Need a few easy craft ideas this winter? Ms. Susan shows us how to make easy yarn stars and frosted candle holders. Perfect gifts for this festive season, or something to brighten up your space!
Children's Services Librarian Ms. Susan has developed a new way to view our library services for kids with this bitmoji library! Click on the images to sign up for a library ecard or access our ebook catalog, participate in our winter reading contest (starting Jan. 1st), or watch video storytimes all from one place! Have fun exploring all the resources the library has available for you online!
Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.
Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect!
We are celebrating Children’s Book Week, (https://bit.ly/2CQ1NkK, #BookWeek2020) by sharing some of our favorite new children's books with you! See the videos below for some great ideas of new books to read!
Are you a member of the American Indian community and want your children to see themselves reflected in the books they read? Do you want to learn more about the American Indian experience with your kids, but don't know where to find books that are reliable and culturally appropriate? The American Indian Library Association has developed the American Indian Youth Literature Awards to "identif[y] and honor.. the very best writing and illustrations by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America. Books selected to receive the award present Indigenous North American peoples in the fullness of their humanity." (from the AILA website). What better way to celebrate Indigenous People's Day than by reading books created by people from the vastly diverse and beautiful communities of indigenous people in this county:
Take a look at the 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Awards and Honorees list. These books are on the shelves at a B&ECPL library near you.. Check them out!
2020 Award Winners:
What is Banned Books Week, you ask?
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
What books are being banned in the United States?
Ahoy matey! Shiver me timbers! September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day! Let’s have some fun with some stories of the sea, fun new words to use and a fun buccaneer science activity. We will batten down the hatches and try to build a sailing vessel and keep it from Davey Jones’ locker while filling it with booty and doubloons! Another great way to keep the pirate fun going is to make a treasure map and have a scavenger hunt!
National Hispanic Heritage Month was created to honor the diverse experience of Americans with ancestors from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The first day, September 15th, is especially significant as "the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua." Children's Library Assistant Ms. Lucylle has curated a selection of books, poems and activities to honor our Latinx community:
Do you feel it? We feel it; everything is hard right now. Normal life has been disrupted for so long and this new reality of ours doesn't seem to be getting any easier. You may or may not be working, you may not know when or how your child will be going back to school, and the possibility of the virus resurfacing is a constant.
Kids are most likely experiencing the same feelings of anxiety and uncertainty despite our best efforts at maintaining a positive environment. We as adults may not have all the answers, but we can be there to provide our children with a sense of hope and stability. And If you don't always know what to say --that's ok! Sometimes reading a book together can help you reconnect with your child, or start a conversation about his or her feelings. And it just might make you feel better, too. Here's some book ideas that may help:
Central Library’s middle school book group is meeting online while we are closed. Want to join us? Read on for details!
We will be meeting via Zoom. You can participate on your computer, tablet or phone. I will invite people to the event with a link through their email. This link will not be made public. To obtain this code, you must email me, email@example.com, sometime before the start of the meeting date and time to let me know you’re interested.
At this point, you may be wondering who I am. My name is Maria and I am the teen services librarian at the Central Library. It's nice to meet you. Now that we’ve got the nuts and bolts out of the way, on to the fun stuff! I am happy to meet you and/or a parent before the group, in a short Zoom meeting, if that makes you more comfortable.
Reader’s Quest Book Group
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