Comics and Candy!

Free Comic Book Day is here, but with a fun Halloween twist! Earlier this year, the library partnered with Flipside Gaming to celebrate Free Comic Book Day, but unfortunately it was cancelled. So we’ve decided to do it now instead!

Visit the library during Halloween week to trick-or-treat for comics and candy! Comic selections for both children and teens are pictured below. Which ones will you get?!

Thank you to Flipside Gaming for helping to make this possible!

Check It Out: Election Season

Check It Out With Charlie goes inside election season 2020 with books and DVDs on the voting process and the story of the United States! You might be too young to cast a vote, but you’re never too young to learn about elections, democracy, and what it takes to be president. 

Request some of these through our Book Bundles or come in to grab-and-go—who knows what else you might spot?

School House Rock! Election Collection and America: Sing-alongs help young viewers understand the process of making laws and electing a president, plus highlights from the country’s history.

March On!: Adapted from books by Christine Harris King, Nikki Giovanni, Ellen Levine, and Doreen Rappaport, this 4-film collection explores major events in Civil Rights history.

Froggy for President! by Jonathan London: Froggy and Frogilina’s schoolmates must decide between two compelling candidates for class president.

What Is the Women’s Rights Movement? by Deborah Hopkinson: From Sojourner Truth to Jeanette Rankin and from the 19th Amendment to Title IX, go inside the continuing fight for women’s rights under the law.

Separate Is Never Equal: The story of the trailblazing Mendez family is dramatized in this animated film about school segregation in California.

So You Want To Be President? by Judith St. George: Do you have what it takes to be Commander In Chief? Pets, personalities, and more presidential qualities are uncovered in this illustrated history of the highest office.

I’m An Activist by Wil Mara: Learn how kids can make change in their communities with this non-fiction reader.

New Books Spotlight: Middle Grade Chapter Books

Hot off the East Greenbush shelves, it’s Check It Out With Charlie! Critical darlings, award winners, and indie triumphs, here are some recent and upcoming middle grade chapter books you might have missed. Request some of these through our Book Bundles or come in to grab-and-go—who knows what else you might spot?

The Canyon’s Edge by Dusti Bowling: A hiking trip in the Sonoran Desert leaves Nora alone and with only her own skills to survive.

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson: How do families shape new memories and stronger relationships when their glory days are behind them?

One Time by Sharon Creech: Gina’s always felt different from other kids at school… but it takes a special teacher to show her how to truly become herself. 

Leaving Lymon by Lesa Cline-Ransome: Lymon journeys to new cities with only memories of his grandparents and the blues music he loves for company.

Lupe Wong Won’t Dance by Donna Barba Higuera: Lupe’s going to be the first female pitcher in major-league baseball, and she does not have time to square-dance.

Tune It Out by Jamie Sumner: Everyone expects Lou’s beautiful voice to make her famous, but Lou’s afraid her fear of crowds will halt a singing career before it even starts. 

Not Your All-American Girl by Wendy Wan-Long Shang and Madelyn Rosenberg: When Tara lands the lead role in a play that Lauren would love to star in, the best friends’ grandmothers vow to shake things up. 

Wink by Rob Harrell: Ross’s diagnosis with a rare eye cancer makes him uncertain he’ll ever fit in—but music proves his anchor in both treatment and middle school.  

Virtual Llama Llama Storytime on Tuesday, October 6th!

Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to join Miss Jen and Miss Molly, from the comfort of their own homes, for a Virtual Zoom Storytime with songs, stories, rhymes and of course, Mouse House! This week features one of our favorite characters, Llama Llama!

New this October we are excited to introduce a Storytime Activity Pack which includes simple early literacy activities to supplement each weekly storytime’s theme. Pick up your October Storytime Activity Pack in the Children’s Room or call the library to make drive-thru arrangements.

Be sure to register for Virtual Llama Llama Storytime on Tuesday, October 6th @ 10:00am and stay tuned for more information about our next Virtual Storytime!

Happy Elephant Appreciation Day!

National Elephant Appreciation Day was established in 1996 in honor of the largest land animal in the world. It is now celebrated every year on September 22nd.

Click on the image below to check out some elephantastic books and scroll down for a selection of Charlie’s favorite elephant jokes.

Elephant Jokes

Q. Why couldn’t the two elephants go swimming together?
A. Because they only had one pair of trunks!

Q. What’s big and grey with horns?
A. An elephant marching band!

Q. Why doesn’t the elephant use the computer?
A. Because it is afraid of the mouse!

Q: Why do elephants need trunks?
A: Because they don’t have glove compartments.

Q: What time is it when an elephant sits on the fence?
A: Time to fix the fence!

Q: What wears glass slippers and weighs over 4,000 pounds?
A: Cinderellephant

Q: Why are elephants always so broke?
A: Because they work for peanuts.

Q: Why are elephants such bad dancers?
A: Because they have 2 left feet.