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So, I may be blowing the cover here but there is a superhero on the library shelf. A whole bunch of them, actually. They hang around in their unassuming secret identities just waiting to be noticed so that they can uncover their superpowers of literacy to you and your kids!
I’m talking about wordless books.
“Wordless” books? What in the world is that? Is that an oxymoron like “jumbo shrimp” or “pretty ugly?” Absolutely not! Wordless books are excellent agents of early literacy skills. Allow me to explain. Wordless books help readers understand the elements of story structure. If all you have are illustrations to go on, you have to arrange them in your head to create a beginning, a middle, and an end. They encourage interactive storytelling and discussion.
Those of us who are avid mystery readers are familiar with the tropes of the genre. We’ve got the anti-heroes who aren’t above breaking the law in the pursuit of justice, we’ve got the fluffy heroines who get themselves in and out of danger with ridiculous regularity. We’ve got the cozy cottage mysteries and the hard-boiled detectives. I do not believe, though, that we’ve ever met a heroine quite like Claire DeWitt.
Recently one of my colleagues wrote about what to read while you were waiting for the latest installment of Game of Thrones. Because, seriously, there is no denying it, we are all waiting on Game of Thrones in one way or another. Aubrey had some great suggestions for what to read in the interim and I wanted to add one more to the list: Megan Whalen Turner.
If you've never had the pleasure of reading anything by A.S. King, I am so very pleased that this title will be your introduction. It is a lovely, complicated, angry, funny, all around wonderful book about a girl who has to deal with her estranged best friend's death.
This month we're sticking it to you and inviting you to join us to create a whimsical pincushion. We will have a variety of patterns, but as always you can create absolutely any kind you wish.
In celebration of the most excellent Ray Harryhausen and his stop motion animation techniques, the Ruiz Branch Library is hosting a movie series every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in July. This is family friendly fun at its finest! Come show those young whippersnappers just how awesome the movie magic was before CGI was invented.
Do you have a child that is under 7? Are you constantly wondering, "what on earth am I going to read to them next?" Look no further! We've got the list for you.
Have you read or listened to at least 5 of the 2015-2016 Texas Bluebonnet Award nominated books? If not, there is still time! Bluebonnet Award voting for the Austin Public Library begins on January 11th and ends on January 29th.
Happy New Year!
Many people may not know that the month of January is named after the two-faced Roman god Janus (the god of opposites, which included beginnings and endings). As the story goes, one of Janus’ faces looks toward the future and the other toward the past. In celebration, the Romans began the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions on the first of January!