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Bitty Bot

A little robot would rather go on an intergalactic adventure than go to sleep in this rhyming romp that breaks all the bedtime rules. 

In a busy robot town 
bots begin to power down. 
All except for Bitty Bot! 
Feeling sleepy? 
Maybe not! 

Read Bitty Bot by Tim McCanna, then have fun with these downloadable activities.

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture

How Dare the Sun Rise

Did this one make it onto your Summer Reading list?  If not, there's still time to rectify that situation.

How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana with Abigail Pesta (May 16, 2017)
The greatest storytellers connect with readers through universal truths, and Uwiringiyimana tells her own profound story with clarity and honesty. After a heart-pounding cliff-hanger opening, Uwiringiyimana goes back in time to revisit her childhood in Uvira, a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Although occasionally interrupted by bouts of war and subsequent migration, her childhood was rich and fulfilling. However, everything changed during a stay at a refugee camp. The camp at Gatumba was attacked by the Forces for National Liberation, a militant rebel group—a deadly event that would forever alter Uwiringiyimana and her family. The resulting narrative is a powerful look at the family's move to the United States, the challenges of adjusting to a different culture, Uwiringiyimana's painful recognition of her trauma from the massacre, and, finally, the healing she experienced as she took ownership of her emotional needs. Throughout, readers will be able to relate to Uwiringiyimana's adolescent struggles of fitting in and her relationship with her parents as a new adult. The title is a critical piece of literature, contributing to the larger refugee narrative in a way that is complex and nuanced but still accessible. (from School Library Journal

Target Age: 
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Gimme Those Green Pants

We all have that piece of clothing or that accessory that makes us feel invincible.  For me, it was my Wonder Woman underoos.  For my sister, it was her "bell" dress -- a dress with a swirly skirt that had a bell pinned to the inside.  What was it for YOU?  And what is it for the star of our feature story?

Green Pants by Kenneth Kraegel
Jameson really loves green pants, when he wears them he can do anything.  But when he is invited to be in his cousin's wedding, he is torn.  He really wants to be in the wedding, but he would have to wear a tuxedo, a black tuxedo.  So what will he do?  Will he brave the black pants and be in the wedding?  Or will he stick to his green pants?  It is a tough decision.  A really tough decision.  AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRGH!!!

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Who's ready for a party just for kids starting kindergarten?  I am!  Me too!  Don't forget me!  Sounds like everybody's ready for Kick Off Kindergarten on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.  This event is just for kindergarteners and their caregivers.  We will be celebrating this major milestone with a series of fun activities inspired by the school day.

Art - Create an apple for teacher.
Math - Where will your name fall on our community graph?
Music - Dance and play along with some toe-tapping tunes!
Science - Take part in our screaming balloon experiment.
Snack - Enjoy a cool popsicle treat.
Storytime - Make poetry come alive as you act out I'm Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor.

Every child will also receive an official Going to Kindergarten button badge when they arrive and a stamp on the hand as they leave.  And make sure you experience Picture Day in our Class of 2030 photo booth.  You do not have to register for this event.  Just follow the stars to the Youth Program Room.

I Am Not a Chair by Ross Burach (February 14, 2017)
Grab the best seat in the house with this funny, touching picture book about a giraffe who keeps being mistaken for a chair!  Could there be anything worse for Giraffe? Maybe being sat on by a skunk or smooshed by two hapless hippos, or worst of all—cornered by a hungry lion? No one seems to notice that Giraffe is not standing around just to be sat upon. Will he be able to find his voice and make his friends realize who he really is?
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There's a Giraffe in My Soup by Ross Burach (February 23, 2016)
In this debut picture book, an assortment of hairy, scary animals pop out from under the lid at a restaurant!
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The Kidzone has programs galore as well as books, movies, and other cool stuff. Read our blog below for more information and check out our upcoming events to get an idea of what's happening at the Kidzone! Our main phone number is 205.444.7830.