Children’s Blog

Lego Mindstorms is Back!

It’s time to take our Lego robotics programming to the next level!

 

Once a year, we run a six-week workshop for kids in grades 4 and 5 to experiment with Lego Mindstorms! Learn how to build awesome, complex robots. Plus, you’ll learn how to use Lego’s coding language to make your robot’s motors and sensors move.

 

By the final week, you’ll work in teams to create battle bots! You’ll go head to head in an ultimate robot rumble.

 

The workshop starts on Wednesday, March 6 and runs through Wednesday, April 10. You’ll need to register and spots are limited, so sign up today! Registering for the first session will automatically register you for all 6 weeks.

It’s PJ Time Again!

For the third year in a row, the Winchester Public Library is participating in the annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive.

Now through March 15, stop in anytime we’re open to drop off brand new pajamas. We’re looking for all youth sizes, from tiny babies up through teenagers. We’ve got a box located at the Children’s Reference desk where we’re collecting the PJs.

We’re one of many libraries serving as a drop-off location for brand new children’s and teen pajamas. These will be distributed to children who need them through Cradles to Crayons and the Department of Children and Families, which means these pajamas will stay local and help kids in our area!

Unfortunately, we cannot accept any gently used pajamas. They must be brand new with tags still on them.

Let’s see if we can collect more donations that previous years!

STEAM Into the New Year!

 

 

Have you been itching to experiment with our Lego WeDo Robotics equipment? Have you ever wondered how inventors create new robots? Looking for some quality time in the great outdoors? We’ve got you covered! We are kicking off 2019 with tons of great STEAM programming!

Legopalooza

Kids can let their creativity shine while they work on beginning engineering skills using Lego bricks! We’ll provide lots of Legos to play with, you supply the ideas. For ages 4 and up. No need to register, just drop-in anytime between 10:30 and noon.

Saturday, January 5, 10:30am-12:00pm

Lego WeDo Robotics

Sign up for a 3-week workshop where you’ll learn how to use the Lego motors and sensors along with the computer programming software to make your creations move. This workshop series will be for kids in grades 2 through 5. If you’ve done a Lego robotics program here before, you’re welcome to come again. This will also be a great program for kids who’ve never tried Lego WeDo before and would like to learn how. You only need to register once, and your child will be registered for all three sessions.

Wednesday, January 9, 3:30-5:00pm

Wednesday, January 16, 3:30-5:00pm

Wednesday, January 23, 3:30-5:00pm

iRobot

Find out what it’s like to work in the robotics industry with our friends from iRobot! The company that invented the Roomba will be here to give you a peek into real life inventions. They’ll even bring robots to demo for us! No need to register, but we’ll start right at 3:30.

Thursday, January 10, 3:30pm

STEAM Club

At every STEAM Club we explore some element of science, technology, engineering, art, or math with hands-on, in-depth experiments! You won’t want to miss this month’s fun! Register beginning January 3 on our online calendar. For grades 2-5.

Thursday, January 24, 4:30pm

Tinkergarten

Even in the cold of winter, it’s fun to be outdoors and learn a little about the environment in the process! We’ll have tons of fun playing on the library lawn, and learning while we do it! For children ages 18 months through 8 years old with a caregiver.

Mary Poppins is Back! Let’s Celebrate!

 

Celebrate the release day of the new Mary Poppins Returns movie here at the library with us! We’ll do activities and play tons of games based on the original movie to get us excited for the new one. We’ll play music like Burt, pin bow ties on penguins, “Feed the Birds” in a tossing game, do some thematic bowling, and more!

The party begins Wednesday, December 19, at 3:30pm. No need to register, just come on by. There will be fun for all ages, so bring the whole family along!

 

Books for Holiday Giving!

 

As gift-giving season approaches, we've put our heads together to come up with some of our favorite new (and slightly less new) books this year! We wanted to share this list with everyone just in case anyone needs a little help finding a just right holiday gift!

Suggestions for Holiday Gift Books 2018

You’ll find our list is organized into sections of picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, and seasonal books.

Don’t see the perfect book for the person you’re shopping for? Drop in and we’ll make personalized suggestions just for you!

 

Summer Reading Party!

 

It’s almost time for our Summer Reading Party!

You won’t want to miss the culmination of this year’s Summer Reading program! Join us for games, crafts, and live music for everyone who completed a bingo on their Summer Reading Bingo Card (so remember to bring your completed bingo cards). This year, weather permitting, we’ll have the party outside on the library lawn!

We’ll have amazingly fun musical entertainment from Toe Jam Puppet Band! Bring a blanket and sit on the grass, or be up and dancing along.

After the performance, we’ll draw names for our Summer Reading Raffle! Kids who’ve played and won our weekly games are eligible to win tons of awesome prizes.