Good books for kids and teens
By LINDA YOUMANS Youth Collections/System Librarian
Christmas is coming and there are lots of great holiday books to read in the ORL collection. The following are excellent options for preschoolers: An unusual book for preschoolers is called
“Stick Man” by Julia Donaldson. A stick man, who falls out of his family tree, ends up being tossed around by others until Santa saves him and brings him home to his family. What would happen if the reindeer went on
The cure for cabin fever
By ASHLEY MACHUM Youth Services Librarian
You and your family may become in-
fected by cabin fever this winter! Please take precautionary measures and pre- vent the spread of it by getting out of the house.What’s that? It’s too c-c-c-cold out- side. Come down to the ORL’s Kelowna Branch, where it’s cozy and we’ve got something for everyone in the family! Get ready for the holiday season with these activities: The Christmas Puppet Show “Bless
You, Santa!” is recommended for kids ages 3-6. Advance tickets are required for all attending the shows on Dec. 7, 8, or 9. Free tickets are available starting Nov. 23.
The adult program “Reel Books” will be screening “Christmas with the Kranks” based on the book “Skipping Christmas” by John Grisham the evening of Dec. 19. Stay warm in the New Year with these
programs: Storytimes galore for children (newborn
— 6 years)! See our website or phone for days and times. Parent-Child Book Club (11-13 years) is back on in January! Parents and chil- dren will read the month’s selected title, and then come to the library for lively dis- cussions/activities. Our first meeting in 2012 is Jan.26 at 6:30 pm and we will be discussing “Hamish X and the Cheese Pirates” by Sean Cullen. Drop-in, no reg- istration required.
The new Cocoa Club for 8-12 year-olds is all about the hot cocoa. A new novel will be chosen monthly and read aloud on Sundays from 1-1:45pm.Pl
ease bring a mug for hot cocoa (lids appreciated). The book for Jan.8, 15 and 22 is “Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians” by Brandon Sanderson. New on Sundays is the Teen Roundtable where teens can come and chat about good books they’ve been read- ing. There is also a monthly book pick if they’re looking for something to read.Th
e first roundtable is on January 29 from 1:00-1:45pm and the book pick is “Heroes of Olympus” by Rick Riordan.Sn
acks pro- vided. Operation Egg Drop returns by popular demand for the Pro-D day on Feb. 17. Kids will design protection for an egg that will be dropped from the second floor of the library!
March Break Madness will be running from March 12-23. The library will be of- fering movie matinees, a Lego building event and a sleepover at the library! Don’t worry parents there are plenty of
programs for you too! Look on our web- site www.orl.bc.ca/branches/kelowna
or call for more information about Book Club, “Reel Books” and the new Non-Fiction Book Club.
Don’t catch one of winter’s worst afflic- tions this year by staying home. Protect your family by getting out to explore Kelowna and your library!
strike? Find out by reading “The Great Reindeer Rebellion” by Lisa Trumbauer. A special library cat named Dewey finds a red ball of yarn and helps decorate the library Christmas tree in “Dewey’s Christmas at the Library” by Vicki Myron and Brett Witter. David Milgramhas written and illustrated a cute book called “Santa Duck”. Wearing a Santa hat and coat which he finds, Nicholas Duck goes in search of the real Santa, but gets mistaken for Mr. Claus by all the other animals. Check out “Santa Duck and his Merry Helpers”
School-aged children will be enchanted by these stories: In “When Santa Fell to Earth” by Cornelia
Funke, Santa and his new-found friends have to save the holidays after his sleigh comes crash- ing down to Earth during a terrible thunderstorm. In the Canadian series, “Dear Canada”, you will find “A Season for Miracles:Twelve Tales of Christmas” filled with amazing stories by great Canadian authors. Eight-year-old Jess, in the book “On Christmas
Eve” by Ann M. Martin, is convinced that if she stays up on Christmas Eve and asks Santa, he will use his magic to cure her best friend’s father of cancer. For teens, consider these special holiday reads:
A selection of memorable and touching stories can be found for older children in Jack Canfield’s “Chicken Soup for the Soul- Christmas Treasury for Kids.” Teens may wish to check out “The Winter of Candy Canes” by Debbie Viguie. Candace, working as an elf at the Zone Theme Park and handing out candy canes, discovers that one of her co-workers may not be able to celebrate Christmas at all. Find out if Candace and her friends can work together to show the true meaning of Christmas!
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