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Tail Wagging Tutors

Tail Wagging Tutors is an ongoing program to give kids ages 5-10, who are struggling with their reading skills, the opportunity to read aloud to a dog volunteer for 10-12 minutes in a nonjudgmental environment. 

A real dog will be here with their owners to listen to kids read. Currently we only have two dogs available, one on Wednesday from 4:30-5:30, and another on Saturdays from 2:00-3:00.   These time may vary as the volunteers' schedules change. 

Register for one 15 minute session per week.  Please be on time for your session.  If you are late, we will not be able to extend your session as other children may be waiting.

For more information and to register for a session, please call the Children's Department at 248-618-7692.

Tail Wagging Tutors Is Here!

Tail Wagging Tutors is a program to give kids ages 5-10, who are struggling with their reading skills, the opportunity to read aloud to a dog for 10-12 minutes in a nonjudgmental environment. 

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New Computer Stations in the Children's Room

Image of AWE computersThanks to the generosity of our Friends, we have new game computers in the Children's Department.  There are two Early Literacy Stations from AWE (Advanced Workstations in Education), and two stations with specialized Internet browsers.

The Early Literacy Station (ELS) is a dynamic all-in-one digital learning solution for children ages 2-8. It is a self-contained unit requiring no Internet connection, so it is safe and secure. The educational titles are pre-loaded on the computer and are displayed using engaging graphics and intuitive menus.  But it's not just reading literacy that ELS promotes, but also proficiency in math, science & nature, social studies & geography, reading, phonics, and language arts, writing & computer skills, reference, and music & art.  Although, there are over 60 "games" loaded on the ELS computers, many of the games have more games within itself bringing the total up to 158.  Two ELS stations have replaced our old CD-ROM stations C & D.  The stations are first come, first serve.  They cannot be reserved.  Students may go on for up to an hour before being logged off.  No library card is required. Read more

Programs Rescheduled

Due to building issues, both the craft program and the movie that were scheduled for November 19 have been rescheduled.  The Holiday Wreath program has been moved to December 1 (and still has openings!).  The movie has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 29, which will give your family something to do during that long winter break.

Bookmark Contest

Reminder:  There is still one week left in this contest!  Get at entry form at the Children's Desk now!

The Waterford Library is sponsoring a children's bookmark design contest to celebrate Children's Book Week, May 7-13, 2012.  Waterford students in grades 1-6 can participate in this contest.  Three winners will be choosen: one from grades 1 and 2, one from grades 3 and 4, and one from grades 5 and 6.  The three winning entries will be professionally printed and available to the public beginning May 7.

Each winning student will receive enough bookmarks for their family and classmates.  Entry forms are available beginning March 25 in the Children's Department.  The deadline for entries is April 25.  We are using the 2012 Summer Reading Program theme, "Dream Big--Read!" as this year's inspiration for a bookmark design.  All bookmark designs are expected to reflect the theme.  So, use your imaginations to think of a great design that puts this year's theme and books together.

Bookmark Contest

The Waterford Library is sponsoring a children's bookmark design contest to celebrate Children's Book Week, May 7-13, 2012.  Waterford students in grades 1-6 can participate in this contest.  Three winners will be choosen: one from grades 1 and 2, one from grades 3 and 4, and one from grades 5 and 6.  The three winning entries will be professionally printed and available to the public beginning May 7.

Each winning student will receive enough bookmarks for their family and classmates.  Entry forms are available beginning March 25 in the Children's Department.  The deadline for entries is April 25.  We are using the 2012 Summer Reading Program theme, "Dream Big--Read!" as this year's inspiration for a bookmark design.  All bookmark designs are expected to reflect the theme.  So, use your imaginations to think of a great design that puts this year's theme and books together.

Fall Storytimes!

Hen reading to chicksStorytimes are back in the Children's Department!

Starting the week of Tuesday, September 13th, the library is offering 10 weeks of storytimes, for ages 6 months through 5 years.  Each session is 30 minutes long and requires no registration.  Just show up about 5 minutes ahead of time to get your child a nametag.  The schedule is:

  • Babytime for ages 6 months through 15 months (pre-walking) is on Tuesdays from 10:00-10:30 AM, starting September 13
  • Toddlertime for ages 15 months until 2 years is on Wednesdays from 10:00-10:30 AM, starting September 14
  • 2-Year-Old Storytime is on Tuesdays from 11:00-11:30 AM, starting September 13
  • 3-Year-Old Storytime is on Wednesdays from 11:00-11:30 AM, starting September 14
  • Preschool Story & Craft Time for ages 4-5 is on Thursdays, from 10:00-10:45 AM, starting September 15

We hope to see you there!

Rescheduled Matinee Movie

Due to the power outage on Wednesday, August 10, we are rescheduling one of our family matinee movies! 

The new date is Tuesday, August 23.  All matinee movies begin at 1:30, and this one runs for 97 minutes.  Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.  Popcorn will be provided.  You may bring your own drinks with lids, pillows, blankets, etc.  Please, no peanuts or uncovered drinks.  There will be a drawing for a bag of popcorn for your own family movie night.

Unfortunately, our movie license company will only allow us to advertise titles in-house.  This movie is rated G.  You can call the Children's Department at (248) 618-7692 to get the title, or try to figure it out from the hint below:

Small, Royal Daughter

Children's Summer Reading 2011

The 2011 Children's Summer Reading Program is over, but it's not too late to get prizes!  If you turn in your reading record before Labor Day we are still handing out awards for completing your goal, for as long as supplies last.

Pictures from the Candy Sushi Program

candy "vegetable" with chopsticks
All of the attendees at our Candy Sushi program for ages 9-12 got creative.  Below are the the fruits of their labors.
The base ingredients were prepackaged Rice Crispy Treats, Swedish fish, Fruit Roll-Ups (green especially makes a good nori wrap), marshmallows, and sour apples straws.  Extra bits of candy were left out to enhance the base ingredients, such as pink Nerds to look like roe, and gummi fish for larger fish shapes.  Chcolate sauce was used for "soy" sauce.
candy sushicandy sushi
candy sushi battleship
A "battleship" sushi sculpture, above.
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