Ferndale Library Roundup: Best of Summer for Youth

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(Jeff Milo, FPL, June 18, 2014)

June 16th – July 21st, 2014
Summer Reading Family Story Times
MONDAYS @ 6:30 PM Six-week session.
No registration required.
Read, move and explore during these weekly story celebrations for the entire family, led by Ms. Ashley and Mr. Jordan in the KIDS CORNER.  All ages welcome.

More information from the FPL Kids Corner (and on Facebook).

FPL Round-Up: Ferndale Library Staff Recommends:
essentialAshley’s Picks

Welcome, again, faithful followers of the FPL Observer, to another edition of the Ferndale Library Round-Up of Weekly Recommendations from a rotation of featured staff members.

This week, Librarian Ashley Lehman, who was recently appointed Head of Youth Services, will offer some person selections just as SUMMER READING 2014 kicks-off.

We had a great turn out during our big ice-cream social / sign-up party last weekend! (pictured).

Readers can sign-up to win prizes for reading throughout the summer in our Kids Corner. When readers have marked 30 days on our special summer-reading-calendars, marking either a Reading- or Reading-seed021_helaine-zackRelated activity, they’ll win a prize and then be entered into a drawing for even more fantastic prizes, including gift certificates from local businesses.

(Our first installment of “Super Science Saturdays” is coming up, by the way: June 21 at 2 pm – Boom, Boom, Wow with the Michigan Science Center (all ages.

To read more about Ashley and Summer Reading, click here: 


Ashley Lehman: Head Librarian of Youth Services:
“As a librarian, one of my favorite times of the year is when the Youth Book Awards are announced.  waterworkAlthough this announcement happens waaay back in January, I feel halfway through the year is a good time to revisit the winners!  Here are my picks for best youth book award winners of 2014 (and one from 2012 because I loved it)”


Mr. Tiger Goes Wild Peter Brown [JE BRO]

This book did not win a big ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) award, but rather the Boston-Globe Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature.  The Horn Book is an awesome periodical that reviews children’s books.  Mr. Tiger lives in a city where everyone is proper.  One day he decides he may not want to be so proper anymore.  The illustrations complement the story very well.Jim Shaffer KELLER ad black


Journey Aaron Becker [JE BEC]

The artwork in this wordless picture book is outstanding; it obviously is a Caldecott 2014 Honor book.  The Caldecott award and honors are awarded to the most distinguished American picture books for illustration.  Similar to Harold and His Purple Crayon, a lonely girl creates an imaginary adventure world by drawing with a red crayon.  The seed02_sharon chessbright red of the crayon stands out nicely against the more muted wonderful illustrations in the background.


The Watermelon Seed Greg Pizzoli [JE PIZ]

This silly book is a winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, given to the most distinguished book for beginning readers.  My storytime attendees will be familiar with this book; I know I have read it during storytime more than once!  A cute, worrisome alligator ends up swallowing a seed from his favorite fruit, and everyone knows what happens when you swallow a watermelon seed, right?


Blackout John Rocco [JE ROC]

2012 Caldecott honor, this book describes what happens when the lights of a very busy downtown city dinos02sidelogo3block all go out.  With no power, the always connected family must find other fun things to do.  It is cool to see how Rocco lightened and darkened scenes on multiple pages with the lights on or off.  Also, the book represents a city community, including different cultures, making the book truly multicultural.  The book is also a heartwarming story about how families need to disconnect from everything once in a while to appreciate what they have.


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