Category Archives: Children’s Room

Lego Club

Calling all kids! Schmaling’s after-school LEGO CLUB is starting up again!
When: Every Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm, September 7-November 16
Who: Geared toward 3rd – 8th grade students . . . but younger and older kids are welcome as well!
Every Friday, come work a series of building challenges: when you complete 5 you get a prize! The time is open – so come for a few minutes, or stay the whole time. However, the only time to complete the challenges is during the designated time, and participants will be using the library’s Legos only. Pictures may be taken of the completed challenges and some may also be put on display.

Teddy Bear Tuesdays

Beginning September 4th and running through April, the Children’s Department invites all children preschool aged through second grade to attend a story time led by our very own Miss Gwen.

In addition, the last Tuesday of each month will feature activities with the library’s DUPLO Lego bricks!!

This event is anticipated to happen every Tuesday the library is open, from 6 to 6:30 pm; please see Happenings for exact dates.  It is kindly expected that all children be accompanied to this event.

So wear pajamas, bring a favorite stuffed animal, enjoy the story, make a craft, and scarf a snack!

 

Black History Month: A List of Non-Fiction Titles For Children

a collage of book covers that celebrate black history month - for children
In honor of Black History Month here is a list of many outstanding children’s non-fiction books that tell the amazing stories of so many amazing people; it is certainly not exhaustive, and it is not limited to the Civil Rights Movement or slavery.   These titles are definitely worth seeking out regardless of the month. 

 

Picture Books (For ALL Ages):

  • A Splash of Red: the Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet.
  • All Together Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson and illustrated by E. B. Lewis
  • Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill and illustrated by Bryan Collier.
  • Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
  • Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine and illustrated by Kadir Nelson.
  • Rosa by Nikki Giovanni and illustrated by Bryan Collier. (about Rosa Parks)
  • Schomburg: the Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Eric Velasquez
  • Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Ron Husband
  • Step Right Up by Donna Janell Bowman and illustrated by Daniel Mintner
  • Swing Sisters: The Story of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm by Karen Deans and illustrated by Joe Cepeda
  • Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton and illustrated by Don Tate

Continue reading Black History Month: A List of Non-Fiction Titles For Children

Flaky Thoughts

picture of snowflakes under a microscope

"The simplicity of winter has a deep moral. The return of Nature, after such a career of splendor and prodigality, to habits so simple and austere, is not lost either upon the head or the heart. It is the philosopher coming back from the banquet and the wine to a cup of water and a crust of bread." ~John Burroughs, "The Snow-Walkers," 1866

While we eagerly await the returning warmth, let us attempt to appreciate the unique beauty of our current season, particularly of the wondrous snowflake. Maybe take some time this winter to read about Mr. Wilson Bentley in SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY, who was the first to photograph snowcrystals(flakes) using photomicrography. You can also learn more about him, his work, and snowflakes in general at the following links:
http://snowflakebentley.com/index.htm
http://www.its.caltech.edu/~at…/snowcrystals/class/class.htm