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LEGO Mindstorms: Battle Bots!

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The second half of our LEGO Mindstorms workshop culminated with Battle Bots! First the kids had to learn more about programming their robots, then they dove into designing one for battle.


At our fourth week, we learned about programming tools like loop blocks and switches. Then we explored a variety of sensors and learned a little about taking measurements and writing programs using the sensors.


Learning how to code using loops and switches.


Building a new piece onto their robots that utilizes a sensor.


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It’s Here! Pajama Drive 2018!

What’s more fun to shop for than children’s PJs?


For the second year, the Winchester Public Library is participating in a Pajama Drive. In collaboration with Cradles to Crayons, Wonder Fund, and the Boston Bruins, we’re collecting brand new children’s pajamas to donate to local kids and teens. These pajamas will be distributed through the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families to local kids who need them.


Unfortunately, we can’t accept any gently used pajamas. They must be brand new with the tags still on them. And we’ll take any size, birth through teenagers - remember, big kids need PJs too!


Now through March 15, drop off your brand new PJs in the Children’s Room. You’ll see a big box next to a sign - just drop your donation in the box!


LEGO Mindstorms

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We’re halfway through our six-week LEGO Mindstorms workshop with fourth and fifth graders, and we’ve already learned a lot! The first week, we familiarized ourselves with our building materials and we practiced building a simple robot in teams of three.


 Exploring the many, many LEGOs in each Mindstorms set.


Someone's very camera shy.


Working together to build a robot


Coming Soon: TWO sessions of Itsy Bitsy Readers!

Itsy Bitsy Readers is our storytime program for for babies who are not yet walking and their caregivers. Over the past year, this program has become quite popular and has drawn increasingly large crowds.Since programs for babies work best in small groups, we’ve decided to add a second storytime session to accommodate this high demand! We will now host two storytimes with an open playtime in between.


Our new Wednesday morning schedule will be:


10:00-10:30pm - Itsy Bitsy Readers

Stories, songs, and rhymes led by a librarian.


10:30-11:00am - Itsy Bitsy Playtime

Stay after our first session or come early for our second session to spend some time playing with developmentally appropriate toys. You and your baby get a chance to socialize with other babies and families.


11:00-11:30am - Itsy Bitsy Readers

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We’ve Lost Our Marbles (in a Maze)!

We made marble mazes in STEAM Club!

Have you heard about STEAM Club? About half a dozen times per year, we do STEAM programs for kids in grades 2-5. We focus on a wide variety of scientific topics, and we do a hands-on activity every time. In previous STEAM Clubs, we’ve dissected owl pellets, made slime, and catapulted marshmallows!


This time, we explored the physics of motion using marbles. We discussed gravity, friction, and how the angle of a marble run affects the marble’s movement. We discussed a couple of Newton’s Laws of Motion.  Then we used this knowledge to make our own marble mazes in shoe boxes!


We’ll continue to do STEAM Club periodically throughout the year, so keep an eye out for it in the future! Check out a couple more photos before, and visit our Facebook page for even more pictures of our marble fun!


Just getting started after discussing gravity, friction, angles, and more!



Hard at work!

It’s Written In Our Stars

Hands-on fun with Star Wars toys (action figures?)


We’ve had some really awesome star-related fun here at the library!


On Saturday, we learned all about Star Wars with expert Peter Struzziero. Kids had the chance to play with tons of Star Wars toys, we learned about the history of Star Wars, and we watched tons of exciting (and sometimes hilarious) Star Wars videos.


Checking out the atmosphere of Venus in the planetarium. Can you see the kids watching in the darkness? 

Today we had a visit from Blue Star Planetarium. Kids and parents entered an amazing blow-up dome. Inside we watched a presentation about searching for the presence of water in our solar system called Oasis in Space. Then we took a look at what the night sky looks like and learned about where stars and constellations are located.