Christine Turner's blog

Books to Tickle Your Funny Bone

In my opinion, there are few things more delightful than, to hear the giggling laughter of  children.  My booklist this week is dedicated to those wonderful authors and illustrators who understand their inner child and share it with the world.  


Murphy Meets the Treadmill by Harriet Ziefert

National Black History Month 2012

National Black History Month is a time when we as a nation annually pay tribute to individuals of African or African-American decent who have contributed to our history and culture.  

When Marian sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson, The Voice of a Century by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Love Comes In All Sizes

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and it is a holiday that is celebrated by people of all ages. So, I wanted to share a few items that you might enjoy reading together as a family.

I would also like to recommend, checking with your local HCPL Branch Library,  to see what activities or holiday storytime programs they may have to offer. 


Medical History Deep in the Heart of Texas

February is National Heart month. So, I thought that it would be fitting to highlight Dr. Denton Cooley, a man whose accomplishments in medicine are deeply rooted in Houston, but are know throughout the world.

Don't Forget The Booksale This Week!

The Friends of the Atascocita Library will be holding a community book sale this weekend, and 100 % of the funds from the book sales go back to the library.  

Did you know that members of FOAL have the opportunity to purchase books before anyone else in the community? There will be many great finds for both children and adults.

Not yet a member? No problem! Memberships will be available on site during the book sale, or you may pick up an application at the library. Annual memberships for FOAL cost $5.00 for individuals, 10.00 for families and $25.00 for businesses.

Valentine's Day Craft @ Storytime

This week in storytime children will have a fun holiday craft to make for Valentine's day. 


  • Family Storytime is held every Monday night at 7:00 pm.
  • Toddlers Tales is held on every Wednesday at 10 am and 1:30 pm.
  • Story Pals for Pre-Schoolers is held every Thursday at 10:00 am.

Siblings are always welcome and you do not need tickets to attend. Space is limited for all programs. The safety of the children we serve is our first consideration. Room capacity, as determined by the fire Marshall, as well as our desire for a high quality program experience, may necessitate limits.

Chilly Tales for Winter Fun

Here are a few books that you can share with your toddler to experience the frosty season of winter.  Enjoy!


Little Bea and The Snowy Day by  Daniel Roode.

Little Bea and her friends enjoy a day of snow angels, skating, and even making a new snow friend.

Listening to the Past



The books I have chosen for this week are about several amazing women.  Some, you may have heard of before, but my guess is  that many of the names will be new to you.

 We can be inspired by their strength and learn from their mistakes.  They lived their lives during different parts of history but each one has a story to share. Enjoy. 

Twilight Tales

As the sun set and twilight approaches children begin to realize that bedtime is near. Many chose to wander about in scattered fashion as they dillydally their time away. Thus, the art of procrastination can be achieved at a surprisingly early age.

I advise parents’ that they can support their child’s needs by setting and staying with a bedtime routine. The American Academy of Pediatrics states, "it's almost impossible to overstress the importance of a calm, orderly bedtime routine."  Creating an evening story-time promotes a tranquil environment for your young child, consequently; supporting their need  them unwind from the day.


The Path of a German Folktale

 The German folk-tale, Hänsel and Gretel  was first created by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm. Over the years, their work been passed down and translated in many languages. They are now known simply as "The Brothers Grimm." The selection below is just a small sample of the adaptations of Hänsel and Gretel which have been created over the years.  I hope you enjoy discovering or revisiting this classic tale. 

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