Kids Blog

Star Wars + Legos = Awesome

At our house, there are little collections of Legos in every room, in different stages of construction. But the Legos that are most coveted by every kid are part of the Lego Star Wars collection. To learn more about these, we checked out Lego Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary, which is a truly awesome compendium of all minifigs, vehicles, and other vital brick facts from the original Star Wars and the Clone Wars. You can also see a cool timeline of all of the Star Wars Legos that have ever been made, although I'll warn you now that you will be really wanting some of the older, impossible-to-find models.

Here is a clip to inspire your Star Wars Lego building:

Rick Riordan's "The Red Pyramid"

Rick Riordan, author of the incredibly popular "Percy Jackson & The Olympians" 5-book series, has left behind ancient Greece in favor of a new mythology: that of ancient Egypt. Riordan's new series launches today with the release of "The Red Pyramid."

Here's the book description:

"Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a 'research experiment' at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them--Set--has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe--a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs."

Sounds really cool, doesn't it? There is a pretty sizeable hold list right now for the book at the library, but once you've placed your hold you can read and listen to the first chapter through Amazon here: http://amzn.to/dCVY5r

One Fine Day with Nonny Hogrogian

Two-time Caldecott medalist Nonny Hogrogrian grew up in a stone house in the Bronx, New York which had belonged to her family for three generations. She came from a hard-working and artistic family with strong Armenian roots. When very young she would settle into a big chair in the home library and page through books of beautifully illustrated children’s stories dreaming about one day drawing such pictures herself.

Juggling Fun

Why not learn to juggle? It’s a fun way to impress your friends even if you are just a beginner. Like sports? Juggling is said to increase your hand-eye reflexes and your coordination. Like to be in the spotlight? It’s a great way to show off in a talent show and if you get really good at it, you can do it professionally at festivals or parties.

The Bear Books by Karma Wilson

Our family - with kids ages 3, 6, 9, and 11 - all love the "Bear books" written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman. The first one, Bear Snores On, is the story of Bear, slumbering at the end of winter, and his woodland friends gathering in anticipation of his awakening. The artwork is wonderful and the text is lyrical, with wonderful repetition that the kids pick up on right away.

There are six Bear books currently. Here are the additional five titles, with lots of copies available for checking out at the library:

Bear Wants More

Bear Stays Up for Christmas

Bear's New Friend

Bear Feels Sick

Bear Feels Scared

For more fun, visit Karma Wilson's Web site. In the teacher's section, she has ideas for activities and things to print out.

New Service: "My Borrowing History"

Did you read a really good book a few months ago, but can't remember what it was? Or maybe it was a DVD, audiobook, or magazine?

Now you can keep track of the items you borrow with "My Borrowing History," a new optional service from the CRRL.

How does it work? Easy!

April 13 is National Library Workers Day

National Library Workers Day is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.  I bet there is someone at the CRRL that you'd like to recognize for helping you out.

Got a favorite storytime reader?  Submit a star for them!  Did someone at the library help you with a school project or teach you a new craft?  Submit a star for them!  Did a reference librarian help you find information you needed or write a book match for you?  Submit a star for them!

Thanks to all the staff and volunteers at the CRRL for making it part of a thriving community.

Free Databases During National Library Week

Gale/Cengage Learning, the publisher of the following databases, is offering library visitors free access during National Library Week:

Career Transitions — a new electronic resource offering a comprehensive guide to career change

Global Issues in Context — this online resource offers global news and perspectives on issues and events of international importance

GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) — a new electronic resource offering authoritative reference content on the environment, energy, economic development and natural resources

Grzimek’s Animal Life — an interactive, media-rich online resource, with information on more than 4,000 species

Archives Unbound — a vast new resource of topically-focused, cross-searchable digital collections of historical documents

Check them out and contact us if you would like to see any added to the CRRL database collection.

Celebrate National Library Week with Neil Gaiman

National Library Week is April 11-17, and this year's honorary chair is author Neil Gaiman, recent winner of the Newbery Medal for The Graveyard Book.  Check out his web site for younger readers, www.mousecircus.com. Browse our catalog for Neil's books for kids.

Take a look at these videos about two of Neil's newest books:

Blueberry Girl written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Charles Vess

Instructions written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Charles Vess
(not available until 4/27/2010)

Going Green: A Fabulous Friday Earth Day Celebration

Headquarters Theater, Friday, April 23, 4:15-5:00. 
Grades K-6.
Call 540-372-1144 to sign up now!  

Looking for a way to learn more about recycling and how to take care of Mother Earth?

Bring your family and enjoy skits, crafts, games, face painting, and activities sponsored by various local community groups at our Earth Day celebration! 
We are pleased to welcome the fun folks from Caledon Natural Area State Park, Friends of the Rappahannock, R-Board, Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation, Master Gardeners, Virginia Tech Extension Office.
Thanks to the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, each child will receive a free seedling!

Organized by CRRL’s own Teen Council!