Monday, June 26, 2017

Amazing Art!

This week at our Summer Library Club we are getting creative and making art! We're hosting some workshops inspired by Hervé Tullet's work and his book Art Workshops for Children. Hervé Tullet is the artist behind the great picture books Press Here, Mix it Up!, and so many more! Some of the art we make this week will be featured permanently in our meeting room, so come by and check it out!

In honor of our week of Amazing Art, here are some amazing books for kids about art and artists.


Action Jackson by Jan Greenberg
Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois by Amy Novesky
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh
Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America by Carole Weatherford Boston
The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan
My Name is Georgia: A Portrait by Jeanette Winter
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippen by Melissa Sweet
Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian by Margarita Engle
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales

Stories About Creating & Making

Art & Max by David Wiesner
Beautiful Oops by Barney Salzberg
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
The Dot by Peter Reynolds
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Nico Draws a Feeling by Bob Raczka

How To & Inspiring Ideas

Art World Series by Kate Riggs
The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity by Jean Van't Hul
The Big Book of Art by Hervé Tullet
Busting Boredom with Art Projects by Mary Boone
Checkerboard How To Library by Anders Hanson
How to Draw Books - Nonfiction 740

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Great Outdoors

Tomorrow is officially the first day of summer! It's time to get outside and enjoy the natural world. This time of year is perfect for exploring, playing, and creating outside. Kids are naturally curious and playing outside gives them many opportunities to follow their interests, explore nature, experiment with different materials, and learn a lot while having fun! Whether you're camping, out on the lake, at a park, or in your backyard, these books have some great ideas for games, projects, activities, and experiments to try out with the kids in your life this summer.

15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids by Rebecca P. Cohen

The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons and Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts by Jean Van't Hul

The Beach Book: Loads of Things to Do at Lakes, Rivers and the Seaside by Fiona Banks and Jo Schofield

Born to be Wild: Hundreds of Free Nature Activities for Families by Hattie Garlick

Busting Boredom in the Great Outdoors by Tyler Omoth

Cool Outdoor Arts & Crafts: Great Things to Do in the Great Outdoors by Alex Kuskowski

Go Wild! 101 Things to Do Outdoors Before You Grow Up by Fiona Danks

The Kids' Guide to Nature Adventures: 80 Great Activities for Exploring the Outdoors by Joe Phatigan

Maker Projects for Kids Who Love Exploring the Outdoors by Sarah Levete

A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play by Marilyn Singer

Looking for more? Our library system also has a great online resource about the great outdoors called - check out the site for book recommendations, online resources, and event information in our area!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Under the Sea

We are kicking off the summer with a drop in activity for all ages this week! Stop by anytime this week when we're open to make faux stained glass sea life pictures. All of the supplies are available at the Children's Desk.

Here is a booklist of some great underwater stories for you to enjoy!

Picture Books

10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle
Hello Ocean by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins
I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
Octopus's Garden by Ringo Starr
The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

Easy Readers

About the Ocean by Sindy McKay
At the Beach by Alexa Andrews
Deep Ocean Creatures by Lisa L. Ryan-Herndon
The Magic School Bus Presents Ocean Adventure by Mary Kay Carson
Pete the Cat: Scuba-Cat by James Dean
Ocean of Color by Bill Scollon

Chapter Books

Dark Day in the Deep Sea by Mary Pope Osbourne
Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist by Liz Kessler
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton
Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes
Pattle to the Sea by Clancy Holling
Pearl's Ocean Magic by Catherine Hapka
Shannon the Ocean Fairy by Daisy Meadows
The Wanderer by Sharon Creech

Monday, June 5, 2017

Building A Better World

We are so excited for summer at the library! We have our reading programs for kids, teens, and adults starting on Wednesday, June 7th and loads of fun events planned for the whole summer! Our theme this year is "Building a Better World" - we love the idea of learning to make, grow, and shape our world into a better place. Here are some books to get you inspired for this awesome summer! Check out our website for more information on all the cool stuff going on this summer:

For Little Ones

A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
Blocks by Irene Dickerson
Can You Say Peace? By Karen Katz
The Earth Book by Todd Parr
One Love by Cedella Marley
What A Wonderful World by Bob Thiele

For Kids

Hooray for Inventors! by Marcia Williams
Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
The Red Bicycle by Jude Isabella

For Teens

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Gand
March Series by John Lewis
Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome by Brad Montague & Robby Novak