Monthly Archives: August 2012

Ready for Checkout–autographed copies of 2012 Summer Readers Write!


I have collected the autographs of most of the contributors for this year’s Summer Readers Write book, and now they are cataloged and ready to be checked out by admiring readers!

Authors, if you need to pick up your free copy of the book, please stop by the Leesburg Library.


I spy with my little eye…


Come check out the Library Dollhouse!  This amazingly detailed dollhouse was made for us by Mrs. Pam VanOteghem years ago, and we thought you’d like to see it again!

Each room is packed with tiny treasures, just like this one.

Do you have super eyes?  Try our I Spy Dollhouse Challenge to see if you can find all twenty of these items!

The Library Dollhouse is on display at the Leesburg Library.  Thanks again to Ms. Pam for this lovely addition to our children’s department.

What a Peach! Georgia Peach Award for Teen Readers


Teens, here is another chance to vote for your favorite books!  You can view a complete list of the current nominees for the 2012-13 Georgia Peach Award for Teen Readers at www.georgiapeachaward.orgVoting is open now and will extend into March 2013; winners will be announced in April.

Want to see some book trailers?  Me too!  Here goes:

Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins

Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys

Divergent, by Veronica Roth

The False Princess, by Eilis O’Neal

Glow, by Amy Kathleen Ryan

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

Jump, by Elisa Carbone

The Mockingbirds, by Daisy Whitney

The Name of the Star, by Maureen Johnson

Notes from the Blender, by Trisha Cook & Brendan Halpin

Now is the Time for Running, by Michael Williams

Please Ignore Vera Dietz, by A. S. King

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

The Running Dream, by Wendelin Van Draanan

The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson

Stupid Fast, by Geoff Herbach

Pre-K Suggested Reading List


As many of you know, my daughter is in Pre-K this year.  My husband and I went to orientation last night, which is where I heard about the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) website.  This website contains lots of good information and resources, so I encourage you to check it out if you have a child in the Georgia Pre-K program.  What I want to share with you today, however, is the Book List.  This is a list of suggested books recommended by DECAL as age appropriate material for children in the Pre-K program:

“Many concepts and early literacy skills can be strengthened by using high quality children’s literature as the basis for learning.  Research has shown that reading to your child daily can have a dramatic impact on future school success.  The suggested reading book list provides a useful list of high quality, age appropriate children’s literature.”

For your convenience, I have printed out a copy of the list and gone through PINES to determine which titles we have and where they are located.  I have placed the list in a bright yellow paper folder next to the Accelerated Reading (AR) lists in the Easy Readers section at the Leesburg Library.  Also, remember that just because we don’t have a title at our library doesn’t mean we can’t get it for you–just ask any library staff member for assistance.

The early years leading up to kindergarten are so important to your child’s future success in school.  Reading to your child every day not only reinforces skills that they are learning in school–it is also an excellent way for you to relax and reconnect together after a busy school day.


Storytime and Crafternoons start THIS WEEK at Redbone Library!


Starting this week, Ms. Joy will be offering a preschool storytime and school-age crafts at the Redbone Library!

Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5) will be on Monday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. at the Redbone Library.

Crafternoons will begin after school (starting at 3:30 p.m.) on Thursday afternoons.  The Redbone LEGO Club will meet on the third Thursday of each month (September 20, October 18, and November 15).

These events are sponsored by the Lee County Library and are free and open to the public.  For more information, call 903-8871.

Expand your world with World Book Web!


Did you know that the Lee County Library has a new research tool?  It’s called World Book Web, and it has something for everyone!  You can access this resource from any of the library computers or from home with your library card.  Just go to and click on the World Book Web icon at the top of the page.


World Book Web has several divisions.  On the left side of the page you will see World Book Online for Kids, World Book Online Info Finder, and World Book Online Reference Center.  On the right side of the page you will see Early World of Learning.  In the center, there is a link to the Spanish encyclopedia.

Early World of Learning:  This site is designed for the youngest students.  It includes three segments: Trek’s Travels, Welcome to Reading, and Know ItTrek’s Travels (my personal favorite!) covers time, shapes, size, opposites and more with interactive games, narrated stories, and videos.  Welcome to Reading features read-a-long stories, nursery rhymes and songs, along with games and printable worksheets.  Know It is a child’s first online encyclopedia, which covers topics such as plants, animals, the human body, and weather.

World Book Online for Kids:  This site has a search window, but also has buttons on different topics for browsing.  These topics include people, places, sports & hobbies, history & government, arts, world religions, plants & animals, and science & mathematics.  On the right side are special tabs for science project ideas, games, interactive maps, dictionary, and important people.  The dictionary has a search window for looking up terms, but it also has links on the left side for lessons on grammar, parts of speech, pronunciation, and more.  The “important people” button has several different searching options: you can “Find!” someone by using the scroll down menu to choose job, country, time period, and gender of the person; you can “Search!” by entering terms into the search window, or you can “Choose!” a person by selecting a classification such as inventors, world leaders, athletes, or authors.

If you need help navigating any of these sites, you can scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Online Tutorial” or ask a library staff member for assistance.  Check it out and see what this valuable resource has to offer!

Vote for Teens’ Top Ten! (List of nominees with book trailers)


The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) invites all teens ages 12-18 to vote for the Teens’ Top Ten.  Visit to view a complete list of all 24 nominees and to vote.  Voting is open now through September 15.  Below, I have listed the titles that we have at the Leesburg Library, along with links to book trailers (like commercials for the book!)  Other titles may be ordered through PINES, so don’t hesitate to ask!  The final Teens’ Top Ten will be released during Teen Read Week, October 14-20.






Abandon, by Meg Cabot (YA CABO).

Eona: The Last Dragoneye, by Alison Goodman (YA GOOD).

Legend, by Marie Lu (YA LU).

Cinder, by Marissa Meyer (YA MEYE).

Shine, by Lauren Myracle (YA MYRA).

A Monster Calls, by Patric Ness (YA NESS).

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, by Kenneth Oppel (YA OPPE).

Across the Universe, by Beth Revis (YA REVI).

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs (YA RIGG).

Divergent, by Veronica Roth (YA ROTH).

Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys (YA SEPE).

The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater (YA STIE).

All These Things I’ve Done, by Gabrielle Zevin (YA ZEVI).


Summer Readers Write Authors’ Reception


Here it is!  The seventh edition of the Lee County Library’s “Summer Readers Write” book!  We had a number of entries this year, and I loved reading every one!  We have some amazingly creative and talented kids in our community!  To honor our authors/illustrators, we had an Authors’ Reception at the Leesburg Library on Saturday.

Our special guest speaker was Ms. Crystal Barton, author of the book “Cuckoo Cocoa Kokomo”.  Ms. Barton spoke to the kids about how she got interested in writing and how she got her work published.  She also praised our authors for their hard work and courage in submitting their work for publication, and she encouraged them to keep writing.  A big thanks to Crystal Barton for coming and speaking to us!  (“Cuckoo Cocoa Kokomo” is a sweet book about a crazy but loveable dog–check it out at any of our branches!)





As the kids came in to receive a copy of their book, I asked them to autograph the Library’s two copies.  For those who haven’t picked up your book yet, they are available at the front desk in Leesburg.  While you’re here, please add your autograph to the Library’s copies!






The room was decorated with “framed” illustrations from the kids’ stories.








Before we had cake, we had the authors come up to the “stage” and share their work with us.  It was so great to see the look of pride on their faces as we listened intently and applauded them for their efforts.  It really was a job well done!









If you submitted a story for the book, please come to the Leesburg Library to claim your free copy and autograph the Library’s copies!  The books turned out great, so you will want to have one on your bookshelf!  Thanks again to Ms. Barton, and to everyone who submitted a story.  Great work, everyone!




Magnetic To Do List


This is a little off my usual topics, but I just thought I’d share this idea with y’all in case (like me), you are having concerns about time management with school about to start!  My daughter is four and will start pre-k this year (on Friday!  eep!)  I noticed that it seemed like she hadn’t really developed her own morning and evening routines and that she was waiting on me to tell her what to do next.  Plus, once I told her, she didn’t appear to have much motivation to do it.  Very frustrating for both of us.

I saw a version of this idea on Supernanny awhile back, and I thought it was brilliant.  It gives kids a visual cue of what has been done and what needs to be done, and it also gives an incentive–everyone loves to check things off their to-do list!  Basically you have a magnetic dry-erase board divided into two sections: “To Do” and “Done”.  Then, you make magnets to represent different chores/tasks/responsibilities.  We use ours in the morning and the evening.  I place the magnets on her “to do” side, then, as she completes them, she moves the magnet over to the “done” side herself.

There are many ways to do a board like this (I pinned a few).  I just bought a magnetic dry erase board from Wal-Mart and sectioned it off using decorative adhesive tape (the bottom section is for magnets that are not in use).  The “To Do” and “Done” are alphabet stickers.  I hot glued a ribbon on the back in an arch shape to hang it with (sorry that’s not in the picture!)  For the magnets, I cut squares out of thick cardboard and mod-podged scrapbook paper and printed clip-art.  Then, I applied a magnet on the back with hot glue.  Here is a close up of the magnet:

Here are the magnets we made: brush teeth, comb hair, eat (breakfast/dinner), get dressed, pajamas, clean up, and get backpack ready.  You could make as many as you want, just make sure that the ones you need will fit at the same time.  For example, in the morning, we use brush teeth, comb hair, eat, and get dressed–all of these fit in the “to do” section.  If you use pictures, I would recommend discussing with your child the expectations that each picture represents.

Hang the board 1) where your child can reach it and 2) where everyone can see it–that way you know their status and can provide additional direction if needed.

We have been using this system for a couple of weeks now, and it has really kept my daughter on track.  It definitely changes the dynamic when she is making the choice to brush her teeth and put on pajamas rather than when I say it a million times and both of us end up frustrated.  This way, we’re both happy and she has a sense of accomplishment!  Win-win!

One final word: I think part of what has made this so successful for us is that I involved my daughter in this project.  I told her about the idea, we brainstormed it together, we went shopping for the supplies together, and she helped me make it.  From start to finish she knew what was going on and had an opportunity to provide input.  By the time it was finished, she was excited to use it because she had been involved in the process.

Hot off the presses!


I’m thrilled to announce that the 7th edition of “Summer Readers Write” is published!  We’ll be honoring all authors/illustrators tomorrow (Saturday, August 4) at 11:00 a.m. at the Leesburg Library.  We will be serving cake and punch, and authors/illustrators will receive a free copy of their book!  Authors will also have an opportunity to share their stories with us.  And please don’t forget to autograph the library’s copies!

This event is sponsored by the Lee County Library and is free and open to the public.  For more information call 759-2369.