Preschool-5th Grade Animal Tails Storytime: Sylvie

Watch Zoo Atlanta’s Animal Tails storybook reading of Sylvie and explore the feeding structures of flamingos with your child. Follow the activity guide below for hands-on fun and learning! 

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Kindergarten-3rd Grade Animal Tails Storytime: Ellie

Watch Zoo Atlanta’s Animal Tails storybook reading of Ellie and explore with your child how a team can work together to solve a problem. Then extend that learning to elephant adaptations through the art activity linked below.

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Between the Pages: Part Three

Children’s author Alane Adams’ Between the Pages educational video series teaches children how to write great stories using fun videos and activity guides for all ages.

In “Part Three: Heroes, Villains, Sidekicks, and Minions,” prepare for a lively discussion on the different type of characters and the steps authors take to create them. The discussion focuses on the development of the two main characters, protagonist and antagonist, and delves into the types of traits that make for great storytelling. The segment ends with the task of challenging learners to determine the most important ingredient of a story.

Linked below are the activities that accompany the episode. The links are ordered from lowest to highest difficulty.

Young Readers

Middle Elementary

Advanced

Young Writers

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Children’s SRP Programs: Week of 6/14

Here’s a look at what’s happening at the Children’s Library both in person and virtually this week as part of our Summer Reading Program!

In-Person

DIY Clay Creatures Craft: Visit the Children’s Library to receive a craft kit containing supplies to make a creature out of clay. Dream up a brand new creature and bring it to life, create a hybrid of your two favorite animals, mold a perfect likeness of your pet–the possibilities are endless! Turn in your creature at the Children’s Library front desk to have it displayed and entered in a contest. The creature that receives the most votes will be declared the winner and have its picture featured on the PCL Instagram, so don’t forget to vote for your favorite when you visit the Children’s Library!

Animal Tracks Snack Kit: Visit the Children’s Library to pick up a snack kit containing the ingredients to make puppy tracks and duckling tracks (pictured below)! Gluten-free options are available. Ingredients include crackers (regular and gluten-free), cheese slices, and pepperoni slices.

Virtual

Animal Yoga with Sprouting Yogis (Monday, 6/14): Enjoy the second of 3 fun-filled yoga video sessions with yoga instructor Laura Burgin of Sprouting Yogis! Practice animal-themed poses as you move your body and calm your mind. This video will be available on the PCL YouTube page. Link to Facebook Event

Expedition Apes at the Memphis Zoo (Live via Zoom at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 6/15): Venture virtually through the Memphis Zoo’s Primate Canyon Exhibit and learn about the great apes of the world and how we can do our part to help them in the wild! This program will not be available after it airs, so make sure you don’t miss it! Zoom Link

Between the Pages (Tuesday, 6/15): Children’s author Alane Adams’ Between the Pages educational video series teaches children how to write great stories using fun videos and activity guides for all ages. This week’s episode will be posted on the PCL WordPress and Facebook pages and remain available on demand afterward.

Episode Description: In “Part Three: Heroes, Villains, Sidekicks, and Minions,” prepare for a lively discussion on the different type of characters and the steps authors take to create them. The discussion focuses on the development of the two main characters, protagonist and antagonist, and delves into the types of traits that make for great storytelling. The segment ends with the task of challenging learners to determine the most important ingredient of a story.

Animal Tails Storytime for K-3rd grade (Wednesday, 6/16): Watch Zoo Atlanta’s Animal Tails storybook reading of Ellie, then get creative with a fun art activity. The video and guide will be posted on the PCL WordPress and Facebook pages.

Animal Tails Storytime for PreK-5th grade (Thursday, 6/17): Watch Zoo Atlanta’s Animal Tails storybook reading of Sylvie and explore the feeding structures of flamingos with your child, then follow the accompanying activity guide for hands-on fun and learning! The video and guide will be posted on the PCL WordPress and Facebook pages.

Bob Tarter’s Virtual Animal Show: Episode TBA (Friday, 6/18): Meet amazing animals and go behind the scenes with Bob Tarter and friends in a virtual animal show! The video will be posted on the PCL YouTube and Facebook pages and will remain available afterward.

LEGO Challenge: Complete this week’s LEGO challenge and share a picture of your creation for inclusion in our online gallery! This week’s theme is Feathers and Scales: Use whatever LEGOs you have available to create a model of any feathered or scaled creature! All picture submissions are due by Monday, June 21st.

Email photos of your LEGO creations to shannonchaney@pclibrary.org if you would like them included in an album on the PCL Facebook page.

Ongoing

Norbert’s Reading Rangers (Week 3): Become a Norbert’s Reading Ranger by completing virtual and at-home activities, then visit the Children’s Library to receive your badge. Choose 3 activities from a list of 10 to complete each week (from the week of 5/31 through the week of 6/21). Then pick up your badge at the Children’s Desk 6/28-7/10. Link to Norbert’s Reading Rangers Week 3 Link to Norbert’s Reading Rangers Week 2 Link to Norbert’s Reading Rangers Week 1

Earth-Friendly Bingo: Complete your Earth-Friendly Bingo sheet (which you received if you signed up for Summer Reading in person) to receive a small prize. If you didn’t get a bingo sheet, you may request one at the Children’s Library.

“Backyard Bingo” Scavenger Hunt: Complete your Scavenger Hunt Bingo sheet (which you received if you signed up for Summer Reading in person) to receive a small prize. If you didn’t get a bingo sheet, you may request one at the Children’s Library.

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Norbert’s Reading Rangers: Week 3

The Children’s Library pet, Norbert the bearded dragon, lounges on a tree limb in Dogwood Park.

Complete weekly virtual and at-home activities to become a Norbert’s Reading Ranger! Once you’ve earned your badge, pick it up at the Children’s Library between June 28th and July 10th.

Week 3 of Norbert’s Reading Rangers focuses on plants, art, and more. Complete at least 3 of the following challenges, and don’t forget to participate next week to qualify for your Norbert’s Reading Ranger badge! If you missed Week 1 or Week 2, you can still go back and complete them.

1. Create your own woodpecker and nuthatch kinetic toys using Smokieee’s templates and video guide below.

2. Learn about traditional Cherokee pottery techniques through Smokieee’s video.

3. Color the Wildflowers of the Smokies coloring sheet by the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Visit the Children’s Library if you would like a paper copy of the coloring sheet or need to borrow some crayons!

4. Complete the National Park Foundation’s Parks Word Search. Visit the Children’s Library if you need a paper copy!

5. Read a book about plants.

6. Go on a flower scavenger hunt using Smokieee’s Find the Flowers checklist. Visit the Children’s Library if you want to pick up a paper copy of the checklist!

7. Complete the National Park Foundation’s Crossword Puzzle #1. Check your answers using this key.

8. Watch the National Park Service’s video about the parts of a flower.

9. Color the Turkey Tail Mushroom Coloring Sheet by the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Visit the Children’s Library to get a paper copy!

10. Learn about lichens with Discover Life in America’s video.

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1st-5th Grade Animal Tails Storytime: Verdi

Watch Zoo Atlanta’s storybook reading of Verdi and complete their activity guide as you learn about green tree pythons!

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Kindergarten-2nd Grade Animal Tails Storytime: Possum’s Harvest Moon

Watch Zoo Atlanta’s storybook reading of Possum’s Harvest Moon and use their accompanying activity guide as you explore the animal world through literature.

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Between the Pages: Part Two

Children’s author Alane Adams’ Between the Pages educational video series teaches children how to write great stories using fun videos and activity guides for all ages.

In “Part Two: Before Page One,” Alane discusses some of the important concepts an author has to think about before they start writing, including title, genre, setting, and world building.

Linked below are the activities that accompany the episode. The links are ordered from lowest to highest difficulty.

Young Readers (printable version) Young Readers (digital version)

Middle Elementary (printable version) Middle Elementary (digital version)

Advanced (printable version) Advanced (digital version)

Young Writers (printable version) Young Writers (digital version)

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Norbert’s Reading Rangers: Week 2

The Children’s Library pet, Norbert the bearded dragon, gets ready to learn about salamanders.

Complete weekly virtual and at-home activities to become a Norbert’s Reading Ranger! Once you’ve earned your badge, pick it up at the Children’s Library between June 28th and July 10th.

For Week 2 of Norbert’s Reading Rangers, we’ve got activities that are all about wildlife. Complete at least 3 of the following challenges, and don’t forget to participate in Weeks 3 and 4 to qualify for your Norbert’s Reading Ranger badge! If you missed Week 1, you can still go back and complete it

1. Watch Smokieee’s Black Bear Journaling video to learn about black bears.

2. Complete the National Park Foundation’s Wildlife Word Search. Don’t have a printer? Visit the Children’s Library to pick up a copy of the word search!

3. Learn about bears by watching Smokieee’s “We Are Bears” music video.

“We Are Bears” Lyrics

4. Color Smokieee’s Pileated Woodpecker Coloring Page. Visit the Children’s Library if you need a printed copy or want to borrow some crayons!

5. Color Smokieee’s Spotted Salamander Coloring Page. Visit the Children’s Library if you need a printed copy or want to borrow some crayons!

6. Read a book about bears, salamanders, or another animal that interests you!

7. Go on an adventure in Great Smoky Mountains National Park with this video from Smokieee’s.

8. Play a guessing game with Smokieee’s Magic Drawing Bear videos.

9. Learn about Appalachia’s Eastern Hellbender with Freshwaters Illustrated’s video.

10. Use Smokieee’s video guide to draw a salamander.

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Children’s SRP Programs: Week of 6/7

Here’s a look at what’s happening at the Children’s Library both in person and virtually this week as part of our Summer Reading Program!

In-Person

Jack and the Beanstalk Craft: Visit the Children’s Library to receive a craft kit featuring the supplies and instructions you need to plant a seed in a planter that you decorate!

Beary Delicious S’mores Snack Kit: Visit the Children’s Library to pick up a snack kit containing the ingredients to make Beary Delicious S’mores (pictured below)! Gluten-free options are available. Ingredients include graham crackers (regular and gluten-free), marshmallows, and chocolate chips. Yum!

Virtual

Animal Yoga with Sprouting Yogis (Monday, 6/7): Enjoy the first of 3 fun-filled yoga video sessions with yoga instructor Laura Burgin of Sprouting Yogis, and visit the Children’s Library to pick up an accompanying activity bag! Practice animal-themed poses as you move your body and calm your mind. This video will be available on the PCL YouTube page. Link to Facebook Event

Between the Pages (Tuesday, 6/8): Children’s author Alane Adams’ Between the Pages educational video series teaches children how to write great stories using fun videos and activity guides for all ages. This week’s episode will be posted on the PCL WordPress and Facebook pages and remain available on demand afterward.

Episode Description: In “Part Two: Before Page One,” Alane discusses some of the important concepts an author has to think about before they start writing, including title, genre, setting, and world building.

Animal Tails Storytime for K-2nd grade (Wednesday, 6/9): Watch Zoo Atlanta’s storybook reading of Possum’s Harvest Moon and follow their activity guide as you explore the animal world through literature. The video and guide will be posted on the PCL WordPress and Facebook pages.

Animal Tails Storytime for 1st-5th grade (Thursday, 6/10): Watch Zoo Atlanta’s storybook reading of Verdi and complete their activity guide as you learn about green tree pythons. The video and guide will be posted on the PCL WordPress and Facebook pages.

Zambezi River Hippo Adventure at the Memphis Zoo (Live via Zoom at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, 6/11): In this livestream program, visit the Memphis Zoo’s Zambezi River Hippo Camp exhibit, peek behind-the-scenes with the one and only Zoo Dude, learn about the river system, and understand how animals (like hippos) can thrive in a river habitat! Zoom Link

Bob Tarter’s Virtual Animal Show: Episode TBA (Friday, 6/11): Meet amazing animals and go behind the scenes with Bob Tarter in this virtual animal show. The video will be posted on the PCL YouTube page and will remain available afterward.

LEGO Challenge: Complete this week’s LEGO challenge and share a picture of your creation for inclusion in our online gallery! This week’s theme is Animal Habitats: Use whatever LEGOs you have available to create a model of any animal home! All picture submissions are due by Sunday, 6/13.

Email photos of your LEGO creations to shannonchaney@pclibrary.org if you would like them included in an album on the PCL Facebook page.

Ongoing

Norbert’s Reading Rangers (Week 2): Become a Norbert’s Reading Ranger by completing virtual and at-home activities, then visit the Children’s Library to receive your badge. Choose 3 activities from a list of 10 to complete each week (from the week of 5/31 through the week of 6/21). Then pick up your badge at the Children’s Desk 6/28-7/10. Link to Norbert’s Reading Rangers Week 2 Link to Norbert’s Reading Rangers Week 1

Earth-Friendly Bingo: Complete your Earth-Friendly Bingo sheet (which you received if you signed up for Summer Reading in person) to receive a small prize. If you didn’t get a bingo sheet, request one at the Children’s Library.

“Backyard Bingo” Scavenger Hunt: Complete your Scavenger Hunt Bingo sheet (which you received if you signed up for Summer Reading in person) to receive a small prize. If you didn’t get a bingo sheet, request one at the Children’s Library.

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