Monday, July 29, 2013

Summer Book Bunch

Though this post is short on pictures, we had tons of fun at this summer's Book Bunch, where we discussed the dystopic science-fiction novel, The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau.  Participants began the program by learning to "Eat like an Emberite!", sampling all sorts of foods mentioned in the book: canned peaches, prunes, applesauce, and creamed corn, to name a few.  Each food tried earned coins that could later be spent in the "Night Street Store" on prizes like erasers, magnetic bookmarks, and glow bracelets.  We also held a great book discussion and finished up the program with a craft related to a scene in the book: drawing dream cities with colored pencils on the blank side of bottle labels.

Enjoy the pictures- summer (at the library, at least) is coming to an end!

Getting ready to discuss the book at Ironton Headquarters.

Drawing dream cities at the Bourbon branch.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Reminder- Abra-Kid-Abra Shows This Week!

Don't forget!  If you love magic and comedy, be sure to show up for an Abra-Kid-Abra show this week!  Programs will be held this Tuesday, July 23, at the Steelville branch (10 am) and the Cuba branch (1:30 pm) or on Wednesday, July 24, at the Ste. Genevieve branch (10 am) and the Fredericktown branch (2 pm).  Hope to see you there!

An Abra-Kid-Abra magician entertaining crowds.

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Digging for the Future (Story Time #3)

Our theme for the last week of summer story time was "Digging for the Future"!  We read Below by Nina Crews, Five Trucks by Brian Floca, and Machines Go to Work by William Low, created a MadLibs-style story called "Underground Adventure", and made bradded paper bulldozers.  Check out the photos below from our construction/building-focused program!

After reading our books, we created our own story!

Coloring bulldozers.

Punching holes in cut pieces.

This craft took a lot of patience, but the kids were up to the challenge!

Busily working.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Terra Trade Art Into Nature Workshops

We had fantastic attendance at Tiffani Martin's Terra Trade program at our three Crawford County libraries today!  Children who attended learned all about rocks and minerals and then painted pet rocks and crafted rock cycle keychains to take home with them.

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Teen Event- The Pharaoh's Curse!

Tweens, teens, and a few others at Tuesday's event had fun unraveling the mystery of The Pharaoh's Curse with Miss Michelle!

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Elementary Archaeology Program

Check out pictures of a few of our budding archaeologists from last week's Elementary Archaeology Program!

Kids at the program rotated between three different stations.  At one station, they created their own coins with play dough discs and markers.

At another station, they put their puzzle-working skills to good use and assembled broken terra cotta tiles.

Wearing work gloves to protect our hands- and to preserve the artifacts!

Almost done with one tile!

At the third station, kids could extract artifacts buried in layers of soil...

And then draw conclusions from the artifacts about their dig site.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Storyteller Priscilla Howe

For anyone who missed hilarious storyteller, Priscilla Howe, this week, fear not!  You can listen to one of her most popular stories right now...

or check out her YouTube channel for more puppets and fun.  The library will also be purchasing some of her more recent DVDs/CDs soon, and they should be available to check out this August!

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Monday, July 1, 2013

July Contest Month!

July Contest Month is here, and with it, the chance to win cool prizes and some recognition in your local newspaper!  Just stop by the library any time before July 31, pick up your contest sheets, and get creative!  Any 3-6 year olds can participate in the Coloring Contest, while the Book Spine Poetry Contest is reserved for 7-14 year olds. 

If you don't have time to stop by the library soon, you can also check out the rules and this year's coloring page below:

July 2013 Coloring Contest Rules Sheet.

July 2013 Coloring Sheet.

July 2013 Book Spine Poetry Contest Rules Sheet.

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