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What kid wants to watch educational DVDs???

Maybe yours!  Tired of viewing those same old cartoon DVDs again and again?  Sitting in front of the game system fighting the aliens getting old?  We have a huge selection in the children's DVD section covering topics from home safety to how the rides at Disney World work.  Among our collection of more than 350 titles are several series.  We all love Bill Nye the Science Guy's way of introducing complex topics to young viewers using humor and sight gags.  Families of the World series shows the traditional cultures of many countries, each with its own DVD.  We have recently added Families of Guatemala, Families of Russia, and Families of Israel.  The titles in this series that we don't own in our collection can be borrowed through inter-library loan and picked up right here for your convenience.  Another excellent series is Global Wonders, which shows a culturally-diverse group of young friends how their traditions have impacted the arts, sciences, etc.  For more adventure, take a look at

LAST All Aboard! Storytime for 2012

If you haven't attended this program in Congers yet, next Wednesday November 21 is your last chance this year.  Join us for an out-of-library experience in the historic Congers Train Station.  We read stories and sing songs in front of the fireplace - and sometimes see the train go by.  Bring along a mat to sit on and a grownup.  There's plenty of parking and restrooms are available.  We begin at 10:00 am and run for 30 - 40 minutes.  No registration or library card is needed.  Hope to see you there!

Website of the Month

November Website 

The Presidents    

In the past several months of this Presidential election year, we've heard all about Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.  But do you know..... Which president acted in 53 Hollywood films? Which president owned a haberdashery in Kansas City?  Which president was nicknamed "Old Hickory"?  Who was the only president to be married in the White House?  Which president served between two Bush's?  Find the answers to these questions and other presidential facts at www.thewhitehouse.gov.    Also included on this website is information about the First Ladies, Vice Presidents, Camp David, Air Force One, and behind the scenes photos of President Obama in action. Then visit the library to learn more.  Look for these titles:

Change for Children's Shows

Beginning January 2013, we must limit admission to children's programs in the Meeting Room to one adult per child.  We have had to turn away more and more disappointed children over the past few months since the room has been at full capacity.  All adults must show their New City or West Nyack Library cards at the door.  We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation so that more children can enjoy their programs!

Website of the Month

October Website

www.storybird.com

Storybird is a website for young authors to exercise their creativity.  Log in to create your very own storybook with a beautiful selection of illustrations and a vast amount themes.  When your story is complete, you can save it, read it and share with others.  There is even an option to have your book printed into a soft or hardcover edition.  You can also enjoy the work of other "published" authors.         

Want to learn more about how books are made, written, and illustrated?  Come in to the library and check out our non-fiction titles, including:

Creative Lettering by Judy Balchin (J745.5 BAL)

I Can Draw Animals by Ray Gibson (J741.2 GIB)

How a Book is Made by Aliki (J686 ALI)

A change is coming soon ........

Within the next few weeks, the Internet-access computers in the Children's Library will be updated with a new log-in procedure.  All young internet users will need a library card to use them.  Users will be able to load money on their account for printing and the time limit will be automatic.  This Envisionware product is already successfully in use on the adult computers.  Please note that the Children's Library serves those patrons up to age 12 and people 13 and older will have to use the nternet computers for teens/adults.

All Aboard! Storytime at Congers Train Station

Can't you hear that whistle blowin' - rise up so early in the morn - well, not so early, really.  10 a.m. isn't early for children ages 3+ who'd like to come on in and hear some stories.  All Aboard! Storytime is back at the Congers Train Station in October, but we've moved to Wednesdays now.  There will be sessions on October 3, 10, (no session on October 17) October 24 and a special spooky edition on October 31~  Also, we'll  be meeting November 14 & 21 (no session November 7).  Don't forget to bring a grown-up and a mat to sit on.  There's plenty of parking and chairs are on-site for the grown-ups.  No registration necessary - come to one session or all.  See you soon!  And be sure to wear a costume if you'd like to on Halloween!

Children's non-fiction treasures!

                                               Our non-fiction stacks are filling up with many new titles written for kids from K - 6th grades.  Have you ever heard of a fennec fox or a bonobo?  Tried to bake a cakepop?  Wondered if you could do origami or fly a paper airplane?  Wanted to know more about an exotic country you've never been to?  Come on in to our children's department and any of our librarians will be happy to help you find a non-fiction title to satisfy your curiosity about many topics.  Oh, and don't forget the biography collection - many famous people have books written about them these days.  How did Usain Bolt come to win Gold in the Summer Olympics? Who started the tradition of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade balloons?  Where does Lady Gaga find those crazy outfits?  Did Amelia Earhart really get lost?  Which pro wrestling champion has the most interesting life?

Website of the Month

 

September Website

Building Big

Building Big is an exciting website based on the PBS series of the same name.  Learn about bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams, and tunnels, along with how they are designed and built.  Discover examples of these architectural wonders from around the world, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Pantheon, Eiffel Tower, Hoover Dam, and Channel Tunnel.  In the website's building lab, learn about the forces, materials, shapes, and loads that are involved in these structures.  Meet  professionals from the fields of engineering.  Then test your new found knowledge by completing one of the building challenges.  When you are all finished online, come into the library and check out David Macauly's companion book, Building Big (J720 MAC).

Calling All Garden Rockers!

It's time to do some Fall planting and weeding!  We also need to prepare for our Afternoon Tea in the Garden party to recognize all our volunteers and thank the community for their support.  It is planned for September 8 (raindate Sept 9).  We will meet on Thursday, August 30 at 7pm and Friday September 7 at 4pm to accomplish these goals.  Garden Rockers! Club is open to children entering grades 2 - 5 from Clarkstown Central School District.  Call the children's department to register. 

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