Kids@SPL Blog Posts

Summer Reading Kick-Off with Norman Ng!

Don't miss our Kick-Off to Summer Reading at 6PM on Wednesday, June 18 with illusionist and magician, Norman Ng. The show is an exciting fusion of mind blowing magic, hilarious comedy, and tons of audience participation.

We hope to see you there!

New Books!

To help tempt your children into reading over the summer, the Library continues to have new books.

Summer Reading Program

Students are counting the days until school is out. As of today, they tell me there are twelve and a half days left. Before you get to busy with summer activities, be sure to stop in to the Library and the Youth Services room and sign your children up for the 2014 Summer Reading Program. Sign ups begin the week of June 9, but the program officially begins the minute school is out on June 17!
This year our theme is 

Rules by Cynthia Lord

I wrote previously about the book club Barbara Merritt, Scarborough School District head librarian for Grades K-8, and I co-host. Barbara is a real dynamo when it comes to promoting books at the schools and is terrific at finding questions that get the students talking. Go hear to read about the books we read for Grades 3 and 4. 

Reading and Electonic Devices

I'm speaking out about electronic devices. Though I see their advantages for adults, all too often smart phones to iPads become just another electronic babysitter. Instead of engaging children while shopping, you see young children, even infants, sitting in the shopping carts staring down at a screen watching some character move through a series of obstacles. Conversations with children are so very important to their development of language!

Spine Label Poetry

Instead of posting a favorite poetry book, I thought it would be fun to encourage you all to write your own poems. How? By using the spines of books you have at your house. Anything will do. Visit 100 Scope Notes for inspiration. 

A Poke in the I, selected by Paul B. Janeczko

Concrete poetry are very, very different from regular poems because the visual appearance of the poem matches the subject. 

Forget-Me-Nots: poems to learn by heart

I was made to memorize poems when I was in school, but, unfortunately, remember only one of them,  Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson, and then only the third stanza at that!

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
   Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of hell
   Rode the six hundred.

Valerie Worth