Family Focus: 
Apples and Pumpkins
November 9, 2020

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'Tis the season for apples and pumpkins, and we've got some scrumptious book choices just ripe for the picking! Many of these can be found in our online catalog.
Picture Books
How to Grow an Apple Pie by Beth Charles
When Sophie turns six, she is eager to make an apple pie from trees planted at her birth, but first she must tend the trees, wait patiently, and learn to bake. Includes facts about the orchard on which the story is based, descriptions of tools Sophie uses, and a recipe. Available in Overdrive and Hoopla.

Apple Cake by Dawn Casey
Join a young girl for a walk through the countryside to gather ingredients for a delicious cake: honey from the bees, milk from the cows, and apples from the trees. This simple story teaches little ones to celebrate the natural world and give thanks for nature's gifts.

Apples for Little Fox by Ekaterina Trukhan
As Fox, who plans to be a great detective someday, investigates the mystery of the missing apples, kids can follow along and solve the mystery on their own!

The Starry Giraffe by Andy Bergmann
Picking red apples from a high tree in the hope of enjoying a satisfying snack, a starry giraffe generously gives away each apple he picks to a sequence of hungry friends and begins to fear that there won't be any apples left for him.

One Green Apple by Eve Bunting
While on a school field trip to an orchard to make cider, a young immigrant named Farah gains self-confidence when the green apple she picks perfectly complements the other students' red apples. Available in Overdrive and Hoopla.

Runaway Pumpkins by Teresa Bateman
On a school trip back from a pumpkin patch, there is a serious mishap when the carefully chosen pumpkins suddenly tumble from the bus. Can the kindly neighbors save the pumpkins and save the day?

It's a Pumpkin! by Wendy McClure
When Field Mouse and Squirrel find a big, round, orange object in the road their friends disagree about what it is, but soon it becomes the life of the party. Available in Hoopla.

The Great Pumpkin Contest by Angela Rozelaar
When two cats compete in a pumpkin contest, they both win a new friend in this charming story about pumpkins, Halloween and cats.

Froggy Picks a Pumpkin by Jonathan London
On the class trip to the pumpkin patch Froggy is excited about picking a pumpkin that will win a prize but the prize he wins turns out to be a real surprise. Available in Hoopla.
Early Readers and Beginning Chapter Books
Apples Galore! by Jane O'Connor
Embarking on a field trip to an apple-picking farm, Nancy enjoys the fancy autumn colors she observes in the orchard and resolves to find a perfect Gala apple for her father but fears the fruit of her choice is too far out of reach. Available in Overdrive and Hoopla.

Ten Apples Up on Top by Theo LeSeig
A lion, a tiger and a dog practice balancing apples on their heads in this delightful introduction to counting!

Apple Orchard Race by Abby Klein
Freddy's class goes to an apple orchard on a field trip, where Freddy and his friends try to find a hidden wooden apple before the class bully, Max, and win five dollars. Available in Overdrive.

Korean American fourth-grader Clara Lee longs to be Little Miss Apple Pie, and when her luck seems suddenly to change for the better, she overcomes her fear of public speaking and enters the competition.

Andy Shane, with help from Grandma Webb and some marbles, tricks the people who keep stealing his friend Dolores Starbuckle's Halloween pumpkin. Available in Overdrive and Hoopla.

Marley's family takes extra care in getting their blue-ribbon pumpkin to the fair, but with a dog like Marley around, being careful isn't always enough. Available in Hoopla.

The Pumpkin Patch by Margaret McNamara
Katy finds what she thinks is the perfect pumpkin on a class field trip to a pumpkin patch, but after her classmates tease her about how small it is, it is up to Katy's father to show her how perfect her pumpkin can be.

When Rex accompanies Pinky and his relatives on their traditional trip to pick and carve pumpkins, she feels left out because of the jealous behavior of Pinky's cousin Abby. Available in Hoopla.

Grumpy Pumpkins by Judy Delton
The Peewee Scouts are celebrating Halloween but when Molly discovers where the party is going to be, she is afraid that it will be a very grumpy Halloween.

The Great Pumpkin Smash by Franklin W. Dixon
Frank and Joe decide to check out the Boo-seum of Pumpkin Arts but, instead of seeing gorgeous painted pumpkins, they find a tent littered with bits of pulverized pumpkins. It's up to the Hardy Boys and you to solve this messy mystery!

The Peculiar Pumpkin Thief by Geronimo Stilton
It was only a few days before Halloween when all of the pumpkins in New Mouse City disappeared! Can Geronimo solve this mystery in time to save Halloween? Available in Overdrive.
Libraries Are Temporarily Closed
On November 6th, the New Rochelle Public Library administration learned that one of its staff members tested positive for COVID 19. As a result, the Main Library and the Huguenot Children's Library (HCL) will be closed until tests results of other staff members are completed, and results allow for re-opening. Browsing and curbside pick-up sessions are suspended until further notice 

Because of social distancing and protective measures the library has in place, it is unlikely that library patrons were in direct contact with the staff member who tested positive.

The health and safety of patrons and staff, as well as the entire New Rochelle community, is our utmost concern. A "deep cleaning" and disinfection of impacted areas has already been completed. Staff members are working from home, accessing the facility for essential activity only.

We hope to receive clearance for reopening, as early as Monday, November 16th.

The Libraries are Still Open - Virtually!
In the meantime, our on-line platform for books, audiobooks, movies, and other materials continues to expand with new items and more copies of popular titles. Use your library card to download books, movies, music, educational programs - and much more.

Patrons with active library cards can access the resources below and more through our website under the  "Online Resources" tab. When logging into these resources, you may be asked to enter a PIN number which is most likely the last 4 digits of the phone number associated with your library card.
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Do You or Your Children Need a Library Card?
Just fill out the form on our website homepage and you will receive a temporary library card number via email.

Need to Renew Your Library Card?
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Need to Return Books?
You can still use the Book Returns drops at the Main Library and at Huguenot Children's Library.

What about Fines for Overdue Books? Holds?
Due dates have been extended and overdue fines will not be imposed.  All items being held will remain in place until the library re-opens.