Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The bookmark contest at the Library of the Chathams ended on July 21.
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Laura Weinbrom, the head of the Childrens Department of the Library of the Chathams, announced the winners of the Bookmark Contest. A total of 186 children ages 12 who participate in the Summer Reading Club at the Library of the Chathams created original bookmarks promoting reading. The bookmarks were on display in the library foyer for the first three weeks of July. In that time over 600 library patrons cast their votes for their favorite bookmarks. The bookmarks were organized by age group, with winners in each age category as follows: The winning bookmarks will be printed and available throughout 2013 as official Library of The Chathams bookmarks.
Monday, July 16, 2012
The Library of the Chathams wants to know which of these bookmarks is your favorite.
This year, children who participate in the Summer Reading Club at the Library of the Chathams created original bookmarks promoting reading. The bookmarks are now on display at the library in the main foyer, and members of the public are invited to vote on their favorite one. "People are really getting into it," Library Director Diane O'Brien said. "I didn't think they'd take it so seriously." The bookmarks have a unique label, and people who visit the library can submit secret ballots for their favorite bookmark in each age group. Voting remains open until Saturday, July 21.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Chatham kids can earn prizes by reading as many books as possible.
The Summer Reading Club is in full swing at the Library of the Chathams. Each summer the library offers the chance for children ages 12 and under to earn prizes by reading as many books as possible. Once they finish a book, children discuss them with a student volunteer. Readers roll dice to answer a question, such as "What was the most exciting part of the book?" Readers can earn between two and 20 points for each book, depending on its length. As they earn points, they can choose a prize from the treasure chest. Since children need not read independently to participate, even those who read picture books or whose parents read to them may enroll. Kids can also attend reading club meetings throughout the summer. The theme for this year's …
Friday, July 15, 2011
The Library of the Chathams hosted a friendly chess competition among children.
Chess tacticians of all ages, from kindergarten to elementary school, gathered at The Library of the Chathams Thursday for this week's chess tournament. “We hold the tournaments here at the library every Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m.,” said Laura Weinbrom, Head of Child Services. “It's open to all kids of all ages, and it's simply an opportunity for them to get together and play chess.” According to Weinbrom, the library also provides six weekly lessons every Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. for children in the third to sixth grades. Weinbrom said that all 24 slots for class registration were filled last week, proving the lesson's popularity amongst the youth. Christopher Matturri, captain of the Newark Academy Chess Team, teaches the classes. …
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Children and parents of Chatham get together for Legopalooza Wednesday.
In an escape from the summer warmth, dozens of children and their parents chilled out at The Library of the Chathams for a few hours of Legos and fun on Wednesday. One after the other, kids rushed to each table, digging their hands into the pools of Lego blocks generously laid out for them. In moments, they were creating masterpieces. The event, commonly known as Legopalooza, grants youngsters an opportunity to keep their creative minds active throughout the year. The public event is free of charge and is moderated by Laura Weinbrom, the head of children services. “Put simply, Legopalooza is an activity where we take out thousands of Legos for children to play with,” said Weinbrom. “It's also a way for the children to share and display …
Friday, June 24, 2011
The reading club will award points and prizes to young readers.
The Library of the Chathams has a way to keep children engaged and away from the Wii this summer. The Summer Reading Club begins Monday at 10 a.m. at the library and is open to children 12 and under. This year's theme is "One World, Many Stories." Magician Joseph Keppel is the guest at the inaugural club meeting with tricks and illusions. Throughout the summer, children earn points for every book they read by attending club meetings and discussing the books with a student volunteer. Readers roll dice to answer a question, such as "What was the most exciting part of the book?" Readers can earn between two and 20 points for each book, depending on its length. As they earn points, they can choose a prize from inside a treasure chest. Ten …