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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.

 

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!