Monday, January 23, 2012

Magical Musical Me canceled for February 11

There will be no Magical Musical Me on Saturday, February 11. The March class will meet Saturday, March 10. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Doggie Dos and Don'ts Program

Therapy Dogs International Evaluator Dona Campbell and her dog Hana
The Trap Falls Kennel Club of Fairfield County, Connecticut, will be at the Stratford Library on Saturday, January 28 at 2:00 p.m. to present "Doggie Dos and Don'ts."

Children ages 5 and up and their grown-ups (but not your pets!) are invited to learn about Dog Ownership and Training. Discover how to communicate with dogs and how to encourage proper behavior. Certified Therapy Dogs will demonstrate Obedience and Rally techniques. To register, please call the Stratford Library at 203.385.4165.

Trap Falls Kennel Club (TFKC) is a certified all-breed dog club and a member club of the American Kennel Club, located in Upper Fairfield County, Connecticut. TFKC sponsors an annual all-breed point show, and Obedience, Rally, and Agility Trials. TFKC also participates in public education, library READ programs (Reading Education Assistance Dogs), and hosts training classes to start your puppy off on the right paw.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

We Love Art Group Predicts Children's Book Winners

The We Love Art Children's Book Group has chosen their picks for this year's Caldecott Award, an award for excellence in children's illustrations.  Their top choices are:
Tied for first place: Mouse and Lion by Rand Burkert and Nancy Ekholm Burkert and Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

 What the Children Had to Say: 

Wonderstruck is awesome. The charcoal and pencil illustrations are in black and white, but it's 'still interesting.' The changing perspective shows us the story close up and far away. They all wanted to check it out and read the entire story.

Mouse and Lion looks like colored pencil, but it's watercolor.  It is so detailed and fine.  The colors are calm, except when the lion and the mice are moving. We really like the color palette and the fine detail.

 Caldecott Honor Choice: Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell

What the Children Had to Say: This story is watercolor with india ink and antique engravings. We love the photograph of the real Jane Goodall at the end and we love that her childhood dream came true when she was an adult and she visited Africa. The colors are bold and bright and the illustrations are in a cartoon style. The numerous, pale engravings are interesting to look at.