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This wailed recently in the Children’s Room as a loyal patron, unable to locate a favorite book, was shown by a librarian how the Graphic Novels have been reorganized (by series). And in an attempt to make your life easier, not harder, we have also reworked the CDs.

Maybe you weren’t even aware that we have music CDs in the Children’s Room, tucked away as they were in a bookcase in the AV room. In an attempt to improve their visibility and browsability (if it’s not a real word yet, it will be soon), we have moved them from the dark, cave-like bookcase they formerly resided in, to the well-lit wall opposite the elevator. We have also labeled them with categories like Classical, Folk, Holiday, Lullaby, Pop/Rock, Soundtrack, and World. Come take a look and a listen!



In December, Yvonne Coleman joined the staff of Fox Library as the Friday Children’s Librarian.  We are thrilled to have her here with us.  Here’s a little introduction that she wrote.

Let me introduce myself.  Yvonne Coleman.  I am thrilled to be a new member of the Fox “family.”  (Does that make me a cub?  No, my cub days are behind me.)  I was Head of Children’s Services in Winchester for several years, as well as a teacher of children’s literature and book reviewer.  I am so happy to be working directly with children and book again.

When not at the Fox (on Fridays), I spend lots of time with my five grandchildren (and my three children).  I look forward to sharing my favorite book, The Wind in the Willows, with each of them.  I would describe myself as a tree-hugger, elephant lover, reader of dystopian science fiction, and an avid fan of pygmy music.  I believe in fairies and the power of Animal Planet to change the world.  I am newly into cooking shows (especially Chopped), but I don’t really cook.

In fact, I have decided that I am an “appreciator” of many things.  I used to worry that I should settle down with a good hobby or two.  I have come to the realization that some do and some are content to gaze admiringly at what they do.  Libraries are a good fit for those of my ilk– the endlessly curious.

You can join Yvonne every Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. at the Fox Library for her Fun at the Fox program, geared to children ages two and up.  Welcome, Yvonne!

You can get your own library card. Bring your adult* with you to the Children’s Services Department, and make sure that he or she has an ID, with proof of address. Tell the librarian that you want to get your own library card. She will give you a form to fill out (it’s OK if your adult helps you with that part) and then the librarian will give you your very own blue Minuteman library card. You will sign your name on the back with a pen!

You can use your card to check out books, CDs, DVDs, and puppets. In case you didn’t know, librarians always love to talk about books if you need some ideas for what to read or listen to. You can also use your card to borrow toys, puzzles, and games to play with while you’re at the library. Oh, and you can also use it to log onto a computer while you’re at the library. I guess what I’m getting at here is, to quote Lilian Jackson Braun, “A library card is the start of a lifelong adventure.” What are you waiting for?

*Parent or guardian

Five-year-old Maisie, proud owner of a brand spanking new library card!

Attention, attention, kids, teens, and grownups…  Time is running out to enter the Community Reads Writing Contest!  To find out more about the contest, please click here.  Not only is the contest going to be great fun to enter, but our prizes are out of this world!  Here’s a list of some of the great things that we have for our contest winners:

Adult Writing Contest Winner:

Arlington Dinner and Movie Package, which includes $25 gift certificates to Za and  Tango Restaurants in Arlington, accompanied by four movie passes to the Capitol Theater.

Teen Writing Contest Winner:

One free spot in a six-week Teen Writing Workshop at the prestigious Grub Street Writing Center in downtown Boston.  Grub Street is the second largest independent center for creative writing in the United States.

Grade Six to Eight Contest Winner:

Autographed copies of prize-winning books, including the 2011 Newbery Award Winner, Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos, as well as two free movie passes to the Capitol Theater.

Grade Three to Five Contest Winner: 

Autographed copies of popular graphic novels by Jef Czejak and Jarrett Krosoczka, as well as two free movie passes to the Capitol Theater.

Up to Second Grade Contest Winner: 

Autographed copy of award-winning picture books and four free passes to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, located in Amherst, MA.

Winners of the Writing Contest will also be honored at a formal Prize Reception at Robbins Library on Saturday, October 20.  You can enter the contest by filling out this online form.  Or you can drop off your submissions at either the Robbins or Fox Libraries.

Good luck, authors!

If you signed up for Dream Quest Summer Reading, come in this week to tell us about your last Quest, decorate and take home your Dream Quest Chart, and choose a book to keep from the red cart.

Oh, and even if you didn’t participate in Dream Quest this summer, come visit us anyway because we like to see you.

Summer Reading Stars

Some of the favorite books read this summer shine on our wall.

On July 6, we were treated to a magic show by Thomas. Various members of the audience got to assist as he amazed us with card tricks and illusions. Contact the Children’s Room to sign up for a performance spot yourself! Email or call 781-316-3224.

No more! For a while now, the signs in the Children’s Room have not matched the books displayed underneath. Under “Graphic Novels” rested the paperbacks and paperback series books (J PB). Where the Easy Readers used to reside, the Graphic Novels leaned. Now that most of you have learned to ignore the signs and head in a beeline for what you are looking for, we moved the books. Keeping you on your toes!

It will be an adjustment, but now the signs actually match the books underneath them. Along the wall the Graphic Novels now have room to be displayed face out, in all their graphic wonderfulness. The paperback fiction is adjacent to the hardcover fiction, so it’s easy to check for the paperback version of a book if the hardcover is out. And the Series paperbacks are on the other side of the stacks from the paperbacks. There’s more room for series now, so look for that section to expand.

As always, don’t hesitate to ask a librarian if you need help finding anything, anytime, even with the now accurate signs.

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