Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dog B.O.N.E.S. - Read to a Dog!

Remember when, back in March, we wrote about some of the great benefits of our Dog B.O.N.E.S. program?  Well guess what?  It's coming up again, and we still have spots!  Saturday, June 2 (that's right, in 2 days!), you can sign your child up to read to a dog for a twenty-minute session.  We have sessions available from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  So be sure to stop by or call 617-972-6435 to register!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Our garden has just begun!

Throughout the summer months, the Children's Department and the kids in our community will tend a garden vegetable garden.  And today was the big day to get it started!  Take a look at our tiny baby plants!!
 The plants are small now, but don't worry - they'll grow!
 In one plant bed we have basil, oregano, cucumbers, peas, and peppers!
And over here you'll find tomatoes, spearmint, and more peppers!

Special thanks to A. Russo & Sons Inc. - right here in Watertown - who generously donated plants and topsoil!

Be sure to come by and take a look at the garden, just outside the windows in the Program Room!  And don't forget, every Monday during the Summer Reading Program, kids and parents are welcome to come help us tend the garden.  Later in the summer you'll even get to sample some of our yummy veggies!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Even more books you can keep!

Free Books!
Remember back in February when we posted about how you can review - and then keep! - a free book?  Well you still can!

Read them Early!
These books are Advanced Reader Copies, or ARC's.  That means that, in addition to being able to keep the book, you'll get to read the book before it's even released.

Share your Opinion!
All you need to do is write up a quick review of it, or you could even just stop in and tell us what you think of it.

So stop in today and pick a book at the children's reference desk.  Happy Reading!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Help! My child wants to read about....

Does your preschooler love books about cars, dinosaurs, or princesses? Is your elementary-aged reader really into science fiction? Wish browsing books by topic was easier?

Here’s a tip: We put topical stickers on the spines of lots our books! We have stickers that we use to indicate a wide variety of subjects. If you’re looking for one of these topics or genres, you can simply glance through the shelves and look for these stickers. In the picture book section, some of these books are on shelf-top displays, but there might be even more throughout the shelves!

Some of our most popular stickers are:

And many more!

If there’s any other topic you’re looking for, make sure to ask a librarian!