Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I was sitting at the reference desk when I heard "dum de dum dum, da da da dum dum, da da da dum dum, da da da dum" (try that one on the Song Tapper, people!) My ears led me to this nice guy who drew such a beautiful picture! This is why we love plain paper instead of coloring pages! He drew his picture and then told me the whole story of Star Wars!
And we have lots of cool Star Wars books.
Click here to reserve Star wars : incredible cross-sections.
Click here to reserve The Star wars cook book : Wookiee cookies, and other galactic recipes.
Monday, April 14, 2008
If you missed the marvelous Indian dancers from the Nandanik Dance Troupe at last Saturday's Passport to the World: India, here's another chance to see them. They'll be performing a dance ballet of Rabindranath Tagore's Raja: King of the Dark Chamber on Saturday, April 19 at 6:00 PM, at the Richard E. Rauh Theater, Shady Side Academy, 423 Fox Chapel Rd., Pittsburgh, PA.
For ticketing and other information go to http://www.nandanikdancetroupe.org/.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
She'll lead us all in making our own terrariums which everyone will be able to make and enjoy at home!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Sponsor: Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh Center for International Studies
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
It's a very special preview and it is almost as good as being at the library! I can't believe how lucky we are to have Rebecca O'Connell working here at our library. She's not just a great librarian, but she's an author, too! A published author writing for babies and school age kids and teens and we have every single one of her books! Well, almost! We don't have Penina Levine is a Potato Pancake. Nobody does! It will be published this Fall.
But what we do have (and just us! Nobody else has it!) is video of Rebecca reading from her new-not-even-published-yet book. I love to hear and see authors reading their own works! You get even more of a feeling for the characters and the situations and I find it captivating.
You'll notice that she does have a book in her hand, and it looks quite different from the first Penina Levine book. That's because it is an Advance Reader's Copy, or ARC. It's also known as a galley and it's how publishers get copies to reviewers before they're available in bookstores and libraries. It's almost like a dress rehearsal in book form - the ARCs make sure that everything is ready for the audience!
Rebecca will also be one of the featured speakers at the 12th Annual Children's Literature Conference at the University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg on Friday, May 2, 2008.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
This morning when we came in to the library we found Kermit relaxing at the reference desk and the Gecko looking for some breakfast on the study tables. (Ladies, I told you to clean up after your snacks! Now you're attracting reptiles!)
My super sleuthing skills, honed by years of reading Nancy Drew Mysteries, have led me to uncover the following details:
1) Kermit was NOT at the reference desk when the librarians left at 8pm last night.
2) Kermit was found by Gregory at 5:15am when he came in to turn on the lights.
So, sometime between 8pm last night and 5:15am this morning, Kermit climbed down from his spot to put his feet up for a spell. (Kermit, get your feet off of those TPS reports!)
People, I swear it wasn't me! Which leads me to ask....
Who done it????
Click here to reserve a copy of The Secret of the Mysterious Green Frog.
Friday, April 4, 2008
This would be a fun thing to try! Here's a tip that one of my friends passed on to me: If you have a digital camera, it probably has a "video" setting. The camera may have an in-built time limit or it may let you record until the camera runs out of memory. Funny enough, on every camera I've ever seen the icon for the camera looks like an old fashioned reel camera...
Here's what the contest people want you to know:
StoryTubes 2008 National ContestTell, Tube, Vote for Fun and Prizes
Entry Deadline: April 20, 2008
StoryTubes is here! From New York to California, kids in Grades 1-6 are talking up their favorite books. You can too!
Along with your parent or guardian, follow these simple steps:
Make a 2-minute video about your favorite book;
Upload the video to YouTube; and
Come to this StoryTubes website and send in the link to your uploaded YouTube video using the online Contest Entry Form.
Beginning April 1, your video becomes part of a national contest!
Voting mania will then begin and happen each week in May! At the end of each week, one lucky contestant will win $500 in books. Their sponsoring organization (school, library or designated organization for home-schooled youth) will receive $1,000 in books.
Four Video Categories:
From or For the Heart
Of Heroes and Heroines
Facts, Fads and Phenoms
Tell the story about your favorite book today. When entering, please don’t use your last name in the video. Entries will be evaluated on creativity, content and performance.
Everybody wins when kids get excited about stories. Help get the word out! Posters and flyers are downloadable here.
Thank you to the sponsoring publishers, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, Eaglemont Press, DK Publishing, Charlesbridge Publishing and Shenanigan Books.
The StoryTubes partner libraries are: Northeast: Middle Country Public Library of Centereach; NY; Southeast: The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County/ImaginOn, Charlotte, NC; Midwest: Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL; Northwest: King County Library System, Issaquah, WA; and Southwest: Pasadena Public Library, Pasadena, CA.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
The lass agrees to go, but she is soon surrounded by mysteries. What do the mysterious carvings on the palace walls mean? Is the isbjørn under the spell of an evil troll? Who is the silent person who enters her room every night? There are many magical creatures who are servants in the palace -- a faun, a gargoyle, and a selkie -- but they won't, or can't, answer her questions. Can the lass find out the secret behind the enchanted palace, or will her curiosity get her into even more trouble?
George's novel is a sweet retelling of the Scandinavian folktale East of the Sun, West of the Moon. Her language is spare and streamlined, making this a good fantasy for elementary-aged kids, and a good read-aloud for even younger kids (don't worry, there's a pronunciation guide for the Norse words in the back). George (who wrote last year's Dragon Slippers, a comic fantasy novel) has studied Old Norse, and she loads her story with enough details of traditional Scandinavian culture to satisfy even the most die-hard Jan Brett fan. If you're a folklore purist, you can rest assured -- her story stays remarkably close to the original tale (I was especially happy to see the inclusion of the Four Winds, something that has been frequently left out of other versions of this story.)
Although I was a bit frustrated at times by how long it took the lass to figure out what was going on (oh, you'll figure out where those palace wall carvings came from a good twenty pages before she does), most kids will find the pacing just right. A fun pick for animal lovers, fairy tales, happy endings, and anyone who is ready for spring after a way-too-long winter.
Click here to reserve this book at the library
Jessica Day George's website
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Each week the Family Playshop focuses on a different theme. A resource professional from various community agencies is on hand to answer parent’s questions about their child. The resource professionals may include specialists in child development, speech, health, nutrition, play, dental hygiene, art, and literacy. The Family Playshops are held at 4 different Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations: East Liberty, Hill District, Homewood, and Woods Run.
Contact these libraries for more information.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Well, I say lecture, and technically it is, but that word has a bad rap! Words like "stern" often preceed it and in the case of these presentations it is completely the wrong word to express what really goes on. The authors are engaging speakers who share their work and their processes with their audience in ways that are funny, inspiring, friendly, entertaining, encouraging, and so much more. It's a great memory for everyone and some of the best family entertainment in the city.
Plus, we have cookies.
Date: April 5, 2008
Location: Carnegie Lecture Hall
Cost: free, if you call us at 412-622-3122 and get some of the free tickets we have available! Otherwise, contact Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures to order tickets.