Archive for January 2011

Ready, Set, Dance! Party

Kids ages 3-9 are invited to dance, dance, dance Saturday Feb. 19 at 11:00! We’ll be playing music from the Kids In Action CD, which includes songs like “Bop Til You Drop,” “Conga Line,” and “Can You Leap Like a Frog?”

Now for some dancing cats:


Add comment January 28, 2011

Good Cat Hunting

Why do housecats (and library cats) like to hunt, even though people serve us lots and lots of food? Find out here.

This mouse doesn’t stand a chance against me.

Add comment January 27, 2011

Trixie’s Bookshelf: Daisy Dawson Is On Her Way

Daisy likes to say hello to the animals she meets as she walks to school. Then one day she frees a butterfly from a spider web…and finds that she can understand everything the animals say! See what happens when you are kind to animals? This is a very cute book for ages 6-9. It’s by Steve Voake and you can find it in the chapter book section.

Add comment January 22, 2011

Shop Til You Drop

Make sure to visit the Etsy handmade arts and crafts online store. It’s a great place to find gifts, and you can find lots of cool cat stuff there like paintings and toys.

Add comment January 21, 2011


Ha! You foolish people have to go out in the snow and cold, while I can lie here in my warm bed as long as I want! But I have to admit that I’m curious about snow, especially after seeing this picture of a snowflake taken in 1890.

Add comment January 20, 2011

Cats And Cold Weather

With cold weather here, make sure your cats are protected. It’s nice and warm in the library, but there’s one thing missing…a fireplace!

Add comment January 12, 2011

Kansas Wins!

I’m not talking about basketball, silly. I mean children’s books. The Newbery Award winner for this year is Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool. She lives in Wichita, and the town called Manifest in the book is based on Frontenac. Here’s a summary of the book:

“Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was.
Having heard stories about Manifest, Abilene is disappointed to find that it’s just a dried-up, worn-out old town. But her disappointment quickly turns to excitement when she discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos, including some old letters that mention a spy known as the Rattler. These mysterious letters send Abilene and her new friends, Lettie and Ruthanne, on an honest-to-goodness spy hunt, even though they are warned to “Leave Well Enough Alone.”
Abilene throws all caution aside when she heads down the mysterious Path to Perdition to pay a debt to the reclusive Miss Sadie, a diviner who only tells stories from the past. It seems that Manifest’s history is full of colorful and shadowy characters—and long-held secrets. The more Abilene hears, the more determined she is to learn just what role her father played in that history. And as Manifest’s secrets are laid bare one by one, Abilene begins to weave her own story into the fabric of the town.”

Look for Moon Over Manifest in the library next month!

Add comment January 11, 2011

Trixie’s Bookshelf: Love That Kitty!

Peter is an ordinary boy. But one day he decides to become a cat. And as an expert on being a cat, I have to say he does a very good job! This funny picture book is by Jeff Jarka.

Add comment January 8, 2011

Don’t Try This At Home

Did you know that 2011 is the International Year of Chemistry? Let’s try an experiment. I wonder what will happen if I knock this bottle of nitroglycerin off the shelf?

Add comment January 7, 2011

Children’s Book Awards

Next Monday is the big day in the children’s book world. The Newbery and Caldecott medal winners will be announced! Hmmm…is there an award for the best library cat?

Add comment January 7, 2011

New Year’s Resolutions

Here is one cat’s New Year’s resolutions. I disagree with the last one – a pepperoni pizza is a perfect place for a nap!

Add comment January 4, 2011

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