Bucks County Free Library Board Meeting


Tuesday, September 17, 5:30

Quakertown Branch – James A. Michener

401 West Mill Street, Quakertown





Preschool EduKitchen

In Preschool EduKitchen (available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod), toddlers and preschoolers will delight in counting, sorting, matching, and playing other games that teach basic concepts in this kitchen themed app.

Information about healthy eating choices and recycling is presented through simple but fun games. The bright, bold, cheerful illustrations and positive reinforcement will easily engage toddlers and preschoolers.

While the free version offers only three games, the paid version of the app includes 15 more.


Tozzle        Tozzle

Wooden children’s puzzles go digital in this delightful app that makes developing eye-hand coordination, spatial reasoning, shape recognition, and other early literacy skills into a game.

Easy, medium, and not-too-hard puzzle boards are presented with the objects or shapes that complete them. Toddlers are rewarded for their successful piece placement. Frustration stays at a minimum when after a few tries, the child is prompted with the correct placement of the puzzle piece. Animations and snazzy sound effects help bring the puzzles to life.

Come in to any of the seven branches of Bucks County Free Library (Bensalem, Doylestown, Langhorne, Levittown, Perkasie, Quakertown, and Yardley) to try out Tozzle the Early Literacy App of the Week, or get it from the iTunes app store. There’s a free lite version that has three puzzles and the complete version offering 44 puzzles.


ABCZOO     The early literacy app for this week is ABC Zoo from Lux HQ.

This app uses crisp and clear illustrations and simple text to introduce each letter of the alphabet.

Engaging sounds will encourage toddlers and preschoolers to continue playing (learning) long after they’ve gone from A to Z.

Come in to any of the seven branches of Bucks County Free Library (Bensalem, Doylestown, Langhorne, Levittown, Perkasie, Quakertown, and Yardley) to try out the App of the Week.



Are you the reigning trivia champ in your family?

Want to find out?

Try our brain boosting App of the Week –  DK Quiz





The early literacy  App of the Week is Spot the Dot based on the picture book by the same name written by David A. Carter.

Toddlers and preschoolers will love searching for colored dots in geometric puzzles without knowing that they are also learning colors and  shapes, along with improving memory and concentration.


Come in to any of the seven branches of Bucks County Free Library (Bensalem, Doylestown, Langhorne, Levittown, Perkasie, Quakertown, and Yardley) to try out the Apps of the Week.

Book recommendations from librarians across the country

library_reads_logoHave you heard about LibraryReads?  Librarians across the country have nominated the books they are most excited about for September– you can read their reviews on the LibraryReads website.  Click on any book cover below to place a hold and be sure to watch this space for next month’s list.

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App of the Week

Have you noticed the iPads at the seven library branches? You can now enjoy newspapers and digital magazines on these iPads during your visit to the library. The magazines and newspapers can be found on either the Newsstand or Zinio app. Zinio is also available to use on your own device. You can find more information at http://www.buckslib.org/resources_a-to_z/#Z.

Every week you’ll find a new brain boosting game app on these iPads as well. We’ll be sure to explain the benefits of playing the game. The apps we feature will be free downloads or have a small cost associated with them.

Our first App of the Week is Clockwork Brain, named one of the 500 best apps in the world by the London Times. With over 600,000 downloads, this popular app will sharpen your skills with its unique puzzles.

In the children’s sections at the Bensalem, Langhorne, Levittown, Perkasie, Quakertown, and Yardley branches we are introducing iPads with books, games, and other interactive apps that promote Early Literacy Development and help build the skills that children need to learn to read and write. The children’s iPads also feature an App of the Week. Each has been carefully chosen by our librarians to provides a fun and educational experience for toddlers and preschoolers.

Pat the Bunny is the first early literacy App of the Week. This award winning app delightfully swaps the classic touch-and-feel story with an enhanced visual, auditory, and kinesthetic experience. It builds the early literacy skills of print awareness, print motivation, vocabulary development, narrative skills, and digital literacy. Find out more about Early Literacy Development: (http://www.buckslib.org/kids/kids_early-learning.cfm).

How to Raise a Royal Baby

Now that the new prince is here, you may be wondering how William and Kate are going to cope.  Never fear, the library has them covered!


Caring for your Baby

The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care by Sally Fallon Morell

The Business of Baby: What Doctors Don’t Tell You, What Corporations Try to Sell You, and How to Put Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Before Their Bottom Line by Jennifer Margulis

The Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Year

Baby Day by Day: In-depth, Daily Advice on Your Baby’s Growth, Care, and Development in the First Year

Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality by Laura A. Jana


Baby Names

The Baby Name Wizard: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby by Laura Wattenberg

Baby Names: More Than 3000 Names, With Origins and Meanings by Laura Emerson

Hello, My Name is Pabst by Miek Bruno

Rock and Roll Baby Names: Over 2,000 Music-inspired Names, From Alison to Ziggy by Margaret Eby

The Best Baby Names Treasury: Your Ultimate Naming Resource by Emily Larson


What William Should Know

The Everything Father-to-be Book: A Survival Guide for Men by Kevin Nelson

The Everything Father’s First Year Book [eBook] by Vincent Iannelli

Your Pregnancy for the Father-to-be: Everything Dads Need to Know About Pregnancy, Childbirth and Getting Ready for a New Baby by Glade B. Curtis

I’m Going to Be a Dad: Now What? Everything You Need to Know About First-time Fatherhood by Craig W. Baird

You Having a Baby: The Owner’s Manual to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy by Michael Roizen


Great Gift Books for Babies, Royal or Otherwise

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Animal Crackers by Jane Dyer

Time for Bed by Mem Fox

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak


The Royal Family Tree

The Windsors, from George to Kate [DVD]

The Queen Mother: The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, Who Became Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother by Lady Colin Campbell

The Queen Mother: The Official Biography by William Shawcross

A Year With the Queen by Robert Hardman

William and Harry by Katie Nicholl

The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton

William & Kate: A Royal Love Story by James Clench


Royal Romances

The Cowboy and the Princess by Lori Wilde

At the Queen’s Summons by Susan Wiggs

How to Woo a Reluctant Lady by Sabrina Jeffries

My Irresistible Earl by Gaelen Foley

Royal’s Bride by Kat Martin

This Duchess of Mine by Eloisa James

A Courtesan’s Scandal by Julia London

The Irish Duke by Virginia Henley

The Earl Claims His Wife by Cathy Maxwell

The Prince Kidnaps a Bride by Christina Dodd

Bucks County Free Library Board Meeting


Tuesday, July 16, 5:30

Langhorne Branch– Pennwood

301 S. Pine Street, Langhorne



Summer Time and the Listenin’ Is Easy


Heading out for a walk in this gorgeous weather?  Take the library with you! You can check out a book on CD or download a digital audiobook and listen to it while you’re enjoying the summer sun or taking your next road trip. Here are a few suggestions from our resident audiobook expert:


NPR Driveway Moments series

NPR Road Trips: Postcards from Around the Globe

Holidays in Heck by P.J. O’Rourke

Holidays in Hell by P.J. O’Rourke

NPR Road Trips: Family Vacations

Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews

The Island by Elin Hilderbrand

Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

Beach House Memories by Mary Alice Monroe

Folly Beach by Dorothea Frank Benton

Martha’s Vineyard series by Philip Craig


If you’re new to downloading, take a look at these how-to videos.  After watching them, you can visit the library’s OverDrive  page or our OneClickDigital page and get started right away.