CreatedBy e-Festival, October 19-23

The CreatedBy e-Festival is currently underway. It is a virtual-only twist on Boston Children's Museum's celebration of all things STEAM. Throughout Mass STEM Week (10/19-10/23), families can experience free virtual content in two ways:

Daily Live Events: 30-45 minute zoom workshops daily, registration is free. 
Video Library: A compilation of videos submitted by STEAM creatives around the community. Families can avail of this content at their convenience. 
Need Help Finding a Great Book?

For personalized book recommendations, or simply to request 5 New Picture Books, please fill out the Reader's Advisory formThe library will place up to 5 items on hold for you within the week! You will get an email when these items are ready. You may pick up in person, or make a curbside appointment on EventKeeper

For immediate book recommendations, please use NoveList. 
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Kahoots! based on MCBA Winners (created by Angel, library volunteer).
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Juneteenth Resources for Families

PBS Kids: Juneteenth, All About the Holidays

This brief video explains the origin of the holiday of Juneteenth.Juneteenth

Reading of Angela Johnson's All Different Now (Video)

For listeners 5 - 9 years. Through the eyes of one little girl, All Different Now tells the story of the first Juneteenth, the day freedom finally came to the last of the slaves in the South.  This stunning picture book includes notes from the author and illustrator, a timeline of important dates, and a glossary of relevant terms.
Juneteenth for Mazie Small But Mighty Storytime (premieres 6/17/2020) 

Dory Lerner, K-12 Educator of the National Civil Rights Museum, will read Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper. Learn about the Juneteenth flag, how to make your own flag, and the yummy treats people often eat and drink to commemorate this important day in American history. Also check out recordings of other Small But Mighty story-times from the NCR Museum!

Virtual Juneteenth Children's Day with the Weems-Botts Museum (6/19/2020)

Celebrate Juneteenth with the Weems-Botts Museum of historic Dumfries, Virginia by downloading historical activities sheets and listening to a book reading!

Boredom Busting Resources for Families

Do Try This At Home: Guinness World Records Farthest distance to blow a pea
Looking for new challenges and ways to engage with your world even while stuck at home? Check out this web resource to browse famous records set, explore what world records you might be able to break your, get ideas for science experiments, and much more! (Though you might want to skip trying to beat the record for fastest time to drink a bottle of ketchup -blech!)

Pair with this video of Jason Reynolds reading an excerpt from his book Ghost for extra fun (in this excerpt the protagonist talks about breaking records).


Left Brain Craft Brain's Free Boredom Buster Resource (Free!)
Check out this website to download an awesome resource... 
Promising to keep kids busy (and to use materials that you may already have on hand), this free download just requires an email address to receive. Print directions and lessons for STEAM activities such as Binary Backpack Charm Making and Bridge Building with recyclables! Five themes in all: Explore, Build, Color, Code, and Create. Includes fun facts, jokes to lighten the COVID-19-heavy mood, and ways to adjust activities for different ages. 


Josh Funke Book Activities Image result for josh funke author
The author of picture books like Pirasaurs and Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast offers activities, coloring pages, and more. 


Earn National Park Junior Ranger Badges by Mail 
Kids can do actitivities and fill in downloadable PDF "badge books" to send in to rangers. They'll receive a junior ranger badge and a certificate back from every participating park! Some badge books are completely online, so you won't have to send by mail. Great for goal-oriented kids interested in nature and armchair travel!

STEM Activities
STEM Lessons with Snoopy Image result for snoopy in space
The Space Foundation Discovery Center offers downloadable lesson plans that use space principles (and Snoopy!) to improve K-5 students' interest and skills in STEM. 


LEGO 30 Day Challenge
Have LEGOs at home? Try this 30-day LEGO building challenge! Examples include building a robot to impress aliens new to Earh and creating your dream bedroom. Stretch activities into bigger challenges by adding Image result for legoother materials besides LEGOs to the challenge. Young engineers, go!


Massachusetts Children's Book Award Nominees 2020-2021

Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean by Steve Sheinkin
The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
The Boy, the Bird & the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods
Checked by Cynthia Kadohata
Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliot
The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget
Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit
Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Guts by Raina Telgemeier
I Survived...the Great Molasses Flood, 1919 by Lauren Tarshis
The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
She Dared: Bethany Hamilton by Jenni L. Walsh
The Sky at Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi
Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
Stargazing by Jen Wang
The Thrifty Guide to The American Revolution by Jonathan W. Stokes
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
Unbound by Ann E. Burg
The Unsung Hero of Birdsong USA by Brenda Woods
You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P! by Alex Gino

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award honors books that promote reading for pleasure
among students in grades four through six. The Massachusetts Children's Book Award is sponsored by Salem State University and coordinated by Dr. Cami Condie.