O is for Opposites

Up, down, hot, cold, stand up, sit down – How many opposites can you think of? Help your little one learn about opposites and discover some very clever reads in the process. Then, decide if opposites really do attract…

What’s Up, Duck?: a Book of Opposites ~ Tad Hill

Black? White! Day? Night!: a Book of Opposites ~ Laura Vacaaro Seegeropp pic

Big is Big (and Little, Little): a Book of Contrasts ~ J. Patrick Lewis

Big and Little ~ Steve Jenkins

Octopus Opposites ~ Stella Blackstone

The Loud Book! ~ Deborah Underwood

The Quiet Book ~ Deborah Underwood


This Week at the Tallmadge Branch Library

Tuesday, January 27

10:30 AM

Baby Rhyme Time

For babies up to 24 months.

Enjoy bounces, rhymes, songs and stories followed by a first play group experience.



Alphabet Fun

Everyone knows that A is for apple. But did you know that A is also for salad? Or that Q is for duck? Below you will find a list of books that take learning the alphabet to a fun and hilarious new level.

Take Away the A ~ Michael Escoffier
The idea behind the book is that within every language there are words that change and become a different word through the simple subtraction of a single letter.

A is for Musk Ox ~ Erin Cabatingan
Musk Ox takes over an alphabet book, explaining to his friend Zebra why almost every letter can be used to describe musk oxen.

Work: An Occupational ABC ~ Kellen Hatanaka
Introduces the alphabet with artwork that depicts a range of careers, from aviator to zookeeper.

The Alphabet Room ~ Sara Pinto
Liftable flaps hide pictures in which each letter of the alphabet is represented by a variety of objects in a room.

A is for Salad ~ Mike Lester
Each letter of the alphabet is presented in an unusual way, such as: “A is for salad” showing an alligator eating a bowl of greens.

Q is for Duck ~ Mary Elting
While learning some facts about animals, the reader is challenged to guess why A is for zoo, B is for dog, and C is for hen.

Alpha Oops!: the Day Z Went First ~ Alethea Kontis
Chaos ensues when Z thinks that its time for him to go first in the alphabet for a change.

Z is for Moose ~ Kelly Bingham
Moose, terribly eager to play his part in the alphabet book his friend Zebra is putting together, then awfully disappointed when his letter passes, behaves rather badly until Zebra finds a spot for him.

Caveman a B.C Story ~ Janee Trasler
Illustrations and twenty-six simple words introduce the alphabet through the adventures of a cave man.



Winnie-the-Pooh Day

A.A. Milne, the noted writed and playwright, is best known for his collection of books based no a lovable bear named Winnie-the-Pooh. But did you know that Winnie-the-Pooh wasn’t always the silly old bear we know and love today? Once upon a time, Pooh was known simply at “Edward Bear”.

Photo of the real stuffed toys owned by Christopher Robin Milne which are on display in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in New York.

Edward Bear was given to Milne’s son Christopher Robin as a first birthday gift and later became the inspiration for Milne’s 1924 poem Teddy Bear. The poem appeared in Punch magazine.

In 1926, when Milne began writing a collection of children’s stories, it was decided that Edward Bear needed a name of his own. When asked, Christopher Robin decided that Edward Bear would become “Winnie-the-Pooh”. The now famous collection of stories, Winnie-the-Pooh, also introduced the world to timid Piglet and gloomy Eeyore. Two years later, Milne would publish The House at Pooh’s Corner and introduced Tigger who loves to bounce.

In 1932, Pooh and his friends appeared in color for the first time. He was drawn by Stephen Slesinger in his now-familiar red shirt and featured on an RCA Victor picture record. The original illustrator, E.H. Shephard, had drawn Pooh with a shirt as early as the first Winnie-the-Pooh book, but it was not until Slesinger’s illustrations took hold that Pooh was identified with his red shirt.

In 1961, specific film and selct rights to Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends were licensed to Walt Disney Productions. Since 1966, Disney has released numerous animated productions starring Winnie-the-Pooh and related characters.

Overall, Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends have starred in many adaptations. To date, two theatrical, several audio readings, recordings, dramatization, five theatrical feature films, five television series, four holiday specials, and five direct-to-video films have been released. The public just can’t get enough of beloved Winnie-the-Pooh.


It’s Hat Day!

January 15th is Hat Day. Hats are not just to keep your head warm. Wear a hat today and express your individuality and style.

Share one of these books with your favorite child.

I Want My Hat Back ~ John Klassen
A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important.

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins ~ Dr. Seuss

Each time Bartholomew Cubbins attempts to obey the King’s order to take off his hat, he finds there is another one on his head.ca277a6884c8c8d186dd2d54aa372b94

Brimsby’s Hats ~ Andrew Prahin
When the friend with whom he has enjoyed tea and conversation each day goes off to sea, a talented hat maker devises a creative way to make new friends.

Hats, Hats, Hats ~ Ann Morris

Introduces a variety of hats, from soft and hard hats to snuggly and hooded hats.

A Hat for Minerva Louise ~ Janet Morgan Stoeke
Minerva Louise, a snow-loving chicken, mistakes a pair of mittens for two hats to keep both ends warm.


Staff Picks

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If You Give a Cat a Cupcake ~ Laura Numberoff
A series of increasingly far-fetched events might occur if someone were to give a cupcake to a cat.

Lending a Paw ~ Laurie Cass
With the help of her rescue cat Eddie, librarian Minnie Hamilton is driving a bookmobile based in the resort town of Chilson, Michigan. But shed better keep both hands on the wheel, because its going to be a bumpy ride.

365 Penguins ~ Jean-Luc Fromental
When a box containing a penguin arrives anonymously on New Year’s Day, a family of four is puzzled, but as they continue to receive one penguin each day their problems–and food budget, and storage issues–are multiplied.

The Midnight Library ~ Kazuno Kohara
Once there was a library that only opened at night. Step inside and meet the little librarian and her three assistant owls.

Some Girls Bite ~ Chloe Neill
When Merit, a twenty-seven-year-old grad student, accidentally becomes a vampire, she finds herself sucked into a whole new world as she is initiated into Cadogan House, one of the oldest vampire houses in the United States. Unfortunately, Cadogan House is being blamed for some bad behavior with humans and it looks like a war might be on the way.


Coming in January

Week of January 5


Week of January 12


Week of January 19


Week of January 26



Staff Picks

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Little Owl’s Night ~ Divya Srinivasan
Little Owl enjoys a lovely night in the forest visiting his friend the raccoon, listening to the frogs croak and the crickets chirp, and watching the fog that hovers overhead.

An Amish Garden ~ Vanetta Chapman
Presents four stories about Amish girls and their gardens, including Beth Wiseman’s “Rooted in Love,” in which Rosemary, who is trying to support her family but cannot garden, accepts help from Saul, who has loved her for years.

A Very Fuddles Christmas ~ Frans Vischer
Twas the holiday season of treasures and treats. But Fuddles the cat only wanted to eat….and open his presents, then sit down and play but that’s not what happened on one Christmas day.

Here Comes Santa Cat ~ Deborah Underwood
Cat wants off Santa’s naughty list and makes several valiant attempts, but this ‘being nice’ business is trickier than he thought.

Toot and Puddle: I’ll Be Home for Christmas ~ Holly Hobbie
Delayed by a snowstorm, Toot gets unexpected help getting back to Woodcock Pocket in time to celebrate Christmas with Puddle.


Our Favorite Bulletin Boards of 2014

During the past year, we have had some amazing bulletin boards at the Tallmadge Branch Library. Here are just a few of our favorites. Enjoy!


Happy Holidays

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