Fun books and activities for kids from our children's librarians.

Everything Sensory!

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Carrie Banks on Sep 13, 2017

Sensory Storytime at Brooklyn Public Library! Sensory Storytime is a family storytime designed for families with children ages 3-8, with and without disabilities. Read a book, sing a song, dance or play along. Small groups, visual supports, sensory activities, fidgets and orientations will help us all have fun. You might wonder what makes a sensory friendly program?  Let me tell you…  First, we want you to be comfortable.  Feel free to sit, lie down or quietly move around during the program.  We use a visual schedule to help people know what to expect next and lessen...

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Picture Books in Translation

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Beanbag Amerika on Sep 6, 2017

Storytime is my absolute favorite time of the week in the library. I love discovering weird, wonderful, beautiful, baffling books and then getting to share them. And I've found that some of the weirdest, wonderfulest, most beautiful and baffling books are those that have made their way into English via translation from another language. I'm excited to share some of my recent finds with you!   A Most Mysterious Mouse written by Giovanna Zoboli, illustrated by Lisa D'Andrea, translated by Antony Shugaar From Italian. An industrious cat spends all his time thinking of...

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Summer 2017 Contest Winners!

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Kimberly Grad on Sep 5, 2017

August 30, we joined our friends at New York Public Library at Yankee Stadium for the afternoon game with the Cleveland Indians to celebrate the winners of the Summer 2017 Baseball Book Review contest. Congratulations to Brooklyn Public Library’s winners William Vaccaro, and Jonathan Peripinal on a job well done. Summer 2017 Baseball Book Review winners William Vaccaro, left and Jonathan Perpinal, right   Summer 2017 contest winners William Vaccaro and Jonathan Peripanal on right   Interested in reading two great books about baseball? Check out these...

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Back to PreSchool

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Jessica Ralli on Aug 29, 2017

Picture Books for Babies, Toddlers, and PreSchoolers The back to school aisle at the drugstore still thrills me.  I don’t think I am alone.  There is a back-to-school fever out there in consumer-land: mix-and-match clothing sets, colorful school supplies (I still have my rainbow hearts Trapper Keeper), mom-blogs filled with healthy lunch recipes, and parent facebook groups with 100+ thread discussions on finding the best bento-box snack container!   My one year old daughter reading books with pictures of other children to help prepare her for daycare in...

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Library Lab: Exploding Chalk Baggies

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Elena Rivera on Aug 23, 2017

  Looking for a quick STEM activity to beat the heat?  Then this post is for you! Materials: 1 cup       Vinegar 1/2 cup   Cornstarch 2 tbsp     Baking Soda 1              Zipper Sandwich Baggies 1              Paper Napkin                Food Color/ Liquid Color   Instructions...

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BKLYN Kids Code!

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Cameron Myers on Aug 15, 2017

Interested in getting with the latest trend and teaching your kids to code? We’ve got your back. The library already offers coding classes for kids. At my home branch, Clarendon, we offer arduino classes, HTML and CSS workshops, Raspberry Pi workshops, Scratch workshops, and python workshops too. Seeing a child’s face light up after their first line of code is rendered is simply priceless. I mean, look at these cute faces! Need more convincing that coding is important for kids? Check out this article from Rasmussen on the benefits of kids coding. So, without further ado, here...

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Build a Better World: Keith Haring

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Stefanie Sinn on Aug 9, 2017

Once a month, for the past several months, Crown Heights Library has been holding a Kids Create: Artist Highlight program. During these programs, we learn briefly about a famous artist, utilizing books and databases from the library, and proceed to make an art project in the style of the chosen artist. Since January, we have covered Jasper Johns, Faith Ringgold, Georgia O’Keefe, George Seurat, and Henri Matisse. When faced with the choice of who to feature in June, I took several things into consideration. First, this was to be the final such program before the summer, when I planned to...

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Outside in the City

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Jessica Ralli on Aug 1, 2017

Early Literacy Nature Explorations for Children 0-5 When I was growing up, I remember my mother saying “If children are cranky, you should put them in water.” This sensory version of a timeout now makes perfect sense to me after years of teaching and parenting two children under 4.  Nothing resets a tired, frustrated, or bored child like some good old fashioned sensory play.  But did you know that sensory play in nature (think mudpies), improves attention, helps us organize and release thoughts and emotions, inspires language development, and even makes us smarter (and happier...

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Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Yesha Naik on Jul 27, 2017

Set your time-turners, because Monday, July 31st is Harry Potter's Birthday and we're having a PARTY! Join us at Central Library as we Celebrate Harry's (37th!) Birthday and the 20th Anniversary of J.K. Rowling's series. Activities include wand making, spellbook inscription, fortune telling, and a dramatic reading of scenes from Cursed Child by librarians and volunteers. You'll also get sorted into your Hogwarts House and learn how to care for your own Magical Creature!     Can't make it to the event?  You can still celebrate the day from home by making...

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Inspire Young Inventors with STEM Picture Books

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Ellen Weaver on Jan 18, 2017

Each of these titles focuses on a different element of STEM: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These work best as books to read aloud or read together for children ages 3-9. Explore Nanobots with Chris Gall, or follow Max through his adventures in Max Speed, before having your own adventure in STEM. View our events calendar to attend a STEM program at your local branch. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak As trees sway in the cool breeze, blue jays head south, and leaves change their colors, everyone knows—autumn is on its way! Join a young girl as she...

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5 Historical Fiction Books For Winter

Posted in BKLYN Kids by Sarah Johnson and Emily Heath on Jan 6, 2017

These five titles make excellent picks for readers interested in historical fiction: made up stories that take place during real historical times or events.  Ideal for readers aged 7-12, these books transport readers to Depression-era Key West, the 1860s Great Plains, and 1970s California, among others. Paper Wishes by Lois Sephban When 10-year-old Manami and her family are suddenly ordered to move to a prison camp just because they're Japanese, Manami loses her voice and can only speak through her drawings.  Pair with Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata or Remembering...

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