Thursday, February 25, 2016

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to work we go!

Hi Ho dear reader. Big changes are afoot in the picture book collections of the Marin County Free Library. We are "glading" our picture book collections into broad subject categories to help you more easily find just the right book in your favorite subject area. 

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Teams of children's librarians and talented staff  (but no dwarfs) are going through the forests of picture books, tree by tree, to organize them into popular glades with bright colored labels:

  • Things That Go. Transportation & machines. Lovers of trucks, trains, and fire engines rejoice.
  • Fantasyland. Let's imagine and pretend. If it's pink & sparkly or breathes fire, this is where you'll find it. Look for traditional fairytales too. 
  • My World. Celebrations of all sorts, cultural events, birthdays, good citizens and the big beautiful world. 
  • Concepts. ABC/123 I spy some books perfect for thee. All the basic concepts children need to know before kindergarten.
  • Classics. Award winners, well-known and loved titles. You wild thing. You'll eat them up you love them so.
  • All About Me. Emotions, going to school, potty training, giving up the binkie or blankie, manners, sharing and making new friends. 
  • Nature. Seasons, nature, animals acting like animals really do!
  • YOUR Favorites. You tell us your favorite picture book and we'll put it in a glade just for you.

Not every single picture book will be in a subject glade. You'll find those unique titles grouped alphabetically by author.

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I love these vintage photos of "lumberjills". The women pictured here served in Britain's Women's Timber Corps and played an important role in World War II. Here's a fascinating article about them.
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Here's a fun title to read about a lumberjack a little closer to home. Let me tell you Babe,  I would be ecstatic if I could bring a big blue ox to work.