Children's blog

Summer Reading Club

Our Summer Reading Club is just around the corner! No matter what age, the library has a club for you. All programs will run from June 1st to August 13th. Earn prizes while enjoying great reads! A special kickoff party will be held on Friday, June 4th, from 10-11 a.m., and will feature live music and fun. Also, be among the first 350 people to join us at the downtown SUBWAY restaurant between 7:30 and 9:30 that same morning and enjoy a free “Reader’s Choice” breakfast sandwich. We hope to see you there!

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Reading Buddies Volunteers

Are you a teenager looking for a volunteer opportunity this summer? Do you like working with kids? Than the Reading Buddies program is perfect for you. You can gain experience working with kids, get community service hours, and even get a free t-shirt!

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Mark Twain and Show Me Awards Announced

Deep & Dark & Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn has been named the Mark Twain Award winner for 2010.

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Teen Volunteers Wanted...

Are you a teenager looking for a volunteer opportunity this summer? Do you like working with kids? Than the Reading Buddies program is perfect for you. You can gain experience working with kids, get community service hours, and even get a free t-shirt!

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National Library Week

This week is National Library Week. National Library Week is an annual celebration of the contributions of our nations libraries and librarians. We will be celebrating National Library Week here at MRRL and would like to invite you to join us.

FRIDAY, APRIL 16: 11 A.M.-1 P.M.
PATRON APPRECIATION DAY:

Join us at the library for food and fun! Let us show our appreciation to you, our patrons, by giving you a free hot dog, chips and a soda. There will be fun and games, you can tour the bookmobile and keep an eye out for Dewey The Library Dog!

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National Poetry Month

Each year April is set aside as National Poetry Month; it is a time to celebrate poets and their craft. National Poetry Month was started in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. You can find out more about National Poetry Month and the Academy of American Poets at Poets.org.

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Language Arts Kits

Spring has sprung and so has our Parent Teacher Collection. We have added a Language Arts Section (in the hanging blue-handled bags) to the room. You will now find 4 kits dealing with writing. One of the kits is from the Institute for Excellence in Writing and contains four DVDs, along with teacher notes and student handouts. The other 3 kits are called Writing Strands Levels 2, 3 and 4. These three books offer writing exercises, skill building and skill mastery. Keep an eye open for some of our new kits that will be coming out soon.

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Lexile and Accelerated Reader

Are you looking for the Lexile number or Accelerated Reader points for a book? Do you need a book with a specific Lexile or AR rating? We have links to the Lexile and Accelerated Reader websites on the Kids page. The links are under the Recommended Sites list - Books and Reading: http://www.mrrl.org/content/books-and-reading. Please take a moment to browse all the other recommended sites on our website.

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Booklists

Looking for something new to read? Do you have a favorite subject or type of book? Do you not know what to read next? We can help. The staff in the Children's Department has created a bunch of booklists to help you find exactly what you are looking for.

You can find the booklists on our website on the Kids page under Booklists on the menu. We have general booklists for everybody and we have divided the booklists by younger readers, older readers, grade level and readalikes.

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Let us know how we are doing

The Programming/Children's Services Focus Group will be held on Thursday, March 4th at 4 pm in the MRRL Art Gallery. We would like your thoughts on how we are doing and what you would like to see the Library offer in the Children's Department.

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