Monday, December 3, 2012

 With the holiday season upon us, I know there will be many looking for that special gift for their young ones.I have included links to the selections sources we use to purchase books here at the library, each with their year-end recommendations.

New York Times Best Children's Books of 2012 
Horn Book's Book Awards of  2012
School Library Journals Best Books of 2012
Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of 2012

In addition, here are a few links for some recommendations for children's apps:

School Library Journal's Touch and Go Blog 

With these resources behind you, I know there will be some very happy children this holiday season!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Warm Up with a Wintery Read

Brrr! It's getting colder outside and you what that means--hot chocolate, a good fire, and lots of good reads! Here are a few winter-themed books to warm you up.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Apps and Children

Everyday brings more apps for kids and selecting them can be hit or miss. How can you be assured that the app you've chosen is the best for your child? Children's book review sources such as School Library Journal's Touch and Go Blog,  Kirkus Review, and Publishers Weekly are just three of the review sources I read to select apps for our ipads.You'll find their websites at the end of this blog posting.

Check out this information from Apple about who's using their mobile devices. You'll be surprised!


Publishers Weekly
Kirkus Reviews 
School Library Journal Touch and Go

Monday, September 24, 2012

Chloe by Peter McCarty

Here are a few book trailers I'm sure you'll enjoy!

Chloe by Peter McCarty is the story of a little rabbit with 20 brothers and sisters. Spunky Chloe will amaze you!

For you older readers, why not take a look at The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Parent/Child Book Discussion

If you are looking for a program for your third through sixth grader, why not try Parent/Child Book Discussion. Parents/caregivers and a child will read the one of the Illinois Bluestem Award nominee books and engage in stimulating discussion. This program will meet the first Thursday of the month, October through April, at 7:00-8:00 p.m. You'll receive our first selection, The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton, an inspiring nonfiction book about the brothers who invented day-glo paint, when you register on Sept. 8th. In addition to stimulating discussion, we'll have a tasty snack, a small craft, and experiment with a black light.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Summer Reading Departs and Dennis DeBondt Returns!

 Did you know our wonderful youth patrons read 11,738 books during our summer reading program? A cause for celebration, for sure! During our summer reading program one of our entertainers was unable to perform due to illness and many of you were disappointed. Dennis DeBondt, magician and comedian, will return on Wednesday, August 15th at 4:00 p.m. He promises "fun, magic, balloons, and he will float a child in the air." Wow! Free tickets will be distributed at 3:30 p.m. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

We still have Storyhour on the Road during the month of August and the first week of September. Meet us at the area park listed on our calendar and enjoy some stories and a craft in fresh air. Registration for Preschool Storyhour and Tot Time begins September 8th while registration for K-2 Storyhour begins September 22nd.  Hold on, folks, here comes fall!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Reading is Soooo Delicious at the Homewood Library!

ScribbleJayne and ScribbleJim

Bobby Hunt, Circus Boy
Dennis DeBondt, Magician Extraordinaire

Staley da Bear, Chicago Bears mascot

Registration for our summer reading program, Reading Is Soooo Delicious, begins Wednesday, June 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Read for fun and prizes! (We have awesome prizes this year, too!) In addition, we'll have great entertainment--ScribbleJim and ScribbleJayne--musicians who will have your kids up and dancing, Dennis DeBondt--a magician who will float a child in the air, Bobby Hunt--a funny stunt comic known for riding the smallest bicycle in the world, Jean Rauch--our local Farm Bureau rep who will present a From Farmer to You storyhour and craft,  race cars and drivers from Illiana Speedway, and a Tailgate Party with music, food, fun, and Staley da Bear, the Chicago Bears mascot. Whew! It's going to be an amazing summer here at the Homewood Library! (Pssst...when you register for summer reading, you'll get a lovely Dairy Queen Dilly Bar.) Come join us!

Monday, April 23, 2012

The iPads Are Coming! The iPads Are Coming!

 Yes, our generous Friends of the Homewood Library have donated 4 iPads to the Youth Department. We plan to load them with a few books and cognitive learning apps for three age groups--infants thru preschool, kindergarten thru third grade, and fourth thru sixth grade. They will be checked out on an adult Homewood library card for one week with a one week renewal.We're terribly excited about our iPads! Look for them soon!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

K-2 Begins Tomorrow!

Our April K-2 Storyhour will begin tomorrow, April 4th, at 4:00-5:00 p.m. We have some wonderful stories to read and a great butterfly craft to make. It's going to be great! See you there!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Free Earth Day Activities and Spring Craft

To celebrate spring and Earth Day, here's a spring butterfly craft using recycled magazine pictures. What is Earth Day? Earth Day is a day dedicated to protecting our planet from pollution through reusing and recycling every day items.

Speaking of Earth Day, the library will be joining with Irons Oaks for their FREE Earth Day celebration at Irons Oaks on April 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. for some springtime fun. There will be entertainers--Ricky Recycle, Anna Stange, David Stokes, and library staff, too! There will be awesome crafts--recycled shoe planters, recycled musical instruments, earth bracelets, and rain barrel painting and raffle. Don't miss the exhibits and Rocky the Racoon. But wait! There will be a Trash Creature contest by the children of the school districts in Homewood, Flossmoor, and Olympia Fields. Winners of the contest will have their Trash Creature displayed at the Homewood Library for a week in the lobby. Too cool! The flyer also says you can climb the Tower at Irons Oaks for free, too! So much fun!
Hope to see you there!

Monday, March 19, 2012

New and Notable Junior Fiction

Here are just a few of our new and notable junior fiction books that I think you'll enjoy.

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose. May is used to hardship. After all, living with her family in a leaky sod home on the prairie during winter teaches one how to cope. When her parents contract with their neighbor to hire her as a housekeeper for his new bride, May must rise above her insecurities. The new Mrs. Oblinger hates everything about her new life on the prairie and returns home. Mr. Oblinger rides after her and never returns. May B. is left alone for months without companionship, adequate food, firewood, or protection from the wolves or winter weather. What a wonderful story about one brave, resilient girl! If you loved the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, you'll be fascinated with May B.

Last of the Gullivers by Carter Crocker. You remember Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, right? NO!? Wow, read that, please! But in the meantime, here is an updated take-off on Swift's tale. Michael Pine is in trouble. He's laying flat on his back, tied to the ground with spiderwebs, and seeing strange little lights. Maybe he's hallucinating. He was just hit by a car, after all. Then a stooped old man unties him and says ,"They thought you were a bear." What!? The minute Michael is untied he runs...right into the arms of a policeman. You see, Michael was hit by a car after stealing from a local store. It's off to court and Michael is given community service of stocking shelves for an irritable Mr. Fenn. Who comes into the store but Mr. Gulliver, the old man who untied him. Mr. Fenn thinks he's loony but Michael knows that Mr. Gulliver may hold the key to what happened to him in that field. Read this book and find out how Michael and the Lilliputians (the little folk in the field) work together to save themselves from certain death.

ling Days by Grace Lin. A continuation of Pacy's story in The Year of the Dog and The Year of the Rat. This time Pacy has flown to Taiwan for a month for Grandma's birthday. Most people would be excited but not Pacy. Even though her family is Chinese, she has never spoken the language, she has no one to hang with but her sisters, and her art talent has suddenly disappeared. By the end of the month, our sassy Pacy has eaten things she thought she never would, learned things she thought she'd never learn, and come to appreciate her culture and family.

Spy Sch
ool by Stuart Gibbs. Twelve-year old Ben Ripley is so interested in being a spy that he has accessed the C.I.A.'s website 728 times. As the tuxedo-ed gentleman who suddenly appeared sitting on his sofa says," When you show interest in the C.I.A., the C.I.A. shows interest in you." Ben has been accepted in the C.I.A. School of Espionage for junior operatives. His mission is to find the double agent who has infiltrated the school. Can nerdy Ben accomplish his mission? Explosions, espionage, and all kinds of spy fun! You'll love it!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

K-2 Egyptians

Our Wednesday and Thursday K-2 classes were in Egypt this past week! Well, maybe not physically there, but our spirits were! We learned about King Tut, mummies, and pyramids. Did you know King Tut was only 19 when he died? That he most likely died from malaria? That his internal organs were removed and preserved in jars? Our K-2 kids do! We had great fun learning these facts and more fun making our Egyptian king headgear! I snapped these pics of the kids posing like an Egyptian hieroglyphic. Aren't they marvelous?

Monday, January 30, 2012

New Christian Fiction for the Family

Stephanie Perry Moore is an author who writes Christian fiction for young adults, preteens, and children and has really found an important niche with her stories that feature children who are struggling with peer pressure and their faith. In the past, she addressed issues that high school, middle school, and intermediate school children face on a daily basis. Now Ms. Moore has entered elementary school with two new series, Morgan Love and, partnering with her husband on a series for boys, Alec London.

According to the reviews on, "The Morgan Love/ Alec London Series are chapter book series written for girls, 7-9 years old and boys 8-12 years old. Both series provide moral lessons that will aid in character development. It will also help young girls/young boys develop their vocabulary, English and math skills as they read through the stories and complete the entertaining and educational exercises provided at the end of each chapter and in the back of the book." Wow, great stories and educational resources!