Where the Wild Things Are

Read Aloud 15 Minutes

Parents, did you know that, according to research, reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to prepare your child for reading and learning?  Make it a goal to read at least fifteen minutes every day to your preschooler. We have lots of great books for you at the library to help you meet your goals and to create lasting memories of stories lovingly shared together.

Book Awards

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.

Read Away the Winter Blues with Frozen

Snowman

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. 

Winter Break Family Programs

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.

To Screen or Not to Screen with Preschoolers

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.

 

Mary Downing Hahn

girl in cemetery

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!

Pooches and Pages Sign-up Open for Fall 2014

dog with reader

The new school year is just around the corner, and that means Pooches & Pages will be returning! Kids in grades 1-5 are invited to sign-up for a 15-minute time slot to read to a certified therapy dog. The program takes place the third Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m.-noon in Little Chute, and registration is now open for September 20, October 18, and November 15. Call 788-7825 to reserve your "Spot!"

Children's SLP Grand Prize Winners Announced

science beakers

Congratulation to all of our summer reading grand prize winners! 

1. Science Kits--Ellie D.

2. Dinosaur Laser Pegs--Alex S.

3. LEGO kits--Streeter O.

4. Zoobmobile kit--Mercy T.

5. Robot kits--Nick T.

6. Fun Loom--Caleb M.

7. Wimpy Kid Package--Evelyn V.

8. Princess Package--Olivia V.

9. Games Galore--Connor B.

10. Art Kit--Elora W.

11. Cars Package--Gerrit W.

12. Frozen Package--Evelynn F.

13. Charlie Puppet and Books--Taya H.

14. Water Balloon Set--Ava L.

All winners have been notified. Thank you to everyone who participated in Fizz, Boom, Read! We hope you enjoyed a great summer of science and reading. We had a BLAST!

Last Week of Summer Reading

Where did the summer go?! We are in our last week of our Fizz, Boom, Read summer reading program. The last day to turn in any reading records is Friday, August 1. We will be drawing for all the grand prizes early next week and will post the winners here.

We hope you have been enjoying all the great science shows this summer. Be sure to join us Wednesday, July 30, at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. at the Little Chute Village Hall for Science Day with Mr. J. Mr. Janssen is a science teacher at Little Chute High School, and he will dazzle you with exploding paint cans, a frozen banana hammer, and other fun science demonstrations.We also have an Elephant and Piggie Party on Friday, August 1, at 10:30 a.m. in Kimberly for all our early reading fans of those two silly friends.

Thanks for reading with us this summer, and we hope to see you sometime this week!

Fizz. Boom, Read June 9-August 1

 

Come join the summer fun at the library! We have weekly prizes from the treasure chest or the book cart, plus kids who check out five or more books earn a grand prize entry. We have fourteen grand prizes to give away at the end of the program:

  1. Be a Scientist—Slime Lab and Glow-in-the Dark Lab  
  2. Be a Paleontologist—Dinosaur Laser Peg Kit
  3. LEGO Engineer—2 LEGO kits 
  4. Zoob-mania—Car Zoobmobile Kit
  5. Mr. Roboto—2 robot kits
  6. Get Crafty—fun loom, bands, and book
  7. Big Wimp—Wimpy Kid game and book
  8. Princess Palooza—3 dolls and book
  9. Games Galore—three card games
  10. Be Artsy—pad, pencil, drawing books
  11.  I <3 Cars—Cars art package and movie
  12.  Frozen Fan—movie, CD, and three books
  13. Chilling with Charlie—dog puppet and 2 books
  14. Get Soaked—water balloon filler and Tick ‘n Tater      

Prizes are on display at the Kimberly Library. Discover great reads to keep your child's brain happy and engaged all summer long. Sign up soon!