Jabberwalking – my new favorite book!

Jabberwalking by Juan Felipe Herrera

New to our library is the great new poetry book Jabberwalking. This book is filled with enthusiasm and fresh ideas.

This book is both a guide on how to and poetry. The guide is not forceful and feels like a buddy is sharing information. The poetry is fierce and full of energy

I’ve read bits to my coworkers with gestures and full voice. They enjoyed it and want to know more about the book.

So very happy this book is in our library!

Miss Sarah



Storytime is the Best!

Last evening I stepped in for a coworker and did her Littles (birth to 3) story time.

I had the best time! Of course the kids were adorable and the parents were fantastic. But this time everything ran like clockwork, with a couple adorable hiccups.

The box of shaky eggs was opened early by a little one, but she shared with the others. It was so cute. I had a few rhythms to read by but it was a soft sound. I adjusted & did a shaky egg song a bit earlier than planned.

The little ones were attentive to the stories and I read with newfound confidence and enthusiasm. The stories rolled off my tongue, as the pages turned the little ones were waiting to find out what happened next.

Titles for this story time:

Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball by Vicki Churchill

Ten Hungry Pigs by Derek Anderson

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

Popcorn Kernels (to the tune of Frere Jacques) was the scarf action play and we all smiled when one of the little ones took my scarf too.  It is such a fun song with little ones!

(waving scarf in the air)      Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels

(balling scarf in hands)       in the pot, in the pot

(Shaking hands cupped      shake them, shake them, shake them

around scarf)                      shake them, shake them, shake them

(throwing scarf in the air)  ‘Til they POP! ‘Til they POP!     


There were a few tears at the end when a little one didn’t want to leave.

The stars aligned, the little ones and their parents were in great moods and it flowed.

It was pretty close to perfect.  Nah, it was perfect!

Miss Sarah


Storytime for Littles: Trucks and Cars

Sometimes, but not always, I like to do a “themed” storytime. This week was one of those times! We read these books about cars and trucks:

I’m a Truck Driver by Jonathan London

Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia

Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Car by Kate Dopirak

Here’s a fun link to tell you a bit more about the book, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Car: an interview with the author describing the process of writing a book all about a “little car’s night trip”!

For play time, I put out the road throw rug, surrounded by our foam snap together road tiles, with a big tub of cars, trucks, and construction vehicles.

For the art table, I found a cute garbage truck coloring sheet that the children could color and glue on some “garbage” (which was actually tissue paper squares).

For music time, I played the video of Jim Gill’s Truck Stop. I think everyone had fun pretending to start their trucks and stop at the truck stop!


Finally, please, if you love Jim Gill as much as we do here at the library, put this on your calendar:

Jim Gill will be at the Moline Public Library on Monday, August 6th, 2018, at 10:30am to do a kids concert! Join us for this free event!

Miss Teresa


My Lunch with Author Jill Esbaum

One of the perks of being a children’s librarian is that we sometimes, once in a while, get to meet some pretty amazing people in children’s-book land! Today I was able to join children’s book author Jill Esbaum for lunch here at the library cafe and learn a little more about her. Having read her books with my kids, and to groups of kiddos as part of our regular programming, it was so interesting to hear first-hand a little bit about how she became an author, her writing process,  and just enjoy seeing her face light up as she described working with different publishers and illustrators- a special behind-the scenes glimpse at how the books my kids and I know and love were created.


Jill will be here at the library this Saturday, April 14th at 2pm at a special event celebrating her books, including her newest one, How to Grow a Dinosaur. We will have games, activities and fun crafts based on several of her books at this event for all ages.

Wondering if you’ve read any books by Jill? I bet you have, and you just may not know it! She’s written over 40 books, many of which are favorites here at the library. If you haven’t, be sure to come check these out next time you visit us! My kids absolutely LOVE Estelle Takes a Bath, and with its goofy rhyming it makes a perfect read-aloud. They were completely engrossed by Teeny Tiny Toady, and even got a little teary as the tiny toad struggled to find her bravery and get her mama out of the bucket, and cheered when she used her smarts to find a way. And of course, her work for National Geographic has been amazing!

Miss Janna

Great Graphics for Kindergarten to Third grade


Graphic novels can be an area where us grown-ups feel like fish out of water!  Is the content appropriate?  How young is too young for a graphic?  How can you tell which ones are right for your kiddo?


Don’t let these questions stop you and your kiddo from checking out the awesome comic books (or graphic novels, as we call them)!  Just ask us!  We are happy to give suggestions for every age.  We have graphics offered in board book form for the very young all the way through adult graphic novels!


Check out these suggestions for kindergarten to third grade!

Hammy and Gerbee: Mummies at the Museum by Wong Herbert Yee

Hilda and the Stone Forest by Luke Pearson

Little Robot by Ben Hatke

Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires

Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Sleepless Knight by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost

Owly by Andy Runton

Far Out Fairy Tales by Otis Frampton, Joey Comeau, Louise Simonson, Benjamin Harper, and Sean Tulien

Amelia Rules! by Jimmy Gownley

Geronimo Stilton

Chi’s Sweet Home by Konami Kanata

Mr. Pants by Scott McCormick

Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith

Pets on the Loose! by Victories Jamieson

Beep and Bah by James Burks

Miss Marta