Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child
Lola is not so sure about school. After all, why would she need to count up higher than ten when she never eats more than ten cookies? Ten is enough! She certainly does not need to learn her letters to write a note to a friend. Calling on the telephone is more friendly and straightaway. It is up to Lola’s big brother Charlie, to persuade her that school is worthwhile. But what about Soren Lorensen? Lola’s invisible friend does not want to go to school either! Charlie certainly has his work cut out for him!
No matter how convinced your child is that they don’t need school, I am Too Absolutely Small for School will teach them how important learning their numbers, letters, and making new friends is.
To place a hold on I am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child, click here.
Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
Time to get up, get dresses and get going because it’s Llama Llama’s first day of school! Meet the teachers, find new friends, but wait….why is Mama Llama leaving?
Llama Llama Misses Mama is perfect for either a kindergartener or a preschooler, who does not quite understand that parents cannot stay at school. So if you are worried that your little one will be clinging to your leg on that first day, read them Llama Llama Misses Mama.
To place a hold on Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney, click here.
Take a Kiss to School by Angela McAllister
There is so much to remember on Digby’s second day at school. Will he know where to hang his jacket and when to listen for his name? Digby’s mother has some special help for her son, who doesn’t feel quite brave enough for school. This reassuring story with winsome illustrations is just right for kids starting school – and those who need a little encouragement once they’re begun!
To place a hold on Take a Kiss to School by Angela McAllister, click here.
First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
Starting a new school can be scary – for anyone! Everyone knows the jumble of feelings that go through a child’s head as the first day of school approaches – especially if it’s the first day at a new school. Will they like me? Will I make new friends? What if I don’t like it? These are the questions Sarah Jane Hartwell asks herself as she tries to build up enough courage to embrace her new school. First Day Jitters, with its surprise ending, will teach children that everyone gets nervous on the first day of school!
To place a hold on First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg, click here.
We hope everyone has had a great and safe summer! See you in the library!
~ Miss Judith ~
Monday, July 26, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
If so, you might want to check out Amanda Noll's I Need My Monster. Noll takes a new spin on an age old problem that will definitely entertain you and your child.
Don't worry, your child won't be scared by I Need My Monsters, in fact they might start looking forward to seeing a mysterious creature under their bed.
And if your child isn't scared of monsters, they will still love I Need My Monster and all the trouble Ethan is going through when his monster, Gabe, takes a vacation and decides to go fishing for a week.
Ethan patiently waits for his new temporary monster to arrive, but one after another, Ethan finds fault with all these monsters. They just aren't Gabe, his monster!
Check out a fan made trailer for I Need My Monster set to Michael Jackson's Thriller.
As Edward Hemingway, author of Bump in the Night, says "I Need My Monster is a must-read for any discerning monster lover. A perfect bedtime companion. I'm keeping one cop on the nightstand and one under the bed!"
To place a hold on I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll, click here!
~ Miss Judith ~
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
If you are a parent in the first group, do not panic. You still has two weeks to finish those lists. Drop by the Children's Department and let us help. Of course we realize you do not want to waste one moment of these last days of summer vacation anywhere but relaxing, so remember you can visit our web page. By completing a simple search for the title you can reserve it or place a hold on any material from the convenience of your home, after spending a relaxing day at the pool of course!
For the second group of parents and children looking for books about kindergarten. Boy, do we have so great suggestions for you!
- Kindergarten ABC by Jacqueline Rugers
- The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Long
- Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten by Toni Buzzeo
- Eliza's Kindergarten Surprise by Alice McGinty
- A Place Called Kindergarten by Jessica Harper
- On the Way to Kindergarten by Virginia Knoll
- Miss Bindergarten Has A Wild Day in Kindergarten by Josheph Slate
- Henry's 100 Days of Kindergarten by Nancy Carlson
- Kaya's Kindergarten and the Letter K by Cynthia Klingel
- Welcome to Kindergarten by Anne Rockwell
- Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come by Nancy Carlson
And for you parents here are some of the books you might find helpful.
- Kindergarten It Isn't What It Used To Be by Susan Sloan Gilent & Mitch Galant
- Ready For Kindergarten: An Award Wimming Teacher's Plan to Prepare Your Child For School. by Sharon Wilkins
- Classroom Routine's That Really Work For Pre-K & Kindergarten by Kathleen Hayse & Renee Creage
- Ready, Start, School! Nurturing and Guiding Your Child Through Pre-School & Kindergarten by Sandra Rief
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but summer vacation is almost over and school is only weeks away. As parents and children are busy getting ready to the school we hope you take advantage of all the great books here at Homewood Pubic Library.
Monday, July 19, 2010
One of my favorite computer security tools is Spybot Search & Destroy. As its name suggests, Spybot S & D searches your computer to detect spyware and malware, as well as proactively immunizes your system from spyware and malware attacks.
Spyware often infects computers when users open suspicious attachments or click links received in emails or on spyware inhabited websites.
Spyware can hide itself deep in the Windows registry, and can be very difficult to detect. Spyware "spies" on computer activity, such as what websites users visit and how often users visit them, often transmitting captured information to third-parties. Some spyware use what is called a "keystroke logger" to record the keystrokes a user makes in order to capture user passwords, which can be pretty scary if you bank online or make online purchases where you enter credit card or financial information.
Spyware can also use available memory or bandwidth without your knowledge, effectively making your computer a "zombie", and when used in concert with thousands of other infected computers, is part of a "DDoS"(Distributed Denial of Service) attack on web servers or large servers in a malicious attempt to bring a website or server down.
Spybot Search & Destroy features the "Search & Destroy" Tool, which runs a "bot-check" that scans suspicious entries on the system. Suspicious entries are then displayed and the user is presented with the option to fix or ignore the suspicious entries. There may be times an entry doesn't need to be fixed. Many times anti-virus programs show up on security scanners, because of their close involvement with the registry.
Spybot S&D also offers an "immunization" tool that detects weak points in browsers installed on a computer and proactively provides protection from possible attacks.
There is also the Spybot S&D "tea timer", which keeps an eye on the registry and notifies users by a system tray balloon when any registry changes are made. Any registry changes brought to your attention when you have not installed or uninstalled a program can be spyware or malware activity.
Spybot S&D provides updates weekly, and you should check for updates and immunize your system at least that often.
You can download Spybot Search & Destroy at www.safer-networking.org.
However, no matter how many anti-virus or anti-malware programs you run, your best protection is your behavior online. Never click links or open attachments in emails or allow websites to install add-ons that you don't absolutely trust.
A good practice is to reformat your hard drive once per year, as this will clean any malware off your system as well as clean off accumulated junk in your registry that accumulates after installing and uninstalling programs, and will return your operating system to its "out of the box" condition.
Always back up important data before making major changes to your hard drive.
Friday, July 16, 2010
'What's In A Name?' is both the first chapter in the book Baby Names For Dummies by Margaret Rose, PhD and the heading for a recent article in the Birmingham News publication EXTRA written by Mary Stancill. Both the book and the article examine the trends, statistics and psychology of selecting first names.
~ Miss Dona ~
If you would like to put a hold on Baby Names for Dummies by Margaret Rose, click here.
And if you are curious, here are the top ten baby names of 2009 for Alabama according to the Social Security Administration:
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
And who could pass up an Oreo cookie and some ice cold Barber's Milk??
Special thanks to Barber's Milk and the Samford Athletic Department for helping us make this event a success!
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thank you for your support!