Boredom Busters

When is the best time to play on a pogo stick? Springtime!

While spring isn’t here quite yet, Spring Break is fast approaching, and with it a whole week of your kids looking for something fun to do. Here at the library we have lots of books with activity, experiment, craft, recipe, and game ideas for kids of all ages. Check out some ideas here.

We also have some great activity and craft videos from past years that demonstrate fun ideas to do with your family. Even though materials are no longer available from the library for most of these videos, you can still gather materials around your house and plan a fun crafting session with your family. Check out the playlist here.

Finally, the library is planning a week of activities for Spring Break including special scavenger hunts, take and make activity bags while supplies last, live online storytimes, and our always popular Family Bingo Online program. Learn more here!

February Read Me a Book Club

How do robots eat salsa? With microchips!

What do robots wear in winter? Ro-boots!

What is a robot’s favorite dance? The Roomba!

Join us for some silly robot stories and activities at Read Me A Book Club on Monday, February 28! If you had a magical “Robo-Sauce” that would change you from a squishy human into a laser-eyes, rocket-feet, supercomputer-brain robot, would you take it? What might happen if you did?

Find out this month at Read Me A Book Club!

Book Club is recommended for kids in grades K-2, and meets virtually on the last Monday of each month at 4:30 pm. Learn more and register for Read Me a Book Club!

Snuggle up for Pajama Storytime

Snuggle up in your snazziest PJs on Tuesday, December 28 at 6:30 p.m., and join us online for Pajama Storytime! Featuring bedtime stories, songs, and more.

This storytime is geared for kids aged 0-4 and their families, and kids of all ages are welcome. Storytime will take place live via Zoom—a free online and mobile video conferencing app. Registering for Pajama Storytime signs you up for all of our Virtual Storytimes. Feel free to attend any or all of the events! Learn more.

Registration is required. Participants will receive a Zoom link to connect.

Audiobook Explosion!

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a good audiobook. And now the library has even more ways to enjoy your favorites (or soon-to-be favorites) on audio.

Playaways®

Playaways are audiobooks pre-loaded onto a handy little device (about the size of a deck of cards). All you need is a battery and a pair of earbuds/headphones to listen. Check out all the juvenile and teen titles available in our library catalog here.

Wonderbooks®

Wonderbooks are print books with a built-in audiobook component. Inside the front cover is an attached audio device which reads the book aloud. These may be listened to via the built-in speaker or with headphones. Perfect for children that like to listen and read along with the text. Check out the juvenile titles available here.

VOX™ Books

VOX™ Books capture children’s attention by combining a book into an all-in-one read along. Like Wonderbooks, inside of the front cover is an attached audio device which reads the book aloud; simply push a button to listen. These are great for pre-readers, emerging readers or even seasoned readers! Check out the collection here.

Questions on Playaways®, Wonderbooks®, or VOX™ Books? Let us know at 715-839-5007 or ysstaff@eauclaire.lib.wi.us. We’re always happy to help!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with VOX Books

Just in time to help you celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ve received a large selection of bilingual Spanish/English VOX books. VOX books are picture books that talk! Each of these beautiful story books has an audio player that lives inside. They are USB-chargeable, and are perfect for car rides, bedtime, lazy time, or anytime! And our new bilingual VOX books can be a great aid in your family’s language learning endeavors.

Learning a new language can be tricky, especially for adults. Starting young offers many rewards for children.  Research supports starting bilingual education as young as preschool, or even younger. Very young children are quick to learn and pick up a new language. It is clear that learning and hearing a second language helps cognitive development, communication, reading skills and cultural awareness. Start learning today with bilingual Spanish/English VOX books!

Below are just a few of the benefits of learning a second language during childhood:

Higher Test Scores: Students who learned or studied a foreign language perform much better than their monolingual peers on many standardized tests.

Gives brains a boost: Exposure to multiple languages is an excellent way of building brain muscles! Bilingual children who had been exposed to a second language from an early age proved to have the more grey matter, which is responsible for processing information, including memory, speech and sensory perception.

Better and more advanced reading skills: Bilingual children’s knowledge of a second language gives them an advantage in learning to read.

Natural-sounding, native-like accent: Children are attuned to slight differences in tone and sound. Their sensitive ears pick up on the tricky sounds that adults may stumble over.

Greater grasp of one’s first language: Children use what they learn in one language to reinforce concepts and terms they’ve learned in the other, plus a bigger and richer vocabulary!

There are so many benefits children can reap when they learn a second language. My family loves VOX books! We are excited to utilize the new bilingual Spanish/English VOX books to start our journey of learning a second language. To check out our entire selection of VOX books, head over to the MORE catalog!

A Monster Ate My Book Club!

What did the critics call Frankenstein’s art project? A monsterpiece!

What position do monsters play on soccer teams? Ghoulie!

What time is it when a huge monster sits on your car? Time to get a new car!

Join us for some silly, not spooky, monster stories and activities at Read Me A Book Club on October 25! Will Pete and his new friend the hungry monster learn to get along without someone getting eaten? Will Jasper Rabbit solve his problem of the creepy underwear that keeps following him home? Find out this month at A Monster Ate My Book Club!

Book Club is recommended for kids in grades K-2, and meets virtually on the last Monday of each month at 4:30 pm. Learn more and register for Read Me a Book Club!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 – October 15. Let’s celebrate by reading books by Hispanic authors and illustrators! One great way to find these great books is to check out the Pura Belpré Award. This award, established in 1996, is an annual award presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

I compiled this list of Pura Belpre award winners to help get you started. Books on this list are all award winners or honorees and range from easy to chapter to teen titles.

But who was Pura Belpré? Pura Belpré was a woman that changed the way children’s librarians work with kids. She was the first Latina children’s librarian in the New York Public Library. As a children’s librarian, storyteller, and author, she enriched the lives of Puerto Rican children in the U.S.A. through her pioneering work of preserving and disseminating Puerto Rican folklore.

In honor of the Pura Belpré award, all Chippewa Valley residents can access TeachingBooks.net which offers a searchable database of more than 1,000 online Belpré resources, including author interviews, book trailers, book discussion guides and more! Visitors to the site can hear directly from Latino/Latina authors and illustrators as they talk about and read from their books.

Can You Survive…Book Scouts?

Traversing a raging river on a slippery log. Foraging for wild berries. Setting a broken bone. Yup…just an ordinary night at book club.

Book Scout book club members put their wilderness survival skills to the test this September (albeit from the comfort of home) by voting their way through a series of challenges from Can You Survive The Wilderness? by Matt Doeden. Do you think you have the expertise to survive? Choose your own interactive survival adventure from the exciting “You Choose” series and put your skills to the test!

The real challenge of the night, though, may have come from solving a series of Mad Gab riddles. To play Mad Gabs, one person repeats a nonsensical sentence aloud until the group can decipher what they are actually trying to say:

Ape Hand Hub Hair*

Gnome Ore Mist Her Nice Thy*

We capped off the meeting with a round of National Geographic Funny Fill-ins! Create your own mixed-up story (and learn about parts of speech) with this Mad Lib-style generator.

Book Scouts offers two sections of book clubs, the Story Seekers and the Page Turners, perfect for kids in grades 3-5. Meetings are held virtually, and include discussion time, games, interesting videos, and fun craft and STEM projects to complete independently! Meetings are held on the Third Thursday of the month. Learn more and register today.

SEA YULE HATER*

 

*Mad Gab solutions:

A panda bear.

No more mister nice guy.

See you later!

Read Me a Book Club Returns!

What do you call a tree with lots of friends? Poplar!

What does the ocean do when it sees its friends? It waves!

What do loggers eat in the forest? Mac and trees!

Make new friends and kick off the fall session of Read Me A Book Club with goofy, laugh-out loud read-alouds and silly games. This month, you’ll help Lucy, a very high-spirited bear, find a friend, and encourage Norman the jealous porcupine to welcome a new friend into his heart.

Coming in October: A Monster Ate My Book Club

What happens when a hungry monster has a playdate? How do you solve the problem of creepy underpants? Learn all this and more at the October Read Me A Book Club meet-up!

Book Club is recommended for kids in grades K-2, and meets virtually on the last Monday of each month at 4:30 pm. Learn more and register for Read Me a Book Club!

New stories available in the parks!

Both of the two StoryWalks® available in Eau Claire parks have recently been updated with new stories! Stop by Owen Park to explore Being a Frog by April Pulley Sayre and Carson Park to check out Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas.

The walks were created in partnership with the City of Eau Claire’s Parks & Forestry Division and made possible through a COVID Recovery Grant from United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley. StoryWalks® combine literacy with physical activity, placing large, colorful book pages at regular intervals along a walking route, encouraging users to walk (or run or skip or hop) as they read the book and/or enjoy the pictures.

Try it out with your littles! Take a pic of your family enjoying the StoryWalks® and tag @ecpubliclibrary on social media or email it to Youth Services (listed below). We may feature your photo on our website and social media pages. 

Be sure to bookmark our StoryWalks® page to find current story and location details – and to take our feedback survey!

Contact Youth Services at 715-839-5007 or ysstaff@eauclaire.lib.wi.us to learn more. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.