Thursday, February 12, 2015

Book Buddies February Meeting - CANCELLED

Due to snow related scheduling conflicts, the February 25th Book Buddies meeting has been cancelled.

At this time, after much consideration, I have decided to suspend the Book Buddies Book Club for the foreseeable future.  It has been my great pleasure to lead our book club for the past 7 years.  We have read some wonderful books and had some amazing book discussions.  I have enjoyed getting know all of the Book Buddies members and talking about books and reading with you.

The Book Buddies Blog will also be discontinued as of the end of February.  

Visit the Kids page of the library's website for details on all of the wonderful programs that are currently available for kids ages 0 - 12.

Thanks again to all the Book Buddies members who've attended over the years.  Keep reading and talking about books!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

February School Vacation Week Activities @ the Library!

Looking for something to do during the February school vacation?  Come to the library!

Tuesday, February 17th @ 10:30am - Animal World Experience "Winter Wonders"
Ever wonder what animals do in the winter?  Join Animal World Experience and explore the many ways that animals survive in, and thrive in the winter.  What you find out will shock and amaze you!  Following the presentation, children will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of different animals.
No registration is required for this free program - just drop in!  For children ages 4 - 12.  Held in the lower level program room.

Wednesday, February 18th @ 10:30am - Sarah Gardner Music - "Warm Winter Sing-A-Long"
Join musician Sarah Gardner for a Warm Winter Sing-A-Long in the lower level program room.  Hear winter songs, dreidel rhymes and the Snowman Pokey!  Flap your flippers during the Penguin Dance and join in with the jingling and jumping.  No registration is required for this free event, just drop in!  All are welcome, however this program is best suited for younger children, ages 0 - 5.

Thursday, February 19th at 2:30pm - Chinese New Year Crafts
Celebrate the Chinese New Year by creating a variety of crafts at the library!   Ages 5 - 10. 
Registration required.  Held in the John Clarke Children's Program Room.

Friday, February 20th at 2:30pm - Kids Movie Matinee: The Boxtrolls
Children ages 6 - 12 are invited to view the The Boxtrolls, rated PG.  Subterranean trolls raise an orphaned boy, who helps them fight back against an evil exterminator and make peace with the fearful residents of an upper-crust Victorian-era town known for its world-class cheeses.  No registration is required.  Held in the lower level program room.

Have a great week!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Valentine Chocolate Party

There are still space available if you'd like to attend the Valentine Chocolate Party tomorrow at 4:00pm.  Come make a variety of valentine crafts and enjoy hot chocolate and candy treats!  Sign up at the Children's Desk or call 401-847-8720 ext. 204.  Ages 6-12.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

LEGO Club Monday!

The next meeting of the LEGO Club will be this coming Monday, February 9th from 4:00pm-6:00pm.  No sign up is needed - just drop in!  Open to ages 6 - 12.

LEGO Club will also meet on Monday, February 23rd from 4:00pm-6:00pm.

Come make something wonderful with LEGOs!

Friday, February 6, 2015

February Book Selection

The February Book Buddies Book will be... The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis.  We will meet to discuss this terrific graphic novel on Wednesday, February 25th at 4:00pm.  Please sign up if you plan to attend.

Eleven-year-old Julian Calendar thought changing schools would mean leaving his "nerdy" persona behind, but instead he forms an alliance with fellow inventors Greta and Ben and works with them to prevent an adult from using one of their gadgets for nefarious purposes.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Newbery Medal Winner and Honor Books

The ALA Youth Media Awards were handed out on Monday, February 2nd and the winner of the Newbery Award for the most distinuginshed contribution to American literature for children went to.... The Crossover by Kwame Alexander!

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

There were also two Honor Books:

El Deafo by Cece Bell

The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower."

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The moving story of the author's childhood told in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

Congratulations to all!  

RICBA - Vote now!

Voting for the 2015 Rhode Island Children's Book Award is now underway!  Voting takes place at your local school... talk to your teacher or school librarian about casting your vote if you read at least 3 of the nominated titles.  The winner will be revealed in mid-March along with the 2016 nominee list of 20 awesome books to read!