November 8, 2018 | Thorndyke
There's two fun new series about animals that I'd like to share with you. Each book combines simple clues with photographs, and then you guess the animal. Some of the animals are familiar, but others are strange, and some are easier to guess from the photographs. I would recommend them to anyone who likes guessing games, or who is just beginning to read. You can look up the books under the series titles: Guess What or Zoo Clues 2. If you check them out, don't forget to tell me which ones you guessed.
November 5, 2018 | strande
Did you miss our Hippopotamus Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to have a hippopotastic storytime at home!
A basic nonfiction introduction to the amazing hippopotamus.
September 25, 2017 | strande
In case you missed our giraffe storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras for sharing your own very tall and fast storytime at home.
Bertie the giraffe oversleeps and becomes separated from his herd, but a new friend helps him get home and gives him a new perspective in the process.
April 21, 2017 | Thorndyke
You may have seen or heard the news that we have new eggs in our library nest. Mother ducks were spotted laying eggs in our Children's Department courtyard again, and if all goes well we look forward to welcoming baby ducks. While we wait for further action, might I suggest looking for a few ducky stories? Some recommendations - both fiction and nonfiction - are below. If you find one you especially enjoy, I bet the ducks in the courtyard (or me, the big friendly bear right next to them) might enjoy listening to you read it.
Introduces wood ducks, describing their life cycle, physical characteristics, diet, and behaviors.
October 1, 2016 | strande
If you missed our Lion-themed Storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to inspire a roaring good storytime that you can do at home.
Young children are natural problem solvers and always looking for answers, especially when it involves animals. Using the photos and text, readers rely on visual literacy skills, reading, and reasoning as they solve the animal mystery. Clearly written facts give readers a deeper understanding of how the animal lives. More in this fun series can be found in the nonfiction collection.
January 26, 2016 | visnawj
Unleash your creativity when you envision unusual animal combinations at Animal Mash-Up on Saturday, February 20, 2:00-3:00 PM. In the spirit of Wallace Edwards' Unnatural Selections, we'll create drawings/collages that combine multiple animals in new forms, like a rhino with butterfly wings or a rabbit with a t-rex head. Plus, we'll learn about real-world critters that feature unusual sets of physical features. This program is for ages 5-12 and registration is required, beginning January 26.