The 2016 Olympics in Rio were great to watch, but we competed in our own fun version of some of the events, and even won medals! There was the noodle javelin throw, the basketball free throw contest, the balloon relay, and of course, we started out with a torch relay clear around the block!
Kids brought in their olympic challenge sheets for points for the pizza party in the spring, and took home their pirate challenge sheets that they will bring back for the "Talk Like a Pirate Day" program after school in September.
Look at our medals!!!
It's harder than you think to keep that balloon between your knees!!!!
The flaming torch was quite the fascination!
This was a very challenging contest to see how many bounces you could get with the ball before it fell off.
There are several ways that you can read great books without having to come into the library. This post will discuss 3 different ways to access good reading:
is a collaboration with several libraries around the country to provide an
online lending library. You can borrow
five books at a time for two weeks. You
can access these books at home and download them to your home computer.
When you go
to https://openlibrary.org, you will be
directed to sign up. Fill out the
information and submit it, and Open
Library will reply immediately to your email.
Sign in from your email, and indicate in the box on the upper right that
you want ebooks.
There are lots of different lists of books on various subjects. I went
to the search box at the upper right and typed in Pirates. There are over 60
books for children in their pirates list.
You can just click on the green
book that says “borrow” (if it isn’t already checked out) and it downloads to
I chose Eve
Bunting’s Little Badger, Terror of the
Seven Seas. A page comes up with a lot of information about that book: age level of readers, pages, publishing
information, etc. At the top of that
page on the right, or bottom of the page if there are multiple additions, is a
tab that says Borrow Ebook. On the next page to come up, click on the
Read in Browser. It will bring up the book on your
computer. In the bottom right-hand
corner, you can select if you want to view one page or two pages at a
time. (I like two pages for children’s
books because the illustrations are often continued on both pages.) You advance the pages by clicking on the
arrow in the lower right-hand corner. The color and quality of the picture is
generally pretty good.
have finished and want to return the book, go to the first page, and there will
be a box in the upper left-hand corner that says Return Book. When you click
on that, you will return that book and you can choose another, up to five books
at a time. You can keep re-reading them as
long as you don’t click the Return Book box.
At the end of two weeks, the books will automatically be removed from
your account. You can always have 5 books
You can also
use this on a phone or tablet, like an ipad or kindle. Keep in mind, though, that if
you’re not on a wi-fi connection, this will use your data. Open Library
Central City Public Library received a grant about 2 years ago from Dollar General for
a 3-year subscription to a service called TumbleBooks. It is an online book site that you can access
through our library which allows children and teens to read from their
computers. There are also books that
have read-along capabilities, games, quizzes, and many other things. We have over a year left on the subscription
and encourage families to take advantage of this great program. HOW
DO I FIND IT??? We have made it easy for patrons to use
TumbleBooks in your homes. Your account
number (Library Card ID) is your patron
number, a 14-digit number that shows up on your checkout receipts. Your checkout name is your patron name. To access the site, go to the Central City Public Library’s website: http://libraries.ne.gov/centralcity/and scroll down, You
will see an icon that says Tumble Books Library on the right side. Click on it, and you will see a page and box
that says: Please enter your library card ID:
In that box you will put your patron number.
This page pops up:
You can click on any of the story categories to see what they have. You can browse the
New Books, Story Books, Graphic Novels, E Books, Read-Alongs, l
Learning, Non-Fiction, Math Stories, National Geographic Videos, and Puzzles
the TumbleBook Library Index The
TumbleBookLibrary Index is a complete list of titles in the collection. You can go right to the title you want by
clicking on the title. The index
displays the Title, Author, Type, and Accelerated Reader Level. Use the “sort by” drop down in the top right
hand corner to sort by these fields. The
icons on the left hand side show the title has an audio component (the red
Audio icon) or supplementary materials like quizzes or lesson plans (the blue
supplementary Content icon). If you click on any story, you will see
information about it, the quizzes, book reports and other things, along with a short
synopsis of the story.
Play List You can
build a play list of TumbleBooks which you can play one after another.
Core Portal Charts
give you the common core information
allows you to create a secondary login so you can retrieve your favorites from
any computer in the world. It allows multiple
users to create multiple favorite lists on the same computer.
How Parents Use TumbleBooks *Read-togethers—Parent
*Story books that have the audible words can entertain small children.
*Instead of computer “games” assign 15 minutes a day of Tumble Time, when
children choose what they want to read.
*Encourage reluctant readers to use it. It is a different venue than a “book” held
in the hand, more computer-game oriented. *Emerging readers
learn how to read “fluently” by reading along with the audio version.
REMEMBER: You cannot download these books; they are
read right at the site. Please let us know how you use TumbleBooks.
NEBRASKA OVERDRIVE LIBRARIES
This is a great way to access more books using your CCPL library patron number. You can download up to 6 books for 21 days free. There are thousands of books in many different genres from children's to Christian to mystery to history and many things in between!\
Instructions will differ based on the kind of device you own. Stop at the library and pick up a brochure on the overdrive libraries. The website is: nebraska.lib.overdrive.com