Library Magic

Mad Science

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?

Story Time

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
by Hope Vestergaard








Round is a Tortilla by Roseanne Thong

Round is a Tortilla
by Roseanne Thong








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
by Stuart Gibbs








Rump by Liesl Shurtliff

by Liesl Shurtliff








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




When You Read a Book Children Love…

When you read a book children love, they’re going to ask you to read it again.

When you read it again and again, children can experience the story over and over.  They find it comforting. And, something they really enjoy.

When you repeat the same phrases, children  learn that stories have a pattern. And with all of the repeated rhyming and repetition, they add new words to their vocabulary.

And, they will probably begin to predict what is going to happen next.

When children can predict what is going to happen next, they have an incredible feel-good moment. And, they acquire a skill that will be helpful when they begin to learn to read by themselves.

When you have read the book numerous times they will probably have it memorized.

When reading a book a child  has memorized,  don’t even think about skipping some of the words or dare to skip a page as they will let you know you are reading it wrong.

So, you should continue to reread their favorite books but introduce them to some new books.

And chances are, if you read a new book that children love, they’re going to ask you to read it again, PLEEASSE!


Here’s a few books that may elicit, “Read it again!”

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom  by Bill Martin

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
by Bill Martin













Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
by Mo Willems












Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathman

Good Night Gorilla
by Peggy Rathman












If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
by Laura Joffe Numeroff














The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle











Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight Moon
by Margaret Wise Brown












Submitted by

Cindy Boatfield

Youth Services Librarian




Family Collection

Sometimes, reality bites. We’ve got books for that!

Life has its challenges, and as a parent, helping our young children cope with reality can be tricky. Never fear! The Frisco Public Library Family Collection is here!

These picture books are designed for parent and child to read together and they touch on a variety of topics—from difficult life-changing issues to normal developmental issues like biting and other challenges.  So, the next time you need to help your child understand a new baby coming home, giving up  diapers or the pacifier,  a grandparent with Alzheimer’s, dyslexia or ADHD, divorce, or other issues– we’ve got you covered. Discover the range of books for preschool through elementary and decide what’s appropriate for you and your family. Browse the online catalog or visit the Ask Us desk on the 2nd floor. We’d be pleased to help connect you to the right book from our Family Collection. Here are just a few Family Collection offerings:


My First Visit to the Hospital by Eve Marleau

My First Visit to the Hospital
by Eve Marleau

I Can See Just Fine by Eric Barclay

I Can See Just Fine
by Eric Barclay


Mama and Daddy Bear's Divorce by Cornelia Spelman

Mama and Daddy Bear’s Divorce
by Cornelia Spelma


Back to Front and Upside Down by Claire Alexander

Back to Front and Upside Down
by Claire Alexander


Hudson Hates School by Ella Hudson

Hudson Hates School
by Ella Hudson


Potty! by Milo Freeman

by Milo Freeman


Dry Days, Wet Nights by Maribeth Boelts

Dry Days, Wet Nights
by Maribeth Boelts


Big Ernie's New Home by Teresa Martin

Big Ernie’s New Home
by Teresa Martin


Good-bye Sheepie by Robert Burleigh

Good-bye Sheepie
by Robert Burleigh


Turtel Girl by Carole Crowe

Turtel Girl
by Carole Crowe


Sometimes We Were Brave by Pat Brisson

Sometimes We Were Brave
by Pat Brisson


I'm Adopted  by Shelley Rotner

I’m Adopted
by Shelley Rotner


The White Swan Express by Jean Davies Okimoto

The White Swan Express
by Jean Davies Okimoto


Sometimes Mommy gets Angry by Bebe Moore Campbell

Sometimes Mommy gets Angry
by Bebe Moore Campbell


Brandon the Bipolar Bear by Tracy Anglada

Brandon the Bipolar Bear
by Tracy Anglada


Submitted by Jan Jackson

Youth Services Library Assistant



How about an audio book?

There’s no doubt that reading is a valuable way for children to grow and learn. But what about listening to audio books?

There is growing evidence that audio books engross the listener in literature as much as reading.  Listening to audio books may also help promote skills like reading comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency.  Not to mention, audio books capture the imagination and presents a story to your child in a way the written version may not.

So the next time you’re debating audio books versus reading or if you’re just looking for ways to improve your child’s reading skills, take a look in our audio book section on the 2nd floor and in our Teen Room or check out all the audio titles we have available online. We also have picture books with accompanying CDs on our Lady Bug display on the 2nd floor.

The following are some suggested titles grouped by age.

For Elementary listeners:

Flora and Ulysses   Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo


Alchemy and Meggy Swann   Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman


Louise The Adventures of a Chicken 2   Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo


The Alvin Ho Collection   The Alvin Ho Collection by Lenore Look


39 Clues- The Maze of Bones   39 Clues: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan



For Young Adult listeners (middle school and high school):

The Lions of Little Rock (2)   Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine


Code Name Verity   Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein


A Matter of Days   A Matter of Days by Amber Kizer


The Fault in Our Stars   The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


Scowler   Scowler by Daniel Krause


Submitted by

Jennifer Bojkov

Youth Services Librarian



Student Teller Auditions

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Could your student take the stage and captivate an audience with a story? If you answered yes and your child is between ages 8 to 18, we encourage them to audition to be a student teller for the Lone Star Storytelling Festival to be held September 2014!  No storytelling experience necessary. Pick up an audition packet now at the Frisco Public Library or any FISD school library. Deadline for entry is May 4.


Submitted by

Cindy Boatfield

Youth Services Senior Librarian


Welcome to the world of Tumblebook Library!


If you are a fan of our eBook collection for adults, teens, elementary or preschool children, you’ll be happy to hear that our collection has recently expanded to include TumbleBook Library for the younger crowd.  Enjoy this new collection of animated, talking books in a variety of titles, read-alongs, Tumble TV, games and puzzles on your computer or any mobile device.

Access is unlimited and you do not have to check out any titles – they are all waiting for you to read as often as you’d like! How can you find TumbleBooks? You can click here or visit the library’s website and click on “eBooks & Apps” to see a list of all of our vendors.

To find out more about the library’s digital collection, visit the library’s website.


Submitted by Brienne Walsh

Youth Services Librarian



Get Your STEM On!

STEM 4What is STEM?  It’s an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  STEM proficiency has been a goal in education for more than a decade. At the Frisco Public Library, we believe we have a unique opportunity to support and reinforce skills taught in schools by engaging our young patrons in STEM learning experiences.

Coming up over Spring Break, FPL Youth Services staff will begin offering educational and entertaining STEM programs.  The first is Boomwhack-alacka! for grades K-2 on March 12, followed by Air-Mazing! for grades 3-5 on March 14.  These are fun, hands-on programs designed with the idea that science is essentially play – and who’s better at that than kids?  For more details, check out our website at

Continuing into the summer FPL will offer a wide range of STEM-themed activities, including Electric Explorations, Fun With Simple Machines, Gross Science, and High Flying Fun, all sponsored by the Frisco Sci-Tech Discovery Center.

Excited to get your STEM on?   Get started early by checking out these great sites:

Grades K-5

www.stevespanglersceince.comSTEM 4

Grades 6-12

(The last link is specifically for girls.)


Submitted by

Lisa Everett

Youth Services Library Assistant