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    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017

    Tweens between the ages of 8-12, this is just for you.  Make new friends and test out some of your teamwork skills with these hilarious games.
    Games include:
    --Dixie Cup Pyramid
    --LEGO Challenge
    --Hula Hoop Human Chain
    --Ping Pong Bucket Fill-‘em Up
    --Sponge ‘N Water Bucket Fill-‘em Up
    --Feather Flight
    tweens at the library

    New Haven Branch June 6, 2017 2:00 PM
    Pontiac Branch June 19, 2017 3:30 PM
    Waynedale Branch June 21, 2017 3:30 PM
    Georgetown Branch June 26, 2017 2:30 PM
    Georgetown Branch June 26, 2017 7:00 PM
    Tecumseh Branch June 29, 2017 2:00 PM
    Monroeville Branch July 3, 2017 3:30 PM
    Woodburn Branch July 7, 2017 10:30 AM
    Hessen Cassel Branch July 13, 2017 12:30 PM
    Little Turtle Branch July 20, 2017 1:00 PM
    Shawnee Branch July 21, 2017 1:00 PM
    Main Library - Children's Services July 25, 2017 10:30 AM
    Main Library - Children's Services July 25, 2017 2:30 PM

    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    Bubbles, bubbles everywhere! We’ll be making bubble wands of all shapes and sizes using pipe cleaners and straws! If weather permits, we’ll head outside to blow some bubbles!
    --for preschoolers and school age kids--
    kids blowing bubbles
    Shawnee Branch June 2, 2017 1:00 PM
    Waynedale Branch June 7, 2017 3:30 PM
    Dupont Branch June 14, 2017 11:00 AM
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    New Haven Branch June 27, 2017 11:00 AM
    Hessen Cassel Branch June 29, 2017 12:30 PM
    Georgetown Branch July 3, 2017 10:30 AM
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    Aboite Branch July 5, 2017 10:30 AM
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    Tecumseh Branch July 11, 2017 10:30 AM
    Woodburn Branch July 14, 2017 10:30 AM
    Monroeville Branch July 17, 2017 3:30 PM
    Main Library - Children's Services July 18, 2017 10:30 AM
    Main Library - Children's Services July 18, 2017 2:30 PM
    Grabill Branch July 26, 2017 10:30 AM
    Little Turtle Branch July 27, 2017 1:00 PM
    Pontiac Branch July 31, 2017 3:30 PM
    by Dawn S | May 22, 2017
    Yoga for Kids incorporates breathing exercises, flowing movements, games and poses, often woven together in the form of a story. Through these activities children enhance body awareness and concentration, foster creativity and imagination, and cultivate self-esteem. The most important benefit, however, is that children begin to learn to self-regulate, creating peacefulness and calm within themselves.
    --best suited for kids ages 4 to 11--

    young child doing yoga

    Woodburn Branch June 9, 2017 10:30 AM
    Monroeville Branch June 12, 2017 3:30 PM
    New Haven Branch June 13, 2017 11:00 AM
    Tecumseh Branch June 15, 2017 2:00 PM
    Main Library - Children's Services June 15, 2017 6:30 PM
    Shawnee Branch June 16, 2017 1:00 PM
    Georgetown Branch June 19, 2017 10:30 AM
    Georgetown Branch June 19, 2017 2:30 PM
    Georgetown Branch June 19, 2017 7:00 PM
    Dupont Branch June 21, 2017 11:00 AM
    Dupont Branch June 21, 2017 3:00 PM
    Dupont Branch June 21, 2017 7:00 PM
    Little Turtle Branch June 22, 2017 1:00 PM
    Grabill Branch June 23, 2017 10:30 AM
    Pontiac Branch June 26, 2017 3:30 PM
    Hessen Cassel Branch June 27, 2017 12:30 PM
    Aboite Branch June 29, 2017 10:30 AM
    Aboite Branch June 29, 2017 2:00 PM
    Waynedale Branch June 30, 2017 10:30 AM
    by Erin W | May 20, 2017

    Summer By the Numbers

    Summer is almost here! And that means that the Summer Learning Program - formerly known as the Summer Reading Program - is almost here!

    You may already know a few things about this year's Summer Learning Program at the ACPL...

    • It starts June 1st and runs through July 31st.

    • It has a new, online component called Beanstack where you can keep track of your reading, participate in activities, and earn badges! You can even go ahead and sign up for Beanstack right now and participate in our pre-summer Get Ready for Just One More Page program. Then be sure to register for the real deal on June 1st!

    • And, as always, we will be hosting fun programs, storytimes, and events all summer long! And giving out prizes for reading!

    It is sure to be tons of fun! ​

    Here are some things you probably don't know about this year's Summer Learning Program. There's a lot happening behind the scenes to plan and run a successful Summer Learning Program:

    • There are three committees, one for each age group, who plan the entire Summer Learning Program! These committees start meeting in AUGUST and tend to meet twice a month until MAY to get everything planned and ready to go.

    • We use A LOT of supplies! For example, for this summer's Tensile Bubbles program, we purchased 40 bottles of bubble solution and 149 bags of pipe cleaners! These supplies were packed into tubs and sent to every ACPL location.

    • We LOVE to give away books! We may be focusing on all aspects of learning this summer, but reading is still a big part of it! The second and third prizes for children ages 0 to 11 are books, and to prepare for the onslaught of summer readers this year, we have over 5,000 chapter books waiting in the library's basement to give away as prizes!

    And that is really just the tip of the iceberg! I could share a lot more stats with you, but I think I'll leave you with just this one: We gave away 23,966 prizes to kids (ages 0 to 11) during last year's summer program. I think we can do even better this year!

    by Cindy H | May 18, 2017
    Rags: Hero Dog of WWI, written by Margot Theis Raven and illustrated by Petra Brown, describes how a stray dog named Rags became a wonderful companion and military aide to an American soldier, Private James Donovan, fighting in France during WWI. The soldier found Rags wandering around on the streets of Paris, and ended up taking him on the battlefield where Rags assisted by chasing vermin out of the trenches, passing along messages between soldiers, finding breaks in telephone lines, and overall boosting the moral of his fellow soldiers. Rags was injured in a battle that ultimately took Private Donovan's life. It was clear to all the other soldiers that he was heartbroken over the loss of his friend. Rags' story has a happy ending, though, because he was adopted by a family with two girls who loved and cared for him. He was given many awards and accolades for his exemplary service to the United States military.

    The book includes factual information before and after the story describing Rags' life and a bit about the history of military dogs in WWI and beyond. There are lovely pictures that help readers understand the story and see Rags for the hero he was. I would recommend this book for any children interested in dogs, history, or the military. Adults may want to be aware that children could become sad or upset when Private Donovan dies. It might be a good idea to have some talking points about death ready. You can always ask a librarian for book suggestions on difficult topics like this or take a look at our booklist.

    This book is recommended for children ages 7-10 years old. It is available in print or as an ebook on Hoopla. It has won many awards, and I highly recommend it! Click the picture of the book's cover to place it on hold!

    by Kara E. | May 15, 2017

    Have you heard about hoopla? It’s basically my new favorite thing. Hoopla is a service that the library offers that allows you to checkout and download digital content – right in the palm of your hand! Hoopla has a ton of things that you can check out! Everything from ebooks, audiobooks, comic books, music, and even movies!

    I love streaming music from hoopla! They have some really great stuff and it’s always available. No more waiting for my holds to come in! Plus it’s super simple.

    Here are my top five kids cd’s right now:

    For the Kids Three1. For the Kids Three
    This CD is chock full of music for kids that doesn’t sound like “kids music.” Small as me is highly recommended. Seriously. The whole CD is worth that one song.

    Laurie Berkner2. The Laurie Berkner Band 
    Now here is some great “Dance Around the Living Room” music. That’s totally a genre of music, right?

    Goodnight Songs3. Goodnight Songs 
    So many beautiful, original lullabies! If you are looking to expand your lullaby repertoire this is the CD for you! Mambian Melody is my favorite.

    Moana4. Moana
    If this doesn't make you want to visit the ocean, I don’t know what will.  Plus the songs are catchy. I can personally guarantee at least one song will get stuck in your head. You’re Welcome. 

    Here Comes Science
    Here Comes Science. Who knew that learning about science could be so fun!? They Might Be Giants will teach you about everything from chemistry to physics in this fantastic CD!
    by Erica S | May 11, 2017

    With a boom of popularity, it’s obvious that realistic comics are all the rage. Sure! We love super-heroes and valiant mice questing for the greater good, but sometimes, we want to connect, person to person, with the image. What IS it like to get braces? Cover of Real FriendsAm I the *only* one who has a hard time making friends? Raina Telgemeier strikes graphic-gold with titles such as Smile, Sisters, and Ghosts. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson is another to add to the ever-growing list of solid story-lines and engaging illustrations. New to our shelves, Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham has given us Real Friends.

    One of the most endearing things about this comic is that it’s just so relate-able. Hale touches on social anxiety brought on by bullies, comfort of fitting in and being one’s self, and the wiles of finding one’s place in a household full of siblings. The exciting and crisp illustrations are engaging and they help fulfill the mission of the story-line perfectly. If you (or your middle-grade reader) are looking for something similar to Telgemeier, I’d fully recommend this title. Along the way, there’s sure to be lots of emotional fodder for meaty discussion. Happy reading!  
    Spread conveying social anxiety

    by Cindy H | May 08, 2017
    Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, written by Laurie Ann Thompson and illustrated by Sean Qualls, is an amazing story about a boy from Ghana. Emmanuel was born with a deformed left leg. With encouragement from his mother, Emmanuel overcomes many obstacles and becomes an inspiration and advocate for those with disabilities. He is able to attend school, work, and eventually rides a bike on a long distance journey around his country. As he travels he spreads awareness that just because you have a disability it doesn't mean you have an inability. This is a beautiful story with wonderful pictures and I think it is really good for children to read because it will help them learn about those with disabilities, as well as those from other cultures.

    This book is available in print or as an ebook on Overdrive. It has won many awards and is recommended for children grades K-2. It is a very inspirational story that I highly recommend! Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!

    by Erica S | May 03, 2017

    Brace yourself. Sitting on the ground experiencing poetry together

    I am about to say something a little unorthodox and maybe a little bit wacky:

    Even though National Poetry Month is over you can – nay, SHOULD – still read poetry! Lucky for us, our library continues to collect wonderful titles to choose from. During our poetry programs throughout the month of April I highlighted a few books that shouldn’t go unnoticed by the pro and novice alike. And even if you missed our Flooretry program (where YES, we wrote poems ON the floor and put them ON the floor) or our Poetry Under the Tower (where we had a poetry reading!) or you have yet to see the poetry wall in Children’s Services downtown (tucked behind the 811s), you can still revel in the glory and tradition of verse.

    My right-now top 4 recommendations for the poetry loving family are:

    Outside Nature’s Window: A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies

    Sad Underwear by Judith Viorst

    One Today by Richard Blanco

    National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry edited by J. Patrick Lewis

    Ask your neighborhood librTucked behind the books there's a poetry wallarian to show you where the poetry books are. You’ll be happy to have had engaged in such thick tradition and poignant language.


    by Kris L | Apr 30, 2017



    This May marks the 98th anniversary of Children’s Book Week, an annual celebration of ... you guessed it! ... CHILDREN’S BOOKS and the love of reading.

    What better place to celebrate Children's Book Week than the library?

    Activities at the Georgetown Branch Library include:

    • All week, May 1-7th -- Cast your vote for the Children’s Choice Book Awards
    • All week, May 1-7th -- Free official Children’s Book Week Activity Posters, while supplies last
    • Monday, May 1st -- 7:00 pm -- Family Fun Night featuring Book Bingo
    • Thursday, May 4th -- 10:15 am AND 11:00 am -- Family Storytime
    • Saturday, May 6th -- Free Comic Book Day with Superhero Storytime & Training at 2:00pm

    Activities in Children’s Services at the Main Library include:

    • Wednesday, May 3rd -- 3:30 to 4:30 -- Minecraft Masters
    • Thursday, May 4th -- 3:30 to 4:30 -- LEGO Club
    • Thursday, May 4th -- 6:30 to 7:30 -- Paws to Read
    • Friday, May 5th -- 10:00 to 10:25 -- Baby Storytime
    • Friday, May 5th -- 10:30 to 10:55 -- Toddler Storytime
    • Friday, May 5th -- 11:00 to 11:25 -- Toddler Storytime
    • Saturday, May 6th -- 10:00 to 3:00 -- Free Comic Book Day with activities throughout the day!
    by Katie B. | Apr 29, 2017

    Cherry Blossom Festival

    Sunday May 7th

    Kamishibai Storytelliing

    It is time again for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival at the Main Library!  Here in Children’s Services we will have our own FREE festival fun with crafts and traditional Kamishibai storytelling. 

    In the program room from 12-4 pm, you can make your own koinobori windsock, a notan collage, a beautiful cherry blossom drawing, and other festival-related activities.  We will also have storytelling at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 4:30 under the reading tower. 
    Be sure to come by and visit us!
    Cherry Blossom Crafts

    by Teresa W. | Apr 27, 2017

    Two of our younger customers (along with their grown-ups who elected not to be photographed) are sorting toy fruits and vegetables by color in the Early Learning Center of the Children’s Services department of the ACPL Main Library.

    two children sorting toy fruit by color

    Sorting is one of many ways to develop math and language skills. Besides that, it’s fun.

    Play is a child’s work, and children learn even more when you play and talk with them. The Early Learning Center is open for children ages 6 and younger and their grown-ups to play together from 9 am to 8 pm, Mondays through Thursdays; 9 am to 5:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays; and noon to 5 pm, Sundays.

    Hope to see you there!

    by Dawn Stoops | Apr 24, 2017

    I took this new graphic novel home over the weekend, to rave reviews.
    cover image for mission moon
    CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington is an adventure story featuring cat astronauts. These space cats have to save the world from a power shortage by racing to the moon to harness solar energy and send it back to Earth. From looking at the cover, I thought the story of cats as astronauts was going to be a comical romp with silly situations and cat themed humor. It does have funny moments, but as my father-in-law commented “This is right out of Apollo 13”. If it were a movie it would be in the drama section, not the comedy section.

    What did the four and five year old think? They would have sat through all 10 chapters in one sitting if they had gotten their way. They enjoyed the pictures and followed along with the dialog, asking questions in that way young readers naturally do. It was a hit. After I told them there was a second in the series called CatStronauts: Race to Mars, I had my mission for Monday morning. The world, at my house, is depending on me.
    cover image for race to mars

    by Dawn S | Apr 20, 2017
    The library's summer program - Just One More Page - starts June 1st!
    summer program library fliers
    Today I got my huge pile of summer program fliers to hand out at school visits. I'm putting the finishing touches on my presentation and waiting on a few phone calls, but as of now, I've got visits planned with more than 1,500 students in the Leo/Grabill area.
    Many of my colleagues have many more schools and many more students on their lists.

    We love visiting schools and inviting all of those shining faces to visit us at the library this summer.

    See you soon!
    check out for more info on our online program.
    pile of puppets

    by Michal M | Apr 17, 2017

    Free Comic Book Day – Saturday, May 6, 2017

    Free Comic Book Day is here again! Join us in Children’s Services at the Main Library on Saturday, May 6, 2017 for free, family fun with: free comics*, scavenger hunts,  superhero appearances, and more!!!

    children at free comic book daychildren reading comics in costumes

    family picking out comic books

    Check out the Schedule for the day:

    10:00 am Family Storytime

    11:00 am – 12:30 pm Costume Factory

    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Meet the Superheroes

    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Superhero Bingo Quest

    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Comic Drawing Workshop with comic book artist Matt Gross

    All Day Fun – Comics Giveaway*, Photobooth, Scavenger Hunt

    *Limit two per person. While supplies last.

    Check out even MORE fun at the following places:

    Georgetown Branch Library
    Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at the Georgetown branch library!  Free comics for all ages will be given away - 1 per person, while supplies last. 

    Kids of all ages are invited to an extra-special Superhero Storytime from 2:00-2:30, and then Superhero Training  and photo ops with the one-and-only Supergirl from 2:30-3:30!

    Teens at the Main Library
    Celebrate Free Comic Book Day by picking up a free comic or two. From 2:00-4:00pm, we'll also be making buttons. Limit 2 buttons per person, while supplies last.
    by Dawn S | Apr 14, 2017
    Take a look at these fun new chapter books!
    cover image for army brats cover image for my pet human takes the stage cover image for big and little quesions
    cover image for the dragon dance cover image for rocket and groot keep on truckin' cover image for invasion of the ufonuts
    cover image for king of the bench no fear cover image for henry hunter and the cursed pirates cover image for yours sincerely giraffe
    by Cindy H | Apr 12, 2017
    Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music, written by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Rafael Lopez, is based on the true story of a Chinese-African-Cuban girl named Millo Castro Zaldarriaga who was the first professional female drummer in Cuba. She first performed with her sisters in their band Anacaona, and went on to achieve international success as a musician; she even played at a celebration for President Franklin Roosevelt at the age of 15. This book is written in the form of a poem, with vibrant and gorgeous pictures. This story is very inspiring and will help children, particularly girls, see that they can achieve their dreams even if someone tells them that it is not allowed due to societal conventions; it teaches the value of perseverance.

    Since this book is based on a true story, that means that most of the events really happened but the author may have embellished or enhanced some of the details to make the story more interesting. This book provides historical information at the end of the book to help the reader understand what happened in real life. This book has won many awards and is recommended for children ages 4-7.

    This book is available in print or as an e-book on Overdrive. It is a very inspirational book that I highly recommend. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
    by Cindy H | Apr 06, 2017
    Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla, written by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by G. Brian Karas, is the story of how a young gorilla was taken from the wild and showcased in a shopping mall for much of his life. The story describes Ivan's life living with a large family of western lowland gorillas in a tropical forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It describes how he was taken by poachers, along with another baby gorilla (who doesn't survive), and shipped to Tacoma, Washington. He lived almost like a human child for a few years, in the home of a pet shop owner, until he became too big. Ivan then went to live in a cage at a mall for 27 years until local and national attention helped move Ivan to a more suitable home, the Atlanta Zoo.

    This book contains factual information about Ivan's story, although some elements may be embellished or enhanced for the sake of the story. The pictures are warm and personable, balancing both the hard reality Ivan faced and the love he received from those who met him. They make this story approachable for young audiences.

    At the end of the book the author describes the true story in detail and provides references on where more information can be found. While the story has a happy ending, some children may be upset when baby Ivan is taken from his family, or made to live in confinement. This would be a good time to have a conversation about animal needs and rights.

    Ivan has won many awards and is recommended for children ages 4-7. This book is available in print or as an e-book via Overdrive. For older children, Katherine Applegate also wrote a somewhat more fictionalized tale called The One and Only Ivan written from Ivan's perspective that I would highly recommend.
    by Kris L | Apr 04, 2017

    We made sock puppets recently at the Georgetown branch library's weekly Family Fun Night!

    Making sock puppets

    Making a sock puppet

    And then we tried out some storytelling with the library's puppet collection!

    Storytelling with puppets

    Puppets are a wonderful toy – and a fun way to practice early literacy skills.  What are early literacy skills?  The reading, singing, talking, playing and writing that parents and caregivers do with young children that help them get ready for school.  Like playing with puppets!

    Among other things, making up or retelling stories with puppets gives children an opportunity to practice using words.  And as adults join the fun and play WITH their children, they can enhance this practice by introducing new words.  Try it!  You’ll not only be having fun, but you’ll be helping your children’s brain development.

    by Dawn Stoops | Apr 03, 2017
    picture of a pile of lids
    Our family has a thing for peanut butter. It's a staple in the sandwich department, it makes great cookies, and elevates bananas to an extra yummy treat with protein power. I started collecting peanut butter jar lids for possible library craft projects and discovered something else instead.

    Large lids have a lot of math potential!

    Young children need lots of math concept practice before they start school. Sorting, counting, matching, and creating patterns are all key to getting those little minds thinking mathematical thoughts. With a collection of peanut butter lids and other large  lids (non choking hazard size) children can play all sorts of games.

    - sort the big ones from the smaller ones
    - sort them by colors
    - make a pattern of one face up and one face down, then repeat
    - count them as they are dropped into a bowl or box

    Large lids help babies develop!

    Things like peanut butter lids are also great for babies! Those tiny bodies need practice grasping, reaching, lifting, and matching what they see to what they want their hands to do. I probably wouldn't have thought about the potential of plastic lids with babies if I hadn't seen these great resources at the library.
    cover image for loose partscover image for loose parts 2
    These hefty, well researched books by Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky give all the why's and how's of helping children learn and develop by playing with found objects.

    Here's a bit from the publisher:
    "A variety of new and innovative loose parts ideas are paired with beautiful photography to inspire safe loose parts play in your infant toddler environment. Learn about the safety considerations of each age group and how to appropriately select materials for your children. "

    I love learning about new ways to help children learn and it's especially nice when it involves reusing something I have around the house. Who knew those peanut butter lids could be such a powerful, earth friendly, way to help kids grow!