Spread a Little Holiday Cheer With New Christmas Books!


A New System For Our Kits!

Since we are always trying to improve things here in the Children’s department, we have revised the way our kits are shelved. Kits with lots of pieces or that are a little pricier or more easily damaged than others will be shelved behind our children’s desk. On the regular kit shelf, we have place a binder with the information about each kit that you can bring to the children’s desk, where you can trade in the binder and be given the kit. Binders will look like this:

When you find a binder you would like to receive the kit for, bring the binder to the children’s desk and we will give you the kit to check out.


This new method of shelving and checkout applies only to new kits that contain lots of pieces or are more costly, but the majority of our kits will stay the same as they always have been.

Miss Janna

The Nutcracker

I’m sure most people have heard of the Nutcracker, but if you’re not familiar with the story, stop by the children’s Department at our next Exploratorium. A dancer from the Ballet Quad Cities will be introducing children to the story by reading the book to them and then have the children create dance movements to retell the story. It doesn’t matter if they have heard the story before or not. The kids have a lot of fun trying on tutus and using other props when they present the story in dance to their audience. It is amazing to see the children go from hearing the story to performing it within 1 short hour. It makes for a great photo op too! 

If your child wants to explore the story more, we have on display numerous Nutcracker books and DVD’s plus many on dance that can be checked out.

The program is at 2:30pm on Wednesday, December 6 in the Children’s Program Room. There will be a Nutcracker puppet craft available to make as well starting at 2:00pm in the Children’s Department.


Miss Christina

Learning is Everywhere

December brings a lot of craziness. However, the next time you stop by the library to pick up holiday books or Playaways and Launch Pads for the car rides to relatives, make certain you take a moment to stop by the children’s desk to pick up a free copy of United Way’s new 2018 calendar.

This calendar has a daily activities for you to do with your child, plus tips and suggestions of things you can do to boost you child’s language development to help prepare them for Kindergarten. There is also an animal connect the dot activity for each month to help children develop writing skills. The animals are so cute, my first thought was they would make a great puppet by cutting them out and taping it to a craft stick after each month was over.

What I really like about the calendar is that even though it is meant for the preschoolers, the activities work well for the entire family to do together. Activities like play Hide and Seek, take silly selfies, and go on a scavenger hunt. (If you have troubles with ideas for that last one, ask us for the scavenger hunt kit you can check out from the library.) There are practical things like practice fire safety and washing hands and there are more quiet activities like share a favorite book or practice being quiet for a minute. (No giggling!)

Just like sharing a book, sharing this calendar can be a fun way to help your child mentally and physically develop while bringing your whole family together. Plus, it is a great reminder that learning is everywhere. It doesn’t have to be costly, or time consuming and it can be a lot of fun for everyone. Enjoy!

Miss Christina

Picture Book Biographies

Picture book biographies.

Did you know such a thing existed?

Many people do not realize that these books do exist. They are wonderful way to introduce the lives of famous and/or important people to young people.

The first picture book biography I read was the Day-Glo Brothers. It is the story of two brothers and how Day-Glo colors were invented. I learned something new and was entertained by the drawings in the book.

We have a list of some of the picture book biographies we own. Just ask at the Children’s Desk and we will be glad to help you find one.

Miss Sarah

What is Hygge?

Pronounced ‘hue-guh’, hygge is a Danish word that means “to cozy around together”.

      Used with permission from the artist. Check out more of her work at juliamchapman.com


According to hyggehouse.com, “Hygge literally only requires consciousness, a certain slowness, and the ability to not just be present – but recognize and enjoy the present. That’s why so many people distill ‘hygge’ down to being a ‘feeling’ – because if you don’t feel hygge, you probably aren’t using the word right.”

Our library has several books that will inspire you to adopt the ‘hygge’ way of life. One in particular in the Children’s Department is this gem:

The Danish Way of Parenting : What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids / Jessica Joelle Alexander and Iben Dissing Sandahl.

As a parent, I’m sure you have many goals for your children, among them, as the subtitle suggests, is raising confident and capable kids. In this book, the authors have titled the chapters to spell out the word ‘PARENT’:

P is for Play

A Is for Authenticity

R Is for Reframing

E Is for Empathy

N Is for No Ultimatums

T Is for Togetherness and Hygge

So, parents, pick up this book, put on some warm socks, make a cup of tea and cozy up to a great parenting read!

Miss Teresa