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Panamanian Children's Celebration

PanamaThis Saturday, November 8th at 1:00 pm come celebrate the Panama Canal's 100th Panama Canalanniversary with us.  See a collection of art from the children of Panama, which will be on disp

Chess Club

This Thursday, May 8th at 4:30 pm will be the start of a new Chess Club.  We will meet once a month through August, so check the online calendar for future dates and times.  The club is informal and is for beginners who want to learn how to play as well as for those who know how to play but need strategy tips. It is recommended for children ages 7-12.

LEGO Club Challenge 3

For this challenge we focused on  games.  We went back to the 12 by 12 plates, but this time we created a marble maze.  The maze could start from the outside and end on the outside or start from the outside and end in the middle.  Everyone got super creative and added bridges, arches, caves, jumps and more.  Next, everyone got a chess piece as inspiration to create that piece out of LEGO for our chess game board. The finished product was awesome!  We had a drawing for Lego movie posters and mini-figs and you can look forward to a similar drawing next time.  Come to our next meeting Saturday, February 22nd from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm we will build something awesome!

LEGO Club Challenge 2

Last Saturday was our second meeting and everyone's creativity was flowing into the art gallery challenge.  Everyone got a 12 inch by 12 inch plate and were asked to cover it with one layer of bricks to create a picture "drawn" using LEGO bricks. Then,  everyone drew their favorite LEGO mini figure with markers and we had a drawing for a  LEGO movie mini figure.  The drawings of the mini figures will be on display in the children nook if you would like to take a look.  If you were not at the last meeting try it at home and then come to our next meetings in February.  We will be meeting Saturday, February 8th and 22nd at 2:00pm or the LEGO gam

LEGO Club First Challenge

Last Saturday was the first Lego club meeting at Northwest Branch Library.  The next Lego Club is Saturday, January 11th at 2:00 pm for kids ages 7+.  Also, a LEGO games and open building play for all ages Thursday, January 9th at 4:30 pm. If you missed the first challenge here it is for you to try at home.  Challenge: 25 Pieces! For this challenge, everyone will be using the exact same LEGO pieces.  25 of them to be exact.  Build whatever you like out of 25 bricks.  Here is what we made: planes, robots, dogs, birds, buildings and more...

Dragons Love Reading 398.2

398.2 Dragon DisplayLook for 398.2
A chant by Judy Freeman, 1983

If you want a good story, let me tell you what to do-
Look for 398.2!
Prince in hot water, trouble with a witch's brew-
Look for 398.2!
Fierce and fire-breathing dragons, shiny scales of green and blue-
Look for 398.2!
Ogres, leprechauns, and goblins all are waiting just for you-
Look for 398.2!
Find a tale from every country, Australia to Peru-
Look for 398.2!
That's all you've got to do.

Come in and check one out for you.

What's the Big Idea? Math and Science Storytime

What's the Big Idea? Math & Science Storytime will be back for the 2011 Summer Reading Program. It is designed to introduce math and science concepts to three to six year olds. We will be learning about same & different, comparing & measuring, collecting & sorting, number patterns, sequences, building, sound & shadow and movement patterns. We will read a story then participate in a learning activity.  Be sure to arrive 30 minutes in advance to pick up your tickets at the Information Desk. It is sure to be fun and educational.

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