Back To School

It’s almost time for kids to head back to school. For students, fall is a time of anticipation and excitement, as they gain a new teacher, new school supplies, new clothes, new classmates, new rules, and some even head to a new school. I thought I would tell you about a few good children’s books about school from our collection:


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Dinosaur vs. School by Bob Shea (picture book)

Dinosaur is starting preschool today. ROAR! There are new friends to meet, dress-up outfits to wear, glitter and googly eyes to paste, musical instruments to play, and snacks to eat. What’s not to like? But then, oh, no! It’s Dinosaur vs. Clean-up Time! Fortunately, when friends work together, EVERYONE WINS!

The Little School Bus by Margery Cuyler (picture book): Join Driver Bob the school bus driver and his little school bus as they wake early, pick up the children, and drop them off at school. Then it’s off to the garage to fix a tail light. All in a day’s work for this trusty team. The lyrical text, catchy rhyme, and bright pictures make this a perfect choice for preschoolers who are soon to be school bus riders!

Monster School: First Day Frights by David Keane (easy reader): Norm is perfectly normal. That is, until he finds himself at a new school full of monsters. Without fangs, horns, or a tail, suddenly Norm has become the odd one out. But as the day goes on, Norm’s unusual classmates find that Norm isn’t too unlike them after all, and Norm thinks he may actually fit right in.

Bad Kitty: School Daze by Nick Bruel (illustrated chapter book): Kitty and Puppy are out of control! They’re screaming, fighting, hissing, and drooling all over the house, and all of the commotion is upsetting Baby. Time for school—obedience school, that is. Can Kitty learn to follow the rules and make friends with the other students or will she bring chaos to the classroom? Find out in Bad Kitty’s hilarious, new (mis)adventure!

image of a sandwichPlus, don’t miss our fun events! Here’s what’s going on at the library for the rest of August:

  • We have Storytime twice a week: Tuesdays at 11 am and Thursdays at 5:30 pm. Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at storytime.
  • Library and Lunch will be on Tuesday the 14th at noon. Bring your lunch and join our discussion of Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger.
  • Join us for movie night on Wednesday, August 15! Free popcorn will be served. Visit the library, our website, or our Facebook page to see what we’re watching.
  • Back-to-School Saturday is on the 18th at 1:30 pm. Play games, make crafts, and get some FREE school gear! Space is limited, so register on our website
  • Recipe Swap is on Tuesday the 28th at 6:30 pm. Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s dishes! This month, we’re making sandwiches.

So come to the library and check out a book or have fun at one of our events. We’re your free source for education and entertainment!

Back-to-School Time

It’s almost back-to-school time, but we still have some fun events planned before then! Here’s what’s coming up in the next couple weeks at the library:

  • Tuesdays at 11 am, join our Beginning Computer Class. It’s a fun morning of learning how to use a computer!  In English and Spanish. For more information call 626-0180.
  • Let’s Rodeo!: This Wednesday at 3 pm, Poppa D. Clown will show us all the cool things that rodeo cowboys and cowgirls do. Try bareback riding, bull riding rope, barrel racing, and roping.
  • Adult Game Day: This Thursday at 2 pm, relax and play Dominoes or the card game “5 Crowns.” Adults only.
  • Lego Day: Every Thursday at 4:30 pm, use your imagination to build something great with Legos!
  • Every Friday, Play fun board and card Games at 1 pm! Followed by kid-friendly Movies at 2 pm—Popcorn and drinks will be served!
  • Back-to-School Party: This Saturday at 1 pm, play games, make crafts, and get some FREE school supplies!  Space is limited, so register on our website:     
  • Beginner’s 3D Printing Workshop: Monday the 21st at 6 pm. Do you have questions about 3D printing? Come to our beginner’s workshop to learn how to use the library’s 3D printer. We will walk through the process of finding a print-ready file online that you can print as is or alter to fit your needs. Sign up online at or at the front desk.
  • Recipe Swap: Tuesday the 29th at 6:30 pm. Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations!  This month’s theme is “Garden Fresh.”

Since we are soon coming upon the time when kids will head back to school, I thought that I would recommend some good back-to-school books for young children.


Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten! By Hyewon Yum – It’s a child’s first day of kindergarten, but who is worried about all the new people and the different things he’ll meet–the child? No! The mother. In a refreshing reversal of roles, the child takes it upon himself to comfort and reassure his mother that everything will be fine, she’ll get used to him going to big-kid school, and yes, he is ready for the first day of kindergarten.


Bear’s Big Day by Salina Yoon – It’s Bear’s very first day of school! He wants to be grown up, so he leaves his stuffed bunny Floppy at home along with all his familiar things. But being away from his best friend is hard–and the first day doesn’t turn out quite how like Bear wanted it to. Bear learns that the first day of school might not always be perfect, and being grown up doesn’t have to mean giving up the things he loves.


Tool School by Joan Holub, art by James Dean – Five independent little tools, including a hammer, screwdriver, tape measure, saw and pliers, meet on their first day of school, where they make puzzles and play games before discovering that a building project must be completed through cooperative teamwork.