Saturday, November 17, 2018

Phoenix Book Group Explored Science with Mad Science

Members of the library's Phoenix Book Group explored Harry Potter chemistry and physics themes with Mad Science on November 15.  Together they created slime, Elephant toothpaste and magic houses. The Phoenix Group will begin meeting again in January. The Night Readers and Wednesday Afternoon Book Group will also begin again in January. We look forward to seeing you there! For further information, please call Stephanie Legg at 781-585-0517 x6282 or email her at slegg@kingstonpubliclibrary.org.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Leigh and Friends

Leigh and her Puppet Friends are visiting the library this Friday, October 19 at 10:30 in the Children's Room.  This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Kingston Public Library.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Phoenix Book Group is Reading Hoot

The Phoenix Book Group is reading Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.This offbeat, realistic fiction book tackles the subjects of bullying and eco-avenging by investigating ways Florida newcomer Roy defends himself and helps his new friends' causes. We'll talk about the book, eat dinner and work on a project during the upcoming Phoenix meeting on October 18 at 6:30. Please RSVP for dinner by calling 781-585-0517 x6282.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

All About Leaves This Week


We'll read two stories about leaves this week: Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson and A Leaf Can Be... by Laura Purdie Salas. In Fletcher and the Falling Leaves, Fletcher the fox is worried as his favorite tree begins to lose its leaves during autumn. Squirrel and Porcupine try to teach Fletcher that these falling leaves are helpful, but Fletcher worries that his beloved tree is ill. However, he wakes up one morning to find that his tree has instead gone through a beautiful transition.
A Leaf Can Be.... is a rhyming picture book that introduces all the many different things a leaf can be to the planet and all its inhabitants; "Air cleaner," "Earth greener," and "Snake concealer." The last pages of the book offer further explanations of how a leaf helps us all, a glossary of terms and suggestions for further reading.
Both these books are beautifully illustrated  (Tiphanie Beeke illustrated Fletcher and the Falling Leaves and Violeta Dabija illustrated A Leaf Can Be...) and are excellent books for sharing in a storytime or one-on-one.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Boston Mini Maker Faire This Weekend

This weekend the Mini Maker Faire will be in Boston at the Children's Museum. Families can meet different makers and participate in different activities. Tickets are needed to attend. For further information, follow this link to ask a question or find out information about the makers.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Legos at the Library

Many libraries offer Lego programs for children of all ages. We began offering Lego programs during the summer of 2009 as part of our Science Mornings as a way to investigate the scientific method. We'd pose a question such as How Tall Can You Build a Lego Tower Before It Tips Over? or What Causes My Lego Car to Go Faster? and then we would write down on our data white board all the different guesses (hypothesis) the children came up with. We gave out kits, and then set the group to work building their own buildings and cars. Together we would test them, record the results, and then determine what they discovered. We would record those answers on the data white board and compare our findings. Sometimes our hypothesis was proven and sometimes it wasn't--and this was the  most important takeaway of the program. It was okay if the hypothesis wasn't correct--that is what the scientific method is used for. We would then get together and replicate a correct guess or re-engineer a different solution.
This year we are offering Legos at the Library on Mondays at 5:30. Children ages 4 and up can drop-in and build on their own or accept a building challenge. The results are displayed in the Children's Room. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Sunflowers!

This week we are reading This Is the Sunflower written by Lola M. Schaefer and illustrated by Donald Crews. Our craft is a sunflower painting using toothbrushes. Sunflowers grow in gardens and follow the movement of the sun across the sky from east to west. This process is known as heliotropism (spinfold.com). It is an edible plant that can be used for oil and many people (as well as other animals) enjoy sunflower seeds.