Children’s Blog

The Buzz on Bees!

Bees in the library! Yes! This Saturday we had a visit from The Barefoot Bee beekeepers. They brought real, live bees (see below for a picture of the portable hive), tools they use to work with the bees and also explained just how important bees are to our everyday life! It was quite a learning experience! For more information on bees stop by the Children's Room and check out a book today!

 traveling beehive

Brian Lies at Authorfest!!

Today as part of Authorfest we were so excited to have a visit from author/illustrator Brian Lies author of Bats at the Library! He read to us from one of his books, told us how he creates them and even drew us a picture!

Brian Lies


Brian Lies bat


Brian Lies drawing


A special thank you to WFEE, Brian Lies and all the authors who visited us in town today!

Books of the Week!

Here's a list of past Books of the Week!


Week of April 30th

Continuing with all things related to space, stars and galaxies far, far away...guard your grills Earthlings and check out Take Me To Your BBQ, a new picturebook by Kathy Duval!

Aliens have landed on Willy's farm, and they're not leaving without a square dance and a square meal! So fire up that grill, pour on the barbeque sauce, and snatch up that fiddle...

bbq cover


Week of April 8th

This month in the Children's Room we're highlighting all things related to space, stars and galaxies far, far away. Peter H. Reynolds's new picturebook Sky Color beautifully illustrates how a child imagines the sky above us. Check it out today!

How can Marisol ever create a sky without blue paint? After gazing out the bus window and watching from her porch as day turns into night, she closes her eyes and starts to dream...

sky color image

Week of March 25th

In 1968, E.L. Konigsberg became the only author (so far) to receive both the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor in the same year. She won the Medal for her beloved classic, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler, and an Honor for the lesser-known Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth. Konigsberg also won the Newbery Medal in 1997 for The View from Saturday.

Almost everyone knows the story about the sister and brother who run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but many of today's readers overlook this forgotten classic. Elizabeth is new in town and has no friends until she meets Jennifer, an unusual girl who just happens to be a master witch.

Konigsberg is a masterful writer, and this, her first novel, is no exception. Like many authors she started her career as a teacher. She was inspired to write when she realized that many of her students were "softly comfortable on the outside and solidly uncomfortable on the inside*." This understanding of the inner life of her characters ensures her books' enduring appeal.

Konigsburg book cover

Week of March 18th

Three Times Lucky by Shelia Turnage

Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a café and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.

three times lucky cover


Week of March 11th 2013

Continuing with the Month of Mystery here in the Children's Room, check out this great graphic novel Spy,…

Preschool Storytime Club!

Preschool Storytime Club is always a lot of fun! Today we read books about ducks and chicks and made our own "hatching eggs".  Visit us in the Children's Room for more information on Preschool Storytime Club!

kids with hatching eggs

Everyone loved Lucky Ducklings by Eva Moore!

Lucky Ducklings


Crafts are a really fun part of Storytime Club!


The finished product!

hatching egg craft


Read to a Dog!

Mira the cockapoo loves reading with the kids!

Read to a Dog

Have you read to a dog yet? Our Certified Reading Partners are in the library once a month to read with you! Stop by the Children's Room for more information about this special program!

A Visit from Firefighter Josh!

Firefighter Josh Fire Escape Plan

This week we were fortunate to have a visit from our friend Firefighter Josh! He came to talk about fire safety, fire escape plans and to show us the special equipment he uses during fires and emergencies! He also read us a story called No Dragons for Tea by Jean Pendziwol. If you missed Firefighter Josh here at the library he welcomes visits at the  Winchester Fire Department, stop by and visit him soon! Also, come visit us in the Children's Room for more books and information on fire safety, firefighters and fire engines!

Firefighter Josh reading

Firefighter Josh searching