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It’s Almost Time to Party!

Our giant end of summer bash is almost here! If you’re participating in our Summer Reading program, make sure you join us on Wednesday, August 21 at 3:00pm. Bring your bingo reading log, and we’ll celebrate with everyone who’s completed their five-in-a-row bingo.

 

At the party, we’ll have music, games, crafts, face painting, and more. If the weather’s good (let’s all cross our fingers!) we’ll party on the library lawn, and town hall will be our rain location. If we're outside, bring along a blanket or towel to sit on. If you’ve completed a blackout bingo, make sure you stop at the Children’s Reference Desk inside the library to claim your prize.

 

(If you can’t make it to the party but you’ve completed a blackout bingo, you can still visit the library after the party to get your prize. Also, if you aren’t in attendance and win a raffle prize, we’ll contact you and you can pick your prize up at the library when you can.)

 

Summer Reading Party Schedule

 

3:00pm: Party Begins! Face painter, crafts, games, and MUSIC with the Rockabye Beats Band!

 

3:45pm: Raffle Drawing - We’ll draw names…

Blast Off to Summer Reading!

 

Summer Reading has officially begun here at the Winchester Public Library! Kids ages 4 and up are encouraged to come into the library and pick up a bingo card reading log. Each square of the bingo card is a type of book (i.e. mystery, funny book, etc) or an activity (i.e. read a book in the library). When kids get a bingo - 5 squares in a row in any direction - their card becomes their ticket to the end of summer party on August 21. Kids who get a blackout - all the squares - get a bonus prize at the end of the summer.

 

 

In addition to their reading log, we’ve got fun games that kids can play if they check something out to take home. When kids win the game, they get a raffle ticket and we’ll draw names at the party for some awesome prizes. We’ll have a new game each week, and kids can play up to once a day.

 

In addition to all this fun, we’ve got tons of exciting events going on! Check our online calendar of events to find out about all the fun!

New Reading Rocks Books are Here!

 

They’re here, they’re here! The 2019-2020 Winchester Reading Rocks list has been officially released, and we’ve got tons of copies of the books here at the library!

 

Every year the Winchester Public Schools puts out a list of great books. Kids who read a certain number of these books can enter a raffle to represent their school on a trivia team at the annual Battle of the Books.

 

This year’s Battle of the Books took place on Tuesday, June 4

 

Your fearless librarians!

Excited contestants

Victory!

You’ll want to check out some of these books so you don’t miss the excitement of next year’s Battle of the Books! Come on in and pick one up today!

Lego Mindstorms: The Ultimate Battle

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For six weeks in March and April, we hosted a Lego Mindstorms workshop. Kids in grades 4 and 5 learned all about building complex Lego robots and how to use a great software program to create some pretty complicated coding to make these robots move. During the final week, our workshop culminated in a robot BattleBot rumble!

 

Here’s your chance to check out some great photos from these workshops and find out a little more about what these kids learned and accomplished!

 

 The first week, we began by focusing on coding by creating some games using Scratch. Then for the next four weeks we learned all about the Lego Mindstorms equipment. We build a few different robots and attachments and did lots of experiments with writing code to make them move, play sounds, show displays, and utilize sensors to alter their movements. Here are a few shots of the kids’ learning in action!

 

 

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STEAM Fair at Lincoln Elementary

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Last week, the library hosted a table at Lincoln Elementary’s Full STEAM Ahead night. As in years past, the event was a grand success and was very well attended. Various STEAM-related organizations from all over the area had tables to advertise the programs and services available to families here in Winchester.

 

 

We were there highlighting the programs we offer that are specifically STEAM related, and we had legos for kids to build with and WeDo Robotics to demonstrate.

 

We’ve got STEAM programming for all ages, including:

 

  • Preschool STEAM - storytime with hands-on science experiments for ages 3-5

Thank you for all the PJs!

 

Once again, our Winchester community has been astoundingly generous donating adorable pajamas to local children in need! We so appreciate the resounding response we received. This year we collected 52 sets of pajamas - that’s twice what we gathered last year!

 

These pajamas will be distributed through the Department of Children and Families and Cradles to Crayons, and will help keep area kids cozy throughout the year.