Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Kid's Writing & Illustrating Un-Workshop this November

About a year ago (plus a month) we hosted a fun Writing & Illustrating Workshop for kids. We had planned to host another this summer but... things are not normal this year. So during the month of November we are hosting a month-long writing and illustrating UN-Workshop. We're calling  it  


That’s short for Kids’ Book Writing Month. And we're inviting all kids in 4th grade through high school who tell stories, draw comics, and write novels! 

Instead of meeting at the library, participants get a take-away unworkshop kit. Inside each KidBooWriMo kit is almost everything you need to write and illustrate a book:

  • a packet of Story Seeds (just add imagination)
  • a month’s worth of writing and illustrating ideas
  • templates for creating a graphic novel
  • a pencil good for a few thousand words

KidBooWriMo kits are free. Starting Monday, October 26 you may drop by and pick one up. Or, if you can't get to the library, call the library at 607-659-7258 and reserve a KidBooWriMo kit.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Bernard Carl and Shirley Rosen Library Fund of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County.

Friday, October 2, 2020

New Books on the Shelves!

 Rage, by Woodward isn't the only new book at our library. Come on in and check out what's on the shelves. 

for children:
The farm that feeds us : a year in the life of an organic farm, by Nancy Castaldo; illustrated by Ginnie Hsu.

“Hurrah for farms that supply us with the food we eat!” While some farms grow crops and some farms raise animals, the farm in this book does both. Divided into sections by season, The Farm That Feeds Us features a modern organic farm that provides food all year long. 

Want to know about chickens? Then it’s off to the coop where you’ll find out what chickens eat, how they lay eggs, and meet a handful of common types of hens. If you’re interested in farm machinery, check out the tractors and mowers, tillers and planters. You’ll find fruits and behives in the orchards, and a diversity of pollinators, from butterflies and moths to bumble bees and hoverflies. At the end you’ll find out what you can do to support the farmers who pick our carrots and raise the cows for our milk. 

The finders : a Mace Reid K-9 mystery
, by Jeffrey B. Burton.

If you love dog stories and mysteries, this book combines the best of both. Vira, a golden retriever, is a cadaver dog who works with Mason Reid. Mason "Mace" Reid lives on the outskirts of Chicago and trains dogs to hunt for the dead. He adopts Vira, a rescue dog with a mysterious past, and discovers just how special the newest addition to his family truly is – especially when they are thrust into a serial murder case in which the next victim is Mace.

The library of lost and found
, by Phaedra Patrick.
This is a story of a book ~ and Martha, the shy librarian who unravels the mystery. Martha would rather deal with books than people. But when a mysterious book of fairy tales ends up in her hands, she has to reach out to people to help her uncover how the book came into being. The stories are from her past, transcribed by the beloved grandmother Martha believed dead for many years. When Martha uncovers a clue that her grandmother may still be alive, she is determined to uncover the truth – even if it means exposing a family secret.

The imperfects
, by Amy Meyerson
If any family personifies imperfection, it’s the Millers. When their grandmother, Helen dies, estranged siblings Beck, Ashley and Jake find themselves under the same roof for the first time in years. In addition to grief, they now must confront old resentments and betrayals. When they find a secret inheritance hidden among her possessions – a huge diamond that went missing from the Austrian Empire a century ago – they all have reason to want to sell it. It’s only when they begin investigating Helen’s past that they realize how little they know about their brave, resilient grandmother. And, in the process, begin to heal their own relationships.