Poem in Your Pocket Day

Make poetry a part of your everyday life. Start by celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day today! Carry a little poem around and share it with those you meetfirefly july. If you need help finding a great poem for your pocket you can always stop by the library. We’ve got hundreds of poetry books. This one came in last month and it’s full of pocket-size poems. I like the first line of “In the Field Forever” by Robert Wallace…

Sun’s a roaring dandelion, hour by hour.

Have a beautiful poetic day!

Battle of the Books!

We’ve made it, folks!  Today’s the day where the winner of the Battle of the Books is announced!  During the past couple of weeks, we have been voting for our favorite Caldecott Award winners.  We’ve had some tough decisions to make, but we’ve finally come to the end.

The winner of the Battle of the Books, Caldecott Edition is…

The Snowy Day

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats!

Thank you to everyone who has voted!

This summer is the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, an important milestone in the American Civil Rights movement.

Wikipedia describes Freedom Summer as a campaign in the United States launched in June 1964 to attempt to register as many African-American voters as possible in Mississippi, which had historically excluded most blacks from voting. The project also set up dozens of Freedom Schools, Freedom Houses, and community centers in small towns throughout Mississippi to aid the local black population. It was an important project.  Volunteers were faced with near-constant  abuse and harassment from Mississippi’s white population and violent attacks, arson, beatings, and false arrests were not uncommon.

Want to reafreedom summerd more about this important time in American history? Check out the new book, Freedom Summer – The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi, by Susan Goldman Rubin.

Pictures, newspaper clippings, posters, and clear narrative bring information about what happened in Mississippi the summer after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to life.

Happy Easter!


Battle of the Books!

We are coming down to the wire on our voting!  This will be the final vote; the overall winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 22nd!

The last ballot was tight, but with just over 53% of the vote Where the Wild Things Are edged out The Lion and the Mouse.

The competition was not quite as close in our second ballot with The Snowy Day  beating This Is Not My Hat.

So… our final vote is between two classics: Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are versus Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day. Both great books. Both classics. Which will win?  It’s up to you!

Voting is now closed!  The winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 22nd.

The sun shone brightly and the palm trees swayed at the April meeting of the Woodburn Branch Library Kids Club. Take a look!


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You may have noticed that librarians are very excited about early literacy, what children know about reading and writing before they can read or write.  The ways you interact with children from the time they are babies and toddlers lay the foundation for them to begin reading – years before they go to school.  When you read to children and move your finger along the words as you read, when you point out signs while on a walk, when you show them the grocery list as you write it you are emphasizing that print has meaning and that we are reading the words, not the pictures..  These new books all emphasize reading and print awareness:

Cat Says Meow and Other Animalopoeia by Michael Arndt The letters that make up the sounds animals make can be found in these pictures.  Kids could have a great time helping you find the “k” that makes up a frog’s feet or the Z’s that make up a mosquito’s legs.
Troll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson  A quiet, tidy troll and a loud, messy little girl switch places in this wacky mixed-up tale.  Their speech bubbles are very distinct: Timothy’s words are neat and underlined, Tabitha’s are in all capitals and slightly uneven.  You could talk with your child about how the letters that make up the words they say have similar qualities to the characters themselves.
Dangerous! by Tim Warnes  Mole loves to label objects — as in physically stick words on everything, describing the thing the label is on.  A Lumpy-Bumpy Thing he labels wakes up and starts eating the words Mole has left everywhere – oh no!  This book is funny and silly, and a great vocabulary lesson!
Yoko Finds Her Way by Rosemary Wells Yoko and her mother are going to fly to Japan.  Yoko is able to tell her mama where they need to go by “reading” the signs.  Signs are a great example of environmental print and are one of the first ways that pre-readers connect writing with the information it stands for.



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