Art Week at the Library!

Chase away the February blues with Art Week at the library! Most Eau Claire schools are off Thursday and Friday, so we are celebrating!

All week long, the Youth Services division will offer drop-in art stations and scavenger hunts in the library.

We are also hosting professional artist Dan Gogh who will be teaching two free art workshops online! The “Drawing Animals Workshop” is offered for elementary aged students, and tweens and teens in 5th grade can attend the “Drawing Manga Workshop.” Both are on Friday, February 25. Register here to receive the zoom link.

But, wait, there’s more!

On Thursday, February 24, join us on Zoom for Pajama Storytime Online at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to snuggle up in your snazziest PJs! This Storytime will feature bedtime stories, songs, and all the Storytime fun you’ve come to expect. Register here to receive the Zoom link.

And, of course, we always offer books, movies, video games, maker kits, and so much more, so stock-up for chilly weather and family time. Be sure to stop down – we’re always happy to see you!

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!

Teen Time: Smoothies!

Hey, teens, with all this time at home, have you started to try new recipes? I do love fancy beverages from local cafes, but I’ve been excited to experiment with my own versions over this last year.

Back in the day, I used to work at a coffee shop that also happened to sell stellar fruit smoothies. I love love loved their drinks, and splurged more often than I probably should have as a poor college student. When I left for library work, I started to make my own smoothies at home. They’re SO easy to make – and super tasty! It may seem like too much trouble, but all you need is a blender, fruit or veg, and ice. I mean, what recipe is easier than that?

You can use frozen fruit, fresh fruit, canned fruit – or a combination. Add yogurt, milk (or dairy free alternative), or a little juice. Add a bit of honey or sugar if you need it a little sweeter. Be a rebel and try adding spinach or other vegetables; you never know what deliciousness you may invent.

As the weather starts to warm up, I’m getting into my smoothie groove again, and thought I’d share a favorite recipe with you. Give it a try, and share your snaps on Instagram. Be sure to tag us @eclibraryteens.

Tropical Burst Smoothie

3/4 cup frozen pineapple
3/4 cup frozen mango
3/4 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 fresh banana
1/2 cup plain yogurt (or a splash of non-dairy milk)
4-5 ice cubes (or about 1 cup)

Throw the frozen fruit into a bowl. Microwave for 90-120 seconds to thaw out (or leave on the counter for a few hours. But who has time for that?). Once fruit is mostly thawed, place in blender. Add banana, yogurt, and ice. COVER with lid. You may want to hold the lid down to be safe. Smoothie on the ceiling is NOT fun. Blend until smooth. Poor into a glass, add an eco-friendly straw, and enjoy in the sunshine.*

Looking for more smoothie recipes? Google compiles TONS of great suggestions. Or try some of these awesome e-books from the library. We’ve got smoothie books for DAYS. You may need to log in to to see all of them. Use that library card power!

Freading Smoothie E-Books 

Hoopla Smoothie E-Books

*Maybe clean the blender for your parents? Or double the recipe and bribe them with a smoothie so you don’t have to clean.

Book Recs from our Young Adult Advisory Board

Did you know that Youth Services has a special advisory board for teen services, run by the teens themselves? The Young Adult Advisory Board (YAAB) meets each month to discuss ideas for programs, teen materials, and much more! Teen members recently created a booklist of some of their favorite teen reads to share with you all.

Check out these book recommendations for you or the teens in your life. Teen reads recommended by teens for other teens. What’s better than that?

Young Adult Advisory Board Teens Recommend…

To find out more about our current Young Adult Advisory Board, head over to the Teen Lounge @ Home Blog for member profiles.The Young Adult Advisory Board (YAAB) is open to teens in grades 6 through 12. YAAB currently meets virtually on the 1st Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. to discuss ideas for programs, materials, activities in the Teen Lounge and ways to make the library a better place for teens. Always accepting new members: apply today!

Personalized Book Bundle

Personalized Book Bundles


Personalized Book Bundle

Want some fresh reads to keep your kiddo interested and engaged in reading (and perhaps a few titles for yourself as well)? Let the knowledgeable staff at the library do the browsing for you! We will create a personalized bundle of books and other materials based upon your or your child’s interests. Staff will put up to 10 items on hold for each participating child or teen and up to five items on hold for each participating adult. You may request one new bundle each month for each participating reader. Ready to give it a try? Simply fill out this form: https://www.ecpubliclibrary.info/kids/book-bundles/ 

HAPPY READING!

Break in a Bag

Winter Break is around the corner, and we have you covered for a week of playing, crafting, exploring, and learning together. We provide the materials; you provide the imagination!

Water Wow: Make a watercolor tape resist painting on canvas. Recommended for Toddlers-Kindergarteners.

 

 

Playdough Creations: Mix-up and explore your very own batch of silky, smooth playdough. One kit is enough fun for two children! Recommended for Toddlers-Kindergarteners.

 

Edible Sculptures: Use Rice Krispies treats to design a show-stopping baked good creation. Recommended for school-age children.

 

 

Cactus Buddy: Paint and “plant” a silly rock cactus. Recommended for school-age children.

 

 

Yummy Gummy: Make your very own Gummy Bears.  Ingredients and bear molds provided.  Limited to youth in grades 6-12 only.

 

Mini Watercolor Polaroid: Use watercolor paint and paper to create mini polaroid pictures. Limited to youth in grades 6-12 only.

 

Mix and match activities based on your interests. Let us know what activities you would like, and we will compile your Break in a Bag (limit to two activities per child, no duplication of activities). Complete this registration form or call Youth Services at 715-839-5007. While supplies last.

Want to keep on tinkering, dabbling, and making this winter break? Let these titles kickstart your creativity!

New craft kits for teens!

Hey, teens, have you heard the news? Free craft kits are now available! A new kit will roll out each month, just for teens (grades 6-12).

Our first Teen Take & Make kit, Fruit Snack Fortune “Cookie,” is super simple, tasty, and fun. Turn Fruit Roll Ups into little fortune “cookies,” with a cutting template and scissors. How easy is that? To reserve your kit, fill out the web form here or contact Youth Services at 715-839-5007. Quantities are limited; one kit per teen.

Don’t want to pick up a craft kit? The instructions are available here.