Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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Anime enthusiast and library volunteer, Alex Costello, provides us with a review of this months featured anime: Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Thank you, Alex!

Ever hear that anime can’t be real art? Fans of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood* will strongly disagree! Often declared as one of the greatest anime ever made, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood became a classic to fans all over the world. Not really into anime (yet)? This anime is considered a great starter series for those looking to dip their toes into the anime world!

“Alchemy: the science of understanding, deconstructing, and reconstructing matter. However, it is not an all-powerful art. It is impossible to create something out of nothing. If one wishes to obtain something, something of equal value must be given. This is the law of equivalent exchange; the basis of all alchemy. In accordance to this law, there is a taboo among alchemists. Human transmutation is strictly forbidden. For what could equal the value of a human soul?”

Edward and Alphonse Elric live with their mother in a small sheep town in Amestris. However, a pandemic sweeps through their idyllic world and takes their mother from them, leaving them lost and lonely. Determined to see her again, the young boys turn to alchemy in search for the secret of human transmutation, believing that they can bring their mother back to life. But there is a reason human transmutation is a taboo among alchemists: the transmutation fails, and their punishment is costly. Edward loses an arm and a leg, and Alphonse loses his entire body, forced to live as a disembodied soul bound to a suit of armor.fullmetal123

Realizing the gravity of their error, the Elric brothers seek after what they believe to be their only hope: the legendary Philosopher’s Stone. Said to give alchemists the ability to bypass the fundamental alchemic law of equivalent exchange, granting unrivaled power. The brothers believe the stone will help them restore their bodies to their whole forms. Edward joins the military to have access to their restricted research, and the two are plunged into a world of secrets and corruption that penetrate deep into the ranks of the military – and they learn that the secrets behind the Philosopher’s Stone may be darker than they ever realized.
Based off the classic manga by Hiromu Arakawa, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood offers a rich, emotional story, with unforgettable characters,  set in a fascinating world of pockyalchemy  and intrigue. Middle and high school students are welcome to join us for Full Metal Alchemist during our Anime and Pocky night at the Bowman Library Monday, March 27 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.  We’ll provide refreshments, including pocky!

(*Quick note: There are actually two anime adaptions of Fullmetal Alchemist. The first one, simply titled Fullmetal Alchemist,  aired while the manga was still ongoing, and so it branches off into its own storyline. But due to the success of the manga and the first series, a second adaption was created, this one fallowing the manga’s story much more closely. The second one, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the one being viewed this upcoming anime night.)

Dog Tales @ HRL

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:

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:

My Dog Rags
My little puppy, his name is Rags,
he eats so much that his tummy drags.
Big floppy ears and a tail that wags,
and when he walks, he zig zag zags.
Flip, flop, wiggle, waggle, zig zag.
When I whistle he never obeys,
he always runs the other way.
He doesn’t have a pedigree,
but I love him and he loves me.
Flip, flop, wiggle, waggle, zig zag!

Dogs are Barking (Tune: Alouette)
Dogs are barking,
Hear the dogs a’ barking
Dogs are barking,
All around the town.
Dogs are barking over here
Dogs are barking over there
Over here, over there …oh …
Dogs are barking,
Hear the dogs a’ barking
Dogs are barking,
All around the town.

Bingo
There was a farmer had a dog,
and Bingo was his name-o.
B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O
and Bingo was his name-o.

Some Dogs Bark
Some dogs bark.
Some dogs growl.
Some dogs yip.
Some dogs howl.
Some dogs wiggle their tails!

This Old Man
This old man, he played one, (hold up one finger)
He played knick-knack on my thumb. (tap fists together)
With a knick-knack, paddy whack, (roll hands)
Give a dog a bone (hold hand out front, palm up)
This old man came rolling home. (roll hands) … he played two, on my shoe. (tap shoe)
… he played three, on my knee. (tap knee)
…he played four, on the floor. (tap on floor)

Higglety, Pigglety, Pop Knee Bounce
Higglety, Pigglety, Pop,
The dog has eaten the mop.
The pig’s in a hurry,
The cat’s in a flurry,
Higglety, pigglety, pop.

Leg over Leg
Leg over leg (bounce baby from knee to knee)
The dog went to Dover
He came to a stile
And whoops he went over. (bounce baby up)

If you’re a doggie and you know it (Tune: If you’re happy and you know it)
If you’re a dog­gie and you know it,
Say, “Woof, woof”.
If you’re a dog­gie and you know it,
Say, “Woof, woof”.
If you’re a dog­gie and you know it,
And you really want to show it,
If you’re a dog­gie and you know it,
Say, “Woof, woof”.

…sit and beg.

…wag your tail.

…shake your head.

…do all four.

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, Dr. Seuss!

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Join us at Bowman Library Saturday, March 4th at 11AM for our Seussational Storytime! Dress up as your favorite Dr. Seuss character and get ready to read stories and play games.

Here are our Essential Eleven Favorite Dr. Seuss books for Preschoolers:

Ten Apples Up on Top

Great Day for Up!

The Sneetches

Hop on Pop

The Lorax  

Green Eggs and Ham

Yertle the Turtle

There’s a Wocket in My Pocket

The Shape of Me and Other Stuff

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?

Daisy-Head Maisy

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?  Tell us in the comments!

StoryCrafters’ Project for Wild-Bird Feeding Month

Image result for national wild bird feeding monthFebruary is National Wild-Bird Feeding Month, so this week at StoryCrafters we’ll be making pinecone wild-bird feeders (don’t worry, no peanuts involved!)

When these feeders bring birds to nibble outside your windows, make sure you snag a bird identification book from the library so you can learn the names of your new friends!  Find them at HRL here: Birdfeeders and Bird Identification

Image result for bird pinecone feederThe Cornell Ornithology lab has several more bird-feeding projects you can do with your kids.  Inspiration here: http://www.birdsleuth.org/diy-feeders/

Pokémon Trading Card Club: Gotta Catch ‘Em All!

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Calling Pokémon trainers of all ages! Grab your Pokémon cards and join other Pokémon trainers this Saturday from 1:00-2:30 at the Bowman Library for the Pokémon Card Game Club!

150px-cardbackPokémon Card Game is a tabletop game that involves collecting, trading and playing with Pokémon themed playing cards. Players use a deck of sixty cards combining their main “Pokémon cards” (the main type of cards used to battle) with “Trainer cards” (cards with special effects), and “Energy cards” (used for “Attacks“).

Taking on the role of a Pokémon trainer, players then use their deck to battle their opponent, seeking to play just the right Pokémon card to cause enough damage to knock out their opponent, gaining a Prize card. When you draw six Prize cards, or knock out all of your opponents Pokémon, you win!

Game playing only. Card trading is prohibited during the club meeting. This is for Pokémon card player enthusiast for all ages, so adults, feel free to join in!

February Anime and Pocky Night!

yuri_on_ice_key_visualJoin other teens on Monday, February 27th from 6:00-7:30 at the Bowman Library for our Anime and Pocky!

This month the Teen Advisory Board has chosen Yuri!!! on Ice.

Yuri Katsuki carried the hopes of Japan on his shoulders to win the Grand Prix Finale ice skating competition but suffered a crushing defeat. Returning to Kyushu, Yuri puts his career on hold. While deciding whether or not he plans to retire or continue skating, his idol, five-time consecutive world champion Russian figure skater, Victor Nikiforov, seeks him out and offers to coach him, along with  Yuri Plisetsky, a young Russian figure skater, for the next Grand Prix series. pocky

The anime starts at 6pm. Japanese inspired snacks and drinks will be served!

 

Snuggle Baby Storytime @ HRL

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During the whole month of February, our Winter Reading Program’s theme is Snuggle With a Book.  One of the major goals of storytime for young children is for them to have positive experiences and memories surrounding books.  There is no better way for them to think of books as a fond memory than to associate books with snuggling with their favorite people.  Here are some of the books, songs, and games we will be sharing in our storytimes this week so you can continue reading, singing, and playing at home:

Books To Share: 

You can find these books in HRL’s catalog here: #snugglestorytime

Songs and Poems to Share: 

Acka Backa
Acka backa soda cracker,
Acka backa boo.
Acka backa soda cracker,
Up goes you! (lift child in air)

Acka backa soda cracker,
Acka backa boo.
Acka backa soda cracker,
I love you! (hug and kiss child)

The Kissy Game
(Give baby kisses as each body part is mentioned)
Kissy, kissy fingers,
Kissy, kissy toes.
Kissy, kissy baby
On your kissy, kissy nose.
I love to kiss your fingers,
I love to kiss your toes,
I love to kiss my baby,
On (his or her) kissy, kissy nose.

Mama’s Little Baby
(lay baby in front of you)
Mama’s little baby a kiss can blow,
(blow a kiss to baby)
And rub noses just like so.
(rub noses with baby)
Two little hands clap, clap, clap,
(Clap hands with baby)
And ten little toes can tap, tap, tap.
(tap baby’s feet together)

The Kissing Rhyme
Up, up, up in the sky like this, (lift baby up)
Down, down, down for a great big kiss, (bring baby down for a kiss)
Up like this, down like this, (lift baby up and down)
You’re my special baby! (hold baby close and cuddle)

Skidamarink
Skidamarink a dink a dink,
Skidamarink a doo,
I love you.
Skidamarink a dink a dink,
Skidamarink a doo,
I love you.

I love you in the morning
And in the afternoon,
I love you in the evening
And underneath the moon;
Oh, Skidamarink a dink a dink,
Skidamarink a doo,
I love you!

Valentine’s Day Preschool Storytime @ HRL

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Love is in the air, and we’re still snuggling up with our books on these cold winter days. Bring a friend to snuggle with while you listen to us read at storytime this week.  Here are a few of the stories, poems, and songs that we’ll be sharing this week, so you can share the love at home with your little ones:

Books to Share:

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  You can find them by searching the catalog for the tag

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:

Little Heart
I have a little heart, (place hand over heart)
And it goes thump, thump, thump (pat chest three times)
It keeps right on beating,
When I jump, jump, jump (jump three times)
I get a special feeling, when I look at you. (point to child)
It makes me want to give you a hug or two. (hug yourself)

H-E-A-R-T (tune of “Bingo”)
There is a shape and it means love
And heart is its name-o.
H-E-A-R-T, H-E-A-R-T, H-E-A-R-T,
And heart is its name-o! 

The Love Bug
It begins with a grin, (grin)
It turns to a giggle. (giggle, hee, hee, hee)
Then you start to laugh, (laugh out loud)
And your legs start to wiggle. (put your feet in the air and shake them)
You look all around for someone to hug, (look back and forth)
UH-OH! You’ve caught the love bug!
AAAAACHOOOOOO! (don’t forget to cover your sneeze!) 

Making a Valentine
Fold, fold, fold the paper
Cut, cut, cut the paper
Glue, glue, glue the paper
Write, write, I love you
Here’s a valentine for you

Skidamarink
Skidamarink a dink a dink,
Skidamarink a doo,
I love you.
Skidamarink a dink a dink,
Skidamarink a doo,
I love you.

I love you in the morning
And in the afternoon,
I love you in the evening
And underneath the moon;
Oh, Skidamarink a dink a dink,
Skidamarink a doo,
I love you!

I Love You, You Love Me
(to the tune of “This Old Man”)
I love you, You love me,
We’re a happy family!
With a great big hug,
And a kiss from me to you,
Won’t you say you love me too?
Snuggle up,
Hold me tight
Can we share A book tonight?
With a great big hug,
And another kiss or two,
I love reading books with you!

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.

Your Next Lego Challenge!

The Bowman Library has a new addition for the LEGO Club. Recently we added a display case for LEGO creations and cards for a name, age, and description, so we’ll know the artist behind the creation!

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As mentioned in a previous blog post, LEGO is a wonderful way to build skills such as fine motor control, creativity, spacial awareness, and problem solving.

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Creating a Chinese Dragon

The last month has been full of some great LEGO creativity as our club members helped us celebrate the Chinese New Year, created homes for hibernation, and celebrated the birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder by creating structures you may have found as a pioneer.

This coming week we’ll have a brand new challenge when we think of ways to stay warm for the winter. Our final February challenge on the 27th will be the world of Doctor Seuss, with zany homes, crooked roads, truffula trees and more.

So, stop by and join our LEGO Club at 4:30 on Monday. LEGO Club is free, designed for children ages 6 to 12, and meets every Monday afternoon at the Bowman Library.

Happy Birthday, Laura Ingalls Wilder!

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You can find her own work, as well as many biographies and adaptations in our catalog here: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Of the many pastimes that Laura recorded from her childhood, music remains one of the most versatile and meaningful of their pleasures.  As you read about mysterious tunes like “Irish Washerwoman,” “Arkansas Traveler,” and “Buffalo Gals” did you ever wonder what the music Pa played sounded like?  Now you can find out!  Sean Costello, our special guest at Storycrafters tonight at 6PM, and at Bowman Library Preschool storytimes Wednesday and Saturday at 11AM will play many of these tunes for us.  Come out for a listen and satisfy your curiosity.

If you can’t make it to our live music renditions of the traditional fiddle tunes Laura’s Pa played, you can still hear them!  Stream or download them for free by logging into Freegal.  There are three full albums based on Pa’s fiddle music available there: Image result for pa's fiddle project charles ingalls cdImage result for pa's fiddle project charles ingalls cdImage result for pa's fiddle project charles ingalls cd
Freegal Albums of Pa’s Fiddle Music
 (you’ll need your library card barcode number and your pin to log in)