How Awesome was THIS?!?!?!

P7290027 P7290029 IMG_1700 P7290070 IMG_1715 IMG_1716 IMG_1705 P7290009 P7290022What a great end to our Summer Reading Program!  Thanks to Hunke Manufacturing, Smeal Fire Apparatus, and Central Valley Ag, we had a MASSIVE PIZZA PARTY and entertainment from Rainbow Trout!  Ms. Donna Trout (aka ‘Rainbow Trout’) did an incredible job with face painting and balloon art; the Pizza Hut pizza was delish’, AND we made our own sundaes!  Isabel and Oliver Belina, Ryan Besmer, Danielle Haas, Connor and Cooper Kreikemeier, Ava Rose Phelps, Owen Schnoor, and Stuart and Braxton Wisnieski all completed AND EXCEEDED the reading requirements for this program.  They were rewarded with great prizes from Dairy Queen, Taco Bell, and Burger King in Fremont; Adies in Snyder; Pizza Ranch, McDonalds, Subway, Alco, and Runza in West Point, Dodge County Agricultural Society, and the Omaha Storm Chasers.  What a great night of fun and reward!  Together, our readers read a whopping 131 books in a month – what an achievement!  Congratulations to all our readers!  I’m SOOOOOOO looking forward to seeing you here again next year!

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Oceans and Seas and Jellyfish, Oh My!

IMG_1675IMG_1679IMG_1673IMG_1682IMG_1672What a GREAT day we had today!  We ‘explored’ the Oceans and Seas by reading Nicola Davies’ book of the same name.  We talked about coral reefs, sea birds, ocean mammals, and what makes tides and waves.  We made our own colorful jellyfish, and talked about two very different jellyfish, the ENORMOUS  Portuguese Man O’ War (tentacles can reach over 165 feet!!!) and Australia’s boxed jellyfish (only 2/10 of an inch big!) which is claimed to be the most venomous marine animal known to mankind!  We had fun being our own ocean running back (tide out) and forth (tide in) with our jellyfish and had the perfect snack provided by Jesseca Hultgren (thanks again!).  I brought in some sea shells from my travels and today, for the first time this month, EVERYONE got their prize for returning the science sheet we sent home last week!  CONGRATULATIONS!!!  I’m so proud of all of you.  So to my avid summer readers: Isabel and Oliver Belina, Danielle Haas, Connor and Cooper Kreikemeier, Ava Rose Phelps, Owen Schnoor, Stuart and Braxton Wisnieski; and to Ryan Besmer, Chelsea Greenfield, and Nora Metschke…THANK YOU!  I have had a wonderful time this month with you, and I hope you have had fun at the library this month! Until next time, happy reading!

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Summer Reading Awesomeness!!

IMG_15881-IMG_15911-IMG_16231-IMG_16481-IMG_1655What a great first three weeks we’ve had at our Fizz, Boom, Read! Summer Reading Program!  What started out as a few children grew to over a dozen!  Thank you parents and patrons, it is such a joy to have your children here with us!  We started the 1st of July discussing our five senses.  We concentrated on sight and touch for our first reading.  We had the children close their eyes and only use the sense of touch to try and guess what was in our bags.  This tied in to demonstrate how people with limited vision use other senses to help them ‘see’. We had some fun with optical illusions using National Geographic’s Extreme Illusions and even built our own thaumatropes!  The second week, we had fun reading From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman, and talked about how science is used to help us better understand the natural world.  We took a small nature walk, identified some flowers and leaves, and even made our own nature journals!  Today, we read and learned about tornadoes using the book  Erased by a Tornado! by Jessica Rudolph.  We discussed what weather conditions produce tornadoes, where most United States tornadoes occur, and how scientists and meteorologists measure how ‘big’ a tornado is by using the Fujita Scale.  The readers demonstrated what to do in a tornado drill, and we all talked about the recent tornado in Pilger. We made tornadoes with water and drew various sizes and shapes of tornadoes.  THEN we had some great prizes to give away to the readers who returned the science projects we sent home!  All in all, a great first three weeks!  On July 22d we’ll be learning about oceans and making our very own ‘jellyfish’!    Don’t forget:  22 July is the last day to log your reading in order to attend the MASSIVE pizza party on the 29th!  We have even MORE awesome prizes to give away so read, read, read!!! Until next time, happy reading!

 

 

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