Welcome to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Children's Room!

Ms. Clara Webber was the first children's librarian of Pomona Public Library. A long time correspondent with Mrs. Laura Ingalls Wilder, she was instrumental in having the Children's Room named in honor of Mrs. Wilder on May 25, 1950. Today, we house the original hand written manuscript for the novel Little Town on the Prairie. Every February, we host the Laura Ingalls Wilder Sociable in honor of Mrs. Wilder's February 7th birthday.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Homework Assistance Center Halloween Party

Wow! Did we ever have a party yesterday afternoon. Our Homework Assistance Center went all out to have a great party for everyone. Daniel, our Americorps Promise Fellow from Cal Poly Pomona, did an outstanding job putting this together. The Homework Center worked with kids on their homework from 4-5pm and then had this great party out on the patio from 5-6pm. A GREAT time was had by all. The volunteers who worked with Daniel worked hard at setting up, blowing up balloons, decorating, etc.

Daniel is really good at encouraging businesses to donate what they can to the center and he had some really great decorations that were donated from the community. He found these two big awesome pinatas that were full to the brim. One child was hitting the pinata so hard that the rest of us gave him plenty of space!

The party was a huge success and the credit goes to Daniel and his volunteers. We at the library are so lucky to have such talented students volunteer their time here. College students are busy anyway and to have them give us so much of their time is really great.

If you have not been to our Homework Assistance Center yet, please come in and experience it for yourselves. You'll meet some great college students and get your homework done at the same time.

Our Homework Assistance Center hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:00-6:00pm. See you here!

Joke of the day: What do witches use in their hair?
Answer: Scare-spray. ;)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Halloween 2006
Originally uploaded by Terry.Tyson
Good Halloween young Pomonans! Be sure to have a fun and safe weekend with your Halloween parties.

Remember that your library is here for you to furnish you with great Halloween stories. We have plenty! Keep those stories scary!


Joke of the day: Why did the ghost stare in the mirror?
Answer: Because she was BOO-TIFUL! ;)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Come Learn About Laura Ingalls Wilder and Pioneer Life!

Attention young Pomonans! As you know, our Children's Room is named after Laura Ingalls Wilder who wrote children's books about her childhood growing up in the mid to late 1800's. She traveled by wagon train, met indians, and lived the life of a pioneer.

This coming Tuesday, October 27th we are going to learn more about pioneer life and we will be making these paper dolls of a pioneer family. The time will be 4:00pm here in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Room.

We celebrate Laura's birthday every February with a Laura Ingalls Wilder Sociable. It is always the first Saturday of February from 1:00-3:00pm. This next year our event will take place on February 6th. Save the date.

In October, November and December we will have a special pioneer program to get us ready for the Sociable. In preperation, please read the "Little House Books", if you haven't already done so. The first book in the series is "Little House In the Big Woods."

See you here!

Joke of the day: Why did the tree travel to his hometown?
Answer: He was searching for his roots. ;)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Dog Sledding in 96 Degree Weather a Success at PPL

Hello young Pomonans! As you can see we had a great time with Adventure Quest Institute as they presented a program on dog sledding. Yes, it really was 96 degrees here in Pomona but we didn't even think of the heat as we listened to the program.

The little person that is dressed in the parka and boots is really a Pomona resident. The over sized clothing makes her look like a space person or something! She is showing some of the things that sledders have to wear to keep warm on the snow. You can see that the face is totally covered except for the eyes.

Mayor Rothman and his son Jason came to get in all of the fun. A good time was had by all and we even learned things in the process. That's how I like to learn!

We also had bingo playing in the conference room. It was well attended and many received prizes.

If you still haven't read our Big Read book, "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London, please come in to the library to check one out.

Joke of the day: Where do dogs buy their furniture?
Answer: At flea markets. ;)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Adventures in Dog Sledding Tomorrow!

Good Friday, young Pomonans! Just a reminder that tomorrow afternoon from 1:00-3:00pm Adventure Quest Institute will provide a program on dog sledding. This event will be on the Civic Center Plaza right in front of the Library.

Displays include a dogsled, snowshoes, arctic boots and parkas to help you understand all that is involved in dog sledding. Robert Stradley, a former Disney University presenter, uses his storytelling skills to share his personal experiences racing Alaskan sled dogs. You don't want to miss this!

We still have several copies of our Big Read Book, "Call of the Wild", by Jack London in. Come on in and pick up a copy and enjoy!

Joke of the day: What goes "tick, tick, woof, woof"?
Answer: A watch dog! ;)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

P.A.W.P.A.L.S. at PPL

Good Tuesday young Pomonans! As you can see we had a great time with P.A.W.P.A.L.S. here on Saturday. Mayor Rothman came and Amelia (our P.A.W.P.A.L.S. dog) was quite fond of him!
I wonder if he read her a dog book?

This coming Saturday we are having Adventure Quest Institute come and put on a program of dog sledding. They will be outside in the Civic Center Plaza in front of the Library. Come out and see what it takes to ride on the Iditarod. Displays include a dogsled, snowshoes, arctic boots and parkas to help bring literature to life. Robert Stadley, a former Disney University presenter, uses his storytelling skills to share his personal experiences racing Alaskan sled dogs. You don't want to miss this!!

Our Homework Assistance Center is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4:00-6:00pm. This center is staffed with volunteers from Cal Poly Pomona. If you need help with your homework, this is the place to be!

Joke of the day: What dog is the best swimmer?
Answer: A lap dog. ;)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Pomona's Big Read Is Here!

Good day, young Pomonans! Our big read is finally here. This year's book is: "Call of the Wild" by Jack London. This picture is a picture of the book. We all love animals and I'm sure you will enjoy this book. Our children are beginning the big read tomorrow with P.A.W.P.A.L.S. (see previous entry.) The following is the library's schedule of involvement in the big read. For the whole schedule, please go to our Big Read calendar (www.neabigread.org/communities/?community_id=2024).

Family and Youth Events:
Pomona Public Library 625 S. Garey Ave., Pomona
-Saturday October 10, 1:00-3:00pm P.A.W.P.A.L.S. Children will be paired with a dog to read aloud a storybook.
-Thursday October 15 and Saturday October 17, 2:00-4:00pm "Call of the Wild" Bingo. All ages are welcome, prizes will be given and reader's guides to "Call of the Wild" will be given out.
-Saturday October 17, 2:00-4:00pm Adventures in Dog Sledding (Civic Center Plaza in front of the Library.) Adventure Quest Institute will provide a high energy, humorous, hands on, educational dog sled program. Displays include a dogsled, snowshoes, artic boots and parkas to help bring literature to life.

Special Event:
Pomona Public Library 625 S. Garey Ave., Pomona
-Saturday , November 14, 2:00-3:00pm
Tracing Jack London's Family Tree
Richard Piepho, Pomona Valley Genealogical Society will discuss the family history of Jack London.

-October 16-November 19 at the Pomona Public Library 625 S. Garey Ave., Pomona
Big Read Teen Walk on the Wild Side Essay Challenge. Teens (grades 8-12) are invited to participate in an essay challenge by decribing their chosen wolf pack--Buck's pack from Jack London's "Call of the Wild", or Jacob Black's from Stephanie Meyer's "New Moon." Several prizes will be awarded.

Adult Book Discussions:
(All attendess wil receive a copy of "Call of the Wild" and a reader's guide)
Pomona Public Library 625 S. Garey Ave.
-Wednesday, October 14, 1:00-3:00pm Discussion of "Call of the Wild"
-Wednesday, October 21, 1:00-3:00pm Discussion of "Murder on the Itarod Trail"
-Thursday, November 5, 6:00-7:30pm Discussion of "Call of the Wild"

Spanish Book Discussions:
Pomona Public Library 625 S. Garey Avenue, Pomona
-Saturday October 17, 12:00-1:00pm
A librarian will lead a book discussion of "Call of the Wild" in Spanish.

Ongoing Displays and Programs:
Visit the Pomona Public Library to check out a copy of "Call of the Wild", pick up a readers guide and watch for special Big Read displays at the library and all around the city during October and November.

The Big Read is a very special time in Pomona. We come together from all walks of life to read great literature and discuss it from all viewpoints. Be sure to come to any of the events around the city so your voice can be heard.

Joke of the day: What's a scientist's favorite dog?
Answer: The Lab. ;)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

P.A.W.P.A.L.S. To Come to PPL this Saturday!

Originally uploaded by KET Admin2
Hey young Pomonans! Come to the Library this Saturday to read to a dog like this one pictured. P.A.W.P.A.L.S. stands for Reading Education Assistance Dogs from the Paws to Heal Group. A child will be paired with a dog to practice their reading. How cool is that?

This program begins the Pomona Big Read Program. All Pomonans (including young Pomonans) are to read the book, "Call of the Wild", by Jack London. This book is about a dog and we thought this would be the perfect way to include you in our big read.

Mark the time at 1:00pm-3:00pm in the children's room for this great opportunity. How often do you see a dog in the Library?

Joke of the day: What do you give to a dog to make him laugh?
Answer: A Funny Bone! :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Our Dewey Book is Ready For You!

Good day young Pomonans! Our children's book of Dewey Readmore Books is ready for you to check out. As you can see, the illustrations are beautiful and it is the perfect book to tell you the story of this incredible cat. This is a true story and we've put it in the picture book section so that it is easier for you to find. Come in and read this special story.

Remember that our Homework Assistance Center opens today and is available to all children in grades 1 through 6. Cal Poly Pomona students staff the room and will be ready to help you find the answers you need!

The Big Read starts this Saturday with a special event for children. Paw Pals will be here so children can read to a dog. This dog is a certified Reading Education Assistance Dog (R.E.A.D.) from the Paws to Heal group. Come in and have a tail-wagging good time reading to the dog!

Joke of the day: What's the difference between a man with a missing slipper and a detective trailing a criminal?
Answer: One suspects his dog and the other dogs his suspect. :)