Saturday, February 06, 2016

Love You Forever



Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
The author, Robert Munsch, wrote this lullaby and story in memory of his two babies who were born dead. But many kids and adults even grandparents view this story as a touching way to show their loved ones how much they care. As seen in the chorus line of the book:
“I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
as long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be."

Lullabies and bed time stories have been used for many generations, not only as a way to help someone sleep. But to show a kid, using your voice to tell a story of how much they are loved. Do you have a favorite lullaby or bed time story?
Here at the library we have many, here a select few: Come by and check them out!
Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
The dreamtime Fairies by Jane Simmons
Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox
Your Moon, My Moon: a grandmother’s words to a faraway child by Patricia MacLachlan
All the pretty little horses: a traditional lullaby
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

25th Annual Trash Poster Contest

Here's a chance to show artistic, imaginative, and creative talent with a positive and original poster/slogan design about solutions for Oklahoma's litter problems!  Sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.  For more information and entry forms, go to http://www.okladot.state.ok.us/beauty/poster/index.htm.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Happy Holidays!

The library will be closed December 24-27. For the holidays. And will reopen on December 28, Monday. The library will also be closed January 1-3. And will reopen on January 4, Monday.


Youth Services staff (as well as the rest of the Bartlesville Public Library Staff) is wishing you a Happy Holidays.



Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas Has Come Early!

Come check out what's new in the kids area of the library. In the Youth Services department. There are three square objects that are white, with a blue casing. Shiny and just waiting to be played on.

3 NEW IPADS!!


With over 50 games on each ipad, your kid(s) will be sure to have lots of fun, exploring and learning.

The same rules apply to them as to the two desktop computers.  Everyone gets 30 minutes unless no one else is waiting for one.  They are for kids under 12 only.  They are tethered to the table by a cord, but may be removed from the stands to be played hand-held.

And while you are here, come check out some books for the long winter months ahead as well. Who knows what fun and exciting books you may find!
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Onward and Upward to Narnia



Our Story Time Room is decorated as a place ready to explore at a moment's notice. Narnia. Bring some books with you, and you may find yourself in a whole other world.


Some journeys take us far from home.
Some adventures lead us to our destiny.

~ C.S. Lewis
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe 


Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Easy-to-Do Christmas Craft

Pasta Snowflakes

Learn how to make sparkling wagon-wheel snowflakes.

(ASK A PARENT FOR HELP)


What you'll need
Parchment paper, white craft glue, 15 to 30 pieces of wagon-wheel pasta (mixture of large and small) per ornament, white acrylic paint, paintbrush (with bristles), glitter, adhesive-backed rhinestones, string or ribbon

Make it:
1. Working on parchment paper, glue pasta edges together into a snowflake shape; let dry. Paint white; let dry.
2. Mix glue with water at a one-to-one ratio. Paint onto pasta snowflake, then sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.
3. Attach rhinestones to a few points on snowflake. Hang with string or ribbon.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Snowballs

Lois Elhert is not only a gifted author but an artist as well. My favorite book of hers ‘Snowballs’ is unique even though it is about a subject that is well known to everyone. Elhert uses things around the house to create designs for her snow people. Using plastic forks as hands, a sock as a hat, screws for eyes, and shoe laces for hair the book illustrates with bright colors that can hold the attention of a child being read to. Also with the simple words a beginning reader would love this book as well. At the end of the book, there are two pages filled with pictures of all the things Elhert uses, along with a simple explanation of what is snow? And a fun recipe on how to make popcorn balls that you can eat! Here a few more of Lois Elhert books with the same unique pictures and easy to read text.
Leaf Man by Lois Elhert
Hands Growing Up to be an Artist by Lois Elhert
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Elhert
Rrralph by Lois Elhert

Nuts to You by Lois Elhert

Monday, November 16, 2015

HOW MANY???

Did you ever wonder how many children's books are in our library's collection? 
Here is the most current count:

Board Books - 370
Picture Books - 8,775
Juvenile Chapter Books - 5,068
Juvenile NonFiction - 5,758
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Book Review


Tomie dePaola has written many Strega Nona books as well as many other well-loved children books. Strega Nona is a doctor of sorts in a small town in southern Italy. Because she is getting up in her years, she enlists the help of a boy, Big Anthony. Though Big Anthony is full of good intentions, he is constantly getting into one mishap or another. Strega Nona teaches Big Anthony even though people make mistakes, it’s about fixing them, and doing something good.

Strega Nona’s Harvest
Strega Nona: An Old Tale
Strega Nona: Her Story
Big Anthony: His Story
Big Anthony: The Magic Ring

These are a few of the books in the series, Strega Nona. Easy to read children books, with bright colorful pictures. Each book has an folksy feel, with a lesson learned and a happy ending.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Do YOU Like to Read?

If the answer is Yes! Come on down to the Library, to the Youth Services Desk. You can trace and place your hand as a feather for our Story Time Room. We have had many children stop by, but Mr. Turkey is missing your hand and name!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR at the Library!

Join us at the library on Friday, October 30th, at 6:00 for games, activities, candy, a book giveaway, and a performance by Magician Jim Green at 7:30!  This free event is open to the public and all ages are welcome...costumes encouraged.  For more information, call 918-338-4170.  See you there!
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WELCOME ROSALINDA!

We have a new face in the Youth Services department at the library!  Stop by and say "hello" to Rosalinda, our Youth Services assistant.

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!!

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