Author Archive

Revolting Rhymes

October 10, 2019

 Finding connections between books and other media like live theater, movies, festivals and TV is often useful for bringing attention to children’s books that might otherwise be overlooked.  Netflix has a two episode program of fractured fairy tales based on the Roald Dahl poetry book, “Revolting Rhymes.” These animated films (originally illustrated by Quentin Blake) capture the humor and horror of beloved stories turned naughty.  Published in 1982 and now streaming on Netflix, these short films (~29 minutes) take Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and other characters into the dark side for a lively look at the real story we were never told. The unexpected twist that comes at the end is sure to make your well-behaved angels feel just a bit naughty and suitably revolting.  Our library system has a copy on DVD as well as the original book available.

Warwick Children’s Book Festival

October 3, 2019

WCBF  Saturday October 12th from 11-4pm is the Warwick Children’s Book Festival.  Alyssa Capucilli (Biscuit books), Barbara Dee, Amy Ignatow (Star Wars Jedi Academy), James Preller, and Todd Strasser are a few of the over 60 authors and illustrators who will be in attendance.  The festival is free and visitors will enjoy music from the Uncle Brothers local band.  There will be a sign language story time, face painting  and an opportunity to read with therapy dogs. The festival has been held since 2005 and brings hundreds of visitors. Picnickers are welcome.

Check out this new library

September 26, 2019

 A new library in Long Island City, Queens New York recently opened after 10 years of planning and construction.  Overlooking the East River south of the Pepsi sign, the Hunter’s Point Community Library is modern and “whimsical” with spectacular views.

Along the East River, the library looks toward the United Nations. Behind it, the growing apartment towers in Hunters Point.

After waiting 10 years, the library will serve as a community hub of pride and likely attract visitors both local and abroad.

Rooftop bleachers offer sweeping views of Manhattan and a place to stage events.Read this article recently published in The New York Times for more information on the history of its beginnings and why it almost didn’t get built at all.

Bookstore: An Unlikely Story

September 19, 2019

 Although we write this blog to promote the library, we are also bookstore enthusiasts (sshh! don’t tell). If you happen to be in the neighborhood of western Massachusetts soon, be sure to stop in and visit An Unlikely Story bookstore and cafe. The independent store is owned by Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney. Coming up on their schedule this fall is ukulele lessons, trivia night. yoga for kids and adults and some great authors visiting. Look for these notable writers coming in September and October: Tomie de Paola, Lauren Tarshis (‘I Survived’ series), R. J. Palacio, Rob Buyea, Tui Sutherland and Megan McDonald (‘Judy Moody’ series). This store has a packed schedule of events for both children and adults.

Such a Perfect Wife

September 5, 2019

Such a Perfect Wife (Bailey Weggins Series #8)  This mystery by Kate White is set in the upstate village of Lake George.  The journalist digging for the truth is Bailey Weggins who is sent to there to uncover the truth about the disappearance of Shannon Blaine.  One morning she left her home to drop her children at daycare and went for a run never to be seen again.  Of course, the husband is the first suspect, but it seems that there are a lot more secrets than someone is trying to cover up and Bailey gets caught up in the center of the action.  If you’ve ever visited Lake George then the descriptions and landmarks will be familiar to you. White mentions Fort Henry, Route 9N and the classic steamer Minnie Ha-Ha.  This is a series about the young “detective” and the first one I’ve read.  A fast read that will make me seek out another in the future.


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