News from the Children’s Room…

Donna Skinner, from our children’s room has big news for the day: “Today is a very important day for the students of Falmouth; it’s the last day of school! The Children’s Department is pleased to announce that it is also the first day to sign up for the Summer Reading Program. This is an incentive program to keep families reading throughout the summer. With many free programs for children, along with a great selection of books, this is a great time to pay us a visit. While you’re here, try our new self checkout!”

Favorite Poem Friday

Today’s Favorite Poem comes to us from the Head of the Children’s Department, Karen Arnold.

His Royal Sloppiness by Alan Katz

I am the prince

of fingerprints.

Each thing I touch,

I smudge.

I got ink on

the windowsill.

And on the lamp?

That’s fudge.

There’s mud on

every doorknob

and paint marks

down the hall.

But don’t blame me —

I’ve no idea

what’s on the bathroom wall!

Today’s poem is from a collection called Oops, and if you liked it you might want to know about a program coming up in the children’s room. Here is what Donna Skinner has to say:

“The Children’s Department will be hosting a pajama storytime on Wednesday, April 1st. Preposterous Poetry in Pajamas will begin at 6:30pm in the Children’s Program Room, and is geared for families of all ages. We will be featuring some very funny books (after all, it is April Fool’s Day, right?) and silly poetry. One book we will be using is My Dog May Be a Genius by Children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky.  This book contains poems such as “A Skunk Sat in a Courtroom” and “My Brother Poked a Porcupine”, the titles speak for themselves. We will also be reading a new twist on an old classic, Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody. It has the familiar soothing rhythm from Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon, but with lines like “Goodnight tomb. Goodnight goon. Goodnight Martians taking over the moon.” You will be giggling rather than falling asleep. If you can’t make it to the Pajama Storytime, stop by the Children’s Room anytime and we are happy to show you where our favorites are, we’ve got lots of them!”

Admit One ~ Your Ticket to Summer Fun!

The Morse Pond School has posted their Summer Reading List 2008 for 5th and 6th graders. There is a Summer Reading Assignment form on their web page and in our Children’s Room that you need to fill in based on two different Battle of the Books titles. Fill out your form and you can redeem it for a prize by returning it to the Morse Pond Library during the first week of school! We’ve got lots of copies of these books in the Children’s Room, and they all have yellow stickers on their spines with a J on it. And if you’d like to read some more Chris Van Allsburg books, we have those too!

Farewell to Jennifer

As of today there will be a hole in the children’s department. The head of Children’s Services, Jennifer Sirrico has decided to leave her position at the Falmouth Public Library in order to pursue a career in writing. We are sure many of you will miss her presence, but we trust we will find some terrific Children’s Librarian to take her position as soon as possible. Summer is, of course, a wildly exciting time and the theme this year for summer reading is ”Wild Reads”. We know that Jennifer set up a wonderful Summer of programs before she left us, so we hope everyone will come in and enjoy our fabulous new children’s room and some great summer reading programs. We are delighted to announce that Donna Skinner will be our interim Children’s Librarian until we are able to fill the position.