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Every Hero Has a Story: Summer Reading 2015

escape above cityWelcome to Latah County Library District’s Summer Reading Program 2015: Every Hero Has a Story.

Every location in our seven-branch system offers a free summer reading for age 0-18 years as well as free fun and educational events. To find out what your hometown library will offer this summer, choose its page from the top menu.

We strongly encourage all children to sign up for summer reading but do not require it for event attendance.

If you have questions about summer reading or events, please contact your hometown library or the library hosting the event in question.

Have a wonderful summer, and have fun finding your story!


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.

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.

Fun with Math and Science @ Moscow Library

Number BlocksAt LCLD, we’re committed to community education and entertainment. Recently, we’ve become interested in how our libraries can help children and youth explore STEM learning in a relaxed, fun way. According to the Idaho Commission for Libraries, “STEM stands for “Science Technology Engineering Math.” The acronym is used to refer to those areas of study which are encompassed by a wide range of sciences. The last decade has seen an increase in STEM education and programming at all levels.”

Many adults have less-than-fond memories of math and science classes. As parents of preschoolers, we may think, “I was terrible at math and science, and it was boring, too. There’s no way I can help my child learn about those topics. I’ll just have to wait for school to start.”

Have you helped your child learn to count? Have you explained that caterpillars change into butterflies, or that plants come from seeds? Then you’ve already started helping your child learn about math and science, and you may not have even realized it. See how easy that was? Better yet, talking about math and science helps your child build vocabulary and reasoning skills, which will make learning to read much easier.

On September 21, 2013, at 10:30 am, Moscow Public Library is hosting Fun with Math and Science, a family workshop for caregivers and children ages 2-6 sponsored by the ICfL. Using hands-on activity stations, we’ll learn how easily parents can incorporate discussion of math and science concepts into every day life. Activities will be self-guided, but youth services staff will be on hand to answer questions and join the fun. The first 25 participating families will receive a FREE paperback book and a FREE USB drive loaded with STEM resources.

Can’t make it? Try the STEM gameboard for free online games and experiments. Remember, these games are most effective if you and your child enjoy them together.

For more information on events at LCLD, visit our online events calendar. See you soon!