Saturday, March 30, 2013

Children's Technology Review Available @ CPL

Wondering what's new in the world of technology for kids?  

Check out Children's Technology Review!  This great resource is available to you in print in the Children's Department @ CPL. Read trusted reviews to learn all about the latest apps, great new websites, gaming systems and other technology toys for kids. See a Librarian for more information.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Get Well Judy Blume!

We all know beloved author, Judy Blume.  She wrote some of our favorite books including Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Freckle Juice, Are You There God, It's Me Margaret? and so many more. Recently, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and hasn't been feeling well. Although she has said she is starting to feel a lot better, she would still love to hear from you! Send her your love and some sunshine with a get well card or letter. 

Send your emails to:

Send your cards and letters to:
Judy Blume
c/o Tashmoo Productions
1075 Duval St.
Sutie C21 #236
Key West, FL 33040

Learn more about Judy Blume and her books at her website. Or, browse our collection of her books in the library's online catalog here.

image by Stephen Lovekin at WireImage

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Register Today for April Programs!

Registration for children's programs in April is now in progress!

Click on the Programs tab above to see the April line-up or view our online newsletter for complete program details. Click on the program code or title to register and have your child's library card handy.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Register for Page Turners: Labracadabra!

When Larry first arrives, Zach is anything but thrilled with his new dog. But strange things begin to happen when Larry wags his tail... Could it be that Zach's new fury friend has a magical tail?

To find out what happens, head to CPL and stop at the Children's Reference to register for Page Turners. After you read the book Labracadabra by Jessie Nelson, join Librarian, Mrs. Hiam for a time of fun and games related to this enchanting tail! Oops, I mean tale!

This program is open to students in grades 2 & 3. Click here to view details on storytimes and book discussions for other age groups in our online newsletter.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Oz The Great and Powerful - In Theatres Now!

When a carnival magician is swept away to an enchanted land, no one is quite sure if he is the one they've been waiting for. Oscar Diggs (aka Oz) must quickly decide if he will become a good man or a great wizard! The new movie is based on books about the Land of Oz by Frank L. Baum.  So, see the movie and read the books to decide for yourself if Oz truly is a wonderful wizard!

Click here to learn all about the movie characters, download movie images, play games and more at Disney's official website for Oz the Great and Powerful.

Click here to browse the library's online catalog and find books like The Wizard of Oz,  The Land of Oz, The Magic of Oz, and others written by Frank L. Baum.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Read for Women's History Month!

Would you like to learn about amazing women in history who fought for women's rights, became famous authors, flew over the Atlantic Ocean and more?  Click here or on the Books tab above to see our recommended books about great women in history.

Also check out for tons more information!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Read Something Delicious for National Nutrition Month

In honor of National Nutrition Month we are displaying a host of food related books for children in our Read Something Delicious display. So stop in throughout the month of March to share a book about something yummy and start a conversation about nutrition with your child! 

By the way, the USDA has some wonderful materials to help parents and educators teach preschoolers and school age children about nutrition at

Monday, March 11, 2013

75th Anniversary of the Randolph Caldecott Medal

The Randolph Caldecott Medal winners for outstanding illustrations in children's picture books published in the U.S. in 2012 were announced in February. Check out the Medal Winner and Honor books below. Click on a book title to place a reserve with your library card.

2013 Medal Winner

This is Not My Hat written and illustrated by Jon Klassen

2013 Honor Books

Creepy Carrots! illustrated by Peter Brown and written by Aaron Reynolds

Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen and written by Mac Barnett

Green illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

One Cool Friend illustrated by David Small and written by Toni Buzzeo

Thursday, March 7, 2013

New Website of the Month! -

Do you enjoy counting sheep while nodding off to sleep? If so, put on your pajamas, brush your teeth, and solve some math problems with your family tonight - just for fun! is the March Website of the Month! Here you will find a collection of news and information for the whole family to share. Read a daily story with math problems for children of all ages.

For even more fun, download the sticker calendar and reward yourself by adding a new sticker each night!

Attention Parents: Read our full review on the Parents page.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Read it Forward on World Read Aloud Day

Show your support for every person's right to read and write this Wednesday, March 6th on World Read Aloud Day!

Read a book aloud to your child, give a book away or click here to register with World Read Aloud Day.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Recycled Sculpture Contest

Attention budding young artists!  Enter the third annual Create Something Great Recycled Sculpture Contest for your chance to win a $50 gift card for art supplies and a "Family 4 Pack" to the Cradle of Aviation!

To enter, children in Pre-K through grade 6 should create a scultpture designed around the theme of transportation by air, land or sea using recycled or reusable materials,

This contest is hosted by the Portledge School and the Cradle of Aviation Museum. All registration forms must be received by Friday, March 29, 2013. Sculptures must be hand delivered to the Portledge School on April 11th or 12th. Click here for full details.