Saturday, December 29, 2012

1000 Books Week Thirty-One

Did everyone have a Merry Christmas? (Or Happy Holiday, if you prefer) I certainly did! Lots of fun with family and friends!

Our last Star Reader of the Week was Cory.

This week's Star Reader is Jacob! Congratulations!

Also, a big hooray for our colouring contest winners!

Great job everyone!

Our last Book of the Week was "Little Critter's The Night Before Christmas", a charming addition to the Little Critter's series.

Our thirty-first Book of the Week is "Wishes", by Jean Little.

"Make a wish and the sky's the limit in this delightful rhyming story from the incomparable Jean Little.

If wishes were ice cream, our cones would be doubles.
If wishes were soapsuds, we'd blow shining bubbles.

In this charming new picture book, children and their wild imaginations take centre stage! In a true celebration of wishers and dreamers, Jean Little entertains readers with bouncy rhymes depicting kids' favourite wishes — from puppies to pancakes; and sundaes to snowflakes.
Governor General's award-winning Canadian illustrator Geneviève Côté infuses each page with her inventive illustrations, literally turning each spread into a carnival of fun!
If wishes were stories, there would only be one — this one!" - North Winds Press
Stay tuned for our next Star Reader and Book of the Week! Have a Happy New Year! 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

1000 Books Week Thirty

3 more sleeps until Santa comes! Are you excited? I know I am!

Last week we had two Star Readers: Evan and Kade!

This week's Star Reader is Cory! Congratulations!

Our last Book of the Week was "A Christmas Carol: a Colors Primer", a charming peek at a Dickens classic.

Our thirtieth Book of the Week is: "Little Critter's the Night Before Christmas", by Mercer Mayer.

"In a sprightly retelling of the holiday classic, Little Critter dreams of dancing sugarplums while patiently waiting for Santa and his reindeer to arrive."

Stay tuned for our next Star Reader and Book of the Week.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

1000 Books Week Twenty-Nine

10 more sleeps until Santa comes! I'm excited! Does everyone have their Christmas shopping done?

Congratulations to Lindan for bringing back his first reading sheet!

Our last Star Reader was Cam!

Catching up from an old Star Reader, here's Axton getting his prize with Mom! (What a shy little cutie!)

We have two Star Readers this week! Congratulations to Cam and Kade!

Our last Book of the Week was "Woodland Christmas: Twelve Days of Christmas in the North Woods", a lovely take on a classic.

Our twenty-ninth Book of the Week is, "A Christmas Carol: a Colors Primer", by Jennifer Adams.

"How often do you come across board books which are stylish, über cool, and just a whole lot of fun?
This delectable selection of BabyLit board books is designed to help little ones familiarise themselves with the tricky business of numbers and colours ~ but ~ wait for it .... whilst immersing them in the world of literary delights such as A Christmas Carol ..."

Stay tuned for our next Star Reader and Book of the Week!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

1000 Books Week Twenty-Eight

17 more sleeps until Christmas! Is anyone else as exciting as I am? How is this flu bug treating everyone? I'm a bit wired from the 24 hours of sleep that I got thanks to my bout of the flu!

Congratulations to Linaya for bringing back her next reading sheet! Keep up the good reading!

Our last Star Reader of the Week was Cody!

This week's Star Reader is Cam! Congratulations!

Our last Book of the Week was "Sprocket's Christmas Tale", a charming look back at a Fraggle Rock favorite!

Our twenty-eight Book of the Week is "Woodland Christmas: Twelve Days of Christmas in the North Woods", by Frances Tyrrell.

"In this retelling of the classic Christmas carol The Twelve Days of Christmas, a young bear courts his true love. The 12 gifts that accompany him are wonderful indeed - they are the creatures of the northern woodlands with a magical twist. The calling birds are loons; the lordsa-leaping, moose. And after all the gifts are given, the wedding celebration begins!"
- Scholastic

Don't forget, the library is having coloring contests for kids! Two contests - Ages 8 and under, and ages 9-12! Deadline December 21st!

If you're a teen, we're having a Draw Your Christmas Contest! Deadline December 21st!

And finally, if you're an adult, we're having a Christmas Story Contest! Deadline December 21st!

If you have any questions, call us at 403-887-2130!

Stay tuned for our next Star Reader and Book of the Week! Happy Reading!

Friday, December 7, 2012

December Newsletter


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Christmas Theme
2's and 3's and 4's and 5's 

Storytime – Welcome Song
Storytime is starting, starting, starting.
View full imageStorytime is starting, come and listen to me.

Song: Hat and whiskers, belt and boots
Hat and whiskers, belt and boots, belt and boots, belt and boots.
View full imageHat and whiskers, belt and boots,
Twinkling eyes and a cherry red nose.

View full imageSong: Rudolph
View full imageView full imageRudolph, the red nosed reindeer...... (hands up like antlers)
Had a very shiny nose....(point to nose)
And if you ever saw it...(wooo, wooo!)
You would even say it glows....(hands out around face "glowing")

All of the other reindeer...(hands up like antlers)
Used to laugh and call him names...(make "raspberries" with mouth)
They never let poor Rudolph...(boo, hoo...use hands to wipe tears while saying it)

Join in any reindeer games...(slap legs, clap, hands out, clap)
Then one foggy Christmas eve,
Santa came to say: (we use deep voices now)
Rudolph with your nose so bright, Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?
Then all the reindeer ...(hands up for antlers) loved him
As they shouted out with glee...(rah-rah, ziss-boom-bah!)
Rudolph the red nosed  reindeer (hands up for antlers)

You'll go down in history!

Craft:      Santa with Beard
Materials: photocopy of Santa head, paper strips curled, markers, glue, cotton balls
Colour Santa’s hat, glue on strips of paper to make Santa’s beard, glue on cotton ball for his hat pom pom.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

1000 Books Week Twenty-Seven

It's December! 24 sleeps until Santa comes! Time for snowball fights and snow angels and sleigh rides and all of the awesome Christmas tidings! Did anyone else watch the Santa Claus parade last night? How about that tractor?!

Our last Star Reader of the Week was Axton.

This week's Star Reader is Cody! Congratulations!

Our last Book of the Week was a cute "Little Miss Austen" board book: "Pride and Prejudice: a Counting Primer" by Jennifer Adams. We've ordered the set, so be on the lookout for more "Little Miss Austen board books at the library!

Our twenty-seventh Book of the Week is "Sprocket's Christmas Tale", by Louise Gikow.

“Poor Sprocket is very depressed. It’s the night before Christmas, and he still doesn’t have a present for Doc. Last year it had been easy; Sprocket had given Doc a wonderful old hammer he found in a trash can. Bit this year Sprocket hadn’t found the right gift, and now it’s too late. It’s snowing outside and Doc will soon be home from his annual Boy Scout reunion.
But unbeknownst to Sprocket, Traveling Matt is trudging through the snow towards Doc's workshop and Fraggle Rock. And through a strange turn of events that leaves everyone a little bit confused, Matt ends up solving poor Sprocket's problem." - Henry Holth & Co.
If you love Fraggle Rock as much as I do, check out this youtube video:

The Sylvan Lake Library is also holding a couple of Christmas contests!

If your child is 8 and under, we are having a Christmas Coloring Contest. Pick up a coloring sheet at the library, take it home and color it, then bring it back for the chance to win a Christmas Present from the library!

For teens, we are having a "Draw Your Christmas" contest. If your child is between the ages of 13 and 18, have them draw their favorite thing about Christmas, their Dream Christmas, or their favorite Christmas memory. Submit it to the library with their name and contact information for the chance to win a fantastic Christmas Present!

Both of these contests end December 21st. Winners will be announced December 22nd.

Stay tuned for our next Star Reader and Book of the Week! Keep up the good reading!