April is JAM (Jazz Appreciation Month) Time

Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2014 by TanteTam

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, a time to celebrate the sounds, culture, and history of jazz. Growing out of the late 19th and early 20th century Southern U.S. music scene, jazz has continued evolving into many disctinctive styles for over 100 years. Want to learn more? Click through to the American Jazz Museum or the Smithsonian Jazz websites. And search your library for books, music, . . . more »

Winter is (Nearly) Here

Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by TanteTam

Though it may feel as if winter is already here, it will not officially begin until the Winter Solstice on December 21st. After the Solstice (the shortest day of the year) each day will gradually get longer, allowing for more time to play outside and then head inside, to warm up with a good book. Here is a list of some good winter picture books, . . . more »

A Few Not-So-Scary Halloween Books

Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by TanteTam

Hush, Little Monster BookRiot.com has created a short list of "suggestions for the best Halloween-themed read-aloud picture books that won’t give the under-ten set nightmares." You can check out their blog entry and the books, here. Some of my favorites, not on the list, are: Hush, Little Monster Boo, Bunny! The Runaway Pumpkin . . . more »

Landfill Harmonic: The Gift of Garbage

Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 by TanteTam

Violins (from the Landfill Harmonic Facebook page) The teaser for the upcoming documentary, Landfill Harmonic, has been making the rounds on Facebook and other social media for the past few days; watching it this morning kick-started my hopeful optimism for the day. I'm a sucker for stories about mentors and teachers who are making a difference with children, who are providing inspiration to do great . . . more »

Saying "Yes" to "No"

Posted on Sunday, December 2, 2012 by TanteTam

It's A Little Book The dreaded "no." The word most adults hope that the toddlers in their lives don't learn. Because, when little people do learn the power of those two letters put together, they wield it with incredible force. But...what if "no" could be used in a fun way? Two of my niece's