Childrens Blog

  • Fun with Flannel Boards!


    There are many ways to have fun with a flannel board. Flannel boards can be used to tell a story. The stories can be made up stories, fairy tales, or about a favorite story they read. By using different objects made of felt, they can be used for counting, estimating and graphing for any age. Using different shapes and colors, they can be used for sorting and making patterns. Flannel boards can be used as games by matching pieces, connecting pieces to make a picture or being silly with where they put their pieces. Flannel boards can be big or small. When they are small they can be used by one person or two, usually called a lap board. When children want to be creative they can design different pictures using it as a creative board. Flannel boards can also be used to show off different collections such as different flowers, leaves or trucks.

    We love to use flannel boards in our story-time programs at the library. Our flannel boards are different sizes and colors. We like to use the large ones to share as a group and little ones, lap boards, to use individually. The children in our story-time programs enjoy using them. We also have one in our Children’s area that is a large circle that many children can sit around and play with. They play with the felt pieces by sorting them, telling stories about them and designing creative pictures with them. Flannel boards are fun and interactive.
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  • Free Comic Book Day!


    Did you know that there is such a thing as Free Comic Book Day? I mean, it sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it is true! Really. A day when comic books are all free! All you have to do is show up. This is an all ages event. That means there will be comics for kids, teens and adults.

    I have no idea which comics will be available, but I do know that you get to peruse the tables and choose your favorite.

    If you want to make it even more fun, come dressed as your favorite super hero, real or made up, it’s up to you. If you choose to come in costume, you will earn a chance to win a prize! The prize is currently a mystery, but it will definitely have something to do with comics.

    The free comic books will be given away on May 6th, starting at 9:00 am and will stop when they’re all gone, or at 1:00 pm. Whichever comes first.

    So get out your tights and your secret identity, and get to Free Comic Book Day at the library!

    Some interesting things about comic books you may not know:

    The first comic book was published in Europe in 1837. The Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck was written by Rodolphe Topffer, but the drawings were done by a man named Timothy Crayon. Seriously. I didn’t make that up.

    Female superheroes didn’t exist until 1940. That’s when Fletcher Hanks created Fantomah, Mystery Woman of the Jungle. She was an ancient Egyptian woman who never aged and used her supernatural powers to protect the jungle and all who lived there.

    William Moulton Marston created Wonder Woman who used her lasso of truth to foil evil doers. Mr. Marston also created the systolic blood pressure test, which is a component of the polygraph, also known as the lie detector!

    A Lama is a Buddhist spiritual teacher. In the 1940’s there was super hero called the Green Lama. He was a Buddhist monk and refused to use a weapon. One of his mystical super powers was reincarnation.

    By the way, this article is written in the Comic Sans font, which is based on the lettering used in the Watchmen comics, by Dave Gibbons.

    Use all your powers to get to the Antioch Public Library for Free Comic Book Day! Don’t forget your cape.
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  • Always Lots of Heinies…


    Like it or not, kids LOVE potty humor. And lucky for kids, authors seem to enjoy writing potty humor. The possibilities are pretty endless here, but for the sake of brevity, I’m going to try to keep it to top 5 in each category. They are, in no particular order:

    Middle Grade:

    Andy Griffiths first hit my radar when kids started coming up to the desk to ask for “That book about the crazy butt”. There is, in case you were wondering, an entire series.

    Another great author for subversive backside humor, Mr. Pilkey may have even invented the genre. Captain Underpants is the obvious choice here, but don’t forget about Super Diaper Baby and Ricky Ricotta’s Giant Robot.

    Fart Squad is full of toilet humor puns and flatulence. Radioactive burritos turn a group of regular kids into gas fueled vigilantes. Sure to be a hit.

    Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder is written by Jo Nesbo. Mr. Nesbo is probably best known for his gritty Scandinavian crime novels. Even authors need to take a break and write about the silly things are bodies are capable of from time to time.


    Bugs use their rear ends to protect themselves. This book explores all the ways that they do that.

    Ever picture in this simple drawing book begins with a butt. There is a whole series of butt art books. Learn a new skill! Great for doodling in class!

    391.42 is the Dewey Decimal Number for books about the history of underpants. Even if you HATE Dewey Decimal, you surely have to appreciate that there is a place in it for underwear history.

    Picture Books:


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  • Painting


    Most children love to paint. The Children’s Department has many programs that involve painting and creating interesting art projects. Children have time to develop skills using water colors, tempera paint, and daubers. We offer painting programs for children ages 18 months through 12 years old.

    In our painting classes, we give the children a chance to play with painting techniques. There are so many techniques to learn and become familiar with. By using toothbrushes or paint brushes, children can learn the splatter technique and see how it can enhance a picture. Brushes are dipped in paint and then are flicked on paper to give a splatter look. Straws can be used to create streaks in paintings. For this technique, children put paint puddles on a paper. Then they take a straw and blow the paint around to make streaks. This technique can add swirling designs and dazzling drips to drawings or paintings.
    Painting Blog
    After learning how to do watercolor washes, there are many additional techniques that can make the painting more creative. Tissue transparency collages can be made by layering shaped tissue paper over painted areas. After adding the tissue paper, painting over the tissue paper can make it more interesting. Doodling over watercolor washes also makes for interesting art projects. Ink, puffy paints, markers or crayons can be good tools for doodling over or under painted works of art.

    Adding mixed media to paintings can also be fun. Mixed media can be: ribbons, string, construction paper, dried flowers and other crafty items. After or before painting, the mixed media can be added with glue.

    Children love to paint and be creative. Sharing ideas and learning new techniques helps children develop new skills and creative thinking.
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  • Sight Words Can Make Reading Easier


    Learning sight words for a beginner or struggling reader is beneficial when it comes to success in reading. Knowing sight words can build speed and fluency for the child when they read. As children develop accuracy, speed, and fluency in reading they can increase their reading comprehension.

    Sight words are a collection of words that a child should learn to recognize without sounding out the letters. Sight words are both common and frequently used words. Learning sight words can help the child develop their reading vocabulary. When children combine sight words with phonics skills they can increase their speed and fluency in reading.

    Dolch sight words are commonly used, but there are other sight word lists that can be used. There are Pre-K, Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade lists for the Dolch sight words. There are 179 words in all. There are many book series that focus on helping the beginner and struggling reader. The library has several series of books that contain sight words, first sounds, homonyms, and rhyming.

         · Sandcastle book series by ABDO Publishing Company help children with first sounds, homonyms, sight words and first rhymes.
         · I Can Read! series by HarperCollins Publishers helps by using leveled books. Level one focuses on sounding out simple sentences. Phonemes, rhyming and sight words are used in this series.
    I Can Read Developmental Game      · Ready-to-Read is a book series by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division that uses familiar characters (Daniel Tiger and Olivia) and themes (animal babies) to encourage reading.
         · Bob Books (3 sets) uses sight words in their short stories.

    The Children’s section in the library has many games, flashcards, activities, and book sets with sight words. The more beginner readers and struggling readers memorize and use the words, the easier it will be to read fluently.

         · Basic Sight Word Bingo
         · Rebus Reading - sight words and sentence reading
         · SnapWords Kit: 607 high-frequency words
         · Sight Word Tales
         · Word Building Dominoes
         · Playful Pals Level One
         · Phonics Easy Reader
         · Zingo: Bingo with a zing!
         · Simple Words – Puzzle Pairs
         · What’s Gnu? The 3 letter learning game
         · Scholastic Alphabet Readers

    Zingo Developmental Game       Snap Words Kit Developmental Game       Word for Word Developmental Game

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