April 2013

Have you seen our Classics section lately?

We're excited to have some of our favorite older books front and center (all the books in this area were published before 1959). There is a lot more space for them now, and so we're getting lots of new-to-us titles for you to read --picture books and tween-friendly ones now, too. Check these out!
Sense and Sensibility (1811): Elinor and Marianne are sisters with very different views on life and love. After their father's death, they are forced out of their home and must move to a faraway cottage with their mother and younger sister, and find new ways of achieving their dreams.
Jane Eyre (1847): Orphaned Jane Eyre endures an unhappy childhood, hated by her aunt and cousins and then sent to comfortless Lowood School. But life there improves and Jane stays on as a teacher, though she still longs for love and friendship. At Mr Rochester's house, where she goes to work as a governess, she hopes she might have found them --until she learns the terrible secret of the attic.
Murder on the Orient Express (1933): Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead mans enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again...
Make Way for Ducklings (1941): Mrs. Mallard was sure that the pond in the Boston Public Gardens would be a perfect place for her and her eight ducklings to live. The problem was how to get them there through the busy streets of Boston! But with a little help from the Boston police, Mrs. Mallard and Jack, Kack, Lack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack arive safely at their new home.
Man Who Lost His Head (1942): It’s bad news when you wake up in the morning and find you’ve lost your head, especially if it’s an especially agreeable and handsome head, but there you go, such things happen. In any case, the man who loses his head inThe Man Who Lost His Head isn’t about to grin (that is, if he could grin) and bear it. No, he’ll make himself a new one, and starting with a pumpkin and moving on to a parsnip and finally picking up a block of wood, he sets about getting it just right. Still, for all his efforts, it somehow isn’t right. It isn’t the head he had before. It turns out that only a brash bold boy can save the man who lost his head from losing it altogether.

Sensory Storytime Tunes

We use a lot of music in our weekly sensory storytime for kids with special needs. We don't always use the same songs every time, but we make sure to do finger plays, gross motor dance songs and following the direction songs every week. These are our favorite songs to use, and we play them the most!

  • Drivin' In My Car - Ralph Colvert 
  • How Many Ways - Kimbo
  • Hokey Pokey - Old Town School of Folk Music
  • We Are the Dinosaurs - Laurie Berkner
  • Silly Dance Contest - Jim Gill
  • Shake My Sillies Out - Raffi
  • Bean Bag Rock - Kimbo
  • These Are My Glasses - Laurie Berkner

Click on the cover to visit 8tracks.com and listen to the songs.

Sensory Mix link to 8tracks.com



Mr. Andy loves jokes, and he shared some of his favorites at a recent “Prank Your Parents” program just in time for April Fool’s Day. Do you have any jokes you’d like to share with us? Here is one that always makes me laugh:

Joshua walks into the Oak Park Public Library and spots the Librarian’s desk.
The Librarian says, “How can I help you?”
Joshua gleefully and loudly says, "I'll have a cheeseburger, fries and a Coke!"
"This is a library." replies the Librarian. "You'll have to be quiet!"
Joshua then whispers in a very low voice, "I'll have a cheeseburger, fries and a Coke!"