Kids

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….

Love Star Wars? Celebrate Star Wars Reads Day at your local branch library!

Let's Talk With Author Robie Harris

author Robie Harris

Thinking about having “the talk” with your kids and don’t know where to start? Join New York Times best-selling author Robie Harris at the Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center, on Monday, October 13 at 6 p.m.!

A Tour of the (Possibly Haunted) Children's Library Basement

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Have you ever come to the library looking for a book only to find that it's in the "Historical Collection" or the basement? Before I worked at the library I was looking for holiday books at a branch and this very thing happened; I waited while a friendly librarian went into the storage area to retrieve them for me. I was intrigued. What could this storage area possibly look like?

Now that I work at the library I visit the basement or "Lowers" many times every day. I thought I'd take the opportunity to share a little information and a few pictures of this behind the scenes area.

ideaLAB Now Open for Families!

We're happy to announce the launch of Family ideaLAB next month! Starting in October, every second Saturday of the month from 11am to 1pm will be all ages in the ideaLAB, our makerspace in Central. We'll be offering projects for families to work on together, but you're also welcome to drop in and just explore the lab and work on your own projects together.

Play and Learn Kits at a Library Near You!

Did you know that there are many cheap or free things you can do at home to help your child get ready to read? For example, being able to recognize shapes is an important skill that helps children prepare to recognize letters. If you want to help your child practice this, you can cut many different shapes out of construction paper (or even junk mail or old magazines, if you don't have construction paper). Your child can assemble the different shapes into designs, or practice tracing them. You can talk about the shapes you see in books, or try to find shapes in the world around you.

Can Your Kids Talk Like a Pirate?

Bubble Bath Pirates Book Cover

Avast ye landlubbers! Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19) is approaching as fast a clipper ship on a clear day. Want to teach your kids some pirate lingo, but afraid your inner pirate is as rusty as an old cutlass? Brush up with one of these books.

Here at the Central Children's Library we're getting into the spirit of the day by reading some pirate books (see below). And some of us are even planning to dress, as well as talk, like pirates! So stop by the Children's Library on Friday and give us your best, "Arrrrgh!"

Picture Books

Smiley: One Branch One Story

Summer of Reading

We had another wonderful Summer of Reading at the Smiley Branch Library this year! We filled the days with amazing programs, craft classes, and even some baby yoga! Mr. Dana was lucky enough to interview two of our most super readers Katelynn and Skyler (in addition to a few special guest stars) about their Summer of Reading adventures. Katelynn and Skyler have attended all of our Summer of Reading activities at Smiley for many years, so they have become something of resident SOR experts.

Where in the World?

Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska

The world's most notorious criminal is on the run, and we need help catching her! Join us Saturday, September 6 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Central Library Children’s Pavilion for our Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego program. Kids can use their super sleuthing skills to decipher the clues about Carmen’s whereabouts, and try to catch her before she steals the world’s cities and landmarks!

Back to School With School Stories!

I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson

With back-to-school in full effect, it's a fun time of the year for kids to read a novel from one of the most popular sub-genres of realistic fiction: school stories. Since children spend so much of their time in school, they tend to gravitate toward and readily identify with these types of stories, which typically involve a school setting and the activities of students and teachers as a main element of the plot.

Eugene Field: One Branch One Story

Alyssa Working on Her Bleach Pen T-Shirt

Please meet Alyssa, one of Eugene Field’s best customers. Alyssa is a 10-year-old going into fifth grade and is a voracious reader. In fact, she’s such a big reader that I have trouble recommending books to her – it seems as if she has read practically everything!

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