Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 -- The Year in Review

Time flies when you're having fun --- and what fun we've had in Children's Services this year! Here are highlights of some of the events held in Children's Services:

In January 2010, a group of book-loving kids and their grown-ups gathered for our Mock Caldecott for Kids program, and voted for their favorite children's picture books. Lousy Rotten Stinkin' Grapes by Margie Palatini was their Mock Award winner.

In February 2010, a group of homeschoolers toured the Rare Book Room and were able to see the special treasures that are housed there, like this papyrus from the 9th-10th century.

In March 2010, hundreds of preschoolers enjoyed the silly antics of Children's Services' puppets and puppeteers, who shared the stories of The Lion and the Mouse and The Fox and the Grapes at the annual Preschool Puppet Show.

In April 2010, storyteller Carol Knarr portrayed popular children's book character Junie B. Jones for hundreds of elementary school children.

In May 2010, a Fox Island naturalist visited to introduce kids to turtles, snakes and other reptiles.

In June 2010, we watched as Painted Lady caterpillars changed into beautiful butterflies, which we then released at the end of the month.

In July 2010, we danced and sang along with children's musician Jim Gill, who entertained us at several performances.

In August 2010, children brought their stuffed animals to the library for a special storytime; stuffed friends stayed all night for a special stuffed-animal sleepover!

In September 2010, letterboxes were hidden in the Children's Department; many families and children have since discovered this unique hobby.

In October 2010, school children and families attended a presentation by storyteller Doyne Carson, who portrayed Abe Lincoln's Friend.

In November 2010, we celebrated the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead with decorations, crafts, food, and music.

In December 2010, we explored C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia series of books with games and crafts.

Thanks to all who participated! We're planning many more activities and events for the upcoming year -- and we invite everyone to join us. Now, on to 2011!

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