Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Pre-school Storytime

All of us are returning to familiar fall routines, and so is the library. Registration is now under way at all 4 branches for the fall pre-school storytime. These storytime sessions run approximately 45 minutes for 6 weeks. Stories, songs, fingerplays and crafts fill the 45 minutes. Children who are 3 ½ - 5 years and not yet in kindergarten are welcome. Sessions begin at 10 am and run on Tuesday mornings in our Miami branch beginning Sept. 29, and on Wed mornings in Morden Winkler and Altona branches, beginning Sept. 30. Please call your local branch or check the website for details.

And since I always like to talk about at least 1 book, I’ll just mention one of my favourites that I often use in the Altona Storytimes: Kady MacDonald Denton’s “A Child’s Treasury of Nursery Rhymes”. This book was awarded the 1998 Governor General’s award for children’s literature, and numerous other awards. The lyrical nature of nursery rhymes makes them great for reading aloud, and the illustrations in this book are works of art.

It’s an oldie but a goodie.

School Lunches

I’m sure that there are many moms at this very minute looking in their fridge and dreading the prospect of another year of fixing school lunches.

10 months of preparing school lunches can sorely tax the most creative parent’s culinary imagination, so if you’re looking for a little help, drop in to the library.

Bobby Kalman has 2 excellent offerings from her Kid Power series: “Lunch Munch” and “Super Snacks”. The recipes in these books are nutritious and easy enough for kids to prepare.

The “Kids’ healthy lunchbox” by Cara Hobday contains 50 delicious and nutritious recipes. These lunches certainly are a creative alternative to the plain old sandwich.

“Eat it Up!: Lipsmaking recipes for kids” by Elisabeth de Mariaffi is much more than just lunches and will not doubt have your kids wanting to make their own.

Each branch has a large section of cookbooks and staff are always ready to point you in the right direction.

The Kennedys

The closest thing to royalty that the United States has is the Kennedy family. The recent death of Ted Kennedy has once again brought this family into the spotlight. Though TV news networks will cover the event and offer up much family history, a trip to the library could be worthwhile for anyone delving deeper into this family’s story. Three books published since 2003 come to mind.

The Kennedy Men 1901 – 1963 by Laurence Leamer chronicles Joe Kennedy’s and his family’s rise to power and influence up to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

“The Kennedy curse: Why America’s first family has been haunted by tragedy for 150 years” by Edward Klein is another possibility.

The book that some reviewers claim offers a new not-before-seen perspective is Thomas Maier’s “The Kennedys: Americas Emerald Kings: A five-generation History of the ultimate Irish-Catholic family”. This book offers an insight into the relationship between the Kennedy family and the Catholic church.

Books on the Kennedy family and American politics are located in all branches of the South Central Regional Library.