Thursday, April 24, 2014

Authors Visit Madison!!!

Village Lights Bookstore is a stop on the "He Said She Said" Author Road Show. On May 1st at 4:00, Wendelin Van Draanen and Mark Huntley Parsons will be in Madison at the Village Lights!!

Wendelin Van Draanen has written several books that you are probably familiar with including the Sammy Keyes series, Flipped, The Running Dream and Runaway.

Mark Huntley Parson has written Road Rash.

I really hope that you go to this event at Village Lights! Meeting authors is super cool! I have met several and they are memories that I treasure.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Look what I learned to do!

You will notice that on the right hand side of the this page there is a list of my favorite books. That is because last week I learned to add lists!! Woot and yay me!
So if you are looking for a good book, look no further.

I plan to add more lists so be on the lookout.

On the program front... Next week we are starting a new Dungeons and Dragons group (or two, depending on how many people show up) It will be on April 23rd from 5:30 to 8:00 for people in 6th to 12th grade. We are going to be using 3.5 edition of the players handbook and dungeon masters guide. Very soon the library will have a copy of the players handbook and the monster manual. They will be kept behind the front desk so that they won't disappear.

Not sure what Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) is? Here is a very brief description from a pamphlet that I have...

"Dungeons and Dragons is simply interactive storytelling. Players gather together in one room to take part in an imaginary adventure that often involves exploring a castle or dungeon, defeating monsters and discovering treasure."

It is also good for you. (if this bothers you, just don't think about it and don't read this paragraph:) Playing D&D involves reading, math, problem solving, strategic thinking, helps develop social skills and builds confidence. AND many popular video games were inspired by D&D.

Have a great day and see you soon at the library!

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Confession time... I haven't always been a huge poetry fan. Sure, Shel Silverstein is amazing and James Whitcomb Riley is someone that EVERY Hoosier should be familiar with because he was AWESOME! but poetry in general... meh.

Thank goodness I have friends who have shown me that poetry is not something to be afraid of but instead embraced. With this in mind, we are going to have a Teen Poetry Night on April 16th at 6:00.

We shall discuss a GREAT new book of poetry by Cynthia Rylant called God Got a Dog. We will then try some poetry of our own.

It is very important that you understand that this is not English class. You won't be graded on anything. The point is to show up, read and talk about some very cool poems and then give it a whirl yourself.
No pressure! So show up on April 16th at 6:00 and bring your friends!


Right outside of the door of the children's room is a small red cart with books. It is the LAST CHANCE cart. These books will be removed from our collection if they aren't checked out by the 31st of April. Be sure to stop and look at those books and see if your next read is there. Btw, there was a last chance cart in March. The books on this cart are mostly different. You should only see 4 or 5 that were also there in March.

Thanks!! Have a lovely, wonderful, fanastic day!!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Break!!

Right now, as I type, Kara and I are furiously planning and prepping for our Life Size Candy Land. I am super excited about it!! One thing that I have noticed about Candy Land ... everyone loves it. Sure it's a game designed for little kids, but I have seen grown men playing Candy Land. Probably because it takes us back to a simpler time. And... the candy.Everyone loves candy.

So... next week... Thursday, March 27th we are playing life size!! The time for little kids is 10 a.m. If you would like to come and help, maybe dress as a character or come candified*... let me know ASAP. We would love your help!!

Then for the teen game... that will be at 2:00. It will only be great fun if YOU are here. Plan on it!! Tell your friends!! It'll be a hoot! And feel free to dress as a character or candified* (which may be my new favorite made up word).
*Candified -- to dress as candy, or with candy wrappers, etc...
OMG! I'm so excited!

Okay, sorry... on to other things.... TEEN COUNCIL!! Holy cow, kids! I know it is only March but summer will be here before we know it and dang! There is a lot to get ready. You also need to be here because I miss your sweet little faces. Be sure to come to Teen Council on Wednesday, March 26th at 6:30.

Also be sure to get to the library speedy quick so that you have plenty of books to keep you occupied when you are not at teen council or playing Candy Land.

Have a great day! And see you at the library!

p.s. If you are interested in being a guest blogger, let me know.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Two IMPORTANT things!!


It will be, Wednesday, March 19th from 6 to 8.

THE PLAN is that everyone with ukuleles will show up and we will play. I am hoping that those with some ukulele knowledge will share it with those with less or no ukulele knowledge. I am also hoping for splendid fellowship of people who love that cute little instrument that seems to have been created for making people smile. 

Which reminds me... we have this great documentary in our dvd section called... The Mighty Uke. I recommend it to all Uke lovers.

And there is this great song by Amanda Palmer who is super, crazy cool for many reasons including that she is married to Neil Gaiman who is an amazing author and lover/supporter of libraries....  Anyhoo... This is her Ukulele Anthem. It is FABULOUS!!!

This particular video of the song (there are several) is my favorite because it includes Neil Gaiman (I love him!!) and I love her explanation of the writing of the song. I hope you love it too! (I should mention that it is rated PG... don't play it in front of small children.)


  Weeding a library collection is a necessary evil. There simply isn't enough room for us to keep all of the books that we have ever purchased. Unfortunately, even though the Hanover branch has only been open for not quite 4 years, I have run out of room in the YA section. There are so many great books that aren't checking out enough for me to keep them. BUT, I hate the idea of just getting rid of them. (FYI...All weeded books go to the Friends of the Library book sale.)

What I am trying instead.... I have a LAST CHANCE cart at Madison that contains some of these books. Be sure that you look at them and see if there are any that you are interested in. The ones that are out right now will be deleted if they aren't checked out by March 31. I have more books that will be on that cart in April. 

I would love it if you would let me know what you think of the books that you read from the cart. Just send me an email, or drop a note off in the children's room that says something like...

"Shonica, I read "Once by Morris Gleitzman" and I loved it."


"Shonica, I read "Once by Morris Gleitzman" and it was boring."

Have a magnificent day!! Read books and be happy!!


Thursday, March 6, 2014

March 2014 at the library!!

Happy Spring!!
Well... soon... we hope.

No matter the season there are great things at the library.
In March...

Ukulele Jam -- March 19th 6 to 8 p.m. for anyone with a ukulele.

I have been wanting to do this ever since I got my ukulele a year ago. When I started talking about ukes I was surprised at the number of people who said, "Oh I have one." or "My brother has a ukulele."  There are loads of people who have them and unfortunately I also hear, "I don't ever play it." That is sad. And we can't have sadness associated with the ukulele because it is such a happy instrument.

Here's the plan... bring your ukulele no matter how good or bad you are at it. If you would like you can also bring any resources, books, dvds, etc... that you like for your ukulele. 

My hope is that we will have a range of abilities so that we can help each other play our ukes.

Be sure to tell your ukulele friends about this event. The more the merrier

 Spring Break -- Staycation

 Did you know that all the organizations in Madison who work with young people get together and put together a calendar of all the things that are going on in town?

You can find it online at

At the library we have A LOT going on for all ages.

Movie Monday - March 24th from 2 to 4
I hear that we will be watching Monsters UniversityThere will be refreshments. Yum!
Loomz - March 26th from 2 to 3 ages 6 and up (at Hanover)
If you want to learn to make a bracelet, be sure to call and sign up. Space is limited. 
Teen Council - March 26th at 6:30 
This month we still need to iron things out for summer reading.
Life Size Candy Land - March 27th Kids at 10 a.m. and Teens at 2:00 p.m.  
(Teens means 6th to 12th graders)
I am super excited about this! The auditorium will be the "game board" and you will be the game piece. Feel free to dress as a Candy Land character or as your favorite sweet treat.
Board Game Day - March 28th in the Children's Room all day
Come in and play a game. Bring your favorite game or play one of ours. All ages. Friends and family welcome!

So lots of stuff in March. If you have any questions, email me at or call 265-2744. Btw, all of these programs are at Madison, except for Loomz. If you are interested in programs at Hanover, come to Teen Council so that we can figure out the best way to make programs at Hanover work. 

Have a lovely day!!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Things to do in January

Wii Wednesday is January 15th from 6 to 8!!
  We call it Wii Wednesday, but we also have an Xbox and lots of board games which are super fun!
Which reminds me! Friends of the library just gave us $ to buy a bunch of board games. They are so cool.

Teen Council  is January 29th at 6:30
 I am extra excited about teen council this month. Maybe because we didn't do it in Nov and Dec because of the holidays and I have missed seeing some of your faces. Or maybe because we have tons of things to talk about and do.  It may seem early but it is already time to start talking about summer reading. Plus we need to iron out what we shall do from now until spring.

Can't wait to see you!
If you have any questions, email Shonica at