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News from the Youth Department

  • Rhyme and rhythm are great tools for boosting literacy at any age. From Mother Goose to Jack Prelutsky to Emily Dickinson, poetry helps us use and understand language in new and interesting ways. National Poetry Month in April gives us a great opportunity to introduce kids to all types and styles of poetry, and there's poetry aplenty in the Youth Services department all month long!

    Pick up a hunt sheet for our Poetry Scavenger Hunt at the Youth Services desk and begin your search for great poems. Turn in your completed sheet for a chance to win a magnetic poetry set. One entry per kid, ages 5-14.

    Memorize and recite a poem for staff at the Youth Services desk to enter a drawing to win a magnetic poetry set. Kids ages 5-14 are eligible when they recite a poem with 3 lines or more. Memorize and recite another poem for another entry! One entry per poem per person. Pick out your poem from one of the books in our hallway display or from our "Poem in Your Pocket" wall!

    Kids 4 and younger can pick up a Nursery Rhyme Bingo card and hunt for nursery rhyme characters in the murals in the Inger Boye room to get “bingo” and win a prize!

    Big kids in 4th to 8th grades are invited to our Blackout Poetry Party on April 18, where we'll use markers and recycled books to make amazing poems! No poetry experience required. Refreshments will be provided. Click here to register.

New Book Reviews

The Wizard's Dog by Eric Kahn Gale for 3rd Grade through 5th Grade
The Wolf Keepers by Elsie Broach for 4th Grade through 6th Grade
The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey for 3rd Grade through 4th Grade
Sea Otter Rescue by Suzi Eszterhas for 3rd Grade through 6th Grade
King Baby by Kate Beaton for Preschoolers through 3rd Grade
Sniffer & Tinni: A True Tale of Amazing Animal Friendship by Berit Helberg for Preschoolers through 3rd Grade