October 24 - Trick or Treat @ the Library!
Trick or treat here in Youth Services and at the check out desk! We love seeing all your great costumes (and hope someone dresses up as a gerbil... hint hint) - and our staff might even dress up, too!
October 26 - Halloween Railroad & Kids Rank Halloween Storywalk
One library's creative progam has become a nationwide sensation - read one thousand books before kindergarten!
We gerbils know that sounds like a lot, but if you read one book to or with your child every day for a year, you are already over a third of the way there! You can even repeat books - repetition is the key to learning and it's always fun to listen to a loved story again. Every book your child listens to counts - ones heard in storytime, ones listened to on the computer, iPad or ereader, library books or books you own at home.
"How old you have to be to get a library card?"
Some grown-ups remember a time when you had to be able to write your name (legibly!) to get a library card. One of our librarians' parents said she could get a library card when she could ask for it on her own... and she was so shy it took until she was about seven years old to get her first library card!
We are Yankee Doodle, & Dandy
We're Library Gerbils do or die,
We're real live nephews of our Uncle Sam -
We were born around the 4th of July...
We've got a Yankee Doodle (& Dandy) Sweet Tooth
Food's our Yankee Doodle (& Dandy) Joy
Yankee Doodle (& Dandy) came to the Library just to read the book-ys
We are your Yankee Doodle (& Dandy) boys!
What a great (and fast) summer this has been! We've had programs from around the world, hundreds of reports given on books read - both in person and online... and of course lots of prizes earned. We gerbils have expanded our social media horizons to include both Instagram and Vine - check us out there under our handle, @librarygerbils - or of course follow all our posts in one place on our Facebook page.
Here are a few highlights from our Summer so far:
Boy, are we excited for summer! We've reconnected with our Uncle Seymour, who we haven't spoken to in a gerbil's age. He's got quite the around-the-world trip planned for this summer, and we gerbils have been following his travels, which he's posting on Instagram. He's found the perfect way to travel around the world for free... hide in people's carry-ons (which are PERFECTLY sized for gerbils, and usually full of snacks!).
Wow did we gerbils have an exciting day today! Arthur hasn't been feeling himself for a few days and when the humans examined him yesterday they realized his teeth were all overgrown. This can happen with us rodents because our teeth continue to grow throughout our life. Usually our teeth wear down as we chew, but things can go wrong and then the teeth get long and make it hard to eat. So it was off to the vet for Arthur to have his teeth trimmed. All of us got to go because we didn't want Arthur to feel scared at the vet by himself.
What an odd week of weather we have been having... first rain, rain, rain, flood, then snow and now cold? Come on, spring, we gerbils are ready!
Book Match 2013-14
You know what else is ready? The 2013-2014 Book Match list! New titles have been chosen, old titles have been removed, and the the list is out! The Book Match Nooks are currently being updated with the new titles (as we gerbils type)! Come in and get a head start for next year's season today!