Wednesday, June 19, 2013
3:25 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Thursday, June 06, 2013
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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
Thursday, February 07, 2013
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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.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
3:16 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Monday, November 12, 2012
2:35 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Thanksgiving is almost here! Check out this fun-filled DVD that is hands-on, engaging, and educational!
Activity TV is interactive adventure for kids of all ages! Help your child make crafts, conduct experiments, and more with easy-to-follow tutorials led by friendly experts. For beginning to advanced levels, Activity TV guides you from step one--simply push play, grab your materials, and get started!
TURKEY DAY FUN
Help out with Thanksgiving this year and learn how to make place mats, Pilgrim puppets, and of course, pumpkin pie! Family and friends will love your tasty dishes and festive decorations that add holiday spirit to the Thanksgiving table.
This DVD can be found near the Youth Services desk where all the Juvenile DVDs are shelved together. It's call number is J DVD 745 ACT 2008. Check it out!!
Thursday, October 18, 2012
6:35 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Monday, October 15, 2012
1:33 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Next time you are visiting the Bartlesville Public Library, be sure and check out the October 2012 issue of Ranger Rick which is put out by the National Wildlife Federation. If you already have a junior membership in the National Wildlife Federation, than you have already received this great magazine as a benefit.
There is something extraordinary about this issue! It is a SPECIAL HALLOWEEN ISSUE! One of my favorite sections is Looking at Eyes starting on page 6. There is something just a little bit spooky about animal eyes, don't you think? It's fun to imagine what it would be like to see the world through the eyes of a cat, or rabbit, or frog, or monkey! Animal eyes come in many different sizes, shapes, and styles; each kind is just right for seeing what's most important for the animal's survival. Some animals have eyes on the side of their head, some in the front, and some on top! The animal with the tiniest eyes is the shrew because they spend most of their time underground where there isn't much light.
Another fun part of this issue of Ranger Rick is tips on throwing a spook-tacular party. Starting on page 29 you will find decoration ideas that are very creepy! Learn how to make eerie eyeball cups, spider egg sacs, creepy-crawly spiders, and a bat tree.
You will find this October 2012 Ranger Rick issue along with several other awesome children's magazines on display near the Youth Services desk at the BPL. And even though you are not allowed to check out the newest issues of magazines, there are several older issue in the big drawers under the windows that may be checked out. Check it out!
Friday, October 12, 2012
3:24 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Join us for our annual "Halloween Spooktacular"
on Friday, October 26, from 6:30-8:30pm!
Featuring storyteller Elizabeth Murray, who will tell participation stories that will scare you silly. You'll jump...you'll scream...you'll laugh! Are you brave enough to be "Scared Silly?" There will also be crafts, games and candy. This event is free for all ages and open to the public.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
6:22 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Its almost time to carve that pumpkin. Why not save the seeds and have a nutritious snack for the kids?
Wash the seeds and place the seeds in a rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roast seeds 20 to 25 minutes, stirr every 5 minutes until they are light brown. Ready to eat.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
2:37 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
50 Creepy Crafts for a Hair-Raising Halloween
The Halloween Book is packed with fantastic activities for the spookiest night of the year. Carve flickering jack-o-lanterns, create creepy costumes, dig into terrifyingly tasty treats for the ultimate Halloween party!
One example found in this book is Silhouette Windows. Swooping bats and petrified pumpkins silhouetted in your windows will startle any passerby!!
- Draw a picture
- Cut it out
- Tape on tissue paper
This book can be found in the Juvenile Non-Fiction section of the Bartlesville Public Library. Check it out!!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
7:12 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
Why not have some fun with the kids? Use a small paper bag. Wiggly eyes can be glued on to the sack. A triangle nose, smiling mouth, and bow tie can be added. A piece of construction paper can be cut in strips to make some hair. Add a hat of choice. Mr. Scarecrow can add flair to your fall decor!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
7:43 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
8 pounds apples (Granny Sith Jonathan, or other cooking variety)
2 quarts bottled apple juice
3 cups sugar
3 tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1teaspoon ground nutmeg
Wash and peel and core apples. Cut them into fourths. Place apples in a large pan. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Bring to a slow boil; reduce heat. Slowly simmer over low heat until mixture is very thick (about 1-2 hours). Pour hot apple butter into sterilized canning jars leaving about 1 inch from the top of each jar. Put lids on the jars, and place them in the freezer after they have cooled. Make about 6 pints.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
7:49 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
In 1979, this day was officially set aside to honor grandparents. It's a day when we help children become aware of the strength, wisdom, and guidance of Seniors. It's also a time for grandparents to show love for their grandchildren. Your family can adopt grandparents if yours are deceased or live far away. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Let your kids call Grandma and Grandpa.
2. Write a family newsletter to send to the grandparents.
3. Create a photo album to send to the grandparents.
4. Make cards by hand. These are real keepsakes.
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
4:29 PM | Posted by Bartlesville Public Library
During these hot days, what better to do than a little creative movement. You can make dance streamers in one or more of the following ways:
1. Tie ribbon to an empty key chain, plastic shower curtain ring, or a hair tie back
2. Use lengths of crepe paper and tape to the handle
3. Give your child a lightweight scarf, tie a knot in the middle to make a handle
Put on some great fast moving music and twirl up, down, and all around!
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