Today is Dr. Seuss’s 112th birthday! In honor of the man who wrote so many popular children’s books that continue to grow in popularity even today, here are some fun Dr. Seuss facts:
- Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, began his career in advertising. He created ads for NBC, Ford, General Electric, Standard Oil, and many other companies for thirty years, even as he was also writing and illustrating children’s books.
- The perennial favorite, The Cat in the Hat (1957), was actually Dr. Seuss’s thirteenth published book. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937) was his first published book for children. “Depending on the version of the story he tells, either 20, 26, 27, 28, or 29 publishers rejected the book.” However, an old friend who had just been promoted to the juvenile department of a publishing house agreed to print it, and the rest, as they say, is history.
- “Of the forty-four books written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss, only four are in prose. If we add books illustrated by others, or written under another name, or co-authored, or published posthumously, then the total number of books is sixty-six, with only five in prose.”
- A primary inspiration for Dr. Seuss was to get kids interested in reading, even if that meant reading nonsense words. He and others in the mid-1950s worried that books like the classic Dick & Jane series were too boring for kids. A colleague challenged Seuss to “Write me a story that first-graders can’t put down!” He asked that Seuss limit the book’s vocabulary to no more than 225 different words, choosing those words from a list of 348. The result was The Cat in the Hat, which uses 236 different words.
- A new Dr. Seuss book was just published last year! Curious how that could be?
Join us in honoring Dr. Seuss on his birthday today. The legacy he left for children’s books can’t be underestimated. Check out the official Dr. Seuss website for lots of fun games and activities to enjoy today!
New Play Sets
We were one of 100 libraries to receive a state library grant, used to purchase eighteen new building sets for the Junior Room! You’ll find two sets on the computer table, and Miss Christine will regularly rotate them out for different sets. Some of the sets need more supervision than others. But remember, play is a child’s work!
Wordless Picture Party
This Saturday, January 23 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, join Miss Christine for a Wordless Picture Book Party.
Wordless picture books play an important role in supporting literacy skills. Reluctant readers are especially encouraged to attend. Enjoy listening to stories, telling stories, and making your own book too! Parents are asked to stay with their children for the entire program. No registration is required.
Crazy 8s Math Club Registration
Registration opens this coming Monday, January 25 for the next round of Crazy 8s Math Club. This time, the club is for kids in grades 3 through 5. The club meets weekly on Wednesdays at 4:00 PM beginning February 10 and ending March 23.
Space is limited, so don’t hesitate to get in and register! Pre-registration is required.
The program lasts approximately an hour and parents are required to stay in the building. Check out the full flyer here: Crazy 8s Older Kids PDF
Story Time Registrations
Story Time registrations open on Monday, February 1. Registration is required for both story times. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up early.
Busy Bees Story Time meets weekly on Tuesdays at 11:00 AM. Busy Bees Story Time is for children from age 3 to age 6 with a parent or other caregiver. Busy Bees Story Time begins on February 9 and ends on March 15.
Mommy & Me Story Time meets weekly on Tuesdays at 10:15 AM. Mommy & Me Story Time is for for children from birth to age 3 and a parent or other caregiver. Mommy & Me begins on February 9 and ends on March 15.
Remember, you can always keep up with the Childrens Room activities on our Calendar, our Children Page, and on Facebook.
You may be familiar with our Semi Annual Used Book Sales, held annually in the Spring and again in the Fall. We’ve been holding these Sales for many years, and your support of the Sales drastically helps our annual operating budget. 100% of the Sale’s proceeds benefits your library!
This year, we’ve decided to shorten the Sale’s name to the Books and More Sale. It’s the same Used Book Sale that you’ve come to know and love, and will continue to be held once in the Spring and again in the Fall (coinciding with Franklin’s Applefest). The new name more accurately represents everything we offer: a huge selection of gently used hardcover and paperback books for all ages, as well as puzzles, games, music, movies, and audio books!
2015 Fall Books & More Sale
This season’s Books & More Sale begins Saturday, September 26 and is open during regular business hours: (Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, and Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM). The Sale concludes on Applefest Sunday, October 4, and will be open that day from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM. The $1 per bag clearance sale will continue for a few days after the conclusion of the Sale.
Donations and Volunteers
Donations of items in good condition will be accepted through Friday, September 25. We cannot accept sets of encyclopedias, old magazines, catalogs, condensed books, or items that are broken, incomplete, or in poor condition, as these items do not sell.
As you can imagine, we have a lot of books and more to sort and organize! We are looking for volunteers to assist with Sale setup on Wednesday, September 23 through Friday, September 25. We also need volunteers to staff the sale during regular library hours in two-hour shifts, throughout the duration of the Sale. Please call the library at (814) 432-5062 if you are able to volunteer for set up or staffing the Sale.
Exclusive Friends of the Library Preview Sale
The exclusive Preview Sale for the Friends of the Library is Friday, September 25 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. All Friends members are invited to the Preview Sale in order to purchase items before the sale opens to the public! Anyone can join the Friends. You can join the Friends at the Preview Sale, or print the application from the bottom of our website’s Friends page and mail or drop it off with a dues check.
Thank you for your continued support! This is an important fundraiser for our annual budget, and a great place for you to purchase affordable media. We hope you find something you love at the Books & More Sale, September 26 through October 4, 2015.
(Image from Don Shall via Flickr)
Dust off your Bat Mobile, and put on your cape and mask! You are officially invited to our 2nd Annual Comic Con, this Saturday!
Comic Con 2015 is at the library on July 25 from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM. The theme is Superheroes, and there is tons of fun for all ages. Activities include a superhero and super villain cosplay contest (more info below), a Make-A-Superhero art contest, a superhero trivia game (more info below), superhero crafts, a comic book background booth for photos, and snacks!
The winners of the Teen Short Story Writing Contest and Superhero Art Contest will also be announced.
Comic Con 2015 is free and open to all children and teens, along with their families. No registration is required.
Cosplay Contest @ Comic Con 2015
Come to Comic Con 2015 dressed as your favorite Superhero or Super Villain character! Anyone age 0-18 can enter to win. Just show up in your costume and sign up for your age category in order to be judged.
Costumes must be school appropriate!! No costumes showing your midriff are allowed, and this includes Super Girl and Starfire costumes. If you are dressing as Wonder Woman, Raven, or anyone similar, please wear tights or a skirt. If you are dressing as He-Man, or anyone similar, please wear a shirt.
Need ideas? Consider the heroes and villains from the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Justice League, Fantastic Four, Rogues Gallery, Green Arrow, Teen Titans, Deadpool, X-Men, Sailor Moon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, He-Man, Legend of Zelda … and more.
Super Hero Trivia Contest @ Comic Con 2015
How well do you know your capes and cowls from your masked villains? Show off your superhero trivia knowledge knowledge at Comic Con 2015. We will have sheets filled with trivia questions from your favorites of superhero lore. To enter the contest, jut fill one out and hand it in! At the end of Comic Con, we will reveal the answers and the winner. Please refrain from using mobile phones, and forms will not be accepted if they have left the room.
In the spirit of our Summer Reading Programs’ superhero themes, we invite people of all ages to join us for Medieval Hero Day! On Saturday, July 11 at 11:00 AM, members of a local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) will be here to demonstrate some medieval practices and share “artifacts.”
SCA is a non-profit dedicated to the study and recreation of different aspects of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, with over 50,000 participants worldwide. They will have tables set up for all ages to examine items, try on helmets, and more. There will also be a demo of a good knight versus an evil knight!
We will hopefully partake in medieval fun on the library’s front lawn, but in the case of rain the event will be moved inside. Medieval Hero Day is free and open to all ages. No registration is required.