Entries by DeAnn Campbell


You’ve heard of the YMCA — it’s where we here in Wood River Valley swim and climb the rock wall. The YRCA’s are something different. YRCA stands for the Young Reader’s Choice Awards, the oldest children’s choice award in the United States and Canada. Since 1940, the YRCAs have been giving children and kids a voice in selecting and giving awards to their favorite books. Founder Harry Hartman believed that “every students should have an opportunity to select a book […]

Like This? Read that.

Harold and the Purple Crayon is a classically loved, memorable children’s book. With simple text and drawings, Crockett Johnson illustrates an imaginative world and takes us on a unique journey. The character, Harold, uses his magic purple crayon to draw himself into a landscape and a story. We travel with Harold through the night past a dragon, a moose, and a city until Harold eventually finds his way home. This a well loved book. If you liked “Harold and the […]

Beaver Creek Fire

The Beaver Creek Fire has created some disruption here in The Children’s Library but we are doing our best to keep you informed of changes. We are hoping to return to some normalcy but for now please be aware that our guest reader for Saturday Storytime scheduled for August 24th at 10:00 am will be unable to come. Our librarians will read at 10:00 am in The Children’s Library, but Debra Drake will not be our special guest that day. […]

Like This? Read That.

My father had spent a bit of time in Boston as a young adult so one of the well loved books in my home was Robert McCloskey’s “Make Way for Ducklings.” It wasn’t just a favorite in my home. “Make Way for Ducklings” is one of the quintessential pieces of classic children’s literature. The sweet brown and white illustrations of the Mallard family and their adventures won the Caldecott Medal in 1942. I loved when Mr. and Mrs. Mallard followed […]

Look: Nooks.

There are still 42 more glorious days of summer vacation until school starts for students in the local Blaine County School District on September 3rd. So, I  hate to be the first one to bring it up, but the start of school will be upon us before we know it. For those of you with students in middle school or students at the Community School there are summer reading requirements for your students. Never fear. We here at The Community […]

Like This? Read That.

Recommending books is something we here at The Children’s Library do all the time. We have our favorites and we know you and your children do too. In that spirit we’re launching our “Like This? Read That” recommendations where we suggest another book you might like based on one we already love. Like This? Read That. I chose this pairing of books very first because I have a strong emotional connection to “The Great Big Car and Truck Book” by […]

Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! We’ll be holding our Earth Day drawing for our Terrarium later today. Today is the last day to enter, so hurry in if you want to grow some zinnias, marigolds, and sunflowers on your windowsill. Tomorrow (Tuesday, April 23rd @ 6:00 pm) The Community Library will show “Trashed” an environmental documentary with Jeremy Irons. You can view the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UM73CEvwMY It looks very interesting for both adults and tweens and teens so consider bringing them. Here’s […]

Winners, Winners

Last time I blogged, it was about March Madness: The School Library Journal’s March Madness–their yearly epic Battle of the Kid’s Books. Granted, they pair up some pretty steep competition in the very first rounds. Great books are knocked out, great ones survive. The thing about SLJ’s “Battle of the Kid’s Books” is that each round is judged by a different person (always a well-respected writer with passion for children’s literature) but it can throw some inconsistency in the mix. […]

March Madness is Here!

It is that time of year: March Madness. If you’re a college basketball fan that means you’ve filled out a bracket and are cheering on your favorite team. If you’re a children’s literature fanatic, you’ve filled out a bracket too, but yours is from the School Library Journal‘s “Battle of the Kids’ Books”. Each round pits one book against another. These books are the best of the best published in 2012 and choosing a favorite can be difficult. Well-known writers […]

YRCA Voting Begins March 18.

The Young Reader’s Choice Awards (YRCAs) are different than many awards for children’s and young adult literature in that they are not chosen by adults; they are chosen by the children and teens who read them. “Awarded by the Pacific Northwest Library Associated, the Young Reader’s Choice Award is the oldest children’s choice award in the U.S. and Canada. The award was established in 1940 by a Seattle bookseller, the late Harry Hartman, who believed every student should have an […]