Kathy Bachor's blog
Well - even if the snow's still flying, you can always come in to the Children's Library and find things to do. We have craft books, cook books, winter picture books, and more. The DVD shelves are full of great selections for those cabin fever afternoons. Take a look at the children's event tab at the top of the page for book groups, concerts, chess club, crafts, and more. We are always happy to see you! Weather permitting, of course...
In January, the children's department is launching two new programs for families. Miss Amina's "Family Book Discussion" is for children in grades 4-6 with an adult and meets Wednesday January 28 at 6:30pm. This group will be discussing No Talking by Andrew Clements. Registration begins January 14. "Friends & Family Book Club" is for kids in grades 3-5 with or without a grownup and meets Thursday January 29 at 6:30pm. Mrs. B will be moderating our discussion of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Copies of this book by Roald Dahl will be available to check out when you register, beginning January 5.
Read-along book and CD kits are also great for those car trips! We have a broad selection of picture book and beginner reader sets which often include music and sound effects. Our extensive collection of books on CD for children includes all the latest hits -- and some old favorites the whole family will enjoy. The stories range in length and content, so come on in and we'll help you choose some -- like Lemony Snicket? Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus? Boxcar Children mysteries? James Patterson's Middle School Series? Junie B Jones? Dork Diaries? 39 Clues? Magic Tree House? Well - you get the idea. Stop in before you hit the road.
Registration for our third annual Pumpkinpalooza is under way. Join us next Friday, October 24 at 4:00pm for a chilling session of stories presented by the "Story for Kids Club" of Clarkstown North High School. These teens will tell frightful tales and scary stories appropriate for brave little youngsters ages 5 and up. Wearing costumes is encouraged! Limited seating is available in our haunted basement room, so call 634-4997 x 121, to reserve your space soon -- if you dare!
...but when someone timidly approaches the children's desk and whispers "I'm sorry to bother you, but I have a question", please know -- it's really not a bother! We may look too busy at first glance, but we generally bring work to the desk in case we have a quiet moment when a patron doesn't need help. Although our duties include collection development, planning and implementing programs, scheduling room use, weeding, etc., all those other tasks can be done when we're elsewhere. So please don't hesitate to come on over and ask for what you need if we haven't asked you first! After all, we're here for you and your families!
Summer's nearly here! School is nearly done....but let's not take a vacation from reading! We are pleased to participate in the nation-wide summer reading program "Fizz, Boom, Read!" Come in with your child starting June 27th to pick up your kit. You must present your New City Library card to receive the packet. For every book read, each child will receive a bubble to put in our beakers and test tubes -- and hopefully they will fizz and boom out the top from all the kids' summer reading! We are also offering science programs such as Soda Bottle Science, Bubble Trouble, Science Quest Treasure Hunt, and more! We have music programs planned as well - Mr. Kurt, Matty Roxx, and Romper Room. Want arts & crafts? Book clubs? We've got those, too!
Come one, come all! Kids in grades 2 and up are invited to join our Garden Rockers! Club and help keep the Children's Garden looking its best. Several flowering plants from last season are blooming now -- even a couple of the pansies around the sundial survived the winter. The dogwood is in full flower, bleeding hearts and columbines abound! Call the children's desk at extension 121 or drop by and sign up. We will be weeding and planting on Thursdays May 15 and May 29 at 6:00pm. If you can't come at those times, you can volunteer to weed and water the garden when you are available. Stop by the children's reference desk for further details. We will have our Garden Tea Party on Saturday June 7 and Sunday June 8, at 3:00, which is open to all. See you in the garden!
Sure thing! Studies have shown that babies develop better communication skills when they hear language patterns and new words frequently. What better way to do this than come to the library and read to your baby? We have a nice collection of sturdy board books for those little hands. For even more stimulation, bring your little ones to Romper Room - a program of music, rhyming, rhythm and bubbles! We are offering sessions on Wednesdays at 10am and 11am from April 23 through May 28. Children from one month to preschoolers and their caregivers are welcome to attend. Due to limited space, we ask that only one adult per child comes, but each adult can bring all the children in their care - including those babies!
Once again, our friend Jacob will lead us with his guitar for a couple of songs during Young Ones Storytime. He will be here on March 25, April 29, and May 27 at 1:30pm.
..well, okay, with inflation it's more like thruppence a bag these days. Birds visit the children's garden all year round and we try to help them through the winter by filling up the birdfeeders. Many thanks to all those patrons and staff members who have continued to donate bags of seed for this effort. We even took part in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology birdcount a couple winters ago. Just come into the children's room and you will surely see some of our feathered friends. Please consider donating a bag of bird seed at the children's desk. You can drop it off before or after you've looked through our many birding books in the children's and adult's collections!