Here are more photos from our exciting Chinese New Year celebration:
As you can see, the afternoon was a festival of art, music and dance.
Jack Liu's brushpainting, Kevin Liu's woodcarving, the Kwan Kung Fu School's martial arts demonstrations, a poetry recitation and Tracy Lin's fan and ribbon dancing were among the riches we enjoyed.
We are indebted to Cristina Li and Maggie Liu for bringing such an array of Chinese culture to our library theater.
Happy Year of the Monkey, everyone!
We celebrated the start of the Year of the Monkey with Chinese dances, music, poetry and visual arts.
Kwan's Kung Fu Masters of Peekskill dazzled us with their Lion Dance. We're sure any evil spirits were driven out of our theater by their gymnastic display. Students and masters of the studio demonstrated martial arts, as well. Check back to see more posts, including (we hope) videos of that lion!
Many, many, many thanks to Cristina Lee who asked if we could host a Chinese New Year celebration and proceeded to organize the entire afternoon!
I just became aware of a great new source of nicely-illustrated stories from Africa that are available for reading or downloading:
And it's free!
Folktales, fables, and stories of contemporary life in Africa are included. They range from the simplest early readers to fairly lengthy narratives in picture book format. They're written in a variety of African languages (Kiswahili, isiXhosa, Lusoga and many more) but almost all of them have been translated into English, as well.
Here are a few of my favorites from the site:
"Maguru Gives Out Legs" is a porquoi tale which explains why snakes are legless. I like it so much I'm going to add it to my storytelling repertory.
"Refiloe and the Washed Chickens" is a funny story featuring wedding preparations and a family feud. (Don't worry about those chickens. They really are alive all along!)
"My Red Ball" is a lively early reader enhanced by the variety of visual perspectives.
Let us know if you find any other gems on the website.
There were witches a-plenty, assorted animals and superheroes galore at our Halloween celebrations this year.
The younger children trick-or-treated through the library and the older set mummified their parents. Everyone heard stories appropriate to the holiday.
We can hardly wait until next year!
What a large and enthusiastic crowd of budding engineers we had building bridges in our theater on September 24th!
Kathryn, Karen and Louise from "Arch for Kids" explained the principles behind bridge architecture. Then our kids and their caregivers were set loose to construct and decorate drawbridges, lift bridges or arch bridges. The results ranged from elegant to fantastic.
It was an excellent afternoon of creative scientific endeavor.
See an array of illustrative photos here:
Last Friday evening 14 young Chappaquidians displayed an amazing array of talents at our Third Annual Chappaqua Children's Room Talent Show.
We had singing.
We had dancing.
We had drumming.
We had magic.
And hula hooping.
And a contortionist.
They were all amazing.
We'll do it again next year, so start preparing your acts today!
That's the sort of afternoon and evening we had yesterday in the Children's Room.
Steve Tomachek (A.K.A. "The Dirtmeister") regaled us with tales about scientific superheroes from Archimedes to Tesla and demonstrated some of their discoveries. Some in the audience found this made their hair stand on end:
We also found out that human beings are great conductors of electricity. this is shocking, in a good way:
We finished off our evening with a visit from two llamas and one alpaca from Hudson Valley Llamas. That certainly livened up our weekly Pajama Storytime! Many, many carrots were consumed by the llamas (see below):
Though we won't have llamas at the rest of the Pajama Storytimes this summer, we hope you'll join us on Thursday nights at 7:00. We'll wear out moose slippers, if you wear your jammies. Is that a deal?
Our llama friends are spending the day indoors so that they will be dry and happy when they visit us this evening.
Of course, we can't guarantee that it won't be raining at 7:00, but my personal weather forecaster claims that the bad weather is going to hold off until after 9:00.
The Llama Parade through the Library and out to our courtyard is slated to begin at 7:00. Come in your pajamas or come in your street clothes, but don't miss the Llama Drama tonight! (You might want to bring something to sit on, in case the ground isn't completely dry...)
Greetings from the Chappaqua Library Children's Room!
We have many, many exciting programs planned for the Summer as well as our Summer Reading Club (with the ever-popular Guessing Jar) so we hope you'll come in and visit us soon and often.
We have been working hard to make room on our shelves for new fiction. Therefore, we have lots of free books for you to adopt for your home libraries. Come take a look and help yourselves. Don't be shy!