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Digital Programs

The library is still programming! Check out these cool digital events for kids. Some programs require registration. 

Celebrate Children's Book Week May 4-9

Once Upon a Time Challenge

Choose one of the prompts below (or create your own!) and write the opening paragraph of an original story.

  1. Once upon a time, a young girl woke up and discovered she was going invisible!
  2. Once upon a time, a soccer ball bounced into a dark cave and disappeared.
  3. Once upon a time, a lonely dog followed a child home.
  4. Once upon a time, the tree in the backyard started talking.
  5. Once upon a time, a young boy’s family won the lottery.

 

 

Children's Book Trivia

Reader's Theater

What's more fun that reading a great story? Seeing that story come to life! Readers' theater allows readers of all ages to make stories come off the page using dynamic reading, body language and acting. No costumes, sets or lines to memorize. All you have to do is read a simple story aloud (with feeling!) and have fun.

There are many different resources available online where you can find readers' theater scripts. Be careful--many of these sites want you to pay for access to the scripts and some websites are not secure. Below, we have linked to two trusted sources where you can find free, easy to download scripts to use.

Don't want to download a script? No problem! Any of your favorite books at home can become readers' theater scripts by following a few tips:

  1. Choose a story where a few scenes tell you about most of the major plot points. Don't choose anything too complicated.
  2. Pick a section of the story with great dialog that gives the reader a feel for who the characters are and why they're interesting.
  3. You can have a general narrator but avoid including long, descriptive passages.
  4. Choose a scene or scenes that flow smoothly and where there is a balance of different characters so nobody has to read for too long.
  5. Feel free to make minor adjustments and edits to the story to make things flow better or to shorten them. Aim to be faithful to the essence of the story, not the actual text as written by the author.
  6. Model expressive reading with children before jumping into the scene so that everyone is comfortable.
  7. Practice, practice, practice!
  8. Be silly and allow for lots of happy accidents and mistakes. In readers' theater, the journey really is the destination.

Library Scavenger Hunt

School-Age Storytimes and Resources

Thank you to Abrams Books for Young Readers for allowing us to share this story with you. Join Ms. Cristina as she shares an inspiring story about a young girl who uses her passion for engineering to solve problems in her life..

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