On Line

Saddletowne blog banner

Saddletowne Blog

Halloween Haunts at the Saddletowne Library!

Halloween Haunts at the Saddletowne Library!

by Alyssa - 0 Comment(s)

Halloween has arrived at the Saddletowne Library!

In preparation for one of our favourite holidays, we are pulling out the stops to bring you some of the best books and programs that Saddletowne has to offer. Come to the Genesis Centre and check out our spooky swag!

The Horror Fiction Display (adults)
Located at the front of the library, we have everything from H.P. Lovecraft to Stephen King!

Monsters after Midnight (children)
Having trouble finding Halloween books in the Holiday Section? Come check out our new display of picture story books featuring monsters, witches, ghosts, vampires, and anything else that might go bump in the night.......without producing nightmares, of course.



Super Natural to Super Nova (teens)
Here we have a selection of entirely non-fiction items, covering all things super natural and science fiction. Ghost stories, UFOs, monsters, and the occult - find out the truth behind some of our planet's strangest phenomena!


.......but wait! There's more! Be sure to stop by our Halloween Hijinks story time on October 30th @ 2:15 pm! Wear your Halloween Costume! This is a family story time, and registration is required. You can register by calling 403-260-2620, register online here, or just stop by Saddletowne!

Hooray for Halloween!

Yar maties! Walk the plank with a mighty tome o' the sea!

Yar maties! Walk the plank with a mighty tome o' the sea!

by Alyssa - 1 Comment(s)

Ahoy and avast ye lily-livered lubbers!

Did you know that September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day? I remember this day every year because it coincides with my sister's birthday. I also happen to love pirates. Coincidence? I think not.

A common complaint we hear at Saddletowne is that parents are often stuck re-reading similar books to their children over and over and over again, and while we are glad that children have their favourites, we completely understand that sometimes things just need to be shaken up. Our September solution? Talking like a pirate. Seriously. Many studies and articles indicate that children learn best when they play - and that includes playing with language. Pirate speak is a lot of fun, and will help shake up the monotonous routine! So from us to you, here are some excellent piratical reads that Saddletowne has to offer you this week.

1. Twenty Six Pirates
by Dave Horowitz

Have fun with your kids while they practice and learn the alphabet....in the most scurvy of ways! Horowitz creates twenty-six different pirates for your kids to laugh at and learn from, with passages like "Pirate Brad. Born to be bad!" For any parent familiar with Edward Gorey's Gashlycrumb Tinies, this is a more cheerful, hilarious, and age appropriate book...but chances are good you'll laugh too.

Twenty-Six Pirates by Dave Horowitz

2. Pirate vs. Pirate
by Mary Quattlebaum and Alexandra Boiger

Bad Bart is the "biggest, burliest pirate this side of the Atlantic". Mean Mo is the "Maddest, mightiest pirate this side of the Pacific." So obviously when they run into each other (because the world is round after all, and that's just bound to happen), a competition must take place to see who the badest pirate actually is. A beautifully illustrated and creative book full of pirate jargon and rivalry, Pirate vs. Pirate won't disappoint!

Pirate vs. Pirate by Mary Qauttlebaum

3. Pajama Pirates
by Andrew Kramer

The perfect book for little adventurers who don't like to go to sleep, Pajama Pirates traces the night-time adventures of three siblings who set sail on the seas of their imaginations...and in their imaginations, their mother is "Mama Nature", who tries to keep them on task for bedtime. The perfect book for right before bed, check out Pajama Pirates.

Pajama Pirates

4. Pirateria: The Wonderful, Plunderful Pirate Emorium
by Calef Brown

Pirateria is the ultimate book for delicious pirate lingo! I cannot accurately convey the feel of this book to you in the Queen's English, so here is an excerpt from the book itself: "So climb that rigging and dig for ingots hidden on deserted beaches! You can't beat our breeches! They'll last a lifetime, and the pockets will hold all the gold you can carry. (Though it must be told: Pirates' lifetimes may vary)"

Pirateria by Calef Brown

5. Pirates of the Sea!
by Brandon Dorman

A wonderfully colourful and dynamically classic pirate tale, follow characters like Cap'n Bones, Gunpowder Gus, and Lookout Lee as they spit at sea monsters, search for buried treasure, hangout with mermaids, and take the pirate pledge! This rag-tag crew will make your kids say yo-ho-ho!

Pirates of the Sea! by Brandon Dorman

So g'wan, ye bilge rats! Read some new plunder to yer tiny sailors!! YAR!

Here are a few more articles to read about children, play, and learning:
Different Types of Play Help Children Learn
Learning Through Play - A Child's Job
Building Language and Literacy through Play

Back to School!

Back to School!

by Alyssa - 1 Comment(s)

When I was very young (oh-so-long-ago), every August I would begin dreading school. A new grade, bigger kids, harder school work - was I prepared? Could I handle it? Would I fail? My mother would have to sit me down and remind me that everyone else in my class would be in the same boat as me, and that learning was part of growing, and though it could be scary, it was not insurmountable. And every year during the month of September I would dread going to school...until November. When, after a few assignments and a few tests were under my belt, I would see that my mother was right.

What my mother didn't have during my August school blues were materials to help convince me that it was going to be okay, and that I was not the only one feeling scared, inadequate, and small.

So, as an homage to my mother during this month of pre-school preparation, here are some books to help you and your little one transition to a bigger, scarier, more difficult school year...that won't be so big, scary, or difficult afterall. As always, stop by the Saddletowne Library and pick one of these, or any other books!

1. I am Absolutely Too Small for School
by Lauren Child

A wonderful book for children entering school for the first time, like pre-school or Kindergarten. Lola is absolutely convinced that she is absolutely too small to go to school. But her older brother Charlie knows better, and offers sage (and hilarious) words of advice to his younger sister.

I am Absolutely Too Small for School!

2. First Grade Jitters
by Robert M. Quackenbush

Moving up the scary scale to Grade One, this would be an excellent choice for any child going into....Grade One. In First Grade Jitters, Aidan freely shares his fears about staring "real school", and seeks solace from his friends and family.

First Grade Jitters

3. Chu's First Day of School
By Neil Gaiman & Adam Rex

Fantasy, fiction, and graphic novel superstar Neil Gaiman lends his humour and imagination to a creative story about the first day of school. A wonderful option for any first day of school, whether for a new year, a new student, or a brand new school!

Chu's First Day of School

4. Back to School, Weird Kids Rule!
by Dan Gutman

A funny story for older children (7-10) and part of the Weird School series, AJ and Andrea are sent to a back-to-school camp after a hurricane ruins their summer vacation. But in typical Andrea & AJ fashion, they are determined to make the last days of summer the best they've ever had!

back to school, weird kids rule!

5. It's Back to School We Go: first day stories from around the world!
by Ellen B. Jackson

The ultimate source in expanding your child's perspective, It's Back to School We Go has eleven true stories from children all over the world. Whether it's a child in Kazakhstan, China, or Kenya, your young person can share in back to school stories and gain an empathetic understanding that everyone from anywhere has back-to-school fears!

It's back to school we go!

Additional reading for parents:

Helping your child cope with back to school anxiety

Back to school blues

Kid's Health: Back to school

5 tips to get your kids up for school

Help your child prepare for back to school

Books and Blockbusters!

Books and Blockbusters!

by Alyssa - 0 Comment(s)

Summer is just around the corner, which means summer blockbuster movie season is almost here! Here is a list of books we love, and can't wait to see on the big screen (and not just superheros, either!):

The Million Dollar Arm by JB Bernstein

The Million Dollar Arm by J.B. Bernstein
In Theatres: May 23
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiC8o7i_ZqE

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
In Theatres: June 6
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ItBvH5J6ss

How to Train Your Dragon Series by Cressida Crowell

How to Train Your Dragon Series by Cressida Crowell
How to Train Your Dragon 2 in Theatres: June 13
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9a4PvzlqoQ

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
In Theatres: July 11
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyhfZZupU7c

Guardians of the Galaxy by Marvel Comics

Guardians of the Galaxy by Marvel Comics

In Theatres: August 1
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89q_HH-3ghk

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
In Theatres: August 8
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8yVhwNS0i0

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry
In Theatres: August 15
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYZxZups06w

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Dark Places & Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Dark Places In Theatres: September 1
Gone Girl In Theatres: October 3
Gone Girl Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1INjRchY69A

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Maze Runner by James Dashner
In Theatres: September 19th
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjQROqddxiY

Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow

Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow
"Boxtrolls" In Theatres: September 26
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDr_ZY37RFg

Come to the Saddletowne Library and check any of these books out!
And while we know The Fault in Our Stars has a hold list the size of North America, you never know what could be lurking in the paperback sections...

To check out more Books-to-Movie gems, check out these links!
EarlyWord: Books to Movies & TV
BuzzFeed: 16 Books to Read Before They Hit Theatres

Fight the Summer Slump!

Fight the Summer Slump!

by Alyssa - 0 Comment(s)

Summer learning loss is a real and widely documented problem amoung our youth.

Statistics released by the National Summer Learning Association estimate:

  • children lose about two month's worth of knowledge and learning over the summer
  • this loss is cumulative! By the time your child leaves high school, they will have lost more than two year's worth of education
  • only 25% of students are able to engage in summer learning programs, often due to financial circumstances
  • parents continually cite summer as the most difficult time of year in which to keep their children engaged and active

But the Saddletowne Library can help you and your kids fight the slump!

Youth Read - Summer Program for teens ages 13-17

Your teen can sign-up for Youth Read online here, or at the Saddletowne Service Desk. Reading challenges are released every week and prizes are given out throughout the summer! Every time your teen logs on and completes a challenge, they are entered into drawings for grand prizes - $250, $150, and $75 gift certificates to the Cadillac Malls (Chinook and Market Mall). They also have the opportunity to win free books, $25 gift certificates, and a BONUS prize - a signed boxed set of John Green novels!

Also, every Monday night at 7:00 p.m. beginning June 23rd, the Saddletowne Library will be hosting Youth Read Challenge nights. Your teen can come to the library and participate in creative challenges with other teens (which also enter them into the prize drawings!). This is a great way for your teen to keep active, stay engaged, and most importantly, continue reading!

Summer Reading Challenge - Program for children ages 4-12

Many of you have heard of TD Bank's Summer Reading Challenge before, but in case you are unaware, Summer Reading Challange is a drop-in program that your children can participate in throughout the summer, complete with scavenger hunts and other fun activities. Collect your maker notebook and read all summer to win awesome prizes! Come to the Saddletowne Library on Saturday, June 21st from 10:30 am-4:00 pm to get your summer reading started!

To read more about Summer Learning Loss, here are some additional articles:

Canadian Council on Learning
How to Curb Summer Learning Loss
Primer on Summer Learning Loss

George the Youth Read mascot!

Children's Books and Emotional Development

Children's Books and Emotional Development

by Alyssa - 0 Comment(s)

Earlier this week, someone posed a really interesting question to us: "How can I help my child deal with anger?"

Emotional development is extremely important, particularly between the ages of 2-7. As children learn about the world around them, (as well as their brain development), their feelings grow. In fact, around 2-3 years old, they start to discover that they have feelings at all - this is what is often referred to as the "Terrible twos" or "Terrible threes" - simply because children have so many feelings, but don't quite know what to do with them yet. Children's emotional life grows leaps and bounds during these years, just like their bodies and brains.

So how do you compensate? How do you help your little person realize that feelings are okay? In short, children's story books.

The world of children's books is a vast and highly evolved field. There are books depicting almost anything: manners, loneliness, fear, humility, embracing the uniqueness of self, the importance of saying "I'm sorry". If there is a lesson or a feeling you want to teach your child, there is a book that can help you do it.

Here are a few book recommendations to help with a variety of emotional and social issues:

1. Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse & Tom Lichtenheld is a fun, clever book about an exclamation mark in a world of periods, who tries desperately to fit in, but just can't seem to make it work. However, he learns to embrace himself and "leave his mark" - a wonderful book to help your child embrace their own unique strangeness.

exclamation by amy krouse & tom lichtenheld

2. Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear & Isabelle Arsenault is a beautifully illustrated book based on the real-life sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, this book imagines the sisters as children, though Virginia wakes up "feeling wolfish" and she doesn't want to play; she yells at Vanessa to leave her alone! But Vanessa has a few tricks up her sleeve to help her sister feel better. A unique and beautiful book about the power of sibling relationships and that sometimes feeling "wolfish" is perfectly natural.

virginia wolf by kyo maclear



3. Love is Real by Janet Lawler & Anna Brown is an awesomely cute book about unconditional love, and the small, every day ways in which love can show itself. The last lines of the book say: "Love is real the whole day through. It's always there - from me to you."

love is real by janet lawler & anna brown

4. How Do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague, this book is part of a book series by Yolen & Teague where giant dinosaurs act, perhaps, like kids might in various situations. However the book is told not in story form, but by the asking of questions - a wonderful tool in which to engage your child about behaviour and feelings, and how one can inform the other. Instead of destroying houses or yelling loudly, the dinosaurs learn to count to ten, or have a time out in order to feel the feelings safely and calmly. Other books in this serious include: How Does a Dinosaur Say Goodnight, How Does a Dinosaur Eat Their Food, and How Does a Dinosaur Say I Love You.

how do dinosaurs say i'm mad? by jane yolen & mark teague

Check out these, and many other wonderful children's books at the Saddletowne Library. You can also use NoveList K-8 Plus to look up books similar to these titles through our E-Library!

Book Recommendation: The Most Magnificent Thing

Book Recommendation: The Most Magnificent Thing

by Alyssa Bradac - 0 Comment(s)

The Most Magnificent Thing by Saskatoon author/illustrator Ashley Spires tells the story of a young girl who gets an idea - but not just any idea. The girl gets an idea to make the most magnificent thing! But she doesn't make it on the first try. In fact, it takes a lot of trial and error. A beautifully illustrated book about the power of preserverence (and taking a step back), The Most Magnificent Thing is sure to delight!

Watch the book trailer, and then check out the book from the Saddletowne Library!

The Benefits of Reading Fiction ... Children's Edition!

The Benefits of Reading Fiction ... Children's Edition!

by Alyssa Bradac - 0 Comment(s)

Reading is a cornerstone of education. But did you know that by the time children reach grade 8, their interest in reading outside of school diminishes by more than 60%? In a culture of increased gadgetry and electronics, how can we help boost our children's educational experience while combating an over-zealous obsession with media?

  • Children's interest in reading a book outside of school:
    - Kindergarten: 100%
    - Grade 4: 54%
    - Grade 8: 30%
    - Grade 12: 19%
    *The major decrease in Grade 4 is thought to be directly related to parents no longer reading outloud to their children...

  • Too much time spent with screen media is associated with:
    - Childhood obesity
    - Sleep disturbances
    - Attention span issues

  • Children who have at least 100 pieces of printed material in their homes have higher reading scores than those with less...

  • The three best places to leave books for your children to read:
    - Bedroom
    - Bathroom
    - Kitchen (at the breakfast table)

Here are some articles about the benefits of reading with your children:
10 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids
5 Hidden Benefits of Reading For Kids (And Their Parents!)
The Brainy Benefits of Bedtime Stories


10 tips to encourage early literacy

10 tips to encourage early literacy

by Fernando - 0 Comment(s)

1. Share books from infancy. Introduce books to your child and they will grow up loving them.

2. Show your child how a book works. Point out the front cover, and teach your child to turn pages.

3. Let your children see you read. They will want to do what you do.

4. Make book-sharing fun, whether you cuddle up together at bedtime or read for a few moments during playtime.

5. Talk about what you see in a book. Look at the pictures and let your child describe what they see.

6. Have fun with language. Say nursery rhymes and repeat them often.

7. Sing together. Music encourages an understanding of the sounds in words.

8. Talk about your day and ask about your child's day.

9. Read longer stories or tell imaginative stories to your children. Choose stories that have a beginning, middle, and an end to encourage reading comprehension.

10. Point out print all around us. Show your child the text in the books, on sings, and on cereal boxes.

BONUS TIP: Remember to get a FREE Library card for your child today.

Storytime anytime

Storytime anytime

by Fernando - 0 Comment(s)

We all know that reading books, singing nursery rhymes, and telling stories to your children helps them develop strong language and reading skills before school starts.

If you and your child can't join us for storytimes at the library, don't worry!

Your child can now watch stories on our website here >>

12Showing 1 - 10 of 17 Record(s)