Tumblebooks: A great children's resource for language acquisition!

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For young children learning to read and/or who are learning English, Tumblebooks is a great online resource for building multiple literacy skills. Tumblebooks Storybooks has a large selection of picture books that allow the reader to follow along with a narrator who reads the text.  Sentences are highlighted as the words are spoken, providing the opportunity to hear and see the words. For older students, Tumblebooks Read Alongs are chapter books that follow the same format that helps the student to see and hear the text as it is being read. There is also a collection of books in Spanish and French. All you need to access this resource is your library card and pin!  From the UAPL homepage, click on Research Databases on the menu bar at the top and scroll down till you see the Tumblebooks database.  Happy reading!


Parent Recommendation: Big Girls Go Potty and Big Boys Go Potty

Both of these books are told from a kid's point of view, and offer lots of encouragement on the subject of potty training.  An unnamed little girl speaks to the reader, asking about all the big girl things she can do. But, all is not perfect, and the magic of being toilet trained does not happen all at once. Mistakes happen, but mom and dad remain encouraging. These are very optimistic books, and will be useful in the training process.  Recommended for PreK

Easy Halloween Costumes

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This is a guest blog entry from Eileen Jeffrey.  Eileen interned for Youth Services at Tremont during summer reading 2014.  Here she suggests easy Halloween costume ideas that are also inexpensive and fun.

Fall is finally here! With the new season comes cooler weather, pretty scenery, and…Halloween! Before we know it, candy will be stocking the shelves of every store and kids everywhere will be wondering the most important question: “What will I be for Halloween?”

Here are some fun and easy DIY Halloween costumes that anyone can try!

Spaghetti & Meatballs 

  1. Get a white and red checkered tablecloth and cut a hole in the center for the head. Wear this like a cape.
  2. Cut white yarn into long strands and glue them to a paper plate.
  3. Paint Styrofoam balls brown and glue them to the same plate as meatballs.
  4. Glue the plate to the front of the tablecloth.
  5. For the hat, use a pot with a handle. If needed, tie around head with string to keep in place.


Bubble Bath

  1. Wear either an all white outfit or an all blue outfit.
  2. Blow up many white or blue balloons to a small size.
  3. Safety pin these balloons to your clothing or tape them using strong, clear tape.
  4. For hair accessories, you can attach colorful bath poufs to a headband. You could also attach rubber ducks to the headband as well.


Thing 1 & Thing 2 

This costume is perfect if you are going trick or treating with a sibling or with a friend.

  1. Wear an all red outfit. 
  2. Cut a piece of white paper into a circle and write either Thing 1 or Thing 2 on it.
  3. Glue or tape this circle onto your red shirt. 
  4. While the hair isn’t necessary for this costume, wigs can be bought at costume stores to make you look more like Things 1 & 2. 

These costumes are easy, inexpensive, and quick, so if you’re stuck on what to wear, give these costumes a try. Have a happy Halloween!

Picture Book Selection: Good Morning Yoga

This book weaves gentle exercises with a heartwarming narrative and wonderful illustrations to empower children to manage the energies from the fiery volcano to the mountain quiet and still. By teaching to self-monitor, self-sooth, focus and relax, children are given the skills to jumpstart the day with energy and excitement and meet the adventures that come with mindfulness and perspective. Ages 0-8.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” - Oh, The places you'll go.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” - The Lorax

You can find magic wherever you look. sit back and relax. all you need is a book” - Cat in the Hat

A beloved author, Dr. Seuss presented life lessons in weird and wacky stories that many of us could not help but fall in love with. Using bold and brilliant illustrations, Dr. Seuss created characters of things both real and fantasy. This was paired with his witty rhymes and sing song style to create the one-of-a-kind books we know and cherish to this day. Whether you favor Horton Hears a Who, Green Eggs and Ham, or any other of his wonderful tales, we would all like to wish a very happy birthday to the man who was never afraid to stand out- Happy Birthday Theodor Seuss Geisel! We appreciate everything you have created!

On March 2 the Youth Department at the Tremont Library will have a drop-in Seuss theme craft.  Please stop by at any time to celebrate with us!

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Juvenile Nonfiction Selection: Presidential Pets

A look at the Presidents of the United States through the pets that accompanied them to the White House. A lyrical, often humorous poem describes the pets as each is brought to life by a cartoon style picture. Includes interesting presidential facts, accomplishments, and events. Would make a great read-a-loud as the pictures, poems, and facts make it fun and accessible for a range of ages.(Ages: 2nd - 5th)

Escape Room at the Main Library!

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Graphic of a yellow flame coming out of an opened book with starbursts. Titled Unlocked! by Trapped Columbus.

Ever wanted to try an Escape Room? Not sure what that even means?

On October 8, 2016, the Main Library will be hosting an Escape Room created by Trapped Columbus. An Escape Room is a room of puzzles and problems created around a story that a group of people work together to solve in a limited amount of time.

In our story, Call Merkim is a once respected librarian gone bad! He’s a rogue member of a secret time travelling alliance and Call has discovered that if he steals mythical creatures from some magical books, he can have all the power!  Luckily, you and friends can stop Call by solving the codes and overriding his machine, but you only have 30 minutes to do it! 

Interested? Call 614-486-9621 to register or follow this link. Time slots run every 15 minutes from 2:00pm until 3:45pm for up to 10 people per timeslot!  It’ll be fun and it’s free!

We hope to see on the 8th!  

Parents, have you met Mem Fox?

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Mem Fox is the author of many (many!) picture books for children.  I have always been a big fan of hers (so has Miss Kate!), and I particularly enjoyWhere is the Green Sheep? and Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes,both of which I have used in storytime.

But, not so long ago, based off of a recommendation, I discovered her books for adults.  I read Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever, which I would now absolutely recommend to parents (both current and future!), caregivers, and anyone working with children.  

Her website is also a great resource, which includes information about her and her books as well as specific content for parents, writers, teachers, children, and more! 


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