Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Book Review - Three Presidents Died on the Fourth of July: and Other Freaky Facts About the First 25 Presidents by Barbara Seuling

Do you have a favorite president? Do you know everything there is to know about that president? Well did you know that "George Washington had lost nearly all of his own teeth by the age of 57", or that" John Adams knew seven different languages."
"Thomas Jefferson believed that he stayed healthy by soaking his feet in cold water every morning."
"Andrew Johnson never spent a day in school, he learned his alphabet's from fellow workers in a tailor shop. It was his girlfriend that taught him to read and write."
"Theodore Roosevelt was the first president and first American to win the Nobel Peace Prize."

So check out Three Presidents Died on the Fourth of July and find out some silly but true facts about your favorite president..

Book Review - The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle


One more escape.
We are safe.
We whisper
We hide.
We hope.
We explore
our new home,
this vast, glittering cavern
of crystals, darkness, silence.....


This is how you heal a wound:
Clean the flesh.
Sew the skin.
Pray for the soul.

These are just a few of the poems in this Newbery Honor and Pura Belpre award winning book. This book tells the story of Rosa a medicine women that had a price on her head for healing the rebels of Cuba. "In this history in verse, accliamed poet Margarita Engle has created a lyrical, powerful portrait of Cuba.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Book Review - How to Talk to Girls by Alec Greven

How do you talk to girls and get them to like you? Alec Greven a nine year old in fourth grade has some tips for you in his book, How to Talk to Girls.
" The right thing to do when you have a crush is:
  • Never show off too much
  • Don't be silly and goofy
  • Control your hyperness
  • Make sure you have good friends who won't try to take the girl you like."
If you find a girl you like, to keep her interest this is what Alec suggested you should do.
  • Be friendly
  • Look clean
  • Act normal-don't try to be too cool
  • Don't act goofy
  • Show off a skill, but don't be a show-off
  • Give compliments
  • Don't brag
If you follow Alec's advise you never know what might happen. If not it's still a funny book written by your fellow peer.

Also check out:

How to Talk to Moms..

Friday, February 20, 2009


Kidz Advisory Board
Friday, March 13 at 3:30pm

Tell us what you want! Join us to discuss the books, games and programs you would like to see at the library. For grades 3-6. Snacks will be served! Register in advance.

St. Patrick’s Day Craft
Tuesday, March 17 at 4pm

Celebrate St. Patty’s day with a craft and treats at the Children’s Library. For children of all ages. Registration required.

Welcome Spring!
Tuesday, March 24 at 3:30pm
Spring is here! Come to the library and paint a wooden birdhouse. Please register in advance.

Mother/Daughter Book Club
Wednesday, March 25 at 6pm

This month we’re reading the book, Meet Kit and watching the movie Kit Kittredge - An American Girl, starring Abigail Breslin. Pizza will be served! Register and pick up the book at the Children’s Library. For all children in grades 3-6 and their significant adult.

1-2-3 Play With Me
Wednesdays, March 11, 18, 25
April 1, 8, 10am - 11:15am

Bring your toddler between the ages of one and three to the meeting room to play and learn, using toys that develop motor skills. There will be a different art activity each week and an expert will be on-hand to answer questions about child rearing. Materials in English, French and Spanish. Se habla espanol. Free. Register in advance.

Circle Time & Toy Center
Fridays at 10:30am

We begin with 15 minutes of songs, fingerplays and stories, followed by 45 minutes of quiet play for you to share with your child. Meet other parents and caregivers, too. For children ages 6mo-4yrs

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Junior Dance Dance Revolution Tournament!!!
Fri, February 20, 4pm – 5pm
Attention all 3rd-6th graders, we are hosting our very first Dance Dance Revolution Event at the library. So lace up your sneakers and get ready to dance.

Fuse Beading Craft Program
Tue, February 17, 11am – 12pm
Parents, remember the fun and enjoyment of Fuse beading as a kid? Now your children can enjoy fuse beading as well! All are welcome to try their hands at this fun and somewhat challenging craft. Please be advised this craft includes small pieces that are easy to swallow. Adult supervision is required.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Reading to Dogs!

Bideawee came to the Westbury Library on Saturday, January 31st and brought a few friends named Cocoa, Parti, Sabrina and Coach, all volunteer therapy dogs. Everyone in attendance had a fantastic time reading to and playing with our special guests!