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Fizz, Boom, Read!

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!

We Recommend....

The Boys Free Choice Book Club is a one-of-a-kind book group for boys in 3rd- 6th grade.  We read whatever we want and then once a month get together for discussions, reviews, extension activities and snacks.  Watch this video to see what we have been reading (click on the box in the bottom, right corner to view in full screen).  New members can sign-up this fall.

 

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Happy Birthday, Robert Munsch!!

Robert Munsch was born on June 11, 1945 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and grew up in a family with nine kids.  Although he struggled in school, he enjoyed writing poetry since elementary school.  While studying to become a Jesuit priest, he  worked in an orphange, where he discovered his love for working with children.  Munsch later decided not to become a priest but continued to work with children in a day care.  It was there that he developed his talents for storytelling.  Munsch now lives in Canada with his wife and has published over 50 books, including the best selling title, LOVE YOU FOREVER.  Learn more about Robert Munsch and his books at robertmunsch.com.  Then check out one of the his titles at the library.    Our favorites include:

We share everything!

Stephanie's ponytail

Happy Birthday, Leo Lionni!!

 

LEO LIONNI

Dutch author, Leo Lionni was born in 1910.  Inspired by his  frequent visits to the art museums of Amsterdam, Lionni  taught himself to draw at a young age.  Although he earned a doctoral degree in economics, he spent his early career working in advertising and writing for magazines, such as Fortune.   It wasn't until Lionni was almost 50 years old that he started writing for children.  He wrote over forty children's books and received four Caldecott Honors.  In celebration of this  beloved author's May birthday, please check out any of his titles during your next visit to the library.  Some of our favorites include:

Swimmy

Frederick

Little Blue and Little Yellow

 

 

 

 

Garden Rockers!

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!

Babies at the Library??

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!

Special Guest at Storytime!

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.

Boys Book Club

BOYS FREE CHOICE BOOK CLUB

REGISTER NOW!!!

Space is still available in this brand new book club for boys in 3rd grade and up.  Each participant will read whatever they choose---fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, magazine, etc.  Monthly meetings will include discussion,                      extension activities and snacks. 

Thursdays at 6:30pm

 April 10th, May 8th, June 12th

Contact Librarian, Amy Chesman for more information:

634-4997 ext. 121 or achesman@rcls.org

Feed the birds...tuppence a bag....

..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!

A.A. Milne

 

                                                            Happy Birthday A.A. Milne

Alan Alexander Milne was the author of Winnie-the-Pooh, one of the most charming characters in children's literature.  His adventures were inspired by the author's real life son, Christopher Robin and his stuffed dolls; Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tiger, Kanga and little Roo.  Celebrate A.A. Milne's birthday on January 18th, by revisiting the Hundred Acre Wood as you share these enchanting tales with your family.  The library has many titles in fiction, picture book, and easy reader.  Our favorites include:

The complete tales of Winnie-the-Pooh

When we were very young

Now we are six

The house at Pooh Corner

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