Great Websites for Kids!

Kids using touch screen computerThe Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) maintains a helpful online resource that all parents should know about, “Great Websites for Kids.” Looking for some fun and educational sites to share with your children? Try some of the links below! And be sure to check out Great Websites for Kids” frequently - a different website is highlighted every week.

Creative Kids Central
Creative Kids Central encourages young people to explore the power and beauty of classical music. Co-sponsored by Classical KUSC 91.5 in Los Angeles and the Creative Kids Education Foundation, this site is primarily aimed at children aged 7-9, their families, and caregivers. Continue reading

But Series-ously: Juvenile Historical Fiction

Book cover for With the Might of Angels, a book in the Dear America seriesConfession: One of the most satisfying questions to get from an early reader is something like, “I really liked so-and-so book, do you have any more like that?” when you know that yes, yes, burgeoning reader, you have picked a book in a series! Let’s get as many books as possible into your hot little hands! Read! Read, you young absorbent mind – read like the wind!

While I am a firm believer in the theory that whatever a child is reading, within the parameters of law and reason of course, is good because they are reading, it is such a cherry on top when there is an educational facet to these series. See? Interdisciplinary learning can be recreational fun! Okay, maybe don’t take it that far with your child/student/patron, as you’ll likely send them running from the stacks and your vicinity in general, but hopefully you see my point.

The further good news is that while the classics of juvenile historical fiction, such as the Little House on the Prairie series, are still popular and valuable, this particular genre has really expanded over the past decade or two, especially in series form. And again, that series factor can be crucial if you need to strike while the enthusiasm for reading – I mean, the iron – is hot.

An American Girl bookBesides becoming a mega-doll industry, American Girl has managed to pump out some (and by “some,” I actually mean “oodles of”) pretty good books that cover a wide range of American demographics, periods of time, geographical location, etc., while still retaining a relevance to things girls today experience. Continue reading

What Book Is Next in a Series?

One of the most frequent questions we librarians answer is what book is next in a series. And we love answering this question, as we enjoy chatting with patrons about what they’re reading. However, if you want some do-it-yourself tips on how you can easily find out what book is next in the series, whether you are searching our online catalog or browsing the Internet, read on!

In the Catalog

Have you ever heard of NoveList? You can find this term in our catalog. Say you are looking at “Fablehaven,” by Brandon Mull. You really liked the book and want to find the next in the series. Not all books have numbers on the side as easy identifiers. First, click on the first book (in this case, “Fablehaven”). Then, look for the NoveList link on the right side. Clicking that link will usually give you all the books in that series plus recommendations for similar titles.

Showing the NoveList link.

After clicking on a title, click the NoveList link to the right.

NoveList display

Once you click on NoveList, you’ll see series titles and similar recommendations.

 
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Summer Reading 2014 Update

picture of chemistry setWe’ve already signed up lots of Little Sparks; Fizz, Boom, Read kids; and Spark a Reaction teens for our 2014 Summer Reading program. Remember that free books for finishers can be picked up at the library starting on Monday, July 7. And, if your finisher is ages 5-12 and in the Fizz, Boom, Read program, he or she can then fill out one slip to try to win a free book set OR a science kit. There are some great book sets to be had this year, so be sure to keep reading and working on your fun science activities. And teens can drop off their completed entry card starting on July 7 to try to win a Kindle!

August 2 is the official end of this year’s Summer Reading program, but you can still turn in your reading record after the deadline and receive your free book. However, only those finishing on or before August 2 will be eligible to try and win a book set or science kit (Fizz, Boom, Read kids) or a Kindle (Spark a Reaction teens).

Below are a few samples of the 10 different prizes Fizz, Boom, Readers who finish by August 2 will have a chance to win. We hope you’re enjoying Summer Reading, and we’ll see you at the library!

Book Set of Favorite #1sSet of 3 Big Nate booksTIME science kit

2014 Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest, sponsored by the Callaway County Public Library and the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program! The theme for this year was “I imagine a world where…”

Photo of poetry contest winners5-8 years old
1st Elise Klein
2nd Lia Bondurant
3rd Anna Klein

9-12 years old
1st Heidi Royer
2nd Haley Garrett
3rd Corrie Bolton

13-18 years old
1st Dallin Rickabaugh
2nd Garett Ballard
3rd Anna Casady

The contest was judged by Clarence Wolfshohl and Denise Felt. For more information, please visit the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program. You can also read the winning entries on the library’s website!