Inspiring and supporting lifelong learning and the love of reading

The Youth Media Awards, chosen by the American Library Association, have been announced for 2015.This year's John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature was awarded to The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. The winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book for children is The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, written and illustrated by Dan Santat. 

To see the complete list of winners and honor books, please click this link: 2015 Award Winners.

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Looking for something to do in the long, cold month of January? Participate in our fun all ages winter reading program based on the movie Frozen. The program runs January 12-February 7, and sign-up starts January 5. Pick up a Frozen BINGO card and complete reading activities. We have mini prizes each week plus chances to win a grand prize. 

We also have programs for tweens (anyone in grades 4-8)  to fit the Frozen theme. Check out our after school tween scene on the following Tuesdays at 3:30-4:30 p.m.

1/13--Ice Experiments (painting with salt and ice plus make ice bubbles)

1/20--Snowy Pet Rocks (create pet rocks inspired by the Frozen trolls)

1/27--Silly Putty (make glitter gak and magnetic silly putty)

2/3--Snowy Woods Art (paint a snow scene inspired by a famous poem)

Be sure to check out the new book shelf for some great teen reads. Read away the winter blues with an engaging story--maybe you'll discover a fabulous book before it becomes a movie hit. We also have magazines, graphic novels, CDs, and video games. Come see all the library has to offer.

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We all know what it is like to feel frozen in January in Wisconsin, so we decided to have a little fun and create an all ages winter reading program with a twist on frozen--instead of feeling frozen, let's celebrate winter with the popular movie Frozen! Sign-up begins January 5, so stop by either location to pick up your Frozen BINGO card. Complete the reading activities and turn in your card each week for a different mini-prize. Earn a grand prize entry for every BINGO completed, and you can earn up to four BINGOs during the program.

The Frozen Winter Reading Program runs January 12-February 7 and will end witth a Frozen party on Saturday, February 7 at 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Kimberly. Wear a Frozen costume and enjoy a story plus fun activity stations as part of our Take Your Child to the Library Day celebration.

Bring in the whole family to check out all the great new books and some of your old favorites at the library, and read away those winter blues. 

Looking for something to do during break? The Maze Runner movie will be shown on Monday December 29, at 1:30 p.m. at the Little Chute Library. Based on the popular novel by James Dashner, this movie event is for teens and adult fans of teen literature. Free popcorn will be provided.

Looking for some fun free events for families during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day? The library is offering two programs for families that week, and we invite you to join us.

Tuesday, December 30: Dolpin Tale 2 Movie (PG) at 10:30 a.m. in Little Chute with free popcorn.

Wednesday, December 31: Noon Year's Eve Party at 11:15 a.m.-noon at Little Chute Library. Too tired to stay up until midnight? Ring in the New Year at noon at the library. We'll have a story, make New Year's hats, and other activities to celebrate the start of 2015.

There are often many questions about using devices with young children, and the general consensus among researchers and child development professionals is to limit screen time with toddlers and focus on interaction and engagement. For more information about the pros and cons of screen time, please read this recent article from the New York Times.

One of the comments on the article came from school librarian and first grade teacher Patty T., and her quote makes good food for thought:

"Early literacy or the pre-literate audience needs the physicality of a book. A tablet just can't do that. The physical book offers the young child an opportunity to sit on it, crawl over it, interact with it, drag it around, reread the pages that are thoughtful to the child or that confuse the child - the physical book allows the child to linger and start the foundation of comprehension and questioning." 

Human interaction and engagement is a big key to learning. If you do use apps, be sure to be there to engage with your child. Remember that you are your child's first and best teacher. Of course, please visit us to find lots of great books to share with your child, and read, read, read! You can also find many e-books for all ages through InfoSoup.

 

Teens, it is time to vote for your favorite books of the previous year! Let your voice be heard about great books that teens recommend to other teens. Voting is open now until October 18.The top ten will be announced on October 20.

Haven' t read many of the books? Now you have a teen-recommended list of titles to start your wish list. Stop by the library or use InfoSoup to find these books--and many more!

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Mary Downing Hahn's books have been very popular with the 4th-7th grade crowd, especially for those readers who like a bit of a haunting chll in their stories. Ms. Hahn is a former school librarian who has written dozens of novels for young readers. Her popular title from 1986, Wait Till Helen Comes, is being made into a movie with shooting set to begin at the end of September. 

If you like a spooky or adventuresome read, check out one of Mary Downing Hahn's books today!

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As you begin a new school year, keep in mind that the library offers a great selection of online research tools available 24/7 and completely free. You have access to many newspapers and journals, genealogy sites, health information, and even practice tests for the ACT, SAT, and AP exams. All you need is your library card! If you don't have a card yet, you can get one for free. Stop in with your parent or guardian and have them bring a photo ID and proof of address, and you can be the proud owner of an InfoSoup card good at all the libraries in Outagamie and Waupaca counties. It will be the best card you will ever own!

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