Happy Chinese New Year

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Happy Chinese New Year or “Xin Nian Kuaile”.  

Ostrander Branch Library's Book Bunch celebrated 2015 The Year of the Goat (or sheep).  We played games using chopsticks instead of our hands, listened to Chinese proverbs from the book, The Pandas and their Chopsticks: and Other Animal Stories. We made Chinese drums, snacked on fortune cookies and learned how the New Year is celebrated in China.

Library Sleuths Learn Databases

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Homeschool students were on the case at February’s Library Sleuth program.  Thanks to our training computers, students explored a variety of databases featured on the library website.

Library Sleuth is a program for Homeschool Students approximately 3rd  grade and up and focuses on teaching students about the resources available at the library and how to utilize them.

Presidential Performances at Ostrander Branch Library

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In honor of President’s Day, homeschool students at the Homeschool Book Club shared some great information about Ronald Reagan, George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, Andrew Johnson, and Warren Harding.  We learned about a failed assassination attempt thanks to a 50 page speech and a glasses case in addition to an assortment of other interesting information about our former leaders.  Thanks students, for sharing with us!


Powell Branch Library Conducts Candy Experiments

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Last week at the Powell Branch Library, we combined our loves of candy and science to try out some simple experiments. We tested for acidity in sour candy, we discovered why pop rocks pop, mixed colors using candy and tried to make marshmallow submarines using M&Ms and marshmallows. Participants were also challenged to build something using gumdrops, marshmallows, tootsie rolls, and starbursts with toothpicks as connectors.

Window Cling Fun

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Window clings are fun to stick on, peel off, create and decorate.  Ostrander’s Book Bunch kids made their own window clings out of white glue and food coloring.  They also sang songs, listened to stories, laughed and had fun.

Mock Caldecott Awards

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The Caldecott is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.  Since 1938, the Caldecott award has recognized the best illustrations in children's literature from the United States.  This year, the Youth Services department at DCDL voted on some of our favorites.  Here are the top three!


Child/Parent Book Discussion: The Jungle Book

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We had a swinging good time at the most recent Child/Parent Book Discussion of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling.  This book was a discussion member request.  The family had seen the movie and wanted to read the book to see if there were any differences.  During the discussion of the book we found there were many differences between the two!  The book also cont