The Library now has thirteen Book Club in a Bag collections for kids. These are sturdy bags with 10 to 12 copies of each book, aimed at ages 8 to 12. You reserve a bag, check it out for eight weeks, arrange your own book discussion group, and hand out the books! Here is the list of titles for children, and here is the How To. We have teen bags too! Each bag includes a discussion guide with questions, and an author bio.
If you have been looking in the Picture Book section in the Children’s Area lately, you have noticed what seems like general disarray. The shelves are looking bare and the familiar books are not where they used to be! There is a plan.
We are organizing the picture books into general Read More..
We get so accustomed to the noise of the little bird lives around us that we forget to stop and look upwards or into a bush to see the source. In my yard, Northern Cardinals pretty much dominate in these last couple of weeks. I hear their metallic chip chip call as they stay in constant communication with each other. Their loud whistle songs are mostly Read More..
Come travel the world through books and songs at the Multicultural Storytime. We will travel to India, South America, Europe and the Middle East. Bring your open minds and open ears Saturday mornings from Oct 5th to Nov 2nd at 10:30 a. m. Each Saturday will feature a different language and culture for you to explore. Our presenters are as varied as the languages they represent from a KU professor to a stay at home mom. See you soon. Jalda hī milatē haiṁ. Até breve. Hasta luego. زودی شما را ملاقات خواهم کرد.
This summer 2409 children between the ages of 0 and 5th grade each read 12 books or for 30 hours to finish our Summer Reading Program! We think that is great given the constraints of our temporary location. (The Teen Zone reports 600 participants in the 6th to 12th grade, and Adult Services had 845 finishers. Grand total 3854 Lawrencians and visitors!) Read More..
Are you coming into the library and patiently, hopefully, looking for a certain book, which never seems to be there? In the summer in the children’s area of the Library it is usually the first book of almost every popular series, or the Disney Princess books. We don’t like to have you go away unhappy and bookless, so give us some feedback and we can help you connect Read More..
After the civil war, when so many ex-slaves went north to find new lives, there was a labor shortage on the southern plantations, and some owners imported Chinese to work. That is the setting for the novel Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes.
Sugar is the name of the 10-year-old main character, Read More..
Who knew there were so many kids books set in Venice? I have enjoyed reading several middle grade novels saturated with magic, Venetian mythology and history, and lots of action. Some are set in the past or a fantasy time, others involve time travel to an older Venice. As an overly serious person, I loved the darkest ones: young children faced with seemingly Read More..
If you are casting about for activities for the kids this summer, I have the perfect resource. From designing a marble track from straws, to making a triangular truss bridge from lasagna noodles, Steven Caney’s Ultimate Building Book has it all, with instruction and commentary on how and especially why these structures can work. Read More..
We are surely lucky to have all the rest of us around to learn from. Children don’t experience the discomfort that adults feel when confronted with a person who looks different and makes unintelligible sounds that clearly have meaning. Kids don’t care if they don’t understand, it’s just par for the course. Read More..