Ages 5-11

Korean Fun at the Library

We are very excited about our Korean Family Celebration this Sunday at 4:00 pm at the Downtown Library. We will have music with Sinaboro, a fan dance, a paper doll craft and homemade Mandu, Kim-Bab and more! On Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 pm the delicious Newbery Award winning author of Bee-Bim Bop, Linda Sue Park, will chat with families of children aged 8 and up. Treat yourself to A Single Shard or Project Mulberry and meet Linda. She is great fun and brimming with talent!

By Kids - For Kids

What a cool website, and educational too! Oracle ThinkQuest "inspires students to think, connect, create, and share. Students work in teams to build innovative and educational websites to share with the world. Along the way, they learn research, writing, teamwork, and technology skills and compete for exciting prizes." You can see winning web sites by students in different age categories. The site guides you with timelines and guidelines to make your own entry. What FUN!

Haunted Halloween Happenings Around Town

Looking for spooky things to do around town to get in the Halloween mood? Try some of these Haunting events!

Greenhills School 8th Annual Halloween Event—Friday, Oct. 27. The Haunted House is from 6-7:20pm and the concert starts at 7:30pm.

Boo Bash at the Briarwood Mall—Saturday, Oct. 28. Dress in your costume and come to the mall for treats and Halloween activities between 3pm and 5pm.

Animal Haunts Halloween Walk at the Leslie Science Center—Saturday, Oct. 28. Take lantern-lit guided tours of the woods and meet many costumed animals, followed by storytelling, songs and refreshments.

Halloween Skate at Veterans Ice Arena—Saturday, Oct. 28. Come in costume and skate to spooky tunes.

Little Mama Forgets by Robin Cruise

Lucy’s grandmother Luciani Maria Isabela Galvez-Molinero often forgets things like the toast in the toaster and which way to turn to go to the park. What Lucy’s Little Mama remembers is what makes this book so endearing. An excellent read about the warmth, love and family traditions that only a grandmother can share.

What a Bunch of Characters!

Trick or Treat Countdown to a splendid Halloween parade for the preschool set! We can't wait to see our costumed little friends at the kick-off at the Downtown Library on Tuesday, October 31 at 10:00 am for fun stories and crafts. Then stroll down to Main Street for trick or treating heaven from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Libros para celebrar el Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos (meaning "Day of the Dead") celebrations run from October 31 through November 2. Teach your child about this ancient Aztec holiday and celebrate the memory of your loved ones with these books from our youth collection:

Felipa and the Day of the Dead by Birte Müller
Beto and the Bone Dance by Gina Freschet
Clatter Bash!:a Day of the Dead Celebration by Richard Keep.
Calavera Abecedario : a Day of the Dead Alphabet Book by Jeanette Winter
Day of the Dead by Linda Lowery
The Skeleton at the Feast : the Day of the Dead in Mexico by Elizabeth Carmichael and Chloë Sayer.

Cranes of Waterloo Festival

The weather is turning to Fall and a fun way to enjoy the season change is to go to the Cranes of Waterloo Festival at Waterloo Recreation Area on October 22. The event includes a day of nature activities such as geology walks, fall color and bog hikes, puppet shows and displays of wildlife photography. The event is free and is from 10 am-4 pm at the Eddy Discovery Center, with a vehicle entry fee of $6 unless you own a state motor vehicle permit.

Frog and Toad at Wild Swan Theater

Bring the kids to the Wild Swan Theater for a production of Frog and Toad playing October 19-21. Arnold Lobel’s funny characters are brought to life as puppets in a show geared for children ages 3-8. Tickets are available in advance on the website or at the door. Gear up for the performance by stopping at the library and picking up some favorites such as Frog and Toad Together and Days with Frog and Toad.

Freedom River by Doreen Rappaport

John Parker was a former slave who was separated from his mother when he was eight. He bought his freedom for the sum of $1,800, and become a businessman who employed more than twenty-five men, both black and white. He never forgot what it was like to be a slave and helped over 900 slaves cross the Ohio River to freedom. Doreen Rappaport tells this story of one of the unsung heroes of the Underground Railroad in Freedom River.

MultiCulture Bits - EveryDay Mixes

I keep looking for stories with multi-cultural kids shown in everyday stories. There's promise in the following "chapter books" for 1st through 3rd grade readers. Each series has a few titles. Try the "Jackson Friends Books" by Michelle Edwards for varied cultures and kids in 2nd grade such as The Talent Show and Pa Lia's First Day. [Ruby Lu Brave And True] and Ruby Lu Empress Of Everything are by Lenore Look and the 8 year old girl is Chinese-American. "Willimena Rules" features African-American Willimena who is in 3rd grade. Try How To Lose Your Class Pet or 23 Ways To Mess Up Valentine's Day for a sampling. The "Little Bill" series by Bill Cosby, and Ann Cameron's series with Julian and Gloria are also based on African-American kids. Try Julian Dream Doctor and Gloria Rising for samples.

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