by Karen Gordon on March 7th, 2014
Does your child have moments like this?
Temper tantrums in the Children’s Room are very common especially among kids between the ages 1-4. This is very distressing for parents. Tantrums happen at the train and Duplo tables, or when it’s time to leave the library, because the library is such a fun place to be! It’s totally understandable why a tantrum would occur.
Children’s librarians witness these meltdowns often; you could say that it goes with the territory. For the most part, we are attuned to the crying, stomping and screaming. However, there are times the crying goes on for what seems like forever… If only we could help.
Why tantrums? Well, toddlers don’t have the communication skills to effectively express how they are feeling. Toddlers are sometimes overwhelmed by all the fun things the library offers. Frustrations in leaving can trigger a meltdown. Tantrums are triggered by other causes: a child is hungry, tired, or trying to test a parent’s limitations. Will a little one have his or her own way by crying loud enough? Giving into tantrums is not a good idea.
How can parents’ effectively help their toddler leave the library peacefully? The link below includes some helpful examples I found when I visited the Mayo Clinic’s web site: “Temper tantrums in toddlers: How to keep the peace.
by Vickie Pasicznyuk on February 26th, 2014
At the Library, we are celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss! Perhaps the most well-known children’s author in history, Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904. His path to becoming an author began with his art. Always doodling, young Ted took only one art class, which he dropped after a reprimand from his teacher. Approaching art by his own rules, he began his career as a cartoonist. His first children’s book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, was rejected 27 times before it was finally published! Adopting the name Dr. Seuss, he wrote and illustrated 44 children’s books, forever changing the appeal of beginning readers for kids. Dr. Seuss is often connected with one of his title characters, The Cat in the Hat.
Seuss had his own private hat collection, with several hundred hats at one time. Twenty-six of them have been displayed at the New York Public Library and are now being exhibited across the country. His collection was the inspiration for The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, which celebrated its 75th anniversary last year.
Join us in celebrating Dr. Seuss. On Thursday, Feb. 27, at 10:30 am, we’ll be having a Dr. Seuss storytime. Check out a book from the Dr. Seuss display in the Children’s Room. And make your own Seuss hat for our Children’s Art Display—What would your hat look like if you were Cat in the Hat?
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 20th, 2014
Do you write poetry? Do you enjoy listening to poetry? Would you like to share your poems with other student poets? If so, the Iowa City Public Library’s Poetry Workshop is for you!
The Library will host its annual Poetry Workshop for student writers in third through sixth grades from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, in meeting room A. The program will be led by Children’s Librarian Katherine Habley.
Registration is required for this event. Registration begins on Saturday, March 1. Class size is limited to 45 people.
To register, visit http://calendar.icpl.org/; call (319) 356-5200; or stop by the Children’s Room desk.
ICPL’s Poetry Workshop is a free event for elementary students in third through sixth grades.
by Karen Gordon on February 19th, 2014
For my outreach visits this month, I’m thinking of spring and the sounds of spring. In spring, Downy Woodpeckers make lots of noise, with their drumming on trees. A fairly new bird book to the ICPL’s Children’s Room came to mind and it is literally a “hole” lot of fun!
Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins is an adorable book about a baby woodpecker. He learns how to peck a hole in a tree from his daddy. Daddy bird encourages his little bird to practice this skill and baby bird gets carried away and pecks holes in just about anything and once he starts, he just can’t stop! “I peck, peck, peck/an eggplant, /a tangerine, /a butter dish, /a nectarine, /a green bean, /a sardine, /and seventeen jelly beans.”
On each page the reader sees cutout holes and the holes get more numerous as the baby woodpecker gets carried away. You’ll have as much fun reading this to your kids as I’ve had reading this delightful story at my outreach visits.
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 19th, 2014
The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate the No School Day on Friday, Feb. 28, with Dangerous Decibels from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in meeting room A.
Presented by Stephanie Mueller, a graduate student in the University of Iowa’s Clinical Audiology Doctoral Program, Dangerous Decibels is a fun and interactive program that teaches children about sound, how we hear, how we can damage our hearing, and how to prevent hearing loss.
“Evidence shows that sound-induced hearing loss is an increasing problem among all age groups,” Mueller says. “Programs targeting children have been shown, in the literature, to be effective in increasing knowledge and awareness of the issue as well as altering attitudes and behaviors regarding hearing loss prevention; however, only a small percentage of people have been educated about healthy hearing.”
Dangerous Decibels is a free program for school-age children.
For more information, contact the Children’s Desk at (319) 887-3400.
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 18th, 2014
The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate the No School Day on Thursday, Feb. 27, with a Snowed in at ICPL event.
School-age children are invited to come to the Library from 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 27 in Meeting Rom A for several winter-themed activities, including an indoor snowball fight and ice skating.
“We thought having typically snow-based activities inside the library would be really fun,” says Casey Lambert, Library Assistant III. “I mean really, who ice skates inside?”
Children also will be asked to help construct an igloo out of empty gallon milk jugs that will remain in the Children’s Room as a unique reading space. Nearly 200 gallon milk jugs will be used for this activity.
“The main purpose of this event is to gets kids out of the house on parent teacher conference day, have them do something fun and different that involves winter but really celebrates the end of snow by using other household items in simulation instead,” Lambert says. “It’s also a really nice way to give kids the space to let off some of that winter and back-to-school steam before spring break.”
Given this year’s frigid temperatures, Lambert says cabin fever levels are high, so she hopes the area’s school-age children will take advantage of an afternoon activity that celebrates winter and creativity, and allows them to see a different side of the Library.
“Our younger audience has the opportunity for library events every week with storytimes and special guests, but those kids in school can be overlooked in our rush to draw early readers and lifelong patrons,” Lambert says. “That’s why I scheduled the event for the afternoon, in hopes that we could get some of the older elementary students to participate.”
Snowed in at ICPL is a free event for students who attend elementary school. Pre-registration isn’t required.
For more information, contact Casey Lambert, Library Assistant III, at (319) 887-6028.
by Morgan Reeves on February 7th, 2014
If you are looking for a fun kids mystery to drive away the winter blues, look no further. Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs is a middle grade romp set against the backdrop of FunJungle, a brand new mega zoo in Texas. When Henry the Hippo, the beloved mascot of FunJungle, turns up dead, 12 year-old Teddy Fitzroy suspects foul play. He soon discovers Henry was not as popular with some of the zoo staff as he was with the adoring public. Teddy’s search for clues takes readers behind the scenes at the zoo, into exhibits and sometimes into danger. As his suspect list grows, it seems like the only people he can really trust are his parents, who support him and believe him, even when other adults dismiss him as just a kid. Help from a new friend and an apparent betrayal leads to a chaotic but satisfying conclusion. Can you figure out whodunit before Teddy?
Poached, a sequel to be released in April, finds Teddy starting the school year as the new kid, with few friends and a knack for getting into trouble. Getting on the wrong side of the school bully seems bad but when the newest animal to FunJungle is koala-napped, Teddy finds himself in real trouble as all the evidence points to him. He’ll need all the help he can get from his friends and parents if he is going to clear his name and catch the real criminal. These mysteries are as funny as they are full of interesting facts about animals and zoos.
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 24th, 2014
Parents, are you looking for something entertaining for you and your children? Come to the Iowa City Public Library on Sunday for Sunday Fun Day!
Sunday Fun Days feature fun activities for families to enjoy together in the Children’s Room. Each Sunday Fun Day has a theme, with stories, crafts, or games to celebrate it.
Sunday Fun Day happens every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month. That afternoon is reserved for Sit, Stay, R.E.A.D. with Therapy Dogs of Johnson County.
“Sunday Fun Days allow families to enjoy each other and give our staff a chance to be creative,” says Vickie Pasicznyuk, children’s services coordinator.
Upcoming Sunday Fun Day events include:
- Jan. 26 Board Game Extravaganza: Escape the winter blues with games with friends.
- Feb. 9 Valentine Fun: Listen to Valentine’s Day stories and make some crafts.
- Feb. 16 Library Olympics: Get into the spirit of the Winter Olympic Games with games and a craft.
- Feb. 23 Lincoln Logs: Celebrate President Lincoln’s birth month with Lincoln Log creations.
All Sunday Fun Day events begin at 2 p.m.
For more information, visit the Library’s calendar at calendar.icpl.org or call the children’s desk at (319) 887-3402.
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