The Junior Library staff

We love getting to know our patrons, so feel free to stop by and get to know us. Here's a little background:

Mrs. Connie Cole, Junior Library Manager says "I loved reading books to children when I taught first and fourth grade or substitute teaching. At the library the past eighteen years I have loved reading to children of all ages.  I also am happy to recommend books to parents, teachers and students." Mrs. Cole can be contacted anytime by email at

Mrs. Becky Oswalt, who has been with the Library since 2011, is the Early Childhood Programming Specialist. She says, "Some of my goals at the Library are to find new and creative ways to get kids interested in reading." Mrs. Oswalt can be contacted anytime by email at

Staff Reading Recommendations

Each Junior Library team member has compiled their very own list of favorites. Check them out.

Mrs. Cole's favorites include “The Golden Egg Book”  by Margaret Wise Brown. And books by her favorite authors are Mo Willems with Pigeon and Elephant and Piggie books, Rosemary Wells and Max and Ruby books. “Harry the Dirty Dog”and “Harry at the Beach” give a lot of laughs.  “The Giving Tree,”  “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,”  and all five of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s “Starcatchers Series” are favorites to share with older children. 

Mrs. Oswalt loves picture books! Her favorites include "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle, "The Napping House" by Audrey Wood, "The Monster at the End of this Book" by Jon Stone, "The Kettle's Get New Clothes" by Dayle Ann Dodds, "We are in a Book" by Mo Willems, "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type" by Doreen Cronin, "Cat Secrets" by Jef Czekaj, "Scaredy Squirrel" books by Melanie Watt, "Ten Dogs in the Window" by Claire Masurel and "Our Tree Named Steve" by Alan Zweibel.


Just for Kids

Dear Reader,
“The Big Bad Fox” by Benjamin Renner is a graphic novel everyone can enjoy reading.  Usually a story with a big bad fox, a big bad wolf , chickens and chicks is not a pleasant story to read.  This could be a sad story but no one in the chicken yard is the least bit scared by the big bad fox.  The fox loses every fight he has with a hen and would starve if a kind pig hadn’t given him a basket of turnips.  

The wolf tries to teach all his wolfish tricks to the fox.  The chickens will have none of his tricks.  The wolf decides that if the fox would steal eggs, he could raise them and have food for the wolf and fox.  After a hard time stealing the eggs, the three eggs hatch and the adorable chicks call the fox “Mommy!”  

The story goes on because the big bad wolf has not given up on chicks for a snack.  You must find out why the chicks think they are foxes and how the story ends. 

                                       Constance Kerby Cole