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June 27, 2006 > It's all happening at your library's children's department

It's all happening at your library's children's department

by Gail Orwig

This year's reading game theme at the Alameda County Library is "Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales," an animal-themed board game, which will run from June 12 to August 12. Student volunteers going into grades 7th through 9th this coming fall help the children's staff with the game. Many of the library programs that will also be held this summer tie into the Summer Reading Game -there will be puppet shows, magic tricks, storytellers, a craft program and many more. At Fremont Main Library, call (510) 745-1421 for details. Tri-City libraries will also be having programs; call your neighborhood branch during open hours for more information.

After the summer season, the ever-busy Children's Department goes into their school-year programming mode. Seasonal school-age story times (ages 5 and up), pre-school story times (ages 3-5), Toddler Time (24-35 months), and Baby Bounce (12-23 months) follow sequentially.

We also offer three other school-age programs at various times of the school year: there is "Lift the Page to the Stage," where students in grades 4-8 can learn to tell stories; "Page-Turners," a book discussion group for grades 4-6; and several times a year we offer "There's More to the Internet Than Google," a one-hour introduction and tips on using the library's Kid's Page (which includes the Alameda County Library's Children's Catalog and some great web sites to help with various homework topics) for grades 4-6 and 7-8 on alternating months. With the exception of the school-age story time, you must register for all of the above programs.

Fall is also the time when the first of the twice-a-year Booklegger training sessions happens. If you are not familiar with the Bookleggers, they are volunteers from the community who have been bringing the joy of reading into K-8 classrooms in the Fremont Unified School District for nearly 22 years. If you would like to become a Booklegger, please attend one of our next Booklegger orientations, which will take place on Wednesday, September 20: the first is from 2 to 3 p.m., and the second, 7 to 8 p.m. The training will be held in the Van Doorn Room. You need only attend one orientation-the 8-week training session will take place Tuesdays, 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

In addition to the above programs, from time to time we have special programs (Math-Science Nucleus, film programs, craft programs, programs that tie in with book celebrations). Information about many of our programs can be viewed on our website, by clicking on the specific library branch, then on "Monthly Calendar" or "Events" for that branch.

Database of the Month: America the Beautiful

Click on:> Kids> Homework Help> America The Beautiful

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One of the websites we like to highlight when we do our hands-on "There's More to the Internet Than Google," Kid's Place classes is "America The Beautiful." Designed for grades 4 and up, this site starts out with an interactive map of the United States. You can click on any state you want (make sure you click on the name!) and up pops an introductory page on that state, with a left-hand column of headings such as Fast Facts, History, Geography, Economy, etc. One of our favorite headings is the one called Profiles: this heading is useful if part of the student's assignment involves finding a famous person born in the state they've been assigned. There's another heading called Spotlights, these highlight significant features and places famous in that state (e.g., Big Sur, San Diego Zoo and San Francisco Museum of Art are listed for California). Pages can be printed in part or in their entirety.

There is also an Advanced Search mode, shown by a star above the tabs at the top. If you do a search on Mount Rushmore, you get 11 documents, which are all printable and e-mailable.

On the bottom of the page is the starred Further Reading and Teacher Resources. The Teacher Resources include class projects and activities. Last but not least, since America the Beautiful is part of the Grolier family, there are links to online Dictionaries, Atlases and other Grolier products. And this is just one online resource you will find at Kid's Place on Try other resources such as Science Online, World Book Encyclopedia, and the sites on our list of websites by topic, too.

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