Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Flight School!

Ready to pilot your own paper fleet? Come fold paper airplanes to your heart's content- figure out some fancy new designs and send them flying. Can you construct a trick plane? A fast flyer? Draw designs on your own wooden flyer, too. Join us this Saturday, 1:30-2:30 in the Puett Room for Flight School. See you there!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Meet Leroy Ninker

Do you have a Mercy Watson fan in your family?  If so, meet the latest character from Deckawoo Drive, Leroy Ninker in Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume One by Kate DiCamillo.  Leroy is a small little man who works at the local drive-in theater. He dreams of being a cowboy.  He's got the hat, boots, and lasso.  The only thing that's missing is a horse to make his cowboy life a reality.  Then he meets Maybelline, an old horse with only four teeth, who hates to be alone and wants nothing more than to be sweetly spoken to.  When Maybelline gets adopted, her former owner gives Leroy three very important rules he must live by to make Maybelline happy.  It's not until Leroy forgets rule number three that crisis strikes! 

This transitional chapter book is the perfect leap for readers to make once they've finished the Mercy Watson books, because it's just a step up in reading difficulty giving readers a slight challenge in their reading skills, while still including a large text size, with plenty of white space and black and white illustrations in a nicely sized package.  Plus, there's still  familiar characters from the Mercy Watson books readers will recognize, which adds to all the fun!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dogs and Tales

There are so many reasons to sign your kid up to read to the dogs.

Some kids do it because they struggle with reading, so they have the opportunity to do it in a non-judgmental atmosphere. Who could be less judging than a dog?

Some kids do it because, though they are great readers, they have a fear of dogs. What better way to expose them to this fear than with gentle certified therapy dogs while they do something they like in a place they like?

I even had one mom tell me she wanted her daughter to read to the German Shepherd because she (the mom, not the daughter), had a bad experience with a German Shepherd and she wanted to meet a nice one.

Whatever your reason, you can call the Children's Desk at 503-718-2673 today to register your child for Dogs and Tales. The program happens every Wednesday evening from 6 to 7:30. Kids sign up for a 20-minute slot. We pull the sign-up sheets out 2 weeks in advance, and your child can register every other week. On the in-between weeks, they can be put on the waiting list and if there happens to be an opening, we will call you the day of the program. Whether they are sounding out 3-letter words or reading Percy Jackson books, kids up through 5th grade are eligible.

Blue Bell, Certified Therapy Dog

Monday, September 8, 2014

Separation Anxiety?

School has just begun.  Is your little one suffering from separation anxiety?  Or perhaps they are getting ready to go spend the night for the first time from home at a friend or relatives house.  Or maybe they are going off to school on their own for the first time.  Well, we've got some great picture books that will be helpful to read to your child about separating from you, the parent, for the first time, or maybe the second or third time. 

Hugging Hour! by Aileen Leijten
Drew, who prefers to be called Drool, worries her parents are never coming back when she spends the night with her grandmother.

The Kiss Box by Bonnie Verburg
As they prepare for a short separation, Mama Bear and Little Bear find a way to reassure each other while they are apart.

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.

Love Waves by Rosemary Wells
While they are at work a mother and father send powerful "love waves" to their child at home, offering reassurance and comfort in their absence.

Miss You Like Crazy by Pamela Hall
Walnut the Squirrel does not want his mother to go to work without him.  But after imagining the adventures they could share if he went along, she reassures him that he is always on her mind and plans to share special time with him each day.

Also, we do have booklist that contains books on going to school, which covers the first day of school, starting pre-school, starting kindergarten, and starting first grade!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

September 9th Super Tuesday

Come one, come all to be entertained by the Physical Comedy of Henrik Bothe!  Henrik was a big hit last summer during the 2013 Summer Reading Program and he's back to keep the whole family rivited and laughing with his antics, including his famous plate spinning and juggling on top of his six-foot tall unicycle!  You won't want to miss this show!  See him in the Burgess Community Room on September 9th at 6:30 p.m.!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Walk ‘n’ Roll to the Library Week, Sept. 7-13

Make the most of the spectacular September weather and our location on the Fanno Creek Trail by walking, biking, scooting or skating to the library between Sunday September 7th and Saturday September 13th. Visit us at the Children’s or Adult Reference Desks, tell us that you walked or rolled (on human-powered wheels) and get a small prize and a big high five!
Curious about the best route? You can find bike maps at the library or on the city’s website, or use your favorite map app or website to get directions.  And check out the city's self-guided tour of new parks and trail projects for another fun route to take!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Take It Outside!

We've had such a nice summer, I'm just not quite ready to let it go! So even though school is starting soon, I want to offer an opportunity to go back outside (as long as it's not raining too hard!). So on Sunday, September 7 from 1:30 to 3:00, meet us in the Library Gazebo for fun, games, and crafts outside.There will be absolutely no specific craft or game. I will provide the stuff, and you and your kids can provide your imagination. If it does end up raining on us, we'll just move the fun into the Burgess Community Room.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Evan's Picks #8

Yep! That's it. The entire list. Evan is completely obsessed and enamored with the DC Super Pets series right now. If I listed each individual title, it would be too long of a list for this blog. Tip: What your child is reading doesn't really matter. If she's reading, she's reading! That's what matters. He may choose to read the same book or series over and over again. It may not necessarily be one you would choose. As long as he is still interested, as boring as it may get for you, your child is getting something out of it each time he reads it.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

TODAY IS LAST DAY to Claim Summer Reading Prizes!

Don't forget to turn in your summer reading records! TODAY, SUNDAY AUGUST 31st is the LAST DAY to claim your prizes.  Don't miss out on getting your prizes including a discount coupon to Oaks Park and a FREE book of your choice!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

STEAM Saturday

Can you tell we're starting to focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math here at the library? I like to throw in some STEAM in my story times, and sometimes I test the stuff out with my boys at home. I must say, doing science experiments is one of my favorite ways of spending time with them. Reading Rockets offers quite a list of tip sheets for sharing science with your kids. Check it out!