Posts by Kidbrarian

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Kidbrarian is the Grade School Programming Specialist. She enjoys cooking, travel, and spending time with her family.


I Robot
You never know what you will find in Kids World. Yesterday we were all about making robots with just a pager battery and 3 volt motor. Of course we had to put our own spin on it by covering the electronics with a decorated plastic egg. Check out the results!

Getting Ready
Kids World is happy to announce a new program for both kids and the adults in their lives. Desserts, Books and More is an intergenerational book discussion club designed for book lovers of all ages. Our first selection is Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. Don't miss the fun and of course the yummy treats.

Learn Through Play
Wouldn't it be nice if our kids were thrilled to practice their math skills or were happy to work on their vocabulary? Well, here comes an app for the iPad that turns learning into fun. The Futaba Classroom Games app turns your iPad into a game board for up to four players. Players are presented with a question and a choice of four answers. First one to choose the right answer gets the point. One outstanding feature is the ability to build your own game content. Challenge your kids to make up their own game to see if they can stump you!

Is It Real?
Recently, many of you have come in looking for realistic fiction for your first school reading assignment but are not really sure what it is. Realistic fiction is a story that could really happen. That means no magic wands or talking animals or fairies that appear and disappear. It can be funny or sad. It can be full of action or thoughtful. If you are in need of a suggestion, give us a call or drop by the desk for some ideas. We love to help! 

JLV Happenings
This summer, our Junior Library volunteers have been working on additions to the Kids World web site. Check out the videos they made using the apps DoodleCast and Puppet Pals on iPads. Each video is an excerpt from one of our summer reading books. They have also been working on podcasts in the Studio where they talk about their top picks for the summer.

Tags:  KW Main

Summer Writing Fun
Does your child enjoy writing? One of our summer activities is something we call "Finish the Story." Kids of all ages can go to our summer reading web page and click on the graphic on the right entitled "Finish the Story." There, they will find the first few lines of an adventure. It is their job to figure out what comes next! Entries will appear on the summer web page in the next day or two. Kids can submit as many different endings as they like. Get the whole family involved with a group story!

Adventure on the Moon
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Are you looking for a terrific read? Crater by Homer Hickam might be just what you are looking for. Crater is a teen who lives on the moon, mining it for Helium-3, a perfect fuel for the time. An act of heroism gets Crater noticed and he soon finds himself on a mission that could cost him his life. The rest you will have to find out on your own. I hate to ruin a surprise. 

Homeschool Open House
Are you interested in learning about homeschooling your children? On Tuesday, May 15, we will be hosting an Open House for parents and children who want to find out more about homeschooling. You will have a chance to network with other families and examine the materials the library has to offer. Children are welcome to attend

Everybody Outside!
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As a kid, I often heard these words from my mom. Now that spring has arrived, we have the perfect books filled with ideas for your children when these words cross your lips. Whether its an old standard or a new-to-you activity, these books explain the games in a simple and straightforward ,manner. So, get the iced tea and lemonade ready. It's time for an outdoor get-together.

S'mores in the Library
I always loved camping. Sitting around a fire listening to scary stories, eating s'mores and trying not to burn my marshmallows. On Friday, April 20th, come to the library for our version of a camping experience. Scary stories, games and a craft are all part of it along with real s'mores and a not so real campfire. The best part - no bugs! For ages 8-11.

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