Friday, November 30, 2007
For more great bullying resources, see Children's Services Personal Violence Booklist.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
- The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children
- The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year
- The John Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
- The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in English during the preceding year.
We'd love to have you join one (or more) of the online discussion!
- Click here to add to the discussion of this year's picture books.
- Click here to add to the discussion of this year's beginning readers.
- Click here to add to the discussion of this year's children's literature.
- Click here to add to the discussion of this year's information books for children.
Why would a cow wait for the mail? To scare the mail carrier of course! Check out this book and see if you can spot Millie in her hiding places.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
After a visit with a real, live mail artist, participants made response pieces about ACPL. Here is a great example of our mail art:
Art Out of the Box meets every second Thursday of the month at 2 p.m., January through May. Upcoming topics:
For more information about this program send an email or call Children's Services at 421-1220.
Check out Geronimo's website at http://www.scholastic.com/titles/geronimostilton/index.htm!
Visit FreeRice.com to find out more. Basically, you play a vocabulary game on the computer. For every word you get right, you "win" 10 grains of rice which are donated to help feed hungry people. Get 5 words right and you've just earned 50 grains of rice to donate. Not only are you enriching your vocabulary, you're also helping people. SWEET!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Last week our group of homeschoolers graduated from the 7 week RadKids program. Today, a proud mom sent me some more pictures from the final class. (Thanks, Janet!) These girls have certainly learned some safety moves!
This program was so very well-recieved, and the information the kids received was so valuable, that we hope to offer another session of RadKIDS during Spring Break in 2008.
Stay tuned for more details.
While you are waiting for this wonderful performance, visit Children's Services and stop by our ballet display to find some great books to read.
The story follows Jamie as she attends her first ballet lesson, learns about basic ballet steps and meets the other boys and girls in her class.
Over in the Meadow at the Big Ballet by Lisa Shulman is lovely picture book about a little swan who feels a bit of stage fright before performing in her first ballet.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Illustration by David A. Aguilar
National Geographic has a fun contest going on. All you need to do is create a mnemonic slogan to help kids (and adults!) remember the order of the planets in our new solar system— including dwarf planets Ceres, Pluto, and Eris.The first letter of each word stands for one of the planets. The order of the planets is: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Ceres, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Eris. For example: My Very Excellent Mother Can Jump Slowly Under Nelly’s Plastic Elephant. You can click here for more information. Good luck!
Sunday, November 25, 2007
This coming Wednesday the storytime will feature FROGS as a theme. Gosh, there are a LOT of good frog stories! Think about all the Froggy stories by Jonathan London; my personal favorite is Froggy Gets Dressed.
The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner is a great pop-up storybook to read aloud and retell over and over again. (It gets funnier each time!)
And I've always loved The Frog Who Wanted to be a Singer by Linda Goss. Who says birds are the only ones that can sing in the forest?
Wednesday at 10:30 in the morning, our preschool storytime should be hopping good fun. We'll see you at the Main Library!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
"From sunrise-rose to bedtime-blue...I love my one, my only, you!"
Friday, November 23, 2007
This week we read about food. One of the books that we read, is one of my favorite new picture books. Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear by Emily Gravett is a charming story, beautifully illustrated and told with only five words!
If you want to read the book, you can get Volume One of The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids at the Library. You can put Volume Two on hold and we'll let you know when we have the book for you to read. (We have it on order, but we don't have it in the Library yet. )
Thursday, November 22, 2007
For the last 7 weeks, the Children's Services department has offered a radKIDS safety program. This program was taught by a trained instructor from the Fort Wayne Women's Bureau. The purpose of the program is to teach kids ages 5 through 12 how to Resist Aggression Defensively. Topics discussed included:
Home, school and vehicle safety
Out and about safety
Realistic defense against abduction
Good, bad and uncomfortable touch
We hope we will be able to offer this important safety class again.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Many people added a memory about a loved one to the "Board of Memories". Tissue paper flowers were created to add to the ofrenda. Other activities included coloring masks, building skeleton toys, making buttons and eating Bread of the Dead (pan de muerto). Yum!
Plan to join us for the program next year.