Where the Sidewalk (Chalk) Ends

Monday, July 27, 2009

We are having such a creative summer at the Cherry Hill Library! There has been so many activities to share. Here are pictures of our fabulous sidewalk chalk creations. Don't we have some great young artists in Cherry Hill?

Creative Kids Make Edible Buildings

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

On Tuesday we had our first Creative Kids program. We learned about buildings and then tried our hand at construction using cookies, marshmallows and frosting. Check out the photos of our architectural creations.

Website Wednesday: Moon Landing Anniversary

To celebrate the anniversary of the 1969 moon landing we're listing moon related websites this Wednesday.

Solar Eclipse Video
See a video of what you probably couldn't viewunless you were in Asia: The longest total solar eclipse of the entire 21st century.

Apollo 11 Moonwalk Video
See NASA's newly restored video of the first ever moonwalks in 1969.

Moon in Google Earth
With Moon in Google Earth, you can: Take tours of landing sites narrated by Apollo astronauts,
view 3D models of landed spacecraft, and zoom into 360-degree photos to see astronauts' footprints. You'll need to download the free program Google Earth 5.0 to start exploring.

Audio Book Buzz: Wizards of Waverly Place - Spellbound

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Audio Book Buzz: Tonight on the Titanic

Audio Book Buzz: Tina and the Penguin

Audio Book Buzz: Tigers at Twilight

Audio Book Buzz: The Polar Express

Audio Book Buzz: The Night Before Summer Vacation

Audio Book Buzz: The Foot Book

Audio Book Buzz: Ruby and the Booker Boys

Audio Book Buzz: Planets

Audio Book Buzz: Penguin Chick

Audio Book Buzz: LEGO Space Adventures

Audio Book Buzz: Junie B. Jones is Captain Field Day

Audio Book Buzz: Jack and Jill

Audio Book Buzz: I am Good at Being Me

Audio Book Buzz: Hooray for Fly Guy

Audio Book Buzz: Green Eggs and Ham

Audio Book Buzz: Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia

Audio Book Buzz: Froggy Goes to the Doctor

Audio Book Buzz: Disney's Enchanted

Audio Book Buzz: Diary of a Wimpy Kid- The Last Straw

Audio Book Buzz: A Penguin Story

Guest Review: Andy Shane is NOT in Love

Andy Shane is NOT in Love by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Andy Shane is NOT in Love is an interesting book about what happens when a new girl named Lark Alice Bell moves to town. As Andy gets to know the new girl, they become really good friends. Then Dolores sees Andy write L.A.B. inside a big heart and she thinks Andy loves Lark Alice Bell. Whenever Andy and Lark are playing (like in the snow), Dolores tries to interfere. Dolores feels like Lark is more important than her and she is pretty sure that Andy Shane loves Lark Alice. But does he? Andy Shane is in love…but with who?

Jennifer Richard Jacobson wrote other books for children such as Andy Shane and the Pumpkin Trick, and Andy Shane and The Queen of Egypt, and more. Jennifer Richard Jacobson now lives in Maine. (Easy Reader)
Guest Reviewer: Lauren

Podcasting Workshop!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

We filled the computer lab this afternoon and all enjoyed creating some great "buzz" about our books. Our teen helpers raved about the experience as much as the kids participating!

Look for more Podcasting sessions this fall!

Harry Potter Trailer

Thursday, July 9, 2009

If you haven't seen it already, check out the trailer for the soon-to-be-released movie, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' Trailer
'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' Trailer

Guest Reviewers

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Kids, we want to hear what you think about what you are reading. Write a review of a book that you've read recently and we'll post it here on The Wild Rumpus. You can see your review online and find out what other kids are reading. To start us off we have some reviews from our teen Book Buddies.

The Cow that Laid and Egg by Andy Cutbill
The Cow That Laid and Egg introduces a curious question: what makes someone a mother. Is it the person who is biologicaly related, or the person who carefully nurtures the child with love? The story ultimately determines that appearances do not matter but actions do. On a less philosophical note, The Cow That Laid an Egg is quite entertaining. While I read, I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. Would the egg hatch into a chicken or a cow? Would Marjorie the cow have a happy ending? Despite the fact that I still cannot figure out how a chick developed such unusual vocal organs, I had an extremely positive reading experience . Read it to find out what happens! (Picture Book)
Guest Reviewer: Emily

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
I thought that this book was really cute for little kids when it's their bedtime. What I loved most about it were the pictures. They were very colorful. Another thing I liked about the book was that it was fun, but at the same time, it was informative because on every page there was a different dinosaur and the name of the dinosaur was written in the picture. The book also taught a message about good behavior. (Picture Book)
Guest Reviewer: Kelly

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
I remember reading this book when I was young. I really enjoyed it. The cover pops out at you with the cool, shiny scales on the fish. It also has a great message. The rainbow fish was the most beautiful fish in the sea because of its amazing colored scales. Sadly, the rainbow fish became very lonely. He did not want to play with anyone. He just wanted to show off and when another fish wanted to have just one scale from the rainbow fish, he had too much pride and wouldn't give any. So he has to learn to share and that there are more important things than beauty. (Picture Book)
Guest Reviewer: Jennifer

More Good Books For Boys

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Last month we posted some recomended books for boys in grades 3-5. Here's a few more.

Short & Shivery: Thirty Creepy Tales by Robert San Souci
If you like your stories on the scary side this book is for you. The thirty tales in this collection come from all over the world. But be warned; you might not want to read them right before bed!

Secret Identity (Shredderman Book 1) by Wendelin Van Draanen

Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd is tired of being called names by the class bully, Bubba, so he creates a secret identity. This funny, fast-paced story is the first in a series.

Swindle by Gordon Korman
What happens when sixth-grader Griffin Bing finds an old Babe Ruth baseball card stuck in the rolltop desk left behind in the old Rockford house? An exciting sports mystery, that's what!

Book Buzz: July 2009 Selections

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelley
It’s the summer of 1899 and unfortunately for Calpurnia Virginia Tate, girls in her small Texas town are expected to be prim and proper. So while Callie would much rather spend hours with her grandfather in his shed doing experiments and learning about different species of grasshoppers; her mother wants her in the kitchen baking pies and learning to knit for her six brothers. This is a great book for fans of the American Girl series who are ready for something a little more challenging or for anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to live in another time. Alia (J fiction)

Midnight for Charlie Bone, Children of the Red King: Book I by Jenny Nimmo
When it is discovered that Charlie Bone is “endowed,” he is promptly sent to Bloor’s Academy to develop his gift. There, Charlie and his friends get involved in a mystery involving a strange girl and a tightly sealed box. Can they help the girl before the nasty owners of Bloor’s Academy stop them? If you're a Harry Potter fan, give this series a try. Meghan (J fiction and audio)

Mary Margaret and the Perfect Pet Plan by Christine Kole MacLean Mary Margaret is spunky and really tries to get what she wants - a pet. Her mother is pregnant, Mary Margaret is less than thrilled, but her mom explains with the new baby coming she can’t add a pet to the family also. Her big brother likes to tease her, but does occasionally help Mary Margaret with her plan. See what she does to get a pet. If you have read any of the Clementine books, you will probably like Mary Margaret. Kristin (J fiction)
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