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This week’s Staff Pick is Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.  This children’s/YA read is great for all ages and shows how you can make your own destiny even when you don’t mean to.  Funny and charming, you won’t want to put this down.

Hayao Miyazaki even made an anime version of the book, which we also have at the library.  The movie does differ from the book on several points, so it may be worth checking them both out.

“Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

Find it and it’s movie version in the library!


Howl's Moving Castle

Diana Wynne Jones

Published: Apr 15, 2008 by Greenwillow
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Technerella

 

 

2:30-3:15 PM on Monday, August 4, come see our children’s librarians put on TECHNERELLA!

If you like puppets, the story of Cinderella or robots… or all three, reserve your space today and come watch the fantastic new play, Technerella!  It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity your little one will definitely enjoy.

Don’t forget to check out the other great events our Children’s Department has going on not only in the summer but all year ’round!

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Come join us for the Family Film Cafe showing of The LEGO Movie on Tuesday, July 22 at 7-8:45 PM.

Bring your own picnic supper or just a dessert to snack on as you enjoy this film on our large screen.
Please register so that we can set up a table for your group.  A parent must be with child at all times during the film.
If you print your tickets, you may bring them directly to the program, which will be held in the Community Room.
We know that’s a bit far away and that you just can’t get enough LEGOs however, so enjoy these great dioramas of Libraries and Bookstores!   What can you come up with? Share your LEGO designs with us!

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Congratulations to our Children’s Department, which won the New Jersey State Library’s Best Practices in Early Literacy Program Award for our Scribble Time program!  We’re very proud of their accomplishment!

Our next Scribble Time! program is Monday June 16, 11-11:30 am.  If you’re interested in coming, you must register.  You can do so here.

Scribble Time! is a first introduction to crayons, paint, and glue, along with a story and a rhyme or two.  This program is more about the experience than the product: Children will enjoy using the materials provided even though it may not result in something to hang on the refrigerator at home.  As an added benefit, they will increase vocabulary as we talk about these creative experiences.  Parents and children should plan to wear comfortable clothing that can get messy.
This is a new program for children ages 1 to 3 years accompanied by a parent.
Please register CHILD ONLY so we can plan enough materials and space.
Registration begins two weeks before the program date.
The same project is offered on both dates each month.  Please plan to attend only one.
You can check out other dates for Scribble Time! and other programming at the Children’s Event Calendar at any time.
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Have you met our utterly wonderful Children’s Librarians yet?  Not only do they love their work, they love their crafts – as you can see from their program room decorations!  Come in any time when the Library is open or come to one of their many great programs, like tonight’s Magic Tree House Night at 7pm.   Check out their calendar and  check out their fantastic programs which run all year.