Open TEA Rooms in January

Recycled paper notebook made in the TEA Room
Recycled paper notebook made in the TEA Room

Tuesdays, January 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th from 4 to 5 p.m.

Calling all Makers! The T|E|A Room (Technology, Engineering, & the Arts) is open for exploration, creation and discovery. Grades 3-6. Drop-in.

January 6 – Simple Machines

January 13 – Chroma Candy

January 20 – Art Straw Architecture

January 27 – Book Collage

Registration for Spring 2015 Storytimes: Open Now!

Storytime!
Storytime!

Registration for the Spring 2015 storytime lottery opens Monday, March 2nd, 2015 and runs through Monday, March 16th. Registration is a lottery, and notification will be Saturday, March 21st. Storytimes will begin the week of Monday, March 23rd, 2015.

Brochures are available now. We look forward to seeing you and your children for our upcoming season of storytimes!

Register for storytimes.

Family Tech Night

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Brian Sawyer
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Brian Sawyer

Tuesday, January 20th at 5 p.m.

Monday, March 2nd at 5 p.m.

Come learn about eBook access through the library while playing with our iPads, Nooks, and other tech gadgets. We will also explore content available on Hoopla, Overdrive, 3M Cloud Library, and Zinio.

All ages and parents.

Every Child Ready to Read: A Workshop for Parents of Pre-Readers

Read together to develop reading skills.
Read together to develop reading skills.

Do you have a child 5 or under? Through hands-on activities, the Children's Librarians will provide parents with practical tips for growing your child into a lifelong reader. Our Every Child Ready to Read Workshop will be held on Thursday, January 8th at 10 a.m. All parents are welcome.

Parents of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are invited to learn about:

- early literacy development

- the fundamentals of learning to read

- tips, advice, and practical takeaways on how parents and caregivers can support early literacy skill-building

Developed by the American Library Association and the Public Library Association, the Every Child Ready to Read workshops have been developed after years of research on early brain development and the correlation between early experiences and future academic success.

Open Your Eyes & Explore

The New Year is a time for reflection and reinvention. Why not open your eyes and explore the world around you and take note of the beauty in the everyday? Look at the snow drifts during a blizzard and marvel at how something so light and fluffy can be so strong and desctuctive. Ponder an injury or illness - a broken finger, a bad cold, or even a missing arm (thanks to a lion...) - and find something good in the bad.

Marvel at the wonderful adventures that may happen in YOUR life this year. Gain inspiration by reading one of these books about adventure, curiosity, and imagination.

 

 

iFamily: A Technology Series for the 21st Century

What will you learn?
What will you learn?


Monday, January 12th to Friday, March 13th

From gaming to cloud computing, technology has shaped the ways that families connect and communicate – it impacts nearly all aspects of our lives. The iFamily series explores the role of emerging technologies in parents’ and childrens’ lives. Join us for thought-provoking film screenings, hands-on classes, stimulating discussions, and more.

To view our full calendar of events, please see:

Tech Programs for Parents

Tech Programs for Kids

*Registration opens Monday, December 29th

iFamily: Programs for Kids

Registration opens Monday, December 29th

 

Books Alive! Book Making Meets Stop Motion Animation

Monday, January 19th from 1 to 4 p.m.

Ages 6—11. Using DragonFrame Stop Motion, a professional grade animation software program, students will develop a working understanding of this magical and collaborative method. Following animation experiments, young artists and filmmakers will create their own one-of-a-kind book puppets fusing bookmaking with illustration, collage, and sculpture, which will be featured in animated short films.

Waitlist

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Techsplorers

Thursdays, January 15th, 22nd, 29th, and February 5th at 4:15 p.m.

Grades 1—3. Elementary-aged children will have the opportunity to reinforce computer skills, explore fun new websites, and create unique projects using both traditional and digital art techniques.

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App Art

Wednesdays, January 21st, 28th, and February 4th at 4:15 p.m.

Grades 4-6. Young artists will go digital by experimenting with photography, drawing, and animation apps.

Waitlist.

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MakerBot 101

Wednesday, February 11th at 4:15 p.m.

Grades 4-6. Find out about the TEA Room’s MakerBot Replicator and the evolution of the 3D printing industry.

Waitlist.

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Tinkercad 101

Thursday, February 12th at 4:15 p.m.

Grades 4-6. Learn the ins and outs of the 3D rendering program Tinkercad.

Waitlist.

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E-Z Research

Monday, February 23rd at 4:15 p.m.
Monday, March 9th at 4:15 p.m.

Grades 3-6. Register for one session. Need resources for your research reports? Want to know what the capital of Uzbekistan is? Learn tips on how to conduct effective (and easy!) online searching, as well as how to cite resources.

Waitlist for February 23rd

Waitlist for March 9th

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Intro to Coding

Wednesday, March 4th at 4:15 p.m.

Grades 3-6. Learn the basics of computer coding. Using interactive software like Scratch, kids will learn the language of the future.

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Coding Challenges

Wednesday, March 11th at 4:15 p.m.

Grades 5-6. (Prerequisite: Intro to Coding) Test your computer programming skills through a variety of experiments, challenges, and more.

Waitlist.

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Minecraft Fridays

Fridays, January 2nd, February 6th, and March 6th from 4 to 5:30p.m.

Grades 3-6. Join us as we present challenges to build and collaborate within the Minecraft program. Drop-in.

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2014 Holiday Gift Giving Guide

A preview of our guide!
A preview of our guide!

Feeling uninspired and overwhelmed by holiday shopping this year?

Check out a list of suggestions curated by the Children's Librarians! Our favorite books, toys, games, and more are sure to make your loved ones smile this year.

Find great gifts for ages birth to 12!

If you want it in a video format, we can supply that too.

Ferguson Resources for Parents

A picture from Ferguson, MO's public library
A picture from Ferguson, MO's public library

Maybe you're getting some questions you don't know how to answer, or you want to make sure your child learns about the broader issues at stake with the Ferguson, MO events.  We've created a booklist of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry that deal with American history, African- American experiences, and civil rights.  Read on!

A St. Louis high school librarian created a LibGuide with resources about Ferguson, which are definitely geared towards high schoolers but may be of interest.

Eww, that's gross!

photo courtesy of islime
photo courtesy of islime

Cakes that look like kitty litter boxes, animal poop and kids eating fried worms. From fact to fiction this booklist has every gross thing that makes you say,eww!

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