Sort Library Catalog Search Results by Lexile Scores

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The DBRL online catalog has a new feature. You can now sort your catalog search results using Lexile scores! Lexile scores are assessments based on readability or difficulty of a text. How do you use this new feature?

  1. In the catalog, go to “Advanced Search.”
  2.  Look for the heading “Limit my search results by.”
  3. Choose a collection you want to search in, such as “Juvenile Fiction.”
  4. Under “Text Complexity,” choose a Lexile range, such as between 400 and 500.
  5. Hit the “search” button and see what books match your specified Lexile search.

For more on Lexile scores, visit their website.

Winnie the Pooh – More Than Just Stuff and Fluff

Original Pooh Stuffed Animals

A.A. Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh, was born on January 18th. From books to CDs and DVDs, we have a great collection featuring Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and all of Christopher Robin’s toys. The Pooh stories are timeless tales of colorful characters, imaginative adventures and – most importantly – friendship.

Share these interesting facts about Milne and Pooh with your family in honor of A.A. Milne’s birthday this week.

  • Many of Milne’s characters in his books had real-life counterparts. Christopher Robin was named after Milne’s own son, Christopher Robin Milne. Winnie the Pooh was his teddy bear.
  • Milne worked for a secret propaganda unit in World War I. He was also a playwright and detective novelist, but he was always best known for his children’s books.
  • Most of the stuffed toys that inspired the Pooh characters are on display at the New York Public Library.

After checking out your favorite Pooh stories, be sure to visit Disney’s Winnie the Pooh site for lots of fun crafts and other activities.

Appreciate a Dragon Day!

Friday, January 16th is Appreciate a Dragon Day! The dragon is a key creature in mythology all over the world. Use Appreciate A Dragon Day to explore the cultural significance of dragons and take enjoyment in your child’s imaginings!

Since dragons seem to fly off the shelves, we make sure and have plenty of books available for all ages. Try some of these gems, from picture books to juvenile nonfiction to teen fiction.

Book cover for Oh So Brave Dragon “Oh So Brave Dragon” by David Kirk
The dragon in this story knows he is supposed to be brave, because that’s what dragons do. He’s brave and ready ready to try out his fearsome roar! But when he hears something that scares him, he turns to his forest friends to find the noise and to help him be brave. Young readers will relate to Dragon’s fears and delight in his quest to be brave. Continue reading

Looking for Kids’ Mysteries? Just say “Geronimo!”

3306-0Mysteries seem to be popping up in my life this week. I’ve been building my Lego Detective Office at home (yes, at 35 years old). Meanwhile, at the library I’ve recently had lots of requests for younger reader mysteries. While Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Boxcar Children, Three Investigators and Sisters Grimm are some of my go-to books for children’s mysteries, we do offer mysteries for younger kids. If you’ve ever had a child mention a mouse detective, don’t be so sure they’re talking about the Disney movie. Instead, your child is likely a fan of Geronimo Stilton and his friends. Continue reading

Accelerated Reader and Lexile Scales and Readability Formulas, Oh My!

Mother and boy reading togetherParents of new readers are absolutely inundated with information about how their child should be reading by what age and with what proficiency. I’m not a parent (but I did work at a public library’s children’s department last night! … No? Too old a commercial reference for that joke to land?) and I still find it overwhelming. Accelerated Readers and Lexile scales and readability formulas, oh my!

There’s so much data out there that sometimes the best impetus for getting children reading “where they should be” can get lost in the shuffle, and it is this – they have to want to be reading. A true enjoyment derived from reading and the skills that will naturally grow from that enjoyment will serve kids a million times better throughout the rest of their academic careers than any blood, sweat and tears shed by any involved party in order to hit the next percentile on a standardized test.

But that’s tough, right? School is a gigantic part of children’s lives, and the textbook or required reading they have to do for school is not going to stimulate every kid. And, at most schools at least, progress reports and/or grades do matter. It’s hard not to worry about children falling behind. Continue reading