Returning Soon: Picture Books At The Library

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted a new Picture Books At The Library list is several weeks. The reason I haven’t is because my library was in the process of moving into a brand-new building and no new items, books or media, had been ordered or received for the collection during that time. 

But now we are all settled into our beautiful, modern, two-story, built-from-the-ground up, completely new building, and ordering has resumed. Items that had been on hold at our vendors have been arriving, including picture books. That means I’ll be posting a list of shiny new picture books next Monday.

In the meantime, for your viewing pleasure, I’ve got pictures of the new Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville to share with you. 

*All photos are the property of the Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville

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Front Entrance of the Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville

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A view of the upper and lower levels of the Library

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One of the coolest spaces in the Library is the teen room. We call it the Vault.

 

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The Provisions Express cafe in the Library’s lobby

 

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This is me standing on the outdoor patio. The photo was taken through the window from inside the Library and you can see the books reflected in the glass.

The Library also features the Hive, our makerspace for all sorts of creative endeavors, several community rooms for group meetings and tutoring, a green roof with solar panels and plants (including chives, Angelina stonecrop, and Aizoon stonecrop), and a spacious, colorful children’s room with a gorgeous mural depicting the Erie Canal, done by local artists Elliott Mattice and Kathy Maio. Here’s one section of the three-piece mural:

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The centerpiece of the Library’s Erie Canal themed mural by Elliott Mattice and Kathy Maio

If you’re ever in the neighborhood, stop by, say hi, and check out our new Library (and a few picture books, too)! 🙂

Picture Book Personals (51)

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Picture Book Personals

Young pig seeks enchanted bone to foil hungry fox’s dinner plan.

What Classic Picture Book Am I?

Amazing Bone

Leave your best guess in the comments below. Find out the answer when the next Picture Book Personals is posted.

And the answer to last week’s Picture Book Personals is…

Bark, George

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Meow.

Picture Book Personals (50)

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Picture Book Personals

Frazzled mama dog seeks vet to help pup bark.

What Classic Picture Book Am I?

Bark George

Leave your best guess in the comments below. Find out the answer when the next Picture Book Personals is posted.

And the answer to last week’s Picture Book Personals is…

Go Away Big Green Monster!

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Of course!

My View Book Review: Sayni and the Windowjet Brothers by Garth Laidlaw

Title: Sayni and the Windowjet Brothers

Author/Illustrator: Garth Laidlaw

Publisher/Year: Friesen Press/2016

Back Cover Blurb: Every child’s compass must be made very precisely, and each one is unique.


When children reached the age of ten in the town of Candleton, they began to build their compasses. The compasses were very important, as they helped guide their makers throughout their lives. So when Sayni turned ten, she began to build her compass from bits and pieces she had collected. Sometimes, though, she’d look at the unfinished object and feel as if she’s wasting her time. Yet she knew that working on her compass was the right thing to do, so she continued to collect and to construct.

One day, she found herself in a dark and unfamiliar part of town, surrounded by factories, and pushy factory workers who tried to sell her generic, ready-made compasses. Sayni was tempted to buy a finished compass, but she resisted. She wanted to build her compass herself. But it wasn’t until she met the mysterious and magical Windowjet brothers that she learned how important is was for every child to build his or her own compass. Sayni decided from then on that she’d teach the children of Candleton how to create compasses that were unique to each of them.

As I read this book, it became clear to me that building the compass was like writing a story, a life story. So every life experience, every memory, every feeling, everything you learn throughout your life, from the moment you’re born to the moment you leave this Earth, is part of your life story. Each person’s life story is special, unique just to him or her. Each person’s path is different too. But where we’ve been can help determine where we’re going, much like a compass can help guide us in the right direction.

Sayni and the Windowjet Brothers is a lovely, beautifully illustrated story about embracing life, living it to the fullest (to fill up that compass), and following our own paths.

New Year=New Beginnings: August’s Winner (plus September’s prize)

Back in January, I posted about a year-long giveaway called New Year=New Beginnings that I’m offering here on Frog on a Blog–a new prize each month for folks who comment on blog posts. With so much negative energy floating around in the world, I wanted to do something positive to show my gratitude to my followers, fans, and friends for their support.

Let’s recap January through August and announce August’s winner!

January’s prize was a copy of my book The Peddler’s Bed.

February’s prize was an adorable plushie Curious George.

March’s prize was a set of Pilot’s pens, a Night Writer 2-pack with LED lights, perfect for writing in the dark, and a must have for writers or travelers.

April’s prize was winner’s choice of either a picture book manuscript critique (for writers) or a Personal Library Kit (for book lovers).

May’s prize was a set of two darling bookmarks: A Hippo and a Crocodile.

June’s prize was a Maurice Sendak Nutshell Library box set that includes four tiny classics: Alligators All AroundChicken Soup With RiceOne Was Johnny, and Pierre.

July’s prize was a set of two music CDs by the amazing Emily Arrow: Storytime Singalong volumes 1 and 2!

August’s prize was a super cute, super fun novelty Writer’s Block Journal filled with 300 blank pages, ready and waiting for inspiration to hit!

And the winner of August’s prize is…

Susanna Leonard Hill

Congratulations Susanna! You know the drill, please contact me HERE with your address and your Writer’s Block journal will soon be on its way to you.


If you haven’t won a prize yet, there are still more chances to win this year!

And even if you can’t win because you’ve won already or because you’re not a US resident, I still welcome your comments and appreciate your support of Frog on a Blog.

September’s prize is a Dr. Seuss finger puppet set featuring three lovable characters from The Lorax (my favorite Dr. Seuss book)!

Comment on this post or any post during the month of August for a chance to win. For more information on how to qualify for prizes, click HERE.

Due to contest/sweepstakes regulations in other countries, this giveaway is available to U.S. residents only. I’m very sorry fans and followers from other nations. I still appreciate you! All winners are chosen at random.

Picture Book Personals (49)

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Picture Book Personals

Brave reader seeks way to chase away monster.

What Classic Picture Book Am I?

Green Monster

Leave your best guess in the comments below. Find out the answer when the next Picture Book Personals is posted.

And the answer to last week’s Picture Book Personals is…

The Monster at the End of this Book

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Yay for Grover!

Picture Book Personals (48)

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Picture Book Personals

Lovable, furry monster seeks way to stop reader from turning pages.

What Classic Picture Book Am I?

Monster

Leave your best guess in the comments below. Find out the answer when the next Picture Book Personals is posted.

And the answer to last week’s Picture Book Personals is…

The Story About Ping

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Awesome!

Picture Books At The Library 120

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all. But I can share them! Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

Chirri and Chirra are surprised by the magical world they discover in the tall grass of the meadow.

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Twins Dax and Zoe are ready for kindergarten, but, oh no, they’ll be in different classrooms!

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Frog has had enough of being sat on by Dog, so he changes the rules. Fun!

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Zoey the chicken creates a school in the barn for her friend Sam the pig.

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Arnold is nervous about his first day of kindergarten, so he becomes the brave Super Saurus.

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A boy goes searching for a bear at bedtime. Sweet!

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Manny puts on his invisible cape to stand up to a bully at school.

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Explains the rules a kid must follow to survive the perilous world of the lunch room.

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Here’s everything you need to know to help your teacher get ready for the first day of school.

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Sometimes being a boat is full of adventures on the high seas, but at other times, arguing passengers can run you aground.

Erin sneaks aboard her mother’s fishing boat to find out if the legend of Black Rock is true. Whimsical and artistic!

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Five unlikely heroes must save the Super Happy Magic Forest from Zorgoth, Super Slug of Doom.

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Grace and Walter’s father tells them a scary story about two children in a dark forest. Clever story within a story!

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Casey wants what his older sister has–a shimmery skirt, glittery nails, and a sparkly bracelet.

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all. But I can share them! Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

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When Lucy’s friend Brock visits, Sparkle is jealous until he discovers he shares Brock’s love of drumming and dancing.

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Follow a little girl as she shares all of her favorite things, from the holes she digs to the hugs she gives.

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When your brother is a monkey, be prepared for messes and mayhem.

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Race cars line up, ready to zoom down mountains, past waterfalls, and through tunnels to the finish line. 

 

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Zombelina has an idea to help her new friend work through his show-and-tell day jitters.

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When her big sister is too busy to play, a little sister creates Sister Day.

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A cat explains why cats make much better pets than dogs.

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Two balls of clay have a great time shaping themselves into various animals.

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Time Out isn’t such a terrible punishment when you have a spaceship to board, a starry sky to visit, and a moon to circle.

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Mommy and Lila are going to visit Grandpa, but Lila is busy playing in her own imaginary world.

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Follow a little girl in author Patricia MacLachlan’s semi-autobiographical picture book and learn what it might take to grow up to become a writer.

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Millions of children around the world protest bath time every day.

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A little red train picks up a few uninvited passengers.

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When a class pet proves to be more than a handful, the students must convince their teacher to release him into the wild.

 

New Year=New Beginnings: July’s Winner (plus August’s prize)

In January of this year, I posted about a year-long giveaway called New Year=New Beginnings that I’m offering here on Frog on a Blog–a new prize each month for folks who comment on blog posts. With so much negative energy floating around in the world, I wanted to do something positive to show my gratitude to my followers, fans, and friends for their support.

Let’s recap January through July and announce July’s winner!

January’s prize was a copy of my book The Peddler’s Bed.

February’s prize was an adorable plushie Curious George.

March’s prize was a set of Pilot’s pens, a Night Writer 2-pack with LED lights, perfect for writing in the dark, and a must have for writers or travelers.

April’s prize was winner’s choice of either a picture book manuscript critique (for writers) or a Personal Library Kit (for book lovers).

May’s prize was a set of two darling bookmarks: A Hippo and a Crocodile.

June’s prize was a Maurice Sendak Nutshell Library box set that includes four tiny classics: Alligators All AroundChicken Soup With RiceOne Was Johnny, and Pierre.

July’s prize was a set of two music CDs by the amazing Emily Arrow: Storytime Singalong volumes 1 and 2! These CDs feature original music inspired by picture books.

And the winner of July’s prize is…

Patricia Tilton

Congratulations Patricia! Please contact me with your address by clicking HERE. Your CDs will soon be on their way to you!


If you haven’t won a prize yet, there are still more chances to win this year!

And even if you can’t win because you’ve won already or because you’re not a US resident, I still welcome your comments and appreciate your support of Frog on a Blog.

August’s Prize is this super cute, super fun novelty Writer’s Block Journal filled with 300 blank pages, ready and waiting for inspiration to hit!

Comment on this post or any post during the month of August for a chance to win. For more information on how to qualify for prizes, click HERE.

Due to contest/sweepstakes regulations in other countries, this giveaway is available to U.S. residents only. I’m very sorry fans and followers from other nations. I still appreciate you! All winners are chosen at random.