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Friday, November 17, 2017

It's National Picture Book Month: Staff Favorites

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November is National Picture Book Month and we're celebrating by sharing a few of our favorite books. Some of these were books that we grew up reading and some are recent finds, but they are all wonderful!


The Jolly Postman, or Other People's Letters by Janet and Allan Ahlberg (Jake). It was easily my favorite book growing up. Not only was the artwork fantastic but I also loved the inclusion of fairy tale themes. And the little bits of mail included were also a really neat addition.


Sarah’s Unicorn by Bruce and Katherine Coville (Amanda). It was the first book I remember buying with my own money. I purchased a retired library copy at a book sale for a Nickel. It has the happiest of happy endings for the good guys and the bad guy.


I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (Megan J). Kids and adults will find something to laugh about as they read this story of one bear's search for his beloved hat. Probably my favorite picture book of all time, this simple story is a perfect for reading aloud, especially if you give each animal a different voice.


The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton (Cassandra). The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton is such a sweet little story about change, the passage of time, and coming home. It also has beautifully drawn illustrations that I just love to admire while reading this story to my daughters.

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes (Joyce). The gentle Caldecott Medal winning illustrations lure children in. The story is an appropriate bedtime story for all kitten loving preschoolers.


The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt (Emily)



Roar of a Snore by Marsha Diane Arnold (Emily)


Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman (Emily)


Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers (Emily)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (Lorriane)



The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin (Tirzah) When I first read this for a literature class, it immediately became one of my favorites, because of the lovely illustrations and the message of inner beauty, goodness, and love.



Bad Seed by Jory John (Gerry). Although this book came out a few months ago, it already has made my personal Favorite-Picture-Books-of-All-Time list! It's laugh out loud funny and the illustrations are great!


Stellaluna by Janell Cannon (Devin). My favorite as a kid! It is a beautifully illustrated book that teaches that while we’re all different, we’re very much the same.


The Best Nest by P. D. Eastman (Jill). I have always loved this book. I love the story, the illustrations and the message. Home is where your family and heart are, and often we go searching for things that are right in front of us the entire time. "I love my house. I love my nest. In all the world my nest is best!”


Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton (Katherine). I loved this story growing up. It's about a tractor that is able to save the day by digging out a city that gets hit by a huge snowstorm. I love the detailed pictures and actually being able to see the the paths that Katy cleared.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Celebrating 10 Years: Zach H.

Zach joined us as a circulation clerk in the children's library where he quickly became a favorite with many of our young patrons. After a few years, he moved upstairs and worked at the circulation desk in the adult library. Zach is a vital and respected part of our staff. Always available for the reader's advisory question about different genres of books and those occasionally tricky computer software questions, Zach has been our go to guy for the precise answers. His skills and expertise are now being used in the Technical Services department, where he has become a perfect fit for the needs of the library. Zach is always willing to go the extra-mile to provide the best service to our patrons and community which makes him an enormous blessing to the library.  Thank you Zach!

Below is a questionnaire that Zach recently filled out. We hope it will give you chance to get to know him better!

How long have you worked at the library?
10 years

In what part of the library do you work and what do you do?
I work in technical services as a cataloger. When the library buys new items I attach them to records so that they can be found in the catalog and checked out by patrons.

What has changed the most since you started working here?
The staff. There have been a lot of new faces over the years. 

What services offered at the library do you wish more people knew about?
The online resources. There are so many cool websites that Edwardsville cardholders can use.

What has kept you working at the library?
That’s a tough question, but mostly because I can think of quite a few reasons I’ve stayed. Mainly it has been because: it’s nice to be a part of an institution that supports the community, books are awesome, and my coworkers have been great over the years.

If you could have coffee with any author, who would you choose?
I’m not much of a coffee drinker. If I could substitute coffee with beer or whiskey, though, and the author could be someone who is already dead…I’d say Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens). 

What’s an underrated book you think everyone should read?
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky – though, I thinks it’s more under read than underrated.

Do you have a favorite book genre?
Hands down it’s science-fiction.