GVR kids and teens snuck into the library two hours before it officially opened on Sunday, November 2. They were there to eat lots of pizza, play games and create magnificent structures in gamespace and real space (with Legos). Local teens Daniel, Raphael and Feven set up special Minecraft servers, and they also helped set out the Legos. Librarian Colleen brought out the Makey Makey and showed kids how to turn anything into a game controller.
Then the extreme gaming began: a game of tag so epic they're still talking about it!
It’s November, which means that readers and children’s book lovers around the country are celebrating National Picture Book Month. It is a celebration of print picture books, but it is also an international initiative to promote literacy and reading. Here at the library, we decided to celebrate by sharing some of our favorite picture books and why we love them.
In case you haven't heard, the second Saturday of every month is now Family Lab from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. And we are very excited to follow up the first one with a monster bomb workshop with our pals from A Monster To Love.
Thinking about having “the talk” with your kids and don’t know where to start? Join New York Times best-selling author Robie Harris at the Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center, on Monday, October 13 at 6 p.m.!
Have you ever come to the library looking for a book only to find that it's in the "Historical Collection" or the basement? Before I worked at the library I was looking for holiday books at a branch and this very thing happened; I waited while a friendly librarian went into the storage area to retrieve them for me. I was intrigued. What could this storage area possibly look like?
Now that I work at the library I visit the basement or "Lowers" many times every day. I thought I'd take the opportunity to share a little information and a few pictures of this behind the scenes area.
We're happy to announce the launch of Family ideaLAB next month! Starting in October, every second Saturday of the month from 11am to 1pm will be all ages in the ideaLAB, our makerspace in Central. We'll be offering projects for families to work on together, but you're also welcome to drop in and just explore the lab and work on your own projects together.
Did you know that there are many cheap or free things you can do at home to help your child get ready to read? For example, being able to recognize shapes is an important skill that helps children prepare to recognize letters. If you want to help your child practice this, you can cut many different shapes out of construction paper (or even junk mail or old magazines, if you don't have construction paper). Your child can assemble the different shapes into designs, or practice tracing them. You can talk about the shapes you see in books, or try to find shapes in the world around you.
Avast ye landlubbers! Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19) is approaching as fast a clipper ship on a clear day. Want to teach your kids some pirate lingo, but afraid your inner pirate is as rusty as an old cutlass? Brush up with one of these books.
Here at the Central Children's Library we're getting into the spirit of the day by reading some pirate books (see below). And some of us are even planning to dress, as well as talk, like pirates! So stop by the Children's Library on Friday and give us your best, "Arrrrgh!"
We had another wonderful Summer of Reading at the Smiley Branch Library this year! We filled the days with amazing programs, craft classes, and even some baby yoga! Mr. Dana was lucky enough to interview two of our most super readers Katelynn and Skyler (in addition to a few special guest stars) about their Summer of Reading adventures. Katelynn and Skyler have attended all of our Summer of Reading activities at Smiley for many years, so they have become something of resident SOR experts.