Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

This summer the Youth Services Department is offering a number of ways to interact with your library. For each interaction, you can fill out this form for a chance to win. 

For Young Children

Story Time is available online. Miss Chrissy is offering Story Time videos designed for children up to age 6. Join the Story Time group on the NFPL Facebook page to receive video links each week.

For Kids of Any Age:

Read-Aloud Videos are posted on our YouTube and Facebook pages each week. See your favorite staff members read stories new and old, sometimes with special animation. Check out past videos here and here.

Read A Book! Fill out the form linked above for each book you read. Remember, ebooks are free to check out from our emedia site here. Reading aloud to younger children, or to the whole family counts as reading for everyone!

Tell Your Tale! Check out our story prompts, posted on our facebook and instagram pages, or here on our blogs. Write a story or create art from one or more of the prompts, and submit it to Your creation may be posted on our social media.

Selfie Scavenger Hunt! We will post a selfie on Facebook and Instagram of a staff member somewhere in Newton Falls. Find the spot, take your own selfie and send it to us at

You can fill out the entry form each time you interact with us, and you can do all the activities more than once. At the end of our summer reading program, we will draw names from these entries to win gift cards from local Newton Falls Businesses.

As the situation develops, we may be able to offer more and varied programs over the summer. Be sure to follow us on social media for the most current information.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Turtle Titles!!

Here's some great books with information about turtles.

Did you know that some turtles live to be over 100 years old? Some live in the ocean, others on land, and some live both in water and on land! Young readers will discover what turtles eat, where they live, and how their shells and other physical features help them survive in the wild.

In this Where Is? title, kids can explore the Great Barrier Reef—big enough to be seen from space but made up of billions of tiny living organisms.

Learn about lizards, snakes and turtles in this Discover Series Big Book! Used as a jumpstart for interaction, Discover Series Picture Books are a great way to introduce new images, words and concepts to kids.

Whose foot is this? An intriguing close-up of an animal's foot piques curiousity that's satisfied on the following page with a stunning full-size photo of the animal itself and a brief description of how the foot is used. 

Fun stories with Turtles!!

Meet Croc! He is the strongest and fastest crocodile around.
Meet Turtle! He agrees that Croc is the strongest and fastest.

Dr. Seuss presents three modern fables in the rhyming favorite Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories. The collection features tales about greed ("Yertle the Turtle"), vanity ("Gertrude McFuzz"), and pride ("The Big Brag"). In no other book does a small burp have such political importance! Yet again, Dr. Seuss proves that he and classic picture books go hand in hand. 

What might you see if you swam in the sea? Dive on in to encounter everything from dolphins and octopuses to sea turtles and squirrel fish. This clever book features concrete poems about a spectacular selection of sea critters.

Mr. Hoppy is in love with his neighbor, Mrs. Silver; but she is in love with someone else—Alfie, her pet tortoise. With all her attention focused on Alfie, Mrs. Silver doesn't even know Mr. Hoppy is alive.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Garden Books for Kids
I Have a Garden by Bob Barner
In simple sentences, the dog guides new readers through a bright and lush garden, which is home to a chipmunk, a bird, a bug, and all sorts of other creatures.

Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn and Rosalind Beardshaw
Book-loving Lola is inspired by a collection of garden poems that she reads with her mommy. She wants to plant her own garden of beautiful flowers, so she and Mommy go to the library to check out books about gardening. They choose their flowers and buy their seeds. They dig and plant. And then they wait. Lola finds it hard to wait for her flowers to grow, but she spends the time creating her own flower book. Soon she has a garden full of sunflowers and invites all of her friends for cakes and punch and a story amongst the flowers.

How to Grow A Garden by Tom Greve
Have you ever thought of growing your own food? This book will tell you the basics on how to grow a garden, explaining in easy to understand text with information on the tricks and tools it takes to watch your garden grow from start to finish.

We Are The Gardeners by Joanna Gaines and Julianna Swaney
In We Are the Gardeners, Joanna and the kids chronicle the adventures of starting their own family garden. From their failed endeavors, obstacles to overcome (bunnies that eat everything!), and all the knowledge they've gained along the way, the Gaines family shares how they learned to grow a happy, successful garden.

Oh Say Can You Seed by Bonnie Worth and Astrides Ruiz
With the able assistance of Thing 1 and Thing 2 — and a fleet of Rube Goldbergian vehicles — the Cat in the Hat examines the various parts of plants, seeds, and flowers; basic photosynthesis and pollination; and seed dispersal.

How A Seed Grows by Helene J. Jordan and Loretta Krupinski
How does a tiny acorn grow into an enormous oak tree? This classic Level 1 Let's-Read-and-Find-Out picture book shows how little seeds become the plants and trees that surround us.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

To accompany the fourth video in our library garden series, here are some great non-fiction books about gardens and the animals you might meet there.:
Garden Friends
Garden Friends takes a look at the creatures living in your own backyard, including butterflies and other insects.

Up In The Garden, Down In The Dirt by Kate Messner
Discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves . . . and down in the dirt. Explore the hidden world and many lives of a garden through the course of a year!

The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs by Judy Burris and Wayne Richards
Explore the fascinating miniature world of spiders, beetles, grasshoppers, butterflies, and more as stunning photography combines with expert information to create an up-close-and-personal look at the hidden lives of these tiny backyard residents.

Fly Guy Presents: Insects by Ted Arnold
In FLY GUY PRESENTS: INSECTS they go outside to learn all about other insects like Fly Guy!

The Buzz on Insects by Gina Shaw
We share our world with all kinds of flying, crawling, buzzing, even biting insects—in fact there are more of them than us! Drawing on material from the Smithonian's Insect Zoo, with its live insect exhibits, this lively, accessible reader uses exciting photographs and reader-friendly text to explore insect life all around us.

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Birds by Catherine D. Hughes
This adorable reference introduces young readers to birds of all kinds: big and small, flyers and swimmers, colorful and plain.

Crow Smarts by Pamela S. Turner and Andy Comins
In the latest addition to the Scientists in the Field series, the creators of The Frog Scientist take us to a beautiful Pacific island, where a lively cast of both crows and scientists is waiting to amuse and enlighten us.

Just for fun, here are some of my favorite fiction stories about gardens and animals.:
The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett
When orphaned Mary Lennox comes to live at her uncle's great house on the Yorkshire Moors, she finds it full of secrets. The mansion has nearly one hundred rooms, and her uncle keeps himself locked up. And at night, she hears the sound of crying down one of the long corridors. The gardens surrounding the large property are Mary's only escape. Then, Mary discovers a secret garden, surrounded by walls and locked with a missing key. With the help of two unexpected companions, Mary discovers a way in—and becomes determined to bring the garden back to life.

How To Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
People are always daring Billy to do zany things. But Billy may have bitten off more than he can chew when he takes his friend Alan's bet that Billy can't eat fifteen worms in fifteen days.

My Side Of The Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods—all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, forty dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever.