Saturday, November 23, 2013
2:34 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
We are excited to introduce our special new friend to you! This is Libby, and she is a library owl.
Libby loves reading books and learning new things. Recently, Libby read lots of the books in 900 section. The books in the 900s are all about history and geography. Libby realized that there is a big, big world outside of Bartlesville, Oklahoma!
She wanted to see the big world for herself and since she's an owl (and can fly internationally without a passport) she just took off!
Today, she sent us the following picture. Can you help us find where she is so we can bring her home?
If you think you know where Libby is, have your parents help you type it in a comment. One lucky winner will be selected randomly from all of the comments on Monday, December 16th! The winner will get to take home FIVE books from our Prize Cart! Good luck!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
3:32 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
I always enjoy viewing the latest edition of American Girls Magazine! In the November/December 2013 issue, there is a really cute craft idea which fits right in with the Thanksgiving holiday.
Every day you add a leaf of thanks until your pretty crafted tree is filled. Here are the steps on how to make the Thanks Given tree:
1. Ask an adult to help you trim a craft branch (available at craft stores) into a tree shape.
2. Fit a piece of florist's foam into a decorated container, and push the tree trunk into the foam. Cut a piece of colorful paper to cover the foam if you want.
3. Cut leaves out of colorful paper. Each day before Thanksgiving, write on a leaf something that makes you feel thankful. Attach the leaf to the tree using craft glue, and let dry.
Come visit the Bartlesville Public Library in order to see this issue of American Girl Magazine. It is on display near the Youth Services Desk.
Monday, November 11, 2013
2:25 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Thursday, October 24, 2013
12:48 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Cows say moo. Ducks say quack. But, what does the fox say? With your parents' help and permission, watch this VIDEO. Then choose one of the fox sounds in the video or make up your own and share it with us in the comments.
On Monday, November 11th, we will randomly select one lucky winner from all of those who comment and the winner will receive a free book. Make sure to include your parents' email with your comment so that we can notify them if you have won! Good luck!
Saturday, October 19, 2013
3:45 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
The Bartlesville Public Library will hold its annual “Halloween Spooktacular” on Friday, October 25th, from 6 to 8 pm. This super-fun event is free and open to the public. Guests can spend the first hour of the ev...ening downstairs playing games, making crafts, choosing a free book and loading up on candy. At 7:00, there will be a special presentation upstairs by “Mad Science of Central Oklahoma,” part of a world-wide organization that delivers unique, hands-on science experiences for children that are as entertaining as they are educational. “We are thrilled to have a real-life ‘mad scientist’ visit the library this Halloween,” says youth services librarian Laura Pryce. “I think the kids will be amazed and excited with what they have to show us. Stick around after the program for a chance to win one of many cool door prizes!” For more information, call 918-338-4170.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
DRAWING AND CARTOONING MONSTERS: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE FOR THE ASPIRING MONSTER-MAKER by Tony Tallarico
4:30 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Monsters come in all shapes and sizes, and Drawing and Cartooning Monsters will show you how to create a huge variety of spooky, scary (and funny) monsters to terrify and impress your friends and family. Inside you'll find easy-to-follow instructions to draw hundreds of these creatures, all starting with basic lines and shapes that anyone can draw. Then you'll learn how to add shading, textures, and facial expressions to your monsters. With a little practice and creativity, you'll soon be drawing like a professional monster-maker!
A special section of the book even shows you how to use your new creations in jokes, stories, and comic strips. So if you think you'd like to create a monster...check out this book!
You will find this book in Youth Services in the Juvenile Non-fiction section. The cover of the issue we have of this book looks a little different than this picture; but it is the same book on the inside! It's call number is:
J 741.2 TAL 1992. Check it out!!
Saturday, October 05, 2013
9:23 AM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Kids, ask one of your parents to check this book out from the BPL! Here is everything you'll need to make the most playful night of the year a caper to remember. With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for everything from throwing children's parties to carving your jack-o'-lantern, Handmade Halloween is an essential to your festivities as black and orange, gobs of goodies, and the fun-loving imp inside us all!
Halloween is a great opportunity for families to spend time doing creative things together. You don't have to believe in ghosts and goblins to observe and create the traditions of the scariest night of the year!
This is a Country Living book with the text by Zazel Loven, the photography by Keith Scott Morton, the styling by Amy Leonard, and the foreword by Nancy Mernit Soriano. It can be found today displayed near the circulation desk underneath all the cool pumpkin faces. Check it out!!
Sunday, September 08, 2013
2:22 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Even though summer temperatures are soaring out there, it's time to start thinking of Autumn craft ideas and fun ways to decorate! I came across this idea today and decided it would be a fun activity for children to do with their parents supervision.
These are the items you need for this activity:
- a shallow dish
- shaving cream
- acrylic paint
- leaf shapes cut out of card stock
- a squeegee for easy clean-up
And follow these easy steps in order to make these colorful Autumn leaves!
- Squirt shaving cream in a shallow dish.
- Pour acrylic paint on top.
- Gently swirl paint.
- Swirl some more!
- Press card stock cut out into paint.
- Lift the cut out off the paint and set aside for a minute before using a squeegee to remove the excess paint/shaving cream.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
2:59 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Did you know that we subscribe to several great kid's magazines at the Bartlesville Public Library? This is one of my favorite, American Girl! This September/October issue has lots of good stuff....adorable animal posters, funny pumpkin designs, boredom busters, how to beat bullying, delicious apple recipes, and what girls think about gossip.
I especially appreciated the poster on how to stand up to a bully. Look this over and it will give you some great pointers on how to deal with a bully. OK, so there's no one magic way to make a person stop picking on you...but you do have options.
Next time you are in the BPL, come to the Youth Services desk and you will see this magazine plus many more on display! Check it out!!
Thursday, August 01, 2013
5:00 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
School Day Granola
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey
5 cups uncooked old-fashioned oatmeal
1 cup sesame seeds
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 wheat germ
1/2 cup wheat or oat bran
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped almonds or pecans
1 cup raisins
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Combine oil, honey and cinnamon in a small saucepan. heating the mixture until the honey has melted. Combine the oatmeal, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, wheat or bran, flaked coconut and chopped almonds or pecans in a large bowl. Pour the honey mixture over dry ingredients, stirring until evenly coated. Spray a rimmed cookie sheet with nonstick vegetable coating, spread granola on it. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring every 10 minutes. After the granola has cooled, stir in raisins and store in an airtight container. Yield 20 1/2 cup servings. ENJOY!!!
Thursday, July 18, 2013
4:30 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Laura, Jeri, and Linda
Monday, July 08, 2013
10:32 AM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Reading Makes Cent$ Sweepstakes at the Library
This summer, two lucky Oklahoma summer reading program participants each will win $2,529 toward an Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan (OCSP) account. Presented by the OCSP and Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Reading Makes Cent$ Sweepstakes offers parents and grandparents of avid readers an additional way to jump start their child’s college savings fund. From now through August 15, they can enter their child in the Reading Makes Cents Sweepstakes via mail-in entry form from the Bartlesville Public Library or online at the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan website, www.ok4saving.org/news/reading.shtml. Visit the library or the website for official rules. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.
For more information about the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan or to open an account, visit the website at www.ok4saving.org or call 1-877-654-7284.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
3:25 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Thursday, June 06, 2013
3:47 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Monday, May 06, 2013
6:15 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Mother's Day is this weekend! While browsing through this craft book at the Bartlesville Public Library, I discovered a great Mother's Day gift idea. The name of this book is Fun To Make Crafts For Every Day by Boyds Mills Press which is a Highlights Company. The idea is called Hanging Flowers.
The following materials are needed for this project:
- a cardboard tube
- wet tissue
- aluminum foil
- Select a cardboard tube. Cut out a cardboard circle that is a little wider than the tube. Glue it on one end. Decorate the tube.
- Near the end opposite the base, punch a hole in each side of the tube. Tie on ribbon as a hanger.
- With an adult's permission, pick some flowers. Wrap their stems in wet tissue and cover with aluminum foil. Place the stems in the tube. (If using artificial flowers, place them directly in the tube.)
- Hang the arrangement on a doorknob, a nail, or anywhere that your mom can enjoy it.
Many other excellent craft ideas can be found in this book! The call number of this book is: J745.5 FUN 2005 and it can be found in the Juvenile Non-fiction section of the Bartlesville Public Library. Check it out!
Happy Mother's Day!!
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
8:02 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Saturday, April 20, 2013
10:29 AM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Here is a reminder: one week from today, April 27, is the Lego Creations Contest! You still have time to sign up and create your Lego structure.
I was thinking of the creative process involved in designing and building your Lego creation and was reminded of all the great books we have in our Juvenile Non-fiction section of the Bartlesville Public Library. We have several books on architecture and building that are very interesting! One book that caught my eye this morning is Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids by Kathleen Thorne-Thomsen. When you are designing and thinking about your project, you are an architect! Frank Lloyd Wright was a great American architect who loved shapes, colors, and patterns of nature. We even have one of his buildings in our city of Bartlesville: the Price Tower! If you have not had the opportunity to tour this beautiful building, you need to do it sometime soon.
This book presents this American architect's enduring love of shapes and patterns in nature by giving brief descriptions of Wright's buildings. It is not only a great biography; but an activity book. The activities include:
- Finding geometric shapes within everyday objects.
- Comparing the designs of different houses.
- Reading architectural plans.
- Using geometric shapes to construct an origami tulip.
- Building a model of Fallingwater with graham crackers.
- Making a textile block from plaster.
- Designing a city.
- Celebrating seasonal festivals the way Wright did -- with costumes, treats, and poems.
- And many more!
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
2:00 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Contestants must find a picture online, in a magazine or taken with a camera, and then duplicate that picture in LEGOs. The picture can be whatever you’d like; just make sure you stay within the size requirements.
The contest is free to all and will be divided into three age groups: Kindergarten through 4th grade, 5th grade through 8th grade, and 9th grade through adult. First, second and third place will be awarded in each category with one overall grand prize being awarded.
Contestants will build their LEGO creations at home using their own LEGOs during the month of April. The participants will drop off their LEGO creations to the library’s upstairs meeting room on Saturday, April 27th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. The meeting room will be closed at 11:00 am to allow judging to take place.
Public viewing will begin that day at 1pm, with an awards ceremony being held at 2pm. Winning entries will be displayed in the lobby of the library from May 1st through May 10th.
We encourage everyone to take part in this wonderful celebration of creativity. To register, please come by the Youth Services Desk at the Bartlesville Public Library or call 918-338-4170 for more information.
Monday, April 01, 2013
12:34 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Join us at the library this Saturday, April 6 at 2:00 and enjoy games, toys and treats from the 1940's. We've got Silly Putty, Slinkys, Paper Dolls, Yoyos, Jacks, Marbles, Hopscotch & more! Feast on Wacky Cake, lemonade, Smith Bros. Licorice, Sugar Daddy Pops, Bubblegum Cigars, Slo Pokes, &Walnettos, among lots of other "retro" candy! You can even dress up, if you want to. This event is free for kids and "kids at heart."
Saturday, March 23, 2013
9:52 AM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Petite Pets 2: The Sea-quel
I love looking at magazines, don't you? At Youth Services in the Bartlesville Public Library we have a great selection of children's magazines. One of my favorite magazines is American Girl! In the March/April 2013 issue of American Girl is a great section on how to make an ocean of clay creatures. It shows you how to make a creature with one color, two colors, stripes, or spots. Then it shows you how to add flippers or fins, tails or faces. There are step by step instructions on how to make a whale, fish, sea turtle, octopus, or crab! The materials that you will need are:
1. nontoxic air-dry modeling clay
3. fine-point marker
Come visit our section of the BPL and have some fun looking at books or magazines!
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
2:18 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
On Monday, March 18, at 2:00, there will be a Paper Airplane Workshop in the upstairs meeting room. Kids can earn their “BPL Flight School Diploma” by constructing their own airplanes and participating in the big launch from the 2nd-floor bridge in the library! All supplies will be provided and there will be instructions and assistance for varying levels of skill from beginner to advanced. Participants may also demonstrate how to create their own favorite models.
Saturday, March 02, 2013
3:08 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
There will be several patterns of paper airplanes to make and launch. It is free. Come and join in the fun!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
11:40 AM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
The “Battle of the Books,” sponsored by the Bartlesville Friends of the Library, will be held March 4 at 7:00pm in the Central Middle School auditorium. This yearly competition began in 1994, between teams from Central and Madison Middle Schools, and has evolved over the years to now include St. John Catholic School and Osage Hills School. Participating students read the books on the Sequoyah Award Master List of nominees and, after much practice, come together for a quiz bowl competition where they answer questions about the stories. The name of the winning team’s school will be added to the travelling trophy.
“We’re especially excited this year to introduce our new wireless buzzer/scorekeeping system, generously funded by our Friends of the Library group,” says Laura Pryce, Youth Services Librarian. Serving as emcee for the event is Beth De Geer, Assistant Director of the Bartlesville Public Library. “Ms. De Geer is actually responsible for this wonderful event, as she planned and coordinated the first Battle of the Books when she served as the Youth Services Librarian,” says Pryce. “We’re honored to have her as our emcee.” All of the books featured in the competition are available for checkout at the library. Call 918-338-4170 for more information
Thursday, February 14, 2013
6:57 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
1:34 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
It's raining! I am so excited about the rain today that I wanted to tell all of you of this great science book about rain and for kids.
In this book, Franklyn M. Branley does a delightful job of describing the water cycle. Rain is a perfect example of recycling! It kind of reminds me of the little song, "The Eensy Weensy Spider". Do you remember how the eensy weensy spider climbs up the water spout and down comes the rain and washed the spider out? And then out comes the sun and dries up all the rain and the eensy weensy spider climbs up the spout again! ;0) Well, the rain that falls to the ground gets turned into water vapor when the sun comes out again, it evaporates. Soon this moisture in the air will condense to form new clouds. Later the rain will fall again.
Not only is the text appealing for kids; but there are colorful and lively illustrations by James Graham Hale. What a perfect way to brighten up any rainy day by reading this fun book and learning a great science lesson! Check it out at the Bartlesville Public Library in the Juvenile Non-fiction section.
Because we need the rain so badly, today I'm not going to sing, "Rain rain go away. Come again another day." I'm going to enjoy the pitter patter of those rain drops!
1:11 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
February 3 - 9, 2013
All kids & teens who visit the library during this time will receive
2 FREE BOOKS of his or her choice, along with other treats.
Hope to see you then!
Saturday, January 26, 2013
4:01 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Sunday, January 06, 2013
2:28 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
You will need:
markers, crayons, pencils
Mix equal parts of boiling water and Epsom salts in a glass. (1/4 cup of each should be plenty)
Stir until sats and water are dissolved and let cool.
Draw a winter picture on colored paper. If you use darker paper, the crystals will show up better. Use crayons,colored pencils, or permanent markers. Paint with the frost paint. It will work better when the paper is a little puddly. Don't paint all the way to the edge of the paper. It will allow the paper from curving as it drys.
Saturday, December 08, 2012
1:33 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Sunday, December 02, 2012
4:49 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Kids! Make an orange pomander to add spirit to the holidays and fill your home with sweet and spicy scents! You can make orange pomanders in batches, and give them as holiday gifts.
Orange or Clementine
Small jar whole cloves
1. Wrap the masking tape around the orange where you want your ribbon to be when finished. Pour the cloves into a small bowl. Poke the thin end of each clove into the skin of the orange. If this is hard to do, poke a hole in the orange with a pen or small nail then add the clove. Keep the cloves off of the taped area and decorate the orange with as many cloves as you want.
2. Remove the tape and wrap a ribbon around the orange using the empty space from the masking tape as your guide. Tie the ends of the ribbon in a knot, leave long ends, then form a loop with the ends. Tie a bow with a small piece of the ribbon above the knot. Hang on the Christmas tree or on a hook in window. A spicy orange scent will perfume the air. Enjoy!
This idea and others can be found in the book Crafting Fun: 101 Things to Make and Do with Kids by Rae Grant. Check it out at the Bartlesville Public Library. It's on display by the Young Adult section in Youth Services.
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