There are many different reading lists available, but a really great list of interesting and cool books was just released by Common Sense Media (a terrific website for book content information and age-appropriateness). The list is available at www.chicagotribune.com/50by12, and it is 50 books every child should read by age 12. Take a look and see what you think. Then come to the library and check out some of your favorites!
We’re so ‘releaved’ that Spring is finally here (and Earth Day is April 22nd), that the Library is celebrating with some special programs. First, don’t miss out on seeing our Painted Lady Butterflies before we set them free! It’s hard to believe that they were all tiny caterpillars just a few short weeks ago. Almost all have emerged from their chrysalises and we hope to release them this week (if the weather permits!) On Wednesday, April 13th @ 5 p.m., come join our Spectacular Science Program where we’ll be learning about seed germination, and then planting
To celebrate Spring and Earth Day, the library became home to some very hungry real caterpillars! You can see them in the Children’s Department. They have been growing and growing and have now made chrysalises. We are anxiously awaiting their release as butterflies in a couple of days. Meanwhile check out some books about them located on display underneath the actual cocoons!
On Saturday, April 16th, chug on over to the Manhattan Historical Society’s Caboose (right behind the musuem) for a fun tour, and create your own train craft to take home! Then come back to the library for a special Story Time and a Thomas movie. Did you know Thomas the Tank Engine is now over 70 years old!?
Nothing says Spring more than Butterflies and Flowers! Come see the Children’s Department now all made up for Spring; then make your own butterfly that will add to our decor. And pretty soon you can witness the release of our Painted Lady Butterflies who are all neatly in their chrysalises. You can come in and observe them; and don’t miss their date of transformation and release! Also, on April 6th, we have a special Crafty Kids program at 4:30 where you can make your very own Flower Collage! Sign up today!
Stop in tomorrow for a mystery scavenger hunt in the library at noon. Like mysteries? Try Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett. Read the book, follow the clues, and solve some of the book’s internal puzzles. Don’t be ‘fooled’ by some misleading hints! If you need help, just ask a Children’s Department librarian. Other interesting books that will keep you on your toes are: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (one of my favorites!), The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (a great series!), and The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch (funny too!). Read one o