Monday, July 21, 2014


"The New Colored Pencil" is a new publication by Watson Guptill authored by Kristy Ann Kutch. You can expect wonderful art books from Watson Guptill and this is not an exception. This beautiful book is for beginners and experts in this field of art. The beautiful art captured in this step by step primer is exceptional. The new Colored Pencil is an incredibly thorough resource for artists using this artistic medium whose popularity is growing. From tips, techniques, tools, to the latest in pencil technoogy and attributes, this is a one-stop book for both budding and established artists.

The book is broken down by type of pencil: Wax based (traditional) colored pencils, water-soluble colored pencils, and wax pastels (the new crayon-type of pencil). Each chapter describes the various tools and accessories, brands and their prices/advantages, mediums, and of course different techniques. As well, drawings, in various stages, are presented for learning to create different types of works and very inspirational images are interspersed throughout.

The book is cleanly laid out and easy to read/follow. The sections are broken down in a way to make referencing the various techniques, tips, or tool info making it easy and efficient.

Friday, June 6, 2014

No More People Magazine Book Reviews

I was sorry to read in the latest edition of Early Word that People Magazine will no longer have their Book Review section. I have always enjoyed reading their reviews and thought they had a pretty good handle on what people like to read and were reading. I chose many of the books I purchase for the library from their top picks.

Read the article below:

The last issue with a Book section
When opening the new issue of People magazine, you may wonder where the Books section is. Unfortunately, along with the other reviews sections, it is gone. Books, movies, TV and music will now be combined in an upfront section, “People Picks,” where they will also have new competition from apps, games, viral video and other entertainment.

The last issue with
a Book section

In the inaugural “Picks” section, books appear towards the end (ahead of the DVD of the HBO series, True Detective and the streaming musical, side effects, with just three new hardcovers, all of them by well-known authors – Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes, Diana Gabaldon’s Written in My On Heart’s Blood, and Lisa See’s China Dolls – as well as three paperback reprints, also from big names.
This is the first major change to the magazine under the new Editorial Director, Jess Cagle who took over in January. It seems his predecessor, Larry Hackett, had considered making changes to the sections, but kept them to support partial advertising pages.

The book business has had to suffer the diminishing, or closing, of many book review sections. Given People magazine’s extensive reach, this may be the worst blow of them all.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Story Time Review

Flutter and fly into Story Time

This final week of our Story Time session we focused on bugs. We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, I Love Bugs by Emma Dodd, The Apple and the Butterfly by Mari Lela, Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian by Margarita Engle, Lady Bug on the Move by Richard Fowler, and Alpha Bugs by David A. Carter. Surprisingly, the favorite book of the week was the wordless book The Apple and the Butterfly. It describes how a worm gets into an apple, how it gets out and the general life cycle of a moth. This deceptive book looks so simple but is fascinating it show the changing seasons and lots of other details one might miss if not studying the pictures closely.

We Used the CD Tiny Tunes by Carole Peterson to play the song Fuzzy Wuzzy Caterpillar and I am a Butterfly. I pre-cut some fabric to have the children hold in each hand to make "butterfly wings" as we danced around the room. If you had scarves you could use them for this simple activity. Continuing our butterfly theme, we water color painted some die-cut parts for a butterfly and glued them to a mask for our craft.

Our take home page also featured butterflies to trace, to practice our pre-writing skills.

Next session registration is June 3rd at 10:30 a.m.

See you then!
Michele Schumann, Children's Librarian

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Story Time Review

Story Time is Egg-citing!

This week we talked about eggs. It was a fun topic to bring in a little Easter without actually doing an Easter theme. We read Oliver by Christopher Franceschelli, Egg Drop by Mini Grey, Ten Eggs in a Nest by Marilyn Sadler, Roly-Poly Egg by Kali Stileman, Egg in the Hole by Richard Scarry, and The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown.

We played with our shaker eggs and we had a game of follow the leader with eggs. I filled plastic Easter eggs with small notes and had each child draw an egg one at a time. I would read the note and then we would do whatever activity it listed. Hopping like a bunny, singing like a frog and spin around 5 times fast were some that we did that were fun.

For our craft I just gave each child a paper with a white oval printed on it. Then I set out sequins, stickers paper shapes and other items that the children could decorate their egg with.

Our take home page was a dice rolling game. It had two rows of eggs each with numbers from one to six. To play the players get six markers like beans or buttons or pennies. They roll the dice and then place a marker over the number they roll. The first one to cover all the eggs wins.

Next week: Bugs
Michele Schumann
Children's Librarians

Monday, April 14, 2014

Wow! I didn't know that!

The Value of my Library
I just was reading about the value of libraries and thought our readers might be interested.
According to a report from the Utah State Library Division, the economic return to taxpayers’ investment in public libraries is $7.35 per public tax dollar (or $1.00) expended. The ROI (Return on Investment) was calculated by dividing the total economic value of public libraries minus the total direct benefit ($706,854,261 - $84,617,790 = $622,236,471) by the public tax support ($84,617,790) for all public libraries in Utah. This return per dollar of taxpayer funds comes back to taxpayers in the form of the value of public library services and the economic contribution of public libraries to the economy.

Wow talk about value for your money! Libraries rock. Join us for our National Library week celebrations this week. Check out our webpage, for a full list of activities.

Michele Schumann
Children's Librarian

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hippity Hop to Story Time!

This week we read about rabbits at Story Time. Our books were Big Bunny by Betsy Gail Rand, The Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers, Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Rosenthal, Home for a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes, The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky, and Oh So, Tiny Bunny by David Kirk. I used the song  Here is a Bunny by Carole Peterson from her CD Season Sings and Hop like a Bunny from the CD Toddlers on Parade

We did a fun activity with the flannel board. I drew some unusual carrots on 2x2 cards. Carrots that were squares or ovals or hexagons. Some that were green and yellow and purple too! Then I taped the carrots to the flannel board and taped some brown construction paper strips over the top to make dirt. Just the tops were sticking out. I had each child come up one at a time and pick a carrot, they showed what kind of carrot they got and then fed the carrot to a hungry bunny. The bunny I made with an empty #10 can. I taped a photo copy on the top of a rabbit face, with a whole cut out for the mouth. The children just slid the carrots through the hole into the can. They loved this activity. It was fun to tell them about real purple carrots, one mom said that they had even grown purple carrots in their garden last summer. 

For our craft we took a plain white paper plate and glued on some white rabbit ears. We used a pink pom pom for his nose and some cotton balls for his puffy cheeks. We glued on some googly eyes and drew a mouth and little tongue. Some children drew on whiskers as well. We could have also used pipe cleaners for whiskers but our Walmart was out of them the day I went shopping for supplies and I didn't have time to drive anywhere else to get them. 

Our take home pages included some bunny finger puppets to color and cut out and the finger rhyme 5 Little Bunnies.

Next week: Eggs, both the regular kind and the Easter kind
Michele Schumann, Children's Librarian

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Story Time Review

I Can Quack like that!

This week for our Story Time classes we read about ducks. We read Clumsy Duck by Britta Teckentrup, Duck to the Rescue by John Himmelman, It's Quacking Time by Martin Waddell, 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle, The Fuzzy Duckling by Jane Watson and Ducks don't Wear Socks by John Nedwidek. I made flannel board pieces to tell the Ducks don't Wear Socks story. This book is a simple story about all the silly things a duck wears to try and make a serious girl smile. In the end she turns the tables on him and makes duck laugh by dressing up like a duck. I like this story because the duck is a mallard and gives the children a chance to see a different type of duck. They are not all just fuzzy and yellow.

Ducks Don't Wear Socks Flannel Board
We sang 5 Little Ducks with some stick puppets and sang Little Duckie Duddle by Carole Peterson from her CD Tiny Tunes. We played a game called Do like a duck does. I had several rubber ducks of different colors on the board and as we said the poem we would take down each duck and do the action. The poem is:
I am a little yellow duck,
as happy as can be.
You can be my special friend
If you talk like me!
Rubber Duck Poem/Flannel Board 

For each duck we changed the color and the action, we swam, walked, shook our tail feathers, and flapped our wings. It was a great wiggle activity and went well with the 10 Rubber Ducks story.

For our craft we made a duck from a paper plate, some feathers, and some construction paper feet, beak and head. Simple and cute glue activity. For our take home pages, I sent home a set of five little ducks for the children to color, so they could sing the 5 little ducks song at home and a maze titled  "Help the duck find the pond".

5 Little Ducks song puppets
    Next Week: Bunny Rabbits
    Michele Schumann, Children's Librarian
Paper plate duck craft