November is Picture Book Month, a time to celebrate literacy with picture books! Picture books are one of the first ways that children are introduced to words, as they are closely tied to the images in the books.
East Central Regional Library has put together a short list of popular new picture books. Check some out and snuggle up with your child today!
Picture books only require two things: a reader and a listener. Together, you have magic.
Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummins
This book shares the tale of Arfy, a homeless mutt who lives in a box in an alley. Arfy writes to every person on Butternut Street about what a great pet he’d make. His letters to prospective owners share that he’s house broken! He has his own squeaky bone! He can learn to live with cats! But, no one wants him. Won’t anyone open their heart—and home—to a lonesome dog?
Quiet by Tomie DePaola
While observing the busy world around them, two children and their grandfather take a moment to appreciate being quiet and still.
I Am Human by Susan Verde
A child recognizes his own humanity, his capacity for doing harm and being harmed, his ability to feel joy and sadness, and his belief in hope and promise to keep learning.
Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller
When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate wants to make her feel better, wondering: What does it mean to be kind?
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yarmulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn from each other’s traditions and the whole community gathers to celebrate the Lunar New Year. All Are Welcome lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, they are welcome in their school.
What are some of your favorite memories around picture books? We’d love you to share them with us!
East Central Regional Library has added over 7,500 eAudiobooks to its RBdigital collection! This consists of over 5,700 adult titles and over 1,900 titles for children and young adults.
All of these newly added titles are multi-access, meaning multiple users can check out titles at the same time, eliminating holds. No waiting for these eAudiobooks, ever!
Here just a few of the popular titles and authors available from RBdigital to inspire your listening. Available 24/7/365:
Children & Young Adult
All East Central Regional Library locations will be closed Monday, November 12, in observance of Veterans Day.
Veterans Day is a national holiday, first proclaimed as Armistice Day by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919 with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
Learn about the Great Mataafa Storm of 1905 on Lake Superior, marine weather forecasting and lifesaving equipment during Tall Water and Steel Ships, a special ECRL Reads presentation at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Rush City Public Library. Presenting will be Thom Holden, former director of the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center.
Everyone in the counties of Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine are encouraged to read this year’s ECRL Reads title, The Fate of Mercy Alban, a spine-tingling, modern-day haunted house story set on Lake Superior by award-winning Minnesota novelist Wendy Webb.
Yesterday citizens of the City of Cambridge voted on a local option sales tax referendum.
The question ballot read: “Do you approve a one-half (.5) percent local sales tax to fund the construction of a new Cambridge Public Library and East Central Regional Library Headquarters, the City’s street improvement program, and outdoor park development through calendar year 2043? By voting “yes” on this question you are voting to increase the sales tax in Cambridge.”
The official results are in. With 2 out of 2 precincts reporting, the referendum has passed.
- YES: 2115 (61.63%)
- NO: 1317 (38.37%)
You can find other election results on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.
Thank you to the volunteers for your hard work on this campaign!