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Solar Eclipse

The big solar eclipse is happening on August 21. If you don't have a pair of solar glasses, try making this handy pinhole camera for a safe view of the action. The attached document is all set to print with instructions as well.

Summer Reading Grand Prize Winners

Congratulations to our kids' summer reading grand prize winners! All winners have been contacted by phone.

1. Bloxels – Aidan P.
2. Sing Set -  Noah B.
3. Outdoor Fun – Brody V.
4. Art Set – Greta G.
5. Game Night – Kaashvi K.
6. Star Wars Legos – Bennett S.
7. Stik Bots Set – Drew D.
8. Play-Doh Pack – Sophia D.
9. Paw Patrol – Audrey P.
10. Star Wars Pack – Clementine Y.
11. Juggling Balls - Marissa G., Claire L. and Lily H. (added prizes courtesy of juggler Truly Remarkable Loon)
 
Thanks for reading with us this summer!

Summer Reading is Here!

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One of the best times of the year is here--the library's summer reading program! Keep your children's minds engaged all summer by participating in Build a Better World--an eight week program where reading at home meets awesome activities at the library. Reading throughout the summer helps prevent summer reading loss, and the library is your partner to help keep reading fun.

The kids' program is for children ages three through entering grade 5. Sign up at either location to pick up the first reading card. Cards can be turned in starting June 12 and continuing through August 4. Kids will earn entries into the grand prize drawing plus a coupon from a local business when cards 1, 3, and 5 are turned in, and a prize from the treasure box when cards 2, 4 and 6 are turned in. Card 7 earns each reader a free book, and card 8 earns either a book or toy prize plus a certificate.

To help us Build a Better World, hours of reading this summer are going to be tallied to help raise money for Habitat for Humanity. Our goal is 25,000 hours of reading, and that will enable us to give a $1,000 donation with the support of FOLKS (Friends of the Library), Vanderloop Shoes and Ecovalley Landscaping. All that extra reading builds brains and will also help repair houses next summer at Rock the Block in Kimberly and Little Chute.

We also have a great line-up of Wednesday events for the entire family. Here is a quick overview:

  • 6/14 - Bubble Wonders at 10:30AM & 1:30PM in Little Chute
  • 6/21 - Nature's Niche Live Animals at 10:30AM & 1:30PM in Little Chute
  • 6/28 - Mad Science Show at 10:30AM & 1:30PM in Kimberly
  • 7/5 - LEGO Batman Movie at 1:30PM in Kimberly
  • 7/12 - Duke Otherwise Musical Show at 10:30AM in Little Chute
  • 7/19 - Daryl Roger's Magic Show at 10:30AM in Little Chute
  • 7/26 - Rockin' with Leonardo at 10:30AM in Kimberly
  • 8/2 - Truly Remarkable Loon Juggling Show at 10:30AM in Kimberly

We also have many Friday events:

  • 6/16 - Build to the Sky Paper Sculpture Workshop at 10:30AM in Little Chute
  • 7/7 - Michelle's Magical Poodles Show at 10:30AM in Kimberly
  • 8/4 - Make and Take Crafts with The Learning Shop at 10:30AM in Kimberly
  • Build with Bricks and Blocks on 6/23 & 7/21 at Kimberly and 6/30 & 7/14 in Little Chute from 10:30AM - Noon

We even have a special Tuesday show on June 27 in Kimberly called Animals are Builders, Too where kids can learn about animal architects and create a 3D paper spider web with artist Mary Tooley.

Build a Better World and a better reader this summer! See you soon!

Ferdinand the Bull Movie

The classic picture book The Story of Ferdinand is getting the big screen treatment. The peaceful bull is voiced by WWE legend John Cena, who says, "People think he's a fighter because he's a big bull. Sound familiar?"

March Book Madness for Kids

Basketball may be on your mind in March, but there is another kind of activity that kids can take part in: March BOOK Madness! Great books are paired against each other to see which title comes out on top. What a fun way to get kids engaged in reading! Kids can vote and help their favorite books make it to the finals. There is a picture book category, a middle grade category, and even one for teens. Check out March Book Madness to see the contenders and join in the spring reading fun!

Grand Prize Winners

Thanks to all who participated in our 2017 Winter Reading Program. Congratulations to our grand prize winners:

1. Snow-Tube - Joy T.
2. Marvel Set – David S.
3. Art Studio – Selah A.
4. Princess Set – Olivia D.
5. Wimpy Kid Set – Sonja M.
6. Movie Gift Card – Kristin U.
7. Ice Age Set – Hayden G.
8. Classic Games Set – Cale O.
9. Coloring Set – Cheri K.
10. Bacon and Beer Night Tickets – Laura C.
11. Pizza and Movie Set – Isaac B.
12. Heart of the Valley Gift Certificate – Caralyn G.
 

Winter Reading Program

Kids, teens, and adults are invited to participate in our Winter Reading Program, Reading in a Winter Wonderland. Stop by either the Kimberly or Little Chute Library to sign up. You will receive a BINGO card with reading activities. Bring in your card whenever you have a BINGO completed, and you will receive a prize plus an entry into our grand prize drawing. You can earn up to four BINGOs, and a blackout gets you an extra entry form. What a fun way to keep the winter blues away by snuggling up with a great read on those long, cold winter nights and visiting your library for cool prizes and more fantastic books!

Winter Break Events

There are lots of things to do at the library during Winter Break. Stop in to check out some great books, movies, and music, and come to any or all of these activities:

Book Character Election Results

Kids voted for their favorite book characters during October, and here are the election results:

  • Preschool - Curious George
  • Kindergarten-2nd Grade - Elephant and Piggie
  • Third-Fifth Grade -  Harry Potter

Thanks to all the kids who voted.

November is Picture Book Month, so stop by the library and check out favorites old and new to enjoy together. We also have children's books priced at 4 for $1 in our book sale.

Celebrating 75

Two picture books are celebrating their 75th anniversary: Curious George  by H.A. Rey and Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. Both books will be celebrated with a special preschool story time in November which is Picture Book Month.

Curious George Turns 75 story time will be held on Friday, November 11 at 10:10 a.m. at the Little Chute Library. Go bananas hearing George's story and enjoy activities celebrating the fun antics and adventures of everyone's favorite little monkey.

Make Way for Ducklings 75th Anniversary Celebration is on Friday, November 18 at 10:10 a.m. at the Little Chute Library. Quack up with the story and activities featuring Mr. & Mrs. Mallard's and their eight ducklings.

Read more about Make Way for Ducklings here, and check out the history of Curious George in this video: