Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New Book Love: Word Play

Who knew grammar could be so giggle inducing? Check out these books where the punch lines are based on clever word play and kids beginning to learn sentence structure and patterns will delight in watching grammar go very wrong.

I Yam a Donkey by Cece Bell

Cece Bell is on a roll. Her graphic novel, El Deafo, is winning hearts and awards, like her recent Newberry Honor and Eisner for Best Publication for Kids. Still celebrating those wins, Bell gives us the picture book I Yam a Donkey, a super quirky book featuring both a yam and a donkey. Don’t let the strangeness fool you. There’s actually a grammar lesson to be learned here with Yam trying to fix Donkey’s misguided grammar of saying “I Yam or “You is.” Other vegetables join in the grammar class, teaching Donkey and the reader the classic “I am, you are, he is” lesson which leads to a very hilarious (and inevitable conclusion) that doesn’t bode well for our veggie friends. The ending will either leave your kids delighted or confounded, but it’s a funny read that can easily be used to help kids understand proper speech patterns. "Is you" ready to read this book? Find it HERE

Fowl Play by Travis Nichols 
Who smashed Mr. Hound’s store window? The Gumshoe Zoo detective agency is on the case! This case is full of “monkey business,” says one detective who then quickly and profusely apologizes to his monkey friend standing nearby, fearing he had insulted him. This case is full of idioms, phrases that have both a figurative and literal meaning. As each animal detective find a new clue, he also finds another animal related idiom. Kids will catch on to this pattern quickly and find it hilarious. Parents can extend this lesson by helping kids come up with other idioms they encounter while reading or watching TV. In fact, Nichols sets the story as a paneled comic book reminiscent of his work found in Nickelodeon magazine, so the book itself feels exactly like its ready and raring to leap off the page and onto the small screen. Ready to crack the case? Click HERE.  

Saturday, July 25, 2015

August Activities!

August is full of fun, free programs to celebrate the end of summer:

The last day to hand in tickets for our Summer Reading Game is August 15! Keep reading for a chance to win some awesome prize packs!

The Yocum INstitute Teen Ensemble is presenting an original play! A freak accident leaves Violet with the power to control electricity. Will she use this power for good or will it go to her head?

FROM FARM TO LIBRARY  August 4 at 4 pm
We've met some amazing animals this summer! Our last farm program includes a special farm picnic!

CRAFTY CORNER Wednesdays at 4 pm
Each week features a new art project!

SUPERHERO TRAINING CAMP August 6 & August 13 at 1 pm
Calling all superheroes! Learn what it takes to be a hero with stories and fun activities!

WRESTLING CLUB  August 8 at 11 am
Pro-wrestling fans unite! Read about a pro-wrestler, do an activity, and watch a tv match with us!

CREATION STATION: LEGO CLUB August 10 at 4:30 pm
Build, create, and design with our large lego collection.

MOVIE NIGHTS August 21 & 28 at 3:30 pm
Watch a movie with your friends and family right here in the library!Big Hero 6 on 8/21 and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day on 8/28.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Are you ready to play the SUMMER READING GAME?
It’s easy:

1.       Read. A good goal (and an easy one!) is 15 minutes a day. Cross off a call-out every time you read for 15 minutes. When you finish a ticket, hand it in to a librarian.

2.       Your ticket also serves as a raffle ticket for our awesome prizes. You get to choose what you'd like to win! Check out some of our prize packs:

3.       You'll also get on our game board.  You’ll get to pick a superhero and start scoring points! The more you read, the more points you’ll score on the game board. Each time you reach a new superhero level, you’ll get to pick a free book to keep! 

4.       Hit 20 points and you’ve finished the game! Get your free summer reading t-shirt!

5.       Keep reading and your entries will go in for a raffle of our grand prize: you get to choose which of these epic prizes you’d like to win!

Winners of the grand prize and prize packs will be notified at the end of the summer! Meanwhile, keep an eye out for other special contests, raffles, and fun stuff throughout the summer. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Summer Performers!

Want to know a secret? The Children's Library hosts FREE performances throughout the summer! That's right! You can check out these amazing entertainers for free just by visiting your library. Come to check out books, stay to check out this live entertainment!

Sciencetellers- Tuesday, June 23 at 10:30 am
Put on your labcoat and get ready to experience forces and reactions through several exciting, hands-on experiments that will have you laughing, learning, and having fun!

Mr. David C. Perry- Tuesday, July 14 at 4:00 pm
Mr. David is a multi-talented artist/musician/comedian whose creative concoctions of music, art, puppets, props and humor are guaranteed to appeal to any crowd!

Kit's Interactive Theater presents "Grace the Pirate"  
Tuesday, July 28 at 10:30 am
Kit always makes the audience feel like part of the show! Grace the pirate is a character based on the historical Irish pirate, Grace O'Malley, that sailed during the Elizabethan period. She is feisty, strong-willed, and fearless!

Yocum Institute Teen Ensemble presents "Miss Electricity"  
Tuesday, August 4 at 10:30
Young Violet gains control over all things electric after she is struck by lightening. Under the name "Miss Electricity," Violet zaps her way through daily life, but could lose everything when the power goes to her head. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

From Farm to Library

We're so excited for our brand new program, From Farm to Library! Learn more about farm life when REAL farmers and farm families come to speak to us about their jobs. They're also bringing some of our favorite barnyard friends!