The Thanksgiving leftovers have dwindled down to nothing but a stray black olive and the cranberry casserole from Aunt Betty that no one was brave enough to eat. So let’s loosen our belts and soldier on to December, as brave as Clara’s Nutcracker Prince, where visions of sugar plums and other yummy things dance through our heads. Our Christmas selection of books is on display; The Gift by Richard Paul Evans, Martha Stewart’s Cookies cookbook and The Little Matchbox Girl to get you started. Or try The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa Terkeurst.
Don’t want to bake, but still want to have some homemade goodies for family and neighbors? Please stop by your library this Saturday, December 6th for our Holiday Bake Sale sponsored by our Friends of the Library. Beginning at 9am and running until 11:30, coffee and rolls will be served while people can pick out holiday treats to take home. The proceeds will go towards programming for both adults and young people. We’re also having a big book sale-take a bag home for a $1.
Do you want to meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen? The sisters are visiting us here at your library, also on Saturday, December 6th at 5pm. This event is only for children in the 2nd grade and younger, please. The Frozen sisters will read a story and sing a song. Parents can then take their child’s photo with the characters afterwards. Don’t be a Grinch, visit your library!
Try to find this turkey in disguise here at your library and enter for your chance to win a $25 gift card sponsored by Wagner’s Supermarket just in time for Thanksgiving. While you’re here, check out our new books and audio books.
The Boo View is back again! We had so much fun last year, that we invite everyone to join us Halloween night from 6-7pm for tricks and treats! Children of all ages are welcome to walk through our Haunted Library and visit Dr. Frankenstein’s Laboratory. Please bring in your decorated pumpkins and those that are most creative will win prizes. Nothing too scary here, just ghoul fun!
For the month of September we’ll have Indiana Jones trivia, marshmallow pyramid building and an archaeological dig in the children’s section where each explorer can take home what they dig out of our site. You may also try to guess who our celebrity mummy is before we unmask them at the end of the month. Each week we’ll provide a clue and remove another gauzy layer.
And, of course, we have books that transport you to the past both close to home and to ancient Egypt. We have true-life stories from Nebraska’s past and fictional books, such as the librarian approved Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters.
Celebrate Grandparent’s Day this Thursday September 11th at 7pm. Have your child bring a grandparent or other special person to create a keepsake craft. The group will listen to a short story and take home a bedtime snack.
Did you know that there’s now an e-reading room for just kids and teens on Nebraska Overdrive? Just click on the green box found on the right-hand side of our website’s home page. Parents and kids can now check out reading content that is geared for the younger crowd. You may search for books by Subject, Collection or Reading Level, and as always-it’s all free. You may download up to 6 audio or e-books to your e-reading device. All you need is your patron number and pin.
You may also follow the link here: http://nebraska.lib.overdrive.com/youth
Registration begins now for the 2014 Summer Reading Program-Fizz, Boom Read!
This is a free, six week program for all kids entering Pre-School and those finishing 5th grade. Please join us either May 16th from 3-6pm or May 17th from 9am-12pm for a registration open house. Children will have their picture taken and be registered for the program.
The Summer Reading Program is a great way for kids to maintain or improve their reading skills. This year the kids will get to experiment with hands-on science activities and our Friends of the Library group is sponsoring a visit from the Edgerton Explorit Center in July. The program is held on Mondays and will begin June 9th and lasts until July 14th.
Thanks to all of those that participated in our contests for National Library Week. What was the book in the jar?-The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. How many books are in the library? We had several great guesses but the total is 20, 101!
April 14-18th is National Library Week. This annual event celebrating libraries occurs all over the nation and we have many events planned right here at your library in Arapahoe!
All week long we’ll be having contests, prizes and giveaways. Tuesday April 15th is our Open House Staff Appreciation Day from 9am-5pm. Please stop by to enjoy some treats and tell our staff thank you for all of their hard work.
Friday, April 18th is Food For Fines day. For every item you bring for the Food Pantry, we’ll remove $2 from your existing fines.
Try our Ninja Book Challenges, too! Take a Shelfie, try Blackout Poetry or some Guerilla Positivity! See you next week!
“Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.” This is from the classic The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. As March is springing ahead and the sun is coming out to warm the earth after another cold winter, we all begin to feel the need to open our windows and let the light in. March also brings us National Women’s History Month, Mardi Gras and the celebration of the Birthdays of Dr. Seuss and Harry Houdini.
Want to feel a little greener? Then you should check out a book by Michael K. Reynolds who writes the heirs of Ireland series. You’ll be transported from the potato famine of Ireland to the seedy streets of New York. By the time you’ve put one of these books down you’ll be whistling “When Irish Eyes are Smiling.”