Children's Books Honored

Each the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association, honors the best writing and illustration of the year. You probably know the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, but there are many prizes given by ALSC. For the entire list of Media Award winner check the ALSC page here.

Here are this year's honorees:

2011 Newbery Medal winner is Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool. The Newbery Medal is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Newberry Honor titles include Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm; Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus; Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman; and One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia.

The 2011 Caldecott Medal winner is A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead. The Caldecott Medal is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Caldecott Honor titles include Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill; and Interrupting Chicken, written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein.

Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly Ellard, Weston Woods win 2011 Carnegie Medal for “The Curious Garden.” The Andrew Carnegie Medal honors the most outstanding video productions for children released during the previous year. 

The 2011 Giesel Award winner is Bink and Gollie, written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGee, illustrated by Tony Fucile. The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

The 2011 Giesel Award Honor titles include Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same!, written and illustrated by Grace Lin; and We Are in a Book!, written and illustrated by Mo Willems.

The 2011 Sibert Award Winner is Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Bird, written by Sy Montgomery, illustrated by Nic Bishop. The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in English during the preceding year.

2011 Sibert Award Honor titles include Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Brian Floca; and Lafayette and the American Revolution, written by Russell Freedman.

HTFLkids Fun programming to begin in February

It's time for elementary schoolers to have some fun. Check out the programs we're having beginning on February. Make sure to check for any necessary registration.

Yoga with Lisie
for 3rd graders and up
(middle and high schoolers welcome)
Wednesdays, February 2 and 9
4-5pm in the Community Room
*FREE, click to register
Students of yoga are invited to join
Ms. Lisie for yoga after school. Refresh your practice or get started learning new poses.

Prank Factory
for K-5th graders
Wednesdays, February 16 and 23
4-5pm in the Board Room
*FREE, click to register
Want to gross out your friends and family? We’re making fake blood, slime, faux scabs, and more disgusting things you won’t believe. Each session we’ll make different prank props (using our math and science skills). Make sure to check out our display of icky books when you’re in the Children’s Room.

Getting Graphic Comic Drawing Workshop
For K-5th graders
Wednesdays, March 2, 9, and 16
4-5pm in the Rotary Room
*FREE, click to register
Don’t miss this hands-on workshop with Ms. Michelle. You’ll have the chance to create your own comics – practice your drawing skills, hone your storytelling ideas, and stretch your imagination.

Lego Club
for K-5th graders
Thursdays, February 3-March 17
4-5pm in the Rotary Room
*FREE, no registration is required
Get together and build with your friends. Lego Clubbers are asked to leave their Legos at home.

Raise a Reader Programs begin Monday!

It's time to get back to the library - Winter Raise a Reader programs begin this Monday, January 10th! No need to register, just drop in!

Toddler & Preschool Storytime
for 2-4 year olds & caregivers
Mondays @ 10:15am
January 10-March 14

Pajama Storytime
for the whole family
Mondays @ 7pm
January 10-March14

Circle Time
for children of all ages & caregivers
Tuesdays @ 10:15am
January 11-March 15

Books and Babies
for children birth-2 & caregivers
Wednesdays @ 10:15am
January 12-March 16

Creative Corner Storytime
for 3-4 year olds & caregivers
Thursdays @ 10:15am
January 13-March 17
This brand new program is for older preschoolers. Every week will feature a short storytime and a different art experience for each child and their caregiver to enjoy together. We’ll focus on the process of creating, not the product. Smocks will be provided, but play clothes for children and adults are recommended.

Library Hours Have Changed!

As you know, 2010 was unkind to HTFL and libraries across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a cut in state funding of 21%.  As a result we were forced to cut some of our hours of public service.  Although there is another reduction of 11% for 2011 in state funding, there is good news.  The Township of Haverford Board of Commissioners approved additional funding of $20,000 to the 2011 library appropriation to assist the library in reopening 6 of the lost hours.  The new hours for HTFL are as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 10am to 9pm

Thursday - 10am to 6pm

Friday and Saturday - 10am to 5pm

Sunday - 1pm to 5pm

Please take the time to say THANK YOU to your commissioner and to Larry Gentile, Township Manager for the hard work in resolving this issue on our behalf. 

What's on your Wish List this year?

 BOOKS make a fabulous holiday gift this time of year. There are so many great holiday books available and publications from the whole year. Stop by the library for some suggestions.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Santa Duck and His Merry Friends

It's Christmas David

K is for Kwanzaa

Eight Winter Nights: A Family Hanukkah Book

Hanukkah at Valley Forge