"A Book That Shaped Me" Essay Contest for Rising 5th & 6th Graders
The Library of Congress is sponsoring a summer essay contest in conjunction with public libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region. “A Book That Shaped Me” Letters About Literature Summer Writing Contest asks students to write a letter to their local librarian about a book that shaped their lives. Prizes will be awarded and top winners will be invited to present their letters during a special presentation at the Library of Congress National Book Festival taking place September 2, 2017, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
Students entering 5th and 6th grades in the fall of 2017 are eligible to participate. Letters should be one page in length and must be submitted with an entry form in person at the Tabb or Yorktown Library Youth Services Department. Entry forms and contest guidelines are available at the library and on the Library of Congress website. The deadline for entries is Saturday, July 8, 2017. Youth Services staff is available to provide guidance to students preparing essays for contest entry.
“A Book That Shaped Me” will award prizes to five finalists and one winner per state, and to three overall grand prize winners. The three grand prize winners will be selected by a panel of judges assembled by the Library of Congress including educators, children’s authors, and Library of Congress staff.
SYNC Free Audiobooks for Teens
AudioFile Magazine is offering FREE summer listening for teens and other readers of Young Adult Literature through its SYNC audiobook program. From April 27th to August 16th, SYNC will give away two complete audiobooks a week. Based on weekly themes, each pair of SYNC titles will be available for download for 7 days through the OverDrive app. Titles, once downloaded, are yours to keep. A new pair of audiobooks will be available each Thursday at 7 a.m. Over the 16 week period, 32 titles will be available. The first pair of titles, available April 27 through May 3, are "The Dead House" by Dawn Kurtagich and "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde. For a complete list of titles, visit SYNC Audiobooks for Teens. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at www.audiobooksync.com.
Teen Volunteers Needed for Summer Reading Program
The Youth Services Department invites teens, ages 13 and up, to help with the summer reading program from June 26 through August 4, 2017. Teens must be available to volunteer at least two hours a day, one day a week, for a minimum of four weeks. Teen volunteers must attend one of the orientation sessions. Orientation will be offered on Friday, June 16, at 3 p.m. at the Yorktown Library or Wednesday, June 21, at 2 p.m. at the Tabb Library.
Applications are available in the Youth Services Department at the Tabb and Yorktown Libraries and online. Applications will be accepted April 17 through June 2, 2017.
Science Sunday—Weather on June 4
Join us for Science Sunday on June 4, 2017, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Tabb Library! We'll explore the many aspects of the weather through science stories and activities. Registration is required and begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 26. Register online through the Events Calendar, at the Tabb Youth Services desk or by calling 757-890-5110. This program is for children ages 5-10 and limited to 25 children. Note that parents of children under 10 must stay in the library during the program.
Kids Create—Sea-D Creatures on June 6
Join us from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in the Tabb meeting room for Kids Create. This month we're making sea animals from old CDs. Kids Create is for kids ages 5-12. Registration is required and begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30. Register online through the Events Calendar or by calling 757-890-5110.
Makerspace—Tinkercad on May 18
Makerspace is a place to create, explore and learn through science and technology. At our Makerspace program on Thursday, May 18, we'll learn about Tinkercad, a simple, online 3D design and 3D printing app for all ages. We'll meet in the Tabb Library lobby at 4:30 p.m. and then head to our Makerspace lab. This program is for youth, ages 10-14. It is limited to 10 participants. Registration is required and begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 11. Register online through the Events Calendar, stop by the Tabb Library or call 757-890-5110.
Lego Time at the Yorktown Library on May 19
Join us for Lego Time at the Yorktown Library from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 19, 2017. Children, ages 4 and up, are invited to join the fun. Legos and Duplos will be provided. Lego Time will be offered the third Friday of each month. Registration is not required. For more information, call 757-890-3236.
Sweet Dreams at Snuggle Stories!
Join us at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Tabb Library meeting room for Snuggle Stories. Snuggle Stories is a family story time for children of all ages and a parent or caregiver. Enjoy stories and a craft. Wear your PJs and bring your favorite stuffed animal! After the program, parents are welcome to spend time reading with their children from the books displayed during the program. Registration is not required. Call 757-890-5110 for more information.
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Paws to Read in 2017
Join us on the fourth Saturday of each month from 2-3 p.m. for Paws to Read! Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to read to a certified pet therapy dog and their owner. Reading to dogs is fun, and these dogs are great listeners! Also, Paws to Read programs have been shown to help readers gain self confidence and improve their reading skills. A signed parental permission slip is required. For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at 757-890-5110.
Jan. 28 at Yorktown Library
Apr. 22 at Tabb Library
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May 27 at Tabb Library
Need Help with your School Assignments?
Real time homework help is available free through Literati Public. Homework Help features live state-certified teachers who will assist students in grades 3-12 in math, science, writing, reading and SAT prep. During school months, Homework Help is offered from 3-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. During summer months, help is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Homework Help is accessed through the black tab on the right-hand side of the Literati Public website.
The Lego Lovers program at the Tabb Library is on hiatus for the summer.