Kid Bits - Dealing with Grief

When families deal with grief and mourning, sometimes stories help work through the grief and bring out the good parts. Here are some "chapter book" recommends, which often can be found in audio version.

Ida B. in book. Ida B. in audio.
Garden Of Eve in book.
Each Little Bird That Sings in book. Each Little Bird That Sings in audio.
Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes in the Teen Collection.
Missing May in book.
Samir And Yonatan in book.

Story Jamboree

The first Downtown preschool storytime of the fall will begin on a silly, sleepy note with Go To Sleep Gecko and other tales of grumpy creatures who can’t get any sleep. Join us for stories, songs and other surprises beginning Tuesday, September 9th at 10:00 am and Wednesday, September 10th at 11:00 am at the Downtown Library Youth Department Story Corner!

Kid Bits - Back To SCHOOL

Here are some "Back to School" books for young children: Ready, Set, Preschool!, It's Time For School With Tallilah, I Love School!, Bunny School: A Learning Fun-For-All, Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten, The Bus Stop, D.W.'s Guide To Preschool. If you'd like to know what professionals suggest for parents, you may explore the Discovery Education web site or, PBS Parents web site.

Fighting, action, adventure for a 'tween

This summer our 12-year-old son is crazy about The Five Ancestors series by martial artist Jeff Stone. The books are named for the animal Kung Fu styles of a young gang of orphaned warrior monks, including Tiger (Fu), Monkey (Malao), Snake (She), and Crane (Hok). Wikipedia has more about this series, which moves very fast and offers frighteningly high levels of fighting, action, and adventure. On BOCD Kiki Barrera is a wonderful reader. I told a youth librarian with expertise in 'tweens of our son’s enthusiasm, and she also recommends Archer’s Quest.

Sign Language for Infants and Toddlers

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Learn how and when to sign with your baby or toddler to improve communication! Join us at the Mallett’s Creek Branch on Saturday, March 27 from 11-11:45am as Kathy Brady of Signing Smart guides you and your young one through games, songs, and other actitivities that make learning signs fun and easy.

WHoa! Wild Animals! - Jeff Corwin Books

You see him on TV! Here's the Jeff Corwin Experience on our NEW BOOKS Shelves.
Into Wild Amazonia;
Into Wild Galapagos;
Into Wild Africa;
Into Wild Madagascar; and more.

If you LOVE to read about wild life, checkout the Kids Magazines:
ZooBooks;
Cousteau Kids;
Ranger Rick;
National Geographic Kids.
Looking for gift ideas?
Magazine subscriptions make a wonderful gift that goes all year!

Basket 101 - Wed Aug. 13 @ Downtown

Another session of BASKETS 101 will be on
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 10-11:30 am,
in the Youth Department of the Downtown Library.
This program was most rewarding for kids in upper elementary grades.
Younger grade kids can succeed if they come with a dedicated "Helper".
Middle School and High School ages enjoy this activity,
and are welcome to join in.

Cuentos en Español con Teresa Satterfield

Join us for stories in Spanish for the whole family. Teresa Satterfield will share lively tales with audience participation on Thursday, August 14 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Youth Story Corner. Unase a nosotros para disfrutar de historias y canciones en Español con Teresa Satterfield!

2nd Annual Manga Drawing Contest Winners!

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Our 2nd Annual Manga Drawing Contest has drawn to a close! This year our hard working judges were Jerzy Drozd and Shannon Towsend. They each spent hours judging the entries and providing feedback to each and every entry - thank you! In case you don't know what manga is click here. If you missed this year and are looking to find other places to post your work Jerzy made a great resource sheet. You can check out all the entries in this year's contest in our image gallery.

Click Read More to see the list of the winners!

5th grade reading UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Are you going into 5th grade this fall?
SCARY! Try Double-Dare To Be Scared: Another Thirteen Chilling Tales.
ROYALS! Try Marie Antoinette or Jahanara: Princess of Princesses in the Royal Diaries series, by American Girl Publishers.
ADVENTURE! Try National Parks Mysteries with Deadly Waters set in Everglades, or Valley Of Death set in Death Valley.

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