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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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An unusual young girl who lives alone in the woods sets off in search of a bedtime story.

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Wolf meets a little girl, but instead of gobbling her up, he decides he wants to be friends.

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A feather goes in search of the bird to whom it belongs.

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Edna the chicken shows Tyrannosaurus Rex that she’s not afraid of him.

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Mouse makes a pot of blue corn soup, but when her neighbors come calling, will she have enough to share? Sweet story, beautiful art, and a fun read!

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Giraffe and Bird pester and annoy one another because they are not friends. Nice art!

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A school bus tells readers all about how he gets kids to school safe and sound.

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When Bella’s new baby brother takes her special blanket, she must teach him how to make his own blanket just as special.

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A pigeon private investigator helps a little canary solve the mystery of the missing birds.

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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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A duck and a mouse happily take up residence in a wolf’s belly.

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Bruce’s house is getting too crowded, so he decides to move.

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Max the kitten and his new friend bird help each other learn how to fly.

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A boy builds a robot of his grandmother, who takes the boy to a very special house made just for him.

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Frank the spider must learn to cope when one of his legs goes missing.

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All day long, Buster the dog and the baby play chase.

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Two boys use all of their quarters to try and get the race car from the gumball machine.

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Horace and Hattie meet a new friend and have fun playing hide and seek with him.

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A step-by-step manual on how to make friends with a ghost, should you be lucky enough to meet one.

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A big sister, who fancies herself a princess, has trouble dealing with her little brother, whom she dubs King Baby.

Picture Books At The Library: Christmas Roundup 2017

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A first introduction to the biblical Christmas story.

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Mouse snoops to find his Christmas gift when he spends Christmas at Bear’s house. Fun!

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A young girl named Marie receives a nutcracker as a gift from her uncle. Beautiful adaptation of the Nutcracker story!

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Peanut is nuts about Christmas and can’t wait to get to his grandma’s house for dinner, but will he get there on time when snow begins to cover the path?

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Otto is very excited for Christmas–perhaps a bit too excited. Will he ruin everything?

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Princess Eliza uses her gadget-making skills to help the elves prepare for Christmas while Santa Claus is sick.

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A little girl is awoken on Christmas Eve by a very special reindeer.

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The children show their dinosaur friends how to properly prepare for Santa’s arrival.

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Little Bunny doesn’t know what to bring Jesus for his birthday. Sweet!

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A pair of cardinals are separated when their tree is cut down and taken to the big city. Lovely!

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Ride along through a winter wonderland with a girl, a boy, a dog, and a pony to the tune of Jingle Bells. Gorgeous illustrations!

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Maxwell sets traps for Santa Claus.

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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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While getting ready for a bath one evening, a little boy gets stuck in his clothes.

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A boy promises his friend, an elderly lady, that one day he will fix up her old house. Love the use of color in this one!

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Nokomis Josephine walks to raise awareness of our need to protect water for future generations.

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When Lola the armadillo accidentally knocks over a jug of juice, she panics and decides to run away.

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An adventure-loving boy dreams he is Robinson Crusoe.

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A prayer from mother to son that he will always be in safe hands.

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When three bear brothers are sent on an urgent quest, the middle bear discovers he’s just the perfect size to save the day.

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A little toy train has a big adventure in the great outdoors. Great illustrations and nice intro to different types of trains!

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When Moonlight Pond freezes over, the forest animals come out to take part in the annual talent contest, but Toad doesn’t have a talent like the others. Beautiful art!

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Inspired by a real hero dog named Vera who lived at the US Coast Guard base in the San Francisco Bay.

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A young frog is bored and has trouble finding something to do.

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Monkey tries to make a trade with owl for his red balloon. Clever!

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A lyrical celebration of multiculturalism as a parent shares with a child the value of their heritage.

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When a girl finds a mysterious book of martial-arts poses, she ignores the warning printed inside. Fun!

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Leon is confused about where they will put the new baby now that he’s home. Cute!

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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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A celebration of the many tender, madcap ways we love one another.

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When the whole family and guests show up for the big dinner at Grandma’s house, it’s clear that the house is much too small to hold them all.

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Big Monster must find a way to outwit Little Monster when Little Monster says he’s not tired.

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Edmond Bigsnout sets off to catch a city bunny for his dinner, but is thwarted at every turn.

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When two fearful children are terrified of each other, their monsters try to help.

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When an antlered ship arrives in the harbor, an inquisitive fox joins the crew on a quest for adventure. Beautiful art!

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When a mountain separates Manjhi’s poor village from schools and hospitals, he uses a hammer and chisel, and twenty years of his life to create a road through the mountain.

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Once a year, Abuelo comes from Mexico to visit his family; he brings his guitar, his music, and his memories.

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Cap’n Rex must convince his crew that they can overcome a giant shark, a thick fog, and an erupting volcano to find the buried treasure.

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An excited dog see lots of fun things through the window.

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Little Elliot and Mouse take a trip to the country and make some new friends.

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A day in the life of a squirrel.

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Inspired by Little Kunoichi’s relationship with her pet ninja bunny, Chibi Samurai sets off to find a companion for himself.

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Three kids take a flashlight with them and go outside to play at night. Imaginative illustrations!

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A young boy tries to follow all of the rules in order to attend his friend’s party. Funny!

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When Little i’s dot falls off and rolls away, he sets out on a journey to find it. Clever!

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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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Napoleon the chameleon tries to make friends with the animals that live near him in the jungle, but has a hard time being seen.

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A young child realizes the connection between the natural world and himself and gives thanks.

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A skater leaves lines across the ice and the page. 

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Spending all of his time on social media making online friends, Nerdy Birdy neglects his live friend Vulture.

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Two dogs decide to follow their dads when they leave for yet another trip, but end up having an adventure of their own.

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When William stumbles upon a delivery of food destined for Fairy-tale Headquarters, he decides to spice things up.

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A young boy and his father awake early to go fishing on the shores of a small pond.

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A bossy girl named Maddie tries to tell Ally and her friends that they have to follow her rules.

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Two dinosaur friends go for a drive, but the driver can’t resist the urge to honk the horn.

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Maria and her family spend the day making applesauce.

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Pepper goes with her mother to the tailor to have a dress made just for her.

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Children excitedly discuss the details of their upcoming birthdays.

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Explore the mysteries of life and death–mourn those who have passed, but celebrate those who have been born.

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Lulu is sick and can’t go outside to climb trees, her favorite thing to do, so she finds another way to climb a tree.

A child walks an old dog very, very slowly.

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A ghost is too afraid to go into the scary dark woods.

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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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A toddler enjoys the range of sounds he hears as his busy day comes to an end.

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Uni the unicorn brings a little girl to meet the other unicorns so that they’ll finally believe.

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When a mysterious shopkeeper tells Isaac about a legendary book that holds the answers to every question ever asked, he embarks on a lifelong search for the Book of Gold.

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A boy and his parents drive to the city of Havana, Cuba in their old family car.

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It’s time for Flynn to sleep in his first big boy bed, but there’s one rather large problem–a walrus!

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A twist on the classic fairy tale in which a queen places a pea under a young lady’s mattress to see if she truly is a princess.

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Goose is all packed up and ready to cross the street to the picnic spot. What could go wrong?

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After tossing and turning in his bed, a little boy embarks on a nighttime quest to find a cozy place to rest.

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Groovy Joe doesn’t get upset when his house fills up with dancing dogs. He keeps on rocking.

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Little Chengdu the panda tries to do as much as he can on his own, until he learns he could use some help.

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One night, both Bunny and Dog see a shooting star. Could this shared moment be the start of a friendship.

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A child on a trip with his mom, who only wants to play his video game, goes outside to explore.

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When all of the apples are missing from the tree, Fox sets off to solve the mystery.

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Robot has lost his arm. He searches everywhere, but cannot find it. Incredible cut paper art!

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Two sheep set out on an adventure and meet a third sheep who may actually be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Funny and clever!

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In this nearly wordless alphabet book, a little cat runs away and gets caught up in a wild chase that goes everywhere from A to Z. Also funny and clever!

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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.

There’s a book for every taste in this batch!

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A student who uses a wheelchair finds a way to see her dog each day in school.

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A group of kids finds a way to enjoy the day, rain or shine, indoors or out.

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A girl who cannot sleep decides to count sheep and other woolly animals by ones, twos, fives, and tens.

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When the sun goes down, the gorillas come out to dance and play.

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Hippo feels bad that he didn’t bring anything to the picnic, so he sets off to find some berries for his friends.

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Ben loves the very large, very unusual “dog” he adopted, but the townsfolk don’t appreciate the trouble she’s causing.

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When firefighter duckies rescue everyone and everything, chaos ensues.

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A new twist on the classic tale of the hunt for Moby Dick.

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Jack and the townsfolk are tired of eating beans, so Jack climbs up the beanstalk to find something else to eat.

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Counts up ten dogs who are waiting in a shelter, then counts back down to one as each is adopted.

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Rodney’s class goes on a field trip to the park, but it’s not the park Rodney expects.

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A curious cat wonders who owns the moon and all manner of creatures from a bird to the ocean claim it as theirs. Fun to read! Great for repeat readings!

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In the stillness of a summer dawn, two siblings leave their campsite with fishing rods, tackle, and bait and push a red canoe into the lake. Lovely art!

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Philomena gets new glasses, so sister Audrey gets some too. Sister Nora Jane thinks if both of them have them, then shouldn’t she? Adorable!

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Buddy and Earl enjoy their time in school–Buddy as student and Earl as teacher. Cute addition to the series!

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Whobert the owl sets out to solve the case of who killed Perry the Possum. Clever!

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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 Mama hears Brooks and Mikey fighting over yet another toy, she takes it away.

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A young boy tracks down an elusive ghost in the hidden rooms of a fantastical magic shop.

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Bear has made a den for himself, and chairs and tables and beds, but something is still missing.

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When school supplies go missing, Chico the monkey investigates the mystery.

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A girl is excited when the circus comes to town, but her family is too busy with farm chores to enjoy it.

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Princess Truly’s adventures are a celebration of individuality, girl power, diversity, and dreaming big.

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Eli the dog has been with Astrid since she was a baby, and now that Eli is getting older, Astrid wants to make fun memories with him. Sweet!

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Mama Lion and Tigey compete in a cross country road race where they discover that coming in first isn’t what makes you a winner.

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Sadie and Sherman set out to save a goldfish that was tossed into the ocean by an ungrateful girl.

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Lily the lamb imagines she’s a gymnast, a cowboy, a cupid, and more, but her big imagination gets her into even bigger trouble. Love the art!

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Little Philbert the mouse tries everything he can think of to get fellow tea lover Oliver the cat’s attention.

Engineer Arielle drives her train through Jerusalem on Israel Independence Day.

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A troupe of merry volunteers attempt to rescue poor Billy Bloo from the goo, only to find themselves stuck as well.

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Six playful penguins follow simple clues that lead them to find each letter of the alphabet.

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It’s almost the first day of school and Bonaparte is literally falling to pieces. Love the art in this one too!

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The kittens need a teacher. Is cat up for the toughest job yet? Fun addition to the Cat series!

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

Front Entrance

Front Entrance of the Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville

Upper and Lower Level

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)! 🙂