Friday, May 25, 2012

On Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

James Steyer is the author of Talking Back To Facebook: A Common Sense Guide To Raising Kids In The Digital Age, a book which discusses some of the effects of digital media on children and proposes techniques to ensure your kids' online safety.  He talked about his new book with Dave Davies on NPR's Fresh Air this week.  
"Young people in particular often self-reveal before they self-reflect," Steyer tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. "There is no eraser button today for youthful indiscretion."  

"Last year, the Wall Street Journal found that 30 percent more tracking cookies were being used on kids' [websites] than on ones for general audiences," he says.  "So these are very basic things, but they will have an extraordinary impact on protecting privacy if we would just enact them."

While reality can be scary, there are still many safe sites designed for children under the age of 13.  Mr. Steyer's organization, Common Sense Media, can help you decide what kinds of technology are age-appropriate for your kids.  

1. Social Media Can Help And Harm Kids (USA Today),
2. Is Social Media Harming Our Mental Health (National Post),
3. The Best Social Networks for Kids Under 13 (Time).

Monday, May 21, 2012

Jean Craighead George

July 2, 1919 - May 15, 2012

Last week, local children's author Jean Craighead George passed away at the age of 92 years old.  See the article about her from the Journal News.

Jean Craighead George will be missed, but her work will always be remembered.  Check out some of the many books she has written which are available here in the library.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Thirty-Five Days Until Summer Reading

We are counting the days until Summer Reading, and the days are going fast.  All the programs have been booked, and the flyers are at the printers.  We are almost ready for the fun to start.  To find out what is happening in the Children's Room this summer, check out the links at the top of the page.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Children's Book Week Winners !

In the Kindergarten to Second grade book of the year category, the award went to Three Hens And A Peacock by Lester L. Laminack. 

Other nominees included :
  • Bailey by Harry Bliss
  • Dot by Patricia Intriago
  • Pirates Don't Take Baths by John Segal
  • Zombie In Love by Kelly DiPucchio

In the Third to Fourth grade book of the year category, the award went to Bad Kitty Meets The Baby by Nick Bruel. 

Other nominees included :
  • A Funeral In The Bathroom by Kalli Dakos
  • Monstrous Book Of Monsters by Libby Hamilton
  • Sidekicks by Dan Santat
  • Squish #1 : Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. Holm

In the Fifth to Sixth grade book of the year category, the award went to Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Other nominees included :
  • Bad Island by Doug Tennapel
  • How To Survive Anything by Rachel Buchholz
  • Lost & Found by Shaun Tan
  • Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein

In the Teen book of the year category, the award went to Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Other nominees included :
  • Daughter Of Smoke And Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Passion by Lauren Kate
  • Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

In the Author of the year category, the award went to Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 6 : Cabin Fever

Other nominees included :
  • Christopher Paolini for Inheritance
  • James Patterson for Middle School, The Worst Years Of My Life
  • Rick Riordan for Son Of Neptune
  • Rachel Russell for Dork Diaries 3

In the Illustrator of the year category, the award went to Brian Selznick for Wonderstruck

Other nominees included:
  • Felicia Bond for If You Give A Dog A Donut
  • Eric Carle for Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse
  • Anna Dewdney for Llama Llama Mad At Mama
  • Victoria Kann for Silverlicious

Monday, May 7, 2012

Children's Book Week

May 7-13, 2012
Children's Book Week (CBW) was established in 1919 to celebrate books for children, the joy of reading, and the transformative power of literacy.  Part of CBW includes the Children's Choice Book Awards.  This is the only national child-chosen book award program.  Awards are given in six categories:
  • Kindergarten to Second grade book of the year
  • Third to Fourth grade book of the year
  • Fifth to Sixth grade book of the year
  • Teen choice book of the year
  • Author of the year
  • Illustrator of the year
For more information on CBW, visit their website at and check back tomorrow to find out who the winners are.