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Blog Relaunched! … On Monday.

Hey guys!

We wish we could pretend this is an April Fools (We all just love jokes around here), but it’s not.

Due to some technical difficulties (perhaps the Internet is playing an April Fools on us), we will not be able to relaunch today as planned.

But will try for Monday! 

Please stay tuned.

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April 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

Tick Tock Literacy Tip of the Week!

Countdown to Un-Shushed Relaunch: 3 Days!

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  • Read or recite some nursery rhymes this week. They are silly, full of wonderful language, and allow children to hear the smaller parts of words.

As adults, nursery rhymes may not seem to make sense (and they usually don’t.) But we’ll bet you still remember all the words to Old Mother Hubbard. And maybe you remember a cow jumping over the moon and a dish running away with a spoon? It made you laugh then (and we’ll be honest, it makes us laugh now), and it taught you the difference between a dish and a spoon. Maybe it was even your first encounter with the word “fiddle.”

 

Nursery rhymes are an integral part of your child’s vocabulary and pronunciation development —and they’re tons of fun! So start remembering your old favorites and pass them down.

And don’t miss out on this week’s story time! We’re covering Feelings and all the crazy things that come with them.

 
 
 

 

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March 28, 2011 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Survive Middle School — Hammy the Hamster-Style

 Countdown to Un-Shushed Relaunch: 5 Days

How to Survive Middle School

 by Donna Gephart

 Ages: 11 and up

 

David Greenberg is starting middle school in the fall. He is terrified— and it doesn’t help when his cousin Jack spews a list of dos and don’ts and inevitable mistreatment of students there.  Really, middle school would have been bearable with his best friend Elliot, who used to help David with their Talk Time YouTube videos starring David and Hammy, the hamster. But now Elliot is only interested in girls and hanging out with Tommy Murphy, the local bully. And his father, sister, and grandmother are all nice … but they’re no substitute for his mother who left two years ago to find herself.  So David must go it alone. 

Luckily, David befriends a girl named Sophie who used to be homeschooled.  Sophie thinks David’s videos are hysterical!  She shares them with her homeschooling friends and they tell their friends and before you know it David is popular, really popular — but only online. What about his not-so-great real life in the halls of his middle school? Will David just merely survive? Or will he not only survive but surpass all expectations and thrive?

I loved this book because it has short chapters, realistic characters and a great cover! Any story with Hammy the Hamster is a good story in my book.

Recommended by Miss Cindy!

March 26, 2011 at 10:00 am 1 comment

Tick Tock Literacy Tip of the Week!

Countdown to Unshushed Relaunch: 10 Days

  • When introducing a new word, make it a game by providing three definitions and allowing your child to guess which one is right. Follow up by using the word in a sentence or reading the word in a story.

What could the word frustrating mean? Or ecstatic? Or grumpy? Doesn’t grumpy sound just a little like grumbling? Sometimes lots of words sound like their meaning! Allowing your child to guess what a new word could possibly mean using phonological clues will help them rememeber that word for … well, for more than five minutes. But every bit counts.

And don’t forget to practice using our Story Time Quick Picks handout! This week, we’ll be taking baths… finally.

 
 
 

 

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March 22, 2011 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Time To Get Your Garden On.

 

My mom has the most spectacular garden during the spring and summer months. She spends hours picking the exact plants for each perfect spot and then proceeds to spend yet more hours tending, watering, and trimming.

Sadly, this gene did not pass along to me.

I had a cactus once. I prefer not to talk about it.

Thankfully for the botanical world at large, there are a lot of people who have a great and beautiful passion for all things green and gardening. Their passions probably sprang from different moments in life, growing into a casual hobby or blossoming into a greater endeavor. (Like the super plant-smart and friendly people over at Shades of Green. Wow!)

Turns out, there are people who love it so much, they become Master Gardeners through a program with Texas AgriLife Extension Service, which is part of Texas A&M. (Whoop, whoop!) These are the Tamers of Trees, Sires of Shrubbery, Jedi of Juniper, and Bosses of Bougainvillea.

If you’ve ever had a niggling to become a Big Kahuna Master Gardener, you can! Or if you’re just the casual put-putter in your yard and every summer think, gee, something yellow would look great in that corner with that tree-bush thing we’ve got, they have recommendations and tips for that as well. With great plant wisdom comes great plant responsibility, and all the Master Gardeners spend time pouring back into the community by assisting with community gardens, giving advice, and offering presentations.

If you’re just dipping your fingernails in the dirt for the first time, two of these Master Gardeners will be dropping by the library on Tuesday, March 22nd from 7:00-8:30pm. Michael Jones and Dorothy Ingram will be happy to give advice and make plant recommendations for Frisco and Collin County dwellers specifically. (Dirt changes depending on where you live. Who knew?)

If you can’t make it, green thumbs, fear not. The library’s got a huge assortment of gardening books.

If you do come, fantastic! We’ll learn and get dirty together. Just please don’t tell the Master Gardeners about my cactus.

Gabi Estes

Library Assistant – Adult Services

March 21, 2011 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

The Mighty Blockheads Make Their Return.

 

Behold! The Blockheads.

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March 19, 2011 at 10:35 am Leave a comment

Our Top Three Romance Picks

Countdown to Un-Shushed Relaunch: 14 Days

Perhaps you remember our Valentine surprise? Frisco was named Amazon’s 20th most romantic city in the US!

Which naturally got us to thinking about our most favorite romantic reads. And because we’re all very organized over here (and we love making lists), we decided to narrow our favorites down to THREE AWESOME ROMANCE READS!

So here they are in no particular order.

1. Libertine’s Kiss by Judith James

Rebecca Belknap, our new Adult Services Manager (everyone say hi!), has found new love in Libertine’s Kiss by Judith James. Rebecca says Libertine’s Kiss is an enticing and provocative interpretation of the life of a famous hedonist, William de Veres, and the love of his life.  “It’s best read with wine, chocolate, and a date to look forward to.”

 

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

From Rachel Dalton, one of our fabulous Adult Services Librarians says Pride and Prejudice hands down. “Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite romance. This book sat on my shelf for years until I decided to take the plunge. I was surprised to find a book with such a witty and timeless message of love and acceptance.”

3.  The Wreath by Sigrid Undset

Judy Pederson, Librarian extrordinaire, claims The Wreath by Sigrid Undset as her favorite. “In matters of romance, I agree with Kristen,” Judy says. “Follow your heart and deal with the consequences later.”

March 17, 2011 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

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