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Fantastic Children's Non-Fiction

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When Planet Earth Was New - by James Gladstone & Katherine Diemert -
This starkly beautiful picture book introduces very young readers to the geological history of planet Earth. Beginning with the very early development of the solar system, billions and billions of years ago, 'When Planet Earth Was New' shows the earth as it passes through various geological epochs, through the beginnings and the evolution of organic life, and into the human-dominated present. You'll find a great appendix at the end, giving a wealth of additional details. This little gem is a great way to show your child the basics of geological and biological history, years before they will first learn it in the classroom.

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Pocket Full of Colors: the magical world of Mary Blair, Disney artist extraordinaire -by Amy Guglielmo & Jacqueline Tourville-
The authors chart the course of the life of Mary Blair, the creative talent behind Disney classics like Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland. Mary's creative instincts and professional ambitions collide with gender discrimination in the highly male-dominated work-spaces of mid-century America. Mary perseveres though, and single-handedly drags the Disney Studios from it's black and white past, and into the lush colors of it's storied golden age.

While there is much to love in this slender book, as and adult, my favorite part of 'A Pocket Full of Colors' is how carefully the illustrator captured the various incarnations of Mary's personal style, from Betty Page bangs, to late 50's June Cleaver pearls, and finally into ultra-trendy 60's Mod. This beautifully illustrated, audaciously colorful picture book is a great way to introduce your little one to biographies.

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Yum! MmMm! Qué rico! : Americas' sproutings - by Pat Mora -
Featuring vibrant, warm colors and a playful style, Pat Mora manages to pack an enormous amount of quality content into a tiny little picture book. 'Written as a series of haiku, Yum! MmMm! Qué rico!' teaches kids about the history of many of the great foods that originated in the Americas (chocolate, corn, peanuts, potatoes, and many more). Be sure to check out the fun and informative histories of each food item, always in small print on the left-hand side of every page. Your child will be both educated and entertained.

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Poison : deadly deeds, perilous professions, and murderous medicines - by Sarah Albee -
Written for more advanced readers, this book is sure to satisfy kids with a passion for chemistry, history, spy-craft, or maybe just anything morbid. While the author is careful to state that 'Poison' is not an exhaustive index of poisonous materials, at nearly 200 pages, Sarah Albee manages to cover an enormous amount of ground. Your child will learn about how humans have wrangled with chemistry throughout history, focusing on the where, when, and why of how people have come into contact with dangerous chemical compounds. Be sure to check it out!

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Watercolor Snowflake Art

Sunday January 14, 2018: 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Pittsfield Branch: Program Room
Preschool-Grade 3

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PreK Bits - "A" is for APPLE

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Ms. Rachel presented an apple theme in Storytime this week.
[b:1370269|GOBBLE GOBBLE MOOOO TRACTOR BOOK] … the day Farmer Brown slept-in, the animals drove the tractor!
We clapped out letters to the “Apple Bingo” song … A-P-P-L-E !!
[b:1070454|APPLE PIE] … "Botheration!" That enormous juicy apple is up so high. However can we get it and put it in our pie?"

Fall is apple season and here are more apple books:
[b:1514502|APPLESAUCE DAY] ... this is the day that comes after you visit the orchard and bring home apples. One more kind of busy....
[b:1041767|TEN APPLES UP ON TOP] ... a "beginning Reader" title.
[b:1480133|FROM APPLE TREES TO CIDER PLEASE] ... "Grab the wagon. It's a bright autumn day!".
[b:1256073|A APPLE PIE] … a traditional apple pie alphabet with illustrations by [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/author/%2522Spirin%252C%2BGennadi%25C4%25AD.%2522|Gennady Spirin].
[b:1416832|APPLES A to Z] … and apple alphabet and primer.
[b:1168010|TEN RED APPLES] .. a counting book.
[b:1027580|The SEASONS Of ARNOLD’S APPLE TREE] … one year.
[b:1412516|FLORENTINE And PIG] ... includes recipes for a fine fall picnic!
[b:1458998|The APPLE ORCHARD RIDDLE] … the class field trip to the orchard.
[b:1300973|LITTLE APPLE GOAT] … how the trees were planted.
For more Fall related titles … see [http://www.aadl.org/user/lists/56526|PreK Bits – FALL stories for 1-6 yrs. Old] … an AADL Public List of titles for preschool and young elementary ages.

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Sensation Stations

Monday February 12, 2018: 10:30am to 11:15am
Traverwood Branch: Program Room
Age 10 Months–2 Years

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Sensation Stations

Friday January 12, 2018: 10:30am to 11:15am
Downtown Library: Secret Lab
Age 10 Months–2 Years

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Sensation Stations

Tuesday December 12, 2017: 10:30am to 11:15am
Westgate Branch: West Side Room
Age 10 Months–2 Years

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Drop off your gently used Halloween costumes for the 3rd annual Halloween Costume Swap!

[img_assist|nid=367337|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=93] Starting now through October 22, drop off your clean, gently used Halloween costumes to any AADL branch! Then, on Sunday, October 22 from 3:00-4:30pm at the Downtown Library, come pick out a new costume for this year! We're looking for costumes for people of all ages. This is a great way to save money, clear your closet, and pick out something snazzy for all your Halloween needs!

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New Monster Books!

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It’s that time of year when requests for spooky and fall books happen! Check out this new batch of monster books for kids. There are such cute monsters out there!

[b:1515024|An A to Z of Monsters and Magical Beings] offers fascinating facts about some of the most talked about mysterious beings! Everything including an alien, cyclops, dragon, kraken, minotaur, troll, werewolf, and more! Beautiful illustrations!

[b:1514544|What Makes a Monster: Discovering the World’s Scariest Creatures] is a nonfiction book that explores a variety of real animals that dare to scare. Read facts about the fangtooth moray eel, komodo dragon, and the Portuguese man-of-war, to name a few. Great photographs!

And don’t forget to check for:
[b:1504726|If Your Monster Won’t Go To Bed]
[b:1514796|There’s a Monster in Your Book]
[b:1505420|I’m Not Little]
[b:1513629|I Want to be in a Scary Story]

If you need even more, here’s a list of [https://tinyurl.com/y7eff63j|monster books], and here’s whole bag of [b:1494512|Stories To Go: Monsters] that features a stack of some classics.

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PreK Bits - "H" is for HOUSE and HOME !

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Ms. Rachel's Storytime Theme this week was House and Home.
First ... [b:1160819|WE WERE TIRED Of LIVING IN A HOUSE] ... "so we moved out!"
psst! The books are wearing out ... but you can still get a copy from another Library through [http://mel.org/melcat|MelCat].
We sang "Wheels On The Bus" ... for our "action song".
[b:1157629|SHOE TOWN] ... Mama Mouse moved into a shoe, once her babies were all grown. Folks began to knock. "May I come in?"
Mama Mouse suggested, "If you find your own shoe it could go there and you could be my neighbor"!

Here are more stories of "HOME" for you to check out:
[b:1494050|LITTLE HOME BIRD] ... Little Bird loves everything about his home. He's surrounded by his favorite branch, his favorite food, his favorite view and his favorite music. =-)
[b:1179057|HOME FOR A BUNNY] ... a classic by [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/author/Brown%252C%2BMargaret%2BWise%252C%2B1910-1952|Margaret Wise Brown]!
[b:1489872|The BEAR And The PIANO] ... home is where you are happy.
[b:1489900|The NOT-SO-FARAWAY ADVENTURE] ... with grandfather.
[b:1476880|WELCOME HOME BEAR: A Book Of Animal Habitats].
[b:1271646|HOME LOVELY] ... moving to a new home and making it "lovely".
[b:1487025|LITTLE HOUSES: A Counting Book].
[b:1468304|JULIA'S HOUSE FOR LOST CREATURES] ... and everyone has a job to do to make it work well.
All BECAUSE "Home is where the HEART is."

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PreK Bits - "P" is for PETS ... particularly puppies!

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Ms. Rachel and Ms. Betsy brought songs and stories about pets to Storytime.
[b:1272892|DOGGIES] ... Stuffed dogs act-out the story and the audience barks along. The book is a modern classic by [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/keyword/boynton%2C%20sandra|Sandra Boynton].
We sang “B-I-N-G-O” ... which can be found on youth CDs [b:14876620|SONGS & STORIES For KIDS], [b:1454830|BABY BOOST: 48 Interactive Sing-a-longs For Your Little One] and [b:1454830|LITTLE PEOPLE: Songs From The Farm].
To celebrate the theme we found our puppy parts and played the "Puppy Pokey" together.
[http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/keyword/%22Hokey%20Pokey%22%20%40callnum%20youth%20CD|ANY of these CDs] will have the original song "The Hokey Pokey" ... AND you'll find more fun songs to dance and sing along with too!
[b:1350264|15 ANIMALS] ... another modern classic by Sandra Boynton. Now we know how to spell "Bob" !

For more famous DOG stories try the following favorites:
[b:1477311|RAGWEED’S FARM DOG HANDBOOK] by Anne Vittur Kennedy ... Learn From The Best!
[b:1073771|HARRY The DIRTY DOG] and [b:1073774|NO ROSES For HARRY] ... old dog classics by Gene Zion.
[b:1478052|BUDDY And EARL] and [b:1495809|BUDDY And Earl And The GREAT BIG BABY] ... new dog classics by Maureen Fergus.
[b:1488760|MISS MOON: Wise Words From A Dog Governess] by Janet Hill ... wise words for All with beautiful illustrations!
[b:1405656|ZORRO GETS AN OUTFIT] and [b:1460266|MR BUD WEARS The CONE] by Carter Goodrich ... a pitch-perfect dog point-of-view.
[b:1161992|BARK GEORGE] by [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/author/Feiffer%252C%2BJules|Jules Feiffer]... a dog fantasy.
[b:1332806|The DOGHOUSE] ... critters go in but they don't come out. Surprise?
[b:1504286|WE LOVE YOU ROSIE!] ... Oh Yes! We Do!
[b:1478083|SIMON'S NEW BED] ... Simon gets a new bed and someone else is in it!
For screen-time try the DVD [b:1272816|BARK GEORGE And More Doggie Tails] by [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/author/%2522Weston%2BWoods%2BStudios.%2522|Weston Woods Studios].
WOOF! ... snooff snurff ... doggie treat, Please.
... pant ... pant ...
Wooff !!