Get ready, because Zoofari is tomorrow! Join us this month as we present a duck-themed Zoofari Tails Storytime! Stories read will include “Duck to the Rescue“, “Ducks” a short non-fiction book, and even “Duck Says Don’t“. Along with these great stories, we will also be waddling and quacking up a storm – trust me you don’t want to miss this! Sunset Zoo docents will also present biofacts AND a live duck! Due to lack of parking, we will start a few minutes after 10:00, so don’t be discouraged if you come a little late. We hope to see you there! Quack, Quack!
Archive for For Kids
By Jennifer Bergen, Children’s Services Manager
February 26 is National Tell a Fairy-Tale Day. I know you already know them, but in case you need some inspiration for your Thursday bedtime story, come visit our Fairy Tale and Folklore Neighborhood in the Children’s room. Look for the banner with the impressive Neuschwanstein Castle pictured atop its woodsy Bavarian hillside. In this section, we have pulled together our fantastic collection of anthologies and picture books so you can find plenty of options, including classic tales, tall tales, new tales, whimsical or “fractured” fairy tales, and stories from around the world.
A few recent additions to this neighborhood include:
Brave Chicken Little retold and illustrated by Robert Byrd. Chicken Little is sure the sky is falling, and he gathers an even larger than usual crowd of animals in his wake when he runs into that sly Foxy Loxy. This time, Loxy has a wife and seven little kits “who frazzle my wits,” and they are all hungry. Down to the cellar the other animals go, waiting for the stew water to boil. Can little Chicken Little save the day? Byrd turns the tables on this tale and gives kids an unlikely champion for problem-solving and resourcefulness.
My Grandfather’s Coat retold by Jim Aylesworth. Children love the old Yiddish tale “I Had a Little Overcoat,” with the continual surprises of what the old man will make out of his clothing next. This retelling has just the right amount of repetition for young listeners to get into the rhythm and start chiming in: “He wore it, and he wore it. And little bit by little bit, he frayed it, and he tore it, until at last…he wore it out!” Barbara McClintock’s illustrations of family life add a personable tone, showing how the overcoat lasts for generations until “there was nothing left at all. Nothing, that is, except for this story.”
Twelve Dancing Unicorns by Alissa Heyman. In this magical fantasy, a king has 12 unicorns chained to trees in a pen. Only a little girl with a special cloak can discover the mysterious secrets of the mythical creatures and try to save them. This story is sure to satisfy young unicorn lovers with beautiful illustrations by Justin Gerard.
The longstanding favorite anthologies by Andrew Lang are being reissued with the original illustrations, and you can find The Blue Fairy Book, The Yellow Fairy Book and The Green Fairy Book in the library’s collection, each with dozens of tales from around the world including both well-known stories and rare little gems. Lang’s prefaces are worth reading aloud, during which he generally acknowledges the superiority of the child’s mind over the dull thinking of grown-ups.
Two Robert Sabuda pop-up books are also displayed in the Fairy Tales & Folklore Neighborhood: Dragons & Knights and Beauty & the Beast. They are not available for check-out due to their delicate inner workings, but kids and adults love to pore through them while sitting on the fanciful purple bench. So come read some books, play dress-up with your child, gaze into the “magic” mirror and be inspired to tell a thrilling tale with your own new endings on Fairy-Tale Day.
The Manhattan Library Association’s annual book sale will be held Friday, February 27 through Sunday, March 1.
Visit the library at 629 Poyntz Avenue to find incredible prices on books, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks that have been donated throughout the year or removed from the library’s collection. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Manhattan Public Library.
The annual book sale has the best bargains in town with hardcover books for $1.50, paperbacks for 75 cents, DVDs and CDs for $2, audiobooks for $4, and children’s books for 75 cents. All of the money raised will be used to fund library programs such as guest speakers, children’s puppet shows, and summer reading programs.
The first night of the sale is open to Manhattan Library Association Members only from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 27. Memberships are available at the door starting at $10. Join the Association to get first choice of materials.
Stop by the sale on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You can also find extra fuel for your shopping at the Teen Library Advisory Board’s Annual Bake Sale from 10:00 – 2:00 p.m.
On Sunday, March 1, the sale will be open from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. with special deals on the remaining materials.
This is truly a community event, staffed by wonderful volunteers like Bob Newhouse, Roger Brannan, Wilma Schmeller, and Carol Oakrup who devote countless hours of work organizing the sale.
For more information, visit the library at 629 Poyntz Avenue or call us at (785) 776-4741.
If you want to build a snowman and you love to let it go, join us for a fun party based on the popular movie Frozen! Children’s librarians are busy getting ready for an exciting afternoon. Come play games, enjoy a sing-along and make a craft to take home. Stay for a movie after the party, beginning at 3:00.
Evening Storytime on Tuesdays at 6:30 is a great option for families with working parents. Children can come ready in their pajamas if they want to, and join us for fun stories, singing, action rhymes, games and dancing. Mr. Brian is an engaging presenter and loves to involve children in the telling of stories. Families are encouraged to attend together.
Ms. Amber leads the Reading Round-Up Storytime on Tuesday afternoons at 1:30. This storytime focuses on older preschoolers (ages 4 & up), and incorporates some games and activities to encourage letter recognition, phonemic awareness, rhyming and other early literacy skills. Amber uses interactive stories where children can help by repeating phrases, acting out parts of the story, or helping with puppets, props or flannel board pieces.
Parents can find more ideas for encouraging early literacy skills at the State Library of Kansas’s “6 By 6” website.
Join us this month AT Manhattan Public Library for our first Zoofari Tails Storytime, featuring the theme Snowy Cats! Help us break in our new storytime room by prowling in the snow, making animal noises, and even seeing some great animal biofacts – provided by docents at the Sunset Zoo. Stories read will include Little Mist and Bobcats. Children who attend will be given a new 2015 Zoofari puncard – after attending 6 sessions you will be eligible for a year-long membership to the zoo! Children will also be entered to win a free book! Don’t miss this fun and lively storytime! Please note that storytimewill be held at the public library and will begin at 10:00 – lasting about 30 minutes. We hope to see you there!
Thank you to the community for celebrating our Children’s Room Grand Opening with us on Saturday, January 17th! It was a fun-filled afternoon of music, activities, costumed characters, balloons, cookies and more! Special thank goes out to Sunset Zoo for bringing several live animals kids could see and touch. Also to the Junior League of the Flint Hills and the local Girl Scouts who volunteered all afternoon. We initiated the new Storytime Room this morning with more than 80 people at our first Toddler Move & Groove Storytime session in our finished room. It’s going to be a great year!
Grade category Name Teacher/School (if applicable)
9-12 Ames Burton Riley County Schools
3-5 Sahana Datta and Marlatt and Amanda Arnold Elementary Schools
K-2 Justin Orvis Manhattan Catholic Schools
6-8 Ann Hess Flint Hills Christian School
First Place Awards
K-2 Ritodeep Roy Lee Elementary
3-5 Micah Craine Bluemont
6-8 Kaden Vandorn Flint Hills Christian School
Adult Paulicia Williams
Best of Show
K-2 Usha Reddi’s first grade class Ogden Elementary
3-5 Hanna Loub Bergman Elementary
6-8 Abby Cronander Manhattan Catholic
9-12 Amanda Dillon Flint Hills Christian School
9-12 Caleb Linville Flint Hills Christian School
First Place Awards
3-5 Halle Gaul Bergman
6-8 Blaise Hayden Manhattan Catholic Schools
9-12 Elijah Irving Flint Hills Christian School
Adult Randy Jellison
Best of Show
6-8 Chase Rauch Manhattan Catholic Schools
The storytime space has doubled in size and has beautiful flooring, walls and butterfly decor, with access to an outdoor patio and garden area. Special thanks goes to our donors who have memorialized loved ones with these wonderful spaces, The Tami Borck Storytime Room and The Goldstein Garden.
This semester, we are trying out some new storytime ideas and formats, as well as keeping many of our treasured favorites. Nature Storytimes on Tuesday and Saturday mornings will feature stories about plants, Earth and animals, and will include an activity or craft. When possible, this storytime will take place outdoors in the garden.
Evening Storytimes on Tuesdays at 6:30 will be led by Mr. Brian. Families are encouraged to attend together, and children are invited to wear pajamas so they ready for the bedtime routine when they get home. Mr. Brian will also include “Night for Knowledge” some weeks, which is geared at helping children and caregivers familiarize themselves with the new Children’s Room.
Move and Groove Storytimes will continue with two options per week for toddlers (18-36 months) and two for preschoolers (ages 3 & up). These popular storytimes feature lots of lively music, dancing, and action rhymes, as well as fabulous stories and puppets to keep young children engaged.
Reading Round Up will take place on Tuesday afternoons for older preschoolers (age 4 and up), with longer books, fun props, music, and activities that challenge growing minds.
If you have a little one under 18 months old, Baby Rhyme Time is the perfect opportunity for you to bring in your baby and enjoy bouncy songs, nursery rhymes, short books, and fun music.
Our fabulous six children’s librarians have been working to prepare our best storytime semester yet. We hope to see you next week in the fabulous Storytime Room for lots of fun!