Monday, December 7, 2015

Winter Programs




We've updated our Upcoming Programs page with all our Winter programs! Go check it out! If you have any questions, or would like to register for a program feel free to call us at 440-926-3317, come in, or visit http://gmplibrary.org/kidsupcomingprograms.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

What We've Been Reading--Abby

This January I decided to set a goal to read 50 books this year, and have since been reading away. While not all the books have been children’s books, these past few months I’ve been picking them up more. Around this time of year, as the season changes, I find myself drawn to stories that lean towards being a bit darker. I want some mystery. Maybe a creepy house, a twisted fairytale, or something just weird. I found what I was looking for in Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol, The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry, and Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson.



Anya’s Ghost is better suited for older readers. We consider it a YA novel, because of the cigarette smoking, and some other mature content. However, it’s a great story of Anya, a first generation Russian immigrant, as she deals with her cultural identity, being a teenager, and the creepy events that happen after she falls down a well, and finds a human skeleton.

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place is a super fun murder mystery. The students of St. Etheldreda’s School for Girls face a harrowing situation, as their headmistress and her brother drop dead during dinner. Do they tell someone what’s happened and face being separated from each other, or conceal the murder, and pretend all is well? Set in Victorian England, it’s a fun read full of great characters.

Nooks & Crannies is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets the board game Clue. Tabitha Crum a smart, mystery-loving girl is unloved by her parents. With no friends besides her pet mouse, Pemberley, she sets out on an adventure after receiving a mysterious invitation to the country estate of the wealthy, and reclusive Countess of Windermere, whose mansion is rumored to be haunted. She finds herself among five other children, unsure of why they’ve been invited. Soon, a large secret, one that could change their lives forever will be revealed, but not before Tabitha’s investigative skills are put to the test.

As a Librarian and lover of books, I often get swept up in the newest book that we’ve got in, and completely ignore my own bookshelf at home, which is full of books I’ve meant to read, but haven’t got to. While trying to get back to the I’ve-been-meaning-to-read-this-for-5-years-or-longer book, I picked up the classic, Heidi. The copy I have was once my grandmother’s, which she has since gifted to me. Published in the 1945, the book has beautiful illustrations, and makes reading a classic even more enjoyable. I found Heidi’s innocence, and positivity to be very inspiring, and found great joy in reading a story that’s 134 years old. Having not given travelling to Switzerland much thought previously, I now think travelling through the Swiss Alps would be an incredible, and restorative experience, just as it was for Heidi. 



In keeping with reading classic Children’s literature, I also recently picked up The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. I found the friendships between Mole, Ratty, Badge, and Toad to be most amusing, and somewhat inspirational. I found a certain honesty, and introspection to the characters and the writing that I haven’t read for a while, and very much enjoyed.

Here are some other books I’ve read, and really enjoyed:
Beyond the Laughing Sky by Michelle Cuevas
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin


Monday, October 12, 2015

We're Back!

Thanks for bearing with us while we were busy at the library! We finished up our summer with a bang, and are full into our fall programs now. Fall is a great time for reading, and we wanted to share a really cool event with you.

On October 19th, Read Across the Globe, a literacy initiative, is attempting to break a Guinness World Record for the most children reading with an adult in 24 hours! The official book selection is Farmer Will Alan and the Growing Table, but any reading counts! For more information, go their website.

Fall is in full swing, and a perfect time to grab a new read. Here are some of our favorite books of the season:

Sophies Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller
Book Jacket for: Sophie's squash

A Friend for All Seasons by Julia Hubery
Book Jacket for: A friend for all seasons

Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland
Book Jacket for: Fall leaves

Book Jacket for: Fletcher and the falling leaves

Book Jacket for: Adventures with barefoot critters


What are your favorite fall reads? 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Week Two




Here’s to the official start of summer (the first day was officially yesterday)!  It’s definitely been a wet spring, so hopefully the rain will subside, and bring the sunshine. We had lots of fun during our storytimes last week. 


This morning, our friend Ayla the Golden Retriever came by for our Tail Waggin’ Tutors program. Being an exceptionally sweet dog, Ayla makes a great partner to read with. Kids of all ages can read to Ayla, or just share in her company. The next time she will be in is July 20th at 10:30am. 

For the second week of SRP we have lots of creative and inventive programs. Wednesday, artist Augusto Bordelois will be coming again to share his exciting painting program, “Action Painting”. This program helps children build skills to be a team player as they paint blindfolded. This was so popular last year that we will be having two sessions—2 or 3pm. Take your pick, and click here to register: https://goo.gl/Mwk9ky

Thursday we will be having “Magic is Fun”. Kids will learn some tricks of the trade from Magician Gordon, and will get a starter kit to take home. We’ve been pleasantly surprised with the interest, and currently the program is booked. However, a waiting list has started. If you’re interested in being put the waiting list, click here to register: https://goo.gl/PQ8kG1

The first of our Crafternoons is also Thursday. Using conductive thread and LED lights or Sharpie marker tie-dye, participants can create their own unique T-shirt capes, perfect for pretty much every day. Click here to register:https://goo.gl/bu9Kg3 And, last but not least, teens can come for the Teen Movie Night from 5:30-8 to watch Captain America: Winter Soldier Click here to register: https://goo.gl/VlDYNL

We’ll be finishing off week two with "Explore the Floor". This program is geared towards babies from birth to two and their caregivers. Using different educational activities and toys, babies can learn and explore. Click here to register:https://goo.gl/Wmz6H9

Don't forget if you and your littles haven't signed up for Summer Reading, it's never too late!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Week One





And we’re off! We’ve started our first week of Summer Reading off with a bang. Every day we have something going on, whether it be a program, fun scavenger hunt, or our awesome free summer lunch.

The first session of our Summer Storytime starts tomorrow. This year, to include more children in Storytime, we’ve grouped it to welcome children ages 3-6, with two different sessions-10-10:30 am and 1:30-2 pm. To register click here. As well as Summer Storytime, our Babypalooza is up and running this week. This storytime is geared towards babies from birth to age 2 and their caregivers. Using fun rhymes, lap bounces, and books everyone has fun while incorporating early literacy skills essential to your growing little one. Join us this Thursday from 10-10:30 am.To register click here

Last month we planted a container garden just outside the window of the children’s department in a new Garden Storytime. This Friday will be the second session. With the sun hopefully shining, we’ll take this storytime outside and read books, sing songs, and enjoy summer. We’ll also check up and see how our garden is growing. A lot has happened since May! 

To finish off the first week of Summer Reading we’ll be having our first ever Family MovieNight! In line with the Summer Reading superhero theme, we’ll be having a special after-hours showing of the popular Big Hero 6. Brink a blanket or pillow, and come get cozy with us! Registration is not required, and make sure you bring a friend, because there will be popcorn. And popcorn is best when you're eating it with a friend while watching a great movie at the library. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Why Summer Reading is Important



Let’s be honest. Sometimes summer vacation doesn’t feel like a vacation. With different sports teams, camps, hangouts, and the other things life throws our way in the summer, participating in a Summer Reading program can seem like the straw that just might break that camel’s back. However, very few summer activities have as much influence on a child’s academic success in the following school year, and in the future. Here’s the breakdown: 

  • The “Summer Slide”-- It’s estimated that over summer break students lose up to a month of instruction. This loss is cumulative. In the fall, other children move forward with skills, therefore there is no “catching up”. By the end of 6th grade children who lose reading skills over the summer are two years behind their classmates.
  • As schools close for the summer, a child’s primary resources for learning and reading materials can be no longer available. So, come to the Library! Summer Reading programs provide all kinds of engaging learning opportunities. As a Library, we’re here to help. Differences in out-of-school access to books, positive reading practices, and connections with institutions that are supportive of self-discovery and reading, account for much of the disparity in student academic success, which has a cascading effect as children grow and develop.  
  • Studies show that children that read more, read better; they also write better, spell better, have larger vocabularies, and better control of grammar. Communication skills are imperative to success in the future. 
  • The keys to a continuing interest in reading are positive reading experiences. For a reluctant reader, this can be difficult to remedy. Summer Reading programs show that reading can be fun, and is not just for school.
  • Using and engaging with different formats (print books, e-books, audiobooks, etc.) is encouraged. This can make the difference when it comes to showing the fun and value of reading. Reading happens in many forms, and it just takes one book to make a reader.
  • Summer Reading programs allow children to choose the books themselves and explore their interests. This is paramount when encouraging children to read. No one likes to do things they don’t like and aren’t interested in, and reading a book you don’t like is especially a bummer. With Summer Reading this is never an issue. A child’s natural curiosity is nurtured by reading.
  • Something that is hard to come by these days are family activities that have no cost. And Summer Reading is free! There are only gains from Summer Reading.

Bottom line, Summer Reading programs are important. They bring communities together, create stronger family bonds, encourage creativity and learning for people of all ages, and are a great way to spend time. Harness the opportunity of summer. Even if participating in a Summer Reading program in its entirety isn’t feasible for your schedule, sign up anyways. Any reading is worthwhile, and will make a world of difference in your child’s life.

For more information check out these links: