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Drip, Drip, SPLASH: Books and Activities about the Water Cycle

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Was that glass of water you are drinking once a slurp for a thirsty dinosaur? Did that water once course down the side of a mountain in a river of rocky mud? Maybe it was swallowed up inside a great white shark or a refreshing drink for Abraham Lincoln – you never know, because water gets around!

It is called the water cycle and it is definitely wet and wild.

To learn more about the surprising history of your H2O, check this out:

So how exactly does water get around so much? It cycles. Here are some fun books and engaging activities to help you explore…

Read about it!

Watch it!

Check out Bill Nye the Science Guy make a cloud in captivity! Find more Bill Nye fun in our catalog.

Do it!

Take a cue from the educational blog, Corkboard Connections, and make your own mini version of the water cycle.

For a coloring page version of the water cycle, visit the EPA’s raindrop spokesperson Thirstin’s coloring page.

Does your little one love science stories and experiments? Is she naturally curious or does he constantly ask you WHY? Then you should enjoy our newest story time offering, STEM Story Time. In this new program, kids aged 3-6 and their parents will explore Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematical ideas through picture books and related activities. Register here.

Nursery Rhyme Olympics 2012

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Has Olympic Fever caught hold of your family too? We are really enjoying the Summer games and with the help of our friend, Miss Bo Peep, we decided to try our hand at our own games. The twist? We channeled the Olympic spirit and found the athletes hiding in our favorite nursery rhymes! Nursery rhymes are perfect for your little athletes too because they are a great way to teach early literacy skills…read on to recreate the fun at home!

Jack Be Nimble Hurdles

Practice running and jumping over soft hurdles made of  paper tubes and fake candles…just like Jack!

Jack be nimble!
Jack be quick!
Jack jump over the candle stick!

Wee Willie Winkie Sack Race

Wee Willie can go the distance! Practice your track and field prowess with a pillowcase and a masking tape track.

Wee Willie Winkie
runs through the town,
upstairs, downstairs,
in his nightgown.
Rapping at the windows,
crying through the lock,
“Are the children all in bed?
For now it’s eight 8 o’clock”.

Ring Around the Rosy Discus Throw

Cones %20 Pictures of roses %20 Flying rings = Discus Throw of Awesome!

Ring around the rosy
A pocketful of posies
“Ashes, Ashes”
We all fall down!

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Shooting Stars

Aim for the stars using shooters and puff ball pom poms. Paper stars taped to a styrofoam cup makes a simple target.  You can find instructions for making a pom pom shooter here.

Twinkle, twinkle little star.
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high.
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle little star.
How I wonder what you are!

Jack and Jill Basketball

Be part of your own nursery rhyme dream team and fill a pail or a bowl with little basket balls or ping pong balls!

Jack and Jill went up the hill
to fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down
and broke his crown.
And Jill came tumbling after!

Want more nursery rhyme fun? Browse our catalog!

Last Call for Summer Reading 2012!

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Only today and tomorrow remain in this year’s Summer Reading Program! If you have reading hours or activities to log or prizes to collect, you have until tomorrow–July 30th! After that we are packing away the fun until next year…


Fairy Reading Buddies Spotted at the Library!

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Did you know that fairies make great reading buddies? We invited Westerville kids to come capture some fairies at the library and take them home–you can see the beautiful specimens they created!

Reading buddies are important helpers–especially during our Summer Reading Program! 102 Beginning Readers and over 333 Kids have completedthe Summer Reading Program goals of completing 21 activities (for beginners) or reading 12 hours (for kids)! That is great! If you are still working on logging your hours, don’t fret–there is still time! You have until July 30th to log hours and claim prizes.

So what are you waiting for? Grab a reading buddy and get started! Don’t have your own captured fairy reading buddy? You can make one!

  • Draw a fairy on paper–give him some curly hair or draw her a pretty dress.
  • Put your fairy into a washed out jar–peanut butter and jelly jars work well, but wash them out first!
  • Add grass or moss to the jar to make a comfy bed for your fairy.
  • Add shiny stickers, glitter, jewels or pretty paper to your jar–that keeps the fairy interested so she won’t try to escape.
  • Put the lid on your jar and decorate the top with fabric and ribbons or paint the top in colors you love.

When you are done making your captured fairy reading buddy, find a cozy spot and grab some great books to share with your new friend.

Need some suggestions? Here are some fun fairy reads to get you started!

Foot Stompin’ Story Time Music Favorites

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Music is a really important part of developing a good story time!

Often the whole mood of the story time is affected by the music–big and bouncy welcome music sets the expectation that we’ll be having fun! Instrumental music is great for a craft program if it helps us focus…etc.

We have our go-to favorites for interactive songs and if you have been to one of our story times you have most likely danced to Laurie Berkner or Jim Gill. We love them.

We have other favorites too. Here are our youth staffers favorite albums for kids…check ‘em out and bring the happy library vibe home with you!

Becky loves to put on some world music for craft programs…Putumayo World Music is a great series of kid friendly music from around the world that adults will enjoy bopping along to also!

Putumayo’s World Playground

Erin relies on the traditional songs and fun sing-alongs from Old Town School Recording’s Wiggleworms Love You in her popular lap baby and toddler times.

I really love Tumblebee by Laura Veirs. It has traditional folk songs, foot stomping choirs and lots of fun rhythm!

Robin’s suggestions are great for older kids and long car trips and for parents who enjoy sophisticated kids’ music by popular adult bands like They Might be Giants…

Here Comes Science

Here Come the ABCs

Lisa loves Reggae! Family Time by Ziggy Marley is a proven story time winner!

Try some of our favorites or explore the catalog to find new treasures! Here are some of our other go-to favorites:


Stay Angry, My Friends: Red Birds + Green Pigs = Big Fun at the Library!

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Thanks everyone who made our Angry Birds carnival such a huge success!

Can’t get enough of that Angry Bird stuff? Here are some fun new titles that will keep your angry feathers ruffled and your green piggies giggling!

Exploring at the Library: Glow Sticks and Sensory Fun

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

The library isn’t just books and story times. We also like to encourage curiosity and imagination – these are 2 critical characteristics of life-long learners.
Yesterday we invited kids to come to the library and play – in the dark! With black lights and glow sticks the library was transformed into a shadowy, sensory playground that begged for exploration. Don’t miss our preschool glow party or if you can’t make it it, here is how you can extend the fun at home.

Black Lights:

  • You can purchase a black light for under $20 at most “big box” stores. Mount the light somewhere in you house where you can make the room entirely dark or wait to play at night. Watch the cords and don’t let your child touch the light…safety first!
  • Place a mirror by the black light and let your child look at himself. Teeth look funny and so do white clothes. Here is why. What else fluoresces? Why? Try chalk drawings on black paper or yellow highlighter…wow!
  • Tonic water also fluoresces…you can drink it or replace the water in a Jiggler recipe to make a fluorescent snack!

Glow Sticks:

  • Glow stick are fun at night and last for hours. Be sure to only purchase non-toxic sticks and don’t let children chew on the sticks. How do they work?
  • For daytime glow fun, make a “glow cave” in your house by draping blankets over a table or a couch cushion “fort”. Take in some books and toys and have a fun afternoon playing in your glow cave.
  • Try slipping a lit stick into a balloon before you blow it up and then inflate. Wow–glow in the dark balloon volleyball!
  • If you put a lit glow stick into an empty 2-liter bottle and then fill it up with water, you’ll have a night light or if you have a set of them and a sturdy ball you can try some glow-stick bowling out in your yard!

ARC recommendations

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Wondering what to read this summer?  ARC to the rescue!

Danielle says that The Storm Makers by Jennifer E. Smith, is the best book she’s read recently and would like to read it again!

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She loves the cover and her favorite character is Ruby “because she figures out the science of everything.”

Danielle also recommends:  The Summer I learned to fly  by Dana Reinhardt

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Paige Turner recommends The Whipping Boy, by Sid Fleischman, which was a Newbery winner in 1987

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She picked it up at the suggestion of her enrichment teacher and was pleasantly surprised.  Her advice:  “this is a book you may not want to read but you should because it is a classic”.    However, she also said she liked it from the beginning (and it’s short!).  Her favorite character is the resourceful Jemmy.  If you haven’t explored the Newbery winners, this might be a good one to help get you acquainted!

If you haven’t read The Hunger Games yet,  there are only 42 holds on the 20 copies this library owns. The Large Print version has 27 holds on 23 copies and the audio version has 18 holds on 7 copies.  Our own Alice Zoe Zandran (you know who you are!) highly recommends this book by Suzanne Collins.  “It was awesome!  I read it in 3 days.  It would have been less, but I wanted to remember every detail.  I cannot wait to read the second book, Catching Fire.  It is so good, it keeps you on the edge of your seat.  The most amazing Best. Book. Ever, in all the Universe.

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Angel recommends Child of the Mountains by Marilyn Shank

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And Out in Left Field  by Don Lemna

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Something you should know about Angel:  she knows her horse stories!  Right now she’s working her way through the Horse Dairies and the Phantom Stallion series by Terri Farley which take place in Hawaii.  But she also recommends the Nancy Drew mysteries and A Wrinkle in Time.

Yasmin shared that as a fan of murder mysteries Silent Night II by R.L. Stine really kept her turning the pages.  She also loved The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn–especially the creepy description of the ghost herself.

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Jarod is enjoying the Guinness Book of World Records 2012 edition.  Ask him about the record for the most ice cream scoops!

Samantha recommends Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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and Flutter: the story of four sisters and one incredible journey by Erin E. Moulton

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That’s it!  Stay tuned for more recommendations from our Awesome ARC-ers!







Gearing up for Summer Reading!

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Guess what we are working on this week in library land….we are getting ready for Summer Reading 2012!

The fun begins on May 30!  Stop by between 10am and 2pm to celebrate the kick-off of the Summer Reading Program. Activities will include night sky & space-themed crafts for kids, strolling magician, Rory Rennick, and astronaut & spaceship photo ops. This is just the kick-off, we are dreaming up all kinds of fun things for this summer so watch this space or browse our calendar so that you don’t miss a thing!


Ohio the LIBRARY?!

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Attention Tweens, ages 8-11!

Monday, May 7th at 4:00pm the library will have some pretty interesting visitors! Some will slither in and some will crawl but all of them will be awesome.

  • Did you know that Ohio’s state reptile is the Black Racer Snake?
  • Did you know that there are over 8,000 species of reptile in the world and they live everywhere on the planet except for Antarctica (brrrr!)?
  • Did you know that snakes and lizards flick their tongues to “taste” the air? It helps them smell!
  • Did you know that only a few species of snakes in the US are venomous…most of them are harmless friends who eat the pests that destroy our gardens! They are one of many great creatures who are garden helpers to humans!

Come learn all about Ohio reptiles with our special guest naturalist from Sharon Woods Metro Park who will bring along some live cold-blooded, scaly friends.  Yes, you heard me–LIVE reptiles will be here at the library. You do NOT want to miss this. Register today!

Want to read up on some cold-blooded creatures?