The Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems is a delight for young readers. The newest book, My New Friend is So Fun! is fast becoming one of my favorites. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. But what happens when your best friend has a new friend? What if they start to like the new friend more than they like you? Those questions and more are explored in this silly book that is fun to read. Perfect for anyone who likes pigs, elephants or friends!
Join us as we invite therapy dogs to the library. Dogs love to listen to young readers. Perfect for children who just want a good listener to sit with them while they read out loud. Ages 3 and up. No registration required.
Is your child is entering kindergarten this fall? If so, he or she won’t want to miss our 8th annual Welcome, Kindergarten! storytime. Children will hear special stories about going to kindergarten read by local kindergarten teachers, sing lively songs and finish off the afternoon by doing a very special craft.
We received our 3D printer and it is up and running! We printed a few knick knacks just to test it out. But, today we're printing a polygonal bunny figurine! It takes 6-7 hours to print and is about 70 grams. We will be installing more options for the Lab in the coming weeks and hope to have it all ready for the public in August or September. Keep checking back with us for more updates!
This Tuesday, July 22, you'll have a chance to fulfill the Go Out Challenge for Week 7 by attending our Instrument Petting Zoo. William White, from White Brothers Music of Bath, will be at the library with an array of instruments to try out. Event is from 7-8pm in the library's meeting room.
The new equipment for the Lab is starting to roll in and first to arrive is the library's new 3D printer and 3D scanner! Installation of the equipment will begin on Monday and if testing and implementation goes well, we hope to launch the Lab to the public in August or September. We'll be posting more updates as more equipment is installed so check back to get regular updates.
I have long been a fan of Kevin Henkes. Two of his picture books, Owen and Chrysanthemum, are huge favorites of mine and if you haven’t read them to your young child I highly recommend them! The Year of Billy Miller is a 2014 Newbery Honor winner and one of the sweetest books I have read this year. The characters are funny, the story is engaging and the illustrations are charming. Billy is about to enter 2nd grade when he has an unlucky fall and bumps his head. He begins to question whether or not he’s smart enough and if the fall impacted his ability to learn and remember. Changes are happening in his family and his life and Billy is learning how to navigate many things at once. Dioramas, which I believe are a lost art, also play a part in this book and got my immediate attention!! This is a perfect short novel for the early elementary grades.
Go Out - Take a look at some of the best of architecture in Michigan, either by looking online or paging through books and magazines. Then take a walk around your neighborhood. What types of buildings do you see? Do you recognize any iconic architectural styles? Take a trip to downtown East Lansing or Lansing. What kinds of buildings shape the region's downtowns?
We're releasing the Week 4 Challenges for Fizz, Boom, Read! a bit early this week, just in case you are traveling out of town for the holiday. Also, on Tuesday, July 1 at 2pm, stop by the library to meet WILX-TV'sChief Meteorologist Darrin Rockcole, and fulfill the Week 4 Go Out Challenge. Bring your weather related questions for fun session of "Ask the meteorologist!".
Find Out - You've probably heard of the enhanced Fujita scale (which rates the strength of tornadoes) and the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale (which classified hurricanes) but what about ice storms? What is the name of the scale for rating ice storm intensity that is currently being tested and evaluated by the National Weather Service?
Produce, shoot and edit your very own stop motion film using LEGO. Team up with other film-makers to dream and story board your idea, build and shoot your movie and then edit and cut it with sound effects, music and dialog. All finished films will be posted to the library's website and Youtube. Additionally, on Wednesday, August 6, we'll be screening all the completed films and watching a very popular LEGO movie released in February 2014.
Two, 2-day sessions on July 31 and August 1 will be offered for two different age groups: 7-10 and 11-13.
Children ages 7-10 will participate in the 10am - 1pm sessions on July 31 and August 1.
Children ages 11-13 will participate in the 2-5pm sessions on July 31 and August 1.
Children will be working in groups. Register online beginning July 17.