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Kids Room

There’s Always Something Going On For Kids, At The Library!

All children’s programs meet in the Reader’s Theater in the Children’s area, unless otherwise noted.

APR 26, SUNDAY

Stories & Songs 3:30 pm. All ages are welcome to this musical storytime. Hear great stories, sing, clap, and move your feet!

APR 27, MONDAY

Toddler Storytime 9:30 & 10:30 am. Sit with your 2 year old and take in the stories, fingerplays, songs and poems! Older and younger siblings are welcome.

APR 28, TUESDAY

Library Storytime (aimed at ages 3 & up) 10:30 am. Join the crowd of children and parents for stories, followed by a simple craft that all ages can enjoy.

Books&Babies (ages birth to 23 months) 6:00 pm. Babies really can enjoy stories, finger plays and songs, paced just for them. Books & Babies is also offered at 9:30 and 10:30 am on Wednesdays. Older siblings are welcome. In the Reader’s Theater in the Children’s area.

APR 29, WEDNESDAY

Books&Babies (ages birth to 23 months)  9:30 and 10:30 am. Babies can enjoy stories and songs paced just for them. Books & Babies is also offered at 6:00 pm on Tuesdays. Older siblings are welcome. In the Reader’s Theater in the Children’s area.language screenings

Free Language Screening (kindergarteners) 1:00 -3:30 Does your child have trouble understanding directions or questions, learning new words, or expressing themselves? If you said yes, you can bring your child to the library for a screening provided by the University of Kansas Word and Sound Learning Lab. Any child needing further assessment will be referred to local resources and may be invited to participate in KU’s research program. In the Readers’ Theater.

D.E.A.R.: Drop Everything And Read Day! (all ages) 9:00 am – 9:00 DEAR pm. Help us celebrate reading by participating in our D.E.A.R day! We’ll be reading aloud from Harry Potter. Join us by helping us read the book aloud, listening in, or by sitting down and reading something on your own. If you’d like to read a bit of Harry Potter out loud, please call and register for a time at 785-843-3833. In the Library Auditorium.

APR 30, THURSDAY

Toddler Storytime 9:30 & 10:30 am. Sit with your 2 year old and take in the stories, fingerplays, songs and poems! Older and younger siblings are welcome.

FRIDAY, MAY 1

Library Storytime (aimed at ages 3 & up) 10:30 am. Join the crowd of children and parents for stories, followed by a simple craft that all ages can enjoy.

Tween Club  3:30-5:00 pm. A club just for tweens in grades 3-5, or ages 8-11! Meet us in the Readers’ Theater to hang out, play some games and craft with your friends.

If you like Chasing Vermeer…

So you loved Chasing Vermeer, but now you’re looking for a new book to read? We’re on the case with recommendations with books full of art, mysteries, and puzzles!

There are plenty of books to keep you guessing, with missing paintings, art heists, and even paintings as portals to another world. Or maybe you’d like a book with codes to solve or secret societies, treasure hunts, or missing magicians. Find them all in the catalog!

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The Other Side of the Library

This is for the regulars.  You know who you are.  You’re in the children’s room every week, it feels like you’ve read every picture book in the collection, your child helps other kids find books when the librarian is busy.  Maybe there are days when you even start to feel (gasp!) bored here.  If this is you, march your child right over to the other side of the library and sooth your ennui with the adult oversize books.  These books filled with Read More..

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The Movie Was Better (What!?)

I know, I know, that’s a crazy thing to say.  Everyone knows the book is always better than the movie.  I’ve been disappointed so many times by movie-versions of awesome books that I wonder why I bother anymore.  But every once in a while, I’ve been surprised, loving the visual remake even more than the original book.  Here are some great ones: Read More..

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I Have a Confession

At the risk of losing my library certification, or possibly my job, I have a confession to make:  I hate Goodnight Moon.  Okay, I know that’s not how we encourage children to talk, so let me revise: I don’t prefer Goodnight Moon.  Is this the appropriate forum to go into detail about everything I don’t like about it?  Probably not, but let me just mention a few things.  Read More..

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Poetry in Picture Books

Do you want to share poetry with your child but can’t stand any more of the tired old rhythm of nursery rhymes?  You’re thinking maybe it’s time to explore the emotion and organic flow of free verse, but your kids aren’t quite ready for Sylvia Plath.  Try these books that explore the sound, rhythm, flow, and feel of words as they tell their story.  Read More..

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Perfect Schmerfect, Part 4: Princess-Style

For whatever reason, our culture has become princess-obsessed when it comes to little girls.  Parents with the best intentions to raise their girls as strong, competent, independent members of society, must struggle through the princess years, with inhibiting, frilly clothing, simpering ideals, and pink everywhere.  Read More..

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Perfect Schmerfect, Part 3: Trust Yourself, Find Your Tribe

As a follow up to my previous post on Weird, a book about building confidence and being true to yourself, filled with parental support, I’d like to present 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert (for ages 5-10), a book filled with confidence in spite of a great lack of parent support. Read More..

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Perfect Schmerfect, Part 2: To Thine Own Self Be True

As I continue my vendetta against perfectionism, I remember a friend recently told me that her 4-year-old refuses to wear certain clothes to preschool because she “doesn’t get any compliments when she wears that outfit.”  I was dismayed that someone so young could be worried about what other people think about how she looks.  So, Read More..

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Perfect Schmerfect, Part 1: The Perfect Book

I have a personal vendetta against perfectionism.  I’ve struggled with it my whole life.  As I battle my own perfectionism, I’ve decided to preach a little in hopes the newest generation will realize early on that perfect doesn’t exist (so don’t waste your time).  Here’s the first in a series of posts highlighting books that help us let go of unrealistic expectations, so we can get on with our lives.  Read More..

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