2nd-5th Grade Animal Tails Storytime: The Lion’s Share

Watch Zoo Atlanta’s Animal Tails storybook reading of The Lion’s Share and explore the animal world through connections to literature, then make your own collage as you follow the activity guide below!

Activity Guide

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Preschool-2nd Grade Animal Tails Storytime: Beckett and the Panda-Monium

Watch Zoo Atlanta’s Animal Tails storybook reading of Beckett and the Panda-Monium and explore the feeding structures of pandas with your child, then complete four panda-themed activities together!

Activity Guide

Panda Coloring Sheet

Panda Origami Sheet

Panda Cam Bingo Sheet and Zoo Atlanta’s Panda Cam to use with the bingo sheet

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Between the Pages: Part Five

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.

“Part Five: Completing the Puzzle”: In this final segment, all the pieces of a book are brought together as children learn why most stories have happy endings, delving into the bond that forms between the reader and the character as the author invites the reader into the character’s point of view. The segment finishes with a wrap-up of why authors write stories and pulls together all the pieces discussed in each episode.

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

Further Resources

Interested in receiving constructive criticism to improve your writing? Try Cotsen Children’s Library’s free resources for aspiring young writers (recommended age range: 9-17). Their First Draft program allows children and teens to receive feedback on their writing via email, and the One to One program facilitates Zoom chats between young writers and their assigned editors/writing mentors.

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Children’s SRP Programs: Week of 6/28

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

Stuffed Animal Sleepover (Monday, 6/28): Drop off your stuffed animal for a fun-filled sleepover in the Children’s Library! Your plush pal will spend the night reading stories, playing games, and staying up late with their new friends. We will provide an identification tag for your stuffed animal to make pick up quick and easy. Don’t forget to check the PCL’s Instagram and Facebook for photos from the slumber party! Choose to receive emailed or printed pictures from the slumber party, and don’t forget to check out the PCL’s Instagram and Facebook pages for more highlights from the event! Please drop off your stuffed animal at the Children’s Desk on Monday, 6/28 and pick it up by Friday, 7/2.

Elephant Bookmark Craft: Visit the Children’s Library this week to pick up an Elephant Bookmark Craft Kit with all the supplies and instructions needed to decorate your own elephant bookmark!

Virtual

Between the Pages (Tuesday, 6/29): 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 (the final one) will be posted on the PCL WordPress and Facebook pages and remain available on demand afterward.

Episode Description: In “Part Five: Completing the Puzzle,” all the pieces of a book are brought together as children learn why most stories have happy endings, delving into the bond that forms between the reader and the character as the author invites the reader into the character’s point of view. The segment finishes with a wrap-up of why authors write stories and pulls together all the pieces discussed in each episode.

Animal Tails Storytime for PreK-2nd grade (Wednesday, 6/30): Watch Zoo Atlanta’s Animal Tails storybook reading of Beckett and the Panda-Monium and explore the feeding structures of pandas with your child, then complete four panda-themed activities together! The video and activities will be posted on the PCL WordPress and Facebook pages.

Animal Tails Storytime for 2nd-5th grade (Thursday, 7/1): Watch Zoo Atlanta’s Animal Tails storybook reading of The Lion’s Share and explore the animal world through connections to literature, then make your own collage as you follow the accompanying activity guide! The video and guide will be posted on the PCL WordPress and Facebook pages.

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 Favorite Animals: Use whatever LEGOs you have available to create a model of your favorite animal! All picture submissions are due by Monday, July 5th.

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 Badge Pick-up (6/28-7/10): If you earned your Norbert’s Reading Rangers badge, pick it up at the Children’s Library over the next two weeks. Need to catch up? Use the links to access all the activities. Link to Norbert’s Reading Rangers Week 4 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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3rd-4th Grade Animal Tails Storytime: Ivan, The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

Watch Zoo Atlanta’s Animal Tails storybook reading of Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla, and then use the links below to access an activity guide and a printable you can use to make an origami gorilla face! 

Activity Guide

Origami Gorilla Printable Sheet

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2nd-5th Grade Animal Tails Storytime: Bitika the Mouse Lemur

Watch Zoo Atlanta’s Animal Tails storybook reading of Bitika the Mouse Lemur, and follow the activity guide below for hands-on fun and learning! 

Activity Guide

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Between the Pages: Part Four

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.

“Part Four: The Super-Secret Ingredient” demonstrates the importance of conflict in storytelling. Children are left with a deeper understanding of why a character must have a problem to resolve for a story to be interesting. Alane also challenges students to piece together why most stories have happy endings.

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 6/21

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

Bob Tarter’s Live Outdoor Animal Show (Friday, 6/25 @ 11:00 a.m. in Dogwood Park): Join us at the Pavilion for a free live animal show featuring mammals, reptiles, and birds! Tasty snacks and cold waters will be provided, but you may want to bring a chair or blanket to get close to the action.

Zebra and Unicorn Tails Craft: Visit the Children’s Library to pick up a craft kit featuring the supplies and instructions needed to braid a beautiful animal tail out of yarn! Choose either a zebra tail kit or a unicorn tail kit per child.

Sea Turtle Snack Kit: Visit the Children’s Library to pick up a snack kit containing the ingredients and instructions required to make cute and tasty sea turtles (pictured below)! Gluten-free options are available. Ingredients include green apples, green grapes, chocolate chips, white frosting, and Goldfish crackers (not included in the gluten-free bags).

Virtual

Escape Rooms (Monday, 6/21): Enjoy a Harry Potter Escape Room for older children and a Norbert the Bearded Dragon escape room for younger children! The links will be posted on WordPress and Facebook.

Animal Yoga with Sprouting Yogis (Monday, 6/21): Enjoy the 3rd and final fun-filled yoga video session 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

Between the Pages (Tuesday, 6/22): 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: “Part Four: The Super-Secret Ingredient” demonstrates the importance of conflict in storytelling. Children are left with a deeper understanding of why a character must have a problem to resolve for a story to be interesting. Alane also challenges students to piece together why most stories have happy endings.

Animal Tails Storytime for 2nd-5th grade (Wednesday, 6/23): Watch Zoo Atlanta’s Animal Tails storybook reading of Bitika the Mouse Lemur, and 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.

Animal Tails Storytime for 3rd-4th grade (Thursday, 6/24): Watch Zoo Atlanta’s Animal Tails storybook reading of Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla, and then try the accompanying activity guide and origami printable!  The video and other resources will be posted on the PCL WordPress and Facebook pages.

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 Endangered Species: Use whatever LEGOs you have available to create a model of any endangered animal! All picture submissions are due by Monday, June 28th.

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 4): Become a Norbert’s Reading Ranger by completing virtual and at-home activities, then visit the Children’s Library starting next week 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 4 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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Harry Potter and Norbert the Bearded Dragon Virtual Escape Rooms

Check out our two virtual escape rooms full of puzzles and fun story content!

Harry Potter (recommended for older children): Join Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid on a quest to save a unicorn!

Norbert the Bearded Dragon (recommended for younger children): Help Norbert find his missing superworms!

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Norbert’s Reading Rangers: Week 4

The Children’s Library pet, Norbert the bearded dragon, reads Atlas of Animal Adventures by Rachel Williams.

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.

The final week of Norbert’s Reading Rangers is full of adventures! Complete at least 3 of the following challenges, and make sure to do the same for any previous weeks that you missed. Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3 are all still available to complete.

1. Go on a backyard camping trip with park rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Smokieee’s video.

2. Learn about amazing animals with the National Park Foundation’s ABCs of National Park Wildlife.

3. Complete the National Park Foundation’s Activities word search. Visit the Children’s Library if you’d like a printed copy!

4. Visit the Grand Canyon with Elmo, Murray, and Ranger Amala in the National Park Foundation’s videos.

5. Get outside with NatureBridge’s Sensory Scavenger Hunt, downloadable below. Physical copies are also available at the Children’s Library.

6. Read the National Park Service’s information about bear safety, and get creative with their Draw a Bear template. Visit the Children’s Library if you need a paper copy of the template.

7. Complete the National Park Foundation’s Crossword Puzzle #2. Check your answers with the key.

8. Test your baby animal knowledge with the National Park Service’s “When I Grow Up, I’m Going to Be a . . .” challenges (Round 1, Round 2).

9. Take a virtual visit to a national park using any link from the National Park Foundation’s article.

10. Try any of the National Park Foundation’s Tips for Camping at Home.

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