As I said in a recent post, I believe in picture books!  And of course, I’m not alone.  Librarians, parents, authors and illustrators around the world are collaborating and celebrating the joy that these books bring during Picture Book Month.  The video above (from 2011 when Picture Book Month began) captures many of my feelings about the picture book, and I’m looking forward to promoting them this month and always.


Don’t forget to shop next week at our Book Fair in the Learning Center.  Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted!

Shopping times are:

Tues. Nov 6       7:30 A.M.- 3:30P.M.     AND     5:00- 7:00 P.M.
Wed.  Nov.7      7:30 -11:00 A.M.
Thurs. Nov. 8   7:30-11:00 A.M.

The book fair is always an exciting event for kids and families, and it starts Nov. 6!  Flyers will be coming home soon and one is posted on our bulletin board if you want a sneak peek at the books.

We hope that you’ll be able to come and shop either during the day or during the evening hours.  Books make great gifts for the holidays and it’s never too early to start shopping.

Shopping hours are:

Tuesday,        Nov. 6             7:30-3:30   AND  5:00-7:00 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 7             7:30-11:00 am

Thursday,     Nov. 8             7:30-11:00 am
Thanks in advance to our parent helpers who’ll be volunteering during the Book Fair!

In October we’ll have a focus on mysteries.  It seems appropriate, what with all the excitement about ghosts and goblins, right?  To launch our unit, we put up this bulletin board for students to guess the mystery book characters.  How many can you name?

You should have received information last week about summer reading programs and challenges and incentives. But just in case something was lost in the “backpack shuffle” you can find details here about promotions from TD Bank, the Vermont Lake Monsters and Price Chopper, the Champlain Valley Expo, and Barnes and Noble. You can also pick up a summer flyer and schedule at the Brownell Library or call 878-6956.

We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful public library here in the village of Essex Junction.  Children’s librarian Mary Graf visited Hiawatha earlier today and explained the summer reading program opportunities to our students.

Here are the highlights.  Be sure to look for the flyers in backpacks at the end of this week!

Summer at the Brownell Library! from Kathy Lawrence on Vimeo.

This week your child will bring home a note about our annual Book Swap. After we cut off circulation (June 1) we still want students to be able to find something new to take home to read for the summer. So each year we ask families to look through their bookshelves at home and consider finding books that the children can trade. (No toddler or baby books, please!)  Every child will get one new-to-them book even if they have nothing to bring to trade.

We are collecting books for the Book Swap next week (Tue-Fri) after the Memorial Day weekend.

Students will be given a “book buck” for every book they bring in to trade.  (10 maximum bucks).  Then they’ll “shop” during one of their last library times of the year.  It’s lots of fun and the kids look forward to it every year.

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