Maker Club at Woodridge is back! Join us on the last Wednesday of every month for a crafty new maker project. We'll be trying a wide range of projects from 3D printing to painting to making our own simple circuits. Many of these will be things you can take home, and some will even be things you can eat. All projects are open to kids aged 5 and up, but please make sure you have an adult with you.
Here's a list of upcoming projects:
January: Dry Ice Experimentation
February: Soft Circuits
March: Seed Starters
April: Solar Ovens
Drop by and build during our weekly LEGO Club.
Come and try something different every Thursday at LEGO Club:
First Thursday - Lego Robots
Second Thursday - Lego Free Play
Third Thursday - All ages karaoke starts at 5:30 p.m.
Fourth Thursday - Collective Design Challenge (build together - share together)
Recommended for ages 4-12.
Bertrand Tavernier's 'ROUND MIDNIGHT (1986)
(Run time 133 minutes)
Jazz great Dexter Gordon stars in the Oscar-nominated film depicting the friendship between an aging expatriate jazz musician and a young French jazz fan. Inspired by the real-life friendship between jazz pianist Bud Powell and Francis Paudras. Full of inspired music and cameos from legendary jazz icons, 'ROUND MIDNIGHT is a pure delight.
Listen to stories, sing songs and learn about other cultures with your children ages 2-5 years during our bilingual story time. Our English/Spanish story time introduces children to the Spanish language through books, rhymes and songs and doesn't assume previous knowledge of the language, so don't be intimidated.
Get up and get moving at our Baby and Toddler Story Times. These 20-to-30-minute programs are full of books, songs and fun activities that are designed to help develop your child’s language skills. Children ages 18 to 36 months and their grownups are encouraged to engage with the stories and activities and participate in the program along with the children.
Get up and get moving at our Baby and Toddler Story Times. These 20-to-30-minute programs are full of books, songs and fun activities, and are designed to help develop your child’s language skills. Children ages 18 to 36 months and their grownups are encouraged to engage with the stories and activities and participate in the program along with the children.
An evening story time where pajamas are encouraged but not required. These 30-to-40-minute evening programs are designed to delight children of all ages. Filled with stories and activities that promote and develop language skills and imagination, these programs encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning.
The library is excited to host Mosaic Theater for a staged reading of their recent production Les Deux Noirs. Following a reading of the play, playwright Psalmeyen 24 will lead a discussion of the play and its themes.
Share the fun of reading with your children, ages 3-5 years. Children and their grownups will explore stories and activities to encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. These 30-to-40-minute programs are designed to promote language and listening skills, expand children’s imaginations and arouse their curiosity about the world around them.
Recently, Woodridge Library hosted a sleepover for stuffed animals.
The event began with the Family Story Time on Saturday, Sept. 15. The kids brought their favorite stuffed animal to participate. When story time was over we made beds for them by decorating shoe boxes, and gave them all felt blankets to stay warm.
Libraries can be interesting places. I know, because I work in one. Thankfully, however, they usually aren't as odd as the ones listed below.
I've always enjoyed the idea of libraries that have interesting little things tucked away, such as the archive at the end of the first Indiana Jones movie, where the Ark of the Covenant is sent to disappear. Here are some of the more interesting libraries I've read about in fiction.
Using different styles of writing can be a great tool for authors who want to mix up the young adult reading scene. In the titles below, each author uses the in verse writing style that delivers less words to arrive at deep emotion, character flaws and pivotal plot points. A reader could interpret this writing style as similar to poetry or symbolic to user interpretation. Do you agree?
Please join us across the city for a three-part structured community dialogue in June 2018.Each dialogue will build on the previous one. And while some may not be able to attend all three dialogues, we are hoping for a core group to be part of all three dialogues so the conversation can deepen over the three weeks. Refreshments will be served at all dialogue sessions.
Young Adult Fiction With Time and Inter-Dimensional Travel
Some of the most thrilling books involve characters operating in multiple time periods to accomplish a personal goal or rectify a dire circumstance. Whether going backward in history, or forward in time, stories that use this literary device become exciting with each layer of anticipation. The following titles feature teens traveling through time or other dimensions to initiate a chain of compelling events.
Young Adult Books with Characters Making Important Decisions
What would you do?
The growth of a young person is often tested by the decisions they make. When the outcome of a choice could have long lasting effects, the question of "What Would You Do" becomes an interesting one. The following young adult books feature lead characters in decision making scenarios where the outcome greatly impacts their lives moving forward.
Teen and Young Adult books with Controversial Themes
Banned Books Week (September 24-30, 2017) is a very popular time for readers everywhere. As our society continues to wrestle with ideas concerning sexuality, violence, social issues, and language within literature, many authors will continue to challenge longstanding opinions about these topics. The following books have been challenged by schools, libraries, and media outlets, drawing controversial attention nationwide.
We all have one, and if we're lucky, we have many more. But birthdays seem particularly special for our youngest readers - a time when everything is new and everybody gets to eat cake. Waiting for that one day a year can seem like it takes forever, but a few books on the topic may get your little ones excited to celebrate or stop them from asking about their presents (at least for a few minutes).
We had awesome participation in our Summer Reading Program at the new Woodridge Library, our first one since opening our beautiful new building last fall.
Although hundreds of children completed the program and earned tickets to see the Washington Nationals, free books, and Chipotle meals, two lucky winners were the recipients of our special raffle prizes- a Kindle Fire and a set of Duplo blocks. Congrats to Eloise and Ethan for being such great readers this summer, and to all those who met their goals and had fun with us!