Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bake Sale by Sara Varon

Now available in our Children's Graphic Novel collection!

From Publishers Weekly:

In a world of anthropomorphized food, Cupcake is a pink cupcake who runs his own bakery and idolizes the culinary work of Turkish Delight, a famous foreign chef. Cupcake's best friend, Eggplant, has a way for Cupcake to meet his idol, but first Cupcake must spend extra time earning enough money for the plane trip to Turkey. Cupcake has to drop out of the band he enjoys and go the extra mile to sell as many baked goods as he can. Much of the book shows Cupcake's hard work, which doesn't actually get him anywhere in the end because he gives his money to Eggplant-who has lost his job-instead. This seems to be showing that it's good to help others, and not to idolize when one can believe in oneself. However, it does make the ending feel a tad anticlimactic and as if nothing has been solved, since it seems that Cupcake has worked hard and pushed himself for nothing. Altogether the book has a mellow, easygoing feel, using soft colors and showing many yummy foods. As an added bonus, recipes for how to make the various scrumptious meals readers watch Cupcake prepare are provided. As in her previous Robot Dreams, Varon's art is simple and cozy, making this sweet tale a confection of its own. Ages 9-12. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tomi Ungerer's Chronicler of the Absurd exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum

Chronicler of the Absurd

This exhibition celebrates Ungerer’s 80th birth year. A trilingual author, Ungerer has published over 140 books ranging from his much loved children’s books to his controversial adult work.
This exhibition documents the bulk of Ungerer’s career as a writer and illustrator of children’s books. Included in the exhibition, among others, will be examples from Ungerer’s first book, The Mellops Go Flying (1957), as well as The Three Robbers (1962), Flat Stanley (1964), and Moon Man (1967).
June 18 – October 9, 2011
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
T (413) 658-1100 / F (413) 658-1139

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Join Us For Sunday Story Times!

Please join us in the children's room at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 18th for our Sunday Story Time! Families with children ages 4-6 will enjoy stories and a craft or activity. No registration is required for this program.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Guinea Pig Craft on Friday, 9/16 at 10:30 a.m.

Come to the main branch on Friday at 10:30 and make your own guinea pig on a string! Stories and Craft with Lee requires no pre-registration and is recommended for children ages 2-5.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Check Out Our Bins!

Books in Bins! Come in and check out our new high-demand picture book collection! Each bin is packed with picture books about a specific popular subject; if you're looking for books about princesses, firefighters, pirates, dinosaurs or trucks, come in and check out our bins!

Friday, September 2, 2011

MEET THE AUTHOR - Lincoln Peirce 9/9/11 @ 4pm in the Wakelin Room.

Big Nate gets an ‘A’ for awesome!”
—Harry Bliss, New Yorker cartoonist
"I love it; it cracked me up!"
—Doreen Cronin, author of Diary of a Worm
“Caution: Don’t read Big Nate in public; you will laugh out loud.”
—Alec Greven, ten-year-old author of How to Talk to Girls

Meet writer/cartoonist Lincoln Peirce, creator of the Big Nate
comic strip, at the Wellesley Free Library to talk about the
third novel, Big Nate on a Roll, in his hilarious Big Nate
series! He'll talk about how he puts together stories for his
books and give a drawing demo, explaining cartooning tools and

This program is sponsored with Wellesley Books and books will be
available for purchase and signing. For further information, stop
by the Children’s Department, call us at 781-235-1610 ext 1108 or
visit our website at

The Last Book of Summer...sob!

Imagine a summer in Water Mill, riding bicycles and going to the beach and spying on everyone around you as a drama unfolds; someone is leaving notes all over town and Harriet is determined to expose the culprit!  For fans of Louise Fitzhugh's literary masterpiece, Harriet the Spy, this summer follow-up in Water Mill is a delicious second course.  Focusing on Harriet's mousy friend Beth Ellen,  The Long Secret is about growing up, finding a voice, and learning that there is much more to life than what is visible on the surface.  A wonderful summer read, The Long Secret is the ultimate Labor Day weekend book, a way to sink your toes into that hot Long Island sand one more time before bidding the summer adieu.

Our Young Scientists Robotics program with Professor Robbie Berg from Wellesley College was well-attended by many enthusiastic families at the Hills Branch on August 23rd !