Where the Wild Things Are

SUPER Summer Reading Fun Awaits

superhero man holding stack of books

Get ready for a "super" summer at the library with our Every Hero Has a Story Summer Reading Program for ages three and up. This is an eight-week program designed to encourage pleasure reading and prevent summer slide--where the lack of reading during summer break causes a decrease in children's reading skills. We are here to help you defeat that evil villain Summer Slider with superhero fun! Registration opens on May 26--right after Memorial Day. Stop at either location to pick up your starting materials. The kids' program is for ages 3-entering grade 5, plus there is a teen program for grades 6-12, and one for adults. The program dates are June 8-July 31. Once you are registered, you can start recording your reading and may turn in your first card as soon as Day 1 of the program.

How does the kids' program work? Weekly cards featuring different types of heroes are available each week. Kids are asked to do six literacy activities listed on the card--at least two hours of reading is required. When six activities are completed, kids return the card to the library. Instead of earning a weekly doodad, kids will be heroes for someone else this year by donating their reading time to raise money for three local charities:

  • Make-A-Wish Foundation--grants wishes to children with a life-threatening illness, and our donation will help fund a wish for a child in the Fox Valley
  • Chances Animal Rescue--a no-kill shelter on Lake Park Road
  • A Very Special Place--an adult day service that helps empower people with physical, behavioral, intellectual, and developmental disabilities and their families to lead fuller lives

The charity with the most votes will receive $500, second place $300, and third place $200. Kids will vote each time they finish a card. 

To add to the fun, we have fifteen grand prizes for kids that we will be giving away at the end of the program. Each time a reading card is turned in, the child will earn an entry into the drawing. To make things even more fun, kids will earn a free book when they complete cards 3, 6, and 8, and they will receive a certificate if they complete all eight weeks.

We also have great family programs all summer on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. plus some Thursday events for tweens (ages 8-12), and Friday events. Check out our brochure or web calendar for more details. Friend us on Facebook for updates as well.

Add some "Pow!" "Bam!" and "Zap!" to your summer by joining the Every Hero Has a Story summer reading program! Increase your reading superpowers and defeat that sinister villain Summer Slider by reading great books from the library. Be a hero for your brain and a hero for those in need--sounds pretty "super," eh?

New Character Books

Our character book shelves feature favorite characters from books and television, and this section is a very popular stop for children. We recently updated the titles to include some newer favorites. Here is the list of new friends:

  • Pete the Cat
  • Peppa Pig
  • Disney Junior (Sofia the First, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Doc McStuffins, and Henry Hugglemonster
  • Max & Ruby
  • Bubble Guppies
  • Disney Princess
  • Paw Patrol 

We did sunset some older characters due to the condition of the books, lower interest, and titles no longer available:

  • Barney
  • Bob the Builder
  • Peanuts (holiday books still available)
  • Madeline (now on picture book shelves under author Bemelmans)
  • Franklin the Turtle 

Stop in and check out favorites old and new, and keep on reading!

 

 

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Read Aloud 15 Minutes

Parents, did you know that, according to research, reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to prepare your child for reading and learning?  Make it a goal to read at least fifteen minutes every day to your preschooler. We have lots of great books for you at the library to help you meet your goals and to create lasting memories of stories lovingly shared together.

Book Awards

The Youth Media Awards, chosen by the American Library Association, have been announced for 2015.This year's John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature was awarded to The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. The winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book for children is The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, written and illustrated by Dan Santat. 

To see the complete list of winners and honor books, please click this link: 2015 Award Winners.

Read Away the Winter Blues with Frozen

Snowman

We all know what it is like to feel frozen in January in Wisconsin, so we decided to have a little fun and create an all ages winter reading program with a twist on frozen--instead of feeling frozen, let's celebrate winter with the popular movie Frozen! Sign-up begins January 5, so stop by either location to pick up your Frozen BINGO card. Complete the reading activities and turn in your card each week for a different mini-prize. Earn a grand prize entry for every BINGO completed, and you can earn up to four BINGOs during the program.

The Frozen Winter Reading Program runs January 12-February 7 and will end witth a Frozen party on Saturday, February 7 at 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Kimberly. Wear a Frozen costume and enjoy a story plus fun activity stations as part of our Take Your Child to the Library Day celebration.

Bring in the whole family to check out all the great new books and some of your old favorites at the library, and read away those winter blues. 

Winter Break Family Programs

Looking for some fun free events for families during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day? The library is offering two programs for families that week, and we invite you to join us.

Tuesday, December 30: Dolpin Tale 2 Movie (PG) at 10:30 a.m. in Little Chute with free popcorn.

Wednesday, December 31: Noon Year's Eve Party at 11:15 a.m.-noon at Little Chute Library. Too tired to stay up until midnight? Ring in the New Year at noon at the library. We'll have a story, make New Year's hats, and other activities to celebrate the start of 2015.

To Screen or Not to Screen with Preschoolers

There are often many questions about using devices with young children, and the general consensus among researchers and child development professionals is to limit screen time with toddlers and focus on interaction and engagement. For more information about the pros and cons of screen time, please read this recent article from the New York Times.

One of the comments on the article came from school librarian and first grade teacher Patty T., and her quote makes good food for thought:

"Early literacy or the pre-literate audience needs the physicality of a book. A tablet just can't do that. The physical book offers the young child an opportunity to sit on it, crawl over it, interact with it, drag it around, reread the pages that are thoughtful to the child or that confuse the child - the physical book allows the child to linger and start the foundation of comprehension and questioning." 

Human interaction and engagement is a big key to learning. If you do use apps, be sure to be there to engage with your child. Remember that you are your child's first and best teacher. Of course, please visit us to find lots of great books to share with your child, and read, read, read! You can also find many e-books for all ages through InfoSoup.

 

Mary Downing Hahn

girl in cemetery

Mary Downing Hahn's books have been very popular with the 4th-7th grade crowd, especially for those readers who like a bit of a haunting chll in their stories. Ms. Hahn is a former school librarian who has written dozens of novels for young readers. Her popular title from 1986, Wait Till Helen Comes, is being made into a movie with shooting set to begin at the end of September. 

If you like a spooky or adventuresome read, check out one of Mary Downing Hahn's books today!

Pooches and Pages Sign-up Open for Fall 2014

dog with reader

The new school year is just around the corner, and that means Pooches & Pages will be returning! Kids in grades 1-5 are invited to sign-up for a 15-minute time slot to read to a certified therapy dog. The program takes place the third Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m.-noon in Little Chute, and registration is now open for September 20, October 18, and November 15. Call 788-7825 to reserve your "Spot!"

Children's SLP Grand Prize Winners Announced

science beakers

Congratulation to all of our summer reading grand prize winners! 

1. Science Kits--Ellie D.

2. Dinosaur Laser Pegs--Alex S.

3. LEGO kits--Streeter O.

4. Zoobmobile kit--Mercy T.

5. Robot kits--Nick T.

6. Fun Loom--Caleb M.

7. Wimpy Kid Package--Evelyn V.

8. Princess Package--Olivia V.

9. Games Galore--Connor B.

10. Art Kit--Elora W.

11. Cars Package--Gerrit W.

12. Frozen Package--Evelynn F.

13. Charlie Puppet and Books--Taya H.

14. Water Balloon Set--Ava L.

All winners have been notified. Thank you to everyone who participated in Fizz, Boom, Read! We hope you enjoyed a great summer of science and reading. We had a BLAST!