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LEGO Club “Monsters”

This quote from a favorite blog, No Time For Flashcards, sums it up in an article titled “19 Monster Books for Kids”: “Books about monsters can be useful tools for parents while delighting children. These aren’t just books about silly and sometimes scary monsters they are about fear and conquering it.”

Please join us October 22nd at 4:30 for LEGO Club “Monsters”. Participants will take a few moments before the build begins to select and read monster books and then use the books as a reference while building. Younger kids may choose from a variety of picture books. For older kids this will be an in road to learn about mythological creatures, as well as explore popular fantasy fiction.

Bring your creativity, we provide the LEGO!

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“Houston, this is Miller”, Flat Miller that is!

Flat Miller has been on another exciting trip with Mamata. This time to Houston’s Space and Rocket Center located next door to the Johnson Space Center where astronauts train.

With an adult’s help you can read about some of these astronauts’ amazing adventures in space in Astronaut Journals on the NASA website.

And a fun website just for kids is NASA Kids’ Club.

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Flat Miller in a rocket tube. Ready for blast off?

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Zero gravity, how cool!

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Suit simulation in action.

 

 

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Lunch Box Display

School is rapidly approaching and we’ve been racking our brains coming up with ideas for a children’s display. What better way to celebrate the beginning of school than with that timeless icon: The Lunch Box. We are looking for loans of character boxes of all types from past decades. So if you have something up in the attic collecting dust, we’d love to put it on display! And if you have an old-fashioned pencil box those will work too. Please drop them by the front desk with your name and contact information attached. Attn: Tami/Carolyn. These will be securely displayed in the glass case throughout August. Thanks!
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Safari at the Library

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Magician and naturalist, Chad Crews, delighted a packed crowd with his Dig Into Reading Safari. Kids got to see and learn about all kinds of critters including snakes, tarantulas and scorpions. There was even a meet and greet afterward for a closer look.  With plenty of magic tricks mixed in, the crowd numbering over 300, was transfixed. To all that attended: Thank you for your patience and consideration “scootching” in so every child could see.

Next up on the calendar: A Week of Puppets!

Lillie and Roxie’s Puppetry Workshop – Monday, June 3rd at 10:30AM

Four in a Row Puppet Show – Tuesday, June 4th at 3PM

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“Dig Into Reading” Nooks

Come in and try out our new reading nooks. Curl up in the Rabbit Reading Hole or the Fiction Frog Flop with a good book while you are visiting the library.

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LEGO Character Building

We had a great time and great turnout at the LEGO Club Character Build. Kids picked out a favorite book character to build in LEGO…

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Awesome Big Nate and Pete the Cat!

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A whole slew of characters, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Pigeon, Pig and Elephant

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Even parents can get in on the fun!

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And big sisters!

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Teen Volunteers

April 22nd-28th is Volunteer Appreciation Week. The Commerce Library has been especially blessed with incredible volunteers of all ages. This post is dedicated to our teen volunteers.

A special favorite of SRP kids for over three years running is the Puppetry Workshop, led and organized by Lillie and Roxie. These wonderful young ladies took classes from the center for Puppetry Arts and have conducted numerous workshops at their church and other organizations, as well. The kids adore Miss Roxie and Miss Lillie. Last year there were over 40 kids in attendance at the program! We are so excited they will be returning this year on Monday, June 3rd at 10:30AM. Our SRP wouldn’t be the same without Lillie and Roxie and we would also like to thank their numerous teen friends who have volunteered during this program, including Madison and Alexis.

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Our new Game On! program has been a success, in great part, because of two wonderful volunteers. Gena and Jordan are friendly and patient teens that have helped the kids one-on-one with game instructions and fill in as extra players. They have a wonderful rapport with the kids and make for a very entertaining game of Apples to Apples!

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We also have young adult volunteers whom your kids may not have met but are none the less important to your child’s enjoyment of the Library. Cathleen, Allison, Candace and Marquesta have done an incredible job keeping the Children’s Area clean and organized, and books re-shelved. They also give us program and collection suggestions. Their help will be priceless through the busy summer months!

The Library has an incredible Teen Board that has led to a wonderful surge of popular programs for Young Adults. This group meets every other month to plan out events and programs for the coming year and the YA Summer Camp. They also volunteer at the events, some of which, including Project Para-cord, have numbered 25-40+ participants! Programs such as these would not be possible without their hard work. The popularity of these programs is a direct result of their enthusiasm in promoting them to other teens at school and in the community. Thank you, Alisha, Gena, Roxie, Lillie, Jordan, Cathleen and Caelon!

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Each year we utilize the help of several Beta Club volunteers seeking service hours. Many of these wonderful students continue volunteering for us long after their service requirements are met.

The value of our young volunteers extends beyond the small and large tasks they perform. In honing their leadership skills, they are building the new Commerce Community!  Every time a teen volunteer interacts with a child an indelible impression is left. Youngsters learn that teens are important, compassionate, and responsible; countering many negative media stereotypes. As a parent and leader of children’s programs, I cannot thank our volunteers enough! We need role models like these!

So the next time you see a teen with a green badge in the library, please let them know how much they mean to you!

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