Sum Story Fun: "Pigs On A Blanket"

Saturday February 15, 2014: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K- 3

It’s Sum Story Fun for kids and families!

Members of the American Association of University Women and students from the UM School of Engineering will read Pigs On A Blanket by Amy Axelrod and lead kids in engaging math activities about time.

This program is based on the national Let's Read Math program by Claire Passantino.

Follow Your Money

Follow Your Money: Who Gets It, Who Spends It, Where Does It Go? is a brand new informative book for kids! The introduction explains what money really is and how we started using it (can you imagine buying a rug by trading a camel for it?). The book monetizes everything from your breakfast to making movies, and breaks down the numbers in an approachable way. Cool graphics show the components of a cell phone and the process of making a shoe. It also answers tricky questions like why a hamburger costs more than the ingredients do and how a sale in a clothing store works.

This is sure to be a hit for those interested in how things work and those who haven't found that inspiring math topic yet!

AADL has other great books on money for kids too, such as Money Games: the Business of Sports, Show Me the Money, and The Secret Life of Money: A Kid's Guide to Cash.

For more fun with math, check out the Sum Story Fun events in February: The Lion's Share, Snowflake Bentley, and Pigs on a Blanket.

Science Fun with FEMMES

Saturday February 22, 2014: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K - 5

Have some hands-on science fun with the UM Chapter of FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science).

Let's Read Math -- "The King's Commissioners"

Saturday, February 9 | 10 - 11:30 am | 1 - 2:30 pm | Malletts Creek | Grades 1 - 3

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) presents a classic story followed by a related math session with hands-on activities and a variety of materials. This event is for Grades 1 - 3 accompanied by an adult. You're welcome to come to either the morning session from 10 - 11:30 am or to the afternoon session from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. There is no registration for this event.

"The King's Commissioners," by Aileen Friedman, is a story about a king with so many commissioners, he needs to get organized and count them! Math activities include using the hundreds chart, puzzles, sequencing and counting, and skip counting.

Also, check out these books on counting at the AADL.

Let's Read Math -- "Grandfather Tang's Story"

Saturday, February 2 | 10 - 11:30 am | 1 - 2:30 pm | Malletts Creek | Grades 1 - 3

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) presents a classic story followed by a related math session with hands-on activities and a variety of materials. This event is for Grades 1 - 3 accompanied by an adult. You're welcome to come to either the morning session from 10 - 11:30 am or the afternoon session from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. There is no registration for this event.

"Grandfather Tang's Story", by Ann Tompert, is about a grandfather who does tangram puzzles with his granddaughter. Learn about congruent triangles, parallelograms and right angles, and make puzzles to take home!

Also, check out these books on shapes and geometry at the AADL.

Let's Read Math -- "A Quarter From The Tooth Fairy"

Saturday, January 26 | 10 - 11:30 am | 1 - 2:30 pm | Malletts Creek | Grades 1 - 3

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) presents a classic story followed by a related math session with hands-on activities and a variety of materials. This event is for Grades 1 - 3 accompanied by an adult. You're welcome to come to either the morning session from 10 - 11:30 am or the afternoon session from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. There is no registration for this event.

"A Quarter From The Tooth Fairy," by Caren Holtzman, is a story about a boy who buys things and then returns them. Each time he gets money back, he gets a different combination of coins totaling 25 cents. Learn about the value of different coins and adding money.

Also, check out these books on money and counting.

Geek Pride Day

"Towel Day", "Glorious 25th of May", or "Star Wars Day", whatever you prefer to call it, May 25th is Geek Pride Day and what better way to celebrate it than by visiting your local library? You don't have to be a Sci-Fi geek, or a math geek to celebrate Geek Pride Day, just celebrate whatever you "geek". "Whatever you geek, the public library supports you." Geek The Library reminds us that "No matter who you are, there are things you are passionate about—things you geek. The Geek the Library project is a community public awareness campaign aimed at spreading the word about the vital and growing role of your public library, and to raise awareness about the critical funding issues many U.S. public libraries face." Think of all the resources your library has to offer, be they entertainment like Star Wars or Douglas Adams books or movies, Homework Help or Test Prep, Foreign Language Materials or Foreign Language Learning from our Services and Research pages that you have access to through our website, our super nifty new Orion Starblast 4.5 Astro Reflector Dobsonian Telescope, or one of our neat Science To Go Kits from our Unusual Stuff to Borrow collection.

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