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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Book Discussion Kits for Kids and Teens, Part 1

Posted by Staff

Our Youth Department has created a series of book discussion kits for our patrons to check out and use.  Each kit contains 10 copies of the book, a series of discussion questions and a box in which to carry everything.  The kits can be checked out for three weeks with two renewals. The person checking out the kit is responsible for all items and they must be returned together. Although the kits were prepared with educators in mind, they are a perfect fit for bookclubs and family book discussions.  Request one today!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Superb Science Kits, Part 3

Posted by Youth Staff

With school ending and summer fast approaching, keep in mind that the Youth Library has a large collection of science kits that can be checked out for children ages 6 and up. Each of these kits are sure to keep you and your kids engaged and learning new things.  Some of them will have you taking trips outside to explore nature and others are perfect for really hot days or when it's raining outside.   We have such a large collection of science kits that we'll be discussing them in more than one post. Click on the kit titles to go to our catalog and place a hold.

Yes, Jedi, this IS the droid you’re looking for! Check out our R2-D2 Interactive Astromech Droid kit, and you will hold in your hands a state-of-the-art R2 series droid.  Programmed and ready to obey your commands, R2 will play games and assist your Jedi missions.  Even though he can be stubborn at times, this dependable droid can be trusted to be your devoted helper and friend.
R2-D2 stands over 15” tall and rolls, spins, “dances” and plays music.  R2-D2 responds to your commands and “remembers” and reacts to famous Star Wars characters.
In addition to the robot and its operation manual and command guide, this kit includes two books entitled, The Jedi Path and The Secret Life of Droids.

Magicscope, a kid-friendly microscope, can be used to view objects less than 2 ½ inches thick instantly, indoors or out. Kids can try viewing fabric, flowers, insects, rocks, or anything else that catches their interest. 
A set of 25 prepared slides which can be viewed with the Magicscope is also included in this kit. Some of the slides include sunflower stem, pine leaf, housebee mouth parts, and Lillium anther.
An informative book, The Ultimate Guide to Your Microscope, which includes many more ideas of cool things to view with the Magicsope is also included.

Go an adventure with the Geocaching Kit!  Geocaching is a high-tech GPS-based treasure hunt. Hidden all over the U.S. - behind bushes, inside logs, under park benches, practically anywhere - there are "geocaches", containers of various sizes (some can be as small as a quarter, while others are as large as a bucket) with a log book and trinkets that you can trade stashed inside. Your mission as a Geocacher is to find them. The Geomate Jr. will display the 20 closest geocaches to your location. It includes cache information like ID, size, terrain, and diffulty ratings.  Kit also includes the book Geocache Surprise.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Meet the Staff: Sophia E.

Posted by Sophia E.
How long have you worked at the library?  2 months

How many items do you have checked out right now?  3

How many items are on your hold list? 0

What book can you read again and again without losing interest? Why do you still read it?  
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand is the only novel I never tire of. Each time I read it, I am able to see a new paradigm or theme. The thought-provoking ideas presented throughout are great intellectual topics for conversation.

If you were a literary character, who would you be and why? 

I would be Tris from the Divergent series. When reading the trilogy, I noticed so many similarities between the two of us. I strongly admire her unconditional love for those she cares about and the uncompromising nature of her values.

What is your favorite book format (book, audio, mp3, e-reader, etc.)?  

If you use multiple formats, what percentage do you use each?
80% book, 20% e-reader

What is your favorite aspect of working at the library?  
I love how nice all of my co-workers are. Everyone has made me feel so welcome, and it is just such a warm environment. It really is like a second family.

What books do you feel guilty for not having read? 
I feel guilty for not reading so many books. I have a list of all the classic books I really want to read, but it’s a long list and I don’t have enough free time to read them all!

What is your perfect reading environment? 
My perfect reading environment is on the couch with a pile of blankets and a cup of cocoa.

What was your favorite children’s book when you were a child? What is your favorite children’s book now? 
I always loved storybooks as a child. I still do enjoy such stories, but now I really like Dr. Seuss books!  I can’t believe I didn’t like them as a child!