Kids

Many books that hold poetry live on the nonfiction shelves between J808.81J811 and J821, but don't forget that poems live all over the library. Below are a few illustrated poems that require a little more exploration to find. While all are located within the Children's Department, they may have a wider appeal. Click on each title for location and availability information.

 

Simple poetic language and close-up photographs invite readers to join two fireflies as they try to find each other among the many flashing firefly lights on a summer evening.

The land of nod by Robert Louis Stevenson

A young boy explores the magical dreamworld he goes to when he falls asleep.

If- by Rudyard Kipling

The famously inspirational poem written by Rudyard Kipling in 1895, which first appeared in a 1910 collection of short stories and poems, is here accompanied by illustrations.

Learn about real life poets and their work. The stories included below are roughly listed by increasing depth and complexity. While these books are located in the Children's Department, there is a strong possibility that they may appeal to a wider audience.

Maya Angelou by Lisbeth Kaiser

Offers an illustrated telling of the life of Maya Angelou that focuses on how she overcame childhood trauma and realized her dream and became one of the world's most beloved writers and speakers.

Presents the life and work of the twentieth-century American writer, focusing on his fascination with words from a young age and highlighting his poetry's inspirational properties.

A beautiful story that folds poetry and history into recent events, resurrecting the work of Misuzu Kaneko and bringing the gentle grace of her poems to a new generation.

Visit with Little Critter

Little Critter will be the star of this opening program for the connect your summer season. This enduring, classic character created by Mercer Mayer, takes any ordinary day and turns it into an adventure. Stories, activities and crafts will all be part of the fun. Designed for children ages 3-7. Registration begins May 25.

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K Club - Getting Ready for Kindergarten

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Are you starting school this year? Are you excited? Come meet new friends, listen to reassuring stories, and explore our back to school sensory table. It will be a great way to start out your new school year. K Club is for children ages 4-6. Registration begins July 25.

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May the 4th Celebration

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars AND Star Wars day with our May the 4th be With You Celebration. There will be Star Wars themed crafts, games, and coloring. Dress up as your favorite character and get your picture taken with a Star Wars guest. Drop in between 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm and enjoy crafts while supplies last. 

For all ages, no registration.

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NPM Poster

Join us to celebrate National Poetry Month and pick up an activity sheet at one of our reference desks during the month of April. It's a great way to reacquaint yourself with favorite poets or introduce yourself to something new. Don't limit yourself to just April, though. Use our poetry suggestions below to enjoy poetry all year long.

Most poetry books can be found in the nonfiction shelves in the 800s - in the Children's, Teen, or Adult Collection. Other suggestions for exploring poetry are included below. 

 

 

Lego Bingo Challenge

Come join us for two hours of creative play and building with our collection of Lego and Duplo Blocks. Participants can free play or complete our Lego Bingo Challenge.

The Lego Bingo Challenge

  • had three difficulty levels
  • can be completed individually or as a group
  • finish three challenges in a row or diagonally
  • turn in for a prize drawing*

 

For all ages, no registration required.

 

*One prize awarded per entry drawn. Winners will be contacted by phone or email. 

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Family Storytime

Storytime

Family Storytime provides an opportunity for caregivers to actively engage with their children under age 5. Together with a Youth Librarian, you can build early literacy skills in a welcoming environment through meaningful stories, songs, and play. Encourage a love of language and reading while practicing listening and cooperative tasks. We look forward to sharing this experience with you. Every Family Storytime is followed by a half hour of ABC Activity Time. No registration required.

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