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From: "PUBYAC: PUBlic librarians serving Young Adults and Children" <pubyac@prairienet.org>
To: "PUBYAC: PUBlic librarians serving Young Adults and Children" <pubyac@prairienet.org>
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2002 11:01 PM
Subject: PUBYAC digest 641

    PUBYAC Digest 641

Topics covered in this issue include:

  1) book query
by "lachman" <Jlachman@ci.berkeley.ca.us>
  2) Alligator Stumper
by Kim <k.olson-kopp@lacrosse.lib.wi.us>
  3) Frontline Phonics
by "Jean Franklin" <jfranklin@nslsilus.org>
  4) volunteers in Childrens
by Dennielle@aol.com
  5) Reading Incentives
by "Michelle Lopez" <mlopez@suffolk.lib.ny.us>
  6) Mardi Gras party...
by "Barbara Scott" <barbarascott@hotmail.com>
  7) Thank-you Lapsit
by Kat Corbett <kat@katcorbett.com>
  8) Re: Little Black Sambo
by joslund@colosys.net
  9) searching for picture book title
by "lachman" <jlachman@ci.berkeley.ca.us>
 10) Behavior Policy
by "Sandy Hartsel" <hartsesa@oplin.lib.oh.us>
 11) What makes a great Children's Department?
by "Susan A. Poulter" <spoulter@wendy.library.nashville.org>
 12) RE: favorite junior and teen paperback series
by Dawn Sardes <Dawn.Sardes@euclidlibrary.org>
 13) Sno-Isle Library Job Postings for the week of January 2, 2002
by Valerie Worrell <VWorrell@sno-isle.org>
 14) poetry stumper--solved, I think.
by Jennifer Baker <jbaker93711@yahoo.com>
 15) compilation of popular junior & teen paperbacks (long)
by "Jennifer Dillon" <Jennifer.Dillon@cityofdenton.com>
 16) stumper: girl named Alouette
by jandersen@carmel.lib.in.us (Jennifer Andersen)
 17) ELL storytimes
by "Karen Brown" <BrownK@ci.monterey.ca.us>

From: "lachman" <Jlachman@ci.berkeley.ca.us>
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A patron is looking for a book that was available 12 or so years ago.  It =
is large format with glossy pictures.  It has a story in it about a giant =
named redbeard, some small creatures like gnomes or elves and a spanking =

Thanks for your collective help,

Josh Lachman
Berkeley Public Library

From: Kim <k.olson-kopp@lacrosse.lib.wi.us>
To: pubyac@prairienet.org
Subject: Alligator Stumper
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Hi Everyone,

I have a stumper for the collective brain.  Does anyone know of a
picture book that rhymes the words "alligator" and "radiator?"  It is
funny and takes place in a city.

Thank you!
Kim Olson-Kopp
Youth Services Coordinator
La Crosse Public Library
La Crosse, Wisconsin

From: "Jean Franklin" <jfranklin@nslsilus.org>
Subject: Frontline Phonics
Date: Thu,  3 Jan 2002 00:01:55 CST

A patron has asked us to purchase the FRONTLINE PHONICS reading program. =
 We already offer HOOKED ON PONICS and various videos on phonics, which =
are very popular, but I have no experience about this program.  Can =
anyone give me some practical information ?  I have already looked at =
the site and asked for information, but I would appreciate your input.
Jean Franklin, Children's Librarian
Algonquin Area PLD
Algonquin, IL

From: Dennielle@aol.com
To: <pubyac@prairienet.org>
Subject: volunteers in Childrens
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Once again I come to you asking for your help to think outside the box.  How
do you use volunteers in the children's area?

Administration won't put a desk in the children's area but they believe it
needs to be monitored.  Their answer is to put volunteers in.  What kind of
things/projects do you use to attract volunteers to your library?

Danielle Day
Kansas City Public Library

From: "Michelle Lopez" <mlopez@suffolk.lib.ny.us>
To: "Pubyac" <PUBYAC@prairienet.org>
Subject: Reading Incentives
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I know this question has been answered recently but the archives are
unavailable tonight so I need to ask again...

Does anyone know the name of the company that makes the "Our class explored
the library today" stickers? They are round, with a yellow background and
blue lettering.

Michelle Lopez
Youth Services Librarian
Commack Public Library

From: "Barbara Scott" <barbarascott@hotmail.com>
Subject: Mardi Gras party...
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Has anyone held a Mardi Gras party for children at your library? I would be
interested in hearing what types of crafts/games/etc. that you used.

I have done several internet searches today and come up with a few things,
but really need more.

Reply directly to barbarascott@hotmail.com

Thanks a bunch!

Barbara Scott, Children's Librarian
Bucyrus Public Library
Ohio Reading Program Manual Editor

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From: Kat Corbett <kat@katcorbett.com>
To: <pubyac@prairienet.org>
Subject: Thank-you Lapsit
Date: Thu,  3 Jan 2002 00:03:23 CST

Hi, Stacie!

Here's a little action rhyme from my kindergarten-teaching days that's
simple enough for lapsitters:

In my little pockets
Are two little keys.
The left one says "Thank you."
The right one says "Please."

The collection of poems in A Child's Garden of Verses yields a very short
one about being happy [thankful] for things:

Happy Thought

The world is so full
   of a number of things,
I'm sure we should all be
   as happy as kings.

For some reason my first graders loved to say this. There's also a longer
one in the collection in which the child speaker is obviously thankful for
the wonders of picture books. It would be a nice read-aloud that would tie
in to the whole idea of using the library. The title is "Picture-Books in
Winter"; I'll let you look it up, as it has five verses.  :-)

Hope these help,

Kat Corbett
Author of the DanceFutures Series
Website: www.katcorbett.com
E-mail: kat@katcorbett.com

From: joslund@colosys.net
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Applewood Books reissued a 1921 edition of this book a few
years ago so I bought a copy and had it cataloged into the
"Belles-lettres" section of the Dewey Decimal System.  It sits
at 823 (Literature/English/Fiction).  We have a number of
historically important works of children's literature in our Juv
800's.  Locating them in this section has proven useful
because it allows researchers and others who have an interest
in these "classics" ready access to them, but distances them
a bit from the more contemporary, "popular" works that people
check out from day to day. 

Janet L. Oslund, MLS
Youth Services Librarian
Montrose Library District
320 S. 2nd St.
Montrose, CO  81401
Voice: 970.249.9656
Fax:   970.240.1901
E:     joslund@colosys.net

From: "lachman" <jlachman@ci.berkeley.ca.us>
To: <PUBYAC@prairienet.org>
Subject: searching for picture book title
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Patron is looking for a picture book published around 1950-65.  It is =
about a boy who builds things for his home which is an abandoned room, =
perhaps in a basement.  Some of the items he made were woven out of =


Josh Lachman
Berkeley Public Library

From: "Sandy Hartsel" <hartsesa@oplin.lib.oh.us>
To: <tagad-l@topica.com>, "PUBYAC" <PUBYAC@prairienet.org>,
   "OPLIN List" <OPLINLIST@epicurus.oplin.lib.oh.us>
Subject: Behavior Policy
Date: Thu,  3 Jan 2002 00:03:57 CST


     Our Library Board Of Trustees has asked me to find examples of =
public library behavior policies.  I have copies of the ones on the =
Winslo site but would appreciate any others you could send me.  Do you =
have separate policies for juvenile and adult?  Also, what are the =
"punishments" for patrons not following the policies.
     Thank you.

Sandy Hartsel
Bettsville Public Library
P.O. Box 385  233 State St.
Bettsville, OH  44815

Email   hartsesa@oplin.lib.oh.us
Phone  419-986-5198
Fax     419-986-6012

From: "Susan A. Poulter" <spoulter@wendy.library.nashville.org>
To: pubyac@prairienet.org
Subject: What makes a great Children's Department?
Date: Thu,  3 Jan 2002 00:04:04 CST

Hi all,

Got a question for you.  Well, two questions really.  First, what makes a
really great Children's Department in a public library?  What are the most
critical elements?  Will a terrific collection make up for a tiny and so-so
staff, or vice versa?  Also, what do you think are the top 5 or so public
library Children's Departments in the country, and why?

I started thinking about these questions when I visited my small hometown
library last month for the first time in several years -- what a shock!
place played such a role in making me the person I am today, yet it is so
different from my memories.

Many thanks for sharing your thoughts -- email to me directly, please, and I
will summarize for the list if there is interest.

Susan Poulter

From: Dawn Sardes <Dawn.Sardes@euclidlibrary.org>
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Subject: RE: favorite junior and teen paperback series
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I have weeded all the Sweet Valley High and almost all the Fear Streets &
Sweet Valley University books.  I am not re-purchasing, and nobody has asked
for them or complained yet.
Early on, a few asked about the Sweet Valley, and I re-directed them to SVH
Senior year & the Elizabeth series, and they were happy with them.

In my library, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer books are really hot, as are
Sweep, Circle of Three, Fingerprints, Popular (Based on TV show), Turning
Seventeen, Clearwater Crossing, Sailor Moon (Graphic), Gundam Wing
(Graphic), Sabrina the Teenaged Witch, Blair Witch files, Sixth Sense.

Lurlene McDaniel books continue to be popular, as do the Focus on the Family
series (Nikki Sheridan, Christy Miller, Christy & Todd: the College Years,
and a newer one, Payton Skky (African-american Christian) are always

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Behalf Of Jennifer Dillon
Sent: Wednesday, December 26, 2001 10:43 PM
To: pubyac@prairienet.org
Subject: favorite junior and teen paperback series

Hello everyone,

I am currently weeding the junior and teen paperback sections at our
branch library. I am checking circulation statistics and I've found
several series that have been extremely popular in the past, but are not
really circulating any more. I was wondering if the Pubyac-ers could
tell me what they feel the new hot series are for the teen & junior
fiction audiences. Please reply to me and I will compile a list if there
is interest.

Thank you!
Jennifer Dillon
Youth Services Librarian
Denton Public Library, South Branch

From: Valerie Worrell <VWorrell@sno-isle.org>
To: pubyac@prairienet.org
Subject: Sno-Isle Library Job Postings for the week of January 2, 2002
Date: Thu,  3 Jan 2002 00:04:16 CST

Sno-Isle Regional Library System has a Librarian - Children's Services at
the Stanwood Library in Washington State. Job #01106 January 18, 02. For
more information and to obtain an application on this employment
opportunity, please visit our website at
www.sno-isle.org/employment<http://www.sno-isle.org/employment> or contact
our Jobline at (360)

Sno-Isle Regional Library System has a Librarian - Substitute - (2 Openings)
for the East Region
Library in Washington State. Job #0205 February 08, 02. For more information
and to obtain an application
on this employment opportunity, please visit our website at
www.sno-isle.org/employment<http://www.sno-isle.org/employment> or contact
our Jobline at (360)

Valerie Worrell
Human Resources
Sno-Isle Regional Library System

From: Jennifer Baker <jbaker93711@yahoo.com>
To: pubyac@prairienet.org
Subject: poetry stumper--solved, I think.
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Date: Thu,  3 Jan 2002 00:04:21 CST

We haven't heard from our patron yet to be 100% sure,
but many pubyaccers pointed to "Mattie" J.T. Stepanek,
certain this is who we're looking for, we have the
book on hold and our branch is trying to contact the
patron. Thanks everybody!
--- Jennifer Baker <jbaker93711@yahoo.com> wrote:
We have a young patron who is looking for poetry by
Maddy Harrison (not sure of spelling) who is supposed
to be 11 years old. We've tried all the usual
sources under several spelling variations with no
luck. Is anyone familiar with this poet.
Jennifer Baker
Fresno Co. Public Library

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From: "Jennifer Dillon" <Jennifer.Dillon@cityofdenton.com>
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Subject: compilation of popular junior & teen paperbacks (long)
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Hi everyone

Here is the list of responses I've received about popular teen and
junior fiction paperbacks. I'd like to thank everyone who responded to
my request--the list is very helpful!

Jennifer Dillon
Youth Services Librarian
Denton Public Library South Branch

Popular Junior Fiction and Teen Fiction paperbacks
Responses from PUBYAC
Compiled by Jennifer Dillon, Denton Public Library South Branch

As far as the J section, our top circulating series, in no particular

Junie B. Jones
Magic Treehouse9
A to Z mysteries
Boxcar Children
Pony Pals
Arthur Chapter Books
Mary Kate & Ashley (New Adventures of, and I think there's another
NOT Full House)
Scooby Doo Mysteries

Hope this helps!

Sue Ridnour
Children's Services Manager
Flower Mound (TX) Public Library

Some that I have found to be popular (although now that you bring up
circ stats, I am not sure how popular they still are) are listed below.

Juvenile Fiction:

*Anything about Mary Kate and Ashley (Two of a Kind, The Adventures of
     Mary Kate and Ashley, The New Adventures of Mary Kate and Ashley)
*Junie B. Jones
*Magic Tree House
*Nancy Drew (still)
*Nancy Drew Notebooks
*Bailey School Kids
*Cam Jansen (good for younger children)
*American Girls
*Box Car Children
*Dear America, Royal Diaries, American Diaries
*Little House
*Babysitters Club
*Jedi Apprentice
*Left Behind the Kids
*Magic Attic (still popular?)

Some which we have of which I am not sure how well they circ:

*Wild at Heart
*Secrets of Droon
*Animal Ark, Animal Ark Pets
*Animal Emergency
* Sweet Valley Jr. High
*California Diaries
*Friends Forever

Young Adult:

*Redwall Series
*Sweet Valley High (still popular?)
*Sweet Valley Sr. High
*Sweet Valley University
*J.R. Tolkien's books

Some of which I am not sure:

*Real Teens
*Making Out, by Katherine Applegate (look like they'd be pretty

Disclaimer:  Some of these books may only be available in hardcover but
we keep them in a series section.

Here's what we're seeing go out and not go out.

Can't move anything Nancy Drew right now or Hardy Boys
Choose your own adventures are  now crammed on the shelves as are
anything Goosebump.  Our Boxcar children are all on the shelves and
used to go out like crazy. I've always thought these series cyclical.

Now what goes...
Junie B Jones
Full house still and anything Mary Kate and Ashley
Hank the cowdog has picked up although most of these are really old
Magic Attic and Magic Treehouse still circ some
secrets of droon
maximum boy
wild at heart
rockett's world
jigsaw jones
powerpuff girls
from the files of madison finn

forgotten realms
buffy the vampire slayer
circle of three
anything by Lurlene McDaniels

I get all these and more on standing order from BWI


For YA's the most popular are Everworld by Applegate, Circle of Magic
and other series by Tamora Pierce and Daughters of the Moon by Ewing. In
J Fiction, Series of Unfortunate Events, Dear America and the three with
the Olsen Twins (Two of a Kind, Two of a Kind Diaries and the Adventures
of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen). Hope this helps, Happy New Year! Melissa
mmacleod@sailsinc.org Carver Public Library, MA

The best idea I received was to go to your local Border's or Barnes &
and see what teen series they have and which ones look "cleaned out"!
thought this was a great way to see what is popular locally, because
vary regionally a great deal!

Good luck,

Claire LeBlanc
Oldsmar Public Library
Oldsmar, Florida

We just went through our old series and have revamped our standing
orders accordingly. 

The Hot series in J for us are Pony Pals, Scooby Doo Mysteries, Left
Behind: the kids, Heartland (just starting to take off), Amazing Days of
Abby Hayes, 7th Heaven, Zack Files, T*Witches (new), Seventh Tower, and
Star Wars Jedi Apprentice is still going strong.  Of course the biggest
one right now is Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.  We
also have lots of requests for Royal Diaries when they are about the
more famous women like Cleopatra or Elizabeth.  I just got asked for the
series Remnants by K.A. Applegate, and it sounds really interesting
(good Sci-Fi pick).  We are also going to try a few brand new series
that are debuting this coming Spring... Mummy Chronicles, Jurassic Park
Adventures, Star Wars Jedi Quest, and So Little Time (The new Olsen
Twins series)

The hot series in YA for us are: Clearwater Crossing, Charmed, Love
Stories, Dragon Lance, and the inactive series Christy Miller (which has
continued with Christy and Todd series -- we keep these under the
author's name).  We are trying out a few new series and they are doing
well: Sweep, The Mediator, and Fingerprints.  We would have liked to
have gotten the series Fearless, but we missed it when it first came out
and there are so many copies of it now it would probably be Inactive
before we got the first book in.  We haven't had any requests for it so
we are not too concerned.  We are having a hard time finding series to
target the boys, but we have a lot of Magazines and graphic novels that
target them and are starting to get more interested boys in our YA
section that way.  They do read the Dragon Lance and we get all the Star
Trek novels on standing order in YA, but that targets a select few.  If
you come up with a great new YA boy series, please let me know!

Hope this list helps you and wasn't too hard to read or convert.

Becky Wineke


Our teens frequently are asking for the Left Behind
for kids (I believe they are up to #29) and the Lord
of the Rings series.

I would certainly be interested in seeing a compiled list of series.
of the ones that are extremely popular in our library are:

Fearless by Francine Pascal (YA)
Royal Diaries series
Junie B. Jones
Mary Kate and Ashley


Here in Farmers Branch, the most popular juvenile series are A Series
of Unfortunate Events (Lemony Snicket), and, of course, Junie B. Jones.

As far as new series, that seem to be increasing in popularity, the
Gecko mysteries by Bruce Hale are picking up in circulation, as are
Secrets of Droon series by Tony Abbott and the Royal Diaries series
(various authors).  Star Wars Jedi Apprentice, while filed with J
in our library, also has a fairly large teen following as well.  Old
favorites that continue to be popular are Hank the Cowdog, Cam Jansen,
and The Bailey School Kids. 

I have had a request for a new series called Deltora Quest--not sure
the author.  Barnes and Noble had a small display of this series
5 0r 6 titles), so it may be up and coming. 

Sarah Dornback
Farmers Branch Manske Library
Farmers Branch, TX

Here are a few series I've observed as popular:

all the Mary Kate and Ashley series are still popular; Magic School Bus
Science Chapter books; anything Scooby-Doo; Powerpuff Girls; A to Z
mysteries; Animal Ark; Horrible Histories (really non-fiction, but lots
of fun); Island by Korman has a small following: Jigsaw Jones still
popular; R.L. Stine's new Nightmare Room hasn't caught on yet nor has
Applegate's Remnants (I love it); all the Rugrats things; Seventh Tower
has a following; SpongeBob Squarepants; Incredible worlds of Wally
McDooogle; Wild at Heart; and...The Zach Files.  Guess that's about it.
Hope it helps.

'm not sure what you mean by "junior series," but I'm
assuming stuff for older children. In my library Mary
Kate & Ashley's various series, the Powerpuff Girls
Chapter Books, Pokemon Chapter Books, Scooby Doo
Chapter Books, Sweet Valley Junior High, Animorphs,
and -- still -- Goosebumps, all circulate heavily. I
can't seem to buy enough of all of them. I've noticed
that the Babysitter's Club, Nancy Drew, and the Hardy
Boys aren't circulating much any more. I've even had
thoughts of weeding the Babysitter's Club, but I've
always had a soft spot for that series and have
resisted the thought. I don't buy for the YA's, so I'm
not sure what's hot with them.

Hope this helps!

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket is doing well at our
If you do compile a list I would be very interested in checking it out.

We could use a little boost here too.

Thanks, Diane

From: jandersen@carmel.lib.in.us (Jennifer Andersen)
To: pubyac@prairienet.org
Subject: stumper: girl named Alouette
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Hi Everyone!

A fellow staff member is looking for the following chapter book she read as
a child.  Here is her description:

I'm trying to track down a children's novel that was written probably in
the 1950s or 1960s.  It was set in 19th-century Quebec.  A girl named
Alouette befriends a girl who has moved into a large house nearby with her
beautiful mother (called Mam'selle) and an elderly woman.  Somehow a
grandfather clock on the staircase and a locket with "Mizpah" written on it
are involved.

I'm assuming the book is out of print, so have searched the internet with
various keywords, as well as some of the out of print booksellers,
amazon.com, etc.

Any ideas?


                               |"We're fortunate you know.
Jennifer L. Andersen           |Too many people in this
Children's Services Librarian  |world spend their lives
Carmel Clay Public Library     |doing work that doesn't
55 4th AVE SE                  |really matter in the great
Carmel, IN 46032               |scheme of things.  But
317-844-3363 or 814-3917       |bringing children and books
jandersen@carmel.lib.in.us     |together does matter.  And
fax: 317-571-4285              |we get to do it."
       |    --Katherine Paterson

From: "Karen Brown" <BrownK@ci.monterey.ca.us>
To: <pubyac@prairienet.org>
Subject: ELL storytimes
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Our library has a new project, Libros Divertidos / Book Fun.  We are =
working with Spanish Speaking children from 2 schools and their families.  =
We are putting together a series of expanded storytimes, each focussing on =
a challenging part of learning English.  Now is the time for us to come up =
with the program content.  It's exciting, but challenging.  Some of you =
might enjoy the challenge of helping us.  Maybe?  We'd sure appreciate any =
help you can give.  Here is the list of themes, though more would be =
welcomed. =20
1.  B and V
2. Adjectives
3. Double negatives
4. Questions
5. Tenses
6. Pronouns
7. Adverbs
8. Idioms
9.  Homonyms
10 Homophones
11 Modals?
12 Words that seem like they translate with the same meaning, but don't.

Please let me know of any songs, books, stories for telling, poems, =
fingerplays, etc in Spanish or English that come to mind as you think =
about these topics.  For example, we may use Brown Bear, Brown Bear, I =
Went Walking, and Have You Seen My Cat for the program on tenses.  We =
might use Alexander and the Terrible Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and =
Eency Weency Spider for adjectives.=20

Also, we'd love to hear about any favorite Spanish language or bilingual =
stories or stories about Hispanic people that you just can't imagine doing =
a series like this about, even if you can't think of a place to put it!  I =
appreciate any help you can give us. =20

P.S.  You may also like to weigh in with us and the City Risk Management =
Office on the topic of serving food (read: a light supper) at these =
events.  Thanks.

Karen Brown
Youth Services Manager
Monterey Public Library
625 Pacific Street
Monterey, CA 93940


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