Staff picks

We have new DVDs at Central Library, although many of the stories have been around a long time. The Jungle Book, The BFG, and Pete’s Dragon have all been made […]

New Apps for Kids

We have some great new apps on our Children’s Room iPads, which were highly recommended in School Library Journal’s Top 10 of 2016 list. Read all about them here! You […]

I started out storytime with a puppet show using a bunch of our Folkmanis puppets of all kinds of birds. I used them to tell the story of Hello, My […]

On Thursday, August 25th, while the rest of the library was closed early, kids and their parents were hanging out here in the children’s Story Room learning about paleontology and […]

Preschool Storytime: Space!

We read books about space in today’s preschool storytime. First we did a song to learn everyone’s names: Zoom Zoom Astronaut Can you say your name or not? What’s your […]

Mother Daughter Book Club: The Secret Hum of a Daisy

This month, our Mother Daughter book club for girls 11 and up and their moms read a beautiful book called The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer.  And […]

It’s only Dec. 26th, and technically we’re on the 2nd day of Christmas, so today’s storytime was Christmas themed!  All the books I chose are from popular picture book series. […]

Kids' Writing Workshop with author Elana Arnold

Sometimes I like to make a video mashup of clips from these workshops, especially now that we have a digital camera that will take both photo and video. So before […]

Mother Daughter Book Club: A Snicker of Magic

Tonight’s Mother Daughter Book Club discussed the book A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd, a magical realism book about a contemporary girl who has an extraordinary ability to see […]

Kids' Writing Workshop: Writing Engaging Beginnings

This month our workshop focused on that cardinal rule of writing: hook ’em with your first sentence!  The activities we did got the kids writing actual first sentences and getting […]