Inspiring and supporting lifelong learning and the love of reading

The Teens' Top Ten (TTT) is a "teen choice" list of recommended reading, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Check out the nominees for 2014!

An exciting young adult novel gets the big screen treatment this fall. Check out the official trailer for The Maze Runner:

girl with bow and arrow surrounded by fire

Hunger Games fans in grades 6-12 are invited to the Little Chute Library on Tuesday, March 11 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. for a teen movie event. We will be showing the second installment of the Hunger Games Trilogy--Catching Fire. To add to the fun, we will have free pizza from Jet's. Invite your friends and enjoy a great movie at the library. This event is for teens in grades 6-12 only.

Our AWE computer stations have been very popular with our youngest patrons, and we are pleased to announce we have now upgraded to the touch screen edition. Be sure to check out the new stations the next time you are in the children's area. And yes, parents, you no longer have to tell your children, "Don't touch!"

The Kimberly Library will host four weeks of afterschool programs for tweens and teens in grades 4-8 on Thursdays in February from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Each week will feature hands on activities.

2/6 Angry Birds--create and play Angry Birds Live!

2/13 Valentine's Fun--trivia, silly games, and cookie decorating.

2/20 Duct Tape Project--try a rose, necktie, or lanyard with colorful tape.

2/27 Scrabble Tile Art--make locker magnets using a Scrabble tile and pictures.

We'll also introduce a few new books each week. Bring a friend and enjoy some after school fun!

Readers in grades 3-10 have a chance to earn a free ticket to the March 16 or April 5 Milwaukee Bucks game through the Read to Achieve challenge. Pick up a packet which contains a reading record, stickers, bookmark, and poster at the library. Read 500 pages and report your reading to the library by February 27 to receive a voucher for a free ticket with the purchase of an adult discounted ticket. Read 750 pages to have your name placed in a drawing for a team autographed basketball.

There are lots of great books waiting for you at the library. Stop by soon and check one out!

Looking for fun and easy activities to do with your preschooler? Download a free early literacy calendar created by youth librarians from around the state for daily inspiration. By incorporating the concepts of singing, playing, reading, writing, and talking into your home routine, you are building pre-literacy skills that will help your child become a reader. Science and math activities are also included in the calendar, and Kimberly-Little Chute Library is featured in the month of April.

Have a Happy Early Literacy New Year!

Looking for something to do with the kids during winter break? The library will be hosting a family movie, Despicable Me 2 (PG), on Friday, December 27 at 10:30 a.m. in Little Chute. We will also have a book-based movie geared towards tweens and teens on Monday, December 30 at 1:30 p.m in Kimberly: Percy Jackson--Sea of Monsters (PG). Free popcorn from Tom's Drive-in will be available at both movies.

2014 marks the second year that Wisconsin will participate in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Teen Video Challenge.  The entry form and model release form are available online at: http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_ys-sn

More information about the contest, including promotional resources and video creation resources, can be found at: http://cslpreads.org/challenge-overview.html

For the contest, teens should create a video promoting Summer Reading at the public library, including an interpretation of the 2014 CSLP teen slogan "Spark a Reaction," to win $275 and a $125 award for the library.  Any teen, aged 13 -18, can enter the CSLP 2014 Teen Video Challenge in the state where they reside. Videos can be created individually or as a team. Each participating CSLP member state will select one winner.

The deadline is Friday, February 14, 2014.  The state winner will be selected in March 2014.  The national selections will be announced in April 2014. 

Curious about what teens might make?  Take a look at the 2013 winners for inspiration, including the winning submission from the L. E. Phillips Memorial Library in Eau Claire! http://cslpreads.org/programs/young-adult-program/teen-video-challenge/2013-teen-video-winners.html

Contact me at ahardgin [at] mail [dot] owls [dot] lib [dot] wi [dot] us with your ideas or any questions.

gingerbread man

We will be hosting a Gingerbread Crafts Workshop on Monday, December 16 from 3-5 p.m. at the Kimberly Library. We'll have sticker sheets for the toddler set and foamy crafts for preschool-elementary aged students. The program is an open house format, so stop in any time between 3-5 to work on a craft. Make decorations for your house or give your project as a gift. Come join in the holiday cheer!

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