Wednesday, December 28, 2005

New Mothers - Winter 2006

New Mothers Discussion Group

New mothers and their infants, birth to 12 months, are invited to attend these monthly meetings. The goal of this program is to give new mothers information to enrich their parenting skills and an opportunity to meet other new mothers. Each meeting will feature a speaker who will lead a discussion on a topic of interest to new mothers. There is always an opportunity for questions and group discussion.

All meetings will be held at The Katonah Village Library at 10 a.m. on the dates listed below. For information call Vicki Ingrassia at 232-3508 at the Library.

Marriage After Motherhood
January 6, 2006, Friday
An open discussion about the many ways your relationship with your husband changes after baby arrives.
Presented by: Alisa Stern, Psy.D. a clinical psychologist who specializes in pre- and post-natal care. Ms. Stern has a private practice in Mount Kisco.

New Baby and the Family
February 3, 2006, Friday
Using simple art materials in a guided exercise, new mothers will examine their conflicting feelings about the experience of being a new mother.
Presented by: Ellen Hauben, MS, ATR and Susan Leffler, Psy.D. Ms. Hauben and Ms. Leffler facilitate expressive art workshops, title Circle of Life, for women experiencing transitions of life.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005


Links are provided for the Best and Favorite Book lists, as well as 2005 award winners from many different sources.


New York Times, The 10 Best Books 2005 - click here

Los Angeles Times, Favorite Books of 2005
Fiction - click here
Non-Fiction - click here
What Writers are Reading - click here

The Journal News, Writers' Recommendations - click here

Times Literary Supplement, TLS Books of the Year - click here

The Man Booker Prize 2005 - click here for shortlist
Winner - The Sea by John Banville

National Book Award 2005 - click here for finalists
Winner in Fiction - Europe Central by William T. Vollman
Winner in Non-Fiction - The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Winner in Poetry - Migration: New and Selected Poems by W.S. Merwin
Winner in Young People's Literature - The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

For more award winners - click here and for the Quill Book Awards click here


School Library Journal, Adult Books for High School Students 2005 - click here

Young Adult Library Services Assocation, Best Books for Young Adults 2005 - click here
2005 Teens' Top Ten Books - click here

Mark Twain Book Award 2005 - click here for past years and nominees
Winner - Wenny has Wings by Janet Lee Carey

Printz Award 2005 - click here for Honor books
Winner - how i live now by Meg Rosoff

For more book lists and award winners - click here


School Library Journal, Best Books 2005 - click here

American Library Association 2005 Notable Children's Books - click here

Caldecott Medal Winner 2005 - click here for the Honor books
Winner - Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

Newbery Medal Winner 2005 - click here for the Honor books
Winner - Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

For more award winners - click here.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Children's Room Events - Winter 2006

The librarians in Katonah Library's Children's Room have planned some special programs for Winter 2006:
Volcanoes, hands-on learning experience, Alice in Wonderland, M& M Production's version of this classic, Girls Being Girls, a group puzzle workshop, and Pop-Up Books with Paul Johnson.

For more information about any of these special events or ongoing programs such as storytimes, readers dinners and New Mothers group please contact the Children's Room at 914-232-3508.
For a complete shedule of programs in the Children's Room please go to


Hands on learning is fun with educator Diane Kessler. Each program will meet for two classes. Children will learn about volcanoes and build one to take home. Space is limited, please register in the Children's Room.

For kindergartners and first graders
Mondays, February 6 and 13 at 4:00 p.m.

For second and third graders
Mondays, March 6 and 13 at 4:00 p.m.

March 13, 2006, 7:00 p.m.

M and M Productions presents Alice in Wonderland in an adaptation by Marilyn Heberling of Lewis Carroll's delightful and wacky classic story which includes all the familiar characters as the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter who send Alice through her adventures in Wonderland. This fast-paced show has opportunities for audience participation. The actors play several characters, even doors and set pieces, unfolding the story with imagination and fun. For school age children and parents.
Free tickets will be available in the Children's Room beginning March 1st.

A Group Puzzle Workshop
January 30, 2006, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

A workshop for girls which will explore feelings related to "fitting in" socially through the hands-on experience of creating a group puzzle. It is not unusual for girls this age to feel stressed and anxious about how to "fit-in." The Group Puzzle workshop is designed to give girls a gentle, fun, hands-on opportunity to explore their feelings about becoming part of a group. Using simple art materials to create their own puzzle pieces, the girls will "fit" their pieces together with the others in the group to form a group puzzle. This workshop is presented by Ellen Haube, MS, ATR and Susan Leffler, Psy.D. who facilitate expressive art workshops, titled Circle of Life, for women and girls experiencing transitions of life.
Please sign up in the Children's Room by January 27, 2006.

March 31, 2006, 7:00 p.m.

Paul Johnson will show how much fun pop-up books really are.
Please call the Children's Room at 232-3508 to register.