National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Author Katherine Paterson is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2010 and 2011.  She is the second ambassador, succeeding Jon Scieszka.  She has chosen the theme “Read for your Life” for her message.  Katherine Paterson told Horn Book Magazine that “Reading has made such a profound difference to my life.  I’m sure I became a writer because of the power of literature in my own life.”  Check out her website at

She is the author of the Newbery-winning Bridge to Terabithia and Newbery Medal-winning Jacob Have I Loved plus many other wonderful books.


Thank you for your support!

We appreciate the support you showed us on Tuesday, May 4,  in passing our library levy!  We will do our best to continue to provide a high level of library service.

“Ology” Books


Do you love those Dragonology books and the ones that look like scrapbooks with letters that come out of the pockets, etc?  Then this is the list for you:

Dr. Ernest Drake’s Dragonology : the complete book of dragons                                

JNF 398.2454 D761d  

Dr. Ernest Drake’s Dragonology handbook : a practical course in dragons                               

JNF 398.469 D761dd  

Drake’s comprehensive compendium of dragonology                                                    

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Sports Poetry Books

Sports Poetry Books

 While it’s no secret that the Children’s Library has an extensive collection of poetry for children, young sports fans may not realize that more than a few of those books feature poems about their favorite sports.  Here is a sampling:

Adoff, Arnold:

The Basket Counts!

Sports Pages

Fehler, Gene:

Change-Up:  Baseball Poems

Hopkins, Lee Bennett:

Extra Innings:  Baseball Poems

Opening Days:  Sport Poems

Sports!  Sports!  Sports!  A Poetry Collection

Janeczko, Paul:

That Sweet Diamond:  Baseball Poems

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Batter Up! Great Sports Websites for Kids

Batter Up!

With the Cleveland Indians 17th home opener at Progressive Field (yes, it’s been 17 years!) set for April 12, 2010, the Children’s Library has put together a list of baseball and other sports Web sites designed specifically for kids.  Some are just for fun.  Others – like Math Baseball – have an educational component.  The Children’s Library also has an extensive collection of books on baseball and many other sports, from skateboarding to karate.  So step on up to the plate and enjoy!

American Library Assocation’s Great Web Sites for Kids – Sports:

Major League Baseball for Kids:

Math Baseball:

National Basketball Association for Kids:

National Football League for Kids:

National Hockey League for Kids:

Sports Illustrated for Kids:


Celebrate National Poetry Month with Mother Goose

Don’t forget the wonderful rhythms and rhymes of Mother Goose when you are looking for poetry to read to children.  The Mother Goose rhymes have come down to us through the generations because they are easy to remember  and recite.  You don’t have to understand all of the words or the history behind the rhymes.  Just enjoy the nonsense and fun of them. By the way, did you know that children need to be able to recognize rhymes when they go to kindergarten?  Reading Mother Goose rhymes to your child is a great way to practice this skill.  Then talk about which words rhyme. 
When waiting in line or in an office or driving to school see how many you remember.  There are many collections of Mother Goose.  Ask a librarian to show you some.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;

All the king’s horse and all the king’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again!

April is National Poetry Month

Here are some recent poetry books recommended by our Children’s Library.  Click on the blue link to get to the catalog entry for the title:

Franco, Betsy.  Messing Around on the Monkey Bars: and Other School Poems for 2 Voices

 19 simple poems for reading aloud highlighted by colorful illustrations.

 Ghigna, Charles.   Score: 50 Poems to Motivate and Inspire.

Each 4 line poem is highlighted by a colorful digital cartoon illustration.  Fun sports metaphors and reassuring rhymes.

Hopkins, Lee Bennett.  City I Love.

 18 poems that take the reader to major cities around the globe highlighted by graphic style illustrations.

 Iyengar, Malathi Michelle.  Tan to Tamarind: Poems about the Color Brown.

 15 poems that celebrate the many shades of brown are highlighted by pastel double-spread illustrations.  Young readers will discover that no matter what your skin tone, every shade is beautiful

 Levy, Debbie.  Maybe I’ll Sleep in the Bathtub Tonight and Other Funny Bedtime Poems.

 20 poems are highlighted by colorful illustrations that may have children laughing too hard to sleep.

 Lewis, J. Patrick.  Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles.

 Children will enjoy answering the simple riddles in this interactive read-aloud.  Parents, teachers, and librarians will also enjoy this book.

 Shange, Ntozake.  We Troubled the Waters.

View the Civil Rights movement through 18 poems highlighted by vivid color paintings.

For more information on National Poetry Month, go to