Thursday, September 24, 2020

Fall Programming: Storytimes

EXCITING NEWS: Storytime friends, we miss you! Since you can't come to us, we're coming to you. Join us on Zoom, starting this week, to enjoy storytimes for ages 0-5! Find listings on our main events calendar at www.fresnolibrary.org, by keyword searching "storytime," or click here

Image credit: "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Felicia Bond, Illustrator is licensed under CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0). Image retrieved from:commons.wikimedia.org


 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Win it Wednesday: Elbow Grease vs. Motorzilla

 Every Wednesday we will give away a new book. For a chance to win, just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Wednesday through 11:59 PM  Friday and winners will be announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Win it Wednesdays.)

Elbow Grease vs. Motorzilla by John Cena

Elbow Grease may be little but he's got grit and gumption to spare--and he's back! It's time for Elbow Grease to face off against the gnarly monster machine Motozilla. Luckily, Elbow Grease can count on his four big brothers to rev their engines and help him try to beat the beast! From multi-talented mega celebrity John Cena comes this exciting story about the importance of believing in yourself. Full of action-packed illustrations and characters kids will cheer for, this fun and fast-paced book proves that teamwork makes the dream work!
 
Fill out this form for a chance to win our next Win it Wednesday!

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Win it Wednesday: inkling

 Every Wednesday we will give away a new book. For a chance to win, just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Wednesday through 11:59 PM Friday and winners will be announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Win it Wednesdays.)

Win it Wednesday: inkling by Kenneth Oppel

The Rylance family is stuck. Dad's got writer's block. Ethan promised to illustrate a group project at school--even though he can't draw. Sarah's still pining for a puppy. And they all miss Mom.

Enter Inkling. Inkling begins life in Mr. Rylance's sketchbook. But one night the ink of his drawings runs together--and then leaps off the page! This small burst of creativity is about to change everything.

Ethan finds him first. Inkling has absorbed a couple chapters of his math book--not good--and the story he's supposed to be illustrating for school--also not good. But Inkling's also started drawing the pictures to go with the story--which is amazing! It's just the help Ethan was looking for! Inkling helps the rest of the family too--for Sarah he's a puppy. And for Dad he's a spark of ideas for a new graphic novel. It's exactly what they all want.

It's not until Inkling goes missing that this family has to face the larger questions of what they--and Inkling--truly need.

Congratulation Orion U., you are our Win it Wednesday winner!

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Librarian’s Talk Children’s Books: Week 2

This week in Librarian's Talk Children's Books, we wanted to talk about those books we love to read aloud to children. Read-aloud is a great activity to do with your child that greatly benefits your child’s literary learning experience. Reading a book out loud can help build and support children’s listening and speaking abilities. It's also a great way to help build your child’s vocabulary and a great way to create conversations to increase your child’s knowledge. Doing storytimes on a regular basis helps give children’s librarians a chance to try different picture books and see children’s response and interaction to each picture book title. Here are some of our recommendations of good books to read out loud to your child. This week’s guests are Ashlee Green, Children’s Programming Librarian stationed at Fig Garden Library, and Yvette Herrera a librarian from Madera County Library system. 

Ashlee's Picks:

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland

Eric's Picks: 

The Monster at the End of the Book by Jon Stone

Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

Yvette's Picks:

Swing by Michael Hall 

This Books is Gray by Lindsay Ward


 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Win it Wednesday: Stormy- A Story About Finding a Forever Home

 Every Wednesday we will give away a new book. For a chance to win, just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Wednesday through 11:59 PM  Friday and winners will be announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Win it Wednesdays.)

Stormy- A Story About Finding a Forever Home by  Guojing

In this heartwarming, wordless picture book that's perfect for dog lovers, a woman visits a park and discovers a pup hiding under a bench--scruffy, scared, and alone. With gentle coaxing, the woman tries to befriend the animal, but the dog is too scared to let her near. Day after day, the woman tries--and day after day, the dog runs away. With perseverance and patience--and help from an enticing tennis ball--a tentative friendship begins. But it's not until a raging storm forces the two together that a joyous and satisfying friendship takes hold. Guojing poignantly explores how trust doesn't always come easily, but how, over time, and with kindness and determination, forever love can grow.

Congratulations Zoe R., you are our Win it Wednesday winner!