25 mini-adventures @ your library
Spending some time in the library with your kids? Then you have time for an adventure! Inspired by the brilliant blog over at Mama Scouts, I created 25 family friendly mini-adventures specifically tailored for the Puyallup Public Library. Believe it or not there is more to do at the library than just checking out books and movies.
1. Look at an old newspaper from your birthday, or look at a microfilm from when grandma/grandpa was born. (Ask for help at the 2nd floor Reference desk.)
2. Find the community events bulletin board. Then pick out one event to attend.
3. Locate the juvenile comic book and graphic novel section. Pick one book to read. (Of course I would be happy to help you choose!)
4. Go to the cookbook area, select a recipe, go the store, get the ingredients and cook it that day.
5. Stare at the copper wall inside the library. What do you see? What other works of art do you see inside the library?
6. Choose a random music CD, listen to it all the way through when you get home.
7. Explore the Friends of the Library Book Store. Purchase something for a special person in your life. (The money goes to a good cause!)
8. Look for a book of quotes. Find a good one and write it outside on the sidewalk with chalk.
9. Bring paper and colored pencils. Draw from the easy I-Can-Draw-Books for an hour.
10. Take a present to the librarians.
11. Leave a thoughtful review on a post-it note in a book you really loved.
12. Discover the map case on the second floor. Pick out a map and spend some time looking at it.
13. How many cranes are hanging in the children’s non-fiction book area? Now find a book about origami and try to make your own crane.
14. The very first library in Puyallup was started by pioneer Eliza Meeker (right outside in present-day Pioneer Park). Can you find a book that mentions Mrs. Meeker or her husband Ezra Meeker?
15. Take some old magazines from the Magazine Exchange area, cut them up and make a special greeting card (thank you, birthday, etc.) for someone special.
16. Create a poem using only book titles. Now stack the books so their spines all face the same direction. Take a picture of your book title poem.
17. Did you know there is a Geocache inside the Puyallup Public Library? Learn how to find geocaches using a GPS device and then find this one. Can you find other Geocaches near the library?
18. Find five works of art outside the library in Pioneer Park. Talk with someone about what these works are meant to represent.
19. Search for a poem in a poetry book and read it out loud.
21. Find a baby name book, make a list of funny name combinations or choose a new name for the day. Does your name have any special meanings?
22. Hunt for authors with your same last name.
23. Look in the reference section. What is the weirdest reference book you can find?
24. Put together a list of suggested books and media for your library to buy. Make the library YOUR library. (Please include stuff the library does not already have.)
25. Make sure each kid in your family has their own library card and bag. Puyallup Public Library bags are only $1!
Fire Safety Month
October is National Fire Safety Month. Now is a great time to talk about what to do in case of a fire. Even the youngest child needs to be introduced to some basic information:
Stop... Drop... and Roll!
Tell an adult if matches or a lighter is found.
Discuss how to get out of the house in the event of a fire. (We don't want those kiddos to think that hiding under the bed or inside a closet is safe.)
Dial 911 in an emergency.
As a family, check the batteries in your smoke detectors. Make sure everyone knows what the smoke detector sounds like when it goes off.
Your library has some wonderful books and movies about safety in all sorts of situations, including fire safety. Maybe one of these will help in your family discussions.
Timon and Pumbaa Safety Smart About Fire (DVD j 628.9 TIMON A FIRE)
Staying Safe Around Fire by Lucia Raatma (j 628.9 RAATMA)
Fireboy to the Rescue: A Fire Safety Book by Edward Miller (j 628.9 MILLER)
Just for fun, don't forget the books about firefighters and fire trucks.
Fire Trucks In Action by Mari Schuh (j 628.9 SCHUH)
Fire Engines by Anne Rockwell (jj ROCKWEL)
Flashing Fire Engines by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker (jj MITTON)
Fire Truck by Peter Sis (jj SIS)
Fire Fighter Piggywiggy by Christyan and Diane Fox (jj FOX)
It's Raining, it's Pouring... It's raining, it's pouring... but we're still having fun! Come on down to the library today as our Festival of Books continues. We're moving the festivities indoors. You can enjoy a reading by author Ursula K. Le Guin, (yes, REALLY!) storytelling by Will Hornyak, music by the Puget Sound Revels, poetry, Fiddler Sarah Comer, and more!
The King 5 News team is hanging out here at the library this morning. We're talking about kids reading to dogs, and how it helps their reading skills. We have several dogs who come to the library so that kids can practice reading. One of them is here today. Reading to a dog helps kids relax, and when they are relaxed they just naturally read better. What a fun way to start the day! Dog Days!
Superheroes at Storytime
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National Get Outdoors Day 2013
Break out the sunglasses and sunscreen, Saturday, June 8 is National Get Outdoors Day, an annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun.
The main goals are reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors. You can find out more by clicking here.Admission to state parks in Washington will be free June 8 and 9 in recognition of National Get Outdoors Day. On “free days,” visitors are not required to display a Discover Pass for daytime visits to Washington state parks. For information on events and activities in Washington state parks, click here. Of course, Pioneer Park is always free- The farmer’s market is lots of fun. And while you’re there, pop into the library and sign up for the Summer Reading Program. There’s one for kids, one for teens, and one for adults, with lots of prizes and fun things to do—all for FREE!
National Pet Day, 2013
Today is National Pet Day. (to find out more, click here)When I was a kid, I had a collie—he would do ANYTHING for me, but about the only thing he’d do for anyone else was… to go get ME! So if I was over at a neighbor’s house, and it was time to go home, Mom wouldn’t bother with the phone- I’d just beg to stay longer. Instead, she would tell him to go get me. He would go to the neighbor’s door, and he wouldn’t leave until I came with him.
Save Those Campbell's Labels!
We need Campbell’s Labels (and Swanson, Prego, etc.)... Points are doubled on those we mail in by April 30th. The library is only 1500 points away from earning an ipad, and if we all work together, WE CAN DO IT ! ! !
For most items, the part to save is the UPC code (barcode). But for V-8 beverages it’s the cap. There are over 2500 different items that count, from Bic pens to Post cereals, Spaghetti-Os to Pop Secret popcorn. For a complete list of eligible products, click here. Thanks for your help!
Woo-Hoo, It's World Book Day!
Today is World Book Day, a great day to come to the library. It's a celebration of authors, illustrators, books, and TA-DAH!-- READING! This is the 16th year there's been a World Book Day. It's officially the 23rd of March, the anniversary of Shakespeare's death, but often celebrated the 7th of March to avoid other holidays. You can get more information, including book recommendations, games, and other cool stuff by clicking HERE. But don't just celebrate today- you can celebrate World Book Day on the 23rd, too. Better yet, celebrate all month long. While you're at it, read 100 books this year for cool prizes and the right to say "I took the Mayor's 100 Book Challenge- and WON!" (more information HERE)