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Book Review: Down by the Station

Down by the Station Jacket CoverDo you like to sing your stories? If so, you'll love Down by the Station by Will Hillenbrand. Each page reveals an adventure on a train's journey through the zoo. And each animal that climbs aboard adds its own sound to this rollicking song.  Where is the final destination? You'll have to read the book to find out!

Chinese New Year 2009

January 26 is Chinese New Year's Day.  The date changes each year because it starts with the first new moon of the new year.  The animal sign for this year is the Ox.  People born in the Year of the Ox are said to be  personable and hardworking.  Do you know what your animal sign is?  Maybe you're a rooster, a snake or a rabbit? Click on this link to find out. - Chinese Zodiac

FUN-tastic! Family Literacy Celebration

You're invited to London Public Library's FUN-tastic Community Celebration of Family Literacy -- Saturday, January 31st!

Reading Rocks!

Reading Rocks logoReading Rocks at the Library!  We are excited to announce that we have begun a series of family literacy events at various libraries across the city.  Kids and their families are invited to drop in to these free programs and join us as we discover how much fun reading can be.  There will be 4 different themes offered throughout the year: In the Wild!, Eat It Up!, Get a Clue!

Santa and the Snow

It's Christmas Eve, and Santa's already busy delivering presents!

If you would like to follow Santa's progress around the world, check out NORAD's Santa tracker site.


It's certainly going to be a white Christmas this year. Ever wonder how snow is made? Click here to find the answer, and have a Merry Christmas!

Thoughts have turned to the holiday season

hogwarts poster inviting kids to Harry Potter school

We know thoughts have turned to the holiday season, but we want to share a little bit of Harry Potter with you.  Take a look at photos from our Harry Potter Party held at the Spriet Family Children's Library on November 14.

harry potter party kids reading

Librarian talking to a child and playing with his hat

librarian handing out cake to two boys

librarian dressed up as a fortune teller


Book Review: Me Hungry

Jeremy Tankard, the author of Grumpy Bird, has done it again with his Me HungryMe Hungry is a story of a young prehistoric boy who finds himself hungry but also finds no one can help him get any food, so like any good prehistoric young boy he comes up with the idea of hunting.  That is until he bites off more than he can chew.  This quick story is told in bright and humourous illustrations that will appeal to any age.  A definite read for anyone! 

Christmas at the Northpole

Have you ever wondered what Santa and his elves are up to at the Northpole?  Well, plan to visit Santa's Secret Village to find out!  Explore Santa's den, the Toy Workshop, Mrs. Claus' kitchen and the Reindeer Barn.  Read stories about Santa's elves, play games and much more!

Christmas Book Review: Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas

Young Christopher and Sophie Kringle, and their eccentric great-auntie Claus return in this charming sequel to the very popular Auntie Claus book by Elise Primavera.  In Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas, the Kringle family still live at the Bing Cherry Hotel in New York City.  The reader joins Auntie Claus just as she is about to set out for her annual business trip to places unknown.  This time, however, she is joined by some unexpected company.  As they travel with their aunt, the young companions soon learn about the Kringle family secret, and that to believe is the real key to Christmas.  Beautifully illustrated by the author.

Hallowe'en Hordes Haunt the Children's Library

children dressed as vampires for the library Halloween partyLions, tigers, and bears . . .
Ghosts, vampires, and witches . . .
Ballerinas, Thomas the Tank Engines, and Snow White . . .

Close to 200 kids and parents enjoyed Hallowe'en songs and crafts before ascending to the upper floors for some trick or treating.

The staff at Children's were a vampirish variety:  bikers . . . Lestat and Lilly Munster look-a-likes . . . caped and fanged and ready to greet the visitors. See all the photos from the event on London Public Library's Flickr page.