Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Kids come in to the children's room and ask at the desk to sign out a board game. It's a great way to make new friends, take a break from homework, and show off your awesome skills!!!
Come check them out.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Here are a couple of links that will be useful in helping you learn more about the candidates, current issues, and will even let you play games!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Come to the library to hear Jane Yolen speak, check out our display of her books, and get your very own copies of her books!
This prolific author has written works for children, teens and adults with such famous titles as "Owl Moon" and "How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?"
"Sea Queens" is a book about women pirates around the world. In this prolific book, Yolen tells the fascinating stories of 12 women pirates, from Artemisia, the admiral-queen of Persia in 500 BC to Madame Ching, who sailed the South China Sea in the early 1800s.
We hope you are able to come meet this famous author, and are so proud to have Jane Yolen at the Watertown Free Public Library!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
I just wanted to let everyone know what an amazing program we had last week with the tweens.
Scratch is a program made at MIT that helps kids (and adults) learn how to write video games quickly, with NO head scratching!
We decided to give it a shot at the library, so we downloaded Scratch on all of our laptops and set to work for two hours as kids made rhinos fly across the screen, kids jump on trampolines, and cats to run back and forth across the screen.
Almost 20 kids came, even though we only had 10 laptops. Because of the great success, we plan on having more Scratch events at the library, so keep an eye out.
In the meantime, we are keeping Scratch on the laptops, so you can still come and play anytime you want...and when you're done, you can save what you've been working on by e-mailing it to yourself.
So have fun, and scratch!
Friday, May 30, 2008
www.libraryelf.com is a tool in which you type in your library card numbers, and in turn it will tell you in various formats (calendar, list, etc.) when your items are due. It will even tell you when a book you've put on hold has come in.
I think this would be most useful for a family, because you can type in everyone's card and it will compile everything in one convenient place.
I have added mine to my RSS feeder, so that I don't have to check yet another site daily.
Check it out!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The weather has (finally) begun warming up, the cherry blossoms are budding and the birds are singing…It’s almost summer! For children’s librarians, the first sign of summer tends to bring about a moment of panic – for with summer, brings summer reading, and far too often we never have quite enough time to plan.
This year at the Watertown Free Public Library, no panic is present, as summer reading planning has been well on it’s way – since last October.
We have big plans.
“Wild About Reading” is the theme of the summer, and you won’t believe what we have in store for you. It’s going to be big. It’s going to be wild. For seven weeks, you won’t know what hit you. We’re talking wild animals, dinosaurs, magicians, concerts and more.
If you think you’re too old for summer reading, think again. For kids in grades 3-5, we will be having programs dedicated JUST FOR YOU.
Of course, summer reading isn’t just about the programs, it’s about the reading, too! Our summer reading lists have been revamped to reflect the most current, up-to-date and award winning books on the shelves, along with the classics. We have also been ordering books on CD, so if you get car sick (like me) and can’t read on your trip to Plymouth Rock, you can listen to the CD.
Oh, I almost forgot to tell you. We know you love reading, and we know you don’t NEED an incentive to read, but we can’t help it…we love prizes, and we want you to have them. If you read for one hour, you'll get a free summer reading t-shirt, and when you enter in our raffle you’ll have a good chance at getting a big prize.
Parties, reading, prizes…what more can you ask for in a summer? Join us at the library. It’s going to be a great summer.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
are you grinning
curled in the window seat
as sun warms you this December
Can you write your own cinquain? Post it in the comments if you'd like!! We'd love to see what you came up with.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
If you have a baby 18 months or younger, come join us for our baby lapsit with the wonderful Caitlin!
Celebrate your baby with stories, finger plays and songs.
Baby lapsit is a great way to introduce babies to the library and helps build lifelong readers!