Storytime…en francais.

If you attended our French Storytime during the March Break, you got to know our wonderful friend Agathe. And guess what? She’s coming back for more!

Frenchstorytime1We’re looking forward to offering French Storytime for ages 2 and up once per month….at least until the summer. Join us on the following dates for songs, stories and a quick craft!

Monday, April 13th   10:30am

Monday, May 11   10:30am

Monday, June 8    10:30am

It’s going to be a lot of fun. Please call or drop in to register. And while we know that a lot of people are interested in a later storytime for older kids, we’ll see if we can’t meet everyone’s needs during the summer months.

Can They Vote?

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Forest of Reading® Voting Night is coming up soon—- Thursday, April 23rd from 6-7pm. At the moment, we have about a dozen kids who are eligible to vote—-they’ve read 8 – 10 books in their reading category, and several dozen more who are almost there. But no worries, there is still plenty of time for those of you who might have young readers working hard to finish their books.

WHO CAN VOTE?

Anyone who registered with us for the Forest of Reading® and who has been keeping track of their books in our binder will be on our list. They MUST complete all 10 books in the Blue Spruce™ category, or at least 8 books in the Silver Birch Express™, Silver Birch Fiction™, Silver Birch Non-Fiction™, or Red Maple™ categories. If they’ve been marking them off in the binder, then I know who has completed enough books to vote.  Please check the list posted in the library to make sure your reader is on it.

WHAT IF WE DIDN’T READ ENOUGH BOOKS?

This is an official voting process—-our results are sent to Toronto for the official tally so that the awards may be given to the Canadian authors and illustrators with the most votes. In order for a reader to honestly pick the best books in their categories, we’ve decided that reading at least eight out of the ten books will give them a good feel for the category. (In Blue Spruce™ it is all ten because they are short picture books.)

If they don’t read the required number of books, we cannot let them vote. However, EVERYONE registered for the program can come to our voting night party. We’d love for readers to see  how exciting it is to finish, and be able to participate in the vote.  We’ll talk about the books a little, announce our winners, and yes….eat some cake.

WHEN WILL THE OFFICIAL WINNERS BE ANNOUNCED?

Although we’ll pick our winners, it will take about a month for the tallies to come in from everyone participating around the province. We’ll leave our winners posted, and then will post the official winners sometime in mid-may.

If you have any other questions, please give us a call at the library. Otherwise, we hope to see you at the library on voting night!

March Break Success!

We had such a fun March Break last week. It was busy, but it was also very successful! Now we’re recovering. But what did we do? Lots!

march.jpgWe had THREE young writers sessions, where we wrote poetry, learned about mysteries, and made up some fractured fairy tales

  • We had a very loud and exciting session of Crazy Library Bingo! (All right now everyone…switch cards!)
  • Although we were scheduled to paint with Coke, it worked better with Kool-Aid.
  • And our Big Hero Drop In was one of the busiest afternoons we’ve had in a long time. (I think everyone was satisfied with our care.)
  • On Thursday, the great people from Radical Science visited and helped us dissect diapers, and make slime! How sublime! (Yes, that was a leftover from the Poetry Party.)
  • And our first French Storytime was a great success. We can’t wait for the next one! (Even though I promised to learn French songs for the occasion.)

Thanks for donating cash and groceries for the Food Bank, for sharing your Shelfie Selfies with us, for drawing cave art and searching for all of the fun I Spy items in the library. We couldn’t have done it without you!

We’re Getting Ready for Babies again!

baby2015posterIn just a few more weeks, we’ll be welcoming babies back to the library. This is such a fun 6-week session, and just as much about the parents as it is about the babies. Each time, we make new friends, get to laugh and cuddle with new babies, and hopefully, make lifelong library-goers.

If you have a little one aged 0 – 12 months, this is the program for you. Call us to register starting today, and we’ll put you on the list. Babytime starts on Thursday, April 23rd and runs through May 28. We meet for about 20-25 minutes starting at 9:30am, but there is no hurry to leave the library right after the session. Stay, talk with other moms, check out some books….we’re just glad to have you at the library. We sing songs, learn fun tickle rhymes, and everyone will go home with a fun pre-literacy skill or baby life-hack to try out.

Don’t forget to tell any new moms you might know about this great program. This will be the last one until the fall!

Projects!

onlineresourcesWe often have children come to the library looking for very specific resources because they have a project. While we carry LOTS of great, new non-fiction in our juvenile section, we can’t carry everything, and that project about the Australian thorny devil lizard probably won’t garner a lot of hits when you search our library catalog. But what we don’t have in books, we make up for in online resources. This is WAY better than using Wikipedia.

onlineIf you drop by our online catalog, you can click on the “Online Resources” button (just like the one above….and I’ve linked it here so you can go directly to it while you read this blog post). At that point, select Homework Help, and you’ll be brought to a couple of great website links, such as Kids InfoBits.

kidsI LOVE this particular resource because it is so user friendly, and is aimed at kids from Kindergarten to Grade 5—exactly the ones who might not have a lot of research skills at this point. From there, you can choose your topic, search, and voila! Tons of great information! We’ve been suggesting this site to teachers who frequent the library, and the response so far has been wonderful.

While researching projects at the library is nothing new, being able to do it from home through the library catalog is a great idea not many people think about. This is second in our series called “FIND IT NOW : Online Resources at the Library.”

March 2015 at the Library

Photo by Danist Soh, courtesy of UNSPLASHMarch is here and whether it comes in like a lamb or a lion, we have plenty of great things going on at the library. After the cold stretch in February,  please remember that the library is a warm spot to visit, especially if you are in need of some shelter. We’re open Monday to Thursday 1:30 – 8pm, Friday from 9:30 – 5:30pm, and Saturdays from 10am until 5pm. Drop by during those hours and find a cozy spot to sit. We’d love to see you here!

If you’re looking for things to do this month, we have lots going on. We’re well into our new Toddler Time sessions on Thursday mornings at 10am, and we also run a regular storytime on Wednesday mornings, either 9:30am or 10:15am. Please call the library for more information and to register.

Forest of Reading continues this month, and our young readers are really racing through their books!  We have several readers who have completed their category, and have moved on to another. Who will read 30 books this time? It’s up for grabs!

Of course, the BIG thing happening this month is March Break, which takes place from March 16 – 20. We’ll have all kinds of fun events for the little ones, school age, teen and even a few things for adults! Please see our earlier post for the complete schedule, or drop by the library to pick one up. We’re going to be busy!

As usual, we’ll be having our monthly Craft Club meeting on Monday, March 16th from 6-7:30pm. This is a great session for adults who like to knit, crochet, or do any number of crafts. Bring along your work, and plan on meeting up with new people who also like to craft. Refreshments provided!

Have you taken advantage of our Ancestry Database training? If you haven’t, there are still slots available for anyone who wishes to know a little bit more about how to use the service and start researching your family tree. These are one-on-one sessions, and you do need to have some computer skills in order to get started. Call us to make an appointment!

To finish up this month, we’re getting ready to write books again in April. Join us on Tuesday, March 31st for the Camp NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party!  We’ll talk about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), discuss our plans for the month of April, and give writers a few pointers to begin writing. If you’ve been taking part in our sessions which began last year, this is a fun event, and one that gets our creative juices flowing. If you haven’t been writing, but think you might have a novel in you, join us from 6-7pm to find out how we can help you write that novel in April.

We hope to see you this month. Happy March!

Calling All Toddlers!

We’re finishing up with our first babytime session of the year, and gearing up for Toddler Time starting next week. If you have young ones aged 1-2 years of age, drop by on Thursday morning at 10am for the first in our six-week session! It’s going to be a fun time, filled with songs, stories and much more.

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No registration is necessary, and your child can be a little older (or a little younger), if you think they’re ready for this session. We do a bit of baby-sign, and the format is quite different from babytime, so it might be a great cross-over before they’re ready for storytime.

Each Toddler Time is about 25 minutes long, and you have plenty of time to chat with other parents, choose books, and let the children socialize. It’s a great chance to get out of the house and do something a bit different. All of our children’s programs are quite popular, so we’re hoping this session will be as much loved as some of the other ones. Yay, Toddlers!