word "up" is spoken! Point to the word and practice saying the letters, U and P--ask your child to find those letters in other words through out the book, I Spy style! Congratulations--you are working on recognizing the alphabet with your child!

This book has a great repeating phrase "So everyone has to wait!" Let your child help you tell the story by anticipating the phrase and saying it with you! Let her turn the pages, she is learning how a book works!

This little girl swings higher and higher--you won't believe how high! Ask your child to remember a time when he was swinging--did he feel tall? Did she meet an alien?Connecting past events to events in a story helps your child realize that words and stories represent things in real life--this helps your child build empathy skills and makes reading more personal and enjoyable!

This book has rhyming text and lots of details in the pictures. Ask your child about what is going on in the pictures and talk about it. Who is hiding above ground in the desert? Who is sleeping below? The more you talk, the more your child's vocabulary will grow!

Next you can talk a bit about what is up and what is down and then extend the fun with an action rhyme—do the rhyme a few times slow and then speed it up! How fast can you go?

The Grand Old Duke of York

Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men.
He marched them up to the top of the hill (stand up)
And he marched them down again. (crouch down)

And when they were up, they were up, (stand up)
And when they were down, they were down. (crouch down)
And when they were only halfway up, (half crouch)
They were neither up nor down. (stand up and then crouch down quickly)

What goes up most come down! That’s all for now, see you next time at the library!




Road Trip Boredom Busters: Reserve Today!

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Ah….after the election all thoughts turn to turkey! The crisp fall days, the delicious smells of pies and the long car ride to Grandma’s house with a back seat full of bickering kids. Ugh. Avoid the bickering and reserve your librarian recommended boredom busters today!

Read it!
Pop-ups, picture puzzles and books with great pictures are less likely to give you car sickness and can be shared by siblings…well, maybe you’d better get each child his own book.

Watch it!
Play-Away View units are self contained, single serve digital movies (no equipment needed!) that fit in your palm and come equipped with headphones for silent travels.

Hear it!
Books on CD, Playaway Audio and Family Sing-a-Long albums are an essential part of a fun road trip!

Play it!
Count cows, play license plate bingo or play a word-game trip to Mars with the fun ideas in these books!


Hey Kids! Don’t Forget to Vote!

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Don’t let adults have all the fun! Stop into the library before election day, November 6, and vote for your favorite character or write in your choice. We’ll tally up the votes and announce the results on our Facebook page. Let’s look at who is running…


Junie B. Jones

The Pigeon



Jack and Annie


Captain Underpants

Fancy Nancy

The Caldecott is Coming!

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Have you ever wondered what the deal is with the shiny gold foil Caldecott stickers you see on some books–what does it mean? Why is it there?

Randolph Caldecott was an inspirational 19th century children’s illustrator and this award seeks to honor other great illustrators for their contributions to children’s literature. “The Caldecott Medal shall be awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States during the preceding year.” Learn more about this prestigious award here. Check out past winners in our catalog.

This year’s award (2013) marks the 75th anniversary of the award and the Westerville Library will be holding a mock Caldecott discussion where we will discuss and choose the best illustrated book of 2012! Join us for the fun!



Let’s Make Some Great Fingerprint Art

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Fans of Ed Emberley’s drawing books will love this new book about creating fun creatures from fingerprints!  All you need is paper, ink, your fingers and a great imagination.


Let’s Make some Great Fingerprint Art from Marion Deuchars on Vimeo.


Books and Events about The American Civil War

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Today is the 150th anniversary of The Battle of Antietam, the deadliest battle of The American Civil War.
Do you have a budding historian in your house? Read all about it!

Join us for these historical events!

Civil War Cemetery Walk
Stroll through the historic Otterbein Cemetery and stop at Civil War veterans gravesites to hear about the war and their experiences

Civil War for Kids
Why was the Civil War fought? What was life like for soldiers and civilians on both sides of the war? Explore some answers to these questions with fun activities.

A Lively Look at History of Death in the 1860s
Join Jennifer Rounds from the Ohio Historical Society as she explores the fascinating (and slightly macabre) history of death and mourning customs in the 1860s, during the time of the Civil War. Visitors will get to look at mourning clothes and jewelry, read and make up their own humorous epitaphs, view a traditional Irish Wake, learn about death superstations and make their own gravestone rubbing.


Return of the ARCs!

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012


A new school year has begun and the first meeting of  ‘Tween ARC was August 17th.  It has been a long summer, so we played a game to help us get to know each other.    Here are some of the responses from the ARC-ers  who were there:

Chessmaster’s favorite book is:

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So it won’t surprise you to learn that his favorite series is the Kane Chronicles:

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book 2 of The Kane Chronicles

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Chessmaster says he enjoys this modern day fantasy that includes Egyptian mythology and magic.  He is also reading The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

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He confides that he’d like to be Gandalf!

If he were to make a movie from a book, it would be Danger along the Ohio by Patricia Willis.

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Chessmaster has also read Darth Paper strikes back!  by Tom Angleberger more than once!

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 PiE!peep101 (apologies if I got your alias wrong PiE!) Admits to loving Katie and the Cupcake Cure by Coco Simon and 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass.

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She also thinks that 11 Birthdays would make a great movie.   Her favorite series is The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins so it isn’t a surprise to learn that if she could be any character in a book, she’d be Katniss Everdeen.

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PiE!peep101 has read everything written by J.K. Rowling, will NEVER read a Star Wars book and loved hearing The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry so much, she has read it more than once!

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‘Tween ARC-er Pineapple, also loves The Willoughbys and would love to see it hit the silver screen.  She will never read the ABC’s (probably because she already knows them!) and her favorite series is Harry Potter.  Her favorite book is Harry Potter and the half-blood prince by J.K. Rowling.  She loves this series so much, she’d like to be Ron Weasley !

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It won’t surprise you to know that she’s read the whole series more than once.

Al likes all books but her favorite book is Sheep by Valerie Hobbs.  It is also her choice for a book that would make a great movie, and she has read it more than once.

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Al also loves Lauren Myracle’s books and she’s read them all!   Here’s the latest one:

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ARC-er Lay’s favorite book is Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton

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and  she’ll NEVER read Hunger Games, but neither will NatureLover7%206=13!  NatureLover’s favorite book (which she has read more than once) is Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.

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One book she would not recommend:  Storm Makers by Jennifer Smith.  She thinks Earthling by Mark Fearing would make a great movie and she has read everything written by R.L. Stine.

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If NatureLover had to dress-up as a character, she’d be Stargirl!

Billy Bob loves the Percy Jackson series and his favorite book is The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

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He and Pineapple do not see eye to eye on the Harry Potter series–his least favorite book is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and he’ll never read The Fellowship of the Ring 2 (do you mean The Two Towers, Billy Bob?).

Bacon eater has the review of the month (so far).  He reviewed Hiss-s-s-s!  By Eric Kimmel.

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He read this book before it was published and chose it because it was about snakes (cause, he likes snakes!).  He says he read it in record time, finished it because “it was pretty good” and liked the character of  Sam cat “because he has really good plans”.  Bacon eater though the book got off to a good start but lagged in the middle.  He says “It was somewhat predictable, but over all good.”

That does it for now!  ‘Tween ARC meets the third Thursday of the month in the Activity Center at 4 pm.  If you love to read and are a 4th or 5th grader, we’d love to have you!  Our next meeting is September 20th.

The book of the month is:

The Last Dogs: the vanishing by Christopher Holt

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You may pick up your own copy as an ARC member.  Ask at the Youth Help desk for details!


The Homework Help Center is Open!

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Need help getting started on a homework assignment, paper or project? Stop in our Homework Help Center staffed with volunteers eager to help.

  • When: Mondays from 3:30-8pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:30 to 6:30pm
  • Where: Youth Services Department
  • Who: This service is provided for all elementary, middle and high school students.
  • How: Students will be helped on a first come, first served basis.

Homework Help Center volunteers can assist you with:

  • Understanding your assignment.
  • Attacking your studies.
  • Finding ways to do research.

Need help now?

Can’t wait until the Homework Help Center opens? Try our KnowItNow chat reference service, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Don’t forget our on-line databases and librarian-built explore guides–don’t see what you need? Just ask–we are here to help!

Celebrate Grandparents! Books and Rhymes for Kids about Grandma and Grandpa

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Sometimes they come to visit us and sometimes we go to visit them, but either way spending time with Grandma and Grandpa is a time for fun!

Celebrate your loved ones officially on September 9–Grandparents Day, but you can get started early with us.

Start with a Finger Rhyme.

Here are grandma’s glasses (make circles around eyes with fingers)
And here is Grandma’s hat, (fold hands on top of head)
Here’s the way she folds her hands (fold hands)
And puts them on her lap. (place hands in lap)

Here are Grandpa’s glasses, (make circles around eyes with fingers)
Here is Grandpa’s hat, (make a triangle on top of head)
Here’s the way he folds his arms (fold arms)
And has a little nap. (pretend to sleep)

Read All About It.

You can browse our catalog for books and activity guides or try one of our favorites:

Stay in Touch.

  • If you can’t visit, reach out to Grandma and Grandpa with a phone call, a letter or a post card. Writing and reading go together. Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning.
  • Keep photos of your child with her grandparents out around the house or make a small photo album just for her to browse during free time. Talk about your family relationships and remember nice memories. Sometimes it is amazing for kids to realize that Grandpa was once Dad and Dad was once a kid!

Grow a Beard.

Get silly and grow a Grandpa beard (or just use a dishtowel) and then dance around the house with your fabulous beard to Johnette Downing’s toe-tapping “Grandpa’s Beard” from her album Silly Sing Along.

Stretch It Out: Childrens’ Books to Keep You Limber

Monday, August 20th, 2012

After a long day sitting in a desk, most of us feel a little creaky and kids are no exception! Stretch out those creakies with your child and have fun in the process. Fifteen minutes will have you feeling better and laughing together….check it out!

Like how that feels? Try this Hip Hop Yoga warm up–this is what Miss Susan uses with her Yoga Tales program for kids.

Haven’t heard of Yoga Tales? Check out this fun exercise program that incorporates story telling and fun yoga stretches to enhance early literacy skills!