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January 24, 2020
Hello from Your New Children's and Young Adult Librarian

Hello everyone! My name is Julieanne Randolph, and I am the new Children's and Young Adult Librarian at the Sausalito Library.

I have worked in many Bay Area library systems including the San Mateo City Library, Mill Valley Public Library, San Francisco Public Library, and the El Cerrito branch of the Contra Costa County Library. Prior to entering the field of librarianship, I worked as an elementary school teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District.

I know that my arrival brings change for the community, so I have put together a book list on welcoming and embracing change. I think these are fantastic books that help explain times of transition.

Coming up in the month of February, we have the return of the Art Studio, Building Club, and a screening of Abominable. Be on the lookout for additional programming in the coming months!

At the end of January, the American Library Association announces its book award prizes. Among these is the Caldecott Medal for best illustrations for a children's picture book. I have created a list of books that are potential Caldecott contenders. The winners of the Caldecott Award will be announced on January 27, 2020.

I am excited to join the team here at the Sausalito Public Library and look forward to meeting and working with you all. I am excited to resume some of the regular programming and hope to meet many of you at an upcoming event.  Please do not hesitate to say "hi" when you are in the library.

Art Studio
Building Club
Afternoon Movie: Abominable

Story Time with Molly
Story Time with Eliya
Stay and Play

Caldecott Contenders
Embracing Change, Welcoming the New
Art Studio
Wednesday, February 5, Edgewater Room
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

For this project, we'll be decorating fish to display on the Children's Room windows. Participants will have a variety of materials to explore with, including watercolor paints, collage materials, colored pencils, glitter glue, markers, and crayons.
Perfect for children 4+ years old, but all children and their caretakers are welcome.
Wednesday, February 19, Edgewater Room
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

We have a huge collection of LEGOs and Magna-Tiles. There are Duplos in the Children’s Room for kids under 3. Children and their caretakers are welcome.

AFTERNOON MOVIE: Abominable (2019, PG, 1hr 37min)
Wednesday, February 26, Edgewater Room
3:30 p.m.

"Abominable takes audiences on an epic 2,000-mile adventure from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes. When teenage Yi encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin and Peng, name him "Everest" and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth. But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of Burnish, a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara to help Everest get home." Abominable©Universal Pictures.

Children and their caretakers are welcome to join us. We'll have lots of popcorn to share!

Story Time with Molly
Mondays, Edgewater Room
10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Join us for stories, finger plays, and songs. For children 3 and under and their caregivers.
Story Time with Eliya
Wednesdays, Edgewater Room
9:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.
Join us for stories, finger plays, and songs! For children 3 and under and their caregivers.
Stay and Play
Wednesdays, Edgewater Room
10:00 - 10:40 a.m.
Toddler and their caregivers are invited to 'stay and play' after the Sausalito Library's 9:40 a.m. story time. Preschool teacher Eliya will be there with blocks, stuffed animals, shaky eggs, and more. Join us!
Caldecott Award Contenders

The Caldecott Award is given annually to the most distinguished American picture book from the previous year. The Caldecott committee names a winner, as well as several runner-ups, or "honor" books. The Caldecott committee looks closely at the degree to which the illustrations convey the story. You can read more about the Caldecott criteria here.

While an incredible honor, the Caldecott Award is only one of the numerous ways to identify books that are particularly well-executed. I am always interested in reading the books that are getting Caldecott Buzz but that may or may not receive the Award itself or the Honors distinction. Take a look at this list of 2020 Caldecott Award Contenders, in no particular order (just alphabetical by title). I love sharing book recommendations and would be curious to hear what your favorite picture book from 2019 was, regardless of whether it made the list.
Caldecott Award Contenders
Books about welcoming the new and embracing change

From embracing a new school year, a new friend, a new family member, or a new season, our children and families are often called to welcome in the new. I put together a list of books that deal with the topic of embracing change in hopes that these books may help promote empathy and resiliency for our community.

Embracing Change, New Beginnings
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