Youth Services Blog

It’s Spring! Part One: Nature Journals!

Hello everyone! Welcome back! Now that spring is here, and the world is again bursting with new life, it’s a perfect time to start a nature journal.

A nature journal can be anything from a few sheets of paper paper-clipped together to a spiral-bound notebook or even a homemade book with fancy paper! Basically, just make it whatever you want it to be. ☺

The important thing is for the journal to have a couple of key features.

First, there needs to be blank space on the pages for sketches, dried flowers, or other found items, if you will be including them. (More on that in the next post!)

Secondly, there should also be space to write down your thoughts and observations about the things you see, hear, taste, and smell. (More on that later, too!)

Thirdly, and most importantly, it should be easy to carry around with you. Nature walks are not going to be much fun if you’re always lugging around a giant binder!

You also need a pen or pencil to go with your journal, of course. If you want to sketch, we recommend both.

Check back soon for our great list of fun activities to do with your nature journal, and make sure to come visit us at the library!

National Poetry Month Update

Hi Everyone!

Here’s an update on our magnetic poetry board!

It looks like this:

Magnetic poetry display

That’s a pretty silly poem! Try saying THAT five times fast. 😊

For more on National Poetry Month, please visit:


Please come check out the magnetic board and try your hand at a poem!

It’s National Poetry Month!

April showers bring
Poems to the library
Come write your own soon
(This poem is a haiku. For more information, please visit http://www.kidzone.ws/poetry/haiku.htm)

Magnetic poetry display

And make sure to check out some of the awesome poetry books in our display!

National Poetry Month book display

We hope to see you soon!

Sneaky, Sneaky Lion...

Pssst. Hello, there! I’m the Library Ninja. My name is Zukumeka, but you can call me Zuki. Some of you may have seen me hanging around the Make and Take table lately; I’ve been getting to know the Library and the awesome people in it. If you haven’t seen me, it’s because ninjas are very quiet and sneaky.

Here is a picture of me:

It’s because I’m so sneaky that the Library asked me to help with a problem they’ve been having. Many of you know our Lion, who lives behind the Youth Services Desk. Well, sometimes he comes to life at night and does some silly things!

Thankfully, I have a handy-dandy tiny camera that takes awesome pictures. Let me show you what I mean…

Here, we caught him in the librarians’ office eating their food!

He must have been hungry…

Then, he decided to try on some of their hats…

When he tried on this hat, however, he looked so silly that I couldn’t help laughing!

I must have giggled a little too loudly (even the quietest of ninjas aren’t perfect!), because then he turned around, and I had to run before he saw me!

Well, that’s all I have to report today… Check back soon for more of my adventures tailing the Library Lion!

Totally Awesome: Building Doodlebots

Are you bored? Sick and tired of refreshing Facebook and Twitter? Do you want to do something totally awesome? Do you have old CDs or DVDs lying around? Try this awesome robot-building activity! (Please note: We have not tested this.)

Completed Doodlebot

You Will Need:

  1. Vibrating Toothbrush (from the Dollar Store)
  2. CD or DVD
  3. Washable markers
  4. An Adult’s Help
  5. A drill with a bit that matches the size of the markers
  6. Hot Glue

Step 1: Decide how many markers you want your doodlebot to have. The original instructions suggest at least three. Have an adult drill that number of holes in the disk. (Try drilling with a wooden block under the disk, too, to minimize the chances of breaking the disk.)

Step 2: Take out the toothbrush head, insert the batteries, and hot-glue it to the disk. NOTE: Make sure not to hot-glue the battery holder. This way, you can change the batteries out when they start to die.

Step 3: Insert markers into holes as shown:

Doodlebot assembly

Step 4: Place the doodlebot on a sheet of blank paper, and turn it on!

If you’d like, you can create an “arena” around it with DVD cases or blocks. Happy creating!

(All credit goes to Make It @ Your Library: http://makeitatyourlibrary.org/play-technology/doodlebot360#.Vk-LDFWrTcv)