Did you know that Wake County Public Library has a digital library collection just for kids? All you need is a WCPL card and a device to open up this world of ebooks and resources. Whether you are interested in picture books to read aloud together, transitional chapter books for shared reading, or novels for independent reading, the library is always open through its digital library collection. Check it out here or find the link on the Conn Media Center webpage under Online Resource, your one stop shop for all kinds of online reading and research links. Need a library card? Click here. Happy Reading!
Each year as part of the book fair we collect change and dollar bills to support all students at Conn getting at least one book from the book fair. The smiles and excitement of those students who benefit warms my heart every year and makes this program the BEST part of our annual fair. Last year your generosity served 120 students. If you can, please put a little (or a lot!) in the One For Books baggie and return it with your child, knowing you are bring the joy of owning a book to a child who might not have books at home. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for participating. One For Books runs Nov. 5 - Nov 15..
We've had a great year in the Conn Media Center, but our time together is winding down for this year and library books are due back by May 24.
That doesn't mean the reading stops! There are wonderful opportunities all over Wake County and online for kids to interact with wonderful stories, authors, information, and digital challenges.
Here are a few:
Wake County Public Library offers lots of kids programming throughout the summer for kids of all ages (including teens!).
Conn Media Center website has links to lots of digital content under 'Online Resources."
Capstone Interactive has many quality ebooks they've made available for free from May-Aug. Our login is summer18 and password is lovetoread.
Quail Ridge Books is a local bookstore that offers children's programming.
I will continue to add resources throughout the summer via Twitter @bgshore.
In partnership with the Wake PTA Council, Instructional Technology and Library Media Services is sponsoring a parent event entitled "What Every Tech Healthy Family Needs to Know." Janell Burley Hofmann (author of iRules: What Every Tech Healthy Family Needs to Know about Selfies, Sexting, Gaming, and Growing Up) will speak to parents on November 27th from 6:30-7:30 pm at the McKimmon Center at NCSU. Below you will find the invitation.There is limited space and registration is required (http://bit.ly/wcpsstech).
Marlo Gaddis, CETL
Senior Director for Instructional Technology and Library Media Services
22nd Annual American Indian
Heritage CelebrationSaturday, November 18, 2017
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Musicians, dancers, artists, storytellers, and authors from North Carolina’s eight state-recognized tribes will gather for this popular family event. Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the 22nd Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration offers something for all ages and gives a firsthand opportunity to learn about the state’s American Indian culture (with a population of over 100,000), past and present. Activities include craft demonstrations, hands-on activities, games, foods, and much more.
The museum is thrilled to announce that Jana Mashonee, a two-time Grammy nominee and nine-time NAMA winner, will be our opening performer for the fesitval.Jana will perform from 11 to 11:45 a.m. After her performance, she will be available to sign autographs, as well as copies of her new book, American Indian Story: The Adventures of Sha'kona.
NC Museum of History. "A Notable Family, Historic Shoes, and One Girl's Bid for President." 10 Oct. 2017.
One Little Girl’s White House Dreams
“Grace for President” Play
Friday, October 13–Sunday, October 22Raleigh Little Theatre Presents “Grace for President.”
Frustrated by a lack of female faces on a poster of US presidents, Grace decides to be president of her class at school. She seems the likely winner, too—until the most popular boy decides to run. During the race, Grace discovers what it takes to be the best candidate.
Activities for kids and families take place before most performances!
Produced by Raleigh Little Theatre. This show is part of the RLT Family Series
NC Museum of History. "A Notable Family, Historic Shoes, and One Girl's Bid for President." 10 Oct. 2017..
THURSDAY, SEPT. 29 at 7 PM at Quail Ridge Books & Music
TRENTON LEE STEWART
The Secret Keepers (Little, Brown $18.99) is now out, and just in time. The author of the much-beloved Mysterious Benedict Society series is back with more mystery, adventure, and puzzles. Trenton Lee Stewart visits Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 pm with The Secret Keepers, introducing a new cast of characters to intrigue readers. When Reuben discovers a most unusual watch, he and his friends and allies are plunged into an ever-widening world of secrets. With their city in danger, can they decipher clues quickly enough to defeat The Smoke? “Fans of Stewart’s “Mysterious Benedict Society” and series like it will devour his latest novel. This epic story filled with adventure and twists and turns is certain to keep readers’ interest from beginning to end.” - School Library Journal (starred review). Thrills for ages 9+.
If you're in Raleigh this weekend, Mac Barnett & Adam Rex are in town at Quail Ridge Books. Their books are popular in our library :)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2 pm MAC BARNETT & ADAM REX
Meet two of the most inventive picture book talents around when author Mac Barnett (Extra Yarn; Rules of the House) and illustrator Adam Rex (Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich) share their latest collaboration. They present How This Book Was Made (Disney-Hyperion $17.99) on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 2 pm. Did you know Adam's The True Meaning of Smekday was the basis for the animated movie Home? For ages 3+.
Loving having students back in the media center!! Teachers are great, but they don't add nearly as much energy to the space as you guys :)
We've been making some changes to the space to make it more user friendly, more collaborative, more fun! Can't wait to share with you and get your reactions and input. Here are a few preview pix:
In addition to reading, I love to play competitive tennis; hike & camp in the mountains; garden and create outdoor art; walk Mocha, my chocolate lab; visit my son in NYC; and learn new things!