Letters About Literature Reading & Writing Contest for Students in Grades 4-12!

Attention Students in Grades 4-12!
Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged/awarded prizes on state and national levels. Sponsored in association with the Nebraska Center for the Book and Nebraska Library Commission.

http://www.read.gov/letters/

Library Hosting “The Civil War Experience” at Merrick County Fair July 30!

EXPERIENCE LIFE DURING THE CIVIL WAR at the Central City Public Library’s Tribute for the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War  at the Merrick County Fair  – July 30 –  Noon-2 PM

                                     Exhibits and activities include: Civil War Reinactment with the Hood Family—see what life was like for a soldier and family,  listen as they explain weaponry, foods, flags, tents, etc.  Taste “hardtack” and learn other  cool  stuff!! The Lone Tree Quilters Guild will help  you make a quilt square. Quilts were used as secret escape codes by slaves to guide them to freedom on the Underground Railroad.  You will make individual quilt blocks from paper that were part of those codes.  You will also learn the secret message that certain quilt blocks  held. Listen to Civil War era songs on old phonographs (from the early 1900’s), with Scott Musil. View the coloring contest entries and see who the 5 winners are in each of the 3 categories:  4-5 Year Olds, 6-8 Year Olds, and 9-12 Year Olds.  Please pick up a coloring page ahead of   time and color it to the best of your ability.  Return it to the library before the 29th and get  a certificate for a prize that you can redeem at the Civil War event on July 30  @ the fair. Visit with various historical characters from the Civil War as they wander around the midway.      Listen as they tell you about themselves and their lives. Take your picture in one of the Civil War photograph posters.  Be sure to bring your camera! See what school was like for children in the 1860’s by visiting the old schoolhouse. Play with the Rebel and Union toy soldiers and stage your own mock battles in our   “battlefield.” Play games from the 1860’s with the 4-H Junior Leaders, like “Blind Man’s Bluff” and others. Register for lots of  cool prizes like Union and Confederate hats,  other great stuff!

This project was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of America, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  The grants are being offered as part of the “Civil War 150” project (a project timed with the 150th anniversary to encourage public exploration of the impact of the American Civil War).


International Fun and Flair @ the Library Feb. 24!

The library is hosting an after-school session on February 24 for 20 girls from grades K-6 who would like to learn more about another country.  Barb Hoff, co-ordinator for International Students at Nebraska Christian High School, along with her Asian students, will provide a one-on-one experience for the first 20 girls who register for the program.  The  girls will  choose a new Thai, Chinese, Korean, or Vietnamese name, learn how to say simple phrases and sing a familiar song in that language, and count.  There will be foods and other treats, and flash cards with phonetic pronunciations will be prepared along with other things for children to take home.  The session will run from 3:30 to approximately 5 PM.  If this session is successful, another session for boys will be scheduled later.

Registration can be done by either calling  the library at 946-2512, or emailing the library at cc.library.ne@gmail.com. Registration will be closed after 20 have signed up, but we will keep a reserve list in case someone cannot make it.  Please let the library know if, for some reason, you are one of the 20 and find you cannot attend so we can notify the next one one the list.

International Fun & Flair @ Library

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