Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Check Out An iPad!

The River Forest Children’s Room now has Early Literacy iPads for you to explore. Adult patrons can check out iPads from the Chidlren’s Room desk to use with their kids in the Children’s Room. You can use the iPads to read eBooks from Media On Demand and TumbleBooks. The iPads are also loaded with apps to help children learn letters, numbers, shapes and more! Stop by the RFPL Children’s Room and check out an iPad today.

Friday, February 24, 2012

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle was published and won the Newbery Award 50 years ago. Combining time travel and the fight between good and evil, this classic science fiction novel has stood the test of time. It is considered to be the 'grandmother' of other outstanding fantasy series like Harry Potter. On Sunday, March 5 at 3PM we will be celebrating this golden anniversary with a book discussion group. This is an "Everyone" program--all ages are welcome to share memories, impressions, and thoughts about his wonderful book. Snacks will be served. Pick up a copy of A Wrinkle in Time at the circulation desk (or check your bookshelves or attics for your own loved copy) and join us for a lively afternoon.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cartooning Success

Creativity in action!
We had a wonderful time on Saturday at the "Cartooning and Comics for Kids" program. After going over the basic elements of a comic strip, participants jumped into creating their own characters and stories.
Sketching away...
There was so much creative thinking going on and some great new characters were created. We look forward to having an event like this again in the future!
Considering the options for a new comic book character

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

New Historical Fiction

We have just added some new Historical Fiction titles to the children's collection. If you are a fan of Historical Fiction or are just looking for something new, give these titles a shot!
Jefferson's Sons
By: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Beverly, Harriet, Madison, and Eston are Thomas Jefferson's children, but their mother is a slave, so they must keep their father's identity secret. They get special treatment--better work, better shoes, even violin lessons--but they are still slaves. Their father has promised to set them all free when each turns twenty-one. Some of them are light-skinned enough that they will be able to enter white society--and thereby turn their backs on home forever. Others won't have that option. So just what did their father mean when he wrote all men are created equal?
R My Name is Rachel
By: Patricia Reilly Giff
It's 1936 and twelve-year-old Rachel's family doesn't have two nickels to rub together. Rachel lives in the city with her Pop and her younger brother and sister. Rachel's mother died long ago and Pop needs a job. His search for work lands the family on a farm upstate, in North Lake. But times are hard here, too--the school and the library are closed. When Pop's job takes him away from home for a while, Rachel is determined that she and her siblings will do just fine on the farm without him.
The Lions of Little Rock
By: Kristen Levine
In 1958 Little Rock, Arkansas, painfully shy twelve-year-old Marlee sees her city and family divided over school integration, but her friendship with Liz, a new student, helps her find her voice and fight against racism.
By: Barbara Wright
In 1898, Moses Thomas's summer vacation does not go exactly as planned as he contends with family problems and the ever-changing alliances among his friends at the same time as he is exposed to the escalating tension between the African-American and white communities of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Cartooning & Comics for Kids!

We love comics and graphic novels at the River Forest Public Library. We hope you do to! Join us for the upcoming program: Cartooning and Comics for Kids!

When: February 11th from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The RFPL Meeting Room
Who: Children in grades 2 - 4

Create your own comic book character, draw your own comic strip and learn how comics work!

Registration is required for this program. Visit the Children’s Room desk or call us at 708-366-5205 to register.