Don't worry though, we still have our regular favorites!
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!
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.
So we have a new friend at the library ... Pikachu! He likes to help out at a lot of library things, including storytime sometimes! Today we had one of the dental hygienists and Pockets the kangaroo come for a visit and talk about how important it is to brush and floss your teeth. Pikachu had to get in the action and came for a visit to brush his teeth too. We tried to explain to him that his tooth brush was a little too big for him, but he decided he would figure out a way to get it into his mouth.
Make sure you keep an eye out because Pikachu has found his way into our hearts and I think he's bound to show up again soon!
Thanks to those of you who voted, we will have a new home! I am so excited because there will be so much more space to hang out, play and for us to have events. Not only that, there will be more space for books! We have to get rid of books so much that it hurts, but because we don't have the space that's what we have to do.
I have already been thinking of all the things we need to do:
I know I am ready for the sun and I'm guessing that you are. Hopefully thoughts of summer will encourage the sun to come out. With that in mind, we've got tons of great things happening this summer. Here's a teaser of what we'll be doing!
Monday, July 9 at 10 am. For all ages and families.
Our annual Truck Show is back again! Come to the library to get up close and personal with all kinds of trucks and other vehicles.
No registration required.
Wednesday, July 11 at 2 pm. For ages 3-7.
Join us for music, bubbles, and summertime fun!
No registration required.
For preschoolers (ages 3-5): Monday, July 16 at 10 am.
For babies (ages 0-2): Monday, July 16 at 10:30 am.
Join us for a fun time of music and play.
Registration is required and begins July 2.
THE CHECKERS SHOW
Wednesday, July 18 at 11 am. For all ages and families.
Music, magic, and more! No registration is required, but this is a (free) ticketed event. Tickets will be available at the door 15 minutes before the start time of the program, and you must have a ticket to enter.
OMNIPRESENT PUPPET THEATER PRESENTS THE LITTLE MERMAID
Monday, July 30 at 2 pm. For all ages and families.
Our favorite puppet presenters are back again to share the story of The Little Mermaid. No registration is required, but this is a (free) ticketed event. Tickets will be available at the door 15 minutes before the start time of the program, and you must have a ticket to enter.
I love when I fall upon neat articles that encourage me to let my kids explore science and math more.
Kids can be citizen scientists too
In this article in the magazine Popular Science, they encourage kids (and adults) to be "citizen scientists". They say that just because you don't have a science background, you don't have to say no to playing and exploring. For example there is an app where people are studying birds and sending information to the Audubon Society, and the 1 millionth person to send information? ... A twelve year old!
This is where the library comes in! We have tons of science toys that you can learn new science things without even realizing that you're learning something! And this is NOT just for the kids. There is plenty of things for the teens and parents to play with too. We want you to let your citizen scientist mind to flourish as well!
On the second and fourth Tuesday from 2-3pm and the second and fourth Wednesday from 6-7pm we have an open house where you can play with all the goodies in our new makerspace!
On Thursdays from 5:45-6:45pm we explore our imagination in a more condensed format: 1st Legos, 2nd Engineering, 3rd Art, 4th Technology and 5th is a mystery (even to us sometimes)!
Life Size Games Open House
For all ages and families.
Join us for a full day of life-size fun! We will be playing all of our life size games in two hour increments. Stop in anytime to join a game in progress or come at the hour marks to start a new one!
Noon-2pm: Yahtzee and Jenga
Yesterday (Thursday) when I normally write my blog post I was recovering from an exhausting morning playing Candyland ... and by exhausting, I mean EXHAUSTING. There was so much running around ... and not just by me, but by all the small children too. They had such a blast! There were about 75 people throughout that hour, roaming the rainbow bridge and gumdrop pass. Didn't get to make it? COME VISIT ON SATURDAY! Plus you'll get to play Monopoly! What could be better?
Miss Valerie and Miss Miranda have gone super crazy and created some amazingly huge games that really need to be played ... BY YOU! (This means you too teens.)
Happy belated Valentine's Day everyone! Plus Happy belated Birthday to my Mom! Thanks to my Mom's birthday, Valentine's Day has always been super special.
Which has been trouble in the past for my kids, because they were always required to make Valentine's Day cards for their classmates and not get purchased ones. It used to also be trouble for my husband, because expectations were high. Luckily, now all it takes is an "I love you" and I'm pretty much set.
How do you celebrate Valentine's Day? Do you even celebrate it?
Onto the next question. So what do you love right now? Any special books, music or food? I definitely am all for the Easter egg peanut butter cups. They are soooo good. Probably a little too good, in fact.
I'm also in love with this musician Mariee Sioux.
Mariee Sioux is an American folk singer-songwriter. Her father Gary Sobonya is a mandolin player of Polish and Hungarian descent, and her mother Felicia is of Spanish, Paiute, and Indigenous Mexican descent. (from Google Music)
My music playlists on Google Music sometimes look totally random to me sometimes. I sometimes wonder what they would look to other people. I might be considered a little crazy. Folk music, electronic music, rap music, hard rock music, classical music ... really just about everything except country music.
It is an incredible book about the struggles of middle school and it even made me cry at one point. What a baby. :)
Its me. I like tech toys.