Kids & Teens

Kids & Teens Updates

  • Posted on Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 10:34am

    Congratulations to Vyctoria Olveira, who designed the winning replacement book cover in our April contest! Vyctoria's cover will be used on all our copies of Marcus Zusak's The Book Thief this summer. (View the full-size cover here.)

    We will also be using teen-designed covers on select copies of the following:

    • Lauren Bennett's cover for The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman
    • Eric Hachey's cover for Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
    • Tyler Canning's cover for Feed, by M.T. Anderson
    • Kelsey Barbarossa's cover for Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Picoult
    • Anthony Brown's cover for In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
    • Sawyer Fortier's cover for It's Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini

    Congratulations to these talented teens! Stop into the Teen Zone this summer to see their work displayed.

  • Posted on Friday, May 4, 2012 - 10:06am

    We in the Children’s Room are delighted to have 2 iPads available for use in the library.   They have been preloaded with lots of great apps.  Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy having an interactive book shared with them—try Planes by Byron Barton, Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton or Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping by Eileen Christelow.    For school aged kids, there are the math apps  Motion Math and AB Math, language learning apps such as Little Pim Spanish, fun games like the popular Angry Birds Space,  and Puzzle Pop, and other cool apps like Star Walk, Building Titanic and Numberlys. 

    Kids under age 14 must have a parent or guardian sign the Table In-House Borrowing Agreement before checking out the iPad.  Thank you to the Friends of the Library and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation for supporting the purchase of the iPads.

  • Posted on Monday, April 23, 2012 - 3:55pm

    If you like to keep up with the newest titles but don't have time to check the teen shelves, check with the Teen Zone on GoodReads.com. In addition to listing all of the latest additions, we're tagging things with notes about formats (like which are audio books, graphic novels, etc) and even a tag for Librarian's Favorites, and providing reviews of some titles. Friend us to stay informed or comment on some of your own favorites, or just follow on your own.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 3:07pm

    We have been proud to host 5 School Nights at the library this spring.  Over 500 people have attended these evening open houses which featured raffle drawings, a scavenger hunt, and guest readers.  Many thanks to the school principals, teachers, librarians, and reading specialists for making the evenings such a success.  

     View photos from School Nights:

    Boutwell Early Childhood Center

    Wildwood Early Childhood Center

    Woburn Street School

    West Intermediate School

    North Intermediate School

  • Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012 - 4:58pm

    Missed the Teen Robotics demo last week? Then you didn't hear about how robots work, or see what a bomb-disposal robot sees as it climbs up and down a flight of stairs. See what you missed in this series of YouTube videos. (Links to the second two parts are in the video information.)

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 2:59pm

    The latest issue of Star Mag is ready!  It contains artwork, puzzles, movie and book reviews, and stories all created by kids, ages 8 and up.    Click here  to read the winter issue of Star Mag.  Printed copies are available in the Children's Room. 

     We will be working on the spring issue at our next meeting on March 7 at 3:30 pm.   All kids ages 8 and up are invited to come help.  There will be laptops, markers, crayons, and other materials to inspire creativity.  Kids unable to attend the meetings can drop off original artwork, stories, poems, book recommendations or other contributions  in the Children’s Room, or email to braab@mvlc.org.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 5:04pm

    December was a fun month in the Children’s Room.  We had lots of great activities. 

    The Magic of Science came to the library.  The kids loved participating in the amazing demonstrations.

    See more Magic of Science photos

    The smell of sugar filled the second floor while the kids built gingerbread house with graham crackers, frosting and LOTS of candy.

    See more Kids Gingerbread Houses photos

    Food smells also filled the air during “New Year’s Snackin Eve”.  Kids made fruit kebabs, roll-ups, “hamburger cookies”, and snack mix, followed by a countdown and a toast with a glass of sparkling apple juice.

     

    Here’s to a great 2012  in the Children’s Room!

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 2:39pm

    Great books can get hidden by terrible covers. Now’s your chance to fix that. We’ll be putting the best covers on teen zone books, so check out the guidelines for entry at wilmlibrary.org/teens/bookcovers and submit your entry (or entries) by April 30.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 10:22am

    At the end of each year, newspapers and children’s review journals publish lists of the best children’s books of the year.  With thousands of children’s books published each year, it’s no surprise that there is not a consensus between the lists as to which the best books of the year are. 

     Here are three nonfiction books that appear on multiple lists.


    Amelia Lost:  The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
    by Candace Fleming

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    This engaging biography contains photos, maps, and handwritten notes that make the story of Amelia Earhart come alive. (Grades 4-7)


    Heart and Soul: The story of America and African Americans
    by Kadir Nelson

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    Narrated by a fictional woman who recounts the history of African Americans from colonial times through the last presidential election by telling personal stories, this beautiful book is illustrated with portraits of famous and forgotten people. (Grades 4 and up).


    Can We Save the Tiger?
    by Martin Jenkins

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    Geared toward younger children, this description of endangered species and the impact that humans have on animals features illustrations of tigers and 27 other species. (Preschool-Grade 2)

  • Posted on Monday, December 12, 2011 - 1:57pm

    This fall a group of creative kids ages 8 and up have been working on Star Mag, a quarterly magazine made by and for kids.  At our monthly meetings,  participants used markers, crayons, pencils, and latops to create artwork, stories and activities like word searches and puzzles. Click here to read Star Mag.  Printed copies are available in the Children's Room.  Our next meeting will be January 4 at 3:45 pm.   We would love to have more kids join us.  If you have any questions about Star Mag, please contact Barbara Raab either at 978 694-2098 or braab@mvlc.org.

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