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Summer Reading 2014 @ Your Libraries

Welcome to Fizz Boom Read: Summer Reading 2014!

All seven Latah County Library District libraries have wonderful guests, events, and of course reading programs on offer this year for ages 0-18 years. To find out more, please click on your hometown library’s name in the menu at the top of the page. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

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New Hours Start January 6 @ Juliaetta!

Beginning January 6, 2014, Juliaetta Community Library will observe a new open hours schedule to better serve patrons. The new hours will be as follows:

Tuesday: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesday: Noon – 6:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday-Monday: Closed

Storytimes at Juliaetta will remain true to the current schedule and continue to begin at 10:30 am on Thursday mornings except during holiday weeks.

Until January 6, 2014, Juliaetta Community Library will continue to keep its current open hours schedule.

Catching Fire Launch Party @ Moscow Library

To celebrate the release of Catching Fire, the latest movie based on Suzanne Collins’s popular young adult dystopian series The Hunger Games, Moscow Library held a movie launch party for teens on November 21. Check out some of our fun activities.

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Staff created a display of dystopian fiction titles for Hunger Games fans.

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One of our talented volunteers gave a grocery store cake a makeover to create the Cake That Was On Fire.

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Ready for the Reaping.

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Partygoers make key chains with the help of our volunteer Denise…er, we mean Clove, District 2 tribute.

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Katniss and Foxface smile for the camera before entering the Arena.

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Tributes wrestle for supplies at the Cornucopia.

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Tributes try to survive the poison berry challenge.

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Finally, tributes fought to the death in a spirited game of Ninja. Don’t worry; it’s not nearly as violent as it appears.

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Tributes anxiously await the crowning of the victor.

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The winner receives her spoils: two tickets to see Catching Fire!

The party was a blast for participants and staff alike, and we can’t wait for our next great teen event!

Imagining the Fun @ Moscow Library

Moscow Library held its Idaho Family Reading Week 2013 celebration on November 18. Family Reading Week gives libraries a chance to highlight the joy of families reading together. This year’s theme, Imagine the Fun, brought to mind a host of fun and imaginative activities.

Program participants enjoyed readings of youth librarian Jacki Fulwood’s favorite picturebooks Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea and Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin. Outreach librarian Betsy Bybell taught participants the fun chant Going on a Dragon Hunt.

Special guests Orphan Acres Equine Rescue brought the stars of the evening, two live “unicorns” from their home herd. FRW 025Brent Glover holds Joey, a miniature horse–er, unicorn–for photo ops.FRW 022 Joey shows patrons how much a unicorn loves nose rubs.

After our special guests went home, we headed back inside the library for a puppet production by Miss Betsy.FRW 032
The front row watches as a young puppet prince goes on a dragon hunt. We even got to use the chant Miss Betsy taught us earlier in the evening.

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The young prince meets a charming and hug-happy octopus. Well, what else are you gonna do with all those arms?

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The audience cracks up at one of the many gags in the play.

After the puppet show, each child received an Imagination Journal they can use to continue their imaginative journey at home. We also enjoyed some light and unusual refreshments, including Unicorn Poop cookies, Dragon Coal brownies, and Magic Wand pretzels.

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Library staff can’t wait to see what next year’s Family Reading Week will bring!

Staff Pumpkin Contest @ Moscow Library

Moscow Public Library is hosting its 2nd annual Staff Pumpkin Decorating Contest. From now until October 30, patrons can see our talented staff members’ gourdly beauties on display in the glass case across from the front door and vote for a favorite design. The winning pumpkins will be crowned on Halloween morning.

Here’s a look at the entries. They’re even more stunning in person, so be sure to come visit them before they’re gone.

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turtlepumpkins 009Which one is your favorite? Be sure to drop your ballot in the Vote-a-Lantern by October 30!

Teen Read Week @ Moscow Library

Moscow Public Library will celebrate this year’s Teen Read Week from October 14-19.

In keeping with this year’s theme of Seek the Unknown, teens are invited to a special presentation by the Lewiston Idaho Paranormal Society. No actual ghost-hunting will take place, but teens will have the chance to hear paranormal investigators talk about the technology they use to seek the unknown. The first 25 participants will receive a free TRW USB drive.

Stay tuned for more ways to Seek the Unknown at your library!

We Had Fun with Math and Science!

At Moscow Public Library’s first Fun with Math and Science event, participants and staff definitely had fun with early math and science concepts. Have a look:

Bridge building challenge   These families are trying out our Building Challenge. In this activity, we asked children to build bridges out of wooden blocks. The catch? They had to make the span of the bridge out of paper. Parents helped them experiment with different ways of stacking the blocks and folding or pleating paper to make the bridges stronger.

Button sorting station

The Sorting station was a participant favorite. Children at this station sorted buttons by a self-selected attribute (color, shape, size, etc) and had their parents guess the attribute. Parents also sorted and asked children to guess the attribute.

Shapes and Giveaway Station

Here we see participants tallying up the number of circles and triangles they found in the room. Also pictured are the free books and USB drives provided for participants by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.

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At the Pattern Station, parents and children used Duplo blocks to create color patterns. Pattern recognition is an important foundational skill in mathematics.

Miss Jacki and MIss Betsy were excited to see the great response to Fun with Math and Science. We hope to hold more events like this one in the future.