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Jelly Belly Winner Announced

While Moochie and Louie were on spring break at the Jelly Belly factory, we asked our young patrons to guess how many jelly beans were in a gumball dispenser. We're happy to announce that our 9-year-old patron, Lauren, is the winner in the jelly belly contest!  She guessed 800 jelly beans and there were actually 812. Way to go Lauren!

Puppets Moochie and Louie pose with the prize

Recognize Moochie and Louie from Miss Margaret's visits to your school? Here they are posing with the prize.

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Fremont Celebrates Dr. Seuss' 109th Birthday

Another rick-rollicking celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday was had at Fremont Public Library on March 2nd. Busy hands made Cat in the Hat hats, whiskers, and bows in the morning with our Drop-In Craft (offered every first Saturday of the month).

Family sharing in on drop-in craft

In the afternoon, the FPLD staff put on a dramatic reading of the always enjoyable The Cat in the Hat with goodies and prizes. Throughout the day, citizens big and small enjoyed dressing up and posing with the Cat in front of our photo booth.

Photo booth props for Dr. Seuss

Boy celebrating with Cat in the Hat cutout

family posing with Cat in the Hat

Three girls pose with whiskers next to the cat in the hat

Even more--yes, there's more!--with the generous help of our diverse staff, volunteers, and patrons, Fremont has compiled The Cat in the Hat read in seven different languages: Chinese, French, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Russian, and Spanish. You can view our video on our YouTube channel.

copies of the book Cat in the Hat in multiple languages

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Non-Fiction Finder: Farm & Pets for Young Kids

Curious about your kitty? Diggin' your dog? Fascinated with the farm? Come grab some curiosity fulfilling books about the farm and your pets. These books are perfect ways to solve questions and ignite a craving in your young child for more information about the world they see. In this section, you can find excellent books with general information on breeds or animals or you can follow a story about a specific pet or farm.

E 636 COO - Farm by Elisha Cooper. There are so many goings-on at the farm! Cooper captures all the excitement from animals to farming to day-today life in her unique presentation of multiple vignettes per page. Preschool+

 

 

E 636 LAB - Two Bobbies: A True Storu of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery. A 2011 Monarch Award Honor book, Two Bobbies celebrates the enduring friendship between a dog and a cat. It's always delightful to hear a story of two unusual animal friends, and this friendship is just that--cute and touching. A great factual book to pair with discussions on Hurricane Katrina. Preschool+

 

 

 

E 636.5 FRA - (oliver) by Christopher Franceschelli. Oliver was just an egg and there was not much to do being an egg until, one day... A short book that fully utilizes it's format. Interactive with a neat surprise. Infant-Preschool

 

 

 

 

E 636.68 RAW - If You Were a Parrot by Katherine Rawson. A collection of silly illustrations of giggling children with parrot features. Imagine what you could do with a sharp beak, or talons, or an ability to imitate the telephone. A fun look at the features of a parrot. Preschool+

 

 

 

E 636.7 MUN - Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs by Michaela Muntean. Meet ten shelter dogs turned circus stars by the tenacity of Luciano Anastasini. The author profiles each dog, allowing children to pick their favorites and follow them through the story. It's amazing to watch how Luciano transforms "troublesome" behavior into special attributes that help them perform. Best thing about it--it's all true! Kindergarten+

 

 

E 636.7 SHO - Dogs, Dogs, Dogs: All About... by Erika Shores. Large, full page photos document a particular breed in action--or inaction. Basic introduction with three sentences per page on work duties, puppy stage, taking care of the particular breed, and more. Yet, even with the short text, there is plenty of vocabulary and images to spark further conversation. Current breeds include Beagles, Rottweilers, Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers, German Shephards, Chihuahuas, and Boxers. Toddler-Kindergarten

 

E 636.7 WAH - Don't Lick the Dog: Making Friends with Dogs by Wendy Wahman. A rhyming, storybook feel gives this non-fiction book extra character. Florescent colors with wild illustrations tell basic rules when dealing with pooches of all different personalities. I can see this fun book being read many times--all the better to keep kids safe around dogs! Preschool+

 

 

E 636.8 HOL - Why Do Cats Meow? by Joan Holub. Cats have unique tendancies including hissing, rubbing against your leg, and pouncing. Quench your curiosity in this question-answer format. 1st grade+

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Non-Fiction Finder: Wild Animals for Young Kids

From pandas to panthers, ladybugs to lions, and baby animals to birds, our animal section for preschool to second grade is full of eye-catching books about the animals in our world. With such a great amount of books to choose from, this was a hard one to narrow down. All these books and more are located in the E Room on the wall with the windows. Look for the giraffe-patterned sticker!

E 599.789 RYD - Panda Kindergarten by Joanne Ryder. School is in session! But this is no ordinary kindergarten class. Meet 16 giant panda cubs as they romp, rollick, play, and--just like you--learn! Preschool+

 

 

 

E 598.842 JEN - A Nest Full of Eggs by Priscilla Belz Jenkins. Let's follow a robin as she prepares her nest. What materials will she use? How many eggs will she lay? The text is well supported with multiple images showing a chick growing in an egg, comparing feathers of different birds, and looking at birds that live all over the world. Preschool+

 

 

E 598.47 GIB - Penguins by Gail Gibbons. Penguins come in all different varieties and colors and they're all adorable. Take this scientific look at penguins from the reknown researcher Gail Gibbons. Kindergarten+

 

 

 

E 598 STO - Bring on the Birds by Susan Stockdale. All types of birds make an appearance in this simple book. If your child is curious about a particular bird, there is more information in the back about each picture. Toddler-Preschool

 

 

 

E 591.734 AMS - Rain Forest Animal Adaptations by Lisa J. Amstutz. How do these animals survive in the wettest parts of the world? Investigate the unique and curious ways these animals adapt with an explanation for their behavior. These real photographs are a plus for demonstrating the animals' abilities. Kindergarten+

 

 

 

E 591.68 JEN - Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins. A conversational tone that begs to be read aloud, Jenkins presents why specific animals have gone extinct, and what is happening to our endangered animals--even the ugly ones. Accompanied with accurate scientific renderings of the animals. An evocative book sure to open your child's naturally inquisitive mind. Kindergarten+

 

 

 

 

E 591.568 DOW - North: The Amazing Story of Arctic Migration by Nick Dowson. Soft, beautiful full page illustrations accompanying this calming look at the droves of animals heading up to the arctic for the summer. Kindergarten+

 

 

 


E 591.47 ARN - Wild Tracks: A Guide to Nature's Footprints by Jim Arnosky. The father of nature in picture books, Arnosky presents life-size animal tracks including hoofed, small, bear, canine, feline, reptile, and bird tracks. Includes interactive fold-out pages, allowing a sense of uncovering and discovering. 1st grade+

 

 

 


E 591 JEN - Actual Size by Steve Jenkins. I absolutely love the concept of showing children the actual size of animal features. Not only does it shock and awe, but it provides an accurate representation of our world. Accompany this book with a tape measure because Jenkins provides the length, heights, or wingspan which you can measure out from the image provided. Preschool+

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Non-Fiction Finder: Ocean Life for Young Kids

Non-fiction material and informational texts have been getting a lot of attention with the inception of the Common Core, a set of state-led educational standards being adopted across the country. The praise is well-deserved because non-fiction opens up worlds of curiosity for children. Not only can nonfiction be used to investigate subjects that kids are learning in school, it can also be used to inspire, explore, and awe. Fremont Public Library has excellent non-fiction options for your child. This post will be the first in the "Non-Fiction Finder" series highlighting what Fremont Public Library has for your children.

Ocean life for the youngest explorers

Our "Ocean Life" section can be found in the E Room, against the wall with the windows. Look for the blue sticker!

Paleosharks: Survival of the Strangest by Timothy J. Bradley. Today's sharks are a fearsome bunch, and their predecessors were just as nasty. Explore truly unique sharks that lived over 400 million years ago, with comparisons to sharks living today. Fun fact: the Helicoprion has fossil evidence that suggests the shark's teeth were shaped is a compact spiral that looked like a 10-inch buzz-saw blade. That's intense!

 

 

 

Meet the Sea Lion by Susanna Keller. A short and sweet book for your toddler who's taken particular interest in that cute sea lion at the zoo. This can also be used for early readers. A great set of real-life pictures that children can connect to their own experiences.

 

 


Baby Whale's Journey by Jonathan London. Follow one baby whale's infancy as it travels across the ocean with its mother and fellow sperm whales. A soft narrative with dazzling vocabulary and illustrations, London surrounds true facts with an intriguing tale.

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