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Home PriceRobert McCloskey was an award-winning author and illustrator born on September 15, 1914. He wrote eight books including Blueberries for Sal (1948) and One Morning in Maine (1952), runners-up for the Caldecott award, as well as Make Way for Ducklings (1941) and Time of Wonder (1957), which both won the Caldecott award. Aside from his own books, McCloskey also illustrated ten other stories. McCloskey was named a living legend by the Library of Congress in 2000 and Make Way for Ducklings was named the official children’s book of Massachusetts in 2003.

            In order to celebrate Robert McCloskey on what would have been his 100th birthday, all Henrico County Public Libraries will be encouraging young readers to visit their local library and share their favorite book of the summer. Those who share will have the opportunity to win a copy of Make Way for Ducklings or Homer Price! Entries will be accepted until the end of September.

                                                                                                                                                           

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 Jedi Academy  Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me  Flora & Ulysses: the Illuminated Adventures 

                      The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House  The Adventures of Captain Underpants 

 

This year the National Book Festival takes place on Saturday, August 30, 10 am - 10 pm at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Dozens of authors and illustrators will be present all day to speak and sign their books. Some of the notable children’s book authors and illustrators speaking at this year’s festival are:

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Toca Robot Lab

Toca Robot Lab is a great app for technically minded kids (or anyone who thinks robots are way cool!)  The way the app works is that you build a robot using one of three pieces each for legs, torso, head, and arms.  Then, you test the robot by flying it around the lab collecting stars until a conveyer takes it away to be approved.

The app has great sound effects—screwing and welding noises when the parts are being attached, sputtering flying noises when the robots fly, and satisfying clanks when it gets taken off on the conveyor belt.  The background music is non-intrusive and doesn’t make you want to stab an ice pick in your ear, so that’s a big plus.

There weren’t any glitches during use.  There were enough obstacles in the lab to make flying interesting, and children caught on to what they needed to do to make the robot fly around obstacles very quickly.  The robot parts had enough “wear” on them to make them look like recycled bits, and were satisfyingly interesting to look at, with things that looked like old computer screens, astronaut helmets, pinwheels, old hoses, etc.

There are some free robot lab apps out there, but the in-app purchases can quickly become irritating. Toca Robot Lab was well worth the price at $2.99.

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Henrico County Public School buses will be visiting select libraries during the month of August. New Kindergarteners are invited to practice getting on and off a school bus, learn about bus safety, and get a box of crayons! All children must be accompanied by a parent.                                       

School Bus Rules

       

 

        Saturday, August 2, 10:00am at Dumbarton Library

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It’s getting STEAMy at Dumbarton Library!  STEM and STEAM library programs focus on the subjects of science (S), technology (T), engineering (E), art (A) and math (M) and offer wonderful hands-on educational and fun activities for children.

Join preschool storytime presenter, Awnali Mills, as she STEAMs up Dumbarton’s storytime room with her special Science and Stories programs. Science and Stories will be held once per storytime session and will involve different activities and stories relating to STEAM concepts. As with regular storytimes, there is no registration required and each storytime will last about 30 minutes.

Storytime themes and dates:

Bath time/ Water (Sink or Float) - Wednesday, May 21 at 10 am 

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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda         The Popularity Papers         Melonhead         Clueless McGee         Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life   

                                   Big Nate: In A Class By Himself         Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life        Spaceheadz

 

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger– As the first book of Angleberger’s Origami Yoda series, this book encourages readers to ponder, “Is Origami Yoda real?” as an eccentric sixth grader baffles his classmates when his Yoda finger puppet offers sage advice. Read the case files filled with pictures and side notes to find out what happens.

Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julia Graham-Chang by Amy Ignatow. Meet Lydia and Julia, two girls determined to crack the code of popularity before they enter middle school. The Popularity Papers series is written in a visually graphic scrapbook style sure to keep readers' attention.

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Happy Birthday- Seussville

This Sunday, March 2nd, marks the birthday of one of our favorite authors - Dr. Seuss! In celebration, four different Henrico County libraries will be having their very own Dr. Seuss birthday parties. At each party there will be stories, crafts and other activities geared towards Dr. Seuss and his wonderful books. The specific events are listed below:  

 Dr. Seuss- Seussville Author Study  Varina Library: Saturday, March 1 @ 3:30 PM

   Dumbarton Library: Monday, March 3 @3:30 PM

   Tuckahoe Library: Monday, March 3 @6:30 PM    

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