Thursday, January 29, 2015

Snow big deal?

Well, yesterday's snow storm got us a day off from school, but the forecast promised us that it would be;
"A Storm of Historic Proportions."

Sure, we got quite a lot of white fluffiness sprinkled across our lawns, but in the end, and for
New York City, history will not remember "Winter Storm Juno" as one for the books.

Average snowfall around the country, and the world for that matter, varies.  However, you might  want to read about a really crazy storm that hit New York City.  A storm of historic proportions?  One for the books?

This is the book for you!  Jim Murphy's Blizzard!, is a true account of a real storm that hit Manhattan in March of 1888.  Now, please remember, here was a time when there were snow giant plows, no snow blowers, no trucks equipped with salt for the roads.  Weather forecasting was not anywhere near the science it is today.  In other words, no one saw this coming.  So how bad was it?

It snowed for 36 hours, and while the general accumulation of snow hit about 30 inches (a little under an inch an hour) some of the snow drifts hit as high as 50 inches!  Can you imagine what that looked like?

Here are a few pictures to help you out.        
-Miss Jessikah                                                                           
Snow drifts reached close to 50 inches!
The Snow Fell for about 36 hours!
 That means, almost an inch of snow fell each hour that the storm raged on!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Paddington Bear

Paddington, the beloved children's book character, is starring in a brand new movie which opened last Friday.  To celebrate, we hosted a drop-in Paddington Bear craft in the Children's Room.

Stop by the Children's Room and check out one of our many Paddington Bear books and read all about his adventures!

Posted by Amy

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

National Oatmeal Month

January is National Oatmeal Month. This much maligned month is apparently the ideal time to celebrate a variety of things including soup, hot tea, and bath safety.  However, since oatmeal is a beloved breakfast food and I happen to have a favorite book on oatmeal, I thought it would be the perfect time to highlight it:

This is the story of Katerina-Elizabeth, who sailed on an ocean liner across the Atlantic to visit her grandmother in Scotland.  Along the way, she was served oatmeal every day for breakfast, which she detested.  She threw it overboard into the ocean where it was enjoyed by a tiny sea worm.  He follows the ship across the ocean and grows to be none other than the Loch Ness Monster. 

Posted by Sue Ann.

Disclaimer:  Please note that neither the library nor this blogger advocates the throwing of food. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

WINTER SOLSTICE READING observed the longest night of the year on December 21st at 6:00pm.  This night is known as the Winter Solstice where we celebrate the return of the Sun.  As we brave the biting cold temperatures of the next several months take comfort in knowing that the days will be getting longer and warmer.

If winter activities leave you shivering in your boots then consider one of these titles and a cup of hot chocolate to get you through the chilliest time of the year.

Hold Fast by Blue Balliett - On a cold winter's day Early's father has disappeared. Can she find him while keeping her family safe? 
(gr. 4 and up)

The Solstice Cup by Rachel Dunstan Muller - Visiting relatives in Ireland during the Winter Solstice twin sisters fall into a river and are transported into the Otherworld.  They are desperate to escape this dark mythical place but time is running out.  (gr.5 and up)

Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper - Little Hawk survives a winter journey into manhood only to return back to his village which has been wiped out by a white-man's plague.  He meets John, a pilgrim, and together they forge a friendship that will change their lives forever. (gr. 5 and up)

Nightmareland by James Preller - Aaron gets sucked into a video game where he must brave a snowstorm.  A nearby forest provides refuge only if you can stand the screaming howls and find your way out. (gr. 4 and up)

posted by: Miss Rosemarie

Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays

    Happy Holidays from the children's department!

posted by Josephine