Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A Long Overdue Post: September and October Program Photos

Better late than never!  Check out these pictures from all of the fun programs we had going on this past fall!  Click on the program name to see even more photos.

Princess Party

Papercraft Club

Down on the Farm

Explore the Globe: France

Halloween Party

Pirate Party

Stay tuned for pictures from November and December!

Find more information about Children's Department programs here or by checking out our Program Calendars here.

**Please notify us immediately if there is a photograph of your child that you do not want posted online.  We will remove it.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

New Series Alert: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

Check out Rick Riordan's newest series:

Magnus Chase has always been a loner, a troubled kid.  Since the death of his mother, he's lived on the streets of Boston, watching out for himself and surviving by his wits.
One day, he's tracked down by an uncle he barely knows, who tells him an impossible secret: Magnus' father was a Norse god.
After centuries apart, the Nine Worlds of Viking myth are growing closer together.  The Lords of Asgard stir.  Forces of evil muster for Ragnarok, and Magnus may be the only person who can prevent doomsday: by finding a weapon that has been lost since the dawn of time.
Before Magnus can even process this information, a fiery attack forces him to make a fatal choice.
Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die...

Book 1 was released on October 6th, check it out from the library today!

The Sword of Summer

Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble.  Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and truant officers.  
One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to tack him down - his uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about.  When Magnus tries to outmaneuver his uncle, he falls right into his clutches.  Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus's birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
The more Randolph talks, the more puzzle pieces fall into place.  Stories about the gods of Asgard, wolves, and Doomsday bubble up from Magnus's memory.  But he doesn't have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents.

Here's some fun stuff to check out while you wait for your book!

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Leveled Reading Lists

Please visit our Leveled Reading Lists tab (see above) for an explanation of the Fountas and Pinnell Leveling system.  All of our leveled reading lists are available for you to browse.  Links are included to the record for the book in our catalog so you can see if it is currently available.
The lists will be updated regularly as we continue to level our collection.

*At this time lists for letters A-L have lists.  Letters M-Z will be available soon.

Thursday, November 5, 2015


Check out these new books in our children's Fiction collection.

Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes
Rick Riordan

Who cut off Medusa's head?  Who was raised by a she-bear?  Who tamed Pegasus?  It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Green heroes.  

Max: Best Friend, Hero, Marine
Jennifer Li Shotz
Based on the screenplay by Boaz Yoakin and Sheldon Lettich
Location: J PB SHOTZ

This movie novelization of the soon-to-be major motion picture tells the story of a canine hero.  When Justin's older brother, Kyle, is killed in Afghanistan, Justin can't believe that his brother is really gone.  Except there's one thing that Kyle left behind...Max is a highly trained military canine who has always protected his fellow soldiers.  But when he loses his handler and best friend, Kyle, Max is traumatized and unable to remain in the service.  He is sent home to America, where the only human he connects with is Justin, and he is soon adopted by Kyle's family, essentially saving his life.  At first Justin has no interest in taking care of his late brother's troubled dog.  However, the two learn to trust each other, which helps the four-;egged veteran become his heroic self once more.

Auggie and Me: Three Wonder Stories
R. J. Palacio

Three stories that are an extra peek at Auggie before he started at Beecher Prep and during his first year there.  Readers get to see him through the eyes of Julian, the bully; Christopher, Auggie's oldest friend; and Charlotte, Auggie's new friend at school.

Jurassic World: Special Edition Junior Novelization
David Lewman
Based on the story and screenplay by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
Location: J F LEWMAN

When scientists at Jurassic World engineer a new, more deadly dinosaur, things go awry and everyone in the park is in danger.

Guys Read: Terrifying Tales
Edited and with an introduction by Jon Scieszka and stories by 10 other authors
Location: J F GUYS

Eleven masters of suspense, Kelly Barnhill, Michael Buckley, Adam Gidwitz, Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown, CLaire Legrand, Nikki Loftin, Daniel Jose Older, Dav Pilkey, R. L. Stine, and Rita Williams-Garciahave come together to bring you a bone-chilling collection of original ghost stories will illustrations by Gris Grimley, perfect for sharing around the campfire, reading under the covers with a flashlight, and scaring your friends' pants off.

The Story of Diva and Flea
Mo Willems
Location: J F WILLEMS

In the bustling city of Paris, a small, yet brave, dog, Diva, and an adventurous cat named Flea become two unlikely friends.

Fuzzy Mud
Louis Sachar
Location: J F SACHAR

Two middle-grade kids take a shortcut home from school and discover what looks like fuzzy mud but its actually a substance with the potential to wreak havoc on the entire world.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Candy Corn Contest Winner

Congratulations to the winner of our Candy Corn Contest!

Lada T. guessed 347, just 2 under the actual total of 349.  
Great guess!  
She won the entire jar of candy corn and a 1 year subscription to 
National Geographic Kids magazine.

Lada T. 11/2/15

Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween

Have a safe and Happy Halloween this year!

Check out these Halloween Safety Tips from 

Don't forget to make the library a stop while Trick-or-treating!  We love to see all of your fun costumes!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

August and September Programs

Check out all of these photographs from programs in August and September!  We had a lot going on!

Pet Parade

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See more programs for All Ages here.

Marine Ecology By the Bay

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See more programs for School Age kids here.

Papercraft Club

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See more programs for School Age kids here.

Princess Party

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See more programs for School Age kids here.

Creative Chaos

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See more programs for Pre-School kids here.

**Please notify us immediately if there is a photograph of your child that you do not want posted online.  We will remove it.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Down on the Farm

On Saturday, the library hosted a variety of different farm animals on our front lawn!  
Check out all of the photos from the event here.

During the program, children could participate in our
Apple Raffle

Participants had to guess how many apples we had in our wheelbarrow.  The answer?
43 apples

Congratulations to our 4 Winners:

Mia Y.
Jake F.
Owen M.
Jack S.

Our winners won all the apples in the wheelbarrow AND a subscription to National Geographic Kids magazine.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

National Candy Corn Month

National Candy Corn Month is just around the corner!

Celebrate with us by stopping by the Children's Desk any time in the month of October to take a guess at our Candy Corn Jar.  The winner will take home the whole jar and a gift card!  

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pinwheels for Peace

Help us celebrate International Day of Peace!

Stop by the library at any time in the next few days and decorate a pinwheel.  Templates for the pinwheels are located in the Children's Department along with coloring implements.  You can decorate as many as you want!

Be sure to stop by on Monday, September 21st to see the "planted" Pinwheels for Peace on our front lawn.

Friday, September 4, 2015

1KB4K Achievement

Congratulations to Jake V. for completing 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!  

He is the very first child to complete this program since its launch in October 2014!

See how everyone stacks up so far:

7 children have reached 
50 Books
5 children have reached 
100 Books
3 children have reached 
150 Books
1 child has reached 
200 Books
1 child has reached 
250 Books
1 child has reached 
300 Books
1 child has reached
350 Books
1 child has reached 
450 Books
and 1 child has completed 1,000 Books!

Keep up the good work!

Check out our 1KB4K Wall of Achievement to see pictures of all children who complete the program.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Blog Updates

We have updated some information on our blog.

Please note:

1. There are a few changes to our Resources page:  

2. There are new printable program calendars for September and October on our calendar page.

3. There is now a page and submission form for teachers to submit assignments that will require library resources.  By submitting this information, it allows librarians to prepare and order materials in advance for students who come to the library for resources.

4. Leveled book lists will be available on the blog beginning in September.  They will have their own page, so look for that tab in the upcoming weeks.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Summer Reading Club

A BIG CHEER for everyone who participated in this year's Summer Reading Club, 
Every Hero Has A Story!

Congrats to all of our Summer Reading Club Weekly Raffle Winners!

Week 1:
Troy C. & Abigail B.

Week 2:

Brendan P. & London S.

Week 3:

Grace R. & Nick S.

Week 4:

Evangeline B. & Jade M.

Week 5: 

Alessandra S. & Casey H.

Congrats to everyone else who won a prize this summer!

Check out pictures of our Summer Reading Club Carnival here!

**Please notify us immediately if there is a photograph of your child that you do not want posted online.  We will remove it.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

July Programs

Check out all of these photographs from programs in July!  We had a lot going on!

Summer Story Crafts

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See more programs for School Age kids here!

Superhero Time

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See more programs for School Age kids here!

Super Hero Buddies

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See more programs for School Age kids here!

Captain America

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See more programs for Families here!

Kickin' Chemistry

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See more programs for Pre-K kids here!

Gardening Club

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See more programs for School Age kids here!

Check back for more photographs from our Summer Reading Club Kick-off and Carnival!

**Please notify us immediately if there is a photograph of your child that you do not want posted online.  We will remove it.

Friday, July 24, 2015

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

This is just a reminder for all our soon-to-be

Fill out those reading logs and bring them in before the school year starts in order to complete the 
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten 

Last year we officially launched our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.  We just want to remind you that this program is ongoing throughout the year and you may sign up for it at any time.  Additionally, if you have already signed up, don't forget to bring in your reading logs.  Every time you complete a reading log you get a prize!

See how everyone stacks up:

7 children have reached 
50 Books!
5 children have reached 
100 Books!
1 child has reached 
150 Books!
2 children have reached 
200 Books!
2 children have reached 
300 Books!
1 child has reached
350 Books!
and 1 child has completed 550 Books!

Keep up the good work!

Recommended books are marked with a special sticker, but you can read any book you want!  Just be sure to mark it down and bring in your log so you can get your prize!  Check out the display in the front window of the Children's Department at the library to browse through our selection of books.

If you do not know what 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is, keep reading to find out how the program works!

What is 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten?

It is a free reading program that promotes early literacy.  The concept is simple. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, or toddler and keep track of how many you read. The goal is simply to have read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten.

Is it possible to read 1,000 books that quickly?

Absolutely! If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think!

The library will facilitate the program by helping you to keep track of how many books you have read and by handing out prizes as you reach different milestones in the program.

Why should I participate?

Good question!  Early literacy is an important part of your child’s early education.  Reading together each day will help them to prepare for kindergarten and the educational demands they must eventually meet.