Reflecting on Summer Reading 2020

Posted by - August 12, 2020

As we can say about almost everything in 2020, Summer Reading was different this year! We missed seeing you in the Library, watching our Summer Reading performers, and enjoying the annual block party. However, this year did give us (and you!) the opportunity to focus totally on what Summer Reading is all about: reading books!

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Examples of recommendations for children in Preschool and Kindergarten

Children’s Nonfiction Series Aid in Virtual Learning

Posted by - August 5, 2020

As our kids begin the academic year with virtual learning, you may be looking for books to supplement their online education. Good news: your Library is here for you! Youth Services has a lot of nonfiction series that cover topics for all reading levels. However, we know sometimes it’s intimidating to search for new books,

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A Youth Services Librarian reads a book for an Online Preschool Storytime.

Online Preschool Storytime at Home

Posted by - July 28, 2020

If your kids are missing the Library’s in-person storytimes as much as we are, then we have good news: they’re online! Your Library offers Online Preschool Storytime every Wednesday at 11 a.m. on our Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. A virtual alternative to being with us in person, these storytimes feature books, songs, fingerplays, and ready-to-go

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An example of a Junior Traveling Tales book club kit

Junior Traveling Tales: Book Club Kits for Kids

Posted by - July 16, 2020

Adults aren’t the only ones who should get to have book discussions! That’s why your Library offers Junior Traveling Tales, which are book club kits for kids. Over 25 novels are available for checkout, including classics such as “The Hobbit” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, as well as newer reads like “The Wild

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Book Scouts: Mythical Reads

Posted by - July 7, 2020

“Myth is at the beginning of literature, and also at its end.” – Jorge Luis Borges This month’s Book Scouts features stories that are rooted in mythology, folklore, fables, and legends. The books listed here are targeted toward middle grade children, but can be enjoyed by readers and listeners of all ages. If you love

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Choose Your Quest: Epic Adventures and Book Recommendations

Posted by - June 11, 2020

Hello, friends, travelers, confidants! Welcome to the Land of Athenaeum! As part of your Summer Reading adventures, tune in every week for a Choose-Your-Own style quest. We share a weekly video featuring characters who are on an ongoing epic journey. Where will they end up? How will they get there? That’s up to you! Watch

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Book Scouts: Magical Reads

Posted by - June 9, 2020

“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” – J.K. Rowling It’s safe to say we’re all wishing for a little magic in the world these days. This month’s Book Scouts program aims to do that for ages 8-12. The Book Scouts focus for June is inspired by our

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Titles Featured in Battle of the Books

Posted by - June 5, 2020

And the winner of this year’s Fairmont Educare Battle of the Books is… “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” by J.K. Rowling! We want to give a big thank you to everyone who voted on social media over the last few weeks as we narrowed down our brackets. We began this year’s Battle of

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Poetic Reads & Activities for School Age Kids

Posted by - April 16, 2020

Poetry is all about slowing down, paying attention, and learning how to frame everyday experiences differently so that we can see them with new meaning. As frustrating as these days of social distancing are, they do give us the unique opportunity to slow down and pay closer attention to our lives. We couldn’t think of

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April’s Book Worms Program Goes Online

Posted by - April 9, 2020

This month we’re taking Book Worms online for the first time! For those who aren’t familiar with the program, Book Worms is a monthly book club for ages 5-8. Kids listen to a story and then do a related craft or game. Each month has a theme, and April’s theme is dinosaurs. In our Book

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