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Create Your Own Board Game! Thursday at 2:00

board gameYou know you’ve always wanted to! School’s out Thursday so come down to the library to have fun and make up your own amazing board game to take home.  Meet in the library auditorium at 2:00, and choose your poster board, game pieces and supplies. Come with friends or siblings and work together to make a masterpiece you can play again and again.

Really love to play games? Stick around for the bi-monthly Chess Club meeting at 3:30 in the library’s auditorium. Members of the K-State Chess Club provide some instruction or pointers, and then kids and teens can try them out using the library’s chess boards. If you don’t feel ready to play, you can always come and watch first. Chess Club is for beginners or more experienced players in 5th-12th grades. Younger players are welcome to attend with a parent if they are interested.



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Saturday Fun!

picture of a little girl with a shovel and hard hatJoin us for family fun on Saturday, Jan. 25!

11:00, All Ages Storytime – Bedtime theme! Wear your pajamas, and sing and dance with us.

1:00, Ground Breaking Ceremony – Help us mark the beginning of the Children’s Library Expansion!  Donuts and cookies will be served at 1:00 in the auditorium, with entertainment by folksingers Anne and Pete Sibley followed by a few words from library and city officials.  Children will get a souvenir construction hat to take home, and after the ceremonial dig, children are welcome to take turns shoveling some dirt!

construction through window



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Homeschool Afternoon today – On the Stage!

theaterWe had a great crowd for our last Homeschool Afternoon in December, and hope to see many of you back again today.  Join us for a fun session exploring theater and what it takes to make it on the big stage.  We will watch clips from live theater productions, opera, and musicals. Kids can participate in a puppet show, readers’ theater, and make their own sock puppets!

Wednesday, January 15, 3:00-4:00

Meet in the library’s Groesbeck Room on the 2nd floor near the Adult Services desk.

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January 8 is Bubble Bath Day!

Did you know that Wednesday is Bubble Bath Day? Celebrate with some fun in the tub, and check out some great bath time books from our display shelves in the Children’s Room!


Here are some fun ideas to spruce up bath time, which can be very helpful when you have a reluctant bather! Make colorful water, paint, draw, or decorate the walls, and get clean at the same time!

15 fun bath time activities for toddlers


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Snowflakes Fall and Other Important Books of 2013

Steven Kellogg is a children’s book author and illustrator who has touched the lives of most of us in one way or another. You may recall reading aloud his fun picture books about the big white dog Pinkerton in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, or The Day Jimmy’s Boa at the Wash and other strange tales like The Island of Skog and The Mysterious Tadpole.  He retold tales of larger than life characters like Pecos Bill and Johnny Appleseed and illustrated books that became classics in children’s literature–Is Your Mama a Llama and How Much is a Million.  I’ve admired his intricate artwork for years. I did not know that for most of those years, he was working and raising his family in a quiet Connecticut neighborhood called Sandy Hook.  With the publication of his newest book, Snowflakes Fall, a collaboration with Patricia MacLachlan (author of Sarah, Plain and Tall), Kellogg pays tribute to the lost lives of children and adults in the tragic school shooting of December 14, 2012. 

A remarkable and wonderful aspect of their book is that it is filled with joy. MacLachlan’s poem flows lightly and delicately as snow falling from a clear sky, and the children in the pictures are grinning with delight as they make tracks, go sledding, and jump in the snow drifts.  This beautiful winter picture book will once again touch the lives of so many readers. It is a celebration of snow and of childhood excitement about the wonders of our world. Perhaps it can also help heal hearts as the snow angels left by the children lift off the last page and fly into the snowy sky. 

Kadir Nelson’s book Nelson Mandela is another extraordinary picture book from 2013, which shares Mandela’s history and legacy with a new generation.  The biographical information is extremely brief, but significant moments in Mandela’s childhood and adult life are marked with poignant and inspring illustrations, from the opening page showing silhouetted children playing on a grassy hill to the final portrait of Mandela boldly addressing his people after being elected president of South Africa.  The most recent issue of The New Yorker features a painting of Mandela by Kadir Nelson, as well as pictures from the book which came out just 11 months before Mandela’s death.

Aaron Becker’s new wordless picture book Journey has received much attention for its amazing sketches that manage to convey a whole story and range of emotions without using language.  A bored child leaves her house with a red crayon which opens a door to a new, colorful world.  Like Harold with his purple crayon from many years ago, the child is able to draw the items she needs to transport her and save her – a boat, a hot-air balloon, and even a magic carpet. Unlike Harold, she is not trying to find her way back home, but instead saves a beautiful purple bird from capture which, in turn, opens another door. 

Last Saturday, the library hosted a “Mock Caldecott” discussion led by the Children’s and Adolescent Literature Community (ChALC) and the KSU English Department.  More than 30 picture books from 2013 were considered by the group, and Journey was voted the winner. With allusions to Crockett Johnson (Harold and the Purple Crown), Miyazaki (Spirited Away) and David Wiesner (Tuesday and Art & Max), it still stands on its own as a singularly beautiful and fantastical story.  One person noted that the art looked like “something you could actually fall into and explore.” Journey will engage children’s imaginations and let them feel their own power to take action and do the right thing. The real Caldecott award winner will be announced by the American Library Association on January 27th.

Reveiwed by Jennifer Adams
Published in The Mercury, December 15, 2013


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