Family LEGO Mindstorms

Build this robot with us!
Build this robot with us!

Family LEGO Mindstorms

Saturday, March 7th at 2pm

We've got a spot open! For families with children in Grades 4-6 - come explore robotics by building and commanding your own LEGO  Mindstorms robot with a computer. 

Register.

Waitlist for interested families.

RESCHEDULED: Online Security Seminar

Online Security Seminar presented by Miss Amanda
Online Security Seminar presented by Miss Amanda

RESCHEDULED: Thursday, March 26th at 6 p.m.

Our online world can be daunting — how do we keep ourselves and our families safe from identity theft, computer viruses, and online predators? Come learn tips from our tech savvy librarians about how to protect your computer, accounts, and self online.

This program will take place in the Library's Tech Lab

Register 

Maker Family Challenges!

Image from Planet Smarty
Image from Planet Smarty

Bring your little ones and your big ones to our Maker Family Challenges! Join us in the Storytime Room for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) challenges that the whole family can do together. Stations will be set out for you to explore and have fun! Drop-in anytime, no registration necessary, ages 5 and up.

Saturday, March 14 at 11 am - 12 noon:

Build a boat from recycled materials, and then test if it floats! Great for budding engineers and curious minds.

Saturday, March 28 at 11 am - 12 noon:

Using the easiest of all art techniques - collage - make a family self portrait using our recycled books!

2015 Book Groups

Book Groups in the Children's Library will read books like this one!
Book Groups in the Children's Library will read books like this one!

This winter, join the Children's Library for a series of drop-in book discussions for elementary and middle school readers! Our book groups are designed to encourage Common Core-required skills such as critical thinking, information literacy, self-direction, and collaboration – all in a fun environment. 

Jr. Book Club

Wednesday, March 25th at 4:15 p.m.: The Vanishing Coin

Early elementary readers are invited to discuss librarian-selected chapter books. The discussion will be followed by an activity, game or craft inspired by the story. Grades 2-3.

 

Nutmeg Book Club

Thursday, March 19th at 5 p.m.: Walls Within Walls

Join us as we discuss a 2015 Intermediate Nutmeg nominee! The discussion will be followed by an activity. Pizza will be served. Grades 4-6. 

Tween Tabs in the Children's Library

Check out a Tween Tab in the Library, or grab a Tween Tab app list.
Check out a Tween Tab in the Library, or grab a Tween Tab app list.

Place a hold on the Tween Tab today! The Children's Library circulates Tween Tab iPads for kids ages 9 to 12. 

The Tween Tabs come with pre-loaded apps selected by the children's librarians. There are over 70 Apps which highlight the following Kids Nonfiction Glades: Bio, Languages, Facts, Traditions, Animals, Create, Fun, Self, Sports, Poetry, STEM, and Then & Now.

Additional content on kids and technology is located on  ALSC's Digital Media Resources website. 

Family Film Festival: Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month, and in honor of notable women throughout history we will host our second Family Film Festival in honor of women. Every day at 2pm starting Wednesday, March 11th through Friday, March 13th, we will show a film celebrating historic women and girl empowerment. View the list of films below.

Wednesday, March 11th at 2 p.m.

Mulan. Rated G, 88 minutes. Grades K+. Watch the trailer.

Thursday, March 12th at 2 p.m.

Ballet Shoes. Rated PG, 85 minutes. Grades 3+. Watch the trailer.

Friday March 13th, at 2 p.m.

The Miracle Worker. Rated PG, 95 minutes. Grades 3+. Watch the trailer.

*All films will be shown in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

R.E.A.D. in the Children's Library

Reading Education Assistance Dogs
Reading Education Assistance Dogs

Tuesday, March 10th from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.

Is your child learning to read? Reading Education Assistance Dogs will visit the Children's Library to encourage beginning readers and promote literacy. Register for a 15 minute reading session with a certified therapy dog. Readers ages 5 and up.

The following sessions are full. Please register for the Waitlist.

4:00pm

4:15pm

4:30pm

4:45pm

 

 

St. Patrick's Day Crafts

Happy St. Patrick's Day leprechauns!
Happy St. Patrick's Day leprechauns!

Tuesday, March 17th at 4 p.m.

Join us for a special drop-in program featuring crafts celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Ages 3+. Drop-in.

Nutmeg at Night 2015

Will YOU be on the winning team this year?
Will YOU be on the winning team this year?

Tuesday, April 14th from 6 to 7 p.m.

Calling all Nutmeg Readers: The Children’s Library is hosting its annual Nutmeg at Night!

Each year before the big Nutmeg vote, the Children's Library brings kids together in an evening of friendly competition. Equal parts trivia questions and physical challenges, Nutmeg at Night is a chance for all Nutmeg book readers to test their memory and skills for a chance to become the ultimate Nutmeg champions. 

Competing in four teams for awesome prizes, which kids will come out on top?

Grades 4 to 6. Register for Nutmeg @ Night!

There's still time to read the 2015 Nutmeg Nominees! Check out this complete list of Nominees.