Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Giver Trailer

If you're a fan of Lois Lowry or dystopian science fiction (think The Hunger Games, Divergent), you only have sixteen days to wait until The Giver hits movie theaters!

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Story Time #3- The Science of Nature

This week's story time session focused on nature!  We learned all about interesting and unusual animals of the ocean, jungle, and forest; played a jumping click beetle game; and wove paper plate spider webs for our craft. 

A few book selections for the week.
Jumping clothespin "click beetles".  The clothespins make the same clicking noise and somersault motion that the beetles do!
More click beetles!
Working on weaving.

Craft at Cuba.

Craft at Ste. Genevieve.

Finished spider webs (and teensy plastic spiders!) at Ironton.

We finished up our Ironton session with puzzle fun!

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Story Time #2- The Science of Art

This week's story time session focused on art!  We read books about color, shape, and perspective; went color bowling for our game; and drew pictures on story cubes for our craft. 

Even the littlest story timers can get strikes in kid-friendly color bowling!

C'mon... c'mon...
Working on story cubes at Fredericktown.
At Steelville.
At Bourbon.
At Viburnum.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Teen Event- Doctor Who

First of all, a HUGE thanks to Miss Pat, for gamely taking over the Doctor Who Teen Program last week while I was out sick with the flu!  We had to cancel our Ironton session in order to give her enough to time to finish prepping materials (though if you were signed up originally to attend the event at Ironton, please drop by the front desk to pick up a craft kit to take home with you), and our Fredericktown session was packed to the brim!  Check out all the photos below (plus the cool handmade Tardis one of the attending adults brought).

Gathering before the program starts.
Getting ready to make bowties (in keeping with Matt Smith's Doctor, who proclaims "bowties are cool".).

Yep, they're cool :)

And cooler still!
The group also made paper cubee-style Tardises.

A finished Tardis (in the perfect shade of blue).
Check out the fez (if you're a Whovian, you get the reference!).

A finished paper cup Dalek.  This kid's an artist (and a superfan!).
One lucky winner found a Doctor Who picture taped under her seat during a game of Unmusical Chairs- and earned some Doctor-approved metallic glitter slime!
Posing in front of the Tardis with a finished project.

More Tardis pictures.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Dino O'Dell

As usual, children's musician, Dino O'Dell, put on a great show at our Ste. Genevieve, Ironton, Cuba, and Steelville branches over the past couple of days!  At some of the smaller shows, the kids even got to try out Dino's guitar!

Dino's stickered-out guitar case!

Music in the making.

Don't forget!  TOMORROW is our Teen Event focused on everyone's favorite Time Lord, Dr. Who!  We'll be making cool bow ties and paper cup Daleks and test our show knowledge with some Whovian trivia!  Join us at the Ironton Library at 10 am or the Fredericktown Library at 1 pm.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summer Book Bunch

This week, we held our Summer Book Bunch at four branches and discussed Kat Fall's underwater ecological adventure, Dark Life.  In keeping with our ocean theme, we snacked on cheddar fish crackers, experimented with scale by measuring out the span of a whale (interesting fact: at an average of 100 feet in length, a whale wouldn't even fit in most of our libraries!), sorted sea animals into their proper "depth" zones, and painted glow-in-the-dark jellyfish mobiles!

Getting ready to discuss Dark Life.

Learning about the different ocean zones, which include the Sunlit, Twilight, Midnight, Abyss, and Trench zones.

Sorting ocean animals into proper depth designations.

Working on our luminescent jellyfish mobiles!

They also work well as hats.

Our bookish bunch at Ironton.

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