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ICPL Announces February Crazy 8s Math Club Programs

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 1st, 2017

Join the national movement to make math the cool thing to do after school by attending Iowa City Public Library’s Crazy 8s Math Club. This fun and educational program for elementary students in kindergarten through second grade meets from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Storytime Room every Tuesday.

Crazy 8s from the Bedtime Math Foundation is designed to get kids fired up about math. Participants will build things, run and jump, make music – even make a mess – while making new friends and increasing their understanding of math.

Registration isn’t required and participants don’t need to attend every club meeting – but they’ll probably want to!

Here’s what we have planned for February:

February 7: Funky Fractals

Get funky with patterns and mazes! Create crazy patterns with wax sticks, and connect them to make a giant version. Then design your own waxy maze to stump your friends.

February 14: Walk on the Wild Side

How do ladybugs, crabs and lizards run so fast with all those extra legs? They use math! We’ll run, walk and gallop like animals to learn some fancy footwork.

February 21: Super-Cube Shuffle

Math and art collide when you use specially colored cubes to create cool designs. After a round of design copy mania, you’ll be a super-cube pro!

February 28: Epic Air Traffic Control

This week we will build an Epic Air Traffic Control: Build your own airport, complete with finger-light airplanes and glow stick runways. Use your math skills to land all the planes safely!

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Celebrates One Year

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 30th, 2017

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate the first year of its 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program during a special storytime Saturday, February 11, at 10:30 a.m. in the Storytime Room.img_0110

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten encourages parents and caregivers to read 1,000 books to children before they start kindergarten. In doing so, they strengthen a child’s language skills and build their vocabulary — two important tools for beginning readers.

The Library launched the program in February of 2016. Join us as we celebrate our first birthday, as well as the children who reached their 1,000 Books goal. These participants will receive a special certificate to celebrate their “graduation.” We’ll also kickoff our second year of the program, so be sure to stop by, sign up and have some cake, too.

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And the Award Goes To….

by Angela Pilkington on January 25th, 2017

This is the season for awards. The Grammys, the Oscars, but most thrilling of all, the ALA YMAs. What is that you ask? They are American Library Association Youth Media Awards, and they were announced this past Monday.

The oldest of these awards are the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature and the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

I am always excited to learn who wins the Coretta Scott King, Robert F. Sibert and Theodor Geisel awards, too.

The 2017 Newbery winner is The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill. Is about Luna, whose magical
abilities are emerging, who was raised in the forest by a witch, a swamp monster, and a dragon, but when a young man from the Protectorate is determined to kill the witch, Luna must use her magic to protect her family.

 

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat,” illustrated and written by Javaka Steptoe is the 2017 Caldecott Medal winner and also the winner of the 2017 Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award.   The book presents the life of the artist, who was inspired as a child by a book of anatomy given to him by his mother after being injured in a car crash.

 

The 2017 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent affirms new talent and offers visibility for excellence in writing and/or illustration at the beginning of a career as a published African-American creator of children’s books.  This year’s winner is Nicola Yoon for “The Sun Is Also a Star”.  Is about Natasha, whose family is hours away from being deported, and Daniel, a first generation Korean American who strives to live up to his parents’ expectations, unexpectedly fall in love and must determine which path they will choose in order to be together.

The complete list of winners and honorees is available here. Take a look to see which of these honored books you might enjoy sharing with your children.

 

 

Storytime Recap: Music and Movement

by Morgan Reeves on January 14th, 2017
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With the winter cold in full effect, cabin fever is setting in. It’s hard to work out all of your energy when you’re stuck inside. So today we explored all the different movements our bodies can make, then jumped, wiggled , and danced to the beat.

We started off with our welcome song, “Clap Everybody and Say Hello” by Kathy Reid-Naiman. We kept things musical and followed the directions in the song “Bodies 1-2-3” by Peter & Ellen Allard. To keep things moving we went through the action rhyme “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.” Then we found out how animals move in the book Move by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page.

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Stuffed Animal Sleepover at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 10th, 2017

Hey kids, you have a slumber party with your stuffed animal every night, but what if they had one with their stuffed friends? What adventures would they have when you aren’t looking? What trouble would they get into? Find out at the Iowa City Public Library’s Preschool Storytime: Stuffed Animal Sleepover!stuffed-animal-sleepover

Bring one of your stuffed animals and join us for storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on either January 18 or January 19 in the Storytime Room. We’ll read books and sing songs, but when it’s time to go, your stuffed friend stays behind to spend the night at the Library!

Be sure to come back to ICPL the next day to pick up your friend. We’ll even have photos showing what the “stuffies” got up to while not sleeping at their slumber party. Children who attend the January 18 storytime will pick up their friend on January 19. Preschoolers who come to the January 19 storytime will come back for their stuffed animal on January 20. Please note that if you can’t reclaim your friend on either of those days, the Library will hold on to them until your next visit.

Parents, we suggest your child bring a stuffed animal he or she is comfortable leaving behind for a night.

The Library’s preschool storytime is recommended for children between the ages of three and five. Younger and older siblings are welcome to attend, too.

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Learn about food with Green Iowa AmeriCorps at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 9th, 2017

Green Iowa AmeriCorps will be at the Iowa City Public Library from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 21, for a special program for children in kindergarten through third grades.

“Where Does your Food Come From?” will explore local, regional and exotic foods, with samples for kids to try. Representatives from Green Iowa AmeriCorps will talk about where food comes from and the steps it takes before it arrives on kids’ dinner plates. Participants will make a craft and receive seeds to take home to nurture throughout the winter months, then plant in the spring.

Registration is required for this program. Register online here, or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL to Host Crazy 8s Math Club for Kids

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 4th, 2017

Join the national movement to make math the cool thing to do after school by attending Iowa City Public Library’s Crazy 8s Math Club.

Beginning January 10, this fun and educational program for elementary students in kindergarten through second grade meets from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Storytime Room every Tuesday.

Crazy 8s from the Bedtime Math Foundation is designed to get kids fired up about math. Participants will build things, run and jump, make music – even make a mess – while making new friends and increasing their understanding of math.

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Drum Roll, Please…

by Casey Maynard on January 3rd, 2017

Image result for caldecott medal pngThe votes have been tallied with more than 100 cast for our Mock Caldecott nominees. Of the fifteen titles chosen we are naming one winner and five honor books as there was a tie for the fourth space. Without any further ado, let’s get to which titles you chose to represent ICPL’s first Mock Caldecott Award.

And the Winner is…

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ICPL Staff Top Picks for 2016: Children’s

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 25th, 2016

“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.” — Frank Serafini

If your child is searching for their favorite book, or looking for a new title to add to a growing list of beloved stories, check out our favorite children’s books of 2016.

ICPL’s BEST CHILDREN’S BOOKS OF 2016childrens-room

  • Thunder Boy Jr by Sherman Alexie
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • Have You Seen Elephant by David Barrow
  • Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
  • Eek! Halloween! by Sandra Boynton
  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  • The Goblin’s Puzzle by Andrew S. Chilton
  • Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole
  • Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
  • Dragon Was Terrible by Kelly DiPucchio
  • Together by Emma Dodd
  • The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan
  • Bear & Hare — Where’s Bear? By Emily Gravett
  • The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield
  • Hotel Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
  • Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle
  • We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen
  • I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy
  • The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
  • Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
  • Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer
  • Pax by Sara Pennypacker
  • They All Saw a Cat by Brenden Wenzel
  • Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
  • Little Red by Bethan Woollvin

Fresh Picks: Middle Grade Fiction

by Morgan Reeves on December 20th, 2016
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Take a break from the winter cold and enjoy these new titles aimed at kids in 4th-7th grades. Mostly realistic fiction with some hints of mystery and speculative science themes, these will appeal to readers who relate best to real world issues.

First, check out The Best Man by Richard Peck. What do you want to be when you grow up? Archer isn’t quite sure, but he has a pretty good idea of who he wants to be. He’s picked out some role models to emulate in his family; his grandfather, father and favorite uncle. He’s even found a fantastic teacher to look up to. As middle school starts, Archer tackles all of the surprises and changes that come his way with humor and a love for the Chicago Cubs.

 

Check out The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz  for an eye-opening look at the hardships refugees and immigrants face as they look for a safer future. Jaime lives in Guatemalan village with his close-knit family. Life would be fine if it weren’t for the violent gang that controls the whole town. When his cousin is killed and a target placed on Jaime’s back, his family sends him on the dangerous and illegal journey through Mexico to the United States.

 

 

Take a look at The Wolf Keepers by Elise Broach for fast-paced adventure for animal lovers. Lizzie has grown up with a love for all animals, as her father is a zookeeper. She often accompanies him to work and considers the John Muir Wildlife Park a second home. Her life takes a turn for the adventurous when she meets Tyler, runaway who has been living in the zoo. He’s sure something strange is going on at the zoo after dark, and asks Lizzie for help figuring out the mystery. Soon they end up running for their lives in the wilderness of Yosemite National Park.




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