Halloween sure is a spoooooky time! But don't be scared that you've missed out on our new kids' MCBA book club!
Have you been seeing signs for the MCBA book club? Maybe you’ve found our book display in Youth Services, or noticed those stickers on some book spines. Maybe you even saw our video about the book club! Wondering what it’s all about? Here are 5 things to know about MCBA!
1. What is MCBA?
MCBA stands for the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award. Each year, a committee nominates 20 books for kids to vote as the best book this year.
Experience a story in a different way, with no books or pictures! Close your eyes, listen carefully, and prepare for an adventure. What would it be like to have a highly-sensitive snout, leathery wings, feathery whiskers, or a glittering, rainbow tail? Let your imagination (& your body!) run wild as you follow along with Miss Alyisha’s video. You’ll hunt, fly, swim, and prowl as you learn.
When you're done with the run, check out the Miss Alyisha Recommends clip for thematic book recommendations to go along with each video.
You may have read that AFL is observing Screen-Free Week, but what does that mean for you?
Screen-Free Week is an annual event during the first week of May that encourages families to find activities to do - preferably together! - that don't involve screens. This year, it's May 3 through May 9. You probably have some favorite activities, but if you're looking to mix it up, let's revisit a few Family Fun suggestions from our blog this past year.
Listen to Miss Jess share Hanukkah and Christmas books during these holiday storytimes!
These prerecorded storytimes can be viewed at your convenience, December 1 - 31, 2020!
To see ALL of our storytimes, visit our Storytimes playlist on our YouTube page!
Welcome to Miss Jess Suggests!
In each episode of this series, Head of Youth Services Jessica Block recommends great books for you to try (plus some bonus titles!). Different episodes will focus on one interest level or age group, so if you don't hear about something "just right" for your reader, check back! We'll cover books for babies and toddlers straight through middle school. And of course, they are all available here in the Children's Room at the Ames Free Library.
November is flying by, but there’s still fun to be had from Youth Services!
Zoom storytimes with Miss Jess continue weekly through November. No advance registration is required. All storytimes start at 10:30 AM. Learn more about each storytime.