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You can get your own library card. Bring your adult* with you to the Children’s Services Department, and make sure that he or she has an ID, with proof of address. Tell the librarian that you want to get your own library card. She will give you a form to fill out (it’s OK if your adult helps you with that part) and then the librarian will give you your very own blue Minuteman library card. You will sign your name on the back with a pen!

You can use your card to check out books, CDs, DVDs, and puppets. In case you didn’t know, librarians always love to talk about books if you need some ideas for what to read or listen to. You can also use your card to borrow toys, puzzles, and games to play with while you’re at the library. Oh, and you can also use it to log onto a computer while you’re at the library. I guess what I’m getting at here is, to quote Lilian Jackson Braun, “A library card is the start of a lifelong adventure.” What are you waiting for?

*Parent or guardian

Five-year-old Maisie, proud owner of a brand spanking new library card!

It’s already been a very busy morning at the Robbins and Fox Libraries!  Kids and adults are flocking to our air-conditioned and book-filled buildings.  And you should join them for the fun!  However, be prepared for some activity.

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Whoa!  Busy morning at Fox!

As is evidenced above, the Children’s Room of your local library isn’t always the quietest place.  But sometimes little islands of calm do surface.  Here’s another snapshot taken at the Fox this very morning:

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Take a gander at the neatest line of dinosaurs ever created!

And there you have it, folks!  The library isn’t simply a cool place to come on a hot day.  It’s also full of fun surprises, dinosaur and otherwise!  Hope to see you here soon!

No more! For a while now, the signs in the Children’s Room have not matched the books displayed underneath. Under “Graphic Novels” rested the paperbacks and paperback series books (J PB). Where the Easy Readers used to reside, the Graphic Novels leaned. Now that most of you have learned to ignore the signs and head in a beeline for what you are looking for, we moved the books. Keeping you on your toes!

It will be an adjustment, but now the signs actually match the books underneath them. Along the wall the Graphic Novels now have room to be displayed face out, in all their graphic wonderfulness. The paperback fiction is adjacent to the hardcover fiction, so it’s easy to check for the paperback version of a book if the hardcover is out. And the Series paperbacks are on the other side of the stacks from the paperbacks. There’s more room for series now, so look for that section to expand.

As always, don’t hesitate to ask a librarian if you need help finding anything, anytime, even with the now accurate signs.

Summer is here and the weather is hot hot hot!  Cool off by coming to the Robbins and the Fox!  We have oodles of FUN things to do this week!

At Robbins…

Stop by to play with our great new selection of board games!  The Children’s Room is open until 9:00 p.m. tomorrow night (Thursday), so you’ll have plenty of time to beat the heat and have fun, too!

At Fox…

Tonight (Wednesday), come to the Fox for a fun movie night!  Join us at 6:00 p.m. for a fun family film.  Bring a pillow and we’ll provide the snacks. Ages kindergarten and up.

Tomorrow (Thursday), we will have our weekly singalong at 10:00 a.m. at the Fox Library!  This popular event is a crowd-pleaser for infants and toddlers alike!

This Friday, come to the Fox at 10:00 a.m. for Read and Romp, which will include fun stories, songs, AND a special visit from everyone’s favorite big red dog… CLIFFORD!

And don’t forget…

If you haven’t had a chance to sign up for Summer Reading yet, don’t delay!  Just stop by the Robbins or the Fox and ask the librarian for more information about DreamQuest!  It’s the adventure of the summer!

 

Ah, summer!  So much fun is just around the corner: lemonade, trips to the beach, and of course, summer reading!

This year, our Summer Reading theme is DreamQuest!  It’s going to be a summer of adventure, which will allow children to participate in fun quests while reading a variety of books!

Starting this Saturday, June 9, kids will be able to sign up for Summer Reading at the Robbins Library.  Kids can also sign up at the Fox starting next Tuesday, June 13.  We will also be holding two fun Summer Reading Kickoff events at each library:

At Robbins: This Saturday, June 9, at 3:00 p.m., the beloved storyteller Norah Dooley will perform and lead a fun and interactive workshop with special storytelling techniques at the Robbins Library!   Known throughout Boston and beyond for her captivating and energy-filled programs, this isn’t a program to be missed!  Space is limited, so please arrive 30 minutes early to pick up a ticket.  This program is intended for children ages four and older.

At Fox: On Saturday, June 16, the Fox Library will have a special Saturday opening!  Jarrett Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the popular Lunch Lady and Punk Farm books, will be at Fox at 10:30 a.m.!  In an exciting presentation, Jarrett will discuss how he grew from a child who loved to write stories and draw, into an award winning author and illustrator.  He will also present his artwork, share writing strategies, discuss the ever-popular Lunch Lady series, answer questions, and sign books, too!  Intended for children in grades kindergarten through twelve.  Tickets will be available 30 min prior to the show.

So get excited, kids and grown ups!  It’s going to be a great summer of reading at the library!

The famous Kathy, sporting a fun hat inspired by our Summer Reading theme of DreamQuest!

Tiny Boy: HELLO EVERYONE!

Librarian: Why, hello!

Tiny Boy: MY DAD KNOWS SPANISH.

Librarian: He does?  That is amazing!

Tiny Boy (gravely): Yes, he does.  He is a very brave man.

Librarian: Well, you have to be brave to know Spanish, I suppose.