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Lost & Found

Most young children have one:  it is often a blanket, a little pillow or a stuffed animal.  There are a number of terms for these treasured friends: comfort object, transitional object, security object, security blanket and blankie are the most common, even when it isn’t a blanket. 

Charles M. Schulz’s Linus van Pelt in the popular Peanuts comic strip, Kevin Henkes’ Owen in a book of the same name, Marc Brown’s D.W. in the Arthur series and Paulette Bourgeois’ Franklin from Franklin’s Blanket are popular characters who love and carry security blankets.  Mo Willems wrote two charming picture books about the mayhem that ensues when a little girl loses her “knuffle bunny” in Knuffle Bunny, A Cautionary Tale and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity.   

When a “security blanket” is lost, the family, often frantic, will spend a serious amount of time trying to find it.  Not so with everyday items such as coats, sweaters, hats, boots, shoes, toys and school supplies.  Every three to four months, a librarian from the Children’s Department has to remove items from the “Lost & Found” bin that have been left in the library for longer than four months.  The same happens in the Circulation Department.  If possible, library staff will attempt to identify and contact the owner of an item.  Since that isn't always possible, if you think you have lost something in the library, give us a call, we would be happy to help you try to find it.   

 More picture books about security objects: 

The Blanket That Had To Go by Nancy Evans Cooney
The Blanket by John Burningham
Caillou : Where is Teddy? by Joceline Sanschagrin
I Lost My Bear by Jules Feiffer
La La Rose by Satomi Ichikawa
Love, Your Bear, Pete by Dyan Sheldon
Night-night, Emily! by Claire Freedman
by Kathy Mallat
Olivia-- and the Missing Toy by Ian Falconer
Pippo Gets Lost by Helen Oxenbury
Plaidypus Lost
by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel

Migration of the Monarch

Birds aren’t the only ones heading south for the winter.  Monarch butterflies gather for their annual migration to their wintering grounds in Mexico in late August through September. These butterflies are special; they are the “migration generation” of a 4-generation cycle. Unlike other butterflies, monarchs cannot survive northern winters, even as caterpillars or pupae. 

Somehow, monarchs that hatch in late summer are able to live 6-8 months, long enough to make a journey all the way to Mexico for the winter.  Traveling 50-100 miles a day, they can take up to two months to reach the mountains in Mexico where they will spend the winter.  The following spring, they will leave Mexico and start the return journey to North America.  However, very few of them make it back to Wisconsin.  Most will mate and lay eggs on the way back.  “Generation 1” is the offspring of the monarchs who wintered in Mexico.  When the Generation 1 caterpillars become butterflies, they live only 2-6 weeks, but continue to fly north.  Generations 2 and 3 do the same.  They are the monarchs we see in our gardens during the summer.  Generation 4 will be another “migration generation” and will gather in “flocks” to begin the mass migration to Mexico. 

Migrating monarchs fly during the day and gather together at night on trees.  Depending on weather and other factors, you can expect to see monarchs gathering throughout Wisconsin in September but there is one tree in Milwaukee they seem particularly fond of – a sycamore tree on the “Monarch Trail”.  The Monarch Trail starts in the Milwaukee County grounds at the Milwaukee County Parks Building parking lot near 94th and Watertown Plank Road. More information and a map can be found at the Monarch Trail website:

The Wauwatosa Public Library has a number of books on monarch butterflies.  We recommend Four Wings and a Prayer: Caught in the Mystery of the Monarch Butterfly by Sue Halpern (595.78 H163) and Last Monarch Butterfly: Conserving the Monarch Butterfly in a Brave New World by Phillip Schappert (595.78 Sch16L) in the Adult library and in the Children’s library, Monarch and Milkweed by Helen Frost (595.78 F929) and Magnificent Monarchs by Linda Glaser (595.78 G462).

New Additions


by Oscar Casares 
Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller 
Compost Specialist: the Essential Guide to Creating and Using Garden Compost, and Using Potting and Seed Composts by David Squire 
Coolest Race on Earth: Mud, Madmen, Glaciers, and Grannies at the Antarctica Marathon by John Hanc 
Even Money by Dick Francis 
Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil by Sharon Astyk 
One Square Inch of Silence: One Man’s Search for Natural Silence in a Noisy World
by Gordon Hempton
Riped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music by Greg Kot 
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella 
Woman Behind the New Deal: the Life of Francis Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and his
Moral Conscience
by Kirstin Downey


   Excuses Begone! How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking
Habits by Wayne Dyer 
My Father’s Tears and Other Stories by John Updike 
Plain, Honest Men: the Making of the American Constitution by Richard Beeman 
Rain Gods by James Lee Burke 
Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall 


Confessions of a Shopaholic 
Great Buck Howard 
Happiness Prescription: the Secret to Experiencing a Joyful Life 

Music on CD

      Battlefield/Jordin Sparks 
Doctor Atomic Symphony/John Adams 
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 
Leave This Town/Daughtry 
No One’s First, and You’re Next/Modest Mouse 

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