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Summer Reading Games have begun! You can pick your time to read to Bailey, the lovable Schnoodle, in the Alice in Wonderland Storytime Room! Thanks to a special bequest in support of Reading with Bailey, the Central Library will have lots of great new books about dogs that Bailey will love to hear before they're added to the Children's Room collection. You can get a preview when you read to Bailey! Call the Central Library Children's Room at 269-553-7804 to reserve your 15 minutes of fame with the best dog that loves to be read to!
Reading with Bailey
The countdown has begun! Summer Reading Games are right around the corner. Beginning on June 15th, you can sign up to win prizes, read lots, and enjoy fabulous programs at the library with a water theme. There's a game for all ages: Read to Me for preschoolers, Make a Splash for children entering 1st to 4th grade in the fall, plus Tween, Teen and Adult Summer Reading Games. Save the date for the end of summer party, a celebration on Sunday, August 29th with games, snacks and fun!
Make a Splash
Many of Kalamazoo Public Library’s children’s programs, like Family Storytimeand Baby Storytime, are drop in no-registration-required programs. Others, like Baby Lapsit, Baby Steps, Toddler Storytime, or Preschool Storytimerequire registration in advance. In the print andonline Kids Calendar, these storytimes are the events with a little ® next to them. It’s easier than ever to register for these storytimes because now you can register online, day or night. Of course, you can always call the branch of your choice to register or come to your neighborhood branch to register in person. We’d love to see you here! However you register, or if you choose one of KPL’s drop-in programs, you’ll find programs that are fun for your child and work with your schedule. Registration begins 30 days before the program begins. As always, if you have any questions, talk to your children’s librarian.
New! Register for Storytimes Online
There are more and more great books with CDs or DVDs included. What a great idea! A picture book based on a song with a CD to sing along. A picture book with a DVD might have a short video or animated feature that enhances the book for you and your child to enjoy together. Non-fiction books with DVDs may include moving images such as archival footage. Or a book about visual art for children might have a CD of pictorial music. Don’t forget read along picture books – you know, the ones with page turn signals. These are better than ever in digital form. We’ve put black dots on these so you can find them more easily in the books with CDs/DVDs section of the Children’s Room.
Books with a Bonus!
With the Summer Reading Games party just behind us, we're remembering all the fun programs that you participated in over the summer. Missed some programs along the way? No need to worry when more fun is right around the corner. Fall storytimes start up in September! Some programs require registration. Others, like Baby Storytime, Family Storytime and Storytime with Mr. Steve and Friends require no registration at all. An adult caregiver must accompany babies and toddlers up to 3½ years. Questions? Talk to your children’s librarian. Bookmark the KPL Kids Calendar and we'll see you there!
Storytime Programs at KPL
We had a full house for our Cartooning Workshop on Monday. Ruth McNally Barshaw, author and illustrator of the Ellie McDoodle books, offered an hour worth of drawing tips to twenty-five eager artists.
The program was so popular that we hope to bring Ms. Barshaw back to the library some time in the future so check our children's events calendars if you missed the workshop on Monday.
Ruth McNally Barshaw
Ever read a book, watch a movie, or listen to a recording you loved so much you want to tell everyone all about it? Now you can create your own book reviews for the Kalamazoo Public Library website!
And, if you want, you can record your review with your own voice. We'll post your book review on our website!
Love that book? Didn’t like it so much? Be Creative and tell the world all about it! It’s easy.
- Write a short review of a book you read. You can do it right from our website or come to your neighborhood KPL branch to write your review.
- Come to library and we’ll help you record the review you wrote. You need to have a parent sign a release form before we can put your voice on our website.
Listen to an example. You can write and record a review about anything you read and make it your own with your own voice. Have fun with Summer Reading Games this year!
Create Your Own Book Reviews!
Seventy-three teams representing eleven public and private schools competed in school challenges in March. Over the last two weeks, the eleven advancing teams from each of the school challenges were narrowed down to five teams at the branch challenges. Now those five teams will compete at the final challenge of the season - the District Challenge at 7 pm on Thursday, April 30, at KPL’s Central Library.
Each year, the Global Reading Challenge brings together 4th and 5th grade students from across the city to read ten books selected by KPL Children's Librarians and to answer factual and short answer questions about the books. It’s a compelling blend of book club and competition. When the contests are in play, it’s clear to see that the kids want to win. What’s also evident is the level of enjoyment students get just from reading the books. Any school in the KPL service district is eligible to field teams for a school challenge. Parents and teachers play a vital role serving as coaches as teams are recruited and begin to read the books. To get a taste of what Global Reading Challenge is all about, come to the District Challenge on Thursday night! And get ready for Summer Reading Games - they're right around the corner!
Catch the Excitement!
Global Reading Challenge-Photo by Amy Clark