Week of the Young Child

week-of-the-young-childApril 6th through 12th is the Week of the Young Child!  St. Louis Public Library is celebrating our community’s young children by displaying artwork from preschoolers at three Grace Hill Head Start programs.  Visit Central Library, Carondelet Branch, or Divoll Branch to see some fabulous works created by the youngest artists among us.

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WOYClogo1_0To learn more about the Week of the Young Child, visit the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s website.

Money Smart: Kids Read

Visit Buder or Julia Davis Branch this Saturday (April 5th) from 10-11am for a special storytime presentation! Learn the importance of saving along with Curious George as he learns to save his pennies. Presented by COUNTRY Financial.

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Want to learn more about Curious George?  Check out Buder’s Curious George Party from last September for some fun party ideas and Curious George tidbits!

Book Weekend – Nests

JacketTYVTNTD3Spring is sneaking up, and the bird are getting ready.  Two new books are ready for readers to enjoy in our libraries!

Mama Built A Little Nest by Jennifer Ward, describes in simple rhyming words, the different types of nests built by different types of birds.  Steve Jenkins, a Caldecott Honoree, uses cut out water-painted images to recreate the feel of feathers and twigs.

Nest by Jorey Hurley follows the a cycle of bird born in spring through-out the seasons.  Using crisp, vibrant artwork with minimal words, the story follows one bird as she is born in a nest, through her enjoyment of the season, until the next spring when she has found a mate to make another nest with.

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March Madness

It’s time for March Madness.  When you’re not cheering on your favorite team, shoot some hoops.  If it is still too cool outside to enjoy the real deal, create this court and rack up some points.

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Dribble your way to the library to pick up these books and more!

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The Basket Ball by Esmé Raji Codell
Lulu prefers playing basketball to playing with dolls. So when the boys won’t let her join their school-yard team, she decides to host a Basket Ball–where ball gowns are traded in for sequined basketball jerseys and high-top heels! Girls travel from all over the world to attend the ball, shooting hoops, showing off their skills, and forming a league of their own.

Dino-Basketball by Lisa Wheeler
When the plant-chewing Grass Clippers face the red-toothed Meat on the basketball court, it’s a showdown of pre-hysteric proportions. Herbivores and carnivores face off in a close game that includes dunks, alley-oops, and, of course, celebrity dinos with courtside seats.

Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Olympic Gold by Deloris Jordan
Long before he became a professional All-Star basketball player, Michael Jordan had dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal—and with dedication and perseverance, that’s exactly what he did. This heartwarming picture book gives a rare glimpse into a sports hero’s childhood and emphasizes the role that good values play in success.

Home Court by Amar’e Stoudemire
When an older group of boys start bullying his friends on the basketball court, eleven-year old Amar’e is forced to step in and use his athletic ability and intelligence to save the day. He realizes basketball is his true passion. Based on the life of All-Star NBA sensation Amar’e Stoudemire, who overcame many obstacles to become one of the most popular figures in sports today.

Rimshots: Basketball Pix, Rolls, and Rhythms by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
The power, strength, and determination of the game of basketball are captured in striking photographs and sizzling stories, poems, and personal reflections. From frustration to humor, joy, and triumph, this streetwise look at a favorite American pastime conveys all the passion and excitement of the sport.

This Week at the St. Louis Public Library (March 24, 2014 – March 30, 2014)

Join us for some of these great programs at your favorite St. Louis Public Library locations all week long:

Ready for a story? Join us for storytime:

  • Monday at Machacek and Kingshighway Branches
  • Wednesday at Buder and Carpenter Branches
  • Thursday at Buder Branch
  • Friday at Central Library

Ready to make something awesome?

  • March Madness at Kingshighway, Art & You: Freestyle your Creativity at Julia Davis, and STEM Kids: Hovercraft at Central on Monday
  • Votive Candle Holders at Kingshighway and Fish Races at Schlafly on Thursday
  • Youth Art Night at Divoll on Friday
  • Healthy Food Choices at Buder, Central, Julia Davis and Schlafly on Saturday

Feeling competitive?

  • Game Time: Scene It, Jr. at Schlafly on Tuesday
  • Got Game? at Cabanne and Cupcake Wars at Barr and Julia Davis on Wednesday
  • Got Game? at Baden on Thursday

Want to relax and enjoy a movie?

  • Family Movie Day at Baden on Wednesday
  • Pokémon the First Movie at Barr and Hop at Carondelet and  on Thursday
  • Friday Family Films: Wreck it Ralph at Central on Friday

Have a Great Week!