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There’s something new in the Children’s Room at the Central Library! No, it’s not a puppy…or any other type of pet.
Instead, it’s a new display of books that just might interest you this summer! The display is called STAFF PICKS and it is located just outside the door to the Children’s office, on top of the series shelves. These books have been hiding in the fiction collection for a while, and just decided among themselves that they wanted to “get out where kids would see them.”
So, the next time you are in the Children’s Room at Central, and want a good story to read, check out the Staff Picks display. We’ll do our best to keep it stocked with stories that will make you laugh out loud, or maybe cry. You’ll find something there that you can identify with! Then, you can write your own review of the book so that other kids will be tempted to read the same book.
Everybody can sign up for Summer Reading Games to win prizes, have fun, and keep those reading skills sharp over the summer! There are so many new books and so much new content available electronically that you really could find something new every day of the summer. In addition to some great prizes you'll earn by reading 20, 40, and 60 days, you'll receive a bead (sticker for children birth to entering kindergarten) every time you visit any KPL location and check in with your Summer Reading Gamecard. How many beads will you collect this summer?
Here are some events to kick off Summer Reading Games at KPL!
Some of the events are special prize draw events which means you could be a winner - but you've got to come to the program to win.
You don't have to play Summer Reading Games to attend these programs, but why wouldn't you with all the great prizes you can earn. Sign up for Summer Reading Games beginning June 15!
Summer Reading Games Begin!
Looking for Princess books based on popular Disney animated and live action features old and new? How about Ariel and all her friends under the sea? How about books based on Hannah Montana or Pirates of the Caribbean? Of course, your library has these features on DVD, but now you can watch/read Disney tie in ebooks via Overdrive – with no waiting! Even if you’re not a Disney fan, you may be interested in ebooks based on various Disney properties via your home computer or on one of the blazin’ fast newly upgraded library computers.
You can view nearly 700 Disney titles based on the Disney properties Cinderella, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, 101 Dalmations, and much, much more. They’re always available for streaming, not downloading, to your computer, and they are compatible to play on Windows and Mac computers. Just add the title to your bookbag like any other ebook on Overdrive, proceed to check out, select the lending period, click Confirm Checkout, and then click Launch and you're off to the races with Ariel and all the rest! Many of these eBooks have built in trivia games and other added enhancements, too. Enjoy!
Give Me the Princess - with No Waiting!
It's time for Singalong Storytime! An evening storytime with music, movement, great picture books, puppets, and a special musical guest. This time we'll meet the violin and our special friend who plays it. Don't miss it! Singalong Storytime is Tuesday, May 17, at 6:30 pm.
Coming up on Tuesday, May 24th, at 6:30 pm is a special interactive drawing workshop about how to stand up for others. Illustrator Kim Shaw bases a unique art program on her book, The Juice Box Bully, written by Bob Sornson and Maria Dismondy. Kim's program features a book reading, time for questions and answers, and an interactive drawing workshp, all designed to empower kids to stand up for others. This program is best for children ages 5 - 11 years old, caregivers and teachers.
Anti Bullying Art Workshop
There are so many wonderfully fun stories about monsters that we had to have a singalong storytime all about them. We read Go Away Big Green Monster, Thelonius Monster's Sky-High Fly Pie, and considered the merits of The Monster at the End of this Book along with When a Monster is Born. Our very special guest was Mr. Steve who brought along Honey the Bear to sing along with Octy and all of us. Then we had a monster parade over to the craft tables and made big green monsters. Join us for our next Singalong Storytime on May 17 where we'll have more music games and singalong songs along with favorite stories, puppets, a special guest, and a craft.
Stories, songs, puppets, movement, musical instruments, a special guest, and a special craft - it's Singalong Storytime! I hope you'll join us as we celebrate almost spring time with fun stories and a special craft about monsters (the fun kind, not the scary kind). This month's special guest is... a surprise! You'll have to come to find out who it is. We'll ask our special guest to sing along with us and Octy the Octopus who, as you know, speaks with musical notes, not with words as you and I do.
Join us for a fun almost-springtime evening of fun at the library!
What a great time was had by all when Jim Gill came to the Van Deusen Auditorium! Jim performed audience favorites while children and families clapped, danced, and sang along. When he presented his new picture book, A Soup Opera, the whole audience had the chance to be opera singers complete with sound effects and a musical score.
Jim Gill leaves people feeling like they attended something more than a concert. With wordplay and movement opportunities, Jim leads families in playing together with music and movement. He has a unique ability to get everyone in the room participating in songs and musical movement games.
Take a look at upcoming events for children and families at the KPL children's program calendar.
Jim Gill Family Room Concert
The Eastwood Branch Library is currently hosting an exciting program called “Reading With Bailey” every Thursday in January from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Children (and their parents) can sign up for a fifteen minute session to read to Bailey the lovable and easy going Schnoodle (Schnauzer Poodle mix) dog. Bailey is certified through Therapy Dogs International. His credentials even include the Canine Good Citizen Award! Nine-year-old Bailey and his owner, Anita Lawson, have been involved with this successful program at KPL for three years. Thanks to a generous donation in support of Reading with Bailey, as of mid-2010 the library even has a special collection of dog books with Bailey’s name on them!
Reading out loud to therapy dogs has been recognized as an effective and positive way to improve reading /literacy skills in a unique, fun and non- threatening way. While it is especially helpful with children who struggle with reading and possibly low self-esteem, reading to a therapy dog like Bailey is a wonderful way to spend time at the library for all children. Reading Education Assistance Dogs, or R.E.A.D., promotes Reading with Dogs programs.
Call the Eastwood Branch Library at 269-553-7811 to Read with Bailey!
Reading with Bailey
It's become a holiday tradition. Aerial Angels, Kalamazoo's own high-flying female circus artists, will perform at the Central Library on Wednesday, December 29th, at 11 am. Performing feats of grace, strength, and beauty suspended between floors of the library rotunda, the troupe presents a new show in which pirates invade the library. If you've yet to see an Aerial Angels performance you will be amazed at the artistry, athleticism, and just plain fun that these experienced performers bring to your library in a program with the highest "thrill" factor around.
Children and families can enjoy a special circus themed storytime in the Central Library Children's Room immediately following the Aerial Angels' performance.
Yo Ho Holiday Pirates with the Aerial Angels