Superheroes at the Library

May 3, 2012

Lately, it seems like I see superheroes everywhere I go.   I see superheroes on television, on t-shirts and even met some superheroes at C2E2, a comic book convention I recently attended in Chicago.

And, of course, I see superheroes at the library.  While we don’t have actual superheroes walking around the building, we have lots of superhero books!

You can find superhero books at the library for almost every age group.  We have picture books and early readers for preschoolers and younger elementary students, juvenile fiction and juvenile graphic novels for older elementary students, teen graphic novels and adult graphic novels. The Main Library has Fantastic Four, Hulk, Spider-Man and X-Men comic books in the Teen area.

Wondering which superheroes you’ll be able to find here?  Our book collection includes the Avengers, Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, X-Men, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman.


The Reading ‘o the Green

March 16, 2012

When other people start to think of shamrocks and the luck of the Irish, I start thinking of reading about leprechauns and the Irish.

I have a few books with Irish folk tales that I enjoy reading year after year.  Those books are:

Fair, Brown and Trembling:  An Irish Cinderella Story by Jude Daly (E Daly)

Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie DePaola (E Depao)

Saint Patrick and the Peddler by Margaret Hodges (J 398.22 Hod)


Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk by Gerald McDermott (E 398.29415 McD)

I also especially enjoyed the YA book The New Policeman by Kate Thompson (Teen Fiction Thompson), which combines Irish music and dance, time travel and a visit to the land of the fairies.

Valentine’s Day books

February 11, 2012


Looking for a few picture books to read in honor of Valentine’s Day?

Some fun choices include:

A Giant Crush by Gennifer Choldenko   E Chold

A String of Hearts by Laura Elliott   E Ellio

Heart to Heart by George Shannon    E Shann

A Secret Valentine by Catherine Stock   E Stock

And here is one early reader:

Snow Valentines by Karen Gray Ruelle   E Reader Ruell

Reading With Your Young Child

July 8, 2010

When a parent reads to a child, he or she needs to sit close to the child. That closeness is necessary to form and/or maintain the bond between the parent and child. When reading together, closeness is crucial to parent and child becoming shared partners in the reading experience. Find a quiet, comfortable place to read with your child. Encourage your child to sit on your lap or right next to you so the two of you are touching. Read an age-appropriate book together. When you have finished reading, share what you each liked about the stories or pictures.  (Written by Linda Atkinson)

Cuando un padre de familia le lee a su hijo(a), el padre o la madre necesita sentarse lo mas cerca posible de su hijo(a). Dicha proximidad o cercanía es esencial para formar y/o mantener la conexión entre padre e hijo(a). Al leer juntos, la cercanía es muy importante para el padre y el hijo(a), ya que esto ayuda a desarrollar una conexión de compañerismo en cada experiencia de lectura. Encuentre un lugar reservado, silencioso y cómodo pare leer con su hijo(a). Anime a su hijo(a) a sentarse en su regazo o a un lado para que estén mas cerca los dos. Seleccione un libro adecuado para la edad del hijo(a). Al terminar la lectura, conversen sobre lo que les gusto de la lectura o imágenes. (Traducido por Edgar González)

Holding the Book, Turning the Pages/ Sosteniendo el Libro, Dando Vuelta a las Paginas

July 8, 2010

Because you and your child are in a secure relationship, you can act as a positive role model for your child. Show your young child how to hold a book and how to turn the pages. Make sure that your child is happily engaged in the reading activity. If your child is comfortably engaged, he or she is more likely to follow your example. After modeling book holding and page turning for your child, encourage your child to hold the book or assist a younger child. Ask your child if he or she wants to turn the pages. Let your child turn the pages when he or she wants allowing him or her to anticipate what is ahead. At times, your child may turn pages in a way that shows that he or she is not paying attention to the story. If that occurs, gently guide the child in turning the pages as to follow along with the story. By sharing in the book handling process, your child becomes an active participant in the reading process. It is so important for a young child to see the text and pictures in the book as well as touch and hold the book as desired. ____________________________________________________________________________

Como la relación que se mantiene entre usted y su hijo(a) es segura, usted puede actuar como un modelo positivo que su hijo(a) puede seguir. Demuestre a su hijo (a) pequeño como sostener el libro y como dar vuelta a las paginas. Asegúrese de que su hijo(a) está felizmente interactuando en la actividad de lectura. Si su hijo(a) se siente cómodo, lo más probable es que él o ella siga su ejemplo. Después de demostrar a su hijo(a) como sostener el libro y dar vuelta a las paginas, anime a su hijo a sostener el libro o que ayude a un niño(a) mas pequeño a hacerlo. Pregunte si su niño(a) desea dar vuelta a las paginas. Permita que su niño de vuelta a las paginas cuando él o ella lo desee permitiéndole anticipar lo que está a continuación. Ocasionalmente, su niño puede dar vuelta a las páginas, de modo que indica que él o ella no están prestando atención a la historia. Si esto llega a ocurrir, trate de dirigir al niño suavemente en como dar vuelta a las páginas con la secuencia de la historia. Compartiendo el libro en el proceso de como usar el libro, su hijo se hace un participe activo en el proceso de lectura. Es muy importante para un niño observar el texto y los dibujos del libro así como también tocar y sostener el libro como lo desee.

By Linda Atkinson                             ~Translated by Edgar Gonzalez