Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Critter Club 9/29: Leaf Man

Critter Club

 Welcome to Critter Club! Today we're taking a look at Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert.
This is Lois Ehlert. She grew up painting and sculpting. When she was first starting to play with art she always erased her drawings and was never satisfied. She discovered the art of collage- the process of cutting out pieces of paper, fabric, or objects and gluing them to a backing. This is Ms. Ehlert's favorite way of making art; cutting and pasting.

Lois has won awards for her books. She has written over 45 including Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Growing Vegetable Soup.

In this week's packet you will have: Leaf Man Template
                                                          2 google eyes
                                                          Brown Construction paper
                                                          Two leaf worksheets
                                                          Fall leaves pattern sheet and leaf squares

Here's a link to a read-a-loud of 'Leaf Man':

Here are some fun leaf activities for you to try:

A Leaf Memory Game

There are several Fall activities and stories at the following link or just Sam rake the leaves:

This short video teaches about Fall and some things that happen during the season

For our craft this week you will be gathering some of the materials! I want you to go outside and find some pretty leaves! 

You may want to press the leaves in between the pages of a heavy book. This will help them become flat and easier to work with. 

I marked the pages with some bookmarks so I wouldn't lose the leaves!

Let your leaves set for a few hours, or overnight. Then you will want your leaf man template or the construction paper that is in your kit. 

Lay your leaves down on the paper and place them in the shape of a man.

Once you have the leaves where you want them, start to glue them down using the glue stick from last week. 

Once you have all the leaves glued down add your google eyes and your leaf man is complete.

There are a few worksheets for you to try! Also, this pattern sheet with leaves:

Match the cutouts with the pictures to form the pattern

I hope you had a good time with this week's Leaf Man! Packets for next week will be available Thursday!
Miss Kelly

Monday, September 28, 2020

Linda's Book Reviews: Year One

Linda's Book Reviews

Year One 
By Nora Roberts 

Here is Good Reads description followed by my review: 

Good Reads
It began on New Year's Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed--and more than half of the world's population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river--or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.

My Review 

This is the first book in a three-book series. This is actually my first time reading Nora Roberts. I really liked her style of writing. It just flowed and was easy to read. Her descriptions are good but not long and over worded like some fiction authors. The story kind of reminded me of the pandemic we are facing today but far more extreme and, of course, we don't get to have magic! 😀 It would be so cool if we did! I would love to have superpowers! Wouldn't you? I fell in love with the main characters right away. It was exciting to see how they were going to escape the chaos and find their place in this New World. Their magic is a good magic of light. Along the way, they face those with dark magic, the bad magic that wants to destroy them. This first book sets the background, the beginning which leads you to want to read on into book two and then follow up with book three. I have just started book 2 and I can't wait to see what lies ahead! 



Friday, September 25, 2020

Staff Picks September

Staff Picks

It's time for the next installment of our 'Staff Picks' by Rachel, Linda, Sherri, and Kelly. Here you'll find books that we have enjoyed. Give them a shot, maybe you will like them too! 

Sherri's Pick:
Virgin River by Robyn Carr
The story is based in a small, remote town. Mel moved there thinking she would rekindle her nursing career. She soon decided she didn't like living in this small town, until she met a handsome bartender, Jack. This was a very good book.

Linda's Pick:
One Summer by David Baldacci
This book is different from other David Baldacci books. It is an emotional story, not a mystery. It was very good, kept my interest and made me shed a few tears. Great story about keeping a family together against all odds.

Rachel's Pick:
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Aurora Rising is a fantastic book for anyone who loves outcasts, the misfits, the rejects and underdogs who, despite their flaws, can still kick butt and save the day. This book is full of action, sassy and hilarious dialogue, and a cast of characters you will never forget. I usually love sci-fi on a screen more than on the page, but this one is so well-written (very character-driven) that I can't say that comparison holds true here.
If you need a lift (and I think we could all use one this year), do yourself a favor and introduce yourself to Squad 312. You're welcome!

Kelly's Pick:

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Turtles All the Way Down tells the story of a girl living with extreme OCD. This book takes a gigantic spotlight and shines it on what it's like to live with a mental illness while at the same time, weaving an intriguing story.  Despite the subject, it's surprisingly easy to read and sucks you into the story making you feel the constant struggles of the main character. The book delivers a message we all need right now: It's ok to not be ok. 

That's all for this month's Staff Picks. We also have an End Cap in the library where we will put some of our selections. Feel free to check them out as well.
     If you would like to share your favorite books and possibly have a blog post all to yourself, go to our Patron's Pick post (will be up 9/01/20) and enter to win a prize and have your book featured on our blog.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Here at the Library: True Crime

 Here at the Library

Here at the library we have books about true crime. Shocking, I know. Everywhere you look you find something relating to true crime. 
    Why are we fascinated by serial killers, thieves, and kidnappers? Psychologists believe our interest in true crime and serial killers stems from it being a simple way for us to explore a dark world from the comfort and safety of our own homes. At the end of the documentary, book, podcast, etc. we can return to life as normal.
    You can find true crime everywhere. There are television shows like Unsolved Mysteries, Cold Case Files, and the ever popular Forensic Files. There are podcasts (see our post on podcasts here: https://eccleslesherlibrary.blogspot.com/2020/09/what-is-podcast.html
 if you aren't familiar) such as Serial, Dr. Death, and my favorite Morbid. Don't forget the movies! How many movies have been made about Bonnie and Clyde, Ed Gein, or Charles Manson? For now, lets get to the books! In our non-fiction section you will find two shelves of true crime books under the 364.1 call number.

Books about serial Killers

Books about Murder

True crime books by popular authors

And many more..

I'll admit, I'm as obsessed as the rest of the country. I listen to Morbid (my favorite podcast) in the car on my way to work or while I'm cleaning the house. My Netflix recommendations are full of things like The Keepers and The Confession Tapes. Plus, I've gotten my children interested with the help of Bailey Sarian and her Murder, Mystery, and Make-up Mondays on YouTube.
    Anyway- on to the tutorial. I saw this sign in a shop and thought it was perfect for today's true crime post. It's certain to be a hit for any true crime lover!

Fun right? Here's what you'll need:
Sign blank, you can purchase these on Amazon or Walmart, or scrap wood
white paint
red paint
black paint or paint marker
old toothbrush

First you want to drill holes in your board for hanging. Then paint it white.

Mine took two coats of white. Let it dry then get your red paint and paint your hand red! (use a lot of paint, not so it's dripping off your hand, but nearly)

Pick where you want that hand print to be, then smack the board

Slide your hand down the board to leave a smeary print behind

Next, take your old toothbrush and dip it in the red paint (I couldn't find an old toothbrush so I used a make-up brush). Splatter red paint across the remainder of the board.

Wash your hands and any paint you may have inadvertently splattered on your wall or stand mixer, not that this happend to me...ok it did. 

You'll need a ruler or straight edge. Measure where you want your words to be and draw a guideline lightly with a pencil

Sketch 'welcome' in pencil. To make sure your word is centered, start in the middle and work from there. For example, welcome has 7 letters, c being the middle. Find the center of your board and write your 'c' and work forward and backward from there.
Once you have your 'welcome' ready, either trace it with your black paint pen or using black paint and a paint brush.
I used a paint pen
I put a heavier line on the right side of the letters, just for an interesting effect

Next step. Measure where you want the words to be underneath 'welcome'
Doing the same steps as you did for 'welcome', sketch out your words first. Start from the middle and work forward and backward. Then trace over your letters with paint. 

I decided it needed a bit more embellishment. First I used the twine to string the hanger through the pre-drilled holes. Then I gathered some black and red ribbon. 

I made a relatively simple bow then hung that sign on my door!
What do you think?!  A fun and interesting conversation starter!

Stop into the library if you would like to see our true crime selection. If you have any questions, regarding books or this tutorial, feel free to ask. Check back next Thursday for the next installment of "Here at the Library".

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Critter Club: Pete the Cat

 Critter Club

Welcome to our First Critter Club!! We are going to be looking at the Pete the Cat books illustrated by a man name James Dean.
This is James Dean, illustrator of the Pete the Cat books

James went to an animal shelter to adopt a cat, when he came to Pete he kept walking. James didn't really want a black cat, but Pete reached out of his cage and snagged him and that was that.

If you want to learn more about animal shelters, check out this website:

There you will find games and videos all about helping animals.

In your packet you will have:     A brown paper bag with the craft
                                                   10 buttons and 10 Pete the cat numbered cards
                                                    Two Pete the Cat worksheets
If you are missing anything, please contact the library.

There are so many Pete the Cat stories it's hard to choose a favorite! Check out this Read Aloud of Pete the Cat: I love My White Shoes. Story by Eric Litwin, Art by James Dean, Edited by Stephen Lentz, Music & Narration from HarperCollins Children's Books 

There are lots of fun Pete the Cat activities to do online. Have a look at Pete the Cat's website for a lot of cool games, printables, sing-a-longs, and videos. 

In addition to your worksheets, give this memory game a try. 

It's a lot of fun!

Now it's craft time. We're going to make a Pete the Cat paper bag puppet.

Inside the bag you will have: 3 paper buttons, two black circles(eyes), Two orange eyes, two white circles(inside of the eyes), a triangle nose, two blue triangles (ears), two orange triangles (collar), a small blue rectangle, a large yellow rectangle, a blue 'house' shape, and a glue stick. Keep the glue stick for future projects.

Take the small blue rectangle and glue it on to the bottom of the paper bag
It should look like this:

Next, take the large yellow rectangle and glue under the flap down the remainder of the bag
It should look like this: 

Take the house shape and turn it upside down. Glue it under the flap.
Like this:
Now you need the two orange triangles.

These are going to sit on the roof of the house.

Now for the eyes. Take the two orange eye shapes

Glue them on to the small blue rectangle

Glue the two black circles in the center of the orange eyes

Now the two white circles and the triangle nose.

Now glue the three paper buttons down the front of the yellow rectangle

Next you need the two blue triangles
Glue along the bottom edge of both ears.

Stick them onto the back of the paper bag with the tips sticking up

Turn it over and have fun with your Pete the Cat paper bag puppet.

We also have a sorting game for you to try. You should have 10 Pete cards with the numbers 1-10 on them, and 10 buttons.

Lay out the cards 1-10 in order. Go over the numbers as you lay the cards out. Grab a few buttons. Count how many buttons you grabbed and place them on the corresponding card.
For example, I grabbed 8 buttons and placed them on the 8 card.

Remove the buttons and repeat.

I hope you had fun with our first Critter Club! Enjoy your snack! Next week's packets will be available for pickup on Thursday. We will be learning about Fall leaves. 

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