Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Chapter Chatters' pen pal letter from Scotland

Our Chapter Chatters group wrote a letter to a library in Scotland as part of their discussion of the book Extra Credit by Andrew Clements.  Here is the response from the Chatterbooks group:

Chapter Chatters, if you would like to write back, please bring your letter to Ms. Jennifer at the library and she will mail it for you.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Dream Big: Read!

Our youth Summer Reading Program will begin on Friday, June 8.  Children and teens may pick up reading logs from the library and earn prizes for reading or listening to books/audiobooks throughout the summer.

See our children's brochure here.

See our teen brochure here.

Register here for the children's program.

Register here for the teen program.  

Reading logs will be available at the library beginning on Friday, June 8.

Our first program this summer will be "Creatures of the Night: Nocturnal Birds & Mammals" presented by Howell Nature Center on Tuesday, June19 from 10:30 - 11:30 A.M. in the Senior and Community Activity Building. This program includes birds and mammals from Howell Nature Center's Wild Wonders Wildlife Park and highlights their adaptations for living in the dark.

Weekly programs will include:
  • Storytime for toddlers and preschoolers
  • "Shining Stars" and "Daring Dreamers" for elementary aged children
  • Teen Tuesdays for youth in 6th - 12th grade.
See the complete schedule for children here and for teens here.

Our summer programs will conclude with a Starlab presentation by Dynamic West Assemblies.  We'll explore the wonders of the night sky inside an inflatable Starlab Dome.  Programs will be held at 3:00, 3:30, and 4:00 on Tuesday, August 14 in the Senior and Community Activities Building.  Registration is required and will begin on Friday, July 14.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

First Lines

This week is Children's Book Week.

Join us for this week's programs:

Storytime -  Thursday afternoon, Thursday evening, and Friday morning.  See details on the Storytime tab above.

Elementary programs - Saturday morning and afternoon.  See details on the Mother's Day Tea tab above.  If you haven't read a book specifically for this event, join us anyway.  Everyone is welcome.  Please register, so we'll know how many people to expect. 

Try this quiz about picture books or see how many chapter books you can identify by their first lines here:

1.  First of all, let me get something straight.  This is a JOURNAL, not a diary.

2.  When Mrs. Frederick C. Little's second son arrived, everybody noticed that he was not much bigger than a mouse.

3.  It was a dark and stormy night.

4.  Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood.

5.  When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen.

6.  Brian Robeson stared out the window of the small plane at the endless green northern wilderness below.

7.  Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.

8.  Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy.

9.  If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book.

10.  All children, except one, grow up.

11.  This story begins within the walls of a castle, with the birth of a mouse.

12.  If someone had asked Jared Grace what jobs his brother and sister would have when they grew up, he would have had no trouble replying.

13.  Matthias cut a comical little figure as he wobbled his way along the cloisters, with his large sandals flip-flopping and his tail peeping from beneath the baggy folds of an oversized novice’s habit.

See the comments for the answers.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Children's Book Week

Children's Book Week is next week, May 7 - 13.

1.  Stop by the library to check out some great children's books.

2.  Contribute to our display in the library.  Print one of the story starters below, create your own ending, and turn it in to the library.  We'll post the stories for everyone to read during Children's Book Week. 

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these stories.

What I Did begun by National Ambassador Katherine Paterson
BLAM! begun by Mo Willems (2009 Children's Choice Book Award winner)
The Night Visitor begun by Dinah Williams (2009 Children's Choice Book Award winner)
And Then... begun by National Ambassador Emeritus Jon Scieszka
The Unexpected Blast begun by Elaine Landau (2008 Children’s Choice Book Award winner)
Surprise On the Mat begun by Lola Schaefer (2008 Children’s Choice Book Award winner)
Tutu Is A Funny Nickname for a Guy! begun by Eoin Colfer
The Secret I Can't Actually Tell People Yet! begun by Barbara Park
One Morning... begun by Mary Pope Osborne
One Evening... begun by Lemony Snicket