Come join us for our annual Amerks adventure! Everyone has lots of fun and usually there are some fun giveaways too!
We're trying new things this year! We want to let young voices be heard, science lovers trying new things, and our maker space explored!
Don't worry though, we still have our regular favorites!
Here comes the New Year and with that comes New Year's Eve celebrations... or in the library world "Noon Year's Eve". Space is almost full so hurry up! (Shame on me. It is possibly full already, I just really liked the poster I made.)
With the New Year comes plans and ...dramatic sound... resolutions! I'm pretty proud of my previous year's resolutions. I did manage to keep the blog going and while I am not a running diva yet, I have continued throughout the year to run.
What should this year's resolution be? I am leaning towards organization (as, I am sure, everyone who knows me would encourage me to choose). My brain is as flighty, floaty and fluffy as a puff of dandelion seeds. So what do you say? Choose the hardest thing possible? FUN, right? Let's do it!
What will you choose? ... No, you cannot just choose Pikachu. :P
Two of our staff, Hannah and Laura, have created a new blog! Unlike mine, which is a bunch of randomness, they have created a very specific one for teens. Its all based on book lists, but not just any book lists, but book lists about the zodiac. They'll be displaying the books in the teen area, so be on the lookout!
Please check out their blog. They're just beginning, but I feel like their enthusiasm is sure to pour out into the blog, and we love sharing our enthusiasm. :)
So at my house we celebrate Christmas. And with Christmas comes presents. And with presents comes lots of thinking. What do you get kids that have everything and need nothing?
Well? ... I'm waiting! ... I could use some assistance. :)
The obvious things:
1. books (although what haven't they read, what do they want to read?)
2. Socks (everyone needs new socks)
3. bed sheets (nothing is better than new bed sheets)
4. candy (everyone should have at least a tiny bit)
5. a new tooth brush (to get rid of all the candy)
6. more books ....
7. At this point maybe another book shelf
See! I'm stumped! What do I get them? I don't want to buy them the newest gadgets and gizmos because they will like them for two minutes and then they will gather dust. Plus they don't need more electronics. We have electronics coming out of our ears at our house (and we don't even have hearing aids!)
Do you guys ever have trouble with this? What do you do to conquer the Christmas madness?
November just disappeared! First week, Miss Jill and I went to Disney World (it was AMAZING). Second week, I went to a library conference, where I learned tons of new and fascinating things (it was amazing, but not as amazing as Disney World. We got to be the Grand Marshals of the parade at Magic Kingdom!). Third week, I had to work on cleaning off my desk of everything that staff had piled on it. Fourth week, Thanksgiving. ... and here we are at the fifth week. Thank goodness for the fifth week! :)
This week we put up all of our Christmas decorations (next week I put up our book Menorah) and here comes December! Thank goodness I made time to post to the blog. I was determined to keep up with one of my New Year's resolutions. :) I still jog, but not as much as I would like to. I'm going to run the "Ugly Sweater 5k" this weekend, which scares me a little because I haven't run that much recently, but I am determined to finish, one way or the other.
Wow. Today's post has been just a throw up of all sorts of things. Sometimes that's all that is needed. A little throw up now and then.
October has been so busy with all of our Frankenstein programs, but we are coming to a close. Last week we had an amazing time doing our Frankentober Family Day. People were around all day eating cotton candy, making light art, taking green screen pictures and making slime (plus a bunch more). So at least I had an excuse for not posting last week. :) I had so much fun doing the dark room light art. I'll have to post pictures sometime soon. Once I can get them off my phone. :)
This weekend, as long as it doesn't rain, we are helping with the Trunk or Treat at Davis Park that Town Rec puts on. Then we're coming back to the library to put on our own Halloween parties. One for ages 2-7 at 1pm and one for 8-12 at 3pm. (You do have to sign up for these programs). Hopefully I'm a good girl and don't sneak candy throughout the day ... but, of course, I'll need my energy to keep up with all that, so who knows!
Even if you can't make it to any of these programs, make sure to come to the library on Halloween all dressed up so that we can see how incredible you are. (We may even have some treats then too.)
Well, I definitely do. Sometimes it is fun to find different things that you would never think about. So what do you say? Up for suggesting books? How about movies too? As its October, the scariest month of all, I'd love suggestions of scary movies and books! And, as I am a youth services librarian, I'd love suggestions for all ages: kids, teens and adults.
Also, on a totally unrelated note, tonight at 6pm we are having an amazing, science loving teacher come to show us some FABULOUS science experiments! Please make sure to come and join us. It'll be a blast!
Just watched this video by two graphic novel writer/illustrators and it made me rethink how I read graphic novels vs novels. They spoke about how illustrators block panels to make you see things a certain way. Things that are called gutters, which are the things that break panels up, can make things more intense if they are dark rather than white. They can also cause fear if they are not in a straight line, but rather a squiggly line.
While novels can take a long time describing things, graphic novels can do the same thing in a few panels.
By creating it that way, it encourages the reader to have certain feelings depending on how he has laid it out. We own this new book, so check it out!
I will not even start to talk about manga. That makes you think in completely different ways: the culture, the language (even though its in English, it is sometimes worded differently) and since the Japanese write from right to left, the books are "backwards". This makes kids think in a totally different way which, in my opinion, is amazing.
Please check out our graphic novels. I may be a little biased since I buy them, but I think we have a pretty sweet collection!
We have big plans for October this year! So much so that I think we will be looking forward to November. :) There are programs here for kids, teens, adults and the whole family. Check them out!
There is no registration for these programs unless indicated.
EXPLORE: MAD SCIENCE!
Thursday, October 11 at 6 pm. For all ages and families.
Join us for a special session of our “Explore Your Imagination” program! We’re going to be trying out a variety of scientific experiments and learning about how it all works!
TEEN PIZZA FRIDAY with BORIS KARLOFF
Friday, October 12 at 5 pm. For ages 13-18.
Our regular Teen Pizza Friday gets an upgrade with an interactive movie night! We will be showing a Frankenstein film (with Boris Karloff), doing related activities, and of course, eating pizza! Registration is required and begins September 28.
A BIOGRAPHY OF MARY SHELLEY
Tuesday, October 16 at 7 pm. For older teens and adults (16+).
Join us for a biographical perspective of the life of Mary Shelley. Hear about how she got her start as an author and how she attained literary success.
EXPLORE: ART—MONSTER MASKS!
Thursday, October 18 at 6 pm. For all ages and families.
Join us for a special session of our “Explore Your Imagination: Art” program! We will be using our creativity to create Monster Masks.
FRANKENTOBER: ADULT NIGHT
Friday, October 19 from 6-9 pm. For adults (18+).
Frankentober celebrates in an after-hours night of adults-only Frankenstein fun! We will have monster mocktails, carnival-style games with prizes, face painting, contests, green screen photos, raffles, and a variety of other activities! You don’t want to miss it!
FRANKENTOBER: FAMILY DAY
Saturday, October 20 from 11 am-4 pm. For all ages and families.
Join us for a Frankenstein-themed day of games, snacks, contests, activities, and tons of family fun! There will be something for everyone! Take a creepy photo in front of our green screen wall, make slime, play carnival games, and MORE!
EXPLORE: TECHNOLOGY—MONSTER MASH-UP!
Thursday, October 25 at 6 pm. For all ages and families.
Join us for a special session of our “Explore Your Imagination” program! We will be using our technology in our Makerspace to make our own “Frankenstein” monsters!
SPOOKY CAMPFIRE STORYTIME
Thursday, October 25 at 7 pm. For ages 2-7.
Come in your pajamas for a spooky storytime around our pretend campfire!
Saturday, October 27 at 1 pm. For ages 2-7.
Come in costume and join us as we eat yummy snacks, read some spooky stories, and trick-or-treat around the library! Registration is required and begins October 13.
MAD SCIENTIST ESCAPE ROOM
Saturday, October 27 at 3 pm. For ages 8-12.
Grab a costume and join us for a chance to try to escape from Dr. Frankenstein’s lab! There will be lots of spooky treats and surprises around every corner! Registration is required and begins October 13.
Its me. I like tech toys.