Every Legos @ the Library session is a little different. There are always a few new people and the regulars are always working on something new (or revamping something not so new). Over the course of the program, there have been many awesome creations. For some reason, at today’s meeting, I was blown away by the creativity in the room.
Here are just a couple of my favorites from today:
The Titanic: Before
The Titanic: After
Here’s a Lego movie theater complete with curtains that open to reveal the movie…which appears to be about garlic
And last, but certainly not least, it’s not everyday you see a Lego coelacanth complete with a tail that really moves!
Have a good long weekend, everyone!
The Reading Pros gathered this afternoon to discussed Rebecca Stead’s book When You Reach Me. After discussing whether or not we would go back in time to change something or not (most of us would, for various reasons) we played the “speed round” of $20,000 pyramid.
Then, we learned how to make origami frogs like Miranda does in the book.
We rounded up the afternoon with the final round, or “Winner’s Circle” of the game show. A big thank you to our volunteer, Mary, for bringing in pizza and chocolate milk for the snack and for staying for the discussion!
When You Reach Me is one of my favorite middle grade books because it’s not afraid to ask big questions, ranging from: “is time travel possible?” to “how do we see who people truly are?” As one of the Reading Pros pointed out during our discussion, you think the book is all about the main character, but it turns out to be about a lot more than that.
Have you read When You Reach Me? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
A recap of Beg Borrow Steal 2013 is coming soon!!!
In the meantime:
Do you like books? Do you like ice cream? If so, check out these awesome Ben and Jerry’s flavors! Which one is your favorite?
At this year’s Reading Roundup, Kate Messner, the keynote speaker, told a story about picking up a book at her library’s book sale only to find her name written on the inside cover. That’s never happened to me before, but I could relate as I own many books and find it difficult to part with them. So, before I buy a book sale book, I need to be sure that if it never leaves my house again, it will be worth it.
Whenever we have a book sale at my library, I try to put a limit on the number of books I’m allowed to buy. There are always interesting options, but the reality is I will probably never have time to read them all. The Summer Book Sale is in full-swing, and so far I made it out with only two books. One I’ve already read and plan to give as a gift and the other is a collection of poems by Rumi. I read “This Longing” in college and fell in love with Rumi’s message. In fact, I have re-read “This Longing” a few times since the class and have gotten something new from it every time. To find a different collection of poems was exciting, and I’ve leafed through the book and read a couple of them outside in the sun.
What are some of your best book sale finds?
After finishing Eleanor and Park, I am experiencing this:
Image from: weknowmemes.com
This will happen to me from time to time after reading an especially good book. A book with characters who I worry about like they are real. Eleanor and Park are so real to me, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see them walking down the street.
Image from rainbowrowell.com
The book is set in 1986 and tells the story of two unique people who end up sitting next to each other on the bus. Park has a penchant for punk music and Eleanor wears curtain tassels in her hair. For different reasons, they both stick out and in high school (and at home) this can be dangerous. Due to social pressures and trouble at home, it takes them a while to open up to each other, but when they do, they realize that they are “meant to be.”
This is a love story, but it’s also a story about surviving high school, dealing with abusive situations, and standing up for the people you care about. It’s beautifully written–funny and heart-wrenching at the same time.
Highly recommended (if you’re not afraid to get emotionally wrapped up in a book!)
Today was the first meeting of the Youth Summer Reading Club (a book group for kids in grades 3-8). Today marks the second day of hot weather in these parts (in the high 80s). To beat the heat, we stayed inside and did an informal book discussion, played games, and ate popsicles.
To change it up a little, we created a yarn web during our book discussion:
Each kid rolled the yarn ball to someone in the circle and then asked them a question (drawn from a hat) about the book they were reading (some questions were just for fun, like “if you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?”) We followed this up with a game of “picture telephone”:
For this game, the person sitting at the end of the line (farthest to the right) draws a simple picture (like a sun or a house) on a piece of paper. Then the artist outlines the drawing with his/her finger on the next person’s back, and so on down the line until the last person in line. That person draws what they feel on a piece of paper. The group then examines both drawings to see the differences. We came close one time, but most of the final pictures looked like a “pancake face: (a lopsided circle with two lines).
We then moved on to word clouds. Instead of using a computer to create these groupings of related words, we each picked a word for a theme (Minecraft was a popular choice) and used cutout words from magazines to describe it. The results were great!
What’s your favorite way to beat the heat?
Stumbling across this list of banned children’s books made me wonder about the intent behind banning books. Some of the reasons behind banning these books include: the book is “a bad example for children” (Harriet the Spy), the book features “an elaborate fantasy world that might lead to confusion” (The Bridge to Terabithia), and the book “has no value for children of today” (The Wizard of Oz). Apparently, The Diary of Anne Frank was deemed “too depressing.” Hmmm.
Who has the right to limit a child’s mental and emotional growth and development by banning these books? The reasons seem ridiculous (and in the case of Green Eggs and Ham, completely ludicrous).
The only upside to banned books? As “forbidden fruit” they will seem all the more appealing to kids
What’s your favorite banned book?