Sunday, February 26, 2012

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party!

I hope you have the Saturday morning, children’s event at the library on your calendar. If you haven’t heard yet, the Children’s Council of Rusk County is putting on their annual tribute to Dr. Seuss with a big birthday bash. 
The invitation is for children. Children, please bring your favorite grown up to the party! It will be held from 10:30 – 12:00 in the lower level rooms at the library. Many of your favorite grown-ups will be there with lots of fun activities for the children to do. Karlene Gordon, from the Ladysmith Elementary School will be on hand and her boys will help the little ones with the fishing game. Lucy Taylor, from the Flambeau School, will be the hatter, helping children create the iconic cat in the hat hat. Mary Joslin will have stickers for sticker pictures and markers to draw. Cindy Gillette, puzzle lady extraordinaire, will be playing in the blue sand. Melissa Kienast will be at the small manipulatives table and Lisa Bucher will help with play-dough. Heather Isham from Head Start will be drawing on the floor on large poster paper.
This year is an exciting year for me at the Dr. Seuss party. The Little Sprout original artwork by Janelle Thompson will be in the gallery in the upper level of the library, and I will be taking small tour groups upstairs to see the art and the book, Little Sprout. While I am doing that, Janelle will have book-making materials for children to create their own book. The Friends of the Library will have free books for children.
No birthday party is complete without a cake and our resident cat, Bonnie Gunderson, brings a lovely birthday cake from Nancy’s cake place. Lenore Krajewski also helps us with the snack by providing milk to go with the cake.
We have many other–behind the scenes–supporters and volunteers including Karen Wiltrout, Jill Berg, Megan Dieckman, Sharon Sanderson, Michelle Wurzer, and Diana Verdegan. Children, please remind your favorite grown-up about Saturday’s party! We all hope to see and visit with you during this wonderful, free event.

Come to the party!
The Seuss Birthday Party!
Come to the Library
The library in March.
If you come, we’ll have fun
We’ll have fun, that is funny.
And maybe you’ll see
A new book that you’ll like.
A book that was old
For someone who’s bigger.
But it’s right, yes just right,
For you! So it’s New!
“YES! This is good!” said Thing One to Thing Two.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Bringing Up Bèbè

I would like to first remind everyone of the Dr. Seuss birthday party on Saturday, March 3rd, 10:30 am, in the lower level of the library. The Cat in the Hat will be there with free fun for young children and their favorite grown-up. Children will be able to pick out a free book, play with playdough and legos, draw pictures, play the fishing game, make a book, and have fun making a sticker picture. This year there will also be the opportunity to be the first to see the original artwork for the new picture book Little Sprout. The artwork will be hung on Friday morning, prior to the Dr. Seuss party and I will be inviting children and their grown-up to go upstairs to see this beautiful display in our library gallery. As the Cat would say, “If you come we’ll have fun. Lots, lots, lots of good fun!”
A few weeks ago I listened to one of the talk shows on public radio. There was a guest, an American, talking about her experiences raising children in Paris, France. She spoke about seeing some of the differences she observed in the way French parents parent and the way she, as an American, parents. Out of these observations came a book with a very classy title (in my opinion), Bringing Up Bèbè.
She spoke about how French babies could be in a restaurant with adults and wait for their food without whining or a tantrum and how they were able to ‘do their nights’ (sleep through the night) at two or three months.
As she learned more about the French style of parenting, she learned that from infancy on, French parents slowly and steadily teach their infants to wait and to be patient. They did this right from birth by observing their child’s rhythms and not rushing in to pick up a newborn out of their crib, because they felt the baby may only be restless in their sleep and not need to be fed. Other skills in learning to wait without fussing were built on these first months of observation and learning.
I have the book Bringing Up Bèbè, by Pamela Druckerman, on loan from the library for another week. It is a humorous and fun read. I recommend it!

“Do you know who chopped the tree,
Chopped the tree, chopped the tree?
Do you know who chopped the tree?”
Dad asked of George one day
“Yes I know who chopped the tree––“
Honest George did say
“It was I who chopped the tree—
I’m sorry but it’s true.”
“Thank-you George, you told the truth,
Told the truth, told the truth.
Thank-you George, you told the truth.”
Said dad, “I’m proud of you!”
Tune: Muffin Man

Sunday, February 12, 2012

More information on Children's Teeth

We have been talking about children's teeth this month because February is children's dental month. Today I will share with you some interesting facts about cavities (dental caries) in teeth of young children.
•Childhood caries (cavities before the age of 6) is the single most chronic disease of childhood.
•Childhood caries are five to eight times more common than asthma.
•50% of children have a cavity by 1st grade.
Parents of children who have cavities in their baby teeth say, “Why should we be concerned about this? They will be losing their baby teeth.” Here are the reasons why we must be concerned and proactive with baby’s oral health:
•Cavities cause pain and infection and can cause failure to thrive.
•Early childhood caries dramatically increases the risk of cavities in permanent teeth because the bacteria that causes cavities is present.
•If cavities go untreated, children will develop poor eating habits, speech problems, and social problems.
I would like to share another fun activity on the Internet.  It is the story of a child's first visit to the dentist.   You can find this at
Please put March 3rd and April 24th on your calendar. March 3rd is our annual celebration for an esteemed author, Dr. Seuss. The famous Cat in the Hat will be at the party on his behalf. The party will be on Saturday, March 3th,  at 10:30 at the library in the lower level rooms. Mark your calendars for a fun, free, family event! Tuesday, April 24th will be a sing-a-long event with our very own preschool teachers and daycare providers. It is another fun, free, family activity to do with your children or grandchildren.


Oh Mr. Cloud, Cloud, Mr. Fluffy Cloud
Please snow down on me
Oh Mr. Cloud, Cloud, Mr. Fluffy Cloud
Snow is what I want to see
These little children are asking you
To send some snow, Oh Please won’t you?
Oh Mr. Cloud, Cloud, Mr. Fluffy Cloud
Please snow down on
Please snow down on
Please snow down on me!

(tune:  Oh Mr. Sun)