Saturday, March 28, 2015

School Library Journal's list of the Top 10 Apps of 2014

Click the link below to see the top 10 apps of 2014.
http://www.slj.com/2014/12/reviews/best-of/sljs-top-10-apps-for-2014/

Here are some other favorites:

Petting Zoo- Apple and Android, PreS-Gr 1
           The app features 21 animals, each with its own chapter of whimsical animations. Swiping and tapping the creature stretches or squishes it and youngsters will gleefully await the next delightful animation sparked by their fingertips. What child wouldn't want to see animals morph from one shape to another: the rabbit into a house from which a break-dancing dachshund emerges? Or witness a lion's tail turn into the body of an alligator, who's mouth then fills with sharp teeth?

Ten Little Fish- Apple, PreS-Gr 1
           The charming production offers listeners lessons in counting and opposites through text and song, reinforced with a fishing game. Colorful illustrartions feature childlike art depicting fish of all shapes and sizes against a vibrant blue background.  Counting opportunities abound, and voiced encouragements are heard throughout the game, which involves catching differnt numbers of fish each time it is played.

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!




http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/65206-vote-4-failure-contest-allows-readers-to-pick-next-timmy-failure-cover.html

Monday, January 5, 2015

More Websites to Stimulate Creativity!

Take a look at these:

Science Kids
www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments.html
This site has many science experiments, games, quizzes, projects, and more.

Webmaker
https://webmaker.org/en-US/tools/
This site provides three web-making tools with directions for getting started.

Wonderopolis
wonderopolis.org
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
www.youngzine.org
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
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/3d-printing-for-dummies-how-do-3d-printers-work-8668937.html
Andrew Walker explains how 3D printers work.

Activities for Kids from Smithsonian
http://www.mnh.si.edu/education/studentactivities.html
This site provides activities for young people.

Building Big
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/index.html
Students learn what it takes to build big as they explore structures such as skyscrapers, tunnels, domes, among others.

Code Monster
www.crunchzila.com/cide-monster
This site contains 58 short lessons that teach kids to program, from basic resizing objects to more complex animation.

Crypto Kids
www.nsa.gov/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
www.lovemyscience.com
This site provides many links to kid-friendly experiments and games in different areas of science.

More to come!!!