Monday, December 31, 2012

January Book Display

For the month of January, we'll be highlighting our extensive collection of children's historical fiction. I've been working in this field for many years, and I continue to love some of my old favorites in this genre---Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski, and The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth Speare, to mention a few.  But, I have to admit, I think the books just keep getting better and better.  City of Orphans and Seer of Shadows are two great new offerings from Avi, the Richard Peck series that begins with A Long Way From Chicago was a classic the moment it was published in 1998, Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse brought me to tears in its description of Dust Bowl life in the 1930's, and The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr is one of my favorite read-alouds.  And that's just a few! Come on in and take a look--there are some wonderful books here.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Steve Blunt Visits! the holiday mood, and waiting for Steve!
It's time for some singin' and dancin'!
Do what Steve does!
Monday afternoon, we were treated to a visit from our all-time favorite family-friendly musician, Steve Blunt.  The room was packed, but somehow we all found room to get up and do some singing and dancing---and I think we were all in the holiday mood by the time we said goodbye...

See the slideshow at left for  more pics (courtesy of Marti Warren---doesn't she take amazing pictures?)