Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect!
Celebrate at the Amelia Branch. Stop in anytime during regular library hours Monday-Saturday, May 13-18 to find a craft featuring characters from some of your favorite children’s books!
Children’s Book Week originated in the belief that children’s books and literacy are life-changers. In 1913, Franklin K. Matthiews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, began touring the country to promote higher standards in children’s books. He proposed creating a Children’s Book Week, which would be supported by all interested groups: publishers, booksellers, and librarians.
Mathiews enlisted two important allies: Frederic G. Melcher, the visionary editor of Publishers Weekly, and Anne Carroll Moore, the Superintendent of Children’s Works at the New York Public Library and a major figure in the library world. With the help of Melcher and Moore, in 1916, the American Booksellers Association and the American Library Association sponsored a Good Book Week with the Boy Scouts of America.
Children’s Book Week is administered by Every Child A Reader, a 501(c)(3) literacy organization dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children.
Research shows that children who memorize nursery rhymes become better readers. Many of our favorite nursery rhymes have been around since Shakespeare’s time! Come celebrate Mother Goose Day at the Batavia Branch on Monday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. Attendees ages 5-12 can listen to stories, play games and make a craft.
Sign Up Now! Space is limited, so please reserve your spot by visiting the branch, calling 732-2128, or registering online. This program is for ages 5-12.
Collections of nursery rhymes.
Celebrate Family Gaming Day on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Amelia Branch with games and fun for all ages. Play our life-sized Candy Land game! Board games will be available all day long. For more information, call the library at 752-5580.
Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 6:45pm for Squirrel Appreciation Month! Come in your pajamas! Listen to stories about our little awesome friends. Play fun games like Pin the Tail on Scaredy Squirrel and make a squirrel craft. Register online or by calling (513)528-1744.
Kids’ books about squirrels.
Hi! It was a huge Block Party at the Union Township Branch on March 31st; this past month we had tremendous success with our first ever Lego Club. We knew it was going to be a great day when we ran out of space in our original session and had to add a second morning session after just two weeks of sign-ups.
Over 90 kids registered to attend, with 3o in each session and another 30 on the waiting list. Due to our huge numbers we had to combine our Lego collection with the Amelia Branch’s bricks to make sure that we had enough for everyone (Thanks Ms. Cara for sharing)! Everyone in the room had their creative caps on; parents tried their best to watch from the sideline, but it was hard for them to not hunker down on the floor with the kids and build. Our builders made over 100 unique creations over the course of the day, using their brains and some of the awesome Lego books we have in the system.
We started our class with some free building while we waited for everyone to arrive. After that we did a series of individual and team oriented building challenges, including building robots, our favorite animals (a surprising number of kids picked giraffes), a building (it couldn’t be a house), vehicles and ‘the most awesome thing’ the kids could think of.
Everyone had an great time and the creativity was astounding. Check out pictures of some of our creations at the CCPL Flickr page, where we have our very own Union Township Lego Club photo collection.
Our Lego Club meets the last Saturday of every other month at 10:00 and 2:00. To save your spot at one of the May 26th Block Parties, call the Union Township Branch at 513-528-1744 or register online through our Calendar of Events. Busy on May 26? Check out the Amelia Branch for their Lego Club, which alternates months with ours.