Collection Spotlight: Space Exploration

Space exploration: it’s out of this world! The news is full of the wonder of interstellar travel, so get ready to blast off with these new titles from our kids’ nonfiction collection. Click each book cover to find the book in our catalogue, or request a Book Bundle of all things intergalactic!

Take a dive into the great unknown and go on a daring journey across land, sea and sky – exploring everywhere from the highest mountains to the deepest ocean, and even outer space!

Meet STEM Junior, a little character with some big ideas and a bunch of supersmart engineering friends. The series also features books on mathematics and general science–perfect for a budding rocket scientist!

Shoot for the moon with this World Book introduction to the stars and planets beyond Earth.

NASA computer scientist Katherine Johnson and her two daughters tell the story of how she overcame racial barriers to play an integral role during the American space program’s early days.

Then & Now: The Secret Garden

Welcome to Then & Now, Charlie’s exploration of long-running series and classic characters that have major parent-child crossover appeal! British children’s classic The Secret Garden gets an illustrated update with a new graphic novel from Mariah Marsden and Hanna Luechtefeld. Find the original Frances Hodgson Burnett text on our Juvenile Fiction shelf, a storybook adaptation in our Picture Book Garden, and be sure to grab both the 1997 and 2020 movies from our DVD collection!

Young adventurers might also enjoy Sweep, Willa of Dark Hollow, The Amelia Six, and Linnea in Monet’s Garden. Go beyond the garden gate–request a Book Bundle of Burnett-inspired books today!

Check It Out With Charlie: Hello Summer!

Did you know that it’s officially summer? The summer solstice happens around June 20th every year, which means that now it’s time for camping, biking, swimming, and other fun summer activities! Check out some of Charlie’s favorite sun-centric books for all ages, and click through the book covers to find each book in our catalogue:

Sun loves playing soccer, but after seeing his brother Pablo making art, he goes on an adventure with a fox and connects with his artistic side. For younger readers.

School’s almost for the summer, but three spirits of Summers Past threaten AJ’s plans for vacation fun. For middle-grade readers.

Pearl and her best robot bud need to build a sandcastle before summer vacation ends–and they’re going to do it with code! For younger readers.

Babymouse heads to the beach for a sun-filled summer vacation… but a shark puts her plans of being a surfer at risk. For middle-grade readers.

Carolina’s life is upended when she has to attend summer camp in upstate New York–far from her Puerto Rico home–with her bossy cousin. For upper elementary readers.

Delphine and her younger sisters learn about family ties and community connections during the summer of 1968. For upper elementary readers.

Celebrate With Charlie: Juneteenth

What’s Juneteenth all about? Every June 19th, the freedom of previously enslaved people in Galveston, Texas is commemorated to celebrate a major milestone in Black American history. Although originally a Texan celebration, Juneteenth is now celebrated all over the United States…including Albany!

Newly freed black people celebrated the first Juneteenth in 1866 to commemorate liberation — with food, singing, and the reading of spirituals — and take pride in their progress.

“The History of Juneteenth”

Learn about Juneteenth’s history and customs with these books from our catalogue. Hungry for more? Come in to explore our Black history collections–in-person browsing limits have been lifted at the library! Click through the graphic below to access each book in our online holdings:

Farewell to Eric Carle and Lois Ehlert

If you’re looking to celebrate the amazing lives and beautiful books of Eric Carle and Lois Ehlert, look no further than the Children’s Room shelves! A few of the librarians’ most-beloved selections are the perfect starting point:

Miss Jen likes using her imagination, just like The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse.

Did you miss our Eric-and-Lois-themed Storytime last week? Find more books by Eric Carle and Lois Ehlert in our catalogue, or request your favorites in a Book Bundle!

Extra, Extra! Wings of Fire on Netflix

Are you a Wings of Fire superfan? If so, star director Ava DuVernay adapting Tui Sutherland’s popular series for Netflix must be the biggest news of the year! Before the new animated series hits screens, re-visit the dragons of Pyrrhia in graphic novel form… and explore more draconian worlds with these books:

Click through each author’s name to find their books in our online catalogue. Or request a Book Bundle starring all things dragon!

Spring Into Reading with StoryWalk!

What is StoryWalk?

StoryWalk is a fun way for families with young children to read stories while enjoying time outdoors. Pages from picture books are laminated and attached to wooden stakes that are posted at regular intervals along an outdoor walking path or sidewalk. As families follow the path, they stop and read pages of the story.

Our spring StoryWalk features The Couch Potato by Jory John and Pete Oswald, a story all about what might happen when you venture outside… If you enjoy the Walk, request a copy for reading along at home, too!

book cover of The Couch Potato by Jory John and Pete Oswald

StoryWalks are supported by funds from the New York State Library’s Family Literacy Library Services Program and by Upper Hudson Upper Hudson Library System, and can be found at many libraries throughout Albany and Rensselaer counties. The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition (VBPC) and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

Collection Spotlight: Graphic Novels for Younger Readers

Comics-loving kids can get in on more graphic novel action with the newest titles from beloved creators like Jess Keating, James Sturm, and Ben Clanton! Click through the picture below to access these titles in our online catalogue, or look for the matching flyer in the Children’s Room. And don’t forget–you can make a special request for the librarians’ favorite graphic novels in your next Book Bundle!

Then & Now: Anne of Green Gables

Welcome to Then & Now, Charlie’s exploration of long-running series and classic characters that have major parent-child crossover appeal! Red-headed, bookish, dreamy, stubborn, smart: there’s something about Anne Shirley all of us can relate to–which is probably why L.M. Montgomery’s classic series just keeps getting new adaptations and explorations! Our Juvenile Fiction shelves house the original novels, while picture books, graphic novels, and a Netflix series keep audiences coming back for Anne’s shenanigans.

Kindred spirits who see themselves in Anne might also enjoy The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, The Great Cake Mystery, From the Desk of Zoe Washington, and Lumberjanes. Return to Avonlea this summer–browse our Anne books in house, or request one in your next Book Bundle!

Check It Out With Charlie: National Poetry Month

Did you know that April is a month-long celebration of poetry? What’s poetry all about anyway? From limericks to free verse and from laugh-along rhymes to picture-book haiku, Charlie’s here to take you on a tour of classic and contemporary poetry favorites for kids. Click through each book cover to find titles in our online catalogue!

A cat arrives at a shelter, arranges to go home with a good family, and settles in with them–all the while letting them know who is boss!

Explore the history of hip-hop, including how it evolved from folktales, spirituals, and poetry…

The playful as well as powerfully memorable poems of Beastly Verse transport readers into a richly worded world of tigers, hummingbirds, owls, yaks, and even telephones!

A collection of humorous poems by writers including Ellen Raskin, Karla Kuskin, Ogden Nash, and Arnold Lobel.

Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a line from a poem by different African American poets, describing an aspect of the Black experience.

A collection of humorous poems and drawings from master poet Shel Silverstein.