Category Archives: Children’s programs

Stay Informed @ the Library

The library has dozens of programs throughout the year for children, teens and adults.  Summer Reading is coming up, Quidditch Fest is June 11, and we have a new telescope you can actually check out.  We would like to remind you that it is possible to sign yourself up for email or mobile notifications of these programs.

You can sign up for our Blog on the right of this page for occasional announcement and information links.  Or  you can sign up for our website calendar notifications here and (ICalendar for mobile apps).  Or use Facebook.  You can also remove yourself from the list any time if they clutter your email account too much.  Check our website periodically for new programs or find business and research resources here.

Stay Informed @ the Library

 

Stay Informed at your library

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Ranger Reads Program @ Burlington Public Library

North Cascades National Park is one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. Animals with fins, fur, feathers and scales are all at home in this dramatic and beautiful environment.

Local National Park Ranger Jason Bordelon will be sharing information about nature through literature. Join us for captivating tales, fiction and non-fiction about our wildlife, critters, ecosystems, and how to use our park system when camping and or hiking in our earth’s beautiful habitat.

Our first session begins on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Burlington Public Library. Homeschool families and educational institutes with children 5 to  9-year-olds are encouraged to attend!

Pine Marten at Coon Lake

 

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Return of the Sith – all the fun remembered

Return of the Sith pictures of last Saturday’s program are uploaded to an album on our Flickr page.  Thanks to Vader’s 501st Legion, Rebel Alliance and all of our library volunteers and friends!

Return of the Sith

Return of the Sith

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Attention Whovians!

Invitation from the DoctorDon’t blink… or you might miss our upcoming Doctor Who party!  We’ll be designing dalek t-shirts, putting your Whoniverse knowledge to the test in a trivia contest, and writing cryptic messages in Circular Gallifreyan.

Bring your sonic screwdriver!  Or better yet, come dressed as your favorite doctor, companion, or alien!  We will be having a fantastic costume contest with brilliant prizes.

10th and 11th doctorsThe party will take place from 5:30 – 7:00 on Saturday, August 2, at 48° 28′ 33″ N 122° 19′ 31″ W (better known as the Burlington Public Library).  The party is free and open to adults, teens, and kids ages 10+, so we hope to see you there!

 

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Got kids? We want to hear from you

Storytime SurveyWe’re planning out our storytimes for this fall, and trying to find the times that work best for parents and guardians in the Burlington community.  You can help us out by filling out a short online survey with the days and times that work well for you.  Whether you and your little one are storytime regulars, or if you haven’t yet been able to bring your child to any of our early literacy programs, we’d love to have your input.

There are different surveys for different age groups — if you might be bringing children of multiple age groups, we’d appreciate it if you could fill out a separate survey for each one:

Hope to see you and your kids at one of our storytimes this fall!

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The Youth Science Expo is coming up!

We are absolutely thrilled about our upcoming Youth Science Expo on Tuesday, July 8th from 2-4 p.m.  The expo will be a library-wide festival where youth ages 8-18 can design some cool projects while learning about scientific concepts.  Kids and teens will learn to take their pulse, shoot a vortex cannon, make computer keyboards out of gummy worms, and design some slick e-textile accessories.

One of our favorite activities is a station where kids can design their own balloon-powered cars.  Here’s a video to get a flavor for the project.  We hope that you can come to the expo to design a car with us, of course, but if you can’t make it, you can use this video’s instructions to create some air pressure-powered racers at home:

 

-Jane

 

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The power of games

Chess setGames are fun!  They challenge us, they entertain us, they bring us together with others who may not share our interests.

Games aren’t all about fun, though.  Look no further than the two biggest books-turned-movies this fall — the Hunger Games and Ender’s Game — for games that are deadly serious.  Even a much less sinister game of Monopoly, though, has a serious side.  It can teach us how to interact beneficially with systems, sharpen our logical thinking, and develop our planning skills.Calvin and Hobbes playing Calvinball

Games can shape how we think about language and communication.  The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein challenged his readers to come up with a single definition of a game — a statement that would be true for all games, but false for anything that is not a game.  Give it a try; it’s harder than it sounds!  The Oxford English Dictionary, for example, says that a game is “an activity played for entertainment, according to rules.”  Calvin and Hobbes don’t have any rules when they play Calvinball, but nobody would hesitate to call it a game.  Playing music together can be entertaining, and requires us to follow rules of melody, tempo, and harmony; but is it really a game?A boy and a ghost playing a game of Go

Most importantly, games can be used to share culture and develop relationships.  Societies use games to pass down their culture, values, and traditions.  And they are a fun experience to share with others; there are few things that are more fun to share with a group of people than a fun game.Schedule for International Games Day

We’re one of almost 1,000 libraries celebrating International Games Day this Saturday, November 16th.  We’re offering workshops, tournaments, and over a dozen games throughout the library, and it will be open to all ages:

  • At 12pm, we are holding a chess tournament for kids and teens
  • At 1pm, members of the Bellingham Go club will lead a workshop about this ancient Asian strategy game
  • At 2pm, we’ll hold an all-ages Scrabble tournament
  • Throughout the day, we will hold a battle league for Yu-Gi-Oh, an exciting trading card game based on a Japanese manga
  • Throughout the library, we will have dozens of card games, board games, and strategy games available for anyone to play

So please stop by the library anytime between 11am – 5pm on Saturday and share the power of games with us.

-Jane

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Alex Zerbe, professional zaniac

AlexSnakeFingersIs this gray, rainy weather getting you down?  Do you need something fun and lively to share with your kids?  Professional Zaniac Alex Zerbe will be doing a fabulous show at the library at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26, and his crazy antics might be just what you need.

Alex is truly multi-talented: he is a juggler, a comedian, a two-time Guinness World Record holder, and an award-winning air guitarist.  Alex brings together humor and zany stunts to create a thrilling, family-friendly show.  We hope you can make it on Tuesday, November 26 for this exciting family event.

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All About Our Summer Reading Programs

We are in the middle of two exciting summer reading programs here at the library!  Dozens of children come in every week to tell us all about the books they’ve read, and to share the impressive number of hours they’ve spent reading.  As part of the program, kids who have read an hour or more each week are entered in a drawing for a bike, donated by the Burlington Healthy Community Coalition:

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Kids also have a chance to vote between three community organizations, one of which will receive a $100 donation at the end of the summer:

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Meanwhile, our teens are reading and doing a number of online tech challenges as part of our Summer Reading Game.  Participants are geocaching, blogging book reviews,  decorating some creepy-looking cupcakes, and reading a ton of awesome books (of course)!

Do you know a kid or teen who hasn’t signed up for one of our summer reading programs?  It’s not too late!  They can still come into the library and get signed up, or drop by one of our fabulous upcoming children’s or teen events:

  • Louie Foxx, Magician (Thursday, July 11, at 11 a.m.)
  • Doug Banner, Storyteller (Thursday, July 18, at 1 p.m.)
  • Charles the Clown (Thursday, July 25, at 11 a.m.)
  • Hunger Games Indoor Archery (Teen event on Monday, July 29, at 5 p.m.)
  • Scott Peterson, Reptile Man (Tuesday, July 30, at 11 a.m.)
  • Hunger Games Water Fight  (Teen event on Wednesday, July 31, at 2 p.m.)

– Jane

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Help your child get ready for Kindergarten

On Saturday, July 30th, you’re invited to drop by the library any time between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. with your 3- to 6-year-old.  You’ll find a room full of activities to do with your child that will help him or her develop the math skills they need to enter kindergarten.

These games include playing with big, colorful shapes; making patterns from multi-colored blocks, and using your body to count from 1 to 10.  These absorbing activities develop concepts your child needs to learn math.  “Family Fun with Math” is child’s play with a purpose.

 This event is free of charge and open to any child from 3 to 6 with a parent or adult caregiver.  Please tell your friends and help us spread the word!

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