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Zoofari Tails Storytime!

Be prepared to celebrate your country’s independence  this month at Zoofari Tails Storytime! Join us Friday, July 25 as we read and do activities featuring red, whit, and blue animals. Stories read will include: The Little Red Hen, Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear, and The Blue Chicken. Children who attend will be entered to win a free prize book – courtesy of Clafflin books – and even be considered for a free year membership to the Sunset Zoo (drawing in December). After storytime, zoo staff will present touchable animal biofacts and even lead tours throughout the zoo, to view a variety of colorful animals!  Also, feel free to bring blankets and/or chairs to sit on. We hope to see you there!

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Science Saturdays: Survival 101

Couldn’t survive five minutes out in the wilderness? Then, this program is for you. Learn the ropes of wilderness survival with Daniel Schapaugh. Katniss and Peeta will have nothing on you after this program. Be there on Saturday, July 19th at 10:00 in the Groesbeck Room. See you there! Recommended for tweens to adults.

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Thanks to our summer helpers!

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!

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Summertime Fun — Out and About with Books

By Jennifer Adams, Children’s Services Manager

It is summer break, and the kids here are reading maniacs! In June, more than 30,000 children’s books and audiobooks were checked out from the library.  So far, 2,000 children have registered for the library’s summer reading program and read more than 600,000 minutes.  They are earning cool prizes to keep them motivated, including squirt toys, magnifying glasses, free books, and a wide choice of free food coupons or free kids’ day passes to the zoo and Discovery Center. The last day to collect prizes is July 31, and it is not too late to get your children signed up and include all the reading they have been doing since June 1st. 

Amidst the kids checking out books and getting their prizes, you may have noticed construction crews on the grounds, up on the roof, and in and out of the building.  The Children’s Room is shrinking while this phase of the construction project proceeds with renovations inside the current space, and with connecting the room to new spaces on both the north and south ends of the Children’s Room.  This will double the size of the space when the project is completed at the end of this year.

blue chickenLuckily, we are able to keep all our children’s materials available to the public, but space is getting more and more crowded for children’s events.  Children’s librarians will be doing some fun programs out and about the community during this phase.  Ms. Amber is leading weekly storytimes at Bluestem Bistro.  Meet on the patio on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 during the month of July to hear fun stories, rhymes and songs about colors.  This week’s theme is “blue” featuring Deborah Freedman’s Blue Chicken. What happens when an energetic chicken stumbles off the page and into a pot of blue paint?  Join us on the patio to find out. (more…)

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Storytime at Bluestem Bistro on Wednesday, July 9

Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise BrownThe June storytime series may be over, but the July series is just beginning! Join us at Bluestem Bistro, located at 1219 Moro in Manhattan, for an all ages storytime on Wednesday, July 9th at 10am.  We will be reading stories about the color red and enjoying the beautiful summer weather out on the patio.  There is no registration required and this is a free storytime series. A big thanks goes out to the Bluestem Bistro staff for hosting us!

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Safe to Surf

by John Pecoraro
Assistant Director, Manhattan Public Library

Is the Internet safe for my children? This is the question most parents want answered. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers all want to keep their children safe wherever they are and whatever they are doing. That certainly includes online. But it’s a jungle out there. Stories of online predators, identity thieves, cyberbullies, and child pornographers fill the daily news. Where can adults turn to find resources for keeping their children safe online?

Start at the public library. There are several books available that can assist parents anxious about the online safety of their children.

facebook“Talking Back to Facebook: A Common Sense Guide to Raising Kids in the Digital Age,” by James P. Steyer offers parents essential tools to help filter content, preserve good relationships with their children, and make common sense, value-driven judgments for kids of all ages. This comprehensive, no-nonsense guide to the online world, media, and mobile devices is a must-have for all parents and educators raising kids in today’s digital age.

It’s no secret that the availability of the Internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children from some of the more unsavory aspects of adult life. In “The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age,” renowned clinical psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair offers insights and advice to help parents achieve greater understanding, authority, and confidence in confronting the technology revolution unfolding in their living rooms. (more…)

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Amazing Technology – 3D Printer In Action

3dprinter2-croppedAt 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!3dprinter3dprinter5

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Zoofari Tails Storytime at the Zoo on Friday

HedgehogJoin us this month as we read stories and rhymes about animal defenses. We will read Leo Lioni’s A Color of his Own (with a special twist) and In the Tall, Tall Grass. Children who attend will be entered to win a free book, courtesy of Clafflin Books. Families who attend can also be entered for a free one-year Friends of Sunset Zoo family membership (drawing in December). Sunset Zoo staff will show animals, animal artifacts, or lead tours to specific exhibits. Please note that this Zoofari Tails will be held AT THE SUNSET ZOO. Feel free to bring your own lawn chairs or blankets!

Families attending the 10:00 Zoofari Tails storytime will not be charged admission to enter the zoo.

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Last week of Storytimes & Clubs

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.




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