Launchpads are here!

July 30, 2015 by

Come by and check out an educational Launchpad for your child.  They are at all Plano Public Libraries!Launchpad Web Banner 550x302

 

 

 

 

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FAQs:

What is a Launchpad?

A Launchpad is a tablet pre-loaded with learning apps and games for interactive learning and play made by the Playaway company.

 

What does it come with?

The Launchpad tablet, an orange bumper case, USB cable and AC adapter, a “Using Playaway Launchpad” insert, all within one easy-to-carry case!

 

How long can I check it out?

You can check out a Launchpad for 7 DAYS. If nobody has requested the Launchpad, it can be renewed ONE time.

 

What about overdue fees?

The fee for an overdue Launchpad is $1 per day.

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Goose Goes to School

July 29, 2015 by

by Laura Wall

In her follow up book to Goose, Goose Goes to School reminds me of a nursery rhyme we all might recall, “Mary Had a Little Lamb”.  I’m sure we can all remember how Mary’s little lamb was forbidden to go to school with Mary.  That sneaky little lamb did follow her to school which brings us to this new book, Goose Goes to School.  Even though Sophie’s mother forbids goose from going to school with her, Sophie hears unusual sounds while walking to school with her mother.  She keeps seeing little reminders of goose throughout the day and is sure she has spotted him several times.  Who should suddenly appear in her classroom while the teacher isn’t looking?  Who makes the children laugh and play?

Goose Goes to School is about friendship as well as a beloved pet.  You can reminisce about “Mary and Her Little Lamb” as well as enjoy reading about a goose that loves being with his special friend.  The illustrations are bright and colorful and just makes turning each page delightful.  This book can be enjoyed by your little ones as well as in a group situation.

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Stick and Stone

July 28, 2015 by

Stick and Stone

By Beth Ferry

Stick and Stone are lonely and alone until they become the best of friends, then they make a perfect 10! Read along and watch their friendship grow through simple rhyming text and beautifully illustrated adventures.

Tom Lichtenheld’s absolutely adorable artwork brings life to each of the characters. This charming story tells how friendship grows and how friends help each other.  The book makes for great discussion with your little reader(s).  Even though Stick and Stone don’t look the same they are friends; friends that help each other and play together, and stay together.  This is a great book with a great message.  Happy reading!

 

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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

July 27, 2015 by

Make sure your child has lots of opportunities to talk with you, not just listen to you talk. Respond to what your child says and follow his or her lead. Answer your child’s questions as completely as possible. Your explanations help your child learn more about the world.

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Kid Picks

July 26, 2015 by

diary of a wimpy kid 1witches 2heidi heckelbeck 3dog days of school 4

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Daredevil Duck

July 24, 2015 by

Daredevil-Duck-cover-925x1024Daredevil Duck by Charlie Alder

Meet Daredevil Duck
He is afraid of everything. But that doesn’t stop him from DREAMING of being brave.
Then one day he is given the biggest challenge of all . . .
Can Daredevil Duck prove that he is the bravest duck in the whole wide world?

This is the story of an ordinary duck (with a few little fears), who longs to be something extraordinary, and how, over the course of this adorable lift-the-flap book, he just might get his wish (with some help and a little effort along the way). This is a great way to explore the idea of stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something that makes you feel a little afraid, and how sometimes that can open up a whole new world to you! With bold bright illustrations, lots of humor, and pictures hidden behind various flaps, it’s an interactive experience that’s a whole lot of fun–even if you’re already the bravest duck in the whole world!

Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)

 

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The Sky Is Falling!

July 23, 2015 by

If you enjoyed Mark Teague’s The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf you’ll crack up over this new twist on another old favorite. Of course the ruckus all begins when a falling acorn hits Chicken Little on the head and she starts squawking, “The sky is falling!”

She then proceeds to lead all the chickens in dancing and flapping around the barnyard in fluttery excitement . Despite Squirrel’s, Rabbit’s and Cat’s attempts to reason with Chicken Little she and the other chickens continue to break-dance, moonwalk, mambo and twist together in the yard.

It looks like so much fun the other animals join. Meanwhile, Fox has been slyly observing from behind a tree envisioning a lovely chicken dinner. He tries to entice the whole gang to his den to “hide” from the impending doom. Nope. According to Chicken Little everyone dances when the sky is falling. Fox gets teased that he can’t dance. To prove them wrong he starts to show off, dancing and prancing, until…an apple falls on his head. Now who looks “dumb?”

Teague’s The Sky Is Falling! will especially delight listeners and readers who are familiar with classic versions of Chicken Little or Henny Penny.

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Suburban Dare

July 21, 2015 by

It’s not too late to sign up for Suburban Dare!! You still have until August 31st to complete a reading goal and as many citywide dares as you can!

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And for kids and teens, don’t forget to come in to the library when you finish your reading goal to pick up your FREE book!

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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

July 20, 2015 by

Give everything a name. You can build comprehension skills early, even with the littlest child. Play games that involve naming or pointing to objects. Say things like, “Where’s your nose?” and then say, “Where’s Mommy’s nose?” Or touch your child’s nose and say, “What’s this?”

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Kid Picks

July 18, 2015 by

play ball 1superfudge 2vanishing coin 3wings of fire 4

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