Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New books, socks, a hat, and a poodle.

Scholastic Book Fair is over. I want to thank all the parents who helped out over the course of delivery, sale days, family night, and pack up. You really help to make things go smoothly. Extra super thank yous to Saskia Choudry for chairing the Book Fair once again and to Michelle Fine for being her right hand lady. I've said it before and I'll say it again because I mean it, you are a rock star Saskia! I appreciate you taking this on for the benefit of the library and for the kids.
So, all of this means we have new books in the library! As you can see in the picture, I've got a couple new Geronimo Stilton books, the new Judy Moody book, some Ready Freddy books, some Star Wars books and lots more. I also got a copy of The Exquisite Corpse which I wrote about last year.
One of the books I picked up, The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis, by Barbara O'Connor, is a book I didn't realize I already had in the library. Scholastic has given it a new cover for the paperback edition. Anyway, I was intrigued by this book (the new cover is way better than the old cover, pictured) so I took the library copy home to read. I'm happy to report that it is a delightful story. It is exactly what it promises to be on its cover - a small adventure. This was a very nice change of pace from the World Saving Orphans Who Get Their Special Powers When They Turn Thirteen type of books that permeate children's literature these days. Which isn't to say that Popeye and Elvis's lives aren't completely different from yours or mine, because they are. The story takes place in modern Fayette, North Carolina, but Popeye has no computer, no cell phone, no video games. Elvis's family lives in a motorhome. But when these two boys meet, they enjoy a few days break from summer boredom, and even though their adventure is small, it is still very compelling. I highly recommend this book and have added it to my favorites list. To see what else is new in the library, go to the library's online catalog and click the What's New icon.
And now, here's what I've been knitting:

And here's a picture of my poodle:

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Scholastic Book Fair Comes to Marshall Lane

I'm sure you already know by now that the Scholastic Book Fair has moved into the library. You can come and shop the book fair before school, after school, and at lunch recess. Also there is a family night Wednesday, December 7 from 5 to 7 pm. There will be lots of guest readers including Dr. Andrews, Mrs. Mund, Mrs. Medalen, and quite a few more! I helped some of them select their books so it should be lots of fun! I've had some time to browse around and I've selected some terrific titles to add to our library, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, all of the Big Nate books, Bad Island (a graphic novel by the author of Ghostopolis) and the Origami Yoda and Darth Paper books.
I noticed that one of the books that had been highlighted on the preview video has become the high demand book of the Scholastic Book Fair. It is The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn. I find this terribly interesting that this has become such a hot title all of a sudden. I've had this in my library for a year now and even listed it as a good scary story to share in my All Hallow's Read blog and it's been checked out all of twice. Two times. In the last year. The last time it was checked out was February. It is currently sold out at the Scholastic Book Fair and on reorder while stacks of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever remain on the tables. It's just so interesting how the power of suggestion works and what will capture the imagination of a population of children at any given time.
Anyway, come down and visit the book fair. Lots of wonderful titles for children of all ages and the proceeds benefit the library and the PTA.