Friends Foundation

Does your library have a Friends Group or a book sale room? My library is very lucky to have both.

Our Friends Group is made up a volunteers who give their time weeding, sorting and selling the donated books, magazines and other items that we receive on a daily basis. Some days it is just a few items, other days it is several boxes of items to be gone through.

Our Friends Group does a great job sorting the donated items for their shelves in the Friends Books Sale Room. There are set store hours and the Friends also donate their time keeping the store open.

Our Friends’ book sale room always has books, magazines and DVDs ($1). Sometimes there are jigsaw puzzles, calendars, greeting cards and craft booklets. Most items are a quarter, but a few items go for a bit more.

I check the sale room on a weekly basis looking for books to share with my mums who enjoys mysteries as much as I do. Then when she is finished with the books I donate the books back so they can be sold again.

The Friends make a nice amount of money with their sale room. The Children’s Department requests money from the Friends for special programs and books for finishers of the Summer Reading Program. We would not be able to offer some of our great programs without their assistance.

Near the end of October each year the Friends hold the annual Basket Fundraiser with more than 25 baskets to choose from. This year two of the items are a John Deere Bike and Whitey’s Ice Cream gift cards. There will also be educational toys and great things that adults will like.

Join your local Friends group and help out your library!

Miss Sarah

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Best of 2016 #1

Hopefully you have enjoyed reading our favorite reads of 2016. And now *insert drum roll here* our what we thought were the BEST 2016 had to offer…

 

Sarah

Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian

This book celebrates the fact that love is love is love!

Marta

Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm

This is one of the best, most entertaining, kid-accessible historical fiction books I have read in a long time.  The chapters read quickly and are packed with action or information to put the story together.  This book is so well written that it will capture even your most reluctant reader.  Beans Curry and his marble-playing gang The Keepsies had me rooting for them as they work with the New Dealers to rebuild Key West after the Depression while dealing with fires, illness, mobsters, and friendships.

Teresa

There’s a Bear On My Chair by Ross Collins

Mouse complains, with escalating rage, that there’s a (polar) bear on his chair.  When his words fail, mouse leaves and gets his revenge.  Sure to be a classic read-aloud!

Janna

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Like all great fairy tales, this book shows the light in a work filled with darkness and woe.  Several stories in one, this magical tale weaves separate narratives together to a riveting conclusion that will leave even the most seasoned reader enthralled.

Best of 2016 #2

We are almost to our top books of the year, but first… which ones made runner up? #2 slot here we come! To see more of the books we loved in 2016, click here!

Sarah

The Thank You Book by Mo Willems

Gerald and Piggie’s final book is filled with gratitude for everyone, but will someone be left out of the thank-o-rama?

Marta

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Adjusting to a new town is hard enough for Cat.  Not only is she trying to make new friends, figuring out how to get along with her neighbor, and creating a social life for herself without her little sister butting in, but she also is going to have to figure out how to live in a town filled with ghosts! The relationship between the sisters in this book is so realistic and the art, as always, is amazing!

Teresa

The Airport Book by Lisa Brown

As a family takes to the friendly skies, no one know what happened to Monkey except the little girl who packed him (with his tail hanging out of the suitcase)!  Follow along in this Knuffle Bunny-esque narrative to see if Monkey is reunited with his girl.  More than just an introduction to the airport, the story is a look at the wide world itself.

Janna

Meltdown! by Jill Murphy

Parents everywhere can relate to this tale of the evolution of a child’s world-class tantrum.  The illustration style is a bit old-school, but the interactions of Mom and daughter are spot-on, and my daughter clearly identified with the tantrum-ing Roxy.

Best of 2016 #3

Down to our final 3!  This year has been full of amazing books, so we are down to the ones we absolutely LOVED.  If you missed yesterday’s #4 post, click here.

Sarah

Good Night, Baddies by Deborah Underwood

An unusual look at fairytale baddies as they get ready for bed.

Marta 

Home At Last by Vera B. Williams and Chris Raschka

This story represents an end and beginning.  This story was written as Vera B. Williams was succumbing to cancer and Raschka worked closely with her to help bring her final vision into the world when she was too ill to go on and after she passed.  Knowing this background made the story that much more powerful, and it was already powerful on its own. Through beautiful illustrations and warm text, we follow the story of Lester, a lucky little boy who has been adopted by Daddy Rich and Daddy Albert.  Though Lester’s new life is a very good life, he just can’t manage to stay in his own bed.  Even his daddies are having trouble and no one is getting sleep!  What will help Lester adjust to his new life and his new bed?

Teresa

Old Dog Baby Baby by Julie Fogliano

“old dog lazy lazy/ lying on the kitchen floor/here comes baby baby/crawling through the kitchen door…” With charming watercolor illustrations by Chris Raschka, author Fogliano spins a lovely tale of a faithful dog and its family, told in verse.

Janna

Little Night Cat by Sonja Danowski

The images and old-world style of this book were what first caught my eye, but as I read the story, I fell in  love with it too.  Having just adopted a cat ourselves, this tale really resonated with my little family, and my children loved the sweet pictures of Tony and his kitten Valentine.

Best of 2016 #4

I love, love, love talking books with my coworkers here.  One book that most of us really enjoyed this year is making not one, but two appearances on our top 10 this year! Check out what is happening in the #4 slot as King Baby makes another appearance!  Be sure and check out our other Best of 2016 posts!

Sarah

Ida, Always by Caron Levis

Story honoring friendship and loss.

Marta

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Set against a World War II backdrop, Annabelle and her family follow a strong set of morals where community is everything.  Helping your neighbor and  standing up for what is right are part of daily life.  When Betty moves to town, however, all of these things are put to the test.  Betty bullies everyone, even Toby, a man who roams the hills avoiding much interaction with people.  When Betty’s bullying goes too far and endangers Toby as well as Betty herself, Annabelle must make tough choices in this coming-of-age story.  If you like thrillers and historical fiction, this read is phenomenal middle-grade reading!

Teresa

King Baby by Kate Beaton

You will laugh out loud at this funny and realistic portrayal of life with a new baby! He rules the roost… until Queen baby comes along!

Janna

The Flower by John Light

I love reading any books about librarians, so when i stumbled upon The Flower in a library blog, I was excited to read it! Not a typical children’s book, The Flower paints a story of a grim world of dystopian gray.  A book changes all of that and brings color, life, and hope.

Best of 2016 #5

We made it halfway down our countdown!  One thing I am loving about the #5 spot on our list is that whether it is due to exceptionally talented illustrators or amazing photographers, these books are all a visual feast.  For more great reads, check out the first half of our list starting with yesterdays #6 spot here.

Sarah

I Will Not Eat You by Adam Lehrhaupt

Dragon ignores the creatures visiting the outside of his cave, until one day…

Marta

Whatever Happened to My Sister by Simona Ciraolo

I’m not usually one for touching stories, but this one got me right in the heart.  Maybe it is reflecting a season of life that I’m watching my own kiddos go through, but the illustrations and text just brought to the surface a lot of emotion and tenderness.  Told from the perspective of a younger sister with an older sister hitting that teen/tween phase, she wonders what has happened to her fun-loving older sister.  Her sister has been replaced with a mysterious, standoffish person she no longer feels that she knows.  The illustrations beautifully illustrate the older sister going from child to teen and the before/after as the younger sister sees it.  To me, the beautiful part is at the end where the big sister puts aside her young adult pride and actually gives her younger sister some of the time and attention she has been missing.  Beautifully done.

Teresa

I Hear a Pickle by Rachel Isadora

A charming first introduction to a child’s five senses and how they experience the world.

Janna

The Travel Book by Lonely Planet

One of the most beautiful coffee table books I’ve seen, this amazing travelogue caught my eye and I sat down and immediately read it cover to cover.  Featuring every country on the globe, this book really captures the spirit of a place and it’s unique beauty.

Best of 2016 #6

Welcome to a new week!  Our list is getting shorter, but there are soooo many good books left to share with you!  Our #6 spot will definitely start your week with a smile.  Without realizing it, #6 hit the funny bone for our staff. Miss out on yesterday?  Catch up here.

Sarah

Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke

Goblin is a homebody who is raided and loses his friend, Skeleton.  He must go into the world to rescue Skeleton and find out how the real world really feels about goblins.

Marta

King Baby by Kate Beaton

Look out lowly parent peons!  King Baby’s reign is just beginning!  This book will be a guilty pleasure for parents and kids alike.  It is a little tongue in cheek to veteran parents as Beaton describes real life with a new little one from the little ones perspective.  Kids will love the pictures and King Baby’s demands.

Teresa 

Lion Lessons by Jon Agee

A young lion (a human boy in costume) does his best to learn how to be a proper lion from the master (a real lion)- and after grueling lessons, learns the most important lesson of all.  A funny book with great laugh-aloud appeal.

Janna

A Child’s First Book of Trump by Michael Ian Black

Yes, this is a political satire, but it’s so brutally frank and honest about the state of our current political landscape in a way kids (and their parents) will actually understand and relate.