Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Head Start Open House!

Did you know that the Children's Library serves almost every Head Start classroom in the city with monthly storytimes and programs? Every month, the librarians do their "Featured Fairytale" show, featuring classic fairy tales and puppets. Come find out more about what your child participates in at our Head Start Open House!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A Sneak Peek at Upcoming Events!

Thank you to all of our Homeschool families that came out for our Art Attack, Grossology, and Kids' Science Lab programs!

We have two presenters coming in April and May and a plethora of amazing programs (including our annual Talent Show!) happening throughout the summer. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

What can you spot?

Animals are starting to make our new mural their home! This bunny was the first to join us, but what other animals do you think you'll find?

We're even developing a "Can you spot...?" game so families can spend time working together to discover all of the cool elements of our mural. For instance, can you spot...
  • the mask?
  • the footprints?
  • the letter N?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Read with Peter and Willie

Did you know? Peter from the classic Ezra Jack Keats’ book “The Snowy Day,” can be found reading with his dog Willie (from “Whistle for Willie”) in Prospect Park in NYC! What a great statue! Click here to see more books featuring Peter: http://goo.gl/50NcGx

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Beautiful Books

There is nothing so lovely as a beautiful book. Here are two new ones we received in the Children’s Library. 

Snow White by the Brothers Grimm and Camille Rose Garcia. 
 Opening this book is like opening up a little gift. A well designed book is always a treat, and this one is particularly enticing. Mixing the classic Grimm text of Snow White with a taste of the modern artwork by Camille Rose which is both creepy and divine, this book is a wonder. 

If you’ve never read the original story by the Brothers Grimm, this is a great book to explore the text. You’ll be surprised by the lack of a princely kiss and the strange similarities to the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, as the seven dwarves discover that their food has been eaten and their beds have been slept in.
If you already know the original Grimm Brothers’ version, Camille Rose Garcia’s artwork seems to spin a new tale entirely, making Snow White otherworldly.
Enticed? Place a hold on it here, or check out Garcia’s version of Alice in Wonderland.
The Seven Dwarves return to their cottage. Who do they find inside?
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales
One of the most beautiful books of last season, Yuyi Morales’ Viva Frida is a serious Caldecott contender. Using beautiful hand-made puppets and finished off with a dose of Photoshop, Viva Frida tells the tale of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. 

The text is minimal and simple, weaving a soft poem in both English and Spanish of Frida’s love of life and art. Those who love Frida will gleefully point out the nods to her artwork, and the cameos by her menagerie of pets. This little picture book somehow captures the ethereal spirit of Frida Kahlo better than almost any of the Frida-based books and movies have in the past twenty years.  

Ready to learn about Frida? Place the book on hold here! Want to learn more about how Viva Frida was created? Visit Yuyi Morales' Pinterest page to see her process: here
Frida at the Casa Azul with her husband Diego and her pets.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sneak Peek: Our New Mural

This past Saturday, renowned muralist Mike Miller began the Children's Library's brand new mural! Kids and families have been coming in over their holiday break to watch him work. You'll even get a chance to paint the mural at our Painting Parties on January 21 and 26. Give us a call for more information or to register! Meanwhile, check out some photos of his process:

A blank canvas: Our last mural, done in the late 90's, was painted over during last year's renovation.

Look closely: Mike Miller projected his work onto the whole wall and carefully traced it with a pencil.

A few dabs of green begin the painting process. 
And some more paint...
And some more...
A new sky for our rainbow!

This is only one day of painting! Imagine what the final product will look like!

If you'd like to help bring our mural to life, you can help us paint an element of the mural using stencils on January 21 at 4 pm or January 26 at 4:30 pm. Spots are limited, so please register by calling the Children's Library at 610-655-6350 or emails us at rplmc@reading.lib.pa.us.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Homeschool Programs

You told us what you wanted, and we're delivering! Homeschoolers from across the county told us what they'd like to see in our new enrichment opportunities. Check out what we have to offer and register for a FREE program.

Registration is necessary. To register for any of these programs, please contact the children's library at rplmc@reading.lib.pa.us, call us at 610-655-6350 x3, or stop in to fill out a registration form.