Fun books and activities for kids from our children's librarians.

Exploring STEAM with "Brainy" Bill Louden

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Stefanie Sinn on May 9, 2019

Late last fall, the Crown Heights Library hosted several STEAM programs presented by science edutainer “Brainy” Bill Louden. From exploring the states of matter, to digging for fossils to spooky science, Brainy Bill made the learning experience accessible and fun for all! We hope to see more of Brainy Bill this summer as we explore “A Universe of Stories”. Just for fun, we thought we’d get to know him better and ask him some mostly serious questions. What exactly is an "edutainer"? An edutainer gets to bring the best of both 'edu'cation and enter'tainment' to each event. Science...

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Kids Create: Flower Blossom Trees

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Liz Blake on Apr 19, 2019

  When the days seem to last a little bit longer, and the flowers begin to poke out of the ground, we can finally start believing that spring is on its way. The sunshine and the warmer weather always inspire me to “think spring” in my arts and crafts programs.  This week in Kids Create, we created Cherry Blossom trees with just a few, easy to find materials. This is a craft I’ve made every spring, since originally being inspired by an old boss of mine.   Materials: Tree template printout Assorted tissue paper (cut into small squares) Glue   This...

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Read & Play: Read-Along Books

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Liz Blake on Apr 10, 2019

A few months ago, Brooklyn Public Library added a very special set of books called read-along books to our picture books collection. These are not your average books. Read-along books come complete with a charged VOX audio playback device that includes a headphone jack, external speaker, play/pause button, volume controls, page-turning controls, rechargeable battery, and removable AC adapter. These books can read to you! Check them out:   "The permanently attached VOX Reader transforms an ordinary print book into an all-in-one read-along. There's no need for...

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Bklyn Kids Presents: Comic Con 2019!

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Rakisha Kearns-White on Apr 2, 2019

Scroll through the slideshow for more photos of this awesome event! This March, the Youth Wing hosted its fourth annual Comic Con with the theme AfroFuturism and the Celebration of Black Nerd Culture. The event, which drew in nearly 650 participants from across all age groups, featured science fiction writing, cartooning workshops, and a Q&A panel about the intersectionality of gender and race in nerd culture. Tweens and teens got the opportunity to have hands-on experience with the library's virtual reality technology and Lego robotics.     We...

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Kids Create: Cereal Box Bookmarks

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Rebecca Rodd on Mar 21, 2019

We recently made bookmarks at Sunset Park Library.  Here's where I got the inspiration.  Using recycled cereal boxes, we cut out and hole-punched rectangles and used paint, markers, glitter, and lots of fun add-ons to decorate our bookmarks. The kids had a great time being the illustrators of their own bookmarks. Find fun Kids Create programs at library branches across Brooklyn!  

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Kids Create: Snowplace Like Home

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Rebecca Rodd on Mar 9, 2019

This winter at Sunset Park Library, we found out there’s Snowplace Like Home. Together, we read “Here Comes Jack Frost” by Kazuno Kohara, and then we made our very own paper villages—and got snowed in! We worked on making our own winter scenery. All it took was some construction paper, a few pre-cut shapes, and a little basic folding talent. …and the kids loved it! They had a great time making their paper villages, and we even used Popsicle sticks, sharpies, and glitter paint to make some snowflakes to go with it. We stuck some self-adhesive magnets on the back of our...

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Read & Play: Ready, Set, Kindergarten is back!

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Jessica Ralli on Mar 6, 2019

On January 22, 2019, families all over New York City submitted Kindergarten applications for the 2019/2020 school year. Thanks to the expansion of Pre-K for All, many of those rising Kindergarteners are currently in Pre-K, learning skills and having experiences that will hopefully prepare them for Kindergarten next year. Even so, the transition to Kindergarten can be a challenge, so if you are looking for ways to help support your 3-5-year-olds develop early literacy and school readiness skills using developmentally appropriate practices, join us for Ready, Set, Kindergarten starting...

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Bklyn Kids Presents: Storytime with Corduroy!

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Rebecca Rodd on Feb 20, 2019

Scroll through the slideshow to see Corduroy fun at the library! On Thursday, February 7, 2019, the Sunset Park Library hosted their special Story Time with Corduroy event, sponsored by the Museum of the City of New York and supported by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Corduroy was a hit! We’d like to give a big thank you to Jeremy Laufer, district manager of Community Board 7, for being our special guest and for reading Corduroy to more than 100 preschoolers, teachers, and parents. After listening to how Corduroy found his person and his new home, the...

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Library Lab: Roller Coaster Challenge

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Juanita James on Feb 14, 2019

Do you love roller coasters?  Or have you ever wondered how roller coasters really work? Check out some books and challenge yourself to go to a Library Lab: Roller Coaster program at your local library! Kids building a roller coaster structure at Paerdegat Library, Image by: Iman Powe Maynard   The Roller Coaster Kid written by Mary Ann Rodman Even though Zach finds roller coasters scary, he rides one with Grandpa in an attempt to make him happy again after Grandma's death. Check the Catalog Engineering written by Emily M. Hunt...

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Kids Create: Valentine's Day Speed Crafting

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Rebecca Rodd on Feb 11, 2019

Every year the team at Services for Older Adults delivers Valentine's Day cards to Books by Mail home-bound patrons and partner agencies. It continues to be a successful tradition at Services for Older Adults as we seek inclusive ways to provide Brooklyn's diverse older adult population with free and equal access to BPL resources through programming. Check out these love-filled cards we sent this year! Valentines Day Book Adventures @ Sunset Park! This past Monday, Sunset Park Library held our monthly Book Adventures program. This month was a Valentine’s Day edition speed crafting...

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Book Talk: 2019 Mock Awards

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Beanbag Amerika on Feb 7, 2019

Every year, at the American Library Association's annual Midwinter Meeting, a slate of awards are handed out to the best and most notable books for children and young adults that were published the preceding year. In anticipation of this announcement, libraries across the country hold their own "mock" awards for some of the major categories. At Brooklyn Public Library we hold three of these mock events: for the Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz. (While I have participated in previous years in the Mock Printz discussion—for Young Adult literature—I sat out this year's and will only be...

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Kids Create: Chinese New Year's Fortune Tellers

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Kathy Gerber on Feb 6, 2019

Cortelyou Library recently made pig fortune tellers in honor of 2019 being the Year of the Pig in the Chinese Zodiac. This is a fun activity that is easy to make. Fold a square piece of pink construction paper into a fortune teller (also known as a cootie catcher). Add ears, eyes and a snout as instructed here.   Older children may want to try writing fortunes inside the cootie catchers that relate to Chinese New Year’s traditions. You need eight fortunes. Here are a few examples. You are strong like a dragon. Bang a drum to scare monsters. Wear red for good luck...

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Read & Play: Branch Playdates

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Liz Blake on Jan 29, 2019

Last year, we shared a post about the Big Brooklyn Playdate that takes place regularly at BPL's Central Library.  The Dweck Auditorium and Lobby are transformed into a magical world as children ages 0-3 and their caregivers play and experiment with hands-on, open-ended activities that are sure to delight children and caregivers alike. Most activities follow recipes that are made up of simple ingredients that can easily be found around the house. They are meant to inspire creation at home with whatever you have! This time, we are highlighting smaller playdates...

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Bklyn Kids Presents: Brooklyn Robotics League

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Christina Ferrari & Cameron Myers on Jan 22, 2019

Do you love LEGOS, robotics, and teamwork? Then you will love the Brooklyn Robotics League! During this year's INTO ORBIT challenge,  kids and teens (ages 9-17) learned to use LEGO EV3 robotics while exploring STEM concepts that transport teams into space. Our robotics team core values are discovery, innovation, impact, inclusion, teamwork, and fun! Don't miss your chance to witness some upcoming robotics competitions at the library! North East Region Semi-Final Competition: January 26th at the Flatbush Branch from 10:00- 4:00 PM North West...

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Library Lab: Slime!

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Cameron Myers on Jan 17, 2019

Looking for good a time? It's always a great day for making slime! If you're not up on the latest slime craze, it's taking libraries and classrooms by storm. Making slime is a great way to introduce chemistry & other STEM concepts such as polymers and viscosity. Check out this video kids made at the Clarendon Branch Library for a great how-to guide!   Want more library lab programs? Check out our calendar of events to find great STEM activites near you!

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Kids Create: Gingerbread Houses!

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Yesha Naik on Dec 31, 2018

Last week Central Youth Wing held their annual Gingerbread House program. Here are some highlights from the event: Our little architects had so much fun creating the Gingerbread houses of their dreams! One participant even sketched out a blueprint of his house beforehand - we love his thoughtful process!  One girl is so in love with rainbows, her house ended up matching her colorful outfit: From Ginger Mansions, to umbrella-inspired houses, we were so impressed with each unique design! For a look at upcoming Kids Create programs at your...

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Book Talk: Tales from the Seasonal Cookie Jar

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Kathy Gerber on Dec 20, 2018

A fresh batch of picture books about cookies will keep kids and adults entertained this holiday season. Cookiesaurus Christmas written by Amy Fellner Dominy and Nate Evans, and Illustrated by AG Ford Visions of funny sugar cookies dressed like dinosaurs may be dancing in your head after reading Cookiesaurus Christmas. This is a laugh out loud story about a cookie decorated as a T-rex (the Cookiesaurus) who vies for a prized spot on Santa’s cookie plate. Will Cookiesaurus succeed in his quest? Milk will be spilled and cookies will be tossed, but kids will cheer for the fun...

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BKLYN Kids Presents: Shelfies!

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Christina Ferrari & Cameron Myers on Dec 5, 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, we asked our fellow librarians to share some of their favorite reads. Enjoy these "shelfies" and discover some great books! Click here to view the full booklist. Picture Books A mix of new and classic titles, check out some of our favorite picture books!   Chapter Books Check out these librarians enjoying some gripping chapter books!     Check this out: Shout out to Windsor Terrace for sharing their awesome Thanksgiving book display!  

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Read & Play: Drag Queen Story Hour

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Liz Blake on Dec 5, 2018

Drag Queen Story Hour is pretty much just what it sounds like: drag queens reading, singing, and spreading joy in libraries, schools, and in bookstores all over the country. “DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real”(DQSH website). Created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco, DQSH now has...

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Library Lab: Learn to Code

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Juanita James on Nov 28, 2018

Learning to Code is the new wave for the future! Check out some books and programs to help you get started! Pictured Above: T4 Volunteer, Christian Giles, teaching coding at Paerdegat Library   You wouldn't want to live without coding written by Alex Woolf How do you code a computer? -- How did coding begin? -- Who invented the first computers? -- How did computers develop? -- What are programming languages? -- How has the Internet affected coding? -- Who creates computer programs? -- What is debugging? -- What is hacking? -- What is a computer virus? -- How...

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