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Children

...well, okay - THIS would bother us....

...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!

Louvre Museum

On August 10, 1793, the Louvre Museum opened in Paris, France.  In recognition of this historic day, we invite you to discover the library's art related materials, which include mystery, biography, non-fiction, DVD, and picture book titles.  Some of our children's favorites include:

Chasing Vermeer (J MYSTERY BALLIETT)

Mary Cassatt (JB CASSATT)

A weekend with Degas (JB DEGAS)

The life and work of Jackson Pollock (JB POLLOCK)

Diego Rivera: his world and ours (JB RIVERA)

Masterpieces up close (J 752 COL)

13 painters children should know (J 759 HEI)

Gustav Klimt: a painted fairy tale (J 759.36 KOJ)

Frida (J 759.972 WIN)

Artobet: a magical adventure of artists from A-Z (JDVD 759 ART)

AMELIA EARHART

Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas.  Amelia was an adventurous and curious child, who enjoyed exploring with her sister.  In 1920, she took an airplane ride at the Long Beach air show and immediately wanted to learn how to fly.  She was the 16th woman to get a pilot's license.  In 1928, she became the first female to fly across the Atlantic.  Amelia soon became a celebrity but didn't stop there.  At the age of 40, "she mysteriously disappeared while trying to circumnavigate the globe from the equator." 

Learn more about this American icon by visiting these websites:

www.ameliaearhart.com

www.ameliaearhartmuseum.org

Brilliant! Registration Begins June 23

BRILLIANT! (A  PROGRAM ABOUT DAY-GLO) Monday July 7, 7pm.  Entering Grades 3 & 4.

 Take home a copy of The Day-Glo Brothers; The True Story Of Bob And Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors by Chris Barton.day-glo brothers We'll review the story,  learn how day-glo was invented, and create a  glow-in-the-dark playdough sculpture.  Register and pick up a copy of the book starting June 23!

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!

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