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Final Days to Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass

Museum Adventure Program passes will be available until September 23, 2011 to check out. Museums will accept passes until September 30, 2011.

The 2012 program will run from Memorial Day until Labor Day.

Online Storytime: Weather

Miss Marianne and Miss Kristel tell stories and sing a song all about clouds, rain, and the Sun.

Farewell, Miss Kristen

It is with greatly mixed emotions that we bid a fond farewell to our Children's, Tween & Teen Services Program Specialist, Kristen Kostielney. Kristen will be leaving us in September to take a position as a head start teacher with the Campagna Center in Alexandria, Virginia. Please join us in celebrating the nearly 21 years Kristen has spent with CPL and wishing her all the best with a farewell reception on Thursday, September 15 from 5:00-6:30PM in the Purple Room.

Kristen's departure opens up a position here at the library and we are currently accepting applications for the Children's, Tween & Teen Services Program Specialist position.

Where Did the Puppets Go?

The puppets in the Children's Department will be unavailable for checkout beginning Wednesday, August 31, 2011. The puppets will be getting some much needed TLC before school starts, to keep them in the best shape possible for everyone to enjoy. The puppets will be available again after the Labor Day holiday. Thank you for your understanding!

School

Enjoy some easy-to-read stories to get yourself ready to go back to school. Listed below are some of our newer arrivals. You can read them to yourself, or share with a school buddy. Happy reading!

Katie and the class pet by Fran Manushkin; illustrated by Tammie Lyon

The Smurfs: off to school! by Peyo

Class picture day by written by Margaret McNamara; illustrated by Mike Gordon

Welcome to Kindergarten

Are you going to kindergarten in September? Are you a little nervous about going to school for the first time? Come to this special storytime, just for you and your caregiver! This fun Welcome to Kindergarten programming will take place on Augut 24, 2011 from 2:00 to 2:45PM. Registration starts August 10, 2011 for children going into Kindergarten and their Caregivers.

J300-399—Come Visit Us

Are you looking for something fun and exciting to read? Well, look no more, have we got the section for you. Check out the J Nonfiction 300 to 399 section for all sorts of great reads including folktales, fairytales, environmental topics, career books, government books, Boy Scout badge books, Girl Scout books, and so much more. See you there!

First and Second Grade Book Group Registration

Guess what kids? Registration for the First and Second Grade Book discussion starts Thursday, August 4, 2011! Seats are limited so be sure to sign up. This month we are reading Uh-oh Cleo by Jessica Harper. Don't forget to pick up your book at the Children's Reference Desk after you register. Book group will meet on Thursday, August 18, 2011 from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m.

Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator!

Hooray for Amanda & her alligator! by words and pictures by Mo Willems — Who can resist a book by Mo Willems? Not me! Here we find Amanda and her alligator friend, who is not that great at being patient but is tremendously talented at being hilarious and entertaining. The illustrations here are in Willems' trademark deceptively simple style and will draw you in no matter what your age. Don't miss this one!

J200 — Religion and Spirituality

Are you looking for something different? Interested in Mythology or Religion? The J200-299's are the collection for you. Come and explore Mythology from all over the world including, Greek Myths, Roman Myths, and Norse Myths. Learn more about your own Religion or delve into someone else's. Enjoy!

Jazz for Kids

Looking for some music to help the kids chill out on these very hot days? Try some Jazz. Cool Jazz for Kids and Disney Songs the Satchmo Way are just two of the great selections of Jazz for kids. Classic crooners like Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong are some of the artists that will help your family beat the heat. More selections are available in the Children's Department. Stay cool!

Outdoor Stories

Hey Families,
We're going to have a family program outside this summer with stories, songs/activities. Bring a blanket and a snack and be prepared to join in. You can even get an entertainment badge for this in our Connect Your Summer program. The program will be July 20, from 10:00 to 10:45AM.

Readers

Keep your eyes on the New Book Shelf in the Children's Department for new readers. We have new easy-to-read arrivals for all tastes! Whether it's Elephant and Piggie, Martha Speaks, Superman, or Little Critter, you're sure to find something you love. Check out some of the new reader selections listed below.

Martha camps out by adaptation by Karen Barss; based on a TV series teleplay written by Melissa Stephenson and Raye Lankford

A green, green garden by Mercer Mayer

Summer Reading

Summer is a great time of year for some fun, easy reading. We hope all kids and families are taking advantage of a little leisure time this summer by catching up on some great books. Reading is fun to do with others as well. Parents can read to kids, kids can read to parents, and siblings can read to each other. And don't forget about grandparents and babysitters. You also have the advantage in the summer of broadening your reading corners. Try reading on a raft in the pool, under a shady tree, or in a tent. Check out reading categories in Connect your Summer. Happy Summer Reading!

Paper Airplane Contest

Place your bets: Which airplane will go the farthest? Come to the Great Paper Airplane Contest of 2011 on July 21, 11:00AM-Noon to see if you guessed right and to create and fly your own planes.

Fun with Pets

Kids, have you always wanted a pet but didn't know how to take care of it? Do you have a pet but want to learn more about bonding with your four-legged friend? Come to our Fun with Pets Program on July 25, 2011 from 4:00 to 4:45PM. We'll have fun hanging out with a local vet, learning about pets, making a fun craft, and having a yummy snack. Registration starts July 11, 2011 and is open to Children ages 3-5 years old and their caregiver. Can't wait to see you!

Where in the World?

Hey kids! Are you curious about the world around you? What are some of those crazy landmarks we have? Come to our Where in the World program on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 from 7:00 to 7:45PM and have a fun time learning about landmarks both here and in other countries. We'll do some trivia, eat a tasty snack, and make some creative crafts. Registration starts June 29 and is open to Children ages 5 years to 8 years-old with a Caregiver. See you there!

J100 — Some Weird Stuff!

The J100-199 section of Children's Non-fiction has a lot going on! We have a wide range of topics including the Supernatural (witches, ghosts), Optical Illusions, Feelings, Friendship, and Death. Stop on by and enjoy!

First and Second Grade Book Group

Attention kids going into First or Second Grade! Join us for our book group on August 18, 2011. This month's book selection is Uh-Oh Cleo by Jessica Harper. Registration begins on August 4, 2011. After you register, be sure to stop at the Children's Reference Desk to pick up your copy of the book.

Cookbooks and More

Cookbooks for Kids

Banana split pizza and other snack recipes by Heather E. Schwartz

Batter Up Kids: sensational snacks by Barbara Beery; photography by Marty Snortum

Children's quick & easy cookbook by Angela Wilkes