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#blogbookaday: Florette

22 Apr

FloretteSummary:  “When Mae’s family moves to a new home, she wishes she could bring her garden with her. She’ll miss the apple trees, the daffodils, and chasing butterflies in the wavy grass. But there’s no room for a garden in the city. Or is there?

Mae’s story, gorgeously illustrated in watercolor, is a celebration of friendship, resilience in the face of change, and the magic of the natural world.”(Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A little girl moves into the city and is upset to find that she can’t bring her garden with her. The city is loud, busy and not very green. She tries her best to create a garden using chalk on the patio outside, but it washes away, she tries to set up a picnic indoors, but her parents keep emptying the boxes around her. She finally finds a forest tucked amidst the buildings and is inspired to create her own forest at her apartment.

Personal Reaction: The illustrations in this book are absolutely beautiful – watercolors that portray the grayness of the city and the rich colors of the forest shop. I love that the little girl attempts to adapt to her new surroundings and must try a few times before finding the right way to do so – with the help of a friend.

Title: Florette
Author: Anna Walker
Illustrator: Anna Walker
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: February 20, 2018


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Gardening

7 Apr

cacti-gardening-grow-707194.jpgProgram Name: How Does Your Garden Grow?

What: Offer one or a series of programs about gardening for your patrons. We do this every year and it’s some of our most well-attended programs. This year we’re offering – Backyard Composting, Vertical Gardening, Raised Bed Gardening and Container Gardening.

Where: These classes are not usually hands-on classes that involve potting soil, plants, water, etc. so we are able to host them in our regular meeting space. If you were going to have a more hands-on class, I’d just make sure to put a large tarp or tablecloth on the floor to make clean up as easy as possible.

When: We like to host our gardening programs in May – which works really well for our climate. Many people are already getting their gardens ready and we like to provide additional support for their work.

Who: These programs are usually geared towards adults, but we’ve also done gardening programs for kids. The easiest program for them is to provide them with little cups to decorate (googly eyes, stickers, markers, etc.) and then have them plant quick-sprouting grass seed. This stuff starts growing in just a couple of days which is really exciting for kids!

How: We’ve worked with our local Master Gardeners Program through Penn State Extension to provide classes every spring. Each year, we get a schedule of the classes they offer and book 4 sessions all on different topics we think our patrons would enjoy. If you don’t have a Master Gardeners Program near you, check out a local nursery and see if they’d be willing to come out!

Alternatives:

  • Hands-on program with a small container garden of herbs or small tomato plant
  • Check out Pinterest for really cute terrariums out of mason jars. My mom did this as a garden party for some friends and they all loved it! I’m thinking it would be a fun and fairly inexpensive program to do at the library as well.
  • Partner with your local Community Garden to offer a storytime and planting/weeding program for kids.

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During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the 2018 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I’ll be offering you a library program plan with everything you to need to re-create it at your own library. Most of these programs we’ve offered in the past, others are programs I’d like to try in the future. I’m always looking for new inspiration and I thought you might be too!

#blogbookaday: Go Big or Go Gnome

26 Mar

29102844.jpgSummary:  “Laugh your whiskers off with Albert the Gnome in this charming and funny picture book about friendship, self-acceptance — and beards!

A beard is the biggest point of pride for a Gnome, but poor Al can’t sprout a single whisker. Each year, Al feels left out of the Beards International Gnome-athalon, B.I.G.

So Al decides to go BIG or go Gnome! It’s a close shave, but with a hidden talent and the help of his friend, Gnorm, Al learns accepting that you are different is the key to fitting in.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Al, the gnome is the only gnome without a beard, which means he can never win first place at the Beards International Gnomeathalon (B.I.G.). But, Al learns that he’ got a talent for haircutting and beard design, which might just win him first place after all. This sweet story about friendship and and acceptance doesn’t just have a great message, it’s also a joy to read!

Personal Reaction: I’ve said it before – I love a good pun and this book is full of them. It’s definitely chuckle-worthy and is a lot of fun not only to read but to look at as well as each gnome has their own particular beard style. And I’ll be honest, these gnomes are much cuter than the garden variety gnomes that you often see in a person’s backyard!

Title: Go Big or Go Gnome
Author: Kirsten Mayer
Illustrator: Laura K. Horton
Publisher: Imprint
Publication Date: March 14, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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