Wednesday’s at 11:00 a.m.
Stories, Songs, and Fun for all!
September 2nd – September 20th
Wednesday’s at 11:00 a.m.
Stories, Songs, and Fun for all!
September 2nd – September 20th
Maker Spaces and Libraries go together like PB & J. Each one is good on their own, but together they’re better! Maker Spaces encourage critical thinking and problem solving skills along with developing creativity in children. (adults too!) So on September 14, the Main branch of the library is launching Maker Mondays. Each Monday a new challenge will be available and will stay up all week. This will be a drop-in program. It will consist of a challenge and the supplies to make a solution. There are no right or wrong answers and each person will have a unique spin to their design.
The last Monday of the month is a special Maker Monday program for tweens in 3rd-6th grades. In September, the program will be “Light up your Notebook”. Using LED lights, copper tape and batteries, tweens will transform their original drawings into a glowing masterpiece. This program will introduce tweens to simple circuits and will contain an art element. During the month of October the Main Library will host a travelling 3-D printer. For the special Maker Monday we will be having a staff member from the Emerging Technologies Department do a 3-D printer demo. (There might be take-home goodies as well!) For November, it will be a battle of microscopic proportions as we make Magnetic Microbots. Tweens will design and build a small microbot that will have specific functions and be able to travel up smooth surfaces. Engineering skills will be put to the test!
These programs are a good way to incorporate STEAM into your homeschool curriculum or enhancing lesson from school. I hope your children and tweens will come in and see what all the fun is about!
-Meghan, Main Library
In preparation for our upcoming Toddler Art programs (beginning in late September), I have been reading a lot about goals art educators should have when working with toddlers and preschoolers. The source I have found to be the most helpful so far is First Art for Toddlers and Twos: Open-ended Art Experiences, by Mary Ann F. Kohl. What I found really alarming in this book was the regular repetition of a piece of advice given to me by one of my favorite high school art teachers, the idea that, in art, the process is more important than the product. The fun is in getting there.
This is an idea that really resonates with me. It is during the process of making art that children really have time to learn to focus their attention, make decisions, express their ideas, and, perhaps most importantly, to have fun. Hopefully, our new Toddler Art programs will give kids the opportunity to do all of the above. I cannot wait to begin these art programs. I look forward to seeing you there!!
-Kathy, Children’s Librarian, Main Library
Are you a homeschooler and looking for some new ideas for your children? Did you know there is a homeschool program at the Hervey Memorial Library in Utica? It meets at 1:00 pm on the first Thursday of the month and runs for 3-month sessions. Kayla Brown presents this fantastic program and topics range from biomes to the Civil War. September’s program, Biomes: My Home, will be about different biomes and we will be creating biome boxes. Registration is required and space is limited so be sure to register online through our Event Calendar or call the library at 740.892.2400 or e-mail Kayla Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more information.
Don’t live close to Utica? No worries. The following Licking County Library locations also have homeschool programs:
Main Library – Homeschool Series, once a month – check our Event Calendar for dates and times.
Buckeye Lake Branch – Buckeye Lake Homeschool Program, third Monday of the month at 1:00 pm.
Hebron Branch – Hebron Homeschoolers, one Tuesday a month at 2:00 pm – check our Event Calendar for dates.
Jenn – Hervey Memorial, Utica
Here at the library, one of our favorite children’s musicians is Jim Gill. We’ve been using his music in programs like story time and Moving to Music for years, but the songs never get stale or lose their appeal. Many of his songs have an action component or otherwise encourage participation. Plus, nearly all of them are quite funny in ways that appeal to grown-ups as well as children. If you’ve never tried any of his music, I recommend the albums Irrational Anthem and Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi on His Toe, Leg, Knee to start with. Drop by the library and check out some of his music today! –Misti, Children’s Librarian, Main Library
Here at Buckeye Lake Library we love, love, love our dogs! Dogs are such a great asset to any family, so we are happy to recommend the book: Puppy Love by Lisa M. Gerry. It has wonderful photos and heartfelt stories, and we can definitely say it’s worth reading! Even if you don’t have a dog yourself, the heroism of these little canines will leave you in awe! Come to your local library and request your copy!
Join us at the Buckeye Lake Library on Wednesday, July 29th at 2:00 p.m. for our Family Movie Day. Beat the heat and enjoy a cool afternoon of movies, popcorn, and fun! For more details contact the Buckeye Lake Library at 740-928-0472.
Mai has her summer all planned out: hanging out at Laguna Beach with her friends, flirting with that cute boy she’s been eying. Then her parents inform her that she is going to spend the summer traveling to Vietnam with her grandmother, who is seeking closure in regards to her husband, Mai’s grandfather, who disappeared during the war. This will also give Mai a chance to get in touch with her own cultural heritage, her parents add. Mai feels that she is in touch with her heritage just fine, and has no need to spend a summer far from California to explore it. Couldn’t one of her parents accompany her grandmother? But her mother, a lawyer, has a busy summer slated at work, and her father, a doctor, will travel with them to Vietnam, but will then continue to more remote villages to perform surgeries and other procedures for people who could otherwise never afford them. And so it is that Mai finds herself in Vietnam, having a far different summer than the one she had planned, and yes, getting in touch with her roots. But finding out the truth about what happened to her grandfather all those years ago will take more work than Mai could have imagined.
Thanhha Lai’s masterful use of language has already been established for those who have read her earlier verse novel Inside Out and Back Again. I was surprised to see that Listen, Slowly is prose, not verse, but not surprised that it exhibits the same level of linguistic virtuosity. Lai’s multifaceted characters come to life against the rich backdrop of modern Vietnam. With touches of pathos and splashes of humor, this book tells the story of a journey of discovery for Mai, as well as for her grandmother. Mai’s character development is the real heart of the story as she learns to truly appreciate her heritage. Highly recommended. — MT, Children’s Librarian, Main Library
Ms. Rapscott runs the Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents. She teaches girls how to do all the ordinary things that parents normally teach their children because the parents of these girls are too busy to do so. But she does so in fun and often extraordinary ways.
I really enjoyed this book and think middle grade readers will as well. Each girl in the story has her own problems to deal with and lessons to learn. Ms. Rapscott helps them all through with practical lessons like learning to brush their teeth and fun adventures like riding on creatures called Seaskimmers.
Elise Primavera is also the author of some of my favorite holiday books, the Auntie Claus holiday picture book series. Be sure to check those out this December.
Do you have chickens? How about unusual chickens? Sophie Brown does. In fact she has 6 unusual chickens that she just inherited from her Great Uncle. The only problem is, she has to find them. It’s harder than it sounds. Unusual chickens have unusual powers and Sophie has to figure them out in order to catch the chickens. To make things worse, Sue Griegson is trying to steal Sophie’s unusual chickens for herself! The only people who can help Sophie out are Gregory the Mailman and Agnes from Redwood Farm Supply. Agnes is the one who sold the unusual chickens to Sophie’s Great Uncle so she knows all about them, but she is hard to communicate with. Will Sophie ever be able to figure out where all the chickens are and how to catch them?
This is thoroughly entertaining book and will make a chicken lover out of you, if you’re not already! The grumpy Henrietta reminds me of my chicken, Miss Prissy. I highly recommend this book to anybody who loves chickens, has chickens or wants chickens. You’ll never look at a chicken the same way again!