Saturday, October 15, 2016

Corny Joke Corner

Got a good joke? We have a special little Corny Joke Corner in the children's library, just in time for some fall fun. Read the corny jokes or find one for us to add!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Adopted Reading Buddies!

Check out all of the reading buddies that have already been adopted! These kids completed an "adoption booklet" of fun pre-literacy activities in order to adopt a reading buddy from the library! Now these buddies have forever homes and our readers have new best friends.

Do you want to be a part of this successful program? Click here to download the adoption booklet of pre-literacy activities!

This program is for ages 2-8 and will last until December 2, 2016.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

October Programs

Ready to "fall" in love with some good books?
October is right around the corner! Join us at the library for some fall-themed fun.
Click on a calendar for a close-up of all the free programs we offer families:

  • Our "Adopt a Reading Buddy" program is in full swing! Parents have told us how much fun kids are having filling on the "adoption booklet" of literacy activities. Click here to start the fun: Adopt a Reading Buddy @ RPL  

  • "Block Heads," our building program, has moved to Thursdays after school. October 6 and 20 at 4 pm. 

  • Million Youth Chess Club's Mr. Bud is back to teach you how to play chess. Already know how to play? Challenge Mr. Bud! He's a tough player! October 3 and 24 at 4 pm.  

  • "Mom 2 Mom" will have another session to discuss motherhood and parenting tips. It's hosted by everyone's favorite librarian, Miss Jeanette on October 22 at 12:30. 

  • Love the sounds of autumn? The Reading Philharmonic Orchestra will be hosting their annual Halloween Concert featuring spooky songs and catchy tunes, it's a great way to introduce the orchestra to your child. October 29 at Noon. 

  • On Halloween itself, you're invited to our costume storytime featuring activities and crafts for the holiday. October 31 at 4pm. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Librarian Book Club: The Nest

Librarians read hundred of books every year. But what do we really think about the books we read? Which ones did we like the best...or the least? Find out now at the Librarian Book Club...

Looking for a spooky book to enjoy with your middle schooler? The Librarian Book Club has a pick for you! Try out "The Nest" and see what the buzz is about!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Mom 2 Mom

Calling all moms!

The children's library has a program just for you! Join us for an informal chat group to discuss motherhood, parenting tips, and much more. Hosted by everyone's favorite librarian, Miss Jeanette, who has a dozen years experience providing literacy outreach to BCIU Headstart classrooms, was the recipient of the Dr. Marcia Q. McCrae Service to Youth Award, a Dave. J Roberts EXCEL award for children's programming winner, and has won several Pennsylvania Library Association Best Practices awards and multiple Berks County Public Libraries Outstanding Program honors. She currently serves as the children's art programmer at the Reading Public Library.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Adopt a Reading Buddy!


The library is housing dozens of animal reading buddies that need good homes!

How can YOU help?

Complete our adoption booklet of activities so that you’ll be ready to be a good reader to your buddy!

Once you're done, you’ll get to choose a reading buddy to adopt!

You’ll also be entered into a contest to win the biggest reading buddy of them all, Teddy, a 4ft. tall teddy bear that loves to read!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Growing Up Girl

Move over, Anne of Green Gables! Watch out, American Girls! There are some awesome new girls on the book shelves that kids are reading—and they are all featured in comic books!

Smile by Raina Telgemeier
The author's true story of dental drama helped popularize the graphic novel memoir in classrooms around the nation. After a bad fall, young Raina spends years in and out of braces, retainers, and the dentist’s chair. On top of that she has to deal with crushes, unfriendly friends, and getting ready for junior high. This comic also won an Eisner Award, the top prize for comics and graphic novels.
In the sequel, Sisters, Raina paints a portrait of her difficult relationship with her annoying sister. Both stories are well written and drawn to perfection, but what’s really great about these books is that they never speak down to the kids reading them.

El Deafo by Cece Bell
El Deafo, a 2015 Newberry Honor Winner, tells the story of the author’s hearing difficulties that led her to wearing “the phonic ear,” a huge clunky device that gives her really good hearing. In fact, she’s even hearing things she shouldn’t be hearing: whispered gossip, teachers' private moments, and even her own friends' secrets. Will El Deafo use this new “superpower” for good…or evil?

Tomboy by Liz Prince
For all the girls who dream of being Jedi instead of princesses, Liz Prince’s autobiography about being the only girl in town creating her fashion statements from the boys’ clothing racks hits home in a big way. Uncomfortable in dresses and anxiously body conscious, young Liz decides to take herself out of the female equation and don boys' clothes that match her “boy” interests like comics, Star Wars, and rock music. Is it a phase or can she find a way to express who she is without worrying about gender hang-ups? 

This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
This very serious teen book inexplicably received a Newberry honor, a distinction usually given to books found in the picture book bins. This comic book masterpiece features two tween girls learning the ropes of womanhood by watching the neighborhood boys chase after the teen girls they’ll soon become. The Tamaki cousins create a brutally honest portrait of what it is truly like to grow up girl.