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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Win it Wednesday: Welcome Home, Bear

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.)

Welcome Home, Bear: A Book of Animal Habitats by Il Sung Na

Every morning, Bear wakes up in the same green forest under the same blue sky. So one day, he decides to find a new home. . .

From Il Sun Na comes a beautiful book of animal habitats. Follow Bear as he visits all of his friends--from Bird and Mole to Camel and Octopus--until he settles into the home that's just right for him.

Want this book? Fill out and submit the form below for a chance to win your very own copy!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Earth Day (Hooray!)

by Kristin Baer, E-Services/Web Marketing Librarian

Earth Day is right around the corner--this Saturday (April 22nd), in fact! If you're looking for small ways to get involved in this worldwide day of environmental awareness, reflection, and change, we've got a few suggestions.



Learn about our planet and how we can keep it healthy, with "teacher-approved" videos like this one...

And DVD titles from our catalog!

Library eResources

Study biomes and ecosystems and other Earth Science fundamentals, with our Homework Center eResources, such as ScienceFlix and Science Reference Center (log into these databases from anywhere, with your FCPL card barcode!).


At FCPL, it's easy being green. What better way to help conserve our natural resources than by checking out print and e-books from your local Library?

Bee & Me, by Jay Alison

A little girl befriends a bee, which takes her on a journey of discovery and teaches her how she can help with conservation.

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Seesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia, by Miranda Paul

This inspirational book tells the true story of how Isatou Ceesay found a way to recycle the plastic bags that littered her hometown and transformed her community.

The Earth Book, by Todd Parr

Engaging illustrations help readers understand all the reasons we should care for our planet.

The Curious Garden, by Peter Brown

A little boy comes across a struggling garden and starts taking care of it. The garden soon spreads, bringing nature back to the city and making it a much nicer place to live.

The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss

In this classic, the Lorax "speaks for the trees" and warns readers of the dangers of disrespecting the environment.

Middle grade readers may enjoy Carl Hiassen's Chomp, and other titles recommended on University of Illinois' list of Environmental Novels for Young Adults.

Find even more books about the Earth, conservation, and related topics in FCPL's catalog!

About the author:

Kristin Baer is a librarian in Fresno County Public Library's E-Services department. She helps manage and promote FCPL's eResources, and assists Library users at the information desk and via FCPL's social media channels. A former teacher, she is passionate about empowering people of all ages, through access to information resources and learning opportunities.

When she's not at the Library, she can usually be found with her nose in a book (no surprise that Belle was her favorite Disney princess growing up), creating random works of art and creative writing, dancing, or just hanging out with friends (some quite furry and four-legged).

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Celebrate Poetry Month!

by Nicole Settle, Children's Programming Librarian

The Fresno County Public Library is celebrating National Poetry Month and kids can join in the fun, too! Read on for suggestions.


Write your own poem and enter it in our poetry contest. Age categories include 3rd-6th grade and 7th to 8th grade. Winners in each category will receive a Barnes and Noble gift card!


Read a poetry picture book. Here are some of my favorites:

Silly Sally, by Audrey Wood

In this rhyming story, Silly Sally makes many friends as she travels to town--backward and upside down.

Things to Do, by Elaine Magliaro

Told in rhyming text, this story takes us through a child's day, focusing on the animals and objects around the child.

All of the World, by Liz Garton Scanlon

Follow a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning till night as they discover the importance of all things great and small in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family connections, to the widest sunset sky.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin, Jr.

An alphabet rhyme/chant relates what happens when the whole alphabet tries to climb a coconut tree.

Giraffes Can't Dance, by Giles Andreae

Gerald the Giraffe is too clumsy to dance with all the other animals at the Jungle Dance, until he finds the right music.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?, by Jane Yolen

Mother and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say goodnight, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss.


Make a poetry wreath!


Paper plate
Colored paper
Flower template
Glue stick

Step 1. Cut out and glue your poem to the middle of your paper plate. Print off a poem from this website, which has wonderful poems for children, or make up your own poem!

Step 2. Using a flower template of your choice (you can find different ones here), trace your flowers and cut the shapes out of the colored paper.

Step 3. Layer your flower pieces and glue them together. Cut out leaf shapes.

Step 4. Glue/tape your flowers and leaves to your paper plate.

Step 5. Hang your beautiful new poetry wreath on the wall, for all to see and enjoy!

About the author:

Nicole Settle is the Children's Programming Librarian at Fresno County Public Library. She coordinates all the county-wide library programs for kids. When she's not working, you can find her at home drinking a cup of tea and knitting, with her dog snuggled at her side.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Win it Wednesday: Amina's Voice

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.)

Amina's Voice by Hena Khan

Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except now that she's in middle school everything feels different. Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the "cool" girls in the class, and even talking about changing her name to something more "American." Does Amina need to start changing too? Or hiding who she is to fit in? While Amina grapples with these questions, her local mosque is vandalized, and she is devastated. How will her fractured community begin to heal?

In Amina's Voice, readers will witness the power of a young girl's voice being heard.

Update: This exciting new book goes to Cheyenne M.!