Thursday, June 20, 2013

Dig Deep into Science with Bryan and Drop-In Terrific Twos and Threes

More information and themes are now available for our Dig Deep Into Science clubs. 
Registration is required, but you can sign up for one, two or all three. (Registration begins Monday, June 24).

We are also happy to announce there will be at least three weeks of Terrific Twos & Threes.

As always, if you have any questions, stop by the Children's Room.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Elementary School Summer Reading Lists

For your convenience we've linked the summer reading lists for you. The elementary grade schools have no specific required titles. Parents and children can make independent choices. The titles on these lists are age appropriate suggestions and recommended goals. If the book you want is out or your child isn't interested in the titles on the list - please stop by the desk for more suggestions from Lorraine or Nicole. The ultimate goal is just to get children reading.

And of course - don't forget to stop by the children's room beginning Monday, June 24 to sign up for our summer reading program.

Winthrop Reading List

Buker Reading List

Cutler Grade 1

Cutler Grade 2

Cutler Grade 3

Cutler Grade 4

Cutler Grade 5

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Summer Schedule!

I'm happy to announce that we have published an overview of the summer schedule! 
More information will be coming on some programs, as well as our summer mascot and summer reading store hours, but for now mark your calendars for all these great events. Click the tabs above or the links below for more information and as always if you have any questions, stop by the children's room. 

Super Saturdays!

And don't miss the great programs between now and summer

Art Club


(registration required)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Lorraine Booktalks the Schools - Favorite Highlights

Lorraine is making her way around the three elementary schools beginning this week to talk about all of our summer programming (schedule to be published later this week) as well booktalk new favorites and highlights from the Massachusetts Children's Book Award. Below are a few of our favorites. The book covers are linked the catalog for easy requesting. This is just the beginning of what she has brought to the schools so if there's something you're child vaguely recalls, stop by the children's desk and we'll help you find it.

The Emerald Atlas - by John Stephens

This was one of this year's MCBA Honor Books. The Emerald Atlas is the story of Kate, Michael and Emma, siblings who have moved from one orphanage to the next until landing in Cambridge Falls. Here in a home with no other orphans, the children discover their life is not as it seems, that magic exists, and the real reason for their parent's disappearance. This book is excellent as an audio narrated by Jim Dale (available in playaway, or book on CD) . Don't miss the sequel The Fire Chronicle!

The One and Only Ivan - by Katherine Applegate

This year's Newbery Award Winner tells the story of a gorilla named Ivan who has lived at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade for as long as he can remember. When a baby elephant is brought to the mall and tells the story of her capture, she brings change to the Big Top Mall and within Ivan himself.

Liar & Spy - by Rebecca Stead

From the author of When You Reach Me comes a new novel. When Georges and his family have to move from their house to an apartment, he meets Safer a spy. Georges joins him in his quest to watch Mr. X a mysterious neighbor, but how far is too far to go for a friend?

The Lions of Little Rock - by Kristine Levine

In 1958, Little Rock, Arkansas closed it's high schools to avoid integration. Set here, The Lions of Little Rock focuses on Marlee and her family. Marlee has never spoken much and is terrified of started middle school, but the new girl Liz begins to bring her out of her shell. When Liz mysteriously disappears, its rumored she was really only passing for white. Marlee decides she doesn't care what color her friend's skin is, but can they maintain a friendship with so much fear and anger in Little Rock?

Palace of Stone - by Shannon Hale

This sequel to The Princess Academy takes place just before Britta's wedding as all the girls from Mount Eskel's Academy travel to Asland for the wedding. Miri attends school, makes new friends, and is forced to confront political ideals in Shannon Hale's sequel that is just as good as the first.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Read to Tessie the Dog!

Paws to Read!

Tuesday, June 25
4:00 pm
Sign up and read to 
Tessie the dog! 

Tessie is a certified therapy dog, 
through Therapy Dog Inc.
Readers who are in Kindergarten through 3rd 
grade are invited to sign up to meet Tessie and 
read a book to her.
Pre-registration is required. Sign up at the 
children’s desk for more information. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Art Club Returns!

We are happy to announce that Art Club will be returning for two more weeks before the summer schedule begins. Art Club has changed days and will now meet on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm. Old and new members are welcome - drop in on the fun. 

Art Club
June 12 & June 19
2:00 pm

Join us for an informal Art Club. 
Designed for children in preschool and up. 
No registration required; 
no experience necessary.
Drop in on the fun to 
create an art project. 

June 12: Stained Glass
June 19: Pointillism Painting