If you're in 7th grade and older you need to check out the library's new space for teens - it's called The Hub. It's beyond anything you've ever seen in the library. There are DIY kits - this month's is a marshmallow launcher. You can check out MacBook Airs to use in the room plus Wii, PlayStation and X-box games. You can, also, sit and read, study or draw. Seriously - you need to get in here.
Considering the tragedies this week in Boston, we all worry about the children in our lives and how they cope with what seems like an endless stream of fear and sadness. There are books about how adults can help children cope with stress and anxiety and we have put together a list of titles. I also found that the National Association of School Psychologists website also has helpful information. If you would like more information about this topic please don't hesitate to contact the library.
Did you know that author Dav Pilkey was only in second grade when he first came up with the idea for Captain Underpants? He and his friends were constantly making flip-o-ramas just like Harold and George. Dav also holds the record for the number of crayons he can stuff up his nose at one time. I think writing is easier. For books call us or stop by. We have them all.
Just like many of you - I love Harry Potter - books and movies. I saw the movie the first day it came out. When did you see it? Did you like it? I’m going to see the movie again – but then what? Many of you have told me you’ve listened to the audiobooks. I’ve never done that so I’m going to start. The library has all of the audiobooks. So I’m going to get listening!
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!
Have you ever read a novel that's written like a poem? Sometimes the lines rhyme and sometimes they don't.. Some of my favorite books are written this way. The author seems to use less words but still tells a great story. I made a list in case you'd like to try some. Let me know if you do and what you think!
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!
Come into Kids' World to sign up for the 2014 fabulous summer reading program - Summer Reading - Summer Doing!
Summer is the time to participate in activities that interest you and to read the things you want to read. This year our summer reading program brings reading and doing together. Sign up either in Kids’ World or on the bookmobile and set the goals that are right for you. Drop in all summer long for fun and surprises. When you complete your goals, come in to select the book of your choice. For infants to age 12. See you soon!
The Chinese New Year begins on Monday, January 23. We have plenty of materials about dragons to help you celebrate. I wish that I had been born in a Dragon year. Instead I am a Rooster! I just need to remember that each of the animals represents both good and bad character traits. If you want an overview of the Chinese zodiac calendar read this.
Some award winning books are great and some are not but I think you'll like this one - The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. It just won the Newbery Award! It's about a gorilla who lives in a shopping mall. A picture book for older kids won The Randolph Caldecott Medal. It's title is This Is not My Hat by J. Klassen. It's sly and funny. For more award winners go to the Kids' World website.
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