Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tween Summer Activities

The Tween summer activities start next Friday, July 8th! If you are between the ages of 9 and 12, sign up for summer reading and join us for weekly Friday afternoon activities from July 8th - August 12th!

The first Tween Activity will be an origami workshop held in the John Clarke Children's Program Room off the Children's Department from 3:00pm - 4:00pm. Come for a snack and learn how to make some travel-themed origami. Supplies and snacks will be provided.

For more information about the Tween Activities, visit our summer reading website or stop by the Children's Desk.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Summer Books...What to Read?

If you are looking for a great book to read this summer, browse one of our recommended summer reading lists. The lists are organized by grade level and are available for printing on our summer reading website. Here are just a few suggestions from the 3rd and 4th grade reading list:

Akimbo and the Elephants by Alex McCall Smith

Ten-year-old Akimbo lives on a game preserve in Africa. His father is the head ranger, and Akimbo is eager to help him whenever he can—even if it means getting into some pretty dangerous situations. In Akimbo and the Elephants, ivory poachers are killing grown elephants for their tusks and leaving the calves to die. When the authorities fail to turn up new leads, Akimbo sets out to save the elephants by posing as a hunter himself.

Star Maker by Laurence Yep

With the help of his popular Uncle Chester, a young Chinese American boy tries hard to fulfill a promise to have firecrackers for everyone on the Chinese New Year in 1954. Includes an afterword with information about the Chinese customs portrayed in the story.

P is for Passport by Devin Scillian

A passport and rhyming text celebrate the author's adventures discovering differences as well as similarities, from "A" for the variety of animals that populate the planet to "Z" for the time zones that mark the days around the world.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tween Summer Reading Activities

For the second year in a row, the Children's Department will be hosting special Friday afternoon activities for Tweens, ages 9 - 12, who are registered for the children's summer reading program. Ms. Barbara and I will be doing some very exciting things this summer including a book discussion of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, a matinee of Alice in Wonderland (the 2010 version starring Johnny Depp) and many cultural craft projects celebrating our One World, Many Stories theme! For a complete list of the Friday activities and more information about the Tween program, visit our website. Tween activities begin on Friday, July 8th and continue through Friday, August 12th. No registration is required for the individual activities - just sign up for summer reading. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Summer Reading: One World, Many Stories

Summer Reading kicks-off on Saturday, June 25th at 10:30am with a storytelling performance by Chris Kavi Carbone. It's a celebration of Italy through story and song. Come along on a magic gondola of the imagination - with guitar, mandolin and voice.

June 25th is also the first day you can begin logging your reading in your paper reading log (at the library) or in your online reading log.

Register NOW for summer reading! You don't want to miss any of the fun we have planned for this summer. Register by visiting the children's desk, calling 401-847-8720 ext. 204 or going online.