Parent Recommendation: Maple and Willow Apart

Maple and Willow have always been inseparable. So what happens when Maple starts big-girl school and Willow stays behind? Well, of course, both girls have marvelous adventures of their own, but the truth is, they miss each other. And when they see that the missing is mutual, they find a unique way to feel connected even when they have to be apart.

Sing Your Way Through a Picture Book!

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I love to share books in storytime where we sing the words - children enjoy the rhyme and repetition and I enjoy the interactive features of singable books.

Besides being fun, there are some benefits to sharing singable picture books with your child:

  • Singing stories is a great way to help your child learn new vocabulary and develop listening and memory skills.
  • Singing slows down language, allowing your child to hear the individual syllables in words.

Here are some singable picture book adaptations to get you started:

Interested in more suggestions? Try any of these singable books for a fun story experience!

Parent's Book Selection: a picture book by Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley, author of award winning books for adults, including her novel A Thousand Acres which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992, has just written a children's book called Twenty Yawns. This is a beautifully written bedtime story about a family's fun day at the beach and the quietude of a moonlit night. Read this book with your child and enjoy the lyrical text and see if you can find all twenty yawns sprinkled throughout the story.  

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!


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!

Read with Your Teen: Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz

Jasmine de los Santos is on her way to Columbia University with a full ride when her world is ripped apart: her family is illegal. Their visas expired years ago and now everything they have worked for is at risk. Jasmine no longer knows if she fits into the American Dream, but she doesn't give up. Adults and teens alike will enjoy this book, get two copies from our library and enjoy with your teen.

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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