Thursday, May 22, 2014
Write Your Own Acrostic!
What is an acrostic? An acrostic is a word where each letter in the word stands for another word, and those words relate to the original word. For example, if I wanted to write an acrostic for the word DOG, I might say, "D" is for devoted, "O" is for ornery, "G" is for goofy.

Try this fun activity!

*Write down your name vertically (up an down).
Like this: D
              O
              G

*Next to each letter, write a word that describes you. These words are called ADJECTIVES. Remember, your adjective must start with the letter that is next in your name.

*Decorate your acrostic paper and bring it in to the Youth Services desk at the library. We will display it for you on our Wall of Fame and give you a piece of candy!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2014 LEGO CONTEST


Photo: LEGO Creation Contest
 The Bartlesville Public Library is hosting its 5th Annual LEGO Creation Contest.  Sign up now at the library’s Youth Services Department!
 To participate, contestants must find a picture (online, in a magazine, taken with a camera, etc.) and then duplicate that picture in LEGOs.  The picture can be of anything, but the LEGO creation must stay within the size requirements listed on the registration form.
 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.  Winners will receive LEGO products and ribbons.
 Contestants will build their LEGO creations at home using their own LEGOs.  They will then drop off their entries at the upstairs meeting room of the library on Saturday, May 10th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.  The room will be closed at 11:00 am to allow judging to take place.  
 Public viewing will begin that same day at 1:30pm, with an awards ceremony being held at 2:00pm.  Winning entries will be displayed in the lobby of the library from May 11th  through May 16th.
 “This is a much-anticipated event every year,” says Laura Pryce, Youth Services librarian.  “It’s great to see the amazing and original ideas that the participants come up with!”  To register, come by the Youth Services Desk at the Bartlesville Public Library or call 918-338-4170 for more information.

LEGO Creation Contest

                The Bartlesville Public Library is hosting its 5th Annual LEGO Creation Contest.  Sign up now at the library’s Youth Services Department!

                To participate, contestants must find a picture (online, in a magazine, taken with a camera, etc.) and then duplicate that picture in LEGOs.  The picture can be of anything, but the LEGO creation must stay within the size requirements listed on the registration form.

                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.  Winners will receive LEGO products and ribbons.

                Contestants will build their LEGO creations at home using their own LEGOs.  They will then drop off their entries at the upstairs meeting room of the library on Saturday, May 10th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.  The room will be closed at 11:00 am to allow judging to take place.

                Public viewing will begin that same day at 1:30pm, with an awards ceremony being held at 2:00pm.  Winning entries will be displayed in the lobby of the library from May 11th t through May 16th.

                “This is a much-anticipated event every year,” says Laura Pryce, Youth Services librarian.  “It’s great to see the amazing and original ideas that the participants come up with!”  To register, come by the Youth Services Desk at the Bartlesville Public Library or call 918-338-4170 for more information.
Sunday, March 09, 2014

It's A Reading Rainbow!



Throughout the month of March, the Children's area is celebrating Rainbows!


The outside of the Storytime Room is now a "Reading Rainbow", displaying books about rainbows and colors!





Inside the StoryTime room, you will find a rainbow . . .




. . .  and a Rainbow Flower Garden!


 
 
Come in today and discover the magic of
the Reading Rainbow for yourself!



Saturday, March 08, 2014

New Book Review: Paul Meets Bernadette



Paul Meets Bernadette is, in essence, fine art meets picture book.  Each page features one of Rosy Lamb's  gorgeous, museum-worthy paintings; but thanks to this book, you don't have to go to a museum to see them.   Paul Meets Bernadette makes them portable and accessible so that you and your child can enjoy them in your living room or outside on a sunny day.



Not only are the illustrations excellent, but the story in Paul Meets Bernadette is also clever and winsome.  Paul is a fish who spends all of his time swimming around and around in his bowl.  Then, he meets Bernadette, who invites him to look at the world beyond the fish bowl.  You and your child will giggle as Bernadette tells Paul the names of things -- incorrectly.  She points out a banana to Paul and confidently tells him that it is a "boat".  She identifies two eggs as the sun and the moon.




Pick up Paul Meets Bernadette today and you will never look at a teapot the same way again!!
Tuesday, March 04, 2014

"Where in the world is Libby?" Giveaway



Congratulations to Dafydd for correctly answering that Libby is in Sochi! 


Come in any time during regular library hours to choose your THREE books from the Prize Cart!  See you soon!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Congratulations, Cub Scouts!



We would like to congratulate the St. John Catholic School Tiger Den Cub Scouts from Pack 5 for getting their very own library cards!



In case you didn't recognize them in the picture above, we believe the picture below captures them closer to what they look like everyday!

 
 
 
We hope to see you awesome Cub Scouts here often,
checking out LOTS of books!
 
 
For more information about a library tour for your children's group or obtaining a library card for your child, contact the youth services desk at (918) 338-4170.



Monday, February 10, 2014

Where in the World is Libby?

 
 
 
We finally heard from Libby again!

 
 
She sent us the above selfie with the caption, "Today I watched snowboarders 'shreddin' the gnar' in the land of Putin."  Can you help us determine where in the world Libby is this time?
 
Send us your guess in the comments section, and on March 3rd, one person will be randomly selected (from those who guess correctly) to win three books from the Prize Cart!  Good Luck!

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Purple is the New Peach

Purple is the new peach in the Storytime Room!  The original peach paint from 1992 is being replaced with a beautiful purple called Dewberry.


 
 
Although the Storytime room is in the process of being painted, Storytime will meet at its regular times this Wednesday, February 5th at 10 am and 11 am.  Please join us in viewing the room now (during the painting project) and later when it is 100% Purplicious!  See you tomorrow!

Winner of the "Which Book Would You Like to See as a Movie?" Giveaway

 
 
Congratulations to Brooke, who told us that she would like to see The Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing turned into a movie!  She will receive THREE books of her choice off of our prize cart!  Come in during regular library hours to claim your loot!!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

"Which Book Would You Like To See As A Movie?" Giveaway




I remember how excited my children and I were when we heard that one of our favorite books, The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread, was being made into a movie.  The wait for the movie release seemed to take forever.  On the day of the premiere, we were first in line at the box office.  This earned us a free Despereaux t-shirt and two free Despereaux lunchboxes!  By the time we found our seats, armed with popcorn and soda, we could hardly contain our excitement!  We were finally going to see our tiny mouse hero walk and talk and accomplish his impossible mission, his "hero's quest"!

Within minutes of the opening credits, however, our excitement waned.  It was almost immediately clear that the movie about to unfold before our eyes was going to be very different from the book which had so captured our hearts.  And not "in-a-good-way" different. 




We left the theater deflated and disappointed.  The book had had it all: action, adventure, love, hate, light, darkness, revenge, forgiveness -- even a princess, a castle, and a dungeon.  What more could you ask for?  Evidently, the movie producers asked for "Weird Magical Vegetable Man" because he showed up in the movie even though he was not present, nor (in my opinion) needed, in the book. 

In spite of this colossal "movie letdown" experience, my kids and I still get excited when a book we have enjoyed is turned into a movie.  So far, we have never been as disappointed as we were with THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX movie.  In fact, we have very much enjoyed the DIARY OF A WIMPY KID movies, the RAMONA movie, HOLESZATHURA, and THE HUNGER GAMES movies -- just to mention a few.  Right now, my older children and I are anxiously awaiting the release of the DIVERGENT movie (which comes out in March) and the first Unwind movie (for which filming hasn't started yet).

Here is a list of a few of the books that I think would make exciting movies:

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
The Good Master by Kate Seredy
The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
Wonder by RJ Palacio

Have you read a book that you would love to see made into a movie?  Tell us about it in the comment section by February 3rd and you could win THREE BOOKS from our prize cart!  Good luck!

-- Sonja Settle serves as one of BPL's youth services assistants.






Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Now Showing . . . Books Featured in Films


Did you know that the movie Shrek was originally a
children's picture book?

 
 
Did you know that the picture book Zathura has been made
into an exciting movie?
 
Throughout the month of January, the youth services area is hosting a display full of books that have been featured in films.  We promise you will be amazed by how many of your favorite movies started out as fabulous children's books! 
 
Come check-out our display and check-out a book to read together with your family.  Then have a fun night watching the movie based on the book you read.  Don't forget the popcorn and junior mints!
 
 
 
 
 
Monday, December 16, 2013

Libby in London Winner


Our merriest congratulations go out to Eli Donoghue for helping us locate our friend Libby in LONDON!

Clues:
Famous red telephone booth
Famous red double-decker bus
Big Ben Clock Tower (officially named the Elizabeth Tower)
Palace of Westminster (the building that Big Ben is connected to)

Eli, you win FIVE books from the youth prize cart. You can come by any time during library hours to claim your prizes!

P.S. Libby flew off again just as we were about to catch up with her in London! If you didn't win this time, keep watching so you can help us find her next time!
Saturday, November 23, 2013

Where in the World is Libby?


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

AMERICAN GIRLS EXPRESS: Thanks Given!



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

"What Does the Fox Say?" WINNERS

Congratulations to our "What Does The Fox Say?" winners -- DUKE MCGILL and JO SENTEL. The next time you are in the library, stop by the Youth Desk to pick up your prize: a free book from our prize cart!
Thursday, October 24, 2013

What Does the Fox Say?





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

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR - OCTOBER 25th!

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


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

HANDMADE HALLOWEEN: IDEAS FOR A HAPPY, HAUNTED CELEBRATION - Country Living



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

SHAVING CREAM PAINTING OF AUTUMN LEAVES




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:

  1. a shallow dish
  2. shaving cream
  3. acrylic paint
  4. leaf shapes cut out of card stock
  5. a squeegee for easy clean-up

And follow these easy steps in order to make these colorful Autumn leaves!

  1. Squirt shaving cream in a shallow dish.
  2. Pour acrylic paint on top.
  3. Gently swirl paint.
  4. Swirl some more!
  5. Press card stock cut out into paint.
  6. 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

STAND UP TO A BULLY!



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

Summer Reading Program ends and it's back to school August 13th

The Summer Reading Program ended last week.  We hope your family enjoyed the many activities that we provided this summer.  Please plan on being a part of our program next June.  Are you getting ready for school to start?  Here is a great recipe for your mornings or just a snack and everyone can measure and mix.
                                                          School Day Granola
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey
1T. cinnamon
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

July 22nd, Monday, Fran Stallings to be at the Library at 2:00 p.m.

Storyteller Fran Stallings will share "Creep, Crawl, Slither:  Tales from the Underground."  This will be the last presentation for the summer program.  We hope everyone enjoyed the programs this summer.  We had a wonderful group of young children and teen readers.  Story time was great and the children enjoyed the art activities after each story time.  We hope you will plan on coming next summer for another 8 weeks at Bartlesville Public Library Youth Services.  Keep reading!
                                                                                                         Laura, Jeri, and Linda
Monday, July 08, 2013

"READING MAKES CENT$" SWEEPSTAKES AT THE 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

Washington County Master Gardeners present bug program

On Monday, June 24th at 2:00 p.m., the Master Gardeners will present a program "On the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly."  Meet some of the bugs you will find in your yard or garden!  Be sure and check out our TLC kit on garden.  We have some wonderful books too!
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Youth Services offers art for your children after story time

Story time is always something to look forward to every Wednesday and Thursday.  Miss Laura has special songs and books to read to the children.  We also have a small art activity as part of the summer reading program for the children after story time.  You are invited to join in the fun!
Monday, May 06, 2013

HOW TO MAKE CRAFTS FOR EVERY DAY by Boyds Mills Press


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:
  1. a cardboard tube
  2. cardboard
  3. ribbon
  4. flowers
  5. wet tissue
  6. aluminum foil

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. Near the end opposite the base, punch a hole in each side of the tube.  Tie on ribbon as a hanger.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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

Why not make a lovely Mother's Day gift?

May 12th is Mother's Day and something made by your child would be a real treasure.  A coffee can can make a great planter.  Simply buy some contact paper and cover the can.  A colored permanent marker can carry a special message by your child.  Use the message selected on the can above, or use your own verse.  Be sure to add your child's name and date.  A trip to the green house to select a flowering plant will complete the special gift. Happy Mother's Day!!  
Saturday, April 20, 2013

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT FOR KIDS by Kathleen Thorne-Thomsen




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!
The call number for this book is:  J720.92  FRA 1994.  It can be found in the Juvenile Non-fiction section of the Bartlesville Public Library.  Check it out!!
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

LEGO CREATION CONTEST!



LEGOmania is returning to the Bartlesville Public Library during the month of April. Sign-up at the library begins April 1st.

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

GAMES & TOYS FROM THE 1940's

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."

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