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Spot the Snail in the Garden and More Seeking Books

January 15, 2016

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by Stella Maidment

Looking for some quiet fun? Do your kids love I Spy and other seek and find books? Then check out this series by Stella Maidment, including Spot the Snail in the Garden. The colorful and silly illustrations are fun to look at while children pour over them to find the elements that each page has hidden within. The pages also have other fun facts to learn from and one baby snail that you can find somewhere in every picture. If you like this one, try the others by Maidment, including Spot the Shark in the Ocean, Spot the Monkey in the Jungle and Spot the Dinosaur on the Island. Happy hunting!

 

 

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eBooks for Break!

December 24, 2015

We are closed today and tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean you can’t access our ebooks! Looking for something for the kids to read so you have a moment to clean up? Check our Overdrive Kids page! You can get there from www.planolibrary.org. Then navigate to “eBooks, eAudio & eMagazines.”

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Then simply click on “Overdrive Kids.”

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Done! You can even do a search for Christmas books!

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Hope you’re having a good holiday. The libraries will reopen Saturday at 10am. See you then!

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Pom Pom Gets the Grumps

November 20, 2015

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Pom Pom Panda Gets the Grumps
by Sophy Henn

Uh oh. Pom Pom Panda wakes up on the wrong side of the bed! He immediately has the grumps. And it seems that the day just keeps getting worse and worse. No blankey, soggy cereal, bad hair day?!? Ugh! His bad day escalates at playtime at school where he does NOT want to play with anybody. But after finally going off on his friends, he starts to feel a little different.

This is a great book to start a conversation about bad moods. Sometimes they can start for no reason at all and just be reinforced by every little thing that goes wrong in your day. Sometimes… you just have THE GRUMPS! It’s a great term, and this book shows that it’s ok to get the grumps every once in a while. Eventually, they fade away and you are able to happily play with your friends again. It’s also important to understand that other people can get the grumps too, and you might have to give them some time and space to figure things out.

Plus, Pom Pom is adorable. The illustrations in this book really pop, and the expressions are easy to read. Love it!

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Melissa’s Octopus and Other Unsuitable Pets

October 22, 2015

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by Charlotte Voake

This isn’t your average silly pet book. The pets in this book are truly ridiculous, but also completely awesome. An octopus is awfully messy, and warthog not at all polite. And a pet crocodile might be… well… dangerous.

This is a silly book to share and read aloud with fun illustrations and a bit of a surprise at the end.

You can also find a lesson from Charlotte Voake on how to draw your very own unsuitable pet online!

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Charlotte and Eddie’s Library Adventures Pilot

October 7, 2015

Charlotte and Eddie’s first Library Adventures video! In this episode, a special guest appears and Charlotte and Eddie show off their Halloween costumes. They are excited about all the Big Pumpkin puppet show performances at the Plano Public Libraries!

Big Pumpkin showings:
Davis Library: Tuesday, October 20 @ 11am
Wednesday, October 21 @ 11am &7pm
Saturday, October 31 @ 11am

Haggard Library: Wednesday, October 28 @ 11:15am
Saturday, October 31 @ 3pm

Parr Library: Friday, October 30 @ 11am

Schimelpfenig Library: Monday, October 26 @ 10:30am
Tuesday, October 27 @ 10:30am

There is also a Spooky Fun program at Schimelpfenig Library on October 24 @ 3pm with spooky stories and a feely fun house!

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Pat-a-Cake

September 30, 2015

Watch as Miss Ramarie and Wren demonstrate the “Pat-a-Cake” rhyme that we use in our Babes in Arms storytimes at the Davis and Haggard Libraries, which is suitable for pre-walkers 0-9 months old. Try this rhyme at home and then come to Babes in Arms to learn more!

 

Babes in Arms times for fall 2015:
Davis – Tuesdays at 10am
Haggard – Wednesdays at 9:30am

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This Little Piggy

August 20, 2015

Watch as Miss Ramarie and Wren demonstrate the “This Little Piggy” rhyme that we use in our Babes in Arms storytimes at the Davis and Haggard Libraries, which is suitable for pre-walkers 0-9 months old. Try this rhyme at home and then come to Babes in Arms to learn more!

Our fall storytime session starts next week!

Babes in Arms
Davis – Tuesdays at 10am
Haggard – Wednesdays at 9:30am

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Suburban Dare

July 21, 2015

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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App Time: It Was a Cold, Dark Night and Wiggle and Stomp

July 11, 2015

cold This week we started with Collins Big Cat’s book app It Was a Cold, Dark Night which is available in iTunes for free.

This is a very cute story about Ned the hedgehog trying to find a home for the winter. He looks in several places where there are other animals making their homes before finding the right one for him. The highlighted narration is great for beginning readers to follow along, and there are some interactive elements to tap on as well as a few sound effects. The app also has a quiz to review the story after reading it as well as a great “story creator” feature, which allows kids to use the different backgrounds, items and characters to create and record their own story. Collins Big Cat has several other book apps as well.cold 2

 

We also talked about the Shutterbugs: Wiggle and Stomp activity app which is by the Smithsonian Institution. This one is available for free from iTunes or Google Play.

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Wiggle and Stomp is a very simple activity app which teaches some vocabulary, focusing mostly on animals and verbs. Children get to follow the zoo keeper around the zoo and take pictures of animals doing various actions. Once they get a verb correct three times, it is added to their zoo photo book. They can then go back and look at the pictures any time as well as print out coloring sheets of those animals. This app is perfect for verb recognition and some quick animal facts!

 

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Tick Tock

June 23, 2015

Watch as Miss Nina and Wren demonstrate the “Tick Tock” rhyme that we use in our Babes in Arms storytimes at the Davis and Haggard Libraries, which is suitable for pre-walkers 0-9 months old. Try this rhyme at home and then come to Babes in Arms to learn more!

Our summer storytime session goes until August 1st!

Babes in Arms
Davis – Tuesdays at 10am
Haggard – Wednesdays at 9:30am

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