Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Off The Shelf: November 19, 2013‏

An e-mail newsletter from the Prince William Public Library System
Are you stuck without a single gift idea for good old Uncle Festus?  Thinking that your grandma is impossible to buy for?  Convinced that the office gift exchange is fated to be a disaster because you can’t find the perfect gift?  Go no further than your local library’s Information Desk.  The librarians can assist you by helping you find new books, DVD’s and music that will suit your gift-giving needs.  Sources such as NoveList can point you to yet another cozy mystery for Aunt Sue.  Your local librarian can provide you with the title of the latest novel by your uncle’s favorite author, and also help you find great websites full of gift-giving ideas of the book and audio kind.  Don’t hesitate to ask, and you shall receive some fabulous gift ideas.
If your thoughts turn to charitable giving this season and you love your library, you have the opportunity to help us every time you shop on  To do so, go to our library’s homepage, and click on the “Shop at through a special link” to Wowbrary.  It is on the far right bottom of the webpage, just below our link to the amazon wishlist.  The wishlist is a way for you to buy us items we have pre-selected, but the Wowbrary link is a way to give to us by buying for yourself.  Using this special link, you enter amazon in a way that ensures a small sum for the library system every time you shop from the site.  Whether you’re buying diapers, cologne, a boat or books, the library profits from every sale made via this link.  The library uses these funds to add needed items to our collection.  So, if you’re shopping anyway, why not shop AND, at no cost to you, help us at the very same time? 
November is Picture Book Month and you may ask yourself, “What does that mean to me?”   Good question – but whether you have children to read to, grandchildren you share stories with, or even fond memories of days when you were read to, Picture Book Month is a time to celebrate the beautiful artistry to be found in books for the littlest ones.  Check out the New York Public Library’s 100 Great Children’s’ Books/100 Years list which can be found at:
The list includes both picture books as well as works for older children, and is a great place to begin if you are seeking to reconnect with the art of the picture book.  Take a look at Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. (which made the 100 list) for a glimpse of the bright and wild world of the picture book.
c) 2013 Prince William Public Library System
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