The Children's Room Blog

Archive for May 2012

Many of you know that we have Toys and Puzzles that you can check out to play with in the library. Most of them are geared toward the younger set (2 – 5 years old). Well, now we are officially making available Board Games suitable for a range of ages (2 – 10) to play while you are at the library! The way it works is you check our list of games and ask the librarian to borrow one. She hands you the game, and in exchange, you leave your library card – or something equally valuable – AS IF any such thing exists! Take the game and find a comfy, play inducing spot (floor, table, floor under table); play. Finish playing, put all the pieces and directions back into the box, and return the game to the librarian, who will return your library card to you.

  • Baby Bird Game
  • Battleship
  • Boggle
  • Cadoo
  • Candy Land
  • Checkers
  • Chess
  • Children of the World
  • Chutes & Ladders
  • Clue
  • Green Eggs & Ham
  • Harry Potter
  • In a Pickle
  • Lotto (Alphabet, Numbers or Pictures)
  • Mancala
  • Monopoly Junior
  • Mouse Trap
  • Parcheesi
  • Race to the Roof
  • Rush Hour
  • Scrabble
  • Sorry
  • Stratego
  • The Cat in the Hat
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Trouble
  • Uncle Wiggly
  • UpWords
  • Yahtzee

As many of you know, children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak passed away today at the age of 83.  In a career that spanned more than 60 years, Sendak created some of the most beloved picture books ever written, including 1963’s ground-breaking Where the Wild Things Are.

Click here to read Margalit Fox’s wonderful Sendak tribute, which appears in today’s New York Times.

If you’re like me and would like to celebrate Sendak’s amazing career by reading some of his works, here are a few titles that the Robbins and Fox Libraries own:

Bumble-ardy (2011).  Bumble-ardy is a mischievous nine-year-old pig who has never had a birthday party… Until one crazy day full of hijinx!

Higglety Pigglety Pop! (1967).  This is Sendak’s tribute to his beloved dog, Jennie.  In the book, Jennie is a terrier who is not content with having everything, so she ventures out into the great wide world.

In the Night Kitchen (1970).  In this popular and controversial book, Mickey has a dream journey through a surreal baker’s kitchen.

Outside Over There (1981).  This tells the story of a girl named Ida, who must rescue her baby sister after she’s stolen by goblins.

The Nutshell Library (1962).  This is actually a treasury that consists of four different (tiny!) books, including Alligators All Around, Pierre, One Was Johnny, and Chicken Soup with Rice.

We’ll miss you, Maurice!