Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Scrambled Stories

Thomas, 19, has been visiting the library since he was 4. He recently co-hosted the 7th Annual Talent Show in the children's library. For him, the library is a place to “hang out and relax. I have lots of good memories here.”

One of his earliest library memories is receiving his first t-shirt for completing the annual Summer Reading Program, a tradition the library still upholds.

What book does this seasoned library veteran suggest for kids?
The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller.

“All of the states in America switch places for a day,” Thomas explained. “And see what each others' lives are like.”
He’s also a huge fan of the book’s author, Laurie Keller. “She’s a really great author. All of her books are fun and she also illustrates her own books.”

Thomas has also attended a ton of library programs over his 15 year history at the library. He said his favorite program was playing the Wii with his fellow teens. “I’m a huge fan of the Wii and Wii U,” Thomas said.

For Thomas, the library is much more than just a place for books. “Don’t be afraid to tell the librarians anything,” he said. “Because they’re here to help you.”

Do you want to find out more about Laurie Keller’s funny books? Click here to see her offerings on our catalog.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

How-to: Make Your Own Shaker Eggs

Make your own shaker eggs with this tutorial straight from our craft expert, Miss Jeanette! Miss Jeanette will soon be celebrating 10 YEARS of her popular program, Crafty Corner. Try making these shaker eggs at home and bring them along with your toddlers to our "Baby Lap Sit" program or "Sing It, Shake It Storytime!"

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Because you demanded it!

At the end of the summer, we took a survey of our kids and asked them what they liked best about the library. Their answer: Read It & Eat It!

Back by popular demand, our Read It & Eat It program resumes on Friday September 19 at 4 pm. We'll be reading books about pizza and each child will try making their own--with a healthy twist!

How popular was this program? Even The Reading Eagle stopped by to check out these future chefs in action!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Baby Talk

Do you want to raise your baby up to be a reader? Get help from your library with these fun and free programs designed for you and baby.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Summer in the City

The Children's Library recently took its show on the road to the city playgrounds! We were also featured on the TV show "Summer at the Playgrounds" to talk about our trip to 3rd and Spruce Recreation Center.

City parks aren't the only partnership we have. We currently serve children in the Salvation Army day camp, YMCA, PAL, White House daycare, Early Beginnings, Second Street Learning Center, Amazing Kids, St. James Chapel, and had visits from Antietam Academy and Lola Vida.

All the children get a chance to read with us, make an art project, and particpate in our Summer Reading Game.

Awesome August!

Check out these awesome activities we have for August! From science projects to a wrestling-themed dessert competition, the Children's Library has something for every kid!

Check out our version of a World's Fair where we'll be displaying this summer's Mad Science Junk Fair entries, plus lots of cool activities! 

 Yocum Institute's Teen ensemble will be presenting "How to Think Like a Scientist," an original play performed right here in our library!

Join Wrestling Club's first ever SUGAR SLAM! Make the coolest wrestling-themed dessert and you could be crowned champion!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Are you GAME?

Reading to play the Summer Reading Game, our new interactive reading program?
It's easy! Earn points for each book you read and earn chance to win awesome prize packs, including our grand prize: an iPad Mini!

After reading, fill out a reading log: yellow for picture and easy books, green for novels, books with chapters, and comic books.

Hand it in! You'll pick a robot for our gameboard and move one spot for each point you earn. Here's the breakdown of points:
Six picture/easy books are worth 3 points
Comic books are worth 2 points
Novels and books with chapters are worth 5 points
Mega-Books (over 400 pages) are worth 10 points

Pick a prize basket! Each point earns you a raffle ticket for whichever
prize basket you'd like to try and win. We have so many to choose from:
Monster High
Disney Princesses
Lego Ninjao
Mad Science
Nature Photography
Books with Character
Books and Movies

Keep reading! Every ten points will get you a free book! When you hit 50 points you cross our finish line and earn your Summer Reading t-shirt! Plus, the more you read the better your chances will be at winning the iPad Mini grand prize!