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Every Hero has a Story!

Summer Reading Club in the Children's Department begins June 26 and ends August 15 for New City Library cardholders.  Children age 2 through those entering 6th grade are welcome to participate.  We have programs planned for all ages, prizes, reading club packets, and plenty of books to choose from! Our Every Hero Reading Party will be held on Tuesday, August 18 and tickets will be needed. Come in or call for more details.  We're looking forward to seeing you!

Jacques Cousteau's June Birthday

 Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born in Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac, France on June 11, 1910.  He learned to swim at the age of four and quickly developed a fascination with the water.  After a boarding school education, Cousteau attended the French Naval Academy and served as an officer in the Indian and South Pacific Oceans.  In the 1940’s, he developed the first aqua lung along with French engineer, Emile Gagnan.  This technology allowed divers to spend extended amounts of time underwater.  In 1948, Cousteau took his first expedition.  His work included producing documentaries and television specials, as well as writing books that “brought more attention to the mysteries and attractions [in] the underwater world.” 

Sensory Storytime

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  As a school boy, he told stories to entertain his fellow students.  He later attended the University of Edinburgh with future authors James Barrie and Robert Louis Stevenson.  During medical school, he wrote his first short story called The Mystery of Sasassa Valley.  Doyle then became a foreign correspondent in Egypt and a doctor in Africa.  He settled in England, eventually giving up his medical career to write full time.  In 1887, Sherlock Holmes first appeared in the book A Study in Scarlet.  Doyle ultimately wrote sixty stories about Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Watson.

In honor of this May birthday, explore the library's mystery collection.  Some favorite series include:

Cam Jansen by David Adler

History Mysteries by American Girl

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol

Rock the garden!!

Time to play in the dirt---or better yet -- help clean up and plant in the Children's Garden! Sign up at the children's desk by phone or in person. Our Garden Rockers Club registration is under way. The Clarkstown Garden Club ladies will be on hand to teach us about weeds and flowers and help us with the garden. Registration is open to families, kids, teens, seniors -- everybody who loves to dig in the dirt and see things grow. Our Spring meeting dates are Thursdays May 7 & 14 at 5:30, Saturday May 30 & Sunday May 31 at 2:00pm. Our Children's GardenTea Party will be June 5 & 6 from 2-4:00pm both days to thank our volunteers. Please join us!

THE PONY EXPRESS

The Pony Express was created to expedite communication with the American West.  It consisted of a 2000 mile trail, which started in St. Joseph, Missouri and ended in Sacrament, California.  Men rode horseback for 75 to 100 miles and then passed on their letters to the next rider.  This formed a kind of relay team of postal workers. 

The first ride took place on April 3, 1860.  The Pony Express quickly grew to "100 stations, 80 riders, and 400-500 horses."  Although the trail ride was very dangerous, only one delivery was ever lost.  After ninteen months, The Pony Express closed on October 24, 1861 when the Pacific Telegraph Line was completed.

Want to learn more about these brave and adventurous men?  Look for these titles the next time you visit the library:

Hoofbeats of Danger by Holly Hughes (J AMERICAN GIRL)

Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express by Debbie Dadey (J DADEY)

Is Spring on its way yet??

Well - even if the snow's still flying, you can always come in to the Children's Library and find things to do.  We have craft books, cook books, winter picture books, and more.  The DVD shelves are full of great selections for those cabin fever afternoons.  Take a look at the children's event tab at the top of the page for book groups, concerts, chess club, crafts, and more.  We are always happy to see you!  Weather permitting, of course...

Presidents' Day

Presidents' Day was originally established to celebrate the birth of George Washington on February 22nd.  But since the 1960's, this holiday honors all past and present U.S. Presidents on the third Monday in February.  If you would like to learn more about our country's leaders, look for some of these titles the next time you visit the library:

Presidents' Day (J394.261 PRE MAR)

If I were the President (J352.23 TRO)

Who works at the White House? (J975.3 KEN)

If the walls could talk: Family life at the White House (J973 OCO)

George Washington's teeth (J973.4 CHA)

The impossible patriotism project (JP Skeers)

Mr. President goes to school (JP Walton)

Arthur meets the President (JP Brown)

Madame President (JP Smith)

Making History in January

Elvis Presley

Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi.  He is known as "The King of Rock 'n' Roll" or simply Elvis.  This legendary performer became an international sensation in 1956.  Since then, his music has been enjoyed by generations of fans and over one billion of his records have been sold.  Whether you already love Elvis or haven't yet discovered his amazing talent, come to the library and check out these books, cds, and movies:

Elvis Presley (J 920 DOL)

Elvis Presley by Rupert Matthews (JB Presley)

All shook up by Barry Denenberg (JB Presley)

Shake, rattle, and roll by Holly George-Warren (J781.66 GEO)

Ten little Elvi by Laura J. Henson (JP Henson)

Elvis, the great performances (DVD)

Two new book groups for 2015

In January, the children's department is launching two new programs for families.  Miss Amina's "Family Book Discussion" is for children in grades 4-6 with an adult and meets Wednesday January 28 at 6:30pm.  This group will be discussing No Talking by Andrew Clements. Registration begins January 14.  "Friends & Family Book Club" is for kids in grades 3-5 with or without a grownup and meets Thursday January 29 at 6:30pm.  Mrs. B will be moderating our discussion of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Copies of this book by Roald Dahl will be available to check out when you register, beginning January 5.

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