Children’s Blog

Music with Ed Morgan!

Yesterday Ed Morgan was here and played some great music! We had a huge turnout (over 40 kids!). Everyone danced, sang, and had an awesome time!! Thanks Ed!!

February Workshop - Drumming Monkey

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We started out this month's workshop with the question, "What type of mechanical element links the three videos below?"

The answer is "cams/camshafts/crankshafts." 

The first video is of a "Strandbeest," the creation of Dutch inventor and artist Theo Jansen. There's a good shot of the crankshaft driving the contraption at the 20 second mark. I also brought in a working scale model of a Strandbeest so the kids could get a close-up look at one.

Cam mechanisms are important to this workshop because they are what move the arms of our Drumming Monkey. We explored how varying the placement of the cams on the spinning shaft would change the rhythm of the drumming. We also experimented with lengthening the monkey's arms. Finally, we began to try some more advanced programming using motion sensors to trigger our models.

We'll be covering this last subject in more depth during our March workshop. See you then!

In Between Snowstorms...

In between snowstorms we like to hang out and read with Chester (the big bear) and Little Bear!

Photo Booth on Take Your Child to the Library Day!!!

Did you know today (2/7/15) was National Take Your Child to the Library Day?? Thanks to everyone who visited our "Take Your Child to the Library Day" Photo Booth! The photos came out great!

Email us at if you'd like us to send you one in a larger size!!

Donations wanted

Do you have unused and unwanted LEGOs cluttering up your house? Please consider donating them to the Winchester Public Library. We have a couple of different LEGO programs that could always use more bricks. Just bring them by the Children's Room and we'll happily put them to good use.


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Today we held our first ever LEGOPALOOZA event! LEGOPALOOZA is a drop in event where kids ages 5-12 are welcome to come in from 10:30-12pm and build their own LEGO creation! LEGOPALOOZA will be held once a month on the third Saturday of the month, we hope to see you there next time!

Check out some of the cool LEGO structures the kids built...