Children's Bookshelf - September 2018
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Tune Out, Tune In
by Garrett Pinder and Wendy Taylor

Have you ever lost your cell phone? Lost electricity and couldn’t recharge your device? Had no wi-fi?!!! We’ve all had our moment of panic. Here are some fun picture books that remind us it will all be okay.

by Steve Antony
Blip the robot spends her days plugged into a computer. She does lots of fun, interesting and educational things — ALL DAY LONG! Until the day the electricity goes out. In the dark she trips, falls and becomes —unplugged. Out the front door she rolls into the great outdoors where adventure awaits. (Look for the clever use of her cord to write the title).

Snail Mail
by Samantha Berger
Before email, there was Snail Mail! This book tracks a love letter sent from a girl in California to a boy in New York and a small cast of adorable snails dedicated to the task of delivering the mail! Show your kids how patience can be meaningful and rewarding in such a fast-paced world. Try sending some mail to someone together!

Hello! Hello!
by Matthew Cordell
Sometimes, screens just lose their appeal. Follow Lydia as she tries to interact with her digitally-hooked family, and breaks away into an analog world full of color and wonder!

Goodnight, iPad
by Ann Droyd
Don’t let the parody premise dissuade you from picking up this title. In the familiar style of Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon, “Ann Droyd” exposes the mess of wires and technology we are all hooked to! This is a good way to help get your kids in the habit of turning off the tech toys if they have trouble going to bed at a reasonable hour.

Tek: The Modern Cave Boy
by Patrick McDonnell
This book’s form (mimicking that of an iPad) serves as a function, too — when the battery runs out, a cave boy named Tek, finally ventures out into the world to play with his prehistoric friends, reminding us that there’s a whole lot going on outside of our screens!

It’s a Book
by Lane Smith
For some young digital natives, reading a book may seem rather foreign. This cheeky book show’s how even the techiest of folks can enjoy the magical, simple joys of reading a book.

Press Here
by Hervé Tullet
We’re used to pressing and tapping on screens, but what happens if you do that to a book? Press Here lets your little ones have a bit of fun with some interactive storytelling through taps, claps and tilts.

Events at Kent Memorial Library

Play Group — Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon, for all ages. Want to meet other
parents and kids? New to town? Come to Play Group, offered to care givers and children.

Rhyme Time — Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m., infants and up. Books, songs, rhymes and fun!

Time for Tots — Wednesdays,  September 12, 19, 26 and October 3 at 10:15 a.m., ages 1-3. Stories, activities, songs, playtime.

Books and Babies — Mondays, September 10, 17, 24 and October 1 at 10:15 a.m., infants to age 1. Music, rhymes, fingerplays and books.

You can register for these programs online at, or call the library at 860-668-3896. Most programs are funded by Friends of Kent Memorial Library.

Kent Memorial Library is located at 50 North Main Street in Suffield.

Garrett Pinder is a Reference Librarian, and Wendy Taylor is the Children’s Librarian at the Kent Memorial Library in Suffield.



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