Wednesday, April 15, 2015

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. We're celebrating with our first annual "Hello Haiku" and poetry-themed book clubs.

Hello Haiku!

The library invites you to submit haiku by April 30 (for children and teens) or April 25 (for adults).  Poems will be displayed in the library.  Everyone who enters a poem will be entered in a prize drawing. 

Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry.  Haiku poems contain 3 lines.  The first line has 5 syllables.  The second line has 7 syllables.  The third line has 5 syllables.  

Here is a haiku about haiku!

Five syllables first
Then seven in the middle
Five more at the end

Here is another example of haiku:

Libraries are great
They have books, movies, and more
I can't wait to go!
Youth may pick up an entry form from the library or download one here to submit your haiku.  Entry forms for adults are available at the library.

 Book Clubs

Children's book clubs this month will be poetry themed. 

Book Buddies (kindergartners - 2nd graders) are reading any book of poetry.
Bookworms (2nd - 3rd grade) are reading poetry by Jack Prelutsky.
Chapter Chatters (3rd - 5th graders) are reading poetry by Shel Silverstein.

Children will bookmark their favorite poems as they read.  During the program, we'll share our favorite poems and write our own poetry to add to the Poetree (poetry + tree!)

See more information and register here.  

Monday, April 13, 2015

National Library Week

Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library 

National Library Week is April 12 through 18.  We'll celebrate beginning April 12 and continuing through the end of the month. 

Discover the "unlimited possibilities" our library has to offer you and enter our prize drawing when you:
  • Check out a book, magazine, movie, CD, or audiobook from the library.
  • Read a new magazine in the library.
  • Borrow an ebook or audiobook.
  • Attend a program.
  • Purchase an item (book, audiobook, movie, book bag, or mug) from the Friends of the Library sale at the library.
  • Donate books or movies to the library.
  • Explore a website or database from the "resources" tab on our website.
  • Watch an animated book on BookFlix.
  •  Explore our genealogy room.  See historical photographs of Milan, newspapers, yearbooks, and more.
  •  Explore resources in the library - our interactive globe, puzzles, youth computer games, or internet access computers.
  • Look up a topic of interest in an encyclopedia or other reference book.   

You may enter the prize drawing once each day for each resource you use.  For example, if you check out 5 books and 2 movies and watch books on BookFlix, you may enter the drawing twice that day:  once for checking out items and once for watching BookFlix.

Prize drawing entry slips are available at the library for using resources in the library and here for using online resources. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Summer Reading Program T-shirts

Our youth Summer Reading Program theme this year is "Every Hero Has a Story."  The Friends of the Library will sell t-shirts with the theme. 

Orders are due by March 31 and will arrive in June.  We will notify you when they arrive.  Payment will be due when you pick up your order.  You may order online here or ask for an order form at the library.

Update:  We have already placed our order.  We will have a few extra t-shirts.  Please fill out the order form if you are interested and we will let you know if we have your choices available. 

Options are:
The platypus design is available in youth and adult sizes:

Children's sizes 2T - large are $8 each.
Adult sizes small - XL are $8 each.
Adult sizes XXL and 3XL are $10 each.

The stars design is available in women's cut.
Women's sizes small - XL are $10 each.
Women's sizes XXL and 3XL are $12 each.

You may order online here or ask for an order form at the library.  Orders are due by March 31.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Library's 80th Anniversary

Our library's 80th anniversary is this Saturday, March 14.  Drop in any time between 10:00 and 3:00 to celebrate with us.  We'll have cake, balloons, scrapbooks of our library's history to view, and a bookmark contest for children and teens.

If you can't come on Saturday, but are interested in submitting a bookmark design, we will accept it at the library throughout the next week.  Your bookmark should represent the library (anything about the library) and be on a white piece of paper that is 8.5 inches x 2.75 inches.  It may be horizontal or vertical.  Please include your name, age/grade, and contact information on the back of the bookmark, and write this information with something that will NOT show through to the front.

We'll select bookmarks from each age group (preschool, early elementary, upper elementary, and teen) to reproduce and distribute at the library.  If your design is chosen, your first name and age or grade will be included on the back of the bookmark.  

Monday, February 2, 2015

Youth Media Awards

The American Library Association announced the 2015 youth media award winners this morning. 

The complete list is here.  Winners and honor books in our library include:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

honor books:
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend illustrated and written by Dan Santat

honor books:
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant
This One Summer illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, written by Mariko Tamaki

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults: 

Brown Girl Dreaming  by Jacqueline Woodson

honor books:
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

I’ll Give You the Sun written by Jandy Nelson

Honor Books:
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:
The 2015 winner is Sharon M. Draper.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus written by Jen Bryant

Honor Books:
Brown Girl Dreaming written by Jacqueline Woodson

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:

You Are (Not) Small written by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant

Honor Books:
Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page written by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Arthur Howard
Waiting Is Not Easy! written and illustrated by Mo Willems

See the complete list of this year's winners here

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

December Programs

December programs at the library include:

Visit with Santa
Saturday, December 13
10:15 and 10:45 A.M.
Children will visit with Santa, have their pictures taken with him, and create Christmas crafts.
You may take your own pictures or ask us to take a photo for you.  Please register here.

Christmas Storytimes
Toddler Storytime - Thursday, December 18 at 10:30 A.M.
Evening Storytime - Thursday, December 18 at 7:00 P.M.
Preschool Storytime - Friday, December 19 at 10:30 A.M.
Children will hear Christmas stories, sing Christmas songs, and create a Christmas craft.
If you usually attend Storytime, you do not need to register again.  If you'll be joining us for the first time, please register here.

Christmas Stories and Crafts
Monday, December 15
4:45 and 6:45 P.M
Kindergartners through second graders will hear Christmas stories and create a Christmas craft.  Please register here.


Winter Edible Treats
Thursday, December 11
4:45 P.M.
Third through fifth graders will create edible winter treats.  Please register here.

 See the teen page for information about our Gingerbread House Programs for 6th - 12th graders.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Halloween Programs

Register now for Halloween programs at the library this month.  Children are invited to wear their costumes and join us for Halloween stories, songs, and crafts.

Toddler Halloween Storytime (ages 2-3)
Thursday, October 30 at 10:30 A.M.

Preschool Halloween Storytime (ages 3-5)
Thursday, October 30 at 4:45 P.M. 
Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 P.M.
Friday, October 31 at 10:30 A.M.

Halloween Stories and Crafts (kindergartners - 2nd graders)
Thursday, October 23 at 4:45 and 6:45 P.M.

Halloween Crafts (3rd - 5th graders)
Monday, October 27 at 4:45 P.M.

Registration is requested.  You may register here.  We hope to see you there!