Brighten Up at the Library

On September 23rd, the Science Club at the New Lenox Library will be experimenting with electicity and light. After participating in some experiments, the Science Club will also be making one of these:

flashlightUsing only 3 materials, we’ll construct our own mini pocket flashlights. So make sure you sign up for Science Club on September 2nd (the day registration opens). It’s going to be electric.

The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower

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Title: Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower

Author: Lisa Graff

Where to find it:  J GRA

Ms. Liz says:
Bernetta loses her private school scholarship after she is implicated in a school-wide cheating and blackmail scam by her “best friend.” She can’t convince anyone that she is innocent. She must come up the $9,000 tuition she lost in order to keep attending Mount Olive, the private school that she has gone to since she was in kindergarten. Bernetta is also grounded for the summer and is banned from her father’s magic club where she is his assistant. Bernie meets Gabe and allows herself to be convinced that the only way to raise the money is to become partners with Gabe in a con game. So she spends the summer using the sleight of hand tricks she learned at her father’s magic club by conning people to get the tuition money she needs and to get revenge. I enjoyed this book because it is a funny and moving story about losing yourself and finding your way again.

Shake Break!

No matter how much we would love to hang out on the couch all day reading our library books, it’s important to get up and move!

The CDC suggests that children should be participating in one hour (or more)  of physical activity each day. How about taking a Shake Break every once in a while? Sounds like fun to me!

Here’s an awesome video from Pancake Manor to help get you started.

Have Fun with My StoryMaker!

My StoryMaker is a site created by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh that lets anyone create their very own story! You can choose your setting, characters, and their actions for any kind of story you want.

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This is a great way to get kids to practice their writing skills. While you can’t exactly write a novel in the text section of each page, My StoryMaker has plenty of space for great storytelling. The illustrations and animations that kids can use in their tales are very modern and a lot of fun.

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Once you’ve finished making your story, you can see it, share it, download it, or print it. They also give you a Magic Code to share your story with your friends.

Give it a try! We would love to read your story, too. When you finish it, go ahead and comment on this post with your Magic Code.

To read Ms. Caitlin’s story, just type in EFB240 on the homepage.