Today is the 5th birthday for the Learning Curve and the new, transformed Central Library! To celebrate, the day’s festivities included mystery tours, scavenger hunts, a performance by entertainer Lord of the Yum Yum, a photo booth, prizes, digital activities, and birthday cake! Below, check out some stop motion animations made with Frames, a webcam, and a soft plush stackable cake, plus some Kid Pix birthday cards made especially for the library!
Today, Fox Hill Elementary students visited the Learning Curve and read the first chapter of The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, which tells a story using both words and pictures. But what if we didn’t have the pictures? Have you ever listened to an audiobook or had a story read to you, where you used your imagination to picture what’s happening? Before TV, people listened to radio programs for a similar experience. Stories were told with narrating and added sound effects.
Today, we chose a picture sequence from Chapter 2 of Hugo, and made our own Story Time Theater program, using a laptop and snowball microphone to record sound-tastic effects and sentences to describe what’s happening in each picture. Listen to the sound clips below and see if you can picture the story:
Last week in the Curve, our little learners featured story time included books about penguins and pine cones, little grey squirrels, and hibernation. We also made a pine cone ornament with fuzzy craft poms and glue. Glimpse a sneak peek below, and if you missed our featured story time, come by the Curve and ask for your own story time with one of these great wintertime reads, or check them out for yourself to enjoy at home:
Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows: Rhyming text and pictures introduce the reader to a variety of animals as they try to snuggle in to sleep.
Grey Squirrel illus. by Laura Ferraro Close: a book to go along with the favorite song.
Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon: Penguin and Pinecone form an unlikely friendship, even when they must live far apart.
Pine cone craft: Dip these fuzzy colorful craft poms into some Elmer’s Glue, then place the poms onto the pine cone tips (like decorating a little tree), and even add a loop of string for a festive ornament!
Did you hear about our Library Trick-or-Treat and story time on Halloween at the Learning Curve? After some stories and songs, we took our parade of costumed little ones and their caregivers to collect some treats and prizes throughout the main floor of the library. The librarians enjoyed dressing up, too! Check out some of the photos from our Facebook album, Story Times for Little Learners, which can also be viewed in the slideshow below, and make sure to “like” us on Facebook for updates of upcoming programs at the Curve!
At the Curve, Junior Builders get to use their imagination and build their own structures and creations from Legos, Duplos, gears, and more! This Boys and Girls Club enjoyed reading the story Iggy Peck, Architect, and then worked together as junior architects and builders to create buildings, cars, spaceships, pyramids, and anything else they can dream up!