The movie Wonder, based on the smash hit novel by R.J. Palacio, is hitting theaters this weekend. If you haven't read the book yet, you can add your name to the hold list for either the book, audiobook, or ebook. If you're looking for more feel good stories featuring an underdog student, we've compiled a list of suggestions.

Also available in: audiobook

Collects three stories featuring Auggie Pullman told from Julian, Charlie, and Charlotte's perspectives.

Tech Take Apart

Have you ever wondered what made up the insides of a computer, phone, keyboard, or mouse? Now is your chance! Pry open, unscrew, and unlock all the components. Feel free to craft with them and make something to take home, or simply explore the inner workings of some common pieces of technology. Types of technology on hand are not guaranteed. For children ages 11 and up and space is limited. Registration is required and begins Nov. 22. 

Upcoming sessions

Wednesday, December 6 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Friends' Activity Room Registration required.

While Harvey and Irma have already made landfall, hurricane season has begun with a bang in the southeast states. Since we don't experience this weather phenomenon locally, here are some books featuring both fictional and factual stories about surviving the storm what some other parts of the country experience.

Picture Books and Readers

Various wetland creatures, from alligators to egrets, enjoy what begins as a calm and peaceful day in the bayou, then prepare for and endure a passing hurricane, and finally settle in for a peaceful night.

Mini Minecraft

For the littlest minecrafters, we offer a special session geared just for them! Participants ages 5-7 who already have a Minecraft PC account can participate in a themed building event in our private world. Children must have prior experience using a mouse and playing the game on a PC. Parents are encouraged to stay and assist on an as needed basis. Registration Required and begins June 23rd.

Image of Minecraft toys by Sergey Galyonkin is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Book Buzz

Preparing for a long summer? Stock up on suggestions for audiobooks and printed books to listen to as you travel to your destination or lounge with upon your arrival. All ages and reading levels will be covered. Find individual titles for each child or something the whole family can enjoy together! No registration required.

 

Image of Bee Book by yonder is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Muggle Quidditch - Rescheduled Date

Muggle Quidditch

Throw a bludger and catch a snitch when you play Muggle Quidditch, the non-magical version of the game from the Harry Potter novels, at the Heritage Park soccer fields (weather permitting).  Participants should bring their own brooms.  Registration is required for participants (ages 9-17) for each session.  No registration needed for spectators.  Registration begins May 25. Maps to the playing fields will be available at the Library on game days.  Costumes are encouraged (but not required)!

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Stories featuring scientists and curious characters might inspire readers to explore and experiment with things they encounter. Find some suggestions below, then find an adult who can assist with your own observations and search for answers. Do you get the same results as the characters you read about?

NOTE: While we have divided the titles into groups for children in grades 2-5 and children in 5th grade and older, we recognize children read at different levels at different times in their lives. It is up to the child and their parent to determine which of these suggestions are appropriate for them.

Image of STEM chalkboard by Colleen Simon for opensource.com is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Grades 2-5

Saturday STEM

Children in ages 7-10 interested in science, technology, engineering and math will learn something new each month in a STEM topic. Get introduced to concepts through presentations, active exploration, and creative projects. Registration Required.

  • Saturday, December 16 - Statistics - What are the odds of a coin flipping up heads versus tails? A card pulled from a deck being red? Or a pair of dice coming up doubles? We'll play with odds and evens and everything in-between, and participants will walk away with a basic understanding of possibilities.  Registration is required and begins November 22.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, December 16 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Friends' Activity Room Statistics -- Registration begins Nov. 22 Registration required.

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