15th Anniversary of Spirited Away

We have a guest blog post today from a young library patron and volunteer. In honor of the 15th Anniversary of the release of Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away”, 11-year-old Mary shares her thoughts on the epic movie.

Be sure to check theaters on December 4th and 5th to see if Spirited Away is playing in a theater near you, or reserve a copy of the movie or manga at the Handley Regional Libraryspiritedaway!

Hayao Miyazaki, a Japanese film director and artist, made Spirited Away In 2001. It is being re-released for its 15th anniversary on December 4th and 5th in theaters!

In the story, a ten-year-old girl named Chihiro Ogino was moving into a new house but she and her family got lost and they found themselves in the realm of spirits. She tried to get back but saw that the way they came had become a sea. Chihiro met a boy in his early teens named Haku.  To make it so the spirits wouldn’t kill her, he helped her get a job at a bath house owned by a witch called Yubaba.

The Manga books  for Spirited Away are pretty much the same except the fact you can easily stop and look back. In fact, they used pictures from the movie and added text to them. There are five Mangas (in color). They just let you pause and look closer at what just happened. The Movie and Mangas weren’t really that different. I just watched the movie and read the Mangas.

Though some people think the movie is a little weird, I think it is awesome! The fact that it is weird is what makes it so fun. And has a lot of fun magic to it.

Hayao Miyazaki is coming out of retirement and looking to direct another film and that makes it all the more exciting.

~Mary Costello, 11 years old

Dinosaurs at Storytime

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Books to Share:  

Book Jacket for: Dinosaurs, dinosaurs

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton

  • Imaginatively and with a masterful use of color, shape, and composition, Byron Barton brings to life a unique and endearing vision of what the world may have looked like once upon a time.

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Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein

  • For newly hatched dinosaur Dinah, the world is an exciting place. There is so much to see and do. She tries this — STOMP! And she tries that — CHOMP! Then she sees a kiss and knows just what she wants to try next. Who can she kiss? And after a few disastrous attempts, can she figure out how to give someone a kiss without whomping, chomping, or stomping them first? Young children will chuckle and cheer when Dinah finds just the right creature for her dinosaur kisses in this funny new picture book from David Ezra Stein.

Book Jacket for: How do dinosaurs say goodnight?

How do dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

  • 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.

Book Jacket for: Fossil

  • Fossil by Claire Ewart.
    • Upon finding a special stone, a child imagines the life of a pterosaur, the ancient flying reptile that lived, died, and was fossilized into that stone. Includes facts about fossils and how they are formed.

You may also like:
 by Paul Stickland

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  You can find the books listed here in the HRL catalog under the tag: Roam and Roar: Favorite Dinosaur Books  Many of our collections of books on popular subjects are also available right here on the blog on the Booklists page and are also available in hardcopy at your library.

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share

We Are the Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner

(Chorus) We are the dinosaurs, marching, marching
We are the dinosaurs
Whaddaya think of that?

We are the dinosaurs, marching, marching
We are the dinosaurs
We make the earth flat, we make the earth flat

We stop and eat our food
when we’re in the mood
We stop and eat our food on the ground
We stop and eat our food
when we’re in the mood
We stop and eat our food
and then we march around

(Chorus)

We stop and take a rest over in our nest
We stop and take a rest at the end of the day
We stop and take a rest over in our nest
We stop and take a rest
and then you’ll hear us say

(Chorus)

And then we ROOOOOAAAAAAR!
‘Cause we are the dinosaurs!

Dinosaurs
Spread your arms, way out wide
Fly like Pteranodon, soar and glide
Bend to the floor, head down low
Move like Stegosaurus, long ago
Reach up tall, try to be
As tall as Apatosaurus eating on a tree
Using your claws, grumble and growl
Just like Tyrannosaurus on the prowl

Dinosaur, Dinosaur
Dinosaur, dinosaur, turn around
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch the ground
Dinosaur, dinosaur, reach up high
Dinosaur, dinosaur, wink one eye
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your nose
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your toes
Dinosaur, dinosaur, slap your knees
Dinosaur, dinosaur, sit down please

Dino-Pokey (to the tune of “The Hokey Pokey”)

You put your claws in,
You take your claws out,
You put your claws in,
And you scratch ’em all about.
You do the dino pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!

Additional Verses:
feet in
feet out
stomp them all about

teeth in
teeth out
chomp them all about

tail in
tail out
wag it all about

We hope to see you at storytime!

Bowman Library
Toddler Time – Mondays @ 11AM
Storycrafters – Tuesdays @ 6PM
Preschool Time – Wednesdays @ 11AM
Baby Time – Thursdays @ 11AM
Preschool Time – Saturdays @ 11AM

Clarke County Library
Preschool Time – Tuesdays @ 10:30AM

Handley Library
Preschool Time – Mondays @ 10:30AM
Baby and Me – Tuesdays @ 10:30AM
Toddler Time – Thursdays @ 10:30AM

Check the calendar for more children’s programs and special events throughout the system.

Happy Birthday Charles Schulz!

If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself. ~ Charles M. Schulz

250px-charles_schulz_nywtsLong before Calvin and his stuffed tiger went on their first adventures, a boy named Charlie Brown provided us a humorous glimpse into the life of a unique and often awkward boy, and his pet beagle, Snoopy.

Charlie Brown showed up the other day at the Bowman Library and got into some mischief! Watch the video and see what he was up to.

Thank you Charles Schulz for your gift of laughter. Happy Birthday!

November’s Anime and Pocky!

my-hero-academiaIn a world full of people with superpowers, what if you were simply an ordinary middle school student?

Izuku Midoriya lives in such a world, where superpowers, known as “Quirks” (個性 Kosei) are common, leaving him an outcast, bullied by his classmates. When his childhood bully, Katsuki, is attacked by a villian, Izuku jumps in to save him regardless of his lack of superpowers. Because of this, All Might, the world’s greatest Hero, bestows upon Izuku his own quirk.

Monday, November 28th, from 6-7 pm at the Bowman Library, middle and high school students are welcome to come enjoy some refreshments while they watch My Hero Academia and follow Izuku’s story.

pockyAnime and Pocky is hosted by the Teen Advisory Board every 4th Monday of the month at the Bowman Library.

 

Our Future Library Leaders

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In this month of thankfulness, the Bowman Library would like to show appreciation for our Teen Advisers! On the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. a handful of enthusiastic teenagers join together to help decide which events they believe local teens will enjoy, advise our library on materials for their age group, and volunteer to assist in other activities through the year.

Through helping with our Teen Advisory program, local teens have an opportunity to build life long leadership skills, work in groups, plan and execute ideas, and network with other motivated teens in the area. Furthermore, the teens can assist in other programs to gain needed volunteer hours and learn more about our library programs for all ages.

In addition to regularly scheduled events and displays, our current teen advisers always have creative ideas they love to add to enhance regular activities, such as their planned “Teen Ugly Festive Party” to be held at the Game Night in December. (3rd Friday of each month.) The teens will encourage their peers to attend wearing ugly socks, sweaters, scarves, and shoes to show off their crazy holiday spirit. More information will be forthcoming as the December Game Night approaches.

New to the schedule next month will be a Chess Champs meeting Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. at the Bowman Library, which will be lead by teen chess enthusiasts. December meetings will be the 3rd, 10th, and 17th.

Additional Teen activities include their Anime & Pocky evenings, meeting the 4th Monday of the month at 6:00pm, and a Manga Art & Coloring Club, meeting the 1st and 3rd Monday at 5:30pm.

Don’t forget NaNoWriMo! Join other teens this month at either Bowman or the Handley Branch. For more information, you can see our post on National Novel Writing Month.

Call Donna Hughes, 869-9000 x215, to request more information and to apply for a teen leadership position.

Great Audiobooks for the Trip to Grandma’s House

favorite-audiobooks-for-family-road-tripAre you looking forward to vising your family for the holidays?  But not looking forward to spending hours listening to “Are we there yet?  Are we there yet?  I’m booooored”?

Don’t worry!  Handley Regional Library has something better you can listen to!

Here are 6 great audiobooks for a family road trip that kids and adults will love to listen to.

Book Jacket for: Bud, not Buddy [sound recording]

  • Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.
  • Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father–the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.  The audiobook enhances the experience of listening to this Newberry award-winner with a “zippy reading” and classic jazz songs.  Read the full review from Audiofile.

Book Jacket for: Peter and the Starcatchers [sound recording]

  • Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson

If you’ve listened to the Harry Potter series on audio, you probably already fell in love with Jim Dale’s readings.  This adventure story, a tale of orphans, magic, and pirates, has a no-less fantastic performance from Dale.  Audiofile calls it “truly astonishing. He creates distinct voices for all the characters–pirates, women, British soldiers, and native tribesmen. Adults and children alike will enjoy this rollicking tale of pirates, talking porpoises, flying children, and a giant crocodile.” Read the full review here: Review of Peter and the Starcatchers.

Book Jacket for: Winnie-the-Pooh [sound recording]

  • Winnie-The-Pooh by A. A. Milne

If you’re only familiar with the Disney TV series version of Winnie-the-Pooh, you’re missing out on the depth of humor in the originals.  This version is read by a full cast of familiar British voices, including Dame Judi Dench, and comedian Stephen Fry. Audiofile calls it “a listening pleasure” and “a rich experience.”  Read the full review here: Review of Winnie-the-Pooh

 

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  • The cookie moon written and read by John R. Erickson.

Hank the Cowdog read by his originator John Erickson is incomparable.  Erickson’s unique voices for his characters add to the already humorous story.  Toddlers on up can enjoy these supremely silly stories.

 

 

 

Book Jacket for: The graveyard book [sound recording]

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Neila Gaiman’s reading of his 2009 Newberry Winning novel is an enthralling listen.  It tells the story of Nobody Owens who, after being orphaned by the murder of his entire family, is raised by ghosts. Don’t be scared away by the dark themes inherent in the premise; these themes are handled delicately and not sensationally.  Commonsense media’s review calls it “a lovely book. Suspenseful, yes, and a bit creepy, but lovely nonetheless” and recommends it for ages 9 and up.

 

Book Jacket for: Fortunately, the milk [sound recording] Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Expressively narrated by the author, this title by Gaiman is perfect for those not ready for the slightly spooky tone of The Graveyard Book. Gaiman takes a dive into absurdist humor with this outlandish tale of a father abducted by aliens on his way to buy milk. Audiofile says, “giggles guaranteed for all ages.”

We’ve collected a list of other highly rated titles available from Handley Regional Library here: Great Audiobooks for Family Road Trips

Can’t make it to the library in time to check out these books?  Check out our downloadable audiobooks from your own living room, or on the go: ebooks and more

Giving Thanks at Storytime!

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Happy Thanksgiving!
At Handley Regional Library, we want to say “Thank you!” to all of our wonderful patrons. You give us reason to give thanks every day.  In that spirit of gratitude, here are 7 of our favorite books about gratitude and thankfulness for you to share with your families.

Books to Share:

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  • Bear says thanks by Karma Wilson ; illustrations by Jane Chapman.
  • Thank you, Thanksgiving by David Milgrim.
  • Giving thanks by Jonathan London ; paintings by Gregory Manchess.

Book Jacket for: Day by dayBook Jacket for: Thanks for Thanksgiving

  • Day by day by Susan Gal.
  • The thankful book by Todd Parr.
  • Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes ; illustrated by Doris Barrette.

You can find these books at Handley Regional Library by searching the catalog for the tag #GiveThanks

.Book Jacket for: Giving thanks : a Native American good morning message

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Giving thanks : a Native American good morning message / by Chief Jake Swamp ; illustrated by Erwin Printup, Jr.

Songs and Poems to Share

“Thanks a Lot” can be found on Baby Beluga – J CD Raffi

If You’re Thankful and You Know It, Clap Your Hands

If you’re thankful and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
then your face will surely show it.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
clap your hands.

If you’re thankful and you know it,
stomp your feet.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
stomp your feet.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
then your face will surely show it.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
stomp your feet.

If you’re thankful and you know it,
shout “I am!”
If you’re thankful and you know it,
shout “I am!”
If you’re thankful and you know it,
then your face will surely show it.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
shout “I am!”

Turkey and Stuffing (Tune of “Where is Thumbkin”)

Turkey and stuffing,
Turkey and Stuffing,
Pumpkin pie.
Ten feet high!
We were so much thinner,
Before we ate our dinner.
Me-oh-my!
Me-oh-my!

Turkey Wore His Rainbow Feathers
(Tune of “Mary Wore Her Red Dress”)
Turkey wore his red feather,
red feather, red feather.
Turkey wore his red feather all day long.
(Continue adding color feathers and singing)

Last Verse:
Turkey wore his rainbow feathers, rainbow feathers, rainbow feathers.
Turkey wore his rainbow feathers all day long.

Where is Thumbkin?
Where is Thumbkin?
Where is Thumbkin?
Here I am!
Here I am!

How are you today, sir?
Very well, I thank you.
Run away.
Run away.

We hope to see you at storytime!

Bowman Library
Toddler Time – Mondays @ 11AM
Storycrafters – Tuesdays @ 6PM
Preschool Time – Wednesdays @ 11AM
Baby Time – Thursdays @ 11AM
Preschool Time – Saturdays @ 11AM

Clarke County Library
Preschool Time – Tuesdays @ 10:30AM

Handley Library
Preschool Time – Mondays @ 10:30AM
Baby and Me – Tuesdays @ 10:30AM
Toddler Time – Thursdays @ 10:30AM

Check the calendar for more children’s programs and special events throughout the system.

Image courtesy Vectezy.com by frankmib6

Author Profile: Joseph Bruchac

15337November is Native American Heritage month. On the new Tween to Young Teen display at Bowman we have highlighted many books about and written by Native Americans, including several selections by the celebrated author, Joseph Bruchac.

Living in the Adirondack mountains of New York, in the land of his Abenaki ancestors, Bruchac, along with his two grown sons and his sister Margaret, work to preserve the culture and language of the Abenaki through the use of story telling and traditional music. His love of his native heritage has also made him a respected author of well received books about other Native American tribes and traditions.

1206364Library readers of all ages can find many of Bruchac’s books through the Handley Regional Library system. You can find wonderful picture books, such as The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story and Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving.670080  Additionally, older youth may enjoy chilling tales, such as Skeleton Man and The Return of Skeleton Man, which weave the life of a modern kid into the world of a Native American legend.

175395Teens through adults will love Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two. In this historic novel, Bruchac tells the story of how Navajo Marines played a critical role in the victory of World War II. You can find this and many more through the Handley website search for Joseph Bruchac, as well as books co-authored with his son James.

Learn more about Joseph Bruchac and his accomplishments at his official site, then stop by the library to pick up one or more of his books to read!

Monkeyin’ Around Storytime @ Handley Regional Library

monkeying-around-title-card-for-storytimeWe’re Monkeyin’ Around during Handley Regional Library storytimes this week.  Here are a few of the stories, poems, and songs that we’ll be sharing this week, so you can keep singing, playing, and reading with your little ones at home.

Books to Share:

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  • Monkey and me by Emily Gravett
    • “A little girl and her toy monkey love imitating different animals, everything from jumping like kangaroos to waddling like penguins! Open this book and play along with them. Can you guess what animal they are now?”
  • Be quiet, Mike! by Leslie Patricelli
    • “Monkey Mike is reprimanded for making noise when he taps pencils and clangs trash cans until he sees a drum set in the music store and puts his hands-on talents to work in a most impressive way.”
  • Five little monkeys reading in bed by Eileen Christelow
    • Mama has said it is time for “Lights out! Sweet dreams! No more reading in bed,” but her five little monkeys cannot resist reading just a few more books to one another.

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  • Sock monkeys do the monkey monkey! [text by Harriet Ziefert] ; photos by William B. Winburn
    • Sock monkeys perform the “Monkey Monkey,” their version of the dance “The Hokey Pokey.”
  • Cha-cha chimps by Julia Durango ; illustrated by Eleanor Taylor
    • Ten little chimps go down to the local hangout where they dance the cha-cha, but one by one they begin to do other dances with other African animals.
  • Tall by Jez Alborough.
    • Illustrations and just a few words depict how various jungle animals help a very little monkey to feel that he is tall.

In addition to these books used at our storytimes, we’ve created a collection of favorite monkey-themed books for you!  If you loved one of our storytime books from this week and can’t remember what the title was, you can find them here: Monkey Stories at HRL

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  Many of our collections of books on popular subjects are also available right here on the blog on the Booklists page and are also available in hardcopy at your library.

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share:

“No More Monkeys” can be found onPutumayo Kids presents : animal playground [sound recording] – J CD 

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Five little Monkeys jumping on the bed.
One fell off and bumped her head.
Momma called the doctor
And the doctor said,
“No more monkeys, jumping on the bed!”
Four little monkeys, jumping on the bed . . .

Just Like Me

Monkeys all stand up, just like me.
Monkeys all wiggle, just like me.
Monkeys all jump up, just like me.
Monkeys all stretch high, just like me.
Monkeys all sit down, quietly.

Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree

Five little monkeys sitting in a tree
Teasing Mr Alligator, “Can’t catch me!”
Along comes Alligator, mouth open wide–\
Snap! A little monkey deep inside.
Four, three, two, one…

Underneath the Monkey Tree (Chant or Sing to tune of “The Muffin Man”)

Come and play awhile with me,
Underneath the monkey tree.
Monkey see and monkey do,
Just like monkeys in the zoo.

(Continue verses, replacing first line with:)

Swing your tail, 1, 2, 3…
Jump around and smile like me…

Copycat Game Chant

Let’s play copycat just for fun
Whatever I do, you do the same.
That’s the way we play the copycat game.

Animals in the Zoo
(Tune: “The Wheels on the Bus”

The monkeys at the zoo say Ooh, ooh, Ahh,
Ooh, ooh, aah, ooh, ooh, aah.
The Monkeys at the zoo say Ooh, ooh, aah,
All day long.
Continue with other animals . . .

Little Monkeys Swinging In the Tree

Little monkeys swinging in the tree,
All hold hands and swing with me
Swing up high and swing down low
Swing in the tree, now don’t let go!
Swing, swing, like I do
Swing like the monkeys in the zoo

We hope to see you at storytime!

 

Check the calendar for more children’s programs and special events throughout the system.

Your Next Young Adult Novel

Young Adult Novels are the latest phenomenon of the publishing world. If you haven’t looked into this very diverse genre, which has teens standing in line for their next book and raising up their favorite authors as the new super stars of modern literature, here is a fun quiz through quotev.com to help you find just the right book to get you started!

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Last summer Epic Reads, a great site for anyone who loves books, linked to a fun quiz:

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Summer has come and gone, but with the cool weather coming in, perhaps it’s an even better time to grab the fuzzy blanket and find a great read for the Thanksgiving break.

Parents who are looking for reviews on the books their teens are reading may enjoy the book section of Common Sense Media.  Age suggestions are given for many of today’s favorite Young Adult books, as well as topics for discussion.

For even more great reads for teens, the Bowman Library has a teen display always available, including selections from the Teen Advisory Board. If you are teen or preteen in middle or high school, consider joining them on the second Monday of the month at 6:00 pm.  Call Donna Hughes at 540-869-9000 x215 for more information.

Did you take a quiz? Tell us which book you got!