Tuesday, July 27, 2010
What if you forgot to register in the first place? All is not lost, simply register before this Saturday, July 31, and report everything you’ve finished since June 3.
So far 358 adults have read 1,572 books, which is downright awesome!!
Good job and good luck!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Though the long days of summer are fast running out, there's still time for some great summer fun and memory-making! Check out this link to Summer Games from Disney Family Fun for cool game, activity, and craft ideas along with some seasonal recipes!
And for you parents who might be running out of ideas for keeping those kids with amazingly boundless energy entertained, this site just might help you keep your cool :)
Friday, July 23, 2010
Since June 3rd over 1,400 kids have signed up and reported hours.
Those in K-5th grade that have read at least 50 hours this summer have proudly displayed their name on our wall. Dozens of preschooler with 25 hours of reading are covering the wall as well. Each have been earning raffle tickets for an Elephant Experience at the Zoo or a trip to Monkey Joe's.
See you soon!
Tuesday, we took a little trip through the jungle where we sang and played drums and made lots of musical noise.
Our very special guest, Mr. Matt, taught us some cool bongo rhythms while Miss Laura played guitar and Miss Kelli helped teach us some fun songs and dance moves.
It was definitely NOT quiet at this library!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Working with kids is always exciting, and this time was no different!
We wormed our way into making fried apples; we didn't eat any fried worms, though. You might check out Thomas Rockwell's book entitled How to Eat Fried Worms, if you are interested in trying something new and different--but that is another program for another time!
We had to peel and slice, then add sugar and spice, and everything was so nice!
Do you remember that show, "Kids say the darndest things?" I wish I had filmed this program because we could have put a clip on that show. A third grader noted something along the lines of, "There is this famous lady, Rachel Ray, who could peel and slice these apples much better and faster than you." Kids are so funny! I am no Rachel Ray and she will probably never know the truths that she touched on with this observation, but everyone, including me, had a great time!
Those that were willing to try the apples thought they were delicious--making fried apples was certainly a treat!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
"What's the title of the sixth Harry Potter book?"
"Who is the author of the Judy Moody series?"
"The 39 Clues has all different authors. How can I find out who writes Book 10?"
We get asked these types of questions every day, and thanks to one website, we can easily find out the answers. And in the spirit of sharing, we're providing you with that link here (try it out for yourselves!):
We learned how alpacas eat, where their native habitat is, how they communicate and what alpaca fiber is used for, and much much more.
We were treated to a slide show of a baby alpaca, called a cria, that was born just that morning. We are anxious to learn what they will name their new alpaca!
Thank You Pam, Todd, Mackenzie, and Hunter Hrubey!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Well come on in and browse through our expanding Book Lists binder. It's right by the New Books.
Into horses? We have suggestions! Want to know what new books come rated highly by kids like you? Check out the Children's Choices lists. Yearning to solve a mystery? Want to read a past Newbery winner? Consult the book of book lists! (And as always, if you need help, ask a librarian! :))
And please, tell us if you've got a topic of interest that we haven't covered in our book of lists, and we'll see what we can do!
Student volunteers taught origami creations that they knew how to make—it was a great time, and it was wonderful to see the children working together so well!
Have you ever heard of the story, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes? This is the biography of a child who contracts leukemia after the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. She makes it her mission to make 1,000 paper cranes. This is a heart wrenching read that is filled with hope.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The zinnias are in bloom! The other flowers may take a year or two to really settle in and start blooming because they were planted from seed, but they are definitely growing.
If you want to learn about monarch migration, check out the book, Marigold's Wings (E VAN KAMPEN).
The journey of the monarch is truly fascinating!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Have you read the Rainbow Fairy books, or perhaps the Fairy Chronicles, or maybe even the Disney Fairy books?
Zionsville Librarians LOVE fairies! In fact, we worked with the Zion Nature Center to help children build Fairy houses! This is a GREAT activity that you can do at home and best of all, it is simple and free!
Come to the Library to check out the book Fairy Houses by Tracy L. Kane; this is a great story that gives tips on how to build Fairy Houses.
The basic rules are...
1. You must use things that you find in nature, no manmade items
2. Don't hurt living things to make your Fairy House
All you have to do is find natural items around your back yard--sticks, pebbles, rocks, fallen leaves, moss--and then let your imagination lead the way! You can put Fairy Houses at the base of trees, in the middle of your yard, or anywhere!
Check out our Fairy book selection...
Monday, July 12, 2010
Six chicks found their way to Ms. Laura's backyard. They are very sweet and learning the ropes from the older chickens. The rooster is chasing them around and not ready to let them join the flock.
Sometime this fall they will be ready to lay eggs. A fox has been scouting out the chicken coop. We will be careful not to let them out when she is around.
Friday, July 2, 2010
We had lots of energy, American flags, great music, and awesome kids!
We paraded past people studying, people working, and people playing—the Library got pretty loud, but everyone seemed to have fun.