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For their children, e-book fans prefer paper

In recent months, the library staff has worked hard to upgrade items in the collection for children, youth and teens.

For example, many picture books have been added to the Early Literacy Collection including the informative and lyrical “Lots of Spots,” the comical”“Edwin Speaks Up” and the charming “Amanda and her Alligator.” For younger independent readers, “Junonia” is a memorable novel about family traditions while “Enchanted Glass” is a funny fantasy. Teen readers will be transported by “Beauty Queens,” a hilarious satire about beauty contestants lost on a deserted island, and “Divergent,” a fantasy set in a nightmare world.

Meanwhile, a recent article in The New York Times reported that parents — even those who are keen downloaders of books onto Kindles, Nooks, iPads, laptops and phones — believe their children should spend their early years with old-fashioned books.

These parents freely acknowledge their digital double standard, saying they want their children and toddlers to be surrounded by print books, to experience turning physical pages as they learn about shapes, colors and animals. Parents say they like cuddling with their children and a book. Also, if little Joey is going to spit up, a book may be easier to clean than a tablet computer.

“It’s the intimacy of reading and touching the world. It’s the wonderment of her reaching for a page with me,” said one San Francisco mother, herself a loyal Kindle user, of her young daughter’s reading habits. “She reads only print books.”

Many reading experts say size and shape become part of a toddler’s emotional and intellectual reading experience. Wider pages might be used to convey broad landscapes, or a taller format might be used for stories about skyscrapers.

As the adult book world turns digital at a faster rate than publishers expected, sales of e-book titles aimed at children under eight have barely budged, holding at less than five percent of total annual sales.

As we enter 2012, you may want to make a New Year’s resolution to check out some of the wonderful new books in your library with your toddler or teen so that they can experience the wonders of great literature and storytelling.

Magnets event for teens

Teens will want to save the date of next Thursday, Jan. 19, from 4:30–5:45 p.m. for a special free Marble Magnets event for those in the seventh through 12th grades. Here’s your opportunity to show off your craft skills and make cool marble magnets to decorate your fridge or locker. Snacks and supplies will be provided.


LEGOs are provided and the fun is free when the LEGO Club meets on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 10:30–11:45 a.m. This event is for kids aged 6 through 13. The theme this month is “towns.”


If you are not aware of all the free e-book opportunities available for our patrons through your library, please read the Oct. 27, 2011 Library News column, which you can find on our website by clicking on the News & Events box in the left column of the home page.

Mysteries and suspense

“The Cut” by George Pelecanos is the first in a new crime series featuring Spero Lucas, a special investigator who specializes in recovering stolen property for a 40 percent cut.

“Well-Offed in Vermont” by Amy Patricia Meade is part of the Pret-Near Perfect mystery series, this one featuring a Manhattan couple who moved to a bucolic small town in Vermont.

Books on CD

“D.C. Dead” by Stuart Woods is the latest in the Stone Barrington mystery series. “Death Benefit” by Robin Cook is the latest in the medical mystery series by this popular author.


“The Old Republic: Revan” by Drew Karpyshyn is the latest in the Star Wars fantasy series following the adventures of Revan, hero, traitor, conqueror, villain and savior.

Thanks to our donors

For their generous donations, we thank Jim and Barbara Corboy as well as Bob and Susan Kanyur. For books and materials this week we thank Pegg Shipman.

Quotable quote

“Nothing is too small to know, and nothing is too big to attempt.” — Sir William C. Van Horne (1843-1915), U.S.-born railroad entrepreneur and Canadian Pacific Railway executive.


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