Oct. 22, 2014 at 4:05pm Community Helpers -- Miss Carol's Theme of the Week

You see them everywhere in our community. These people keep you safe, deliver your mail, bake your bread, pick up your trash, help you feel healthy, drive our buses, and even help you find books in the library. Learning about community helpers is a great way for young children to learn about the world they live in.

Teaching young children about community workers is also important for those rare emergency situations. Children need to know that a stranger in a weird uniform who is coaxing them out of a burning building is a safe person to follow. Children need to know who to go to if they become lost in the library or store. We want our children to be prepared with an understanding that it takes a whole lot of people, our community, to make our town the great place it is!

Please come to preschool storytime on Friday, October 24 at 10 am for a chance to meet an important “superhero” community helper, a police officer! An officer from the Puyallup police department will be on hand to read stories to the children and talk about Halloween safety. This is a great opportunity to shake hands with and ask questions of one community helper.

Want to explore other community helpers with books? Then check out these great children’s books:

Crafts for Kids Who are Learning About Community Workers by Kathy Ross (j 745.5 ROSS)

Community Helpers from A to Z by Bobbie Kalman (j 331.7 KALMAN)

Quinito’s Nieghborhood/El Vecinadorio de Quinito by Ina Cumpiano, illustrated by Jose Ramírez

Shhhhh! Everybody’s Sleeping by Julie Markes, illustrated by David Parkins (jj MARKES)

The Village Garage by G. Brian Karas (jj KARAS)

When I Grow Up… by Heidi Goennel (jj GOENNEL)

When Poppy and Max Grow Up by Lindsey Gardiner (jj GARDINER)

Whose Gadgets Are These? by Amanda Doering Tourville (j 617.6 TOURVIL)

The World Around Us (Based on Timothy Goes to School and Other Stories) by Rosemary Wells (jj WELLS)

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Oct. 4, 2014 at 8:35am Storytime Is Back!

Yesterday was so much fun at Preschool Storytime!  Our theme was "green" so we had stories about a green caterpillar, a green hummingbird... even a green monster (Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley).  The kids were adorable as they chanted "Go Away" to make the monster disappear, bit by bit.  Then they made their own green monsters.  They made happy monsters, and scary monsters, and huggy monsters.. lots of variety, and lots of fun.  
Creativity and stories go hand in hand, and storytime is a great place for kids to get ready for school, and practice skills that will help them with reading, social skills, group experience and more.  
We have toddler storytime, preschool storytime... and Lego storytime for families.  You can find out more by clicking HERE.
And we will have a special Halloween safety Preschool Storytime on October 24th, with a visitor from the Puyallup Police Department.
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Sep. 25, 2014 at 2:36pm Learn English / Aprenda Ingles

As part of our Strategic Plan the Puyallup Public Library strives to be a ‘Doorway to the World’, by promoting literacy and responding to the diverse needs of the community.

One of the ways we support these objectives is by offering a variety of materials and resources to assist foreign language speakers in their quest to master the English language. Located on the first floor of the library is our English Language Learning collection which consists of books, CD’s and DVDs to assist in that process. The Mango Language database, which is available 24 hours a day from our website’s ‘Catalog and More’ tab, offers training modules in 17 different languages for English language learning.

In addition we are hosting an ELL class offered by Bates Technical College on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9-11:30. Registration is easy, just show up to any class. The $25.00 fee can be waived for qualifying students. All questions about these classes can be directed to Antonia at Bates Technical College (253) 604-0003.

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Sep. 6, 2014 at 12:43pm Welcome September with Seasonal Books

If you do a Google search for September holidays, you find many strange and interesting holidays celebrated this month. Here are some children’s books and other materials to help you celebrate the month of departing summer.

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Aug. 29, 2014 at 4:44pm Math at bedtime? Sure! Why not!?

For many parents, reading a book at bedtime with their child is a no brainer. There are so many good reasons to do this. It builds vocabulary, strengthens critical thinking skills, sparks imagination, and gives your kiddos a little one-on-one time. So of course, this means the same could be said of doing a little math at bedtime, right? The good people at Bedtime Math agree with me. They have a whole webpage devoted to making kids “love math like playtime or dessert.” I downloaded their app onto my iphone. My son and I use it whenever we have to wait (doctor’s office, restaurant, get to soccer practice a little early, etc.). We learn a little something on the topic of the day and then solve a few math problems around it. The math problems are divided into three different levels. At age 8, he can easily work through the first two levels. We are now working on the third and hardest level.

I encourage all the parents out there to think about incorporating a little more mathematics into your everyday life, bedtime or otherwise. Need some ideas? Then take a look at the Bedtime Math website or check out one of their books. Happy calculating!

Bedtime Math by Laura Overdeck (j 513.2 OVERDEC)

Bedtime Math 2: This Time It’s Personal by Laura Overdeck (j 513.2 OVERDEC)

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Aug. 23, 2014 at 3:36pm Summer Reading prizes

We are so proud of all the kids who have been reading, reading, reading,  as part of the Fizz, Boom, Read program this summer!  The drawings are all done, but if you haven't picked up your prizes, you still have a little bit of time left. Be sure to claimthem before school starts! Read more...

Aug. 22, 2014 at 12:21pm Tween Recommended Reads

It might be the end of August, summer reading is over and school has not yet started, but we still need to keep our kids reading!  Sometimes it can be hard to keep tweens interested in a good book.  Lucky for us the good folks at the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) created an eclectic list of great books perfect for the tween reader.  If you are in need of some book recommendations for your 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, then go to http://www.ala.org/alsc/sites/ala.org.alsc/files/content/Tween13_RecReadsList.pdf for a pdf version of this list.   

Happy reading!

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Jul. 20, 2014 at 3:24pm CHILL With a TRILLer

Adult Summer Reading is going gangbusters. This week we have some new thrillers to suggest.
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Jul. 17, 2014 at 1:03pm Stories at South Hill Mall

If you enjoy stories, join us at South Hill Mall for Family Storytime at 11am each Thursday through August 28. We'll be by the fireplace in the Food Court.  You can listen to an old favorite, or discover a new one.  See you there! Read more...

Jul. 16, 2014 at 9:49am Where Kids and Grown-up Have Fun with Science and Technology

Learning more about the science and study of celestial objects, space, and the physical universe is even easier to do at the Puyallup Public Library.  The children’s librarians are now members of NASA’s Space Place community.  As members, the librarians receive a small display about various space topics once every three to four months.  This display is put up in the children’s non-fiction area at the end of a shelf (only a few steps from J 520, the Dewey Decimal Number for astronomy!). 

 

A new display about infrared radiation and the Herschel Space Observatory just went up.  This display is packed full of information and pictures.  The display that just went down was about the art and beauty of space photography.  I invite you to come take a look at this new display in the children’s area of the library.

 

To learn more about space and astronomy I encourage you to take a look at the Space Place website at SpacePlace.NASA.gov.  This website is full of activities and information for children as well as parents.  Explore fun facts, games, puzzles, coloring sheets, videos, photos, and so much more.  Then, don’t forget to check out some books or videos on the topic.  Your library has plenty for you to look at about our solar system and beyond.  You will be seeing stars in your eyes!

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