Spring is here!
International Falls Public Library
It is May but I want to share one last poetry book in honor of April being National Poetry month. The Death of the Hat has poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko and illustrations by Chris Raschka. The book is their fourth collaboration and is a ‘brief history of poetry’ told through poems about 50 objects. Mr. Janeczko uses poetry to illustrate how poetry has changed through the ages by combing through time and place to find fifty poems about a variety of objects. He talks about the difficulties of finding object poems in some time periods, but shares fifty poems from the early middle ages to contemporary poets.
The school year’s finishing, the weather’s getting nice and that can make it hard to spend time reading. Help your child see the importance of reading by spending time reading your own material when they are around.
Here are some new books to excite your kids about books. Books don’t always have to mean sitting quietly, some books encourage you to do, make and create. These books may not need to be read from cover to cover, dip into them, find something that interests you and then try it. . Cool Creations in 101 Pieces by Sean Kenney provides instructions for building cool models with up to 101 brick building pieces. He encourages kids to create their own creations using some of the techniques he shows, then post pictures of what they make on his website. Try This! 50 Fun Experiments for the Mad Scientist in You by Karen Roman Young is a National Geographic Kids title with great ideas for toothbrush robots, rainbow roses, glow in the dark hands and more. Lego books are popular with lots of ideas of things to create The Robot Book by Bobby Mercer provides instruction to build and control 20 electric gizmos, moving machines and hacked toys. This is the most complicated of the books described here, but will encourage imaginative exploration of basic electronics.
If you are looking for some new picture books then try these. Click Clack, Peep! By Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin continues life on the farm that brought us ‘cows that type.’ New life is arriving on the farm and everyone is watching. Smick! By Doreen Cronin and Juana Medina is a book of few words but beautiful friendship.
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach and Rhoda’s Rock Hunt by Molly Beth Griffin both celebrate being outside and enjoying the outdoors. These are wonderful reads for a rainy afternoon.
The kid who loves books will enjoy The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein which has lots of references to more great books to read.
I hope some of you are planning to attend the Women’s Health Fair tomorrow at Backus Auditorium sponsored by Rainy Lake Medical Center from 6 – 9 pm. The library will be there hosting a table with lots of information about health resources available online and in the library.
Pictures and Pens
"Pictures and Pens – Year 3!" The library’s program to encourage both photographers and writers in their craft. Each month we will post a theme for writers and photographers to work with. Writings of less than 1,000 words and 8x10 photographs will be accepted up to the last day of each month the library is open. A winning writing and photograph that best capture the theme will be selected with each winning entry receiving a $50 prize. After we have selected twelve photos and stories we will print them together in a small book. Everyone is eligible to enter these contests (although if you win one month, you are not eligible the next month). For more information, visit the library blog, or contact Diane at the library.
The April theme is 'new.'