Kids@SPL Blog Posts

Teaching children about 9/11

Wednesday, September 11 marked the 12th anniversary of 9/11.  Many of the students who frequent our Library, those in middle school, were too young to remember the actual day. They were shown a movie as part of a class and afterwards many told us they were “freaked out!”  One 7th grader said that the movie was too upsetting and she didn’t like having those horrible scenes replaying in her mind. “I just know I’m going to have nightmares like forever.”

Welcome back! It was a busy summer.

We had an incredible summer in the Youth Services Department. Over 700 children signed up for summer reading. We had over 1000 children attending our summer programs and helped over 700 children find a great book to read. Busy, busy. 

THERE WAS A LOT OF READING GOING ON IN SCARBOROUGH, MAINE THIS SUMMER!

Today is the first day since June 17, when our Summer Reading Program began, that the children's room has been quiet. It was a wild and busy summer. We had a total of 712 children sign up (including those in middle school). 300 turn in their Reading Logs. Twenty teens attended their finale held on Wednesday, August 7, and over 500 came to the End of Summer Reading Ice Cream Party on August 14.

George Washington's Teeth!

What do you do when you wake up in the morning, looking for fun?
Do you brush your teeth, ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch

Spotlight on a new book!

Bridges and Tunnels: Investigating Feats of Engineering
By Donna Latham; Illustrated by Jen Vaughn

A NEW INFORMATIONAL BOOK: ERUPTION! by Elizabeth Rusch

A new informational book has arrived at the Scarborough Public Library. It is Eruption! : Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives by Elizabeth Rusch. It is an amazing science book that traces the development and work of the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program (VDAP).

BOOKS TO CELEBRATE SUMMER

Summer got off to a slow start because of all the cool temperatures and rain. My! There sure was a lot of rain. With water levels high right now, lakes and ponds are interesting habitats to investigate.

To prepare for your adventure, let me suggest some great summer stories that are perfect for all ages.

Summer Story by Jill Barklem. This small-sized picture book is reminiscent of Beatrix Potter, where animals live along Brambly Hedge and enjoy many adventures.

HOW TO STOP THE SUMMER SLIDE

I’m sure, as you surf the Internet you will stumble upon articles, all written by experts, telling you how to prevent the summer slide. Educators explain how students who do not read anything all summer long loose important reading skills, causing them to struggle upon returning to school in the fall.

How do you stop the slide? Simple...Read.

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