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What’s 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. Don’t forget to pick up or print out your summer reading log: you have until August 24 to complete it and bring it in for prizes! And always check our online calendar: storytimes will be on break for the first 3 weeks of August.

TUESDAY, JULY 28

Library Storytime (ages 3 & up & their families) 10:30 am. Join the crowd of children and parents for stories, followed by a simple craft that all ages can enjoy. This is the last Tuesday Library Storytime until August 25.

Books and Babies (birth to 23 months & their families) 6:00 pm. Songs and stories for babies birth to 23 months and their families. This is the last Tuesday B&B until August 25.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29

Books and Babies (birth to 23 months & their families) 9:30 and 10:30 am. Songs and stories for babies birth to 23 months and their families.  This is the last B&B until August 26.

THURSDAY, JULY 30

Toddler Storytime (2 year olds and their families), 9:30 and 10:30 am, in the Readers’ Theater. Sit with your 2 year old and take in the stories, songs and poems! Older and younger siblings are welcome. This is the last Thursday Toddlers Storytime until August 27.

Last Bash Dinner and a Movie: Despicable Me (all ages) 7:30-11:00 pm, on the Library lawn. End your summer reading with dinner and a screening of Despicable Me on the library lawn. Our very own Michael Bradley will perform for the kids during dinner and we’ll serve ice cream to celebrate. 7:30pm – Dinner & drinks available from local Downtown food vendors, 9:00pm – Movie starts!

FRIDAY, JULY 31

Library Storytime (ages 3 & up & their families) 10:30 am. Join the crowd of children and parents for stories, followed by a simple craft that all ages can enjoy. This is the last Friday Library Storytime until August 28.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2

No Stories & Songs! We will resume August 23, to continue on Sundays at 3:30 pm.

MONDAY, AUGUST 3

No Toddler Storytime! Come spend some quality time at the Library anyway.  Toddler ST will resume August 25, on Monday and Thursday mornings, 9:30 and 10:30 am.

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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