Kids Find Clues, Solve a Mystery

Measuring wind speed while making his own wind

Ever wonder how fast air is moving when you blow out a candle?  Kids at The Front Porch Library (SM) found out when they used a hand-held weather station to measure wind speed.  This was just one of the mysteries revealed when teams — led by the intrepid FSU Circle K volunteers Arsenio, Antonio, and Elisa — completed an elaborate scavenger hunt.  There were mystery items to identify, mystery smells, a search for a heart-shaped leaf, a book with a fruit on its title, and many more.  In case you wondered, the peanut butter jar held 777 dried beans … and it wasn’t even full!

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Library Closed this Sunday for Easter Holiday

Max holds the camera

The Front Porch Library (SM) will be closed on Sunday, April 24th for the Easter holiday.  We will open again on Sunday, May 1st for regular library hours (4 – 6pm).

Children will be encouraged to add items to the Library’s Time Capsule, which will be sealed at the end of the month and not opened again for two years.

SAVE THE DATE: June 12th will be a celebration of The Library’s 2nd birthday.

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photo credit: Max, age 5

Dog Days with Randi

A day with the dogs and Randi

The dogs were the stars as Randi led them through the agility course.  It was loads of fun, especially when the kids got to help. A big “Thank You” to Randi, Tai, and Tripp for such a special program.

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Who's the best dog?!

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Any old Sunday at the library

Copyright 2010 KS Kublin

This past Sunday we had 10 adults and 16 kids romping it up at the library.  The numbers are stunning.  So glad the weather was nice.  A big thank you to Jennifer M, Jen, Tracy, Melissa, Sally, Michelle, and Mackie for keeping things running smoothly while Adrian was away and Kary was busy.

Beautiful moments abounded … Tony doing the hoola hoop.  Tracy fixing her crossbow arrows.  Jen getting kids doing anything they could think of with card stock and magazines.  Jennifer on the blanket sharing books with Iris.  Zay organizing a circle ball game for everybody.  Lots of icing.  Heaps of popcorn.  Some great read-alouds.  The start of spring couldn’t be better.

What Do You Love? Salsa Dancing with Tony & Alvine!


February’s program had a LOVE theme.  Not, “WHO do you love?”  but, ” WHAT do you love?”  What are you passionate about?  What shakes you to your core or fills you up like nothing else?

For Adrian, it’s writing.  She gave us a tour — of sorts — that took us from the kernel of an idea to the manuscript to the published book .. in English, Italian, Japanese, and French.

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Trip to China compliments of Craig

Craig teaching some Mandarin phrases

 

The January program took us to China with Craig Reeder arriving in proletarian garb.  He taught us Chinese characters, shared pictures and postcards, gave a chopstick lesson, and read a harrowing tale.  We also signed kids up to be pen pals with students in China.  Stay tuned!

Craig aquainting us with the written language of China

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Book Review – The Chronicles of Prydain

The Chronicles of Prydain  by Lloyd Alexander are five different books that follow the life of Taran, a young Assistant Pig-Keeper. In the first book, The Book of Three, Taran is just a small boy who helps keep watch over a magician’s magical pig. But when the magical pig runs away to avoid the evil Queen Achren, Taran finds himself in an adventure. From the dungeons of Spiral Castle to the underground land of the Fair Folk (enchanted beings like elves and fairies), Taran must use his wits and be brave to survive. Along the way, Taran makes new friends like the young and fearless, Princess Eilonwy; the heroic knight, Gwydion; and the strange but adorable creature, Gurgi.    Continue reading “Book Review – The Chronicles of Prydain”