News From the Children’s Room




Three Apples Book Award

Launched in 2007, Three Apples Book Award is awarded annually in three different categories: Young Reader, Children, and Teen. The award was developed to encourage the joys of reading for pleasure. What makes the award unique is that titles are culled and nominated entirely by kids, for kids. School and children’s librarians from across the state oversee the process, but the titles chosen are generated entirely by participating youth.

Nominating forms for books on levels for children in preschool, grades K – 2 and grades 3-5 are available in the Children’s Room. Please come in to nominate your favorite book title. This will go to creating a statewide ballot of the top 15 titles in each category. After reading or listening to at least three of the nominated titles, children vote next April for their top choice. The winning three titles announced are announced in schools and public libraries across the state in May. Winning titles, and their author, are honored with the presentation of the Three Apples Book Award.

Halloween

What are you going to be for Halloween? It’s that time of year to plan your Halloween costume. Whether you’re going to be a witch, superhero, cartoon character or another fantasy character, it is a fun time of year! We have books in the Children’s Room about the history of Halloween, and books to help you plan a party, or create your own jack-o-lantern! Check out books like Making A Jack-O’-Lantern Step By Step by J. Angelique Johnson, or Halloween Crafts by Jean Eick, Kids’ Pumpkin Projects by Deanna F. Cook, My Very Own Halloween by Robin West, Ralph Masiello’s Halloween Drawing Book, or Halloween by Alice K. Flanagan. Or how about the story of Wicked Jack by Connie Wooldridge, or The Hallo- Weiner by Dav Pilkey, Porkenstein by Kathryn Lasky and Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds? Fall Storytimes and Book Discussions

Registration began on Monday, September 18. Please check with the librarians in the Children’s Room or Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org) for availability. Non-residents’ registration began Monday, October 2nd . You must do a separate registration for each child you wish to attend the storytime. Please arrive promptly. If you are late, your spot may be given to someone on the waitlist for that day.

Registration for book discussions is in the Children’s Room only and began on September 18th. Non-residents’ registration began Monday, October 2, 2017. Please arrive promptly. If you are late, your spot may be given to someone on the waitlist for that day. All programs are one hour.

Chapter Chat, for children presently enrolled in Second Grade. An introductory book discussion featuring a game, a craft, and more! Program is one hour.

Monday, October, 23, 2017, 4PM-5PM. Andy Shane, HERO at Last, by Jennifer Jacobson. A beverage and snack will be provided.

The Book Ends, for children presently enrolled in Grades 3, 4 and 5. Join us for games and activities! Program is one hour.

Monday, December 4, 2017, 4PM-5PM. The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13, by Honest Lee. A beverage and snack will be provided.

Tween Book Discussion, for children in Grades 4-7, Monday, November 6, from

6-7PM. Join us to discuss the book Wonder, by R. J. Palacio, in anticipation of the upcoming movie opening November, 17. Registration is required on Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org) with a library card beginning Monday, October 2 at 9:30AM. Bring a brown bag dinner. A beverage and snack will be provided.

Fall 2017 Programs

Thursday, November 9th

*Drop In LEGO Club

Come with your old friends and make new friends at the LEGO Club. This monthly club will meet Thursday November 9th from 4:00PM to 5:00PM and is for children in Grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. No registration required. Space is limited. Children will be accommodated on a first-come, firstserved basis. The Library will provide LEGO bricks for children to build with during the program. The Drop-In LEGO Club was made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Garden City Public Library as well as through LEGO donations from library patrons.

Saturday, October 14th *Up in the Air with the Long Island

Children’s Museum

This program is for children in Grades K-2 at 12:00PM and Grades 3-5 at 1:30PM. Registration is online on Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org) with a Library Card. You must do a separate registration for each child you wish to attend the program. Please arrive promptly. If you are late, your spot may be given to someone on the waitlist.

Thursday, October 26th

Preschool Halloween

Costume Party

This fun program is for children ages 2 ½ to 5 (Not in Kindergarten) and an adult caregiver and runs from 10:15AM-11:30AM. Enjoy music and more with your favorite Children’s Librarians. Costumes are encouraged! Costume parade through the Library starts at 10:15AM. No registration required. Space is limited. Families will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Saturday, December 2nd

*Family Gingerbread House

Program with The Baking Coach

This program is for children ages 2 ½ through fifth grade and up to three other family members and runs about 90 minutes. Choose one time slot: 10:30AM-12:00PM, or 12:30PM-2:00PM. Registration is required. Only one member per household registers. Registration begins Monday, November 20 at 9:30 AM on Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org) with a Library Card. Please arrive promptly. If you are late, your spot may be given to someone on the waitlist.

Wednesday December 6th

*Full Steam Ahead with A Time for Kids

This 45-minute program, beginning at 7:00 PM is an interactive educational program is for children ages 2 ½ -5 (not in kindergarten), and an adult caregiver. Registration is required and begins Monday, November 27 at 9:30 AM on Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org) with a Library Card. You must do a separate registration for each child you wish to attend the program. Please arrive promptly. If you are late, your spot may be given to someone on the waitlist.

Tween Programs

Wednesday November 29th

Monthly Chess Club

This monthly club meets from 4:00PM to 5:00PM and is for tweens in grades 4-7. No instruction will be given. Tweens should have a basic understanding of the game. The Library will provide chess games for Tweens to use. Registration is required on Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org) with a Library Card and is underway.

Saturday, November 18

1:00PM-2:00PM

Tween Quidditch Tournament

Sign up for your team and compete in our Quidditch Tournament! Weather permitting, this program will be held outside. In the event of inclement weather, this program will be cancelled. This program is open to tweens and teens grades 4-7. Registration required. Registrants must sign up for a team or to be the Snitch in advance online via Eventkeeper (www.gardencitypl.org) with a Library Card beginning Monday, October 30 at 9:30AM. There are limited spots on each team and to play as the Snitch. Registrants are asked to wear the color of the team they are signed up for (Green – Slytherin, Blue – Ravenclaw, Red – Gryffindor, Yellow – Hufflepuff) and Snitches are asked to wear black.

*Funding for these programs has been provided by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library. Priority for registration and participation is given to children who are Garden City Public Library cardholders.



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