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Summer Readers Wall of Fame

Posted by Pam Jenkins on August 26th, 2016

IMG_0683Wow! No “summer slide” here! (Summer slide refers to the tendency for some students to lose some of the gains they made during the school year or slip out of practice during the summer.)

Young Curtis patrons have been reading up a storm, and those who read every day for 50 days added their names to the Summer Readers Wall of Fame.

It has been a pleasant surprise to me that this non-material reward of honor – the privilege of posting one’s name after achieving the 50-day goal – has been so popular with our readers.

I think it shows that kids enjoy a challenge and a little recognition for a job well done, and that they’re happy to make reading a part of their everyday lives.

Congratulations, summer readers!

Fairy House Fun

Posted by Pam Jenkins on August 9th, 2016

IMG_0652This morning an energetic group of young Curtis patrons constructed fairy houses in the library’s butterfly garden. This is one of my favorite activities for kids – it’s outdoors, inexpensive, collaborative, creative, and fun!

Take a peek in the garden if you have a chance and be inspired to create your own fairy houses! More inspiration can be found in some of our wonder-ful books including Fairy Houses All Year: A Four-Season Handbook by Liza Gardner Walsh; Fairy Houses of the Maine Coast by Maureen Heffernan, and Fairy Houses – Unbelievable! by Barry Kane.

Happy home-building!

Blogging About Nature Books for Kids

Posted by Pam Jenkins on July 4th, 2016

susanLong-time Curtis patron, mother, and marine scientist Susan Olcott combines her passions for nature and writing with a weekly book review blog called “I Love Nature Books.”  The reviews feature book summaries, suggested ages, and sometimes bits of information about the authors or other recommended titles.

“Observing and reading about the natural world with my girls has made me slow down and notice things I’ve so easily missed before.  Learning through storytelling is one of the most amazing tools and I am excited to be discovering more about how to do it from the best authors out there.”

This is a wonderful resource for parents and other adults who share books with children, and we’ve recently added it to our Kids’ Book Lists and Links page.

Read Susan’s reviews and then check out the books!

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