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Monday, February 18, 2019

3D Printing

If you've been upstairs to Youth Services recently, you've noticed a lot of changes.  One of our newest additions to the department is our 3D printer which was received through a grant.  The library is pretty proud of the accomplishment and is looking forward to teaching our patrons how to create a 3D object. We are also so grateful to the Association of Library Services for Children and Dollar General for providing grant funds, and to Itasca Bank & Trust and First Eagle Bank, who donated funding for filament that makes free student classes possible.

3D printing has been around since the 1980s, when it was first developed for the manufacturing industry.  In 3D printing, material is joined or solidified under computer control to create a three-dimensional object.  Materials are added together layer by layer.

Sets of classes for children in grades 3-5 will begin February 22, 25, and 26.  Children must be able to attend all three sessions.  The class will teach children how to design and create a 3D object that they will be able to keep.  Another round of classes will occur on March 6, 13 and 20.  We are hoping to provide more classes in the future.

Spaces are limited, so if you'd like to register for a set of classes, follow this calendar link.  Registration for February begins on the 11th and for March, on February 18.


Monday, February 11, 2019

STEAM Saturday

Don't know what to do on a Saturday?  Try checking out the library's new STEAM program.  It's geared towards children in grades 3-5.  Each month features a different scientific topic.

Discover "Light It Up Circuitry" on Saturday, February 16.  Learn how electricity works by completing hands-on activities with circuits.  Afterwards, why not increase your electrical knowledge a bit more by checking out a book on the subject or a Science Kit to Go on electricity or circuits.

Then join us in the upcoming months for programs on Force and Motion, Electricity, and Buoyancy.  Space is limited, so register as soon as possible.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

What's the Weather Like Today?

What's the weather?
What's the weather?
What's the weather like today?
Tell us Tracy Butler
What's the weather?
What's the weather like today?

Some of you may recognize this beginning stanza as a familiar preschool song and Tracy Butler as a Chicago meteorologist.  I'm not sure if you've notice, but weather has been a HOT topic the past week or so.  Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on February 2nd, predicting an early spring for us.  Don't get so excited yet.  Poor Phil is only correct 40% of the time, but he's got a tough job - he's trying to predict the weather for the whole country!

Weather is such a vast and interesting topic.  I still love learning about tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis or earthquakes.  You'll find me checking my weather app several times a day looking for the temperature or viewing the radar seeing if I can track when the latest precipitation is going to affect my area.  When planning a trip, I look at the forecast for the area of the country I'm visiting so that I pack the right clothing.  

Weather is science and children, especially younger ones, love science.  Their enthusiasm is probably due to all the hands on experiences they have through experimenting.  The library has lots of great books and DVDs on weather and meteorologists, those who predict the weather for us.  Many of the books offer experiments families can do together. Another option is our Weather and Climate science kit that includes a book, a DVD and ready to go activities to increase your weather knowledge. Maybe these materials will spark an interest in your child and he or she may be the next Tom Skilling, Cheryl Scott or Mary Kay Kleist!

Personally, I'm hoping that Punxsutawney Phil is right and that spring is coming sooner rather than later.  But for now, I'll just enjoy our warmer winter temperatures.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Sesame Street Celebrates 50 Years

Sunny day

Sweepin' the clouds away

On my way to where the air is sweet

Can you tell me how to get,

How to get to Sesame Street?

These lyrics greet millions of youngsters every day as they tune into Sesame Street to enjoy learning.  I know when I hear this song, a smile brightens my face as I remember my favorite characters Grover, Ernie and Bert, Oscar the Grouch, The Count, Big Bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster (you should hear my Cookie Monster impression, ME WANT COOKIES!).

Sesame Street reaches more than 190 million children in over 180 countries, and it's not only children watching the show; 75% of parents say they watch the show with their child. While the show is made in the United States, it is recorded in other languages and the show reflects the society of the language by creating local Muppets just for that TV market. It also has a YouTube channel, which has received over 1.2 billion views.

It's amazing that an educational show is going to celebrate 50 years in broadcasting. Their slogan states, "50 years and counting," which means it will still be going strong for the next generation of new viewers. It originally focused on getting preschoolers prepared for kindergarten with reading, writing and math.  It has since evolved into teaching children how to be ready for life by adding a focus on being kind and including others.

The library has its share of Sesame Street items.  Check out the "S" section in picture bookseasy readers and board books.  You'll find lots of titles with "SES" on the spine.  One of my all-time favorite books from childhood is The Monster at the end of this BookIt's a classic!  If you have not read it, this is a MUST read for your family.

Sesame Street also has produced many DVDs to help children learn early literacy and math skills; they also provide a great model of social emotional skills for young children.  Great family viewing is ensured with these titles.

If you've visited us recently, you should have noticed a rather large Elmo sign in the department.  It's sharing the news that Sesame Street will be celebrating its 50th television anniversary. Some of Sesame Street's characters are going to be leaving the show to travel across America to visit kids on their own streets.  The identities of these characters is still a mystery, but wouldn't it be awesome if they stopped by
40 South Park Street (Roselle Public Library's address) to visit our patrons?  I would totally be excited to see Super Grover at our library.  We can only hope!

Can you tell me how to get,

How to get to Sesame Street...

How to get to Sesame Street!

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Happy Birthday, Tedd Arnold!

Roselle Public Library wants to wish Tedd Arnold a very happy birthday!  Tedd is one of the most beloved authors in our collection.  Mr. Arnold has written and illustrated over 60 books, including one of our patrons' favorite series: Fly Guy.

Tedd held some interesting jobs before becoming an author and illustrator, including newspaper boy, soldier, hamburger cook, popcorn maker at the local drive-in theater, and a worm counter at a fishing tackle store.  He became interested in writing picture books while his wife was teaching kindergarten.

One of his most popular picture books is Parts, which is also one of Parents Magazine 50 All-time Best Children's Books.  In this story, the young narrator notices some disturbing changes in his body.  His belly button has fuzz in it, his toes are peeling and something just fell out of his nose!  Yuck!  Parents love the reassuring message the book delivers that all of this is quite normal, while the funny illustrations and rhyming text will have a young reader laughing until their belly aches!

Recently he has introduced a new nonfiction series starring Fly Guy.  Fly Guy Presents covers many topics that children want to learn more about, like castles, space, sharks, snakes, bats, dinosaurs and insects.  He's always coming out with new topics.  His next one comes out in February and it's called Fly Guy Presents:  Garbage and Recycling. I can see this title being a big hit with young readers!

So join us in wishing Tedd Arnold a very happy birthday and many more years of new books for us to enjoy!

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Appreciate a Dragon

Dragon.  Just saying the word conjures images in a person's mind.  Dragons are legendary creatures who can be found in myths, legends, literature, song, art, film, toys and even in video games.  They are depicted in various ways: hideous, good, evil, smart, helpful, stubborn, scary, harmless, and ancient.  Some can fly, talk, breathe fire, or communicate telepathically with people or other dragons, while others can't do any of those things.   Dragons can be found in cultures stretching across the globe.

Whether you love them or fear them, dragons have captured the hearts and imaginations of people all over the world.  So much so that every January 16th marks the annual celebration of Appreciate a Dragon Day.  The day was created in 2004 by author Donita K. Paul to honor dragons depicted in popular literature.

The library has lots of books featuring dragons.  Check out the selection we have in Youth Services:

188 Fiction
104 Picture books
78 Non-fiction
62 Easy Readers

There have been many series about dragons.  Here are just a few we have ready to check out on our shelves:

Dragon Keepers                        Unwanted Quests
by Kate Klimo                          by Lisa McMann


Inheritance                               How to Train Your 
by Christopher Paolini             Dragon
                                                 by Cressida Cowell

Eragon and How to Train Your Dragon have film versions you should check out (after reading the book).  Other movies with dragons in them are: Pete's Dragon, Puff the Magic Dragon, Sleeping Beauty and Mulan.

Consider celebrating "Appreciate a Dragon Day" by reading a book, drawing a picture or enjoying a movie featuring a dragon. You might just find out you really love dragons!

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Join us for January Storytimes!

We can hardly believe it is 2019!  We hope you are enjoying the holidays, but we are all ready for our families to join us next week for our winter storytimes.  This session's theme is "Be A Friend!"  It begins on Tuesday, January 8 and ends on Thursday, February 14th.

For the younger ages, we offer Tots & Tykes for ages 6-19 months.  It takes place on Tuesday mornings from 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.  For ages 20-35 months, join us for Toddler Tales at 10-10:30 a.m.  Both programs have parent participation and require registration.

Preschool age storytime occurs on Wednesdays from 10-10:30 a.m.  This is open to children ages 3-5 and it is the first storytime where
children attend without a parent in the room.  Registration is required.

One of our newer options is Drop-in Preschool Storytime.  This is a perfect program for those preschoolers who are still a little shy as a parent stays with their child.  To participate in this storytime, please join us on Tuesdays from 1-1:30 p.m.

There are several drop-in storytimes offered.  On Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7 p.m. and Thursday mornings from 10:30-11 a.m., Family Drop-in storytimes are available.  These programs are for all ages but parents must accompany their child.

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