Fan Friday


The Main Library’s Early Learning Center is a space designed for families with children under the age of six to play, explore and learn together.  If you have ever met a preschooler, you know that they have a LOT of imagination.

Why is imaginative play so important for the preschool crowd?  Among other things, it gives them a chance to “try on” different adult roles, build conversation and problem solving skills, and process the world around them

Playful Hoodies

Calling all crafters!

Here’s a great new book for anyone with an inclination to sew and the desire to please a child.


Playful Hoodies has directions for 25 different decorated hoodies. Some of the designs include a duck, a knight, a shark, and a unicorn.  One of my favorites is the owl!

While adults might put these in the category of Halloween costumes, I’m sure any child gifted one of these great sweatshirts would consider it perfectly suited for a trip to the store or a romp in the yard.

Apps We Love!

This month, I’m going to focus on two picture book apps.  While it seems that a lot of people still prefer traditional books over e-books, picture books work really well in app form.  If you’re going on vacation and don’t have a lot of room to pack books for your little ones, give one of these apps a try:

Dear ZooDear Zoo by Pan Macmillan
Price:  $4.99  Audience:  Preschool and Early Elementary

Rod Campbell’s beloved classic comes to life in this interactive app.  The lift the flap aspect of the original picture book is present in this app, though you no longer need to worry about your child pulling the flaps out!  Simply have your child tap the crates with his or her finger to reveal the animals.  You can even tap the animals once they’re on screen to get an extra surprise (the lion roars and the camel grunts and follows your finger with its eyes).  Once you’ve finished reading, there’s a memory game that you can play with your child.  What’s especially great about this memory game is that you can choose to use pictures only, or pictures and words!  What a great way to reinforce word recognition!

Press herePress here by Chronicle Books
$1.99  Audience:  Preschool and Early Elementary

This fun app is based off of the book, Press Here, by Herve Tullet.  I say based off of because it does not actually contain Tullet’s book within the app.  Instead, it has a series of games that are based off of the book.  Each game utilizes the three dots that were prominent in the book.  During the rain game, children can control the rain buy building a shelter with the dots.  In the fireworks game, children press the dots to set off a series of spectacular fireworks.  There are many other games in this app, and children are sure to have a blast.  Read the book to your children first, then use this app for some extra creative fun!

Living and Working with Autism

puzzle_ribbonMain Library, Children’s Services and Globe Room
September 16, 2014 6:00-8:00

What community resources are available for families with children on the autism spectrum?
What is it like to grow up on the spectrum?
How can educators and other professionals best work with their students and clients?

Organizations from the Northeast Indiana Autism Connection (NIAC) and others, representing a variety of services and resources, will be at the Main Library for a resource fair and panel discussion.  Participants will have time to have their questions and concerns addressed, connect with other parents and professionals, and learn about the incredible scope of services in our community.

Represented organizations include:

  • Autism Society of Indiana
  • Bowen Center
  • Camp Red Cedar
  • Children’s Autism Center
  • Easter Seals ARC of Northeast Indiana
  • Fort 4 Autism
  • Fort Wayne Autism Center
  • Hopebridge Pediatric Specialsts
  • Indiana ABA Institute
  • IN*Source
  • ICAN and Payton’s Place
  • IPFW Special Education Programs
  • Lutheran Children’s Hospital
  • Mal’s Place

365 Days of Wonder

wonder 365

Did you read the book Wonder by R. J. Palacio?

Did you know there’s a new book out with a year’s worth of precepts introduced by Mr. Browne? It’s called 365 Days of Wonder and it’s full of many great sayings and inspirations by famous and not-so-famous people from past and present.

One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.

-Lewis Carroll

If you haven’t read Wonder I encourage you to visit the author’s website to view the book trailer and read some reviews. It would make an especially good read during this back-to-school time of year!

Fan Friday


2015 ACPL Mock Caldecott Titles

We are gearing up for our annual Mock Caldecott event, looking at new picture books, double-checking the criteria, and choosing our favorites…for picture book lovers like myself, it’s one of my favorite activities of the year!  The point of all of our work is to try to predict what will win the coveted Caldecott Medal, awarded by the American Library Association in January every year to the illustrator of the “most distinguished American picture book for children“.

We are especially excited to introduce our Mock Caldecott Pinterest Board this year!  Be sure to visit and leave your comments on the posted titles.   So far, we have posted the following picture books based on the following very brief summary of the American Library Association’s Caldecott criteria:

  • Illustrators must be a citizens or residents of the United States
  • Books must have been published in 2014 (for the 2015 award)
  • Books must be intended for children up through age 14



What do you think will win the Caldecott Medal in January?  New books are being published all the time — be sure to check this blog and our Pinterest board often!



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