Saturday @ the DAC

Saturday the 29th I will be at the Downtown Activity Centre celebrating literacy! I hope to see everyone there, it will be full of activities and information for families. This means I will not be doing my regular storytime at 11.


Top 10 Tuesday

The Broke and The Bookish  want to know: Top 10 Books I Wish I’d Read As a Kid

Picture Books

Introducing Scaredy!

There was a Squirrel in my mailbox today!

 I’ve mentioned before how awesome Melanie Watt’s Scaredy Squirrel series is, and now I have more for my Scaredy collection.


I went to see Tangled last night and I LOVED it, even my boyfriend (dragged there) laughed out loud a lot! Being the constant librarian even though I’m only part-time, my mind was sometimes on ways libraries can use the movie’s release.

I did a storytime with a Rapunzel wig last week and focused on books about hair. It was fun but none of the kids had seen the movie so I think maybe I should have waited, while my Harry Potter did well BEFORE the release of the movie older kids are more aware of upcoming films than preschoolers.

Here are some more thing you could use in storytime or in displays in the next little bit to turn the movie’s success into library magic

  • Fairy tales
  • Princess stories
  • chameleons (I think pets stores better prepare because Matt and I agreed the movie will inspired chameleon purchases. I want one!)
  • horses
  • magic
  • growing up/rebelling
  • outlaws (Flynn the thief)

I was sad they seemed to cut out a lot of her fighting moves seen in the previews but Rapunzel was a better female role model than  a lot of the princesses past. She was naive and needed protection but that’s only common sense given how sheltered she was growing up.I liked that she could handle her own against an intruder, was brave, had a conscience about disobeying her mother, and had dreams she didn’t give up on.

My favourite part of the movie was the animals. The chameleon and the horse had me laughing the entire time.

If you don’t want to see the movie yourself read some reviews and get familiar because knowing what’s going on in Disney and kid’s shows gets you an in with the kids. The kids today were shocked I had seen Free Willy (I was not much older than them when it came out so that was an easy one) they were skeptical if I only pretended to see it but when I knew a little bit they got excited.


Kids at the library make the news!

Make sure to check out Shuswap Market News and Lakeshore News  this weekend because they both feature the Harry Potter Party from last week!

Kids who attend library events are sometimes lucky enough to get in the paper, not to mention all the fun of the activities and books.

Sugar Plum Ballerinas

cover art of perfectly primaI wasn’t sure what to expect in a novel by Whoopi Goldberg about a girl who is a triplet and wants to be a ballerina. I am often skeptical of celebrity authors but it was written. An obsessively clean girl who wants to be the perfect dancer isn’t a great match for me, since I’m a slob and I have no coordination.

I was pleasantly surprised with Perfectly Prima, I actually really enjoyed the narrator. She was delightfully neurotic, juvenile (in a good way! I dislike when kids aren’t kids in books) and a good role model, a lot to fit into one character.

My favourite character in the book is her brother. He steps outside traditional roles and uses unusual teaching methods. His use of basketball to demonstrate how to be successful in multiple areas of her life is admirable. His annoying bad habits made him more than just a tool for the plot, and more like an authentic, believable young boy.

Book to Film

romona and beezus movie poster

Tonight I went to see Ramona and Beezus, it was a really cute family movie. There was the inevitable cheesy predictable parts but there was also laughs and almost tears.

The movie did a good job of showing that kids are effected by their parents financial problems and fights. It encourages kids to be themselves and not be discouraged from having an imagination.

Parents and kids are encouraged to see the movie and librarians are encouraged to use the movie to promote the books.

If you enjoyed the movie Ramona and Beezus, be sure to check out Beezus and Ramona, Ramona & her Father, Romana Quimby, age 8, Ramona Forever, Ramona the Brave, Ramona the Pest and Ramona and her Mother.