Where the Wild Things Are

STEAMing with Legos

pile of Lego bricks

The library recently received two generous grants to support STEAM programming. STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Besides providing a wide selection of reading materials for informational and leisure reading, the library also strives to support life-long learning. One of the best ways to help children learn is to let them play and explore, so the grant money was dedicated to purchasing Legos, Magna Tiles, Snap Circuits, brush bots, and Build-a-Road sets. Watch for Lego and creative play times as part of our regular programming soon.

We are very grateful to our sponsors for their generous gifts! The Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival (Cheesfest) funds were awarded to the Little Chute Library, and the U.S Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation funds will benefit the Kimberly Library. Thank you to both for helping the library go full STEAM ahead.

A Minion Reasons to Read

January often feels bitter cold, dark, and LONG, but we have just the ticket to help the month pass quickly--a winter reading program! Stop by the library to pick up your BINGO card featuring those lovable minions.  Complete reading activities to get BINGO, then bring your card in to the library to get a small prize and an entry into the grand prize drawing. It's easy and lots of fun to participate. This program is for all ages, so the whole family can participate. Sign up soon because it would be "despicable" if you didn't. 

December Family Activities

Each month we feature a literacy station in the children's area, and we have two fun activities for December to celebrate Christmas and the Star Wars craze.

  • Christmas Tree Math: kids can shake one-three dice, add up the dots, and decorate the tree with the same number of pom pom ornaments--a playful way to practice counting and addition.
  • I Spy With My Jedi Eye: a scavenger hunt for young Star Wars fans. Locate the characters in the children's room and write down the letters found on each character to reveal a secret message. Fun you shall have!

We also have plenty of fun planned during winter break December 28-31.

  • Monday: Math BINGO at 10:30 a.m. in Kimberly--Practice simple addition and subtraction and earn prizes. This is geared for kids ages 6-10.
  • Tuesday: Double Feature Movie Day in Little Chute with Minions (PG) at 10:30 a.m. and Pan (PG) at 1:30 p.m. Free popcorn will be served.
  • Wednesday: Teen Movie The Scorch Trials (PG-13) in Little Chute at 1 p.m. This is the second movie of the Maze Runner series. Popcorn provided.
  • Thursday: Noon Year's Eve Party at 11:15 a.m.-noon in Kimberly. Too tired to stay up until midnight? Ring in 2016 at noon at the library with a story, dancing, and crafts.

Stop in and check out some great holiday books, music, and movies, and have a wonderful holiday season!

P.S. Our winter reading program will return in January. Watch for details!

Thanksgiving Project Idea

Celebrate Picture Books

brown bear art image

November is Picture Book Month. I always loved reading picture books to my four children as they were growing up. Did you know research shows that picture books stimulate language, brain, and attention span development in young children? Something so simple as reading with your child is actually quite powerful! Make it a habit to read to your preschooler every day. You will create wonderful memories and build brain power.

To celebrate Picture Book Month, the library will be hosting Picture Book Palooza on Fridays in November at 10:10 a.m. at the Kimberly Library. Each week will feature a well-loved story with related activities and crafts.

Stop by either location and check out some great picture books to share all month long!

Thank an Officer

police officer

Every month we feature a literacy station in the children's area. Most stations are geared for our preschool crowd, but this month we have something for all ages: Thank a Police Officer. We encourage everyone to stop in and make a card for our heroes in the Metro Police Department. There is a picture to color and space inside to write your own note of thanks. We are grateful for our police officers who serve our community and keep us safe. We will deliver the cards to the station in early November.

Please stop in to show your support.

Pooches & Pages Returns

lady and girl with dog

Pooches and Pages, our reading to therapy dogs program in partnership with Compassionate Canines, will be returning for the 2015-2016 school year. Kids in grades 1-5 are invited to sign up for a 15-minute reading slot. What a fun (and furry) way to improve reading skills! The program will be held on the third Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m.-noon in Little Chute, and registration is now open for September 19, October 17, and November 21. Stop by either location or call 788-7825 to register. You may sign up for more than one month at a time. Dogs love a good story, so be sure to reserve your “Spot” soon! 

Summer Reading Wrap-up

Thank you to all of our readers for donating 14,462 hours of reading to charity this summer! Checks were presented to the organizations on August 6:
  • $500 to Chances Animal Rescue
  • $300 to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin
  • $200 to A Very Special Place

All three charities were very appreciative and send their thanks to our readers. Way to be heroes, Kimberly-Little Chute Library readers!

We also drew for our grand prizes. Congratulations to our winners:

KIDS
#1 Paw Patrol: Piper W.
#2 Lego City Heroes: Brady V.
#3 Bracelet Set: Evelyn V.
#4 Be A Hero Kit: Zack W.
#5 Batman & Superman: Vaughn S.
#6 Marvel Superhero Team Pack: Jedidiah K.
#7 Lego Minecraft: Nick T.
#8 Art Set: Heidi V.
#9 Frozen: Madison W.
#10 Captain America & Hulk: Alex T.
#11 New Cinderella: Maddy K.
#12 Lego Mini Figures: Charlie W.
#13 Minion Madness: Owen L.
#14 Hero Activity Pack: Aiden B.
#15 Outdoor Fun Pack: Montana M.
 
TEENS
#1 iPad Mini: Bryson R.
#2 Divergent Book Set: Michael M.
#3 iTunes: Noah K.
#4 Game Night: Samuel B.
#5 Superhero Prints: Elizabeth R.
#6 Badger Sports Park: Brooke D.
#7 Walmart Gift Card: Emma V.
 
ADULTS
#1 Game Night Done Right: Kelly L.
#2 History In Your Backyard: Melissa V.
#3 I Read a Latte: Anna D.
#4 Downton Abbey: Melissa W.
#5 Super Movie Night: Marcia F.
#6 Lawn Games Pack: Kelly D.
#7 Trout Museum: Marcie K.
 
Thank you to all who participated in Every Hero Has a Story. We hope you discovered many great reads this summer and enjoyed some of our events. Which books and events were some of your favorites? Let us know!

Summer Reading Program Coming to a Close

What a fun summer it has been celebrating heroes and being heroic readers for charity! Our program wraps up on Friday, July 31, so be sure to get your cards turned in before 5 p.m. We will be drawing our grand prize winners on Monday. Best wishes to all of our participants!

Programs during our last week include our Teen Movie Pizza Party (grades 6-12) on Monday at 1:30 p.m. in Little Chute, Tween Book Club Meeting on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in Kimberly, Great Scott the Magician on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. in Little Chute, and our Superhero Boot Camp on Friday, July 31 at 10:30 a.m. in Kimberly which will include super crafts and an obstacle course.

Even though our reading program ends on July 31, we do have a week full of events to start off August. Here is what's in store:

  • Pages in the Park at Heesakker Park on Tuesday, August 4 from 5-7 p.m. Enjoy a picture book at page stations on a path through the woods. Come anytime between 5-7 p.m. and bring a picnic supper to enjoy if you wish for a fun evening in the park.
  • Teen Movie: Insurgent (PG-13) on Wednesday, August 5 at 1:00-3:30 p.m. in Little Chute for teens and adult fans of the Divergent series.
  • Super Reader Celebration on Thursday, August 6 at 10:30 a.m. in Kimberly--we will present the checks to the three charities, have a cookie reception, and make thank you cards for our sponsors and your own personal heroes.
  • Family Movie: Home (PG) on Friday, August 7 at 10:30 a.m. in Little Chute for all ages

Thanks for being super readers and enjoying all the programming at the library this summer. Keep on reading and being a life-long learner!

SUPER Summer Reading Fun Awaits

superhero man holding stack of books

Get ready for a "super" summer at the library with our Every Hero Has a Story Summer Reading Program for ages three and up. This is an eight-week program designed to encourage pleasure reading and prevent summer slide--where the lack of reading during summer break causes a decrease in children's reading skills. We are here to help you defeat that evil villain Summer Slider with superhero fun! Registration opens on May 26--right after Memorial Day. Stop at either location to pick up your starting materials. The kids' program is for ages 3-entering grade 5, plus there is a teen program for grades 6-12, and one for adults. The program dates are June 8-July 31. Once you are registered, you can start recording your reading and may turn in your first card as soon as Day 1 of the program.

How does the kids' program work? Weekly cards featuring different types of heroes are available each week. Kids are asked to do six literacy activities listed on the card--at least two hours of reading is required. When six activities are completed, kids return the card to the library. Instead of earning a weekly doodad, kids will be heroes for someone else this year by donating their reading time to raise money for three local charities:

  • Make-A-Wish Foundation--grants wishes to children with a life-threatening illness, and our donation will help fund a wish for a child in the Fox Valley
  • Chances Animal Rescue--a no-kill shelter on Lake Park Road
  • A Very Special Place--an adult day service that helps empower people with physical, behavioral, intellectual, and developmental disabilities and their families to lead fuller lives

The charity with the most votes will receive $500, second place $300, and third place $200. Kids will vote each time they finish a card. 

To add to the fun, we have fifteen grand prizes for kids that we will be giving away at the end of the program. Each time a reading card is turned in, the child will earn an entry into the drawing. To make things even more fun, kids will earn a free book when they complete cards 3, 6, and 8, and they will receive a certificate if they complete all eight weeks.

We also have great family programs all summer on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. plus some Thursday events for tweens (ages 8-12), and Friday events. Check out our brochure or web calendar for more details. Friend us on Facebook for updates as well.

Add some "Pow!" "Bam!" and "Zap!" to your summer by joining the Every Hero Has a Story summer reading program! Increase your reading superpowers and defeat that sinister villain Summer Slider by reading great books from the library. Be a hero for your brain and a hero for those in need--sounds pretty "super," eh?