Thursday, 10 August 2017 16:11

Birds of Paris


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Our Birds of Paris Children's program on Saturday 22 July featured information about 9 different bird species that reside in our city including the Great Spotted Woodpecker, Rose-Ringed Parakeet and, of course, the ever-abundant Common Wood Pigeon. Program participants learned about the birds' diets and nesting materials, listened to their calls, and even did a little indoor bird sighting.  

We read these great books during the program (all available at the Library):

Bird Talk: What Birds are Saying and Why by Lita Judge

Bird by David Burnie

Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward

Birds by Joy Richardson

Froodle by Antoinette Portis


There are more than 200 different bird species that live in and around Paris. If you would like to learn more about them, have a look at these books and websites:

Birds of Europe by Lars Svensson

The Life of Birds by David Attenborough



Published in Kids and Teens
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 16:09

Teen Author Smash Review

 Our Teen Author Smash was a success! OK we might be a bit biased but we think everyone who attended enjoyed the evening. Our staff, volunteers and the 24 authors who participated certainly did. In total about 100 people were packed into our Reading Room for the event and if you weren’t one of them you missed an exciting evening.

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Authors Amy Plum, Brodi Ashton, Lenore Appelhans, Jeanette Battista, Jessica Brody, Tera Lynn Childs, Zoraida Cordova, Bree Despain, Corinne Duyvis, Kevin Emerson, Molly Harper, J.R. Johansson, Morgan Matson, Claire Merle, Kate Ormand, Crystal Perkins, Mark Pett, Tom Pollock, Lissa Price, Carina Rozenfeld, Lori Ann Stephens, Amy Tintera, Tioka Tokedira and Emma Trevayne were all in attendance! While some are based in France, most came from America or the UK while one author came from Germany and another from the Netherlands! We were very excited that they could all come – most from very far away – and that they all wanted to spend time at the Library and take part in our event while visiting Paris.

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Before the event our teen volunteers, Julien Dupin, Maddie Lee, Julia Brahy, Julia Connelly, Francis Botwey, Erik Stylianidi, Molly Griffiths, Jinny Hur and Marina Vernick met all the authors “backstage” at the Library and gave each a personalized tour of the Library. Our teens were very excited to be taking center stage and we were very happy to let them.

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Library Director Charles Trueheart opened the event before handing over to our Children’s and young adult services Manager Celeste Rhoads and author Amy Plum who organized the evening. Celeste and Amy ran through the events program and explained the event before the Library’s Teen Writing Group Members took over hosting the event. Maddie  was first up to introduce the first 5 authors and time their speed reading. Julia B, Julia C, Francis and Erik then took turns to introduce authors and time them reading 1 minute of their work they had chosen to share. When the buzzer rung time was up! An entertaining part of the Speed Reading was “Authorstrator” Mark Pett ‘reading’ his wordless book “The Boy and the Airplane”. Once each author had been introduced and read their excerpt we moved onto the question part of the evening.

IMG 0850 598x800(Authorstrator Mark Pett "reading" his picture book)

Our authors were all good sports, taking a turn in our ‘hot seats’ to answer questions after being picked at random out of a hat by teen volunteers Molly, Jinny, Erik and Marina. The Teens asked questions about how the authors got published or why they started writing and the authors had to answer in less than one minute. The question ‘Are you a Plotter or Pantser?’ (whether the writers plot out their story or see where the story takes them) got some great responses. Carina Rozenfeld stated “I like my character to take my hand and show me the way” and Tioka Tokedira gave the advice that “There’s nothing wrong with exploring whatever is the best way to get your project done”. Any budding authors in our audience got some great advice from our authors’ answers.

IMG 0867 800x598(Guest authors in the "hot seats")

We then picked a question submitted by a member of our audience out of a hat which the authors then had to answer in 5 words or less. This was the tricky part of the evening but very enjoyable! Serious thought had to be given to answer quickly but concisely when on the spot! Our audience members’ whose questions were picked were given prizes kindly donated by the authors.

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There were more prizes to be won for audience members who completed our Scavenger Hunt filling in fun facts about each author that were hidden on their name cards. After all of our questions were answered the audience members had time to get their books signed by the authors and speak to them one on one.

This was the most exciting part of the evening for fans that came to meet their favorite authors. We even had fans come from the Netherlands especially for the event! A special big thank you goes to our all volunteers who helped with the event and especially to the teens who did such an amazing job hosting the majority of the evening!

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If you missed the event we have more of the fantastic pictures taken throughout the night by staff members and volunteers that have been posted on our Teen Facebook page  and our Twitter page so you can check them out! If you’re interested in any of the books by the authors that attended we have lots of them available in the Library YA section to check out. Also keep an eye on our program for the authors we have hosting our Teen Writing Group – you may recognize some familiar names and faces, and our other great events for children and teens.
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Published in Kids and Teens

Rock 'n' Read
Summer Reading Club 2014

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As part of the Rock 'n' Read Summer Reading Club 2014, Celeste Rhoads, the Children and Young Adults' Services manager, has put together a reading list for children that is inspired by music, songwriters and singers. Come and check them out at the Library!

And be sure to take part in the Summer Reading Club. Stop by the Children’s and Young Adults’ Services desk to pick up your summer reading club card anytime after 7 June. Check off one of the boxes on the card for each day that you read 30 minutes or more (reading aloud and/or being read to by a parent counts too!). When all of the boxes are checked off, drop the card off in the Children's Library to enter to win one of our fabulous prizes, then pick up a new card and begin again.

Prizes Include: Gift cards, books, bookmarks, games, candy, and more!

We’ll be selecting one winner every Saturday from 7 June through 13 September. Everyone who turns in at least one completed card will receive a prize at our summer reading club finale on Saturday 13 September.

Happy reading!

Rock 'N' Read summer reading list for children:

Befiddled by Pedro de Alcantara
Will Beck be able to lose her fears and play what's in her heart?

Harlem Summer by Walter Dean Myers
Mark is a teenager growing up during the Harlem Renaissance and has encounters with famous gangsters, writers, and musicians.

The Grateful Fred by Greg Trine
Child superhero Melvin tries to figure out who has it in for the hot new band, The Grateful Fred.

Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine
Dave is an inquisitive Jewish boy who lives in an orphanage by day and enjoys the Harlem Renaissance scene by night.

When the Beat was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill
DJ Kool Herc spins records for a back-to-school party and goes on to invent a music that would define a whole culture for generations to come.

Scott Joplin by Katherine K. Preston
Ragtime music was regarded as low class and unrefined, until Scott Joplin came along.

I,Q: Independence Hall by Roland Smith
Q's mom and Angela's dad get married and then go on a concert tour, only to be watched and followed.

Who was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Did you know Mozart composed his first piece of music at just five years old? Learn more about his life with this book!

Handel, Who Knew What He Liked by M.T. Anderson
Handel was quite a character, sneaking things behind his father's back and battling with his best friend.

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis
Growing up behind the Iron Curtain, Sis learned about beat poetry, rock ’n’ roll, blue jeans, and Coca-Cola.

Oscar: The Life and Music of Oscar Peterson by Reva Marin
Oscar Peterson came a long way from his humble beginnings in Montreal to becoming a leading player in the international jazz scene.

The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse
Mila is a girl raised by dolphins and must choose between two worlds.

Small Steps by Louis Sachar
Armpit is home in Austin, Texas, trying to turn his life around with small steps.

The Voice That Changed a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman
Marian Anderson's voice is described as one that is heard only once in a hundred years, and she uses it to bring an end to segregation.

Published in Library News
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 11:27

Story Hour: We Know Our ABCs and 123s!

You'll often hear us signing the alphabet song at Story Hour, but did you know we had a whole Story Hour theme on ABCs and 123s? All the books were about counting and the alphabet! We laughed at the interrupting moose in one of our new favorites, Z is for Moose. The ducks in Quack and Count helped us practice counting and learn some addition while we were at it. Back to Front and Upside Down! showed us how it's OK to ask for help writing your words and letters, and we all laughed at the silly words in Dr. Seuss's ABC. Finally, In My Garden: A Counting Book let us count all the way from one watering can to 233 peas (some of them wearing glasses!).

Covers - ABCs and 123s

Here's hoping to see you at the next Story Hour for more fun books, songs, and a craft! Upcoming dates are listed on our Events Calendar for Kids.

-- Guest blogger and Children's Library Intern Rebecca O'Neil

Published in Just for Kids
Monday, 22 July 2013 14:00

Dinosaurs Galore!

If you heard roaring in the Children's Library recently, your ears weren't deceiving you. It was our Story Hour about dinosaurs! Eager participants aged 3-5 got their nametags and found a comfortable spot to sing, spell, and listen together to books about their favorite giant lizards.

Dinosaurs Galore covers

Some loved the bright collages in Bob Barner's Dinosaur Bones, while others imagined all that got eaten in the nonfiction book Dinosaur Dinners. Kids always recognize themselves in Jane Yolen's How Do Dinosaurs...? series, and this week's pick, How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?, was no exception. But perhaps the biggest hit of the day was Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs, which brings together two of the most popular topics of all!

And once the books wrapped up, the kids did a dinosaur-themed craft: they colored and customized their own dinosaurs and outlined them with glued-down yarn. Check out how much Nelson improved this simple beginning of an idea!

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Here's hoping to see you at the next Story Hour for more fun books, songs, and a craft! Upcoming dates are listed on our Events Calendar for Kids.

-- Guest blogger and Children's Library Intern Rebecca O'Neil, currently reading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In a Ship of Her Own Making

Published in Just for Kids