Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thursday Three: Family Game Night

Family Game Night

My family and I had the opportunity to attend a day at GenCon – an entire convention dedicated to gaming.  Held annually in Indianapolis, GenCon started 50 years ago and has been growing since the beginning.  This 4-day convention sold out for the first time ever and is said to have hosted almost 208,000 attendees

So for this Thursday Three, I thought I would share three family friendly games we played at GenCon.

Sticky Chameleons by IELLO
Ages 6+, 2-5 players

Use a sticky chameleon tongue to capture bugs!  A roll of the dice will tell you which color and type of but to try to capture.  Get the right bug on your tongue, get it off the table as fast as you can or another player might steal it!  When you collect the correct bug, you collect a token.  The player with the most tokens at the end of the game wins!  Kids will love this game for the sticky tongues used to catch those insects.
Purchase directly through IELLO or Amazon.

Kingdomino by Blue Orange
Ages 8+, 2-4 players

Try to create your kingdom by matching dominoes with different terrains.  Your land can only be 5x5 and the order of play changes round to round.  There’s a little bit of math involved here – from sequencing numbers to adding points.  There’s also a bit of strategy needed to score the most points at the end of the game. 
Purchase directly through Blue Orange or Amazon.

Sparkle*Kitty by Breaking Games
Ages 6+, 3-8 players (Release date October 3, 2017)

This game isn’t even out yet but we can’t wait to own it!  We got a chance to play a demo at GenCon.  Choose a princess (of course I chose Princess Bookworm!) and build a tower.  Get out of the tower by saying nonsense “spells” created by matching cards by color or symbol.  The first princess to get out of the tower is the winner.  This was easy to learn, fun to play, and even my 11-year-old son enjoyed it! 

Only available for preorder right now through Breaking Games.

Do you have any favorite games to play as a family?  Comment and let us know!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What We're Reading Wednesday: Humor

What is the tallest building in the world?

A library because it has the most stories!

Today is National Tell a Joke Day so we are going to share some books that make us laugh.  Don't worry, there will be more jokes along the way.

Picture Books

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors 
by Drew Daywalt; illustrations by Adam Rex.

Ever wonder why we play this game?  Here's your chance to find out!  Rock, Paper & Scissors each want to battle but are having a hard time finding someone worthy of their skill.  It's only when they meet each other that the find what they have been searching for all along.

Click here to reserve a Library copy.

Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Greatby Bob Shea
How can Goat compete when Unicorn can make it rain cupcakes?  All Goat can do is make just OK marshmallow squares.  When Goat introduces pizza to Unicorn, Unicorn thinks it might not be that great to be a unicorn after all.

by Cirocco Dunlap; illustrations by Olivier Tallec
A mouse warns the reader that this book will not be fun.  Tell that to the flying whale, glow-in-dark worm, and dancing creatures.
Click here to reserve a Library copy.

Joke Break!

Librarian:  Knock, knock
Reader:  Who's there?
Librarian:  Winnie.
Reader:  Winnie who?
Librarian:  Winnie you going to return your overdue book, hm?

Beginner Readers

Fun with Ed and Fred
by Kevin Bolger; illustrations by Ben Hodson

Ed gets to do all the great stuff: go the beach, ride a horse and has a nice dog.  Fred on the other hand, not so much.  He wants to do all the great things Ed does but somehow ends up with the not-so-great things.Click here to reserve a Library copy.
A Pig, a Fox, and Stinky Socks! by Jonathan FenskeFox wants to play a trick on Pig, using Fox's stinky socks!  Pig is not fooled and Fox gets stinkier and stinkier with each trick.Click here to reserve a Library copy.
The Adventures of Otto: See Pip Point
by David Milgrim
Pip points at what he wants and Otto is willing to share.  But giving a balloon to a mouse may haven't been a good idea as Pip gets carried away!  This story is perfect for very beginning readers.Click here to reserve a Library copy.                                                                                           Joke Break!
Why didn't the mummy want to leave the library?

He was too wrapped up in a good book!

Juvenile Fiction

How to be a Supervillain
by Michael Fry
When your entire family, going back generations, are supervillains, you are kind of expected to be one, too.  It turns out that Victor doesn't have an evil bone in his body.

A serious subject -- a parents' divorce -- gets a humorous take. Winnie's parents are so competitive that even their divorce has to be completely equal.  Winnie's time is split between the two but she is able to have Wednesdays to herself.  When this arrangement seems to be changing, Winnie and 9 friends vow to stay in the treehouse until their demands are met.

I, Funny: School of Laughs
by James Patterson (#5 in the I, Funny series)
Jamie's school is in need of funds.  Jamie has the brilliant idea to start a comedy class for fellow classmates.  Only problem is that being funny is a lot easier than teaching funny.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tech Tuesday: Total Solar Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, for the first time since 1979, people in the United States will be able to view a Total Solar Eclipse.  What is a solar eclipse?  Check out this video from PBS and Ideastream for a simple explanation.  Since it's not something that happens often, here are some websites and apps to help you keep track of it when it happens and the best way to view it.

from NASA

First, check out the NASA website for all things Total Solar Eclipse!  Here you will find information about eclipses, maps, safe viewing tips, and really anything you would ever want to know about eclipses.  And if you can't get outside to view, they will even have a live stream available for viewing.

from NASA's Solar Eclipse livestream

Another fun website to check out for eclipse information is  There are maps and videos and on the right side of their page, under the countdown, you can put in your town and the website will tell you exactly when the eclipse will begin, how long it will last, and what you will see.  Try it out!

We will all want to look at the eclipse as it's happening but it's important to not look directly at the sun.  If you don't have special eclipse viewing glasses, you can create a simple pinhole projector to view the eclipse using just paper, an empty cereal box, and some tin foil.
Follow the directions in this video from NASA's eclipse website.

Want to track the eclipse on your mobile device?  Check out these two apps:
iOS |  Android

Eclipse Safari
iOS |  Android

Any plans for viewing the eclipse on August 21?  Is anyone taking a road trip?  Tell us in the comments!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Maker Monday: Back to School

We've been seeing school supplies in the stores since July.  I'm sure many took advantage of Ohio's tax free holiday this past weekend to purchase school supplies and freshen up our wardrobe.  Class lists and bus routes are coming soon (if they're not here already).

It's just about time for Back to School!

Some of us have a few weeks before school actually starts so today on our blog we'll share some DIY school supplies that you would make with things you probably already have around the house.  Click on the links for directions.

Never lose your place when reading with these page corner bookmarks.

from Tally's Treasury

With just some paper towel tubes, empty cereal boxes and paper, create this recycled desk organizer.

from Mod Podge Rocks blog

Make your pencils fun by topping them with monsters!

from Red Ted Art

Keep all those fun pencils in one place with these Minecraft pencil holders.

from Red Ted Art

And finally, how about these cute Emjoi locker magnets?

from Surznick Common Room

Have you completed any back to school crafts?  Share your ideas with us.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Fun Fridays!

It's August!  The days are still long, the weather is hot and you've still got a few weeks before school starts.  Take advantage of the last days of summer vacation by checking out these fun, local events!

At the Grafton-Midview Public Library:

Summer Reading Ends
Tomorrow, Saturday, August 5, is the LAST DAY for the Summer Reading Program and the LAST DAY to get your reading logs to us to collect any grand prize tickets you may have earned.  We will draw the winners Monday morning, August 7.

We had over 300 kids signed up for the program this year!  Thanks for working hard to get those reading logs done.

Other Programs
Summer programming comes to an end in August but don't be a stranger!  We have all the books, magazines, audiobooks, cds, movies, and video games you need to keep busy throughout August.  And keep an eye out for our next program calendar -- so many programs to look forward to this fall.

Local Events:
 Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 11-20, 2017
Lorain County Metro Park's French Creek Theatre, Sheffield Village, OH

The beloved children's book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, comes to life on stage.  Follow the story of five lucky children who win the chance to tour Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.  Tickets are $10-18.  Click here to purchase tickets and for more information about the French Creek Theatre.
Lorain County Fair-Wellington, OH

The 172nd Annual Lorain County Fair
August 21-27, 2017
Lorain County Fairgrounds, Wellington, OH

So much to do here!  You'll find animals, crafts, music, and (my favorite part of any county fair) FOOD!  Kids 8 and under are free; kids ages 9-16 are $5.  Check with the Grafton-Midview Public Library for a coupon for free admission for kids 9-16, with paying adult, while supplies last.  Click here for complete schedule of events and all the information you will need about the Lorain County Fair!

Do you know of any other great family events happening in and around Lorain County this August?  Let us know!