Children’s Blog

  • Saturday, February 11th, 2017

    choc olympics

    Are you a teen?
    Are you competitive?
    Will you do anything to win?

    But is leaving the safe, comfy confines of the building just asking too much of you? Well, here is the sporting event for you!

    I have one last question.
    This one is really important.
    I mean really, really important…

    How do you feel about chocolate?

    Oh, is it only the most real and true love of your life?

    Good.

    Then, join us here in the teen department on February 15th, the day after Valentine’s Day, at 4:30pm to eat and compete in the name of all that is good and chocolate.

    There will be teams.
    There will be silliness.
    There will be prizes.
    There will most definitely be chocolate.
    The only question is: will there be you?

    Please register!

  • Monday, February 6th, 2017

    Conquer the Zipline

    Stop by the Children’s Department this Saturday from 10am to noon for our next challenge: Build a Zipline!

    Will you able to zipline your creation from one side of the room to the other? Join us and find out. As always, we will have time for a freebuild following our challenge.

    Here are some pictures from January’s challenge: Build a Marble Maze!
    Lego Marble Maze

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    Kids love LEGO Club because it gives them the opportunity to get creative and learn how to solve problems on their own: valuable skills in today’s world.

    Recommended for grades K – 5, but all kids are welcome. See you there!

  • Saturday, January 28th, 2017

    Lunar New Year Celebration

    Xīn nián kuài lè – Happy New Year!

    January 28th marks the beginning of a new year on the Chinese lunisolar calendar. For 1/6 of the world’s population, this is a time of celebration, gratitude, and renewal.

    Our young patrons enjoyed a Chinese-style Lunar New Year party to help ring in the Year of the Rooster 鸡. The party featured snacks that are traditionally believed to bring good luck: oranges for wealth, apples for peace, and noodles for a long life.

    Partygoers learned phrases in Chinese, as well as how to write the word “rooster” in traditional calligraphy.

    The next Lunar New Year falls on Friday, February 16th, 2018.

    Xīn nián kuài lè 新年快乐
    Gōng xǐ fā cái 恭禧发财
    Wishing you a prosperous and joyful new year!

    Learn more about the holiday here.

  • Monday, January 23rd, 2017

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    Every year, the American Library Association recognizes the best media for children and young adults with prestigious awards. Some of these awards include: the John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature, the Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children, and the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in YA literature.

    Remember to stop by the library to check out past and current winners!

    2017 Newbery Medal Winner: “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill

    2017 Newbery Honor Books:
    “Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan” by Ashley Bryan
    “The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog” by Adam Gidwitz
    “Wolf Hollow” by Lauren Wolk

    2017 Caldecott Medal Winner: “Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat” by Javaka Steptoe

    2017 Caldecott Honor Books:
    “Leave Me Alone!” by Vera Brosgol
    “Freedom in Congo” by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
    “Du Iz Tak?” by Carson Ellis
    “They All Saw a Cat” by Brendan Wenzel

    2017 Printz Award Winner: “March: Book Three” by John Lewis

    2017 Printz Honor Books:
    “Asking for It” by Louise O’Neill
    “The Passion of Dolssa” by Julie Berry
    “Scythe” by Neal Shusterman
    “The Sun Is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon

    For a complete list of winners, visit the ALA’s website.

  • Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

    One of my favorite memories from my childhood is opening that gift on Christmas morning: flat, rectangular, hard…could only be one thing, new books! Our town didn’t have much of a library but my parents made sure we all had books on Christmas. And, if we were out shopping someplace during the rest of the year and spied a book we simply had to have, the wallet usually came out without hesitation. Books and reading were, and are, truly a treasured gift, so much so that I have collections of books. One of my favorites is my holiday collection, that includes books like these:
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    seuss-grinch
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    And then there’s the pop-up books. Pop-up books are like Lay’s potato chips, you can’t stop with just one:

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    Check out the detail! Like they’re flying right off the page!

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    We hope you have a happy holiday season. Happy reading!

  • Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

    turkeyWhat are you giving thanks for this year? Let us know! Stop by the children’s department and write down what you’re thankful for on one of our turkey feathers, and we’ll post it on the big turkey that’s up on the wall. All ages are welcome to help us “feather” our bird with thanks!

    While you’re here, check out our selection of Thanksgiving books, say hi to Dory and Nemo in our reef tank and spend a few minutes playing with your little ones in the early learning center.

    While you’re here, check out our improvements in the teen area! It desperately needed a face lift, and we’re thankful that our endowment board agreed to fund the changes. We’ve got some new furniture, new display space and storage, an interactive chalkboard, a “bored” board and are in the process of setting up a mini maker area.

    Stuffed from Thanksgiving and not in the mood to shop? We’re having a holiday movie marathon on Friday, Nov. 25 starting at 10 a.m. in the children’s area. Check out our online calendar for details on this and other upcoming programs!

  • Monday, October 10th, 2016

    Like scary stuff? So do we! We’ve got a large selection of sweetly spooky picture books in the house for our youngest readers, and plenty of selections by classic horror writers R.L. Stine, Mary Downing Hahn and more for the older kids. If you’re looking for some creepy music to add the right atmosphere to your Halloween party, we’ve got it! Scary (and not-too scary) movies on your list? Come check our selection out! While you’re here, take a Story Walk and read “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” with your little ones.

    Looking for a spooky something we don’t have? Remember we’re part of a library consortium, so we can check over 40 other libraries for the materials you want, place holds and have them delivered here.

    Happy Haunting!

  • Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

    What time is it, you ask? Why, time for BACK TO SCHOOL!

    Okay, maybe it’s not such a great time for kids; I know I dreaded the start of the school year as much as the next person. But there were some good things, like seeing all my friends again, study hall, getting a couple of new outfits to show off, and my favorite: shopping for school supplies!

    I don’t know about you, but school supply shopping was an EVENT when I was a kid. So much stuff to pick from! So many colors and patterns! Deciding between the folder with the groovy design or the folder with the latest teen heartthrob on it, wide rule vs college rule, Bic vs Paper-Mate and whether or not I should blow the budget and buy one of the coveted, oh-so-cool Trapper Keepers this year was such sweet agony. Every year around this time I take a stroll or two through the school supply display at my local store and go back in time (and usually buy a notebook or another pack of mechanical pencils–hey, you can’t have too many!).

    Back to the library! We’ve put out our annual back to school display and it’s full of fun titles to check out. Here’s a few of our favorites:

    george brownGeorge Brown, Class Clown. George keeps the trouble coming at Sugarman Elementary in this fun series by Nancy Krulik.

    homeworkI Didn’t Do My Homework Because… by Davide Cali and Benjamin Choud. Ever needed a fresh excuse for why you don’t have your homework done? This book provides some excellent examples, like ‘my brother and I were kidnapped by the circus’ and ‘elves hid all my pencils’.

    lunch ladyLunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle by Jarett Krosoczka. Lunch Lady and her sidekicks take on an villain determined to use Thompson Brook School to vaporize the moon!

    marleyMarley Goes to School by John Grogan. That lovable labrador creates chaos when he decides to go to school for the day.

    We hope everyone has a great school year. Stop by and see us anytime for cool books, movies, music and more!!

  • Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

    Looking to beat the heat down at the shores of Lake Erie? Check out these books about the beach that’ll get you and your kids in the mood to splash around all day long! Come into the library to borrow these great titles from the children’s department, or put them on hold through the links below. Just don’t get the books wet or sandy!

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    Beach Day by Patricia Lakin

    to the beach

    To the Beach! by Linda Ashman

    duck and goose

    Duck and Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills

    scaredy squirrel

    Scaredy Squirrel At The Beach by Melanie Watt

    beachy and me

    Beachy and Me by Bob Staake

    surf's up

    Surf’s Up by Kwame Alexander

  • Monday, July 11th, 2016

    Our fish tank received an upgrade last week! Take a look at some of our new additions. Be sure to stop by the Children’s Department soon to check them out in person!

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  • Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

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    When it comes to stories that make kids laugh, Mo Willems has written and illustrated some of the best. Recently Willems released the last story in his popular “Elephant and Piggie” series, titled “The Thank You Book”. We’re sad to see such a wonderful series end, so make sure to check out “The Thank You Book” and the rest of the “Elephant and Piggie” series from the children’s department today!
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    Willems is also known for titles such as “Knuffle Bunny”, “That Is Not A Good Idea”, “Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs”, and more! One of our favorites is the Pigeon series, starting with “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus”.
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    Recently we’ve used an app created by Willems called Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App in storytime, and the kids loved creating their own unique pigeon story. The app opens to a screen with six options that are clearly labeled and illustrated.
    The app has three story modes: egg, chick, and big pigeon. In egg mode, the story is randomly generated with preselected phrases for the pigeon to say throughout the story. There is also an option for reading along with the story at the bottom of the screen. In chick mode, children can choose between options given by the bus driver to complete the story. The only thing that utilizes the microphone in this mode is when the bus driver asks for the child to say their name to be used in the story. Big pigeon utilizes the microphone to answer the bus driver’s questions, and the Pigeon will use the recorded answers to complete the story. The kids loved hearing their words and voices come out of the Pigeon’s beak! This mode also allows for the kids to save their favorite stories, so if you have a particularly funny one you might want to come back to later, save it and access it from the safe picture on the home screen. The pigeon is wonderfully animated and has all of the energy and rage that he has in the books. The Pigeon’s voice is perfect and the constant movement and fluctuation of background color keeps the kids interested.
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    Another function of the app allows for kids to learn how to draw the Pigeon from Willems himself! The app is good about being patient and offering an example of how to draw the Pigeon, with Willems’ verbal instructions helping the child trace the parts of the drawing. Each step is individual, so they can take as much time as they need before moving on to the next step. You can even save the picture to your device’s photo gallery if you wish.
    Overall this is a really fun app, easily played together as a family or by the child individually. The different story modes let children of a variety of ages play along and feel involved with the story. Though the story doesn’t change beyond the basic Pigeon outline, kids will have fun with this one for a while if they love the Pigeon stories. This app is available on iOS for $5.99. This can be considered pretty pricey for an app, but the app is brimming with quality, and if you and your child love the Pigeon, it might be worth the cost.

  • Monday, June 6th, 2016

    logoToday marks the start of Ritter’s Summer Reading Program! The children’s and teen departments are decked out in fish-themed decorations, and the children’s librarians are ready to get your child signed up and ready to read!

    Children entering fifth grade and under (including little ones who aren’t in school yet) can sign up at the children’s desk. We have over twenty prize jars to possibly win, along with lots of smaller prizes to win throughout the summer. Ritter’s Random Acts bingo cards are back as well, so encourage your kids to get out in the community and do something good!

    Sixth through twelfth graders can sign up at the teen desk. Reading a book wins a scratch-off ticket that can yield candy, something from the prize basket, or more scratch-offs! Each ticket is also an entry to win one of our grand prize gift cards for either Romps, AMC Theaters, or iTunes! They can also write a short review of the book they read to win another ticket!

    If you have any questions, please visit us at either the children’s or teen desks during library hours, or call (440)9673798 and ask for the children’s desk!

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