Monday, February 9, 2015

Winter Break Programs

Winter break is around the corner and we have some great programs we've planned for our young patrons.

Monday, February 16th- We are closed

Tuesday, February 17th - Crazy Hat Day @ 10 am- All ages
                                      - Movie: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
 @ 12 pm- All ages
                                      - Altered Books @ 3 pm Grades 3-5
                                      - Movie: The Boxtrolls @ 7 pm- All ages

Wednesday, February 18th - Fun & Games @ 11 am- Grades 3-5
                                           - Cupcake Wars @ 2 pm - All ages
                                           - Jar Snowman @ 7pm Grades K-2
                                           - Movie: Pokemon - All ages

Thursday, February 19th    - Paint Party @ 10 am- All ages
                                         - Winter Wonderland @ 2 pm - All ages

Friday, February 20th        - Movie: Duck Tales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp @ 10 am- All ages
                                          - Charlotte's Book Club @ 2 pm Grades 3-5

Saturday, February 21st    -  Drawstring Bags @ 10 am - All ages

Get out of the house and join us for some cool winter fun!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Readers to Pick Next Timmy Failure Cover in Contest

In anticipation of a October 2015 release, Candlewick is hosting a contest for readers of Stephan Pastis’s Timmy Failure series to vote on both the title and cover of the fourth installment.
Click link below to be a part of it!

Monday, January 5, 2015

More Websites to Stimulate Creativity!

Take a look at these:

Science Kids
This site has many science experiments, games, quizzes, projects, and more.

This site provides three web-making tools with directions for getting started.

According to this site, Wonderopolis is a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. There are many topics to explore and videos to watch.

Youngzine is a child-centered website that provides articles, images, and videos about world news, science and technology, society and arts, movies, and books. School-age children are encouraged to respond to the content and may submit articles, short stories, and book reviews. All content is reviewed by Youngzine's editors and updated every 2 weeks. Grades K-8.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Useful Websites to Encourge Student Creativity

The following websites are wonderful in terms of supporting your little student's creativity.

3D Printing for Dummies
Andrew Walker explains how 3D printers work.

Activities for Kids from Smithsonian
This site provides activities for young people.

Building Big
Students learn what it takes to build big as they explore structures such as skyscrapers, tunnels, domes, among others.

Code Monster
This site contains 58 short lessons that teach kids to program, from basic resizing objects to more complex animation.

Crypto Kids
At this site from the National Security Agency, you can learn all about codes and ciphers and even create your own. Many games and activities are included.

Kids Science Experiments
This site provides many links to kid-friendly experiments and games in different areas of science.

More to come!!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Excellence in Science Book Awards

The finalists are:

Picture Books:

Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth by Molly Bang and Penny Chisolm
Have You Heard the Nesting Bird by Rita Gray
Parrots Over Puerto Rico  by Susan L. Roth
Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies

Middle Grades Science Book

The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees: A Scinetific Mystery by Sandra Markle
Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines by Paul Fleischman
Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey by Loree Griffin Burns
Mission: Mars by Pascal Lee
Plastic Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by Patricia Newman

Hands-on Science Book

Junk Drawer Physics: 50 Awesome Experiments that Don't Cost a Thing by Bobby Mercer
Kids Guide to Exploring Nature by Brooklyn Botanic Educators
Plant a Pocket of Prairie  by Phyllis Root

 These books would make wonderful gifts for anyone interested in great science books!

Jacqueline Woodson wins the National Book Award

Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming has won this year's National Book Award in the Young People's Literature category. Here is a review:

Woodson tells the story of her life against the backdrop of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s in this fictionalized memoir. Beautifully written in verse, it shows the difficulty of not feeling at home in any one place. Jacqueline was born in Ohio but moves to South Carolina with her mother, brother, and sister at age one, when her parents split. Her grandparents become like mom and dad, especially when her mother moves to New York looking for work. Just as she feels she has found her place in Greenville, her mother moves them to New York with her, where she feels she does not quite belong. When she goes back to South Carolina for the summer, she does not feel quite at home there anymore either As she grows, Jacqueline finds her purpose in the telling of stories, despite her early difficulty with reading. Her proudest moment is when a teacher identifies her as a "writer." Poetry is an excellent vehicle for illustrating her emotions while she tries to make sense of the world that is changing so rapidly around her. She conveys a genuine feel for the experience of African Americans in the era where they are moving from the back of the bus to being accepted everywhere, especially from a child's point of view.

The other four finalists include: Eliot Schrefer's 'Threatened,' Steve Sheinkin's 'The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights,' John Corey Whaley's 'Noggin,' and Deborah Wiles's 'Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy' (book two).

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Publishers Weekly Unveils The Best Children’s Books of 2014

 As the year 2014 comes to a close, we love to see lists of what the best children's books of 2014 were.

Below are  Publisher's Weekly lists for their opinion of which books these are. There are 3 catagories: Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult. Click below to see what made the list!

‘Publishers Weekly’ Unveils The Best Children’s Books of 2014 | Children's Book Council