Written on: July 14th, 2014 by: beth-ann.ryan in Blog Posts
The Delaware Division of Libraries and all the public libraries in Delaware invite children, teens, and adults to join the 2014 Summer Library Reading program! Themes for this year are “Fizz Boom Read” for kids, “Spark a Reaction” for teens, and “Literary Elements” for adults. Registration is free and incentive prizes are awarded based on reading milestones.
“The Summer Library Reading Program is a lighthearted way to approach the serious topic of summer learning loss,” said State Librarian, Dr. Annie Norman. “Studies have shown that children who participate in public library summer reading programs score higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the new school year, experience less summer reading loss, and begin the school year with more confidence.”
Throughout the summer, libraries will be presenting a variety of fun and educational STEM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
The following three programs for children will be presented at all libraries in the state; visit guides.lib.de.us/summerreading for dates and times:
Reactions, Rockets, & Reading: Bring your young scientist to the library for some surprising chemical and physical reactions that will launch their imagination! You and your child will use carbon dioxide to help make mysterious spheres. Try our stomp rockets, then make and take a rocket launcher and a ping pong ball launcher powered by the elasticity of rubber. Take aim at our landing pad with a rocket powered by you. And use your imagination to turn a book into a spacecraft. The countdown to summer fun has begun.
Fun, Foolery and Folktales International storyteller, published author and award-winning recording artist, Donna Washington uses her pyrotechnic voice and elastic face to transport audiences through time, across the globe and into laughter and learning with her interactive, humorous, multigenerational presentation of folktales. “Fun, Foolery and Folktales” guaranties to ignite the curiosity and spark the laughter of audiences of all ages. In partnership with the Delaware Division of the Arts.
Dragons & Dreams A long time ago science and storytelling were accidently mixed and so began Sciencetellers. Combining the power of words with the power of science, Sciencetellers creates stories filled with suspense, anticipation, excitement and experiments. Experience the science of Fire & Ice as you join the daring adventure to save an entire kingdom in Sciencetellers Presents “Dragons & Dreams”. According to Sciencetellers, “If you’re in the room, you’re in the story!” In partnership with the Delaware Division of the Arts.
The Delaware Division of Libraries, a state agency dedicated to unleashing the potential in all Delawareans in partnership with Delaware Libraries, offers free access to the online catalog (delawarelibraries.org); Wi-Fi; computers/internet; eBooks, programs/classes, community partnerships, and more.
Written on: April 4th, 2014 by: beth-ann.ryan in Blog Posts
In communities throughout Delaware, libraries are informational resource centers and gathering places, bringing people and organizations together. The Milton Library is helping to revitalize the downtown area, attracting large and diverse numbers of its neighbors with new programming and newly designed services.
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Delaware Libraries today announced that they will be taking part in the Big Library Read program. Library card holders will be able to borrow and enjoy the cooking eBook Keys to the Kitchen by Food Network star Aida Mollenkamp, starting February 17th and concluding the morning of March 5th by visiting http://delaware.lib.overdrive.com. Patrons will be able to select a lending period of one, two, or three weeks, which begins at the date of checkout.
Keys to the Kitchen is a cookbook by definition, but it’s much more than simply directions to get from page to plate. Author Aida Mollenkamp provides helpful how-to information on everything from proper knife skills and finding the right ingredients to throwing a show- stopping cocktail party. It doesn’t just provide ideas on what to cook, but also walks the reader through how to cook
The Big Library Read is an international program that gives libraries and library patrons unlimited simultaneous access to a popular title during the program, creating a virtual, global book club. Interested patrons will be able borrow Keys to the Kitchen using a valid library card, and enjoy on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® without worrying about wait lists or holds. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!
The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between OverDrive, the leading supplier of eBooks and more to libraries, and Chronicle Books, publisher of Aida Mollenkamp’s all-purpose guide to becoming a more adventurous cook. To borrow the eBook version of Keys to the Kitchen as part of Big Library Read, patrons can visit http://delaware.lib.overdrive.com.
Written on: February 7th, 2014 by: patty.langley in Blog Posts
On February 7, 1964, The Beatles flew from London to New York City for a ten day American tour, including 3 performances on the Ed Sullivan show.
There is a new LibGuide commemorating this historic time in music and pop culture. Follow their visit with a timeline; read new books about them; discover their impact on music even today; watch all 3 performances on the Ed Sullivan Show. As an added bonus, there is also a video of an Academy Award winning actress who took part in the original Beatlemania.
’Tis the season for giving! As the weather outside grows colder, nothing warms the heart like sharing with others. Children’s Librarians in Delaware’s public libraries picked a wonderful selection of books on giving and generosity. Make a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy these great reads for children.
Because of You by B.G.Hennessy
Benny’s Pennies by Pat Brisson
Claude the Dog: A Christmas Story by Dick Gackenbach
Giving by Shirley Hughes
Helping Santa by Bert Dodson
Hug Time by Patrick McDonnell
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
Lucy’s Picture by Nicola Moon
Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood
Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present by Charlotte Zolotow
One Winter’s Day by M. Christina Butler
Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace by James Proimos
Sam the Snowman by Susan Winget
Shall I Knit You A Hat? by Kate Klise
Silver Packages by Cynthia Rylant
The Carpenters Gift by David Rubel
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The Teddy Bear by David McPhail
Special thanks to the Lewes, Milford, Millsboro, New Castle City, South Coastal, and Woodlawn libraries for contributing to this list.
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Written on: December 6th, 2013 by: patty.langley in Blog Posts
Since 1933, December 7 has been proclaimed Delaware Day to commemorate Delaware’s status as the First State, the first state to ratify the Constitution.
For more information on Delaware Day, visit http://delawareday.delaware.gov/index.shtml
Written on: December 3rd, 2013 by: patty.langley in Blog Posts
Looking for holiday cooking, crafting, or decorating inspiration? Or just a new holiday read? We have just the LibGuide for you!
It’s the time of year for apple cider and pumpkin pie, harvest festivals and hayrides. Children’s Librarians in Delaware’s public libraries picked a fantastic selection of books for the fall season and Thanksgiving holiday. So as the leaves change colors and the weather cools, enjoy these fun reads for children.
‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey
A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting
Arthur’s Thanksgiving by Marc Brown
Cranberry Thanksgiving by Harry and Wende Devlin
D is for Drum: A Native American Alphabet by Debbie and Michael Shoulders
Fall is for Friends by Suzy Spafford
Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelly
Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall
Hard Scrabble Harvest by Dahlov Ipcar
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Allison Jackson
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
Leaves! Leaves! Leaves! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Merrily Comes Our Harvest In: poems for Thanksgiving by Lee Bennett Hopkins
One is a Feast for a Mouse by Judy Cox
One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B. G. Hennessy
Over the River and Through the Wood : the New England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving Day by Child, Lydia Maria
Pumpkin Day! By Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Sometimes It’s Turkey, Sometime It’s Feathers by Lorna Balian
Squanto and the First Thanksgiving by Joyce Kessel
T is for Turkey by Tanya Lee Stone
Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes
Thanksgiving at the Tappletons’ by Eileen Spinelli
Thanksgiving Cats by Jean Marzollo
Thanksgiving in the White House by Gary Hines
That apple is mine! By Katya Arnold
The 14 Forest Mice and the Harvest Moon Watch by Kazuo Iwamura
The Best Thanksgiving Ever by Teddy Slater
The First Thanksgiving by Jean Craighead George
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Rhonda Cowler Greene
This First Thanksgiving Day Laura Krauss Melmed
This is the Turkey by Abby Levine
Trucktown Trucksgiving by Jon Scieszka
Turkey Pox by Laurie Halse Anderson
Turkey Trouble by Wendy Silvano
Who Loves the Fall? By Bob Raczka
Special thanks to the Brandywine Hundred, Bridgeville, Delmar, Dover, Georgetown, Hockessin, Kirkwood, Lewes, Millsboro, New Castle, Newark, North Wilmington Branch, Rehoboth Beach, South Coastal, and Woodlawn Public Libraries for contributing to the list!
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Written on: November 15th, 2013 by: patty.langley in Blog Posts
November 22, 1963, the date of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, remains one of the few dates in modern history that everyone who was alive at the time can recall where they were when they heard the news. I was in grade school when the Principal came in after lunch and told everyone to go home but didn’t say why.
A new LibGuide has been created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this tragic event. Newspaper accounts of the day and its aftermath, the Report from the Warren Commission, video of Walter Cronkite’s broadcast, a site that researches the various conspiracy theories, and more can be found here: http://guides.lib.de.us/kennedy
Written on: November 11th, 2013 by: patty.langley in Blog Posts
Today, November 11, we celebrate Veterans Day, a time to reflect on those who fought and sacrificed for our freedom and thank them for their patriotism and love of country.
The most recent LibGuide is for and about our military veterans: current benefits and programs, including employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, health-related programs and assistance for wounded warriors, and benefits and programs for families and survivors.