It’s Not Just Award Season for the Movies

On Monday, February 12th, the 2018 ALSC Book and Media Awards were announced in Denver, CO.  Librarians across the country were glued to social media to see which books would be honored this year.  The winners included:

John Newbery Medal

“Hello, Universe,” by Erin Entrada Kelly

Newbery Honor Books

“Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut,”  by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James
“Long Way Down,” by Jason Reynolds
“Piecing Me Together,” by Renée Watson

Randolph Caldecott Medal

“Wolf in the Snow,” illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell

Caldecott Honor Books

“Big Cat, little cat,” illustrated and written by Elisha Cooper
“Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut,” illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes
“A Different Pond,” illustrated by Thi Bui, written by Bao Phi
“Grand Canyon,” illustrated and written by Jason Chin

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Happy birthday OPL!

125 cupcakes from Del Sol Bakery

We had a great celebration on Sunday, February 11, in honor of the library’s 125th anniversary. Lots of kids, teens, and parents came to the library after hours and played old-timey games, listened to music, enjoyed some snacks, and were entertained by Adam Auslander.

Making birthday cards

Playing games


…and treats.

We ended by singing happy birthday and enjoying the delicious cupcakes. All the children and teens in attendance also took home a party favor: a Jacob’s Ladder with the library’s logo on it.

To see all the photos, click here.

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Calling all Legos fans

Did you miss last month’s Literary Legos? Don’t miss out again. Tomorrow at 4:15 we’ll be building again.

For kids in grades 1-4.

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We’re having a party…

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The library is turning 125 in February! We’ll be having many fun and exciting events during our anniversary year, but we’re kicking it off with a birthday party. Save the date: Sunday, February 11th, from 5:30 to 7 pm.


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Congratulations to our OPLbery winners!

The 8th Annual OPLbery Club has awarded the OPLbery Medal to See You in the Cosmos, by Jack Cheng.

OPLbery Honors were awarded to:

Orphan Island, by Laurel Snyder
Greetings From Witness Protection, by Jake Burt

Congratulations to the winners, and great job, OPLbery Club.

For more information about the OPLbery Club, click here.

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A little Winter Olympics preview

Today’s Full STEAM Ahead challenge was to create a snowboarder from craft sticks and pipe cleaners. Once all the participants had built and tested their snowboarders, we had them race down the “slope.” Congratulations to our Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalists, and to all the participants.

Snowboarder doing a handstand

Medal winners

To see the videos and all the photos, click here.

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Our programs are back!


Did you know our winter programming for children began last week?

We’ve got something for everyone. If you’ve got a little one, join us for Baby Laptime, Mother Goose, New Moms Support Group, Time for Twos, and Planes, Trains & Automobiles. For school age kids we’ve got 15 Minute Mysteries, Family Game Night, Trivia Tuesdays, Literary Legos, Full STEAM Ahead, Cooking Corner, Drop-in Video Gaming (March only), and Let’s Practice Our Spanish (beginning January 26).

And don’t forget that we’ve got Homework Help Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30.

All the details, from program descriptions to dates and times, are on our flyer and our website. You can pick up a copy of our program flyer in the library. You can also get a printable copy in English or Spanish and see our list of programs by clicking here, or take a look at our calendar here.


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