Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day

On Saturday, we celebrated Valentine’s Day during Family Storytime. We read some books, we sang some songs, and we heard all about My Froggy Valentine.

The kids (and some of the grown-ups) made Valentines.

To see all the photos, click here.

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A Snow Day and Pizza!

Although the library was closed yesterday due to the big snowstorm, we still celebrated National Pizza Day, although a day late.

In Every Day’s a Holiday we started by playing pizza bingo. The winners were lucky to get coupons from Lucy’s Pizza for a single slice. THANK YOU LUCY’S PIZZA!

After the bingo, we made dessert pizza: pizza crust, strawberry pie filling (for tomato sauce), shredded white chocolate (for the cheese), and sliced strawberries (for the pepperoni).

Here are some photos:

To see all the Holiday photos, click here.

 

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Full STEAM Ahead!

Our Winter 2017 programs are in full swing, and we’ve been having lots of fun after school. On Wednesdays at 4:15 we have Full STEAM Ahead for kids in grades 2-6. Each week, we do a fun project. The projects focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, or math.

Here is a quick look at what we’ve been doing recently.

This week we focused on engineering. The kids who attended were split into 6 teams. Each team had to build a bridge using only 25 craft sticks and 3 feet of painter’s tape. Then we tested the bridges to see which would hold the  most weight. Engineering is hard!

Last week we made glow-in-the-dark structures.

Here are some kids working on smart phone speakers that we made from paper towel tubes and paper cups.

And way back on January 11, we played with static electricity.

Join us on Wednesday afternoons for more STEAM.

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OPL closing at 1:30

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Due to the weather conditions, the Ossining Public Library will be closing today at 1:30.

Be safe, and enjoy your day!

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Newbery, Caldecott, & more

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This morning the American Library Association announced the winners of the 2017 Youth Media Awards. Here are the winners:

Newbery Medal (most outstanding contribution to children’s literature):

 

The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill

 

 

 

Newbery Honor books:
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life, by Ashley Bryan,
The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog,by Adam Gidwitz
Wolf Hollow, by Lauren Wolk

Caldecott Medal (most distinguished American picture book for children):

 

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, illustrated and written by Javaka Steptoe

 

 

Caldecott Honor books:
Leave Me Alone! illustrated and written by Vera Brosgol
Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford
Du Iz Tak? illustrated and written by Carson Ellis
They All Saw a Cat, illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel

Corretta Scott King (Author) Book Award:
March: Book Three, by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, illustrated and written  by Javaka Steptoe

There were many more medals awarded this morning. Click here to see them all.

 

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Sounds like fun…

to make your own smart phone speaker!

That’s what we did today in Full STEAM Ahead. Using just a paper towel tube, two paper cups, and some paper towels (and some pretty paper), we made speakers for our phones–or for someone else’s for those who don’t yet have their own phone.

We learned about sound waves and played a “What’s that sound” game, too.

Here are some photos.

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Saturday Storytime Fun!

Books about houses

Today’s Family Storytime was all about houses. After we read some fun books and looked for the little mouse hiding behind a house, we got to build houses.

Instead of a craft, we had blocks, giant Legos, cardboard bricks and other things to build houses out of.

Everyone is building

A very tall house

To see all the photos, click here.

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