Beautiful live birds are coming to the Riverside Branch! Don’t miss out on our upcoming program on Thursday, September 23rd at 7:00 P.M. The program is called Nature's Rainbow. It will feature endangered birds, parrots, macaws, and cockatoos. You’ll be amazed by these talented birds. Registration is requested.
Sign up online under the Events tab, call, or fly by.
Who doesn't love turning a boring piece of paper into a work of art?! Recently, Midori Ito Harbison visited the Smithville Branch to teach us some basic techniques. I've always loved origami paper; it's so colorful and bright. Some of the cool stuff we got to make? A samurai hat, a fish, a cool box, a piano with a bench, and of course - a crane!
Did you know that catapults can fire projectiles up to 1,300 feet, or that many ancient civilizations including the Romans, the Greeks, and the Chinese used catapults in warfare? These are just a couple of the interesting things our Discovery Club learned at last week's tween program, Catapult Craze.
On Thursday, October 28, Lee’s Summit’s laptime became a Little Spooks shindig with games, songs, and treats for all the toddlers. Little ones were costumed in princess dresses, cowboy clothes, ladybugs, Elmos, and Thomas the Train. After decorating trick or treat bags, we sang Halloween songs, walked the cake walk, played Spooky Bingo, and fished for treats in a bucket of balls. The final attraction was a parade around the circulation desk for everyone to enjoy. It appeared that all the two-year-olds had a spook-tacular time!
If you need a relaxed activity for your children on the day after Thanksgiving (November 26, 2010), please come to the Blue Ridge Branch for Craft Time for Preschoolers at 10 a.m. We offer this program on the fourth Friday of each month. Crafts are planned for children who haven’t yet started school. No difficult cutting, no sharp scissors, no rigid rules, but lots of glue stickiness. We’ve made Mother’s Day cards, Halloween bags, wreaths, placemats, woven caterpillars, and butterfly wings.
Do you like to play games like chess, checkers and Monopoly? Children 8 and up, come to the library the first Tuesday of each month to play games with other children. The first session of this program will be January 4th starting at 7:00 p.m.
The library had a visit from Jo Ho, the Storyteller, this afternoon. She brought stories, musical instruments, and interactive activities that about a dozen children and adults enjoyed. We particularly enjoyed the song about what kinds of animals lived in various kinds of homes like nests and burrows.
Jo Ho has been bringing stories to audiences for over 22 years. She has been across the country presenting at schools, libraries, museums, and festivals as far away as Honolulu.
Puppets are magic, no doubt about it. I’ve been a library puppeteer for more years than I care to admit, and children have particularly loved my first puppet, a mischievous sloth named Ragsdale. One little girl, upon hearing him sing again, called out, "You’re my favorite singer!" I’ve been touched while watching an autistic young patron in his 30s, never very demonstrative, engage one puppet in sweet conversation. And puppets on stage, bringing a beloved, traditional story to life, can introduce children to the enchantments of live theatre.