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March 2015 KIDSHEET

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On the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, look for EXPLORE @ JCPL. Held from 2:30—3:45 p.m., it’s a hands-on program for elementary-aged kids to discover a new subject.

In March, it will be EXPLORE FIBER @ JCPL, and will be held on the 5th and 19th. Join us as we experiment, design, create, and generally just have fun with the topic. No registration necessary.


FAMILY FUN will be held on Tuesday mornings, the 3rd and 17th of March in the Community Room and on the 10th in the Story Corner.

Caregivers and their infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can drop in anytime between 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. for a beverage, light snack, and conversation. There will be toys, puzzles, music, and books available for your enjoyment. This is a good opportunity to network with other parents in your community!



STORY TIME offerings have expanded! In addition to the usual Story Time on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m., Story Time is being offered on Wednesday afternoon at 4:45 p.m. and on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. Children up through elementary-age are welcome to attend. Both are held in the Story Corner.


Have you tried the fairly new MAKER CLUB program held monthly on the 2nd Friday of the month? Last month we built straw towers and pompom launchers and January saw us making cup stacks and creating snowflakes.

March promises to be just as much fun with its challenges, especially since it’s to be held on such an unlucky day, just before Pi Day! Drop in anytime between 2:30 and 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13th.



MAKING IT ON MY OWN is a do-it-yourself craft program held on the fourth Saturday of each month in the children’s area from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Directions and supplies are provided for 3 - 4 crafts, and coloring and activity papers are available as well.

Look for this program on March 28th.





Going nowhere for Spring Break? Join us at the library for some fun activities each day of break.

Materials and suggestions will be available for kids of all ages to help yourself from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day. Granted, it’s not oceans and sunshine, but it’s better than sitting at home!

Monday: Turn an old DVD into something else—only limit is your imagination.

Tuesday: Lego Day! All sizes of bricks available!

Wednesday: Puppet-mania. Make a puppet and/or use ours to put on a show. Scripts provided and stories suggested.

Thursday: Puzzle It Out. Puzzles available all day to put together. Make your own puzzle with cardboard and a picture (we’ll provide both). Make puzzle piece jewelry.

Friday: Build-a-thon. Use the blocks and other supplies available to make all kinds of stuff!


Best stay-cation ever!







11:30 am & 4:45 pm

March 4th, 11th, 18th

Children are welcome to attend with a parent or caregiver.
Several stories are read, a song or flannel board often follows,
and a craft (all related to a theme) completes the program.



Mother Goose & Me

Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can explore rhymes, music, fun, learning, and more with Mother Goose

Visit with her on Friday mornings at 10:00 am

March 6th, 13th, 20th (Mother Goose is on spring break March 27th!)



Planning a trip for Spring Break? Call the library before you go and request a travel kit! These kits are available for any child under 18 years of age and you must call at least 3 days in advance.

Let us know your destination, how long it will take you to get there, and with a few other details, we can tailor-make a kit to suit your needs! Kits typically include books, stories on CD, and paper games and puzzles.

We can provide background information about the location where you will be visiting, or it can all be just for fun. DVDs can also be checked out by vacationers. If you need an extended check-out, ask at the desk to see if we can make it work for you!

Have a great trip!!


American Library Association





CALDECOTT for most distinguished American Picture Book:

The Adventures of Beekle:  The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

Caldecott Honor Books:

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo

The Noisy Paint Box:  The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock and Mary Melissa Sweet

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki



NEWBERY for most outstanding contribution to children’s lit.:

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (JF)

Newbery Honor Books

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson



PRINTZ for excellence in literature written for young adults:

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson


Printz Honor Books

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki



ODYSSEY for the production of the best audiobook for children or young adults available in English in the US

H.O.R.S.E. A Game of Basketball and Imagination by Christopher Myers
and narrated by Dion Graham and Christopher Myers

Odyssey Honor Recordings

Five, Six, Seven, Nate! written by Tim Federle and narrated by Tim Federle

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place written by Julie Berry and narrated by Jayne Entwistle

A Snicker of Magic written by Natalie Lloyd and narrated by Cassandra Morris



GEISEL for the most distinguished beginning reader book

You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang

Geisel Honor Books

Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page by Cynthia Rylant

Waiting Is Not Easy! by Mo Willems



Other Awards granted that are noted with a cover sticker at JCPL:

Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Book Award
Schneider Family Book Award
Mildred L. Batchelder Award
Pura Belpré Illustrator and Author Award
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
Stonewall Book Award
William C. Morris Award
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

For a complete list, visit the American Library Association website


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