Monday, February 13, 2012

Anti-Bullying Display

Our display located above Children's reference. Look for Pooh and Tigger!
Tying in with Blue Bell Elementary's Kick-off of the Olweus Bullying Prevention program, we're featuring a book display on Anti-Bullying at the Blue Bell Library. "Be a Buddy, Not a Bully" will feature picture books, chapter books, and parenting books on the topic of bullying. Currently, the display is located above the Children's Reference section, facing the picture books. We also now have a resource list available in our Book List Binder (located above the Parenting Shelf).

Our display case featuring covers of books you can request
and find at WVPL as well as info on BBElem's Kick-off.

Be sure to take a look at our Display Case to see some photos and quotes from Blue Bell Elementary's Kick-off of the Olweus Program. You'll learn about what is happening in the classroom and see some resources of interest.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

"Grab and Go" Bags

Blue Bell has their Grab and Go books
near the seating in the picture book area.
Are you short on time, but have a child who REALLY wants some books? "Grab" this bag of books and "Go" on your merry way!

Grab and Go is a small section in Blue Bell's and Ambler's Children's area where we have bags of picture books on a related theme or topic. Many of the bags are on popular topics such as trains, trucks, cars, animals, princesses, dinosaurs, princesses (wait...), and more! Be sure to look at the bags often as the books in the bags often change. You may find that the dinosaur bag holds books with stories about t-rex, or the princess bag is themed with fairy tales. You just never know!

Ambler's has their Grab and Go books
on the other side of the main entrance.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Book Video Fun

Looking for some Friday fun? How about these videos with our favorite item: BOOKS!

First up, the video that has certainly gone viral by this point is "The Joy of Books" which is a fantastic, stop-animated short featuring a book store and lively books.


Don't forget to watch the original inspiration for "The Joy of Books" which was "Organizing the Bookcase." (Both are magical).

Second, is one from our Twitter Feed (@ShelfAwareness) featuring a Rube Goldberg page turner (don't know what a Rube Goldberg is? Merriam-Webster's simple definition)



Wednesday, February 8, 2012

And the Winner Is...(Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz Winners)

On January 23, 2012, in the morning, librarians eagerly awaited the news of the winners of the annual Youth Mead Awards, which include the famous Caldecott (award for best pictures, er, illustrated book), Newbery (outstanding children's literature), and the Printz (best in teen literature). Before I tell you the big three, there are other awards as well offered by the American Library Association. You can read the full listing, plus honor books, in this press release by ALA. Now to the winners...

The Caldecott goes to...
A Ball for Daisy: illustrated by Christopher Raschka

The Newbery goes to...
Dead End in Norvelt: by Jack Gantos

The Printz goes to...
Where things come back : a novel: by John Corey Whaley

All of these links will take you to our catalog so you can request these titles. We're working on getting more copies!

Let us know your thoughts on the winners?  Happy for any winners? Wondering where your favorite book is? Leave us a comment!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

February Kids and Teen Events at WVPL!

Blue Bell – Children’s and Teen Events

Continuing Children’s Event!

Let’s Read Math (March Date)
Wednesday, March 7 at 5 PM for Grades K-2 and NEW, a time for Grades 3-5: 5:30 PM to 6 PM.
Let’s Read Math! where stories and math combine! March will feature a measuring exercise for those in grades K-2 and a geometry topic for those in grades 3-5. For grades K-2 and 3-5. Registration required, space is limited.
Grades K-2 meets at 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM Register here
NEW Grades 3-5 meet at 5:30 PM to 6 PM Register here

Paper Art Club! is a group open to anyone interested in learning beginner origami. Sessions will consist of learning step-by-step origami instructions to make simple origami figures, mainly animals. Paper Art Club will be held on Saturday afternoons at 2:30 PM starting on January 7 and ending March 24 (12 weeks). If you are under the age of 8, please bring a trusted adult to help you construct the folds. If you are interested, sign up online by clicking here. Drop-ins are welcome. You do not have to attend every session. Sign up anytime.
Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Blue Bell Lego Club
Lego Club continues to meet on the second and third Thursday of the month! January dates are February 8 and February 15 at 4:30 PM. Build, design, and create @ Your library. Legos and Duplos provided. For ages 3 and up (parents of children ages 5 and under must stay in the room). Walk-ins welcome!

Family Movie Matinee
Saturday, February 11 at 1:30 PM
Featuring The Lion King (rated G). Stop by the library for a free movie on our big screen! Special front row seating for children.

Special Children’s Events!

Candy Making
Saturday, February 11 at 11 AM to 1 PM
Sweet treats for Valentine’s day!
Chocolate Covered Pretzels and Oreos- learn how to dip these treats in chocolate and learn some decorating techniques with sprinkles and drizzled chocolate.  The children will get samples of two candies, but it only counts as one selection.
 Chocolate Clay Roses - The clay is edible. Tastes like a mix between Tootsie Rolls and fudge, but handles like Play-Doh. Kids will learn how to mold it into petals and attach them to form a rose. 
 *This program is presented by Kitchen Wizards of Kathy’s Just Desserts. Parents will be asked to sign a waiver.
For ages 8 to 12. Registration required.

Music for Kinder
Tuesday, February 21 at 10:30 AM
For ages 18 months to 3 years  - parents or guardians must attend with children. Registration Required, space is limited.
Music for Kinder is a music class for toddlers between the ages of 18 months and 3 years of age.  With a certified music educator, your child will explore and experience musical instruments, rhythms, games, music symbols, singing, dancing, finger play and so much more!
Register here. Please only register your child.

Blue Bell Teen Events

Alter a T-Shirt
Thursday, February 16 at 7 PM
We’ll provide the t-shirt (sized children’s medium and large) and supplies to transform it from a basic shirt into an awesome creation.
Ages 11 to 17. Registration required.

Tween/Teen Crochet
Thursday, February 23 at 7 PM
Learn to crochet a bracelet or headband.

Tween/Teen Felt Creation (March Date)
Wednesday, March 7, at 7 PM
Learn new stitches as you make a nifty project. Registration required. Space is limited. Sign up here

Teen Advisory Group(March Date)
Saturday, March 3, at 11AM
Help the library plan teen events or volunteer opportunities! Earn up to 1 volunteer hour for attending. For ages 13-17. E-mail if you are interested in joining.

Ambler – Children’s and Teens Events

Ambler Children’s Events

Valentine Party and Magic Show – Thursday, February 9 at 7 PM, for all ages. Registration required.

Art with Benita – Saturday, February 11 at 10:30 AM. Class sized limited. For preschool aged children. Registration required.

Arts ‘n Crafts with Miss Michelle – Monday, February 13 and February 21 at 4:30 PM

Valentine Story Time and Stories with Miss Michelle – Tuesday, February 14 at 10:30 AM

Balto and the Great Race – Come and sicuss the book by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, Thursday, February 16 at 7 PM. For ages 6-8.

Art with Laura – create amazing things! Saturday, February 25 at 10:30 AM. For grades 3-6. Registration required.

Ambler Teen Events

Teen Advisory Group – Please note new date: the third Saturday of the month!
Saturday, February , at 11AM
Help the library plan teen events or volunteer opportunities! Earn up to 1 volunteer hour for attending. For ages 13-17.
E-mail if interested in joining.

Teens Talk Books
Wednesday, February 15, at 5 PM
Grades 6 to 10. Enjoy discussing your favorite books with a snack (possibly pizza). Registration request. Sign up at Ambler.

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