Monday, October 24, 2016

News From the Children's Room

Maker Mondays
Every Monday get creative at the library!  We will have a cart of materials available in the Children's Department between 3pm and 5pm.  Children can use their imagination to design and assemble their own creations.

Reader's Challenges
Designed specifically for children in grades K-2 and 3-5, these reading challenges reward children for beginning to read independently (K-2) and for reading a variety of genres (3-5).  Stop by the Children's Department today to sign up!

Brainfuse Homework Help
Got homework? Connect with online tutors using Brainfuse. Online certified tutors are available to help you with your homework. Brainfuse also offers skills-building, writing assistance, flash cards, test preparation and more. It may be accessed on the Children’s Room Blog under Resources. Learn more about it here:

Print From Anywhere Service

The library is introducing a great new service this month.  You can now print to the library's printers from anywhere!  If you're working on a project or homework at home and need to print something out, follow a simple set of directions that can be found here: and then come in to the library to pick it up!

3D Printer
Stop by the computer area in the back of our library and check out our new 3D printer.  It's constantly working so you can see it in action!

Toys for Tots
Starting in November, patrons may drop off new, unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program.  What a wonderful opportunity to brighten the life of a child this holiday season.  A collection box will be located in the Children's Department.

Mitten Tree

Starting on Thursday, December 1st-Friday, December 23rd, patrons may begin in new or handmade mittens, gloves, hats or scarves to the Children's Room to be hung on the Mitten Tree.  These items will be donated to local agencies for children in our community.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Observe the Moon Night


Join the celebration by taking some time this evening to observe the Earth's Moon.  Tell us a little bit about what you see!  What color is the moon?  What shape is it?  Does it have any marks?  Where is it in the sky?  

What you will need:
Binoculars or Telescope
Flashlight (cover this with a red tissue paper)
Folding chair
Bug spray

Pick a spot that is not near any bright lights so you have the best view!

Here are some Moon facts:
1. The moon is the brightest object in our sky, except for the Sun.
2. Sometimes you can see the moon during the day.
3. The moon is 2,100 miles across.
4. The moon is 4 and a half billion years old.
5. The moon reflects the light of the sun.

Learn even more at!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Early Literacy Tip

                                                Early Literacy  
What children know about reading and writing before they learn to read and write.

It is important to develop early literacy skills in young children so that they are adequately prepared to learn how to read and write.  Strong reading skills form the basis for learning in all subjects and lead to better performance in school.

Early Literacy Tip


Read and reread, and read again.  Read books about topics your child is interested in.  Read to your child, read with your child, and listen to their attempts to read to you.

Reading and rereading books to, and with, your child helps to develop your child's language skills, and increases their vocabulary and general knowledge.  It also promotes print awareness (the awareness that words on a page mean something), how books are put together, and letter knowledge (learning the letters of the alphabet).