Stop by and see the progress in the north addition to the Children’s Room! Carpet is down in this area, and temporary shelving has been set up so we can move some books out of the current space for the rest of the carpeting. The new area will be open to the public in a few weeks while renovations in the old room are finished up. We can’t wait for kids to try out the window seat!
Once again, many books in the children’s collection have been moved and rearranged due to the construction project. We are also preparing for a different arrangement of our books when the new north addition is completed. Children’s nonfiction books will be divided into various “neighborhoods” centered around popular subjects to make it easier for kids to browse and find the books they are interested in. The neighborhood sections will be Animals, Arts & Crafts, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Geography, History, Science & Nature, and Transportation. We will also have special areas for Graphic Novels, Beginning Readers, Toddler & Board books, and a new section we’re calling Early Chapter Books.
To find out if a children’s book is in a special neighborhood, when you bring up the title in the library catalog, just click on the button to the right that says, “Where is It?” For example, Surviving the Oregon Trail by Rebecca Stefoff has a call number of “J 978 Stefoff.”
When you click on “Where is It?,” you can see that it is in the “Children’s History Neighborhood.” You can also see the call number again, where the neighborhood is located (currently some neighborhoods are on the 2nd floor due to construction), whether the book is available or when it is due back to the library, and the type of item (book, audiobook, DVD, etc.).
Please ask library staff to help you locate specific books. We love to help our customers! And things are changing in our room so quickly these days, it’s impossible to keep up to speed. Soon we will be rearranging again and making space for the current Children’s Room to get new carpet. Books and other materials should be in their final spots by the end of the year!
Our fall semester of storytimes is off to a great start! Our first storytime on September 8 had 56 children in attendance, a new record for us. Due to our construction project, the number of weekly storytimes is reduced from previous semesters, but we will do our best to fit everyone into our temporary storytime space in the library’s lower atrium. It may be a little crowded, but it is still tons of fun! Check out our storytime schedule, as well as some special events we have coming up. We welcome new families to our storytimes each week, so please come try it out. No registration needed, and it’s always free!
By Jennifer Adams, Children’s Services Manager
The new school year always brings with it a barrage of children’s book publications. It’s a wonderful time to fill shelves and backpacks with brand new books. Here are a few seasonal picture books that arrived just in time for falling leaves, pumpkin patches, and getting settled into another school year.
“Fall Leaves” by Loretta Holland, with enchanting illustrations by Elly MacKay, is the perfect book to discuss the season. Each spread is centered on a two word phrase, such as “Fall arrives” and “Leaves leave.” Further description gives meaning to the phrase and sometimes a simple scientific explanation of what happens as the season moves from September to December.
“Otis and the Scarecrow,” a new Otis the tractor book by Loren Long, will be a popular choice. Otis is a good-natured tractor who loves his farm, and he is not sure what to do with the new arrival who doesn’t “smile or say hello,” but just stands there with “a sour look on his face, staring at the cornfield.” How does one make friends with a scarecrow? Leave it to Otis to come up with a way. (more…)
Thursday, July 31st, is the last day of our Summer Reading program. More than 2,100 children participated, and together they have read for nearly ONE MILLION MINUTES this summer! Special thanks to our awesome Teen Volunteers who have helped give out prizes to these amazing readers all summer. Come to the prize desk this week to pick up the prizes you earned!
THANK YOU to our Summer Reading sponsors:
Flint Hills Discovery Center
Manhattan Kiwanis Club
Manhattan Library Association
Noodles & Co.
Papa Murphy’s Pizza
The Rodeo Readin’ Round-up event this morning was very successful with about 95 kids and 50 adults. Char Henton and others from the Kaw Valley Rodeo board helped coordinate this fun program. Cowboy poet Ron Wilson started out with some poetry with audience participation, followed by a skit performed by the librarians based on Jan Thomas’s “Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy.” Legendary barrelman Rick Young and bullfighters Andy North and Dustin Brewer, dressed in their rodeo clown gear, talked to the kids about their interesting jobs in the rodeo. Andy North always reads his favorite book, “Those Can-Do Pigs” by David McPhail. The Flint Hills Discovery Center was very kind this year to host the event in their facility. Look for a picture on today’s issue of The Mercury! Check out the Kaw Valley Rodeo this weekend, Thurs-Sat. at 8:00 at the fairgrounds.
Join us for come-and-go science activity stations! Kids in K-6th grade can come to the library’s Groesbeck Room to experiment with invisible ink, magnets, and more. Visiting all the stations will take about 30 minutes. Feel free to come at any time between 2:00 and 3:30.
Summer is always a busy time in the Children’s Room. We are fortunate to have some great library staff and volunteers who come on board to help us out. The only problem is that we really miss them when summer is over! Special thanks goes out to our three summer librarians, Molly, Chelsea and Allison, and our adult volunteers, Barb, Sherry, Lexi, Meshell and Linda!
At the Mad Science Minions clubs for 4th-6th graders this week, they took a walk down to the headquarters for the North Central Kansas Library System (in our library’s lower level) to see the new 3-D Printer in action. Kids watched while a small critter was being formed, based on a design created by NCKLS librarian Melendra Sanders using an iPad app. By the time these kids enter the workforce, who knows what they will be capable of creating with the latest technology!
This is our last week for the summer storytimes and clubs. We have had a great time reading and doing activities with more than 300 children each week who have attended our programs! Families can keep using the library all summer, of course. We will continue giving out summer reading prizes through July 31st, and we have weekly trivia prize drawings through July as well. Look for an announcement about the fall storytime schedule coming soon.