Choosing Your Own Ending: Making Reading Interactive for Children


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Are you looking for a new way to make reading fun for your elementary child? Introduce your child to plot-your-own stories where they are in control of what happens in the book! Think of these stories as a precursor to the video game; the reader decides the moves of the characters and determines the outcome. Allowing reader choices is not only a fun way to determine how the  story develops, it also encourages reluctant readers to continue a book that may have intimidated them otherwise.

You may be familiar with the Choose Your Own Adventure series from your own childhood which featured various tales that let the reader completely control the plot of the book; the still-popular series used to be one of the only of its kind but now there are more options to satisfy your child.

Can You Survive: See if you can survive the worlds of your favorite classics from Greek mythology to Treasure Island.

Can You Survive: Another series by the same title features interactive survival adventures that focus on dangerous places and situations.

Club Penguin: Join your favorite penguins on some cool adventures.

Twisted Journeys: This graphic novel series offers some twisted tales for the reader to navigate.

Interactive History Adventures: Check out this nonfiction series featuring events from different historical periods. Each book in this series starts by introducing the time period. Each title has several short stories for your child to direct.

Looking for more plot-your-own stories? Browse the library’s catalog.


Submitted by:

Brienne Walsh

Youth Services Librarian

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Fall Into Fun!


Fall is a season of change that speaks to the senses…the crunch of leaves, the kaleidoscope of colors, the coolness of the air. The impending holidays invite togetherness and create the perfect setting for family activities. Here are some fun ways to strengthen family bonds while exploring the richness of fall.


Family Outings

1.  Go on a nature scavenger hunt.  Create a list beforehand of  items to look for on  your walk.  Some ideas are: leaves of different colors, a tree with no leaves, squirrels, a scarecrow, rakes, pumpkins, acorns, etc.

2.  Take a drive to a local rural area and enjoy the scenery.  Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy while you’re there.

3.  Find a local apple orchard and go apple-picking.  Then, work together as a family to make an apple pie, cinnamon apple crisp, or caramel apples.

4.  Check out your local pumpkin patch or farmer’s market for pumpkins.


Family Activities

1.  Collect leaves, acorns, and twigs and create a fall centerpiece for the family table.

2.  Make a leaf pile and take turns jumping in.

3.  Have your own Halloween parade.  Each family member can dress up in a costume and march around the house.

4.  Decorating pumpkins doesn’t have to be for Halloween only.  Use paint and paper to create turkey pumpkins.

5.  Use at least one item of clothing from each family member to create a scarecrow to display in your front yard.

6.  Trace and cut out your family’s handprints on fall-colored paper.  Glue them around a donut-shaped paper plate to create a family fall wreath.

7.  Mix up some homemade yellow, orange, brown or red play dough.  You can add cinnamon or nutmeg for an autumn scent or crunch up leaves to add texture.


Books, Books, and More Books

Don’t forget your library!   Here is a  sampling of books from the  Frisco Public Library  than can help  you Fall Into Fun!


Board Books:

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Picture Books:

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Beginning Readers:

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Junior Fiction:

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Autumn and Changing Seasons –  Non-fiction:

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More Resources:

Click here for information about hiking trails in Frisco.


Submitted by:

Lisa Everett

Youth Services Library Assistant



6 New Chapter Book Series for Early Readers

Getting your kiddo to read voraciously depends on finding just the right books — especially if they are early or reluctant readers! There are plenty of classic series many librarians and teachers will recommend to get your reader started. The Magic Tree House, Cam Jansen, 39 Clues, Ricky Ricotta, and Geronimo Stilton are just a few that come to mind.

But there are many NEW series to love and add to your collection.  Here’s a few of my recent favorites:

1. The Lulu Series by Hilary McKay












Lulu loves animals. Especially animals in need of rescue! In this new series by Hilary McKay, Lulu has a new animal to save  – and a new friend to make — in each book. This one is great for animal lovers who are ready to tackle their first chapter book.

2. The Field Trip Mysteries by Steve Brezenoff












Mystery fans will love this new series from Steve Brezenoff. A mixture of The Magic School Bus and ABC Mysteries, this series takes the reader along on a class field trip gone wrong. Each new book includes a new field trip and a new mystery to solve. The text is large with illustrations scattered throughout.  Clues and foreshadowing are bolded in enlarged font as well, making this a great starter series.

3. Franny K Stein by Jim Benton 












Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist. Enough said. In each new book, this girl-Dexter (of Dexter’s Laboratory) creates a new experiment or invention gone wrong in a hilarious way! Jim Benton is a master of humorous writing for kids, and combined with excellent illustrations throughout each book, this is a series that science and comedy lovers will not want to miss.

4. Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel

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Bad Kitty is … well, bad. But in such a good way! Each new book includes more changes and events causing Bad Kitty to be mad and bad. Think of this as a modern Garfield written for early readers. The story line and illustrations will have readers laughing for days! Give this one to those young cat and comedy lovers.

5. Kylie Jean by Marci Peschke












Kylie Jean is a little girl from Texas who is ready and able to be queen of anything she sets her mind to. In one series, she is queen of summer camp, in another she is the singing queen. Each book features a new activity and adventure for Kylie Jean and her readers. And if you love Kylie Jean, you’ll love this — the author, Marci Peschke, will be visiting the library on January 2nd at 3:00pm for a free Kylie Jean fan club program! (Also visiting this winter break will be Jeramey Kraatzof The Cloak Society series. You won’t want to miss this author-filled winter!)

6. Seriously Silly Stories by Laurence Anholt and Arthur Robins












Now this series may not be new, but it is seriously silly and underrepresented in the list of of great books for early readers. Filled with hilarious illustrations, this series fits in perfectly with the new wave of fractured fairy tales now making their popular rounds. (See also After Happily Ever After and Whatever After.) Read this one together!

I hope this list helps you out this new school year! If you need more ideas, you know where to come to for help… the library!


Submitted by:

Lisa Bubert

Youth Services Librarian






What’s Up?

Does a day go by that you don’t find yourself asking someone ”What’s Up?” or you overhear this phrase being asked?  What are the answers that ring out?

“Nothing”, “Same-o-same-o”, or maybe even “You tell me!”  Makes you wonder why the question was posed to begin with.

But here’s another question. What if when asked, your answer was “I’m learning a new language…or two.”    “I’m reading a great ebook.”    “I started tracing my ancestry “or even “I just watched an amazing video on the circulatory system.”

Log onto the Frisco Public Library website and click on Online Resources and you could be on your way to new discoveries. But the excitement doesn’t end there. Click on Events & Classes and you can find many other ways to be part of something new and challenging. Improve your computer skills, join a book club, or attend a class and gain insight into another culture.

Looking for some fun entertainment? Click on eBooks and Apps and go to Tumblebooks with your child to read a book and play some games. Or, sign up for Hoopla, 3M or Overdrive to watch a video,  listen to new music, or check out an ebook to take with you on your next adventure. Sign up now for a library card to take advantage of some great opportunities.

Today’s the day that your dreams can start to become reality. So tell us…what’s up?


Submitted by:

Kathy Barnes

Youth Services Library Assistant


Back to School

Do you have a young child about to go back to school or start school for the first time? Make the process of getting ready more fun for you both by snuggling together and enjoying a great back-to-school picture book!  Here are a few suggestions:


The Night Before Kindergarten by Natash Wing

The Night Before Kindergarten by Natash Wing


Splat the Cat, Back to School Splat! by Rob Scotton

Splat the Cat, Back to School Splat! by Rob Scotton


Froggy Goes to School by J. London

Froggy Goes to School by J. London


Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes


Billy and the Big New School by C. Anholt & L. Anholt

Billy and the Big New School by C. Anholt & L. Anholt


Pirates Guide to First Grade by James Preller

Pirates Guide to First Grade by James Preller


A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech

A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech


Check out the special display of back-to-school titles on the 2nd floor of the library near the lobby entrance.  We wish you a great start to a new school year!


Submitted by:

Julie Chappell

Youth Services Library Assistant



Potty Training Backpack to the Rescue!


Is it potty training time for your little one? Are you dreading it?  Have no fear! The library’s new Potty Training Backpack is here!  In this special story time backpack you’ll find fun and helpful books, songs & poems,  and Potty Time Elmo!

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Zoo Poo

Time to Pee

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Songs & Poems:

Let’s Go to the Potty

I Am Sitting on the Potty

This is the Way We Wash Our Hands

Potty Time Elmo!

The backpack features Sesame Street Potty Time Elmo which includes a DVD with amusing and encouraging songs,  and a battery-powered Elmo with all the typical Elmo charm!  Your child can give Elmo a drink from his sippy cup, then help him use his own toy potty. If he makes it “in time” Elmo sings the Reward Song. If not, he sings the Accident Song. Elmo teaches children that accidents are okay and that learning to use the potty takes practice. Let Elmo help you create a positive potty training experience for your child and make it more fun for both of you!

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All of our story time backpacks are located in the tower room on the 2nd floor, and they check out out at the 2nd floor Ask Us desk.  Just  snip off the zip tie when you get home and let the fun begin!


Submitted by:

Julie Chappell

Youth Services Library Assistant



Library Magic

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We all have been to certain places that impact us.  These places are special for any number of reasons.  Most importantly, they add the “magic” which brightens our days and make us better than we would be without them.

I went to a museum recently.  I parked my car and walked eagerly toward the entrance with my family and other visitors.  Some people seemed to physically lean forward as if willing themselves toward the doors more quickly.  As soon as we crossed the threshold, the air seemed to change.  Not in the sense that it was air conditioned or filtered,  but in the sense that this was a special place.  Magical.  We were going to learn, explore, admire, and enjoy.

As my family and I worked our way through the exhibit, we carefully danced around other people, trying to take in everything.   As we left, we discussed our experience.  We were enthused, exhilarated, and enlightened.  Somehow, time in the museum had improved each of us.

I got back in time to come to work at the Library.  I parked my car and walked in, passing a few patrons on my way.  When I entered the Library I had the same experience I’d had earlier in the day at the museum. This is also a special place where all are invited to visit, learn, and enjoy.  The children coming in were already planning their “library strategy”.  They had ideas about what books and movies might be most interesting.  I noticed them leaning forward.   As soon as I got to the desk on the Children’s Floor I was greeted by eager patrons who had questions about our collection, suggested reads, or other resources. Many were eagerly waiting for Family Story Time.

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As I watched patrons leaving with their new-found treasures or well-read favorites, I knew that their library visit had made their day better.  They left charged with the energy and inspiration which every library visit can provide.

There are special people, events, and places  in all of our lives.  The Library is one of the most magical places I know and sharing it with our patrons only makes it more so.  Best of all, at the end of a library visit, you get to take some of the magic home.

Summer Fun

Check out the amazing things going on at the Frisco Public Library at,  then join us for a wonderful day.

Submitted by:

Ellen Zarate

Youth Services Library Assistant



What do patrons say about Story Time?

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If you attended a Story Time class at the end of the spring session, you might have been asked to fill out an evaluation form.  One of the best ways that we can improve our Story Time classes is through feedback from patrons like you!

We were so pleased with the fantastic response!  We can see that Story Time classes are having a positive impact on our participants, and for this reason, we were jumping up and down (no, really, we were; you should have seen us)!

We received 89 completed surveys from participants in our Babies & Books and Young Toddler classes.  Almost 3/4 of respondents attend these classes frequently and said that they are better prepared to develop pre-reading skills in their children.  A whopping 76% of these children also have shown a greater interest in reading at home and like to play with books.  At this very young age (birth to 23 months) this is an absolutely impressive percentage.

Here are some of the responses:  “Baby is happier and showing more interest [in] her environment.  She is also making more sounds/cooing and babbling.”  Also, “She loves the songs, books and Beebo!  It’s great having the other little kids there too.”  Suggestions from parents included one who wished “it was about ten minutes longer” and one who craved “something for babies on Saturday for working parents.”

We received 125 completed surveys from the 2’s, 3-5’s, Family, and Bedtime Story Time classes.  Once again, the results were hugely positive.  Over 100 parents read to their children more often since beginning story time and say that their child has a greater interest in or can identify letters and letter sounds.

Some of the responses from this age group:  “It’s the highlight of her week!  We can’t drive down Main Street without her getting excited about the library.”  Also, “My child has developed a great love for books at the library.  He looks forward to story time every week and especially loves the songs.”  Suggestions included “we would love a Wednesday or Monday option.”

So what are we going to do with these results?  The feedback that you provided will help us better design programs for the future.  We take each and every comment seriously and we  sincerely appreciate your input.

We hope you’ve been enjoying story time this summer, but if you haven’t made it over yet, there is still time! The summer session runs through July 26. Check out the schedule of classes at and click on Story Time  in the Event Type box. The morning of story time, be sure to stop by the 2nd floor Ask Us desk for a free ticket. We’d love to have you join us!


Submitted by:

Diane Wheeler

Youth Services Library Assistant




Traveling Light with Audiobooks

Planning a trip this summer? Consider packing some audiobooks along with that sun screen.  Hopefully you have seen the library’s collection of books on CD in our Adult, Teen and Children’s collections.  But did you know that we also offer over 2,000 downloadable audiobooks?

Advantages of eaudiobooks include your ability to take along a variety of books that will take up no room in your car or suitcase!  Another feature is that you can control the rate of narration. To download an audiobook you will need to first download one of several free apps to your mobile device.

OverDrive Media Console gives you access to all the ebooks and eaudiobooks from this vendor.  Each patron can check out up to seven items for a two week period. One note — downloadable items are only available to Frisco residents.









Another app you might try is OneClick Digital.  This is an arm of Recorded Books noted for its history of providing audiobooks.







Finally, we have recently launched a new service called Hoopla.  Hoopla allows library card holders to download music, video and audiobook content.  Checking out an audiobook through Hoopla allows you three week’s access to each book.  Patrons can borrow eight items per month on Hoopla.







Drop by the library for some help or visit our website for instructions about how to take advantage of each of these wonderful resources.



Happy Travels!


Submitted by

David Black

Youth Services Senior Librarian



Summer Reading

Wow, it’s now summer and time to join the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge!   Hmmm,  600 minutes of reading; what to read, what to read?  How about getting a head start on those 2×2 and Bluebonnet books?

The 2×2 books are for kids 2 years old to 2nd grade.  It is an eclectic collection this year, including poetry, math and even a lesson about the value of a smile! We have lots of copies of every book on the list.  You will find them next to the Story Time Backpacks on the 2nd floor.  See a few examples below.


Digger, Dozer, Dumper by Hope Vestergaard

Digger, Dozer, Dumper
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Round is a Tortilla by Roseanne Thong

Round is a Tortilla
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Nat the Cat's Sunny Smile by Jez Alborough

Nat the Cat’s Sunny Smile by Jez Alborough








Bluebonnet books are picked by Texas Librarians for kids in 3rd through 5th grade.  We have them  waiting for you under a vase of bluebonnets near the 2nd floor Ask Us desk. We also have many Bluebonnet books available as ebooks. This list truly has something for every reader with selections in many genres!  You’ll find  historical fiction, history, biography and poetry.  You’ll also find  books about a zombie hunter, spies, and the story behind Rumplestiltskin.


Odette's Secrets by Maryann Macdonald

Odette’s Secrets
by Maryann Macdonald








One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale

One Dead Spy
by Nathan Hale








Monsieur Marceau by Leda Schubert

Monsieur Marceau
by Leda Schubert








Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs

Spy Camp
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Rump by Liesl Shurtliff

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And if your children can’t find what they like, please have them stop by the Ask Us desk for other recommendations.


Submitted by

Margot Ponder

Youth Services Library Assistant