Inspiring and supporting lifelong learning and the love of reading

So many great teen books are being made into movies. One of my favorites, Divergent by Veronica Roth, is getting the big screen treatment in March 2014.

Check out the trailer:



Tweens and teens in grades 4-8 are invited to our Tween Scene after school programs on Tuesdays in October (except 10/22) from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Kimberly. We have a fun line-up of projects and activities ready for you.

October 1: Build-a-Bot

Use a windup toy and Play-doh to create a one-of-a-kind robot, then wind it up and watch it go!

October 8: Game Time...Old School Edition

Compete with your friends in the old school Words with Friends...Scrabble! Not a fan? Just grab a different board game and have fun. We'll have a build-your-own trail mix bar to make the competition even sweeter.

October 15: Painted Book Ends

Personalize your library! Take a book end and paint it any way you like. Try something inspired by a favorite book or hobby. Completed book ends will be used in the kids and YA book display areas.

October 22--no program 

October 29: Make a Mummy

Bend, shape, and create your very own wire mummy!

We'll also feature some of the newest and coolest books, so bring your friends and join the fun!

Our latest early literacy project is all set for checkout: Preschool Packs! Each pack contains three stories to share together plus a learning game. The games range from matching to counting to beginning letter sounds. You will also get introduced to a wide variety of picture books as you check out different packs. Look for the bright green bin near the concept and character books in Kimberly and Little Chute. Have fun playing and learning together!

Do you have a favorite book from the previous year or are you looking for a few good reads? Be sure to check out YALSA's Top Ten nominees and vote for your favorites now through October 19. All the books on the list were nominated by fellow teens. Voting is open to readers ages 12-19.

What does YALSA stand for? The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. 

One of my personal favorites from the list is The False Prince by Jennifer Nielson, which is the first title of the Ascendance trilogy. The second book, The Runaway King, is great, too, and I anticipate it will be on next year's Top Ten. Of course, now I am stuck in that awful place of having to wait for the third book to come out! I listened the the audio version, and I found both books to be riveting.

What are your favorites from the list? Post a comment and let me know.

sheep puppet with three sheep books

Both locations now have 1000 Books Puppet Kits that correspond with each level of Old MacDonald's Farm! Each kit contains a puppet and three books about that animal: two fiction and one non-fiction. Now you can enjoy stories about each animal you are earning for the farm!  The puppets are very soft and adorable and all made by Folkmanis--a company known for its realistic puppets. We even have a toy tractor for the 1000 level. Stop in and check out a kit for learning and imaginative play.

page of book made into a sign in the woods

Come enjoy a storywalk along a lovely wooded path in Heesakker Park in Little Chute! The library has teamed up with the Little Chute Park & Recreation Department to present Pages in the Park on Tuesday, August 6 from 5-7 p.m. Stop by anytime during the two-hour window to walk with your family and read a children's book at page stations along the path. This year's story is The Pigs' Picnic by Keiko Kasza, and families are invited to bring along a picnic supper to enjoy at the park to complement an evening of literacy and oudoor play.

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to the Little Chute Library on Tuesday, July 30 at 1:30-3:00 p.m. for our last teen program of the summer: Scrabble tile art. We will be attaching pictures to tiles to make jewelry or a keychain. All material will be supplied, but feel free to bring along any favorite mini pictures of your own. Hope to see you there, and bring your friends! You'll get a grand prize entry form just for attending the program.

Remember that Friday, August 2 is the very last day to get credit for any completed reading grids in your booklet. We will be drawing for the grand prizes on Monday, August 5.

Keep on reading!

The library and the Kimberly Park and Recreation Department are pleased to present our second annual Trivia Trek. This family event will be held on Monday, July 29 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Families start at the Kimberly Library and will follow a path through Sunset Park. In the park will be various community groups at trivia stations. The goal is to stop at each station, answer a trivia question to get your trek card stamped, learn a little about the group's services, and enjoy a little exercise in the great outdoors. The trek will end at the Kimberly Fire Station with an ice cream treat, and this year Cold Stone of Darboy is our ice cream sponsor--yum!

Our participating community groups this year include the YMCA, Fox River Nursing and Rehab, the Community Child Care Center, FOLKS (Friends of the Library), Child Care Resource and Referral, Capital Credit Union, Fox Valley Metro Police Department, and the Kimberly Fire Department.

Plan to arrive between 6:00-6:30 p.m. as we will have a staggered start to help alleviate bottlenecking at the stations. The walk is about one mile long, so it is a great activity for the whole family. Come join us for a fun night, and may you live long and prosper (wait, that's the other kind of Trek! My geekdom is showing!).

In keeping with our "Beneath the Surface" underground theme, we are featuring art from down under for teens on Tuesday, July 23 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in Kimberly. Artist Mary Tooley will guide you in creating colorful aboriginal art for a wall mural and for a piece to take home. Come let your creative side shine and bring your friends!

We are so grateful to our friends at the Learning Shop for providing us with fantastic games for Game Day on Wednesday, July 24 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Kimberly. This yearly event is a favorite for many families as it provides two hours of playtime for the whole family with many educational, creative, and just plain fun games for all ages. Learning Shop staff will be on hand to assist you, and they also provide coupons in case you find a favorite game that you just got to have for your home.

Come check out the great games and have fun creating a memory with your child!