Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pick of the Week: Jeremy Draws a Monster

Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarty (Henry Holt and Company, 2009)

Jeremy draws a monster . . . but he doesn't expect it to be bored and hungry--and bossy. With a sure artistic touch and more than a dose of humor, McCarty cleverly blurs the line between his own drawings and Jeremy's, and in doing so subtly questions the line between reality and imagination. Full color. (Summary distributed by Syndetics Solutions, LLC)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Media Literacy

You may have heard that the Walt Disney Company recently announced it is offering a refund to customers who purchased "Baby Einstein" videos between June 5, 2004, and Sept. 5, 2009. For more details on this story, read the October 23rd NY Times article here:

If you're looking for resources to help you make media/screen time choices for your own family you might find it helpful to know that the Oregon State Library has compiled information regarding media literacy for you on their website: 

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Annual Children's Halloween Party

Annual Children's Halloween Party
When: Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Location: Corvallis-Benton County Public Library Garage
645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis

Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Time: 5:30 PM

 A safe and exciting event for young children (ages 2-10) and their parents! Healthly refreshments provided.
Trinkets are the only prizes. Costumes strongly encouraged!
**Held in the Library Parking Garage!!

Sponsored by Corvallis Parks & Recreation

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Imagination Time

If you could be someone else (or something else) for just one day...who or what would you be? Many a child has enjoyed pretending to be a bear or a lion or a kangaroo. In this brightly colored, retro-styled illustrated picture book, a little boy imagines what it would be like to be an assortment of different creatures for just one day. This is a charming read-aloud that highlights the fun of a good game of pretend, while still acknowledging that it's also great to just be ourselves!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Growing Families Together: Homework Help presentation 10/24

"How to Make Your Child's Homework Less Work for You" presented by Cindy Knapp, LMFT
Saturday, October 24, 2009
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

Main Meeting Room
645 NW Monroe Ave.
Corvallis, OR 97330

Free Child Care * Refreshments * Resource Booths

Additional information 541-766-6794

A program co-sponsored by Albany Parks & Recreation, Albany Public Library, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Corvallis Parks & Recreation, Linn-Benton Community College Parenting Education, Oregon State University Extension Services, and Samaritan Health Services.

Albany Presentation:
Saturday, October 24th, 2009
2:00-4:00 p.m.

Albany Public Library, Meeting Room

2450 14th Avenue SE
Albany, OR
Additional information: 541-917-7591

Pick of the Week: Foo, the Flying Frog of Washtub Pond

Sue-Lin Salamander, Mao-Mao Mudpuppy, and Foo Frog are best friends. At first, they were all the same size, but then something happened...Foo Frog grew and grew. Not only did his physical size grow, but his ego grew right with it! Suddenly Sue-Lin Salamander and Mao-Mao Mudpuppy are not as happy about their friendship with Foo and his boastful ways. Will Foo always think he's the biggest thing around? Will the friendships be mended? This is a sweet and silly tale, with a life lesson or two included.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New book for little fans of Things That Go!

I just ran across this book in our collection yesterday and it has become an instant favorite with a little boy I know. This large-sized, brightly illustrated book covers numerous vehicles - from submarines to bicycles to hovercraft to pogo sticks to ultralight aircraft to spacecraft to trains and emergency trucks - all driven by adorable animals. Young transportation lovers will find a lot here to pour over here. A fully animated wordless DVD brings each page of the book to life. Young viewers can watch the whole book play out on screen or choose a specific environment/page to watch.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pick of the Week: Truckery Rhymes

Truckery Rhymes by Jon Scieszka, characters and environments developed by the Design Garage--David Shannon, Loren Long, David Gordon

This is a great addition to the truck-themed picture book genre and a lively new take on the nursery rhymes of childhood. Substituting truck-themed rhymes based on classic rhymes and songs take on new life as "Little Dan Dumper," "Pop! Blows the Diesel", and "The Wheels on the Truck." This is a great action-packed collection of rhymes to share with all young truck enthusiasts and fans of Jon Scieszka's Trucktown book series.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Eldon Young Lecture October 14th

The Corvallis Clinic presents The Eldon Younger Lecture:

Practical Strategies & Effective Discipline for ages 2- 7

Wednesday, October 14th, 7:00 p.m. at the Corvallis High School Auditorium.

Raising children can be a challenge. The tantrums, behavioral issues and
sleepless nights can drive a mom crazy. Join other parents and educators
on to learn practical strategies and effective discipline for young
children ages 2 to 7.

Speaker: Kurt Freeman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics and
Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University.

Presented by The Corvallis Clinic Foundation, co-sponsored by Corvallis
School District.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Incredible Years Parenting Program

Here's an opportunity within the community for those interested in parenting classes:

The Incredible Years Parenting Program
10 Week Program for parents of children ages 3-10
Date: Every Thursday, October 8 - December 17, 2009
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Place: Jefferson Elementary School, 1825 NW 27th Street, Corvallis
  • Raise responsible children!
  • Make clear family rules that your child will follow.
  • Learn how to promote positive behavior.
  • Help your child do better in school.
Free child care provided. Tuition is $69, scholarships are available. For scholarship information or to register for class and child care, call Linn-Benton Community College: 541-917-4949. This program is in partnership with the Corvallis School District.

Pick of the Week: Shape by Shape

Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald (Little Simon, 2009)

Caldecott Honoree Suse MacDonald takes on the concept of shapes in this new picture book. MacDonald uses bright colors, shapes, and die-cut pages to entertain children as she teaches about shapes. With each turn of the page, a new shape is introduced. The addition of each shapes slowly turns the page into a creature - a final three-page spread of a Brachiosaurus. Fans of Ed Emberly's books, especially his superb die-cut book, Go Away, Big Green Monster!, will quickly note the resemblances. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, admirers of Emberly's work should be pleased with this result.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Alexandra Day & Carl Coming to CBCPL!

The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library presents

Alexandra Day & Carl

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Children's Program & Book Signing - 4:00 p.m.
Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
Main Meeting Room

645 NW Monroe Ave.
Corvallis, OR 97330

Corvallis Authors' & Illustrators' Program - 7:30 p.m.
Corvallis Arts Center
700 SW Madison Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97330

For more information, call 541-766-6794. Sponsored by Holiday Inn Express, the Friends of the Library, Grass Roots Book & Music, and the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.