Thursday, August 28, 2014

Zade Ratlif Reads All 120 Books in Lucy's Garden

Congratulations to Zade Ratliff for being the first child participating in our "Lucy's Garden" program to read all 120 books in the garden. He received a certificate and a book of his very own. Each child who finishes the reading chart of 120 books will receive a certificate and book also. Grandma Monica Ratliff read the books to Zade, making sure he will have a great start on literacy when he's ready to start school.
Photo: Congratulations to Zade Ratliff for being the first child participating in our "Lucy's Garden" program to read all 120 books in the garden.  He received a certificate and a book of his very own.  Each child who finishes the reading chart of 120 books will receive a certificate and book also.  Grandma Monica Ratliff read the books to Zade, making sure he will have a great start on literacy when he's ready to start school.

Write a Letter to an Author for the Letters About Literature Contest



Do you have an author whose work changed your view of the world or yourself?  Why not write a letter to that author expressing how you feel?
The 22nd Annual Letters About Literature Contest is open to young people:
  Level 3 (high school, grades 9-12)          deadline Dec. 15, 2014
  Level 2 (middle school, grades 7-8)        deadline Jan. 15, 2015
  Level 3 (upper elementary, grades 4-6) deadline Jan. 15, 2015

Nebraska will choose the top essays in the state and the state winners will receive a cash award and advance to the national level of judging.
 WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT TO HAVE SOME STATE WINNERS THAT GO ON TO THE NATIONAL COMPETITION???
Remember, a letter is less formal than an essay or research paper.  Write honestly and in your own voice as if you were having a conversation with the author. 

Need some tips to get started?   Not sure how to writ a personal letter?  Visit read.gov/letters to read winning letters from past competitions.  
Send your letter, with the required entry coupon found on the website by the deadline date to:
                             Letters About Literature Contest
                             P.O. Box 5308
                             Woodbridge, VA 22194

The contest is sponsored by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in association with the Nebraska Center for the Book and the Nebraska Library Commission.

A Doggone Good Time @ the Library After-School Program Aug. 25

Kris Stettner from Hampton brought two of her "Morkie" puppies, a cross breed between a Maltese and a Yorkie.  Since Tuesday, Aug. 16 is National Dog Day, it was the perfect time to learn about puppies and their care.  Kids got to pet the puppies, and they participated in a word search contest with dog breed names, they gave their best "dog barks" for the judges, and they made tug-a-toys for pets from strips of old tshirts.  

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Civil War Experience at the Merrick County Fair

 The Merrick County Fair was busy with many activities celebrating the 150th year of the Civil War.  Josh and Sarah Hood, local Civil War re-enactors, had an amazing display of clothing, guns, tents, and lots more for people to see and enjoy.  The Lone Tree Quilt Guild sponsored a craft where children made quilt blocks that had significant meaning for the Underground Railroad.  The 4-H Junior Leaders had various activities from making a ball in a cup and other games. Scott Musil brought his old Victrolas and other early phonograph equipment and played Civil War era music for the fairgoers.  Nancy Johnson was the "instructor" at the school and showed various things that children of that era would use in school.  The Lovejoy family--Nickolas (General Stonewall Jackson), Katy (Mary Lincoln) and Connor (Civil War Drummer Boy), strolled the midway and shared information about their lives.  There was also a coloring contest  and lots of door prizes.
















Congratulations to the winners of our Civil War Experience prize drawing winners! Thank-you to everyone who registered for the drawing and attended the event!
Civil War books: Sam Moore, Sydni Homolka, Alyvia Coleman, Jazmine Davis, Megan Blomstedt, & Addie Moore
Civil War currency: Brayden Harris & Merri Strong
Civil War soldier sets: Thomas Musil & Brett Schuessler
Pink soldier hat: Rachel Hale
Union soldier hat: Aidan Pipher
Confederate soldier hat: Colby Schneider










Grand Island Independent Video: Civil War Activities at the Merrick County Fair