Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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
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
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
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.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
The summer flew by here at the Children's Library, and we're already setting our sights on Fall. September has some brand new programs to get us back into the school spirit. Here are a few highlights:
Adopt a Reading Buddy- Starting September 1
This fall, little ones can adopt one of our stuffed animal reading buddies by completing a booklet of pre-literacy activities. They'll get to choose from our collection of little animals looking for homes with kids who love to read. They'll also be entered in a contest to win our biggest reading buddy, Teddy, a 4ft. tall teddy bear!
Mom 2 Mom - September 24 at 12:30 pm
Want to meet other moms to chat and share tips? Join Jeanette and Julie for an opportunity to relax and discuss motherhood.
Monday, August 15, 2016
Winter may still seem far away, but we're already working on plans for our winter Homeschool Programs which will start in the new year. We offer a variety of free enrichment programs to help support your homeschool curriculum and want your help to determine what programs to feature this year.
Take our survey right HERE!