Ages 5-11

Kid Bits - Imagine THIS !

Imagine you're a PIRATE, a PRINCESS, a KNIGHT, or a MERMAID, a WIZARD and more !!
"The Imagine This!" series helps you know what you need to be an Imagineer... Pirate codes... Equipment and accessories... words... food and drink...
Have FUN !

Vive La Paris

If you need another taste of the wise and hilarious Paris McCray from Sahara Special read Vive La Paris by Esme Raji Codell. In this adventure Paris meets her match in piano teacher and wise cracker Mrs. Rosen, and learns how to deal with the bullies of the world. Check out Codell's excellent children's literature Web site.

EGGcellent Engineering

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Tuesday, July 17 @Pittsfield Branch, 2-4 PM

Show us your mad engineering skills and create the perfect structure to safe your egg from a fate worse than frying on the sidewalk! All supplies including eggs will be provided, just bring your thinking cap. Building your egg structure will take place from 2-3. Preliminaries will start at 3 PM, when all eggs will be dropped. All eggs that make the fall intact will move on top the finals, where the three EGGcellent Engineers will be determined by how heavy their egg construction is. The lightest egg container win!

Start getting building ideas by checking out these great books: Build It!: Activities for Building Super Structures, and Structures. Or get inspired with Egg-Drop Blues by Jacqueline Turner Banks and Egg-Drop Day by Harriet Ziefert.

Call Me Marianne by Jen Bryant

A boy, a bus ride, a woman, and a tri-cornered hat, converge in this fictional account of what it may have been like to meet the famous poet Marianne Moore and to discover the poet within.

Night Stories

This week at preschool storytime it's all about stories in the dark. Baby Owl will try to convince us all that he's not cute, and there will be a few surprise guests during the telling of The Squeaky Door. See you this week at both the Downtown and Pittsfield branches!

Library Lego League Round 1 Results: Plus, August 2 Event Added!

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Last week the downtown library was the place for the first-ever Library Lego League robotics competition! 6 teams coverged on the 3rd floor to play with Lego, learn how to program Mindstorms, eat pizza, and watch their bots attempt to secure a place in history as the winners of our inaugural event.

Before we get to the recap, a registration update for those of you who may not have registered yet; the July 12th and July 26th Lego League events are already full, but we've just added an extra Lego League event on Thursday, August 2, from 10 AM - 4 PM. Register right here before that event fills up too. If your team already attended an event, please let someone else have a chance, and just wait unil next summer for more lego league. Now, on to the round 1 report....

This Is My Faith: Islam by Holly Wallace

This is My Faith: Islam is a comprehensive and accurate account of the beliefs and practices of Islam. Told from the viewpoint of Budi, an Indonesian youth. Colorful photographs augment the handwritten captioned text.

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Cup Stacking

Looking to stay out of the heat today? Hang out in the air conditioning at Northeast Branch and show us your skills at cup stacking. Learn the different stacks or impress us all with your fancy maneuvers at the Cycle Stack. Get some practice time in or join our tournament. Prizes given for the three fastest times in the beginner and advanced brackets.

Northeast Branch, Wednesday, July 11 @2:00-3:00 PM

Big and Little Fun

Meet the Spiffiest Giant and teeny Bill, the owl, at the Downtown and Pittsfield libraries this week for Big and Little Storytime!

Stories in Every Size

Bill's lost his mom and we need a bed that is just so. Not to mention that Mother Brown is still trying to keep her knees up and our big black boots are still making that bonka bonka noise. So many problems to solve at this week's storytimes at the Downtown and Pittsfield branches!

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