Pete the Cat Storytime

We had a GROOVY time at this week’s storytime, reading books about Pete the Cat! Pete is definitely a favorite here in Newark, so whenever we read his books for storytime it’s always a blast. At the end of the storytime, all but two of the books shown below were even checked out!

 

We made a couple of Pete the Cat crafts, including fuzzy coloring pieces and Pete masks!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten @ NPL

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A couple of months ago, we began our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, and it has been very successful so far! We have over 25 kids signed up through the library, and two classes at Head Start participating in the program as large groups!

The kids are really enjoying the praise for all of their work, and they are super proud when they come in with a full sheet that they colored in. I’m so glad that I decided to try this out!

Here’s our flyer, which is full of general information about the program:

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Here’s our reading log, which I created using Canva. This was super easy and much more affordable than purchasing them from a vendor.

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Storytime Theme: Giraffes! 

We had A LOT of fun learning and reading about giraffes during my Head Start visits last week!

I like to include an engaging non-fiction book in my storytimes whenever they fit well, so we read Giraffes by Amelie von Zumbusch and we learned some fun facts about giraffes before reading our fiction books. Did you know that a giraffe calf is already 6 feet tall when it is born?!

The next two books that we read were Giraffes Ruin Everything by Heidi Schulz and The Short Giraffe by Neil Flory. The first of the two follows a young boy who has trouble with a giraffe getting in the way of his fun.. but *spoiler alert* the story has a happy ending because giraffe ends up saving the day! The second book was very silly and got a lot of laughs from the kids and their teachers. Geri is the shortest giraffe who ever lived, and the giraffes try rigging up all kinds of contraptions to make him fit into a photo with the average-height giraffes. This story *spoiler alert* also has a happy ending… but I won’t say how they solved their dilemma. You’ll have to read it yourself!

Book Club Meeting- Wonder

At this month’s 5th Grade Book Club meeting at Kelley School, we talked about Wonder by RJ Palacio. We actually ended up reading about how Palacio was inspired to write the book (by a girl she saw at an ice cream shop, and then by listening to the song Wonder by Natalie Merchant), and then we watched the Wonder music video and talked about it in relation to the book. We ended the meeting by talking about kindness, discussed ways that we can be more kind in our everyday lives, and cut out little compliment cards to hand out as random acts of kindness. It was a great afternoon!

Students Choose @NPL

We had a heck of a time here on Friday afternoon with about 35 kids from Newark Middle School’s Students Choose program! Every 5 weeks, we have the opportunity to spend an afternoon with 30-60 kids who are a part of the Students Choose program, and it is super busy and super fun.

In the picture above, a few of our friends are trying out Ozobots (tiny robots that you can program just by drawing on paper!) for the first time.  They had a blast!

During these programs we offer a variety of activities for students to wander around and enjoy. The other activities we offered were:

Coding (code.org/learn)

MaKey MaKey

3D Printing

Board Games

LEGO Challenge

 

The kids seemed to have the most fun with our technology-based programs, which is exactly what we wanted. We’ve been focusing a lot on STEM-related activities here at the library for the past couple of years, and this program is just one of the ways that we try to promote STEM literacy in our community. The Students Choose program will be back next month. Stay tuned!

Pokemon Go @ the Library 

We’ve been having lots of visitors at the library looking to play Pokemon Go! We are designated as a gym, and the Historical Society across the street is a Pokestop, so there’s been quite a bit of traffic in this little part of town. The library is an excellent place to stop by if you’re a Pokemon fan because of this, and because we also have lots of Pokemon books and a monthly Pokemon Club!