Monthly Archives: June 2014

Full STEAM Ahead: June 30-July 6

Here’s some of what is happening at the library this week!

Monday, June 30 at 2:30: Stories & More Marvelous Magical Music – All Ages
Natasha will share stories about music, musicians, and musical instruments followed by a live performance. Creekside Room. No sign-up needed.

Tuesday, July 1 at 11:00: Little Sprouts Jump and Dance with Jaime Currier – for kids entering kindergarten and younger
Jaime Lee Currier of Your Song My Song rocks classic kids’ songs and funky originals on her ukulele. With felt board puppetry and imagination adventures she leads the kids in a magical, interactive exploration. Creekside Room.  No advanced sign-up required.

Tuesday, July 1 at 4:00: Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club – Grades 3-5
We will continue reading The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. Click here to visit the registration page.

Wednesday, July 2 at 3:30: The Amazing Bubble Man – All Ages
Meet author, inventor, and expert bubbler Louis Pearl. He’ll showcase the entertaining science of bubbles, including Square Bubbles, Person-Inside-a-Bubble, Edible Bubbles, and more! Amphitheater. No advance sign-up necessary.

Thursday, July 3 at 2:30: Introduction to Coding Class with Doug Tarr – Grades 4 & 5
Learn coding by creating an animation in Scratch!  You’ll learn about the Scratch environment and some basic programming concepts. Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required.  Class is limited to 10 participants. Click here to visit the registration page.

Summer Fun Drop-In

While many of our programs that require advance sign-up have filled, we also have many programs that don’t require sign-up. Just mark your calendar and come to these terrific events! For more information on all our summer programs for kids, download the Full Steam Ahead flyer (pdf).

Mondays – Stories and More (2:30pm in the Creekside Room except where noted)
Every Monday you can come and hear stories with a little something extra, such as a cool art project or a sensational snack.

June 30: Natasha will share stories about music and perform a piece on her violin.

July 7: Our annual Paper Bag Puppet Party

July 14: Wear your PJs for Molly’s Pajama Jammy Story Time (6:30pm in the Children’s Room)

July 21: Toni’s going to read stories about patterns and then do a repeating pattern craft.

July 28: Bring a favorite stuffed friend to Lauren’s Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Your stuffie gets to spend the night at the library! (6:30pm in the Children’s Room)

Tuesdays – Little Sprouts at 11:00am in the Creekside Room
Three of our preschool programs require no advance sign-up. These programs are limited to kids who are entering kindergarten and younger.

July 1: Jump and Dance with Jamie Currier

July 15: Jelly Jam Time – Story Dancing

August 12: Bingo Schmingo music

Wednesdays on Stage – 3:30pm Outdoor Amphitheater – All Ages
Bring a blanket or cushion to get comfy at our outdoor amphitheater shows.

June 25: Magician Dan Chan

July 2: The Amazing Bubble Man

July 9: Bluegrass Boogie with Emily Bonn and Jody Richardson

July 16: Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic

July 23: Coventry & Kaluza Circus Act

July 30: Kirk Waller, Storyteller

August 6: Kenn Adams Adventure Theater

August 13: Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums

Thursdays – Creekside Room

July 10: Spin Me a Shadow, Tell Me a Tale – Shadow Puppet Workshop – All Ages 2:00pm

August 7: Lizard Lady Reptiles – Grade K+ – 2:30pm

Fridays – Creekside Room

July 25 – Lego Play Day – Grade K + – 2:30pm

We also have a week of movies, games and legos starting August 18, plus our End-of-Summer Party on August 22 with drummer Mika Scott, free ice cream, face painting, hula hoops, bubbles and more! Stay tuned…


Full STEAM Ahead: June 23-29

Here’s some of what’s happening at the library this week!

Tuesday, June 24 at 4:00: Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club – Grades 3-5
We’ll begin reading aloud The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. When 11 year-old Tip’s mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or “Smekday” Eve since the Boov invasion), Tip hops in the family car and heads south to find her. Along the way, she meets an alien Boov mechanic who agrees to help her and save the planet from disaster. Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. Click here to visit the registration page.

Wednesday, June 25 at 3:30: Magician Dan Chan
Why master one kind of magic when you can conquer them all? Few magicians today equal Dan Chan‘s incredible range of performance. From sleight-of-hand tricks to circus stunts, from eye-popping juggling to the rare Chinese art of Bian Lian, Chan does it all. Outdoor Amphitheater. No sign-up necessary.

Thursday, June 26 at 2:30: Cosmic Creations – Grades 3-5
Discover the science behind the objects we see in the night sky in this out-of-this-world program. Enjoy stories about space, learn about the phases of the moon, and watch as we build a comet in the library. Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. Click here to visit the registration page.

Friday, June 27 at 2:30: Magnetic Magic – Grades K-5
Join the Mad Scientist Team and investigate the powers and daily use of magnets. Test for electromagnetic fields and feel like a magician while using the magnets to levitate cool objects! Take home your own floating magnet set. Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. Click here to visit the registration page.

SHARE-a-Book Dogs

Saturday, July 12, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

SHARE-A-Book DogsKids in kindergarten and older can make 15-minute appointments to read aloud to friendly four-legged friends. It’s a great way to increase confidence and improve read-aloud skills in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Program takes place in the Children’s Room.

Call 389-4292 x4741 to register for a 15-minute appointment.

The dogs will also be here on August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 13.


A Mad Potter and a Dumb Idea: New Books for Older Readers

madpotterThe Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius by Jane Greenberg and Sandra Jordan
Meet George Ohr, the “mad potter” of the South, a self-described “ranky kranky solid individualist.” With his fabulously flyaway moustache, casual manner, and bulging arm muscles, Ohr did not look like the usual citizen of early 20th-century Biloxi, Mississippi. Nor did he act that way. This dashing and risk-taking man devoted himself to pottery and produced some of the most astonishingly fluid, lovely, and whimsical vases you may ever see. Jane Greenberg and Sandra Johnson tell Ohr’s story simply and vividly. The book’s lively use of typefaces, integrated images, and fresh photographs makes it all the more intriguing — and true to the spirit and soul of its subject. (ages 7-12)

thicketyThe Thickety: A Path Begins by J.A. White
The impenetrable, darkly magic woods of the Thickety surround Kara’s small village. Always encroaching, always threatening, the Thickety is dangerous and fearful, home to fearsome creatures such as the gra’dak, a boar-like monster with small, beady eyes and five snapping mouths. To keep the Thickety at bay, the grim people of Kara’s village have stamped out magic, outlawed wishful thinking, fiercely controlled their actions, and killed all witches, including Kara’s mother. Yet, one night, Kara follows a raven with one eye on its chest into the Thickety and unearths a grimoire, a magic book, a book left there for her by her mother. From there, the path begins. (ages 8-12)

dumbestThe Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley
On the verge of high school, Jimmy Gownley was like so many kids: He played sports, suffered through the chicken pox, labored over his homework, endured the ups and downs of crushes, and devoured comics. Then, a friend gave him what he considered the “dumbest idea ever”: to make and publish his own comic book about himself and his friends. He did it. In this graphic memoir, Gownley recounts with humor and heart what happened when his labor of love came to life, and then became wildly popular. With strong colors and energetic panels, Gownley’s illustrations complement the honest storytelling of how one kid had a dream and followed it. (ages 10-13)

projectkidProject Kid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun by Amanda Kingloff, photographs by Alexandra Grablewski
With clear, beautiful photographs and easily detailed steps, this new crafts book promises hours of summer fun. The projects featured here place an emphasis on recycled household materials, such as jar lids, toothpicks, plastic bottles, paper towel tubes, and cotton balls. Fun outdoor activities include an “upcycled bird feeder” made from a small nuts container and “bedazzled branches” designed from backyard sticks. Six extra “art lessons” include how-to techniques for making pom-poms, mosaics, and homemade clay. So, whether you’re more attracted to hardware-store accessories or prefer to blast off with bottle rockets fashioned from re-used plastic bottles, you’re in for a lot of fun. (ages 3-14)


Pigeon, Pets, and Superpowers: New Books for Younger Readers

PigeonNeedsaBathThe Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems
The pigeon is back and PEE-YEW! He needs a bath! But he will do anything to convince you that you are completely, and utterly out of your mind. Will you fall for the pigeon’s tricks, or will there be a big splash? Caldecott honorary medalist Mo Willems writes another great story for fans who enjoy the humorous, sarcastic, and insubordinate feathery friend. Written as a direct conversation with the audience, this expressive and hilarious book is ideal for all ages, especially very young children who enjoy an enthusiastic performance.

flyguyA Pet for Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold
Buzz is a just like any other ordinary boy with a best friend…except his friend is a fly, named Fly Guy! When Fly Guy wants a pet, Buzz helps him find the right fit. But puppies are too slobbery, frogs are too jumpy, and worms are way too slimy. Together the duo find Fly Guy’s perfect pet, in a special place they forgot to look. Tedd Arnold has received the Theodore Seuss Geisel Honors for his Fly Guy stories, and this is his Fly Guy’s first appearance in a picture book format. This charming and meaningful story about friendship is a great read-a-loud book, since the sentences are short and contain dialogue between the characters. The cartoon styled art makes the characters look friendly to young kids, who will even feel a personable connection to a housefly!

superpowersThe Day I Lost my Superpowers by Michal Escoffier, illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo
This spunky girl has special superpowers that are out of this world. She can fly (when projected into air from a slide), make things disappear (like yummy cupcakes), and go invisible (when she hides under the bed in a ball). One day her superpowers fail her, and when she is down and out she discovers the superpower her mom yields! This  comical story shows how wonderful imagination is and will delight kids and parents alike. The Don Quixote state of bliss makes a person believe they can do extraordinary things, which in fact they can, in the playground of their mind. The handmade style illustrations mimic a child’s way of drawing, with crayon and imperfectly filled shading. Michael Escoffier has also written last year’s hilarious picture book The Brief Thief.

mybusMy Bus by Byron Barton
Joe is a bus driver who drives the “123” bus. He picks up one dog, two cats, then three cats, and then four cats. He takes them to their destinations, where they travel further, on planes and boats. Joe’s last stop is home sweet home. Who will get off the bus with him? This beginner picture book is a wonderful introduction to life concepts such as going somewhere, picking someone up, dropping someone off, and traveling by bus or plane. My Bus is excellent for helping kids associate nouns versus action verbs, and of course counting! Barton makes an ordinary day of taking transportation a magical and colorful adventure. The endearing art emphasizes simple shapes, and is full of bright colors accompanied with large text. This is a fabulous book for first-time listeners and first-time readers.


Summer Program Registration

full_steam_ahead_header smallClick on the linked name of each program to reach the registration page. For Middle School Spark a Reaction programs, click here.

Tuesdays: Little Sprouts! For kids entering kindergarten and younger. 11:00-11:45 a.m.

July 8: Yoga Sprouts

July 22: Stomp, Chomp and Roar with Dinosaurs. This program is currently full. Click here to be added to the wait list.

July 29: Mad Hatter Tea Party. This program is currently full. Click here to be added to the wait list.

August 5: Ladybug Picnic

Tuesdays: Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club – grades 3-5

Thursdays: Programs start at 2:30. Check minimum grade requirements.

June 26: Cosmic Creations – grade 3+

July 3: Intro to Coding – 4th and 5th graders only (This program is currently full. Click here to be added to the wait list.)

July 17: Fun with Fossils – grade K+ (This program is currently full. Click here to be added to the wait list.)

July 24: Draw Your Own Superhero – grade 2+

July 31: Elephant & Piggie Party – all ages (This program is currently full. Click here to be added to the wait list.)

Fridays: Programs start at 2:30. Check minimum grade requirements.

June 27: Magnetic Magic – grade K+ (This program is currently full. Click here to be added to the wait list.)

July 11: The Hungry Owl Project – grade 1+ (This program is currently full. Click here to be added to the wait list.)

July 18: Balloon-powered Raceway – grade 2+ (This program is currently full. Click here to be added to the wait list.)

August 1: Super Structures – grade 1+ (This program is currently full. Click here to be added to the wait list.)

August 8: Playground Adventure – grade 2+ (This program is currently full. Click here to be added to the wait list.)

Summer Reading is Here!

full_steam_ahead_header smallSummer is almost here, and we’re ready! Library staff have been visiting schools this week to promote our summer reading programs – Full STEAM Ahead (for toddlers through incoming 5th graders), Spark a Reaction (for kids entering 6th through 8th grades) and Choose Your Own Adventure (for teens in high school). What is STEAM? It’s an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. While the core of what we do at the library is getting kids excited about reading and instilling a life-long love of reading, we are well-positioned to offer STEAM programming. Here, kids can observe, question, explore, investigate, and make in a fun, hands-on learning environment. We want to expose kids to different STEAM disciplines that they may not have experienced already such as astronomy, paleontology, computer science, physics, and engineering. We also hope to hear kids saying as they leave our programs, “That was so much fun! I want to know more!”

Here’s the STEAM programming we’ll be offering this summer (many programs require advance registration):

Cosmic Creations – Thursday, June 26 – Grade 3+
Magnetic Magic – Friday, June 27 – Grade K+
Fun with Fossils – Thursday, July 17 – Grade K+
Balloon-powered Raceway – Friday, July 18 – Grade 2+
The Hungry Owl Project – Friday, July 11 – Grade 1+
Lizard Lady Reptiles – Thursday, August 7 – Grade K+

Introduction to Coding – Thursday, July 3 – Grades 4 and 5
Create a Video Game in Scratch – Thursday, July 31 – Grades 6 – 8

Maker Air Force – Thursday, June 26– Grades 6 – 8
Lego Play Days – Friday, July 25 and Wednesday, August 20 – All Ages
Super Structures – August 1 – Grade 1+
Playground Adventure – Friday, August 8

Draw Your Own Superhero – Thursday, July 24 – Grade 2 +
Spin Me a Shadow, Tell Me a Tale – Thursday, July 10 – All Ages
Jewelry Making – Thursday, July 24 – Grades 6 – 8

Math Patterns with Toni – Monday, July 21 – All Ages

Most programs require advance sign up. Registration opens June 9.

Along with our STEAM programming, we have our ever-popular Laugh-out-Loud Book Club for Grades 3 – 5 and Pizza & Pages Book Club for Grades 6 – 8. If you have toddlers or preschoolers, check out our fantastic line-up of Little Sprouts! programs. And that’s not all! We also know that summer is about gathering together and being entertained. Don’t miss Wednesdays on Stage from June 25 through August 13. We have an incredible line-up of entertainment for the entire family at 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday in the outdoor amphitheater behind the library. For a complete listing of all our events, you can download the Full STEAM Ahead flyer and visit the Spark a Reaction web page. Or register online now by clicking here.