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Test prep books, flashcards available @ Barnett Educational Supplies, Savannah

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Barnett test prep books, products Savannah

It’s hard to just have one, but Barnett Educational Supplies staff in Savannah narrowed down their list of must-haves to share with you! Stop in they’ll show you why these products are number one on their list.

Test prep Barnett Savannah Test Prep Math Word Problem flash cards, $2.99

test practice books Barnett Savannah Test Practice books available in grades 1-8, $15.99

Test prep flashcards Barnett Savannah Test Prep flash cards available in grades 2-6, $12.99

Shop Local, Shop Barnett!

Store Hours:
M-F 9:00am – 7:00pm
Sat 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sun Closed during April, May and June

Please like Barnett on Facebook here to stay updated on their sales.

Barnett Educational Supplies, 38 W De Renne Ave., Savannah, 31405-6742, tel: 912-356-1878, email barneduc@bellsouth.net www.barnetteducationalsupplies.com , Barnett Educational Supplies is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

FREE storytimes & reading to therapy dogs at Live Oak Public Library branches

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

free storytimes savannah Looking for a free activity to do with your PRE-preschooler?

Live Oak Public Libraries storytimes in Chatham, Effingham & Liberty counties are a wonderful FREE way to expose your child to storybooks read aloud by a librarian as well as songs and fingerplays. Plus, attending storytimes regularly helps your child to become accustomed to visiting the library regularly.

Each library branch storytime brings something a little different – Bull Street library storytime unfolds inside a cottage playhouse that looks like it’s right out of a Golden Book while storytime at Southwest Library next to Savannah Mall is in a new, sunlit auditorium.

Enjoy energetic choruses of “Hurry Up, Hurry Up, Drive that Fire Truck,” “Little Red Wagon” and standards like “Wheels on the Bus” plus fun stories, crafts and more. For a schedule of regular storytimes at Live Oak Public Libraries click here.  Please note the new 11 AM Monday storytime @ Oglethorpe Mall library branch for those of you looking for free Monday activities. Reading program for kids; dog days Savannah

Dog days

Got a shy beginner reader? Here’s different take on storytime for older kids. Readers ages 5 & older can practice their reading skills with one of Live Oak Public library’s registered certified therapy dogs.

These 1-hour sessions are perfect for reluctant readers. Islands Library, 897-6233 Wednesdays, 4 p.m. Oglethorpe Mall Library, 925-5432 Saturdays noon 12 p.m. FOR MORE FREE LOCAL KIDS’ ACTIVITIES, CLICK HERE.

SeussFest coming to Savannah Children’s Museum, March 1 & 2

Monday, February 10th, 2014

SeussFest 2014 SavannahSeussFest is coming to Savannah!

On March 1st and 2nd, Savannah Children’s Museum will celebrate the 110th birthday of Dr. Seuss. Even Savannah History Museum and WhistleStop Café are getting in on the fun this year. You don’t want to miss it.

This year, Savannah Children Museum is expanding SeussFest to include both the WhistleStop Cafe and Savannah History Museum!

Join SCM for tons of Seuss-themed activities like Story Time, art activities, science, recycling and fitness. Plan on getting messy with Oobleck!

The WhistleStop will be serving Green Eggs and Ham($4.99). At noon, there will a special story Time featuring Green Eggs and Ham on the WhistleStop Patio.

Savannah History Museum will be joining in the fun from noon-2pm with our “Hats Off” exhibit, a story Time featuring The Cat in the Hat and a special craft.

SeussFest is one of Savannah Children’s Museum’s enhanced programming offerings, meaning everything will take place during normal operating hours both March 1st (10-4) & March 2nd (11-4). All activities will be included in admission/membership.

Go to www.savannahchildrensmuseum.org or call 912-651-4292 for details.

Saturday 3/1/14, 10am-4pm
Sunday 3/2/14, 11am-4pm
Savannah Children’s Museum
655 Louisville Road
Savannah, GA 31401

Savannah Children’s Museum, www.savannahchildrensmuseum.org, 655 Louisville Rd., Savannah 31401, 912.651.4292 On Facebook here. Savannah Children’s Museum is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Children’s Books: Let’s Play Football app & book for Super Bowl Season

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Let's Play Football book for childrenClueless about the sport that’s about to overtake your house this Super Bowl Sunday? We here at SouthernMamas.com have been watching football for longer than we care to admit without really understand all the intricacies and rules of the pigskin pastime.  Which is why we’re thrilled about the new hardcover book for kids “Let’s Play Football” by Jon Richter.

Written by a real-world father and son team, the book explains football in a fun way & has gorgeous illustrations. In the story, the “Lions vs. the Bears” (real lions, real bears) take readers from training camp through the AFL (Animal Football League) Championship game. Perfect for ages 2-7 years old.

There’s even a glossary at the back to help kids remember football terminology and a FREE Let’s Play Football book-app available in the iTunes app store. The app is narrated by ESPN Monday Night Football Analyst Ron Jaworski with help from Philadelphia Eagles Merrill Reese.

Thanks to this lively read, while watching the Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos this Sunday, your kids (and you) will have much more of clue.

Available direct from www.letsplay-football.com or through Amazon here. For more info, click here or email info@letsplay-football.com

Stay connected by liking Let’s Play Football on Facebook here.

WATCH THE VIDEO TRAILER (featuring the voice of the Eagles Merrill Reese) by clicking here.
DOWNLOAD THE FREE BOOK-APP (featuring NFL Analyst Ron Jaworski) from the iTunes store by clicking here.
BUY THE HARDCOVER BOOK from either Amazon or from the book site HERE.

Kumon Reading Program in Savannah: Why you can’t skip your child’s 20 minutes of reading tonight

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Kumon Reading Tutoring Savannah

 

 

 

 

Schedule your child’s FREE placement test at Kumon Math & Reading Center of Savannah: (912) 920-8899

Kumon Math and Reading Center of Savannah, www.kumon.com/savannah , open on Mondays and Thursdays from 3-7 PM,  in Piccadilly Square @ 10010   Abercorn Ave. Suite 5A, Savannah, 31406. For more info or to schedule a complimentary placement test, call owner and instructor, Janese Cooper at (912) 920-8899. Kumon of Savannah is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

FREE 2013 Savannah Children’s Book Festival, Forsyth Park

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Savannah children's book festival 2013One of our favorite local kids’ events, the annual Savannah Children’s Book Festival happens Saturday Nov. 16, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Forsyth Park in Savannah.

The festival is presented by Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah. The ninth annual festival celebrates the joy of reading, the power of the written word and the magic of storytelling with children’s book authors and illustrators from around the country. The festival will also include more than 60 Coastal Authors, arts and crafts, an International Tent, a variety of food and entertainment, a Book Walk and graphic novel/comics area.

This year’s featured authors and illustrators are:
Robin Bridges
Marc Brown
Peter Brown
Nick Bruel
Nina Crews
John R. Erickson
Denise Fleming
Tad Hills
Brian Lies
Jim McMullen
Rachel Renee Russell
Don Tate

Download the lexile level information for the books by the above featured authors and illustrators.

Rain location for the event is the Savannah Civic Center. For more information, call 912-652-3689. For updates, visit the library’s Facebook page by clicking here.

Book Signing “Confessions of a Teacher Recruiter” by Tracy Brisson @ Barnett Educational Supplies, Savannah

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Confessions of a teacher recruiterYou’re invited to a Book Signing “Confessions of a Teacher Recruiter” by Tracy Brisson @ Barnett’s Educational Supplies in Savannah .

Saturday, November 16, 3-5pm

Meet teacher recruitment expert Tracy Brisson and author of Confessions of a Teacher Recruiter: How to Create an Extraordinary Resume and Hook Your Dream Job at Barnett’s exclusive author-signing event!

Barnett Educational Supplies is celebrating its 68th year of business. They proudly serve schools, teachers, parents, homeschoolers, churches as well as restaurants and clubs. Their wide variety of merchandise ranges from carnival prizes to complete classroom supplies. If you don’t see what you need, call them!

Please like Barnett on Facebook here to stay updated on their sales & products.

Store hours: Mon – Fri: 9 AM-7 PM; Sat: 10 AM-5 PM; Sun: 1- 5 PM.

Barnett Educational Supplies, 38 W De Renne Ave., Savannah, 31405-6742, tel: 912-356-1878, email barneduc@bellsouth.net www.barnetteducationalsupplies.com , Barnett Educational Supplies is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

What every early childhood parent should know: Tips for Encouraging Early Literacy from St. Andrew’s School, Savannah

Monday, October 21st, 2013

St. Andrew's School private schools on the coast, SavannahThis sounds like something not to be missed for those of us with beginning readers: a free presentation on “What every early childhood parent should know about how to encourage early literacy”.

When: Fri. Nov. 1, 9:15 AM Coffee with Meet and Greet; 10 AM Presentation.

Where: St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Road, Savannah (Wilmington Island) 31410

About the presenter:

Tricia Yates is a prekindergarten teacher and literacy leaders at St. Andrew’s School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education, a master’s degree in reading and has 18 years of experience as a Title 1 Reading Coordinator working with early childhood through 12th grade students.

This informative session will focus on an overview of literacy development in early childhood, including resources and strategies to give your child the building blocks to develop strong reading skills and a love for literacy.

RSVP to Christine Sapp, email sappc@saintschool.com or call 912.897.4941 ext 400.

St. Andrew’s, a Pre-K through Grade 12 independent school, is located on Wilmington Island. For more information on the Savannah private International Baccalaureate World School visit www.saintschool.com

St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Road, Savannah, 31410, www.saintschool.com St. Andrew’s School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Young Writer’s Contest & Book Trailer Contest, Savannah

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
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FOR INFO ABOUT LIVE OAK PUBLIC LIBRARIES YOUNG WRITERS’ CONTEST, BOOK TRAILER CONTEST & NOV. 16 SAVANNAH CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL, CLICK HERE.

FREE Storytimes for tots @ Live Oak Public Library branches, Savannah, Wilmington Island, Tybee, Pooler & more

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Storytimes in Savannah librariesFREE Storytimes  @ Live Oak Public Libraries branches in Savannah, Wilmington Island, Pooler, Tybee Island, Rincon/Springfield, Hinesville are a wonderful FREE way to expose your child to storybooks read aloud by a librarian as well as songs and fingerplays.

Plus, attending storytimes regularly helps your child to become accustomed to visiting the library regularly.

Storytimes usually involve much more than simply reading a book. Chances are your child will also engage singalongs, fingerplays and crafts.

Click here for a the breakdown of regular storytimes at Live Oak Public Libraries & the targeted age levels for each. (Storytimes were on a hiatus for the last two weeks of August 2013 but most return the first or second week September. Call ahead to confirm!)

Click here for the list of local FREE library storytimes.

 

FOR MORE LOCAL KIDS’ EVENTS, VISIT OUR ONLINE EVENTS CALENDAR BY CLICKING HERE

 

FREE “Charlie & the Chocolate Balloon Factory” kids’ performance @ various library branches, Savannah

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
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Based on several classic children’s books, this program by balloon artist Lynnae Weller (owner of Savannah Balloons ) tells the story of a tour of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.  Strange things happen to several book characters.  Shrek gets stuck in a tube, Alice in Wonderland drinks something she shouldn’t have, and Peter Pan loses his ability to fly.  Can a boy named Charlie save the day and return everything to normal?  Ages 3 and up. Download the flyer.

Hinesville Library, 368-4003 Monday, Sept. 16, 10:30 a.m.

Thunderbolt Library, 354-5864 Tuesday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m.

Tybee Island Library,786-7733 Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1:30 p.m.

West Broad Library, 232-6395 Wednesday, Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m.

Rincon Library, 826-2222 Wednesday, Sept. 18, 4:30 p.m.

Pooler Library, 748-0471 Thursday, Sept. 19, 10:30 a.m.

Oglethorpe Mall Library, 925-5432 Thursday, Sept. 19, 4:30 p.m.

Port City Library, 964-8013 Tuesday, Sept. 24, 10:30 a.m.

Southwest Chatham Library, 925-8305 Tuesday, Sept. 24, 4:30 p.m.

Bull StreetLibrary, 652-3600 Wednesday, Sept. 25, 10:30 a.m.

W.W. Law Library, 236-8040 Wednesday, Sept. 25, 4:30 p.m.

Islands Library, 897-6233 Thursday, Sept. 26, 2:15 p.m.

Lynnae Weller is the owner of Savannah Balloons. If you want to have crazy amounts of fun at your next birthday party, please contact Lynnae with Savannah Balloons at 912-228-3024 or e-mail info@savannahballoons.com

Like Savannah Balloons on Facebook here.

Savannah Balloons, 912-228-3024, e-mail info@savannahballoons.com , www.savannahballoons.com

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Savannah library summer reading program: Kids keep track of summer reading online & win prizes

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Summer 2013 Reading Program SavannahHave you registered your little readers for the Live Oak Public Libraries summer reading program yet?

Summer Reading Program
Dig Into Reading!
June 1 – Aug. 17, 2013
For all ages up to 18 years old

Kids create a quick online profile – which can include their photo – and keep track of the book titles they’ve read this summer – which they will need to get their free book from Barnes & Noble. Just go to the Live Oak Public Libraries Dig Into Reading page by clicking here.

Kids earn coupons for various activities & business around Savannah and chance to win this year’s grand prize is a trip to Atlanta for a family of four, that includes a three night stay at the Hyatt Downtown Atlanta (near Centennial Park), admission to Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Zoo Atlanta, Fernbank Museum, “Imagine It!” The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, the Center for Puppetry Arts, and more.

A total of THREE grand prizes will be given away. The grand prize drawing will be held at the Bull Street Library on Aug. 23. Entry forms must be submitted by Aug. 17 to qualify.

Stop by any library to sign up and start reading! More info here.

If that isn’t incentive enough to sign up, how about the chance to win college savings?

The Path2College 529 Plan will award one Georgia student, 16 years and under, who participates in the Summer Reading Program with $5,529 toward a Path2College 529 Plan account. Entries must be submitted online between May 1 – Aug. 15 2013. Details about the sweepstakes, including the official rules and the online entry form, can be found at http://www.path2college529.com/news/reading.shtml .

TO SEE THE SCHEDULE OF FREE SUMMER PERFORMANCES FOR KIDS THAT ARE PART OF THE SUMMER READING PROGRAM, CLICK HERE.

FREE Summer 2013 Performances for Kids @ Live Oak Public Library Branches

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Summer Reading Events

Every summer, Live Oak Public Library branches in Savannah, Wilmington Is., Effingham, Pooler, Tybee Is. & Hinesville offer FREE fun performances for kids as part of the Summer Reading Program.

These shows are great ways to entertain & educate your kids, encourage reading & cool off FOR FREE.

Click here to check out the line-up of performances for Summer 2013. The shows kick off June 4 2013.

There are some longtime favorites like Magical Educator Chad Crews as well as Fiddlin Dan who will be performing this summer as Ruby the Clown. Kids are going to excited about Rock N Roar Dino Show. The talented actors from Hampstead Stage Company will return again, this summer performing “The Secret Garden.”

See the schedule performances here. These shows are also now included in our online Events Calendar which you can access by clicking here.

Children’s book author/illustrator Michelle Nelson-Schmidt visits Savannah May 13-16

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Children's author/illustrator visiting savannah may 2013Children’s book author/illustrator Michelle Nelson-Schmidt will present enthusiastic, energetic talks filled with childhood stories, vibrant stories and readings of her books in Savannah including at:

6 PM Monday May 13 @ Villa Maria Center

5:30 PM Tuesday May 14 @ the Salvation Army Community Center.

Books sales and donations will be matched by Usborne Books & More 50% to provide Jonathan James & The What if Monster and Monster plush sets for The Salvation Army-Savannah’s shelter.

Michelle Nelson-Schmidt will be also visiting 5 area schools:

Bartow Elementary
Isle of Hope School
St. Paul Academy
Bible Baptist School
Effingham Christian School (with Naomi Havens)
More info here.
Melissa A. Mallory, Independent Educational Consultant, 912-856-1450, mmallory@myubah.com. www.EsteemReading.com.  On Facebook here. Usborne Books & More is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Saved by the Deal: 50% BooKafe offering $2.50 for a $5 on anything in the shop, Pooler

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Saved by the Deal Bookafe DealThis week’s Saved by the Deal: 50% BooKafe – Offering $2.50 for a $5 on anything in the Pooler shop.

BooKafé is a new concept of Christian Bookstore and Coffehouse. The name BooKafe is composed by words “Book”, “a” and “fé”. “Fé”is faith in Portuguese; “a”is towards in Portuguese. Therefore, BooKafé means books that lead to Faith. Georgia’s first BooKafe joins 300 plus found around the world.

The BooKafe is a wonderful, locally-owned cafe and book store in Pooler just off the Pooler Parkway. It is a receptive and cozy place where everyone is welcome and you can enjoy our freshly brewed coffee, delicious treats, breakfast, lunch or dinner. On the run down the Pooler Parkway, use their drive through window.

View the deal details here.

The BooKafe, 920-G Morgans Corner Rd, Pooler, Ga. 31322 tel. (912) 450-3500 email bookafe.savannah@gmail.com
https://www.savedbythedeal.org/index.php?positionID=2568 

FREE Cat in the Hat shows to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday in Savannah, Effingham, Hinesville

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

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Join Live Oak Public Library branches in the Savannah/Effingham/Hinesville area in celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday!

As “The Cat in the Hat,” Reuben Haller (a musician, clown and former Cirque du Soleil performer) brings this classic book to life. The show, complete with Things 1 & 2, a grumpy fish, and a balancing birthday cake, involves children as participants from start to finish. Don’t miss this one! Ages 3 & up.

Please call ahead to confirm times & dates.

Hinesville Library, 368-4003 Monday, Feb. 25, 10:30 a.m.

Midway Library, 884-5742 Monday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m.

Port City Library, 964-8013 Tuesday, Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m.

Southwest Chatham Library, 925-8305 Tuesday, Feb. 26, 4:30 p.m.

West Broad Library, 232- 6395 Wednesday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m.

Rincon Library, 826-2222 Wednesday, Feb. 27, 4:30 p.m.

Carnegie Library, 231- 9921 Thursday, Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m.

Oglethorpe Mall Library, 925-5432 Thursday, Feb. 28, 4 p.m.

Bull St. Library, 652-3600 Friday, March 1, 10:30 a.m.

Tybee Library, 786-7733 Saturday, March 2, 3 p.m.

Pooler Library, 748-0471 Monday, March 4, 10:30 a.m.

W. W. Law Library, 236-8040 Monday, March 4, 4:30 p.m.

Thunderbolt Library, 354-5864 Tuesday, March 5, 11 a.m.

Islands Library, 897-6233 Tuesday, March 5, 4 p.m.

Author of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” will be at Savannah Book Festival

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Wimpy Kid Comes to the Savannah Book Festival

Live Oak Public Libraries is excited to partner with The 2013 Savannah Book Festival to present a special appearance by Jeff Kinney, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series author and cartoonist! Kinney has published 85 million “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books, which have been printed in more than 44 countries.

He’ll be at Trustees Theater on Sat., Feb. 16, 2013 at 10 a.m. Tickets for this special event are $5 each and are on sale at the Savannah Box Office, (912)525-5050 or www.savannahboxoffice.com .

Help your child read by reading books to therapy dogs at Live Oak Public Library branches

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Join Live Oak Public Libraries staff in reading great books to their therapy dogs! This is great opportunity to build confidence for the reluctant reader, ages 5 and up.

Dog Days

Islands Library, 897-6233
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 4 p.m.

Pooler Library
Monday, November 19, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, December 17, 4:30pm
For more information, call 748-0471

Southwest Chatham Library
Saturday, Nov. 17, 12 p.m.
For more information, call 925-8305
Springfield Library
Thursday, Nov. 8, 4:30 p.m.
For more information, call 754-3003
Rincon Library
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 4:30 p.m.
For more information, call 826-2222
Always check with the branch for schedule changes.

Always check with the branch for schedule changes.

Help Your Child Read by Reading Books to Therapy Dogs at Live Oak Public Libraries

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Join Live Oak Public Libraries staff in reading great books to their therapy dogs!  This is great opportunity to build confidence for the reluctant reader, ages 5 and up.

Dog Days

Islands Library, 897-6233
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 4 p.m.

Pooler Library
Monday, December 17, 4:30pm
For more information, call 748-0471

Always check with the branch for schedule changes.

Always check with the branch for schedule changes.

Book signing: Chris Blaine, author of preteen series “Beyond Hocus-Pocus” at Barnett Educational Supplies, Savannah

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Chris Blaine, author of the Beyond Hocus-Pocus series of preteen books will host a book signing at Barnett Educational Supplies at 38 West DeRenne Avenue from 10 AM-noon & 4-6 PM on Friday, Oct. 26 2012.

Chris Blaine, well known for his hair-raising campfire stories filled with monsters, ghouls and ghosts were originally given during Scout camping events in order to get the boys in their zipped tent, in a sleeping bag, quiet and with lights out. The series of scary short stories were taken from an oral format, set in the woods at night with Mr. Blaine’s using numerous props and, after prompting, placed into a written format some years later. A portion of the proceeds has been and will continue to be given to the Boy Scouts.

Please like Barnett on Facebook here to stay updated on their events/sales.

Don’t forget: For the entire month of October, Barnett Educational Supplies on West DeRenne Avenue in Savannah is having a 20% off sale on ALL Melissa & Doug products! Barnett has never had a sale like this before! The store has working-parent friendly hours: Mon – Fri: 9 AM-7 PM; Sat: 10 AM-5 PM. So you can swing by on the way home from work.

Barnett Educational Supplies, 38 W De Renne Ave., Savannah, 31405-6742, tel: 912-356-1878, email barneduc@bellsouth.net www.barnetteducationalsupplies.com , Barnett Educational Supplies is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

FREE children’s art classes Oct. 2 & 23 with Scribble Art Studio artists, Savannah

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Bring your kids for FREE Storybook Art classes with Scribble Art Studio at Southwest Chatham Library. For ages 5 and older.

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 4:30 p.m.
Drawing inspiration from Maurice Sendak’s wonderful illustrations, create a “Where the Wild Things Are” monster!

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 4:30 p.m.
Learn to draw and paint Rocket, the loveable dog featured in the 2012 Savannah Children’s Book Festival title “How Rocket Learned to Read” by Tad Hills.

Southwest Chatham Library is at 14097 Abercorn Street, Savannah,  31419 (behind Target at Savannah Mall).

For more information, contact artist Carrie Christian at 912-323-0123 or email ScribbleArtStudio@hotmail.com . Click here for more info. Scribble Art Studio is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Children’s book author/illustrator Jan Brett to discuss her new book in Savannah

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Jan Brett, a popular children’s book author-illustrator, will visit Barnes & Noble at Oglethorpe Mall in Savannah on Oct. 11 for a book signing and special discussion about her new book, Mossy.

The event is free and open to the public. Her specially decorated 45-foot tour bus will be parked in front of Barnes & Noble.

Mossy features an adventure about an amazing turtle with a gorgeous garden growing on her shell. Mossy loses her freedom when Dr. Caroline, a biologist, takes her to live in her Edwardian Museum.

The signing will be 10 AM Thurs Oct. 11, 2012 at Barnes & Noble, Oglethorpe Mall, 7804 Abercorn St. Savannah.

Read all the authors featured in the 2012 Savannah Children’s Book Festival

Monday, September 24th, 2012

If your plan is to have your child read at least one book by all the featured authors at the 2012 Savannah Children’s Book Festival in November, then we’ve got you’ve covered. Check out the list of authors attending the popular free festival below. The Savannah Children’s Book Festival is set for Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Forsyth Park in Savannah.

The festival is presented by Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah. The eighth annual festival celebrates the joy of reading, the power of the written word and the magic of storytelling with children’s book authors and illustrators from around the country. The festival will also include more than 60 Coastal Authors, arts and crafts, an International Tent, a variety of food and entertainment, a Book Walk and graphic novel/comics area.

This year’s featured authors and illustrators are:
Blue Balliett, author, “Chasing Vermeer,” “The Danger Box”
Shana Corey, author, “Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette ‘Daisy’ Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure”
Carmen Agra Deedy, author, “The Library Dragon,” “14 Cows for America”
Elizabeth Dulemba, author and illustrator, “Soap, Soap, Soap” and “Lula’s Brew”
–John Harris, author, “Jingle Bells: How the Holiday Classic Came to Be”
Tad Hills, author and illustrator of “Rocket Writes a Story,” “How Rocket Learned to Read,” “Duck & Goose”
Victoria Kann, illustrator and co-author of “Pinkalicious” and “Purplicious”
Alan Katz, author, “Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs”
“Dino” Don Lessem, author, “Dinopedia”
Raven Magwood, teen author of “The 7 Practices of Exceptional Student Athletes”
Andrea Davis Pinkney, author of “Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down”
Calvin Alexander Ramsey, author, “Ruth and the Green Book” –Laura Vaccaro Seeger, author and illustrator of “Green,” “Dog and Bear,” and “First the Egg”
Michael P. White, illustrator, “The Library Dragon”

One of the festival's featured bestselling authors, Tad Hills of “How Rocket Learned to Read” fame, shares not only his children's books on his Web site http://tadhills.com/, but also photos of the cool, creative Halloween costumes he's crafted for his kids.

The free festival will also include more than 60 Coastal Authors, arts and crafts, costumed characters, a graphic/comics area, and a variety of food and entertainment. The Book Walk encourages families to enjoy a story from page to page throughout the park and features the bestselling “How Rocket Learned to Read” led by the book’s author, Tad Hills. Be sure to check out Tad Hills’ Web site to learn more about not only his books but also the cool, creative Halloween costumes he’s crafted over the years for his own kids.

The Savannah Children’s Theatre will bring their young actors to the festival for performances throughout the day.

J’miah Nabawi will again host the festival’s International Tent, which will feature a variety of multicultural musical performances and storytelling sessions.

Rain location for the event is the Savannah Civic Center. For more information, call 912-652-3689. For updates, visit the library’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/liveoakpubliclibraries

Attention all local authors and illustrators: If you are interested in participating in the Coastal Writer’s Circle at this year’s festival, please contact Alissa Boyd at 912-925-8305 or boyda@liveoakpl.org for more information.

Book Sale runs Sept. 19-23, Savannah

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Encourage your budding writer to enter Live Oak Public Libraries’ Young Writers Contest 2012

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Here’s a fun way to celebrate of this year’s Savannah Children’s Book Festival, set for Saturday Nov. 10 2012 in Forsyth Park: encourage your child to enter the Young Writers Contest 2012.

Live Oak Public Libraries is accepting entries for the annual Young Writers Contest, which is open to young writers in kindergarten through college. The submissions must include at least five words from books written by the 2012 Savannah Children’s Book Festival featured authors. Entry deadline is Friday, Oct. 21, 2012. For information on the festival’s featured authors, click here.

Poems may be about any topic and choose from a variety of styles including haiku, sonnet, acrostic, ballad, cinquain, quatrain and free form verse. Writers are encouraged to visit their favorite library branch and check out books on writing poetry. Winners will be announced on Fri., Oct. 26, 2012, on the library’s website, www.liveoakpl.org , and will be notified by phone, mail or email. The library will host a reception for the winners, their families and writing teachers at the Bull Street Library on Wed., Nov. 7, 2012, at 5 p.m.

For complete guidelines, visit www.liveoakpl.org  or stop by any Live Oak Public Libraries branch for more information. The 9th annual Savannah Children’s Book Festival is presented by Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah with generous support from the Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation and Gulfstream Aerospace.

I Spy- A Balloon Mystery: Free kids’ book & balloon event, Savannah, Pooler & Effingham

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Balloon artist Lynnae Weller, owner of Bend Out A Shape Balloons, needs your help searching for clues in a series of strange events as you travel together through well-loved children’s books such as “Sheep in a Jeep” by Nancy Shaw; “Llama, Llama, Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney; and “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown.  Ages 3 and up.

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 11 a.m., Thunderbolt Library
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 4 p.m., Oglethorpe Mall Library
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m., West Broad Library
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 4:30 p.m., Rincon Library
Thursday, Sept. 6, 10:30 a.m., Pooler Library
Thursday, Sept. 6, 4:30 p.m., Springfield Library
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 11 a.m., Tybee Library
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 4:30 p.m., Islands Library
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 10:30 a.m., Bull St. Library
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 4:30 p.m., W. W. Law Library
Thursday, Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m., Hinesville Library
Thursday, Sept. 13, 4:30 p.m., Southwest Chatham Library

Lynnae Weller, owner of Bend Out A Shape Balloons, has been doing children’s birthday parties for over 6 years with many happy clients.

Birthday party package: Each birthday child gets a large, unique balloon sculpture that is tailored to your theme. Every child at the party will get the chance to “Stump the Balloon Artist” by requesting their own individual creation.  There are always plenty of games and fun with a party from Bend Out A Shape Balloons.

If you want to have crazy amounts of fun at your next birthday party, please contact Lynnae with Bend Out A Shape Balloons at 912-228-3024 or e-mail bendoutashape@gmail.com, www.bendoutashape.com/

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Bend Out A Shape Balloons at 912-228-3024 or e-mail bendoutashape@gmail.com, www.bendoutashape.com/ Bend Out A Shape Balloons is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

The Disney World trip prize winner of Live Oak Public Libraries Summer Reading Program is…

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Congratulations to the Live Oak Public Libraries 2012 Summer Reading Program prize winners!
Grand Prize Winner of a trip to Disney World:
Springfield — Alyssa Smith, 6!!!!!!
Branch Prize Winners of a $30 Barnes and Noble gift card:
Bull Street — Isaiah Clark
Carnegie — Chloe Screen
Forest City — Nia Wilkerson
Hinesville — Kayla Williams
Islands — Sarah Panhorst
Midway — Aaron Jachens
Oglethorpe Mall — Owen Elkin
Ola Wyeth — Katelyn Mundy
Pooler — Chloe McNew
Port City — JaQuez Johnson.
Port Wentworth — Jerry Mells
Rincon — Jonathan Cody
Southwest Chatham — Suradeth Ducharme
Springfield — Brian Sparks
Thunderbolt — Maylayshia Stevens
Tybee — Aliza Sanchez
West Broad — Zaria Gaines
WWLaw — Unique Dickinson

Kids can keep track of summer reading online & win prizes

Monday, June 11th, 2012

We are loving the online reading logs that are new to Live Oak Public Libraries Summer Reading Program.
Kids create a quick online profile – which can include their photo – and keep track of the book titles they’ve read this summer – which they will need to get their free book from Barnes & Noble. Just go to the Dream Big Zone here.

If you haven’t signed up your kids for the library’s Dream Big: Read! Summer Reading Program, be sure to do so. This year’s grand prize is a trip to Disney World for a family of four, including Amtrak gift card and hotel! Stop by any library to sign up and start reading!

If Disney isn’t incentive enough to sign up, how about the chance to win college savings?

The Path2College 529 Plan will award one Georgia student, 16 years and under, who participates in the Summer Reading Program with $5,529 toward a Path2College 529 Plan account.
Entries must be submitted online by July 31, 2012. Details about the sweepstakes, including the official rules and the online entry form can be found at http://www.path2college529.com/news/reading.shtml .

Summer 2012 Book Club for kids at the Kumon Math & Reading Center, Savannah

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

The Kumon Math and Reading Center of Savannah will host a summer book club. Seating is limited. To participate, call the Center at (912) 920-8899 to signup.

Girls Summer Book Club
Rising 3rd to 5th graders
Goddess Girls Book Series
Authored by Johan Holub & Suzanne Williams
June 23rd – Athena the Brain
July 21st – Persephone the Phony
August 11th – Aphrodite the Beauty
Saturdays 1pm to 3pm
Book Discussions
Activities
Refreshments

Boys Summer Book Club
Rising 4th to 6th Graders
June 23rd – Encyclopedia Brown, Shows the Way by Donald Sobol
July 21st – Holes by Louis Sachar
August 11th – Frindle by Andrew Clements
Saturdays 1pm to 3pm
Book Discussions
Activities
Refreshments

(Side note unrelated to the Book Clubs: Don’t forget, the Kumon Math & Reading Center, Savannah, is offering free registration, free placement tests from now until July 15 2012. More info here.)

Kumon Math and Reading Center of Savannah, www.kumon.com/savannah , open on Mondays and Thursdays from 3-7 PM, 10010 Abercorn Ave. in Savannah. For more info or to schedule a complimentary placement test, call owner and instructor, Janese Cooper at (912) 920-8899. Kumon of Savannah is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

“Dunaway’s Crossing” is the debut novel of a Savannah mother & English professor

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

We love when our Savannah moms have something to celebrate. And Nancy Brandon - Savannah mother of two and English professor – definitely does. Nancy recently published her first novel “Dunaway’s Crossing.” Congratulations, Nancy!

Nancy Brandon grew up in middle Georgia, and she graduated from the University of Georgia. She has taught college English for the past twenty years in Savannah, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Here’s a sample of what Nancy’s novel is about:

“Savannah newlywed Bea Dot Ferguson has it all: breathtaking beauty, a lavish home, and a wealthy husband—who bears her nothing but contempt. When his brutality results in the loss of her baby, she realizes she must break away from him. But how can she do so without opening a Pandora’s box of shameful secrets? For peace of mind until she figures out her next step, Bea Dot travels to sleepy Pineview, Georgia to visit her cousin. But upon arrival, she learns the rural town is beset with Spanish influenza. And Bea Dot finds herself fighting for survival, not only from her cruel husband, but from an invisible foe, the deadliest the world has ever seen.”

Currently, Dunaway’s Crossing is available via Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Signed paperbacks are available via www.nancybrandon.com .

In a few weeks, the book should be available through Barnes and Noble and is now available at at E. Shaver Bookseller at 326 Bull Street in Savannah. All copies of Dunaway’s Crossing at E. Shaver are signed by Nancy Brandon.

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