Friday, November 30, 2012

Meet a Youth Services Librarian: Dana

Dana Campbell, Youth Services Librarian

Have you ever wanted to learn more about your local librarians? We'll be featuring interviews with our Youth Services Librarians on this blog in the coming weeks and months. You may recognize our first featured librarian, Dana Campbell. Dana brings her outgoing personality, contagious love of children's books, and enthusiasm for promoting early literacy in our community. She juggles many hats as a Youth Services Librarian. She's a regular storyteller at Storytime and Mother Goose Asks "Why?", and one of the facilitators of the Kids Book Club. She purchases materials in the juvenile nonfiction collection in the areas of social sciences, health, technology, literature, history, and biography. Dana is also the materials selector for the Early Reader [E-R] collection. In addition, she brings her love of literacy and animals to the community by organizing the R.E.A.D. Dogs program for beginning readers at the library.

What drew you to Youth Services and/or librarianship?

I was working as a branch manager for a different system. I had realized I was having a great time working with kids, visiting schools, building a strong library relationship with the community. I was hooked. I decided to take a chance and become a Youth Services Librarian. It has been an adventure ever since!

Favorite Children's Book:

As a little girl, it was Henny Penny. My favorite now is The Baby Beebee Bird written by Diane Redfield Massie and illustrated by Steven Kellogg.

Most Memorable Story:

Too many to think about!

Unique Talent:

Creative thinking! Want to make something, but don't know how? Ask me! I love to create craft activities for kids.

Fun Fact:

Believe it or not, I am a bicycle girl. I love to ride.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Save the date: Family Music Fun in December

Saturday, December 15th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

A family-participation music and movement program led by experienced music instructor, Kris Olsen of "Music Together." Meets in the Youth Activity Room of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. A Birth to 6 Library Program. For more information, contact Youth Services at 541-766-6794.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Pick of the Week: Because Amelia Smiled

Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein (Candlewick Press, 2012)
Good things happen, all because Amelia smiled. Because Amelia smiles, as she walks down the street, Mrs. Higgins smiles, too. This makes her think of her grandson, Lionel, who lives in Mexico. So, she bakes him some cookies to send to him...and then, when Lionel receives them, more good things happen! This is a book about the goodness of "paying it forward". One small act of kindness can go a long way, and even small children will be able to pick up on the positive message in this lushly illustrated book.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Happy National Adoption Day! (November 17th)

Happy Adoption Day! by John McCutcheon, illustrated by Julie Paschkis (Little, Brown & Co., 1996)
Parents celebrate the day on which they adopted their child and continue to reassure the new addition to their family that it is wanted, loved, and very special. 

Find more adoption stories with this adoption booklist, compiled by the Youth Services librarians at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pick of the Week: Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!

Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! a sonic adventure by Wynton Marsalis, illustrated by Paul Rogers (Candlewick Press, 2012)
Music is everywhere! Can you hear it? The "squeeeak" of the back door...the "grrrumble" of your hungry tummy...the "tluck, tlock" of the leaky faucet...the "whomp! whomp! whomping!" of a tubas in the band. Join Wynton Marsalis on a musical trip around the neighborhood. A sonic feast to read aloud!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Preschool Space Program Thursday

Blast Off! by Malachy Doyle,
illustrated by Gill McClean
(QEB Pub, 2011)

Rocco the rabbit vies with the other toy animals
to see which of them is most suited for space travel

Mother Goose Asks "Why?": Let's Learn About Space!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012
10:00 a.m.

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
645 NW Monroe Ave.
Corvallis, OR 97330

With Special Guest:
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

Stories, songs, and science for preschoolers and their families.

See you there!