‘Tis the season to give back to our community! Chatham County Public Libraries invite residents to give back to the community by sponsoring books from our Book Wish Tree. Each library branch will host a tree. Patrons wishing to sponsor a book simply take a tag from the tree, follow the URL on the tag to the Book Wish Tree Amazon wish list and purchase a listed item. Books purchased from the Book Wish Tree list will be donated to the Chatham Child Development Center in Siler City. Purchased items will ship to the Chatham Community Library, and will be presented to the Chatham Child Development Center just before the holiday break.
The Chatham Child Development Center (CCDC) is an inclusive child care program. It provides year round center-based early childhood education to children ages birth to 5 years old. CCDC operates an “inclusion” model for children who are both typically developing and those with or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. Services include educational and developmental activities, parent education, physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, transportation, and before and after school care. The center has a Five Star Child Care License from the North Carolina Division of Child Development, and provides services to children who are eligible for NCPreK.
Spread holiday cheer and promote literacy with books for our community’s youngest learners! The deadline for making purchases is Friday, December 15.
For more information about the Book Wish Tree, contact Katy Henderson at (919) 545-8085 or email@example.com.
Chatham County preschool and early elementary teachers can now check out bags from our “Go, Book, Go” collection! Each bag contains books, a puppet, songs, and craft instructions on specific topics.
Call 919-545-8085 or ask a Children’s Librarian for more info.
We’re excited to present the first meeting of the tween/teen Anime Club! Come out and enjoy snacks, anime, and manga on Saturday, May 30th from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm in the Holmes Meeting Room.
Meetings will include activities such as drawing anime characters, tasting food from Asia, playing video games, and watching anime shows and movies.
A note for parents: This club is intended for ages 13 and up, but younger kids are welcome to attend. Be advised that we will be showing and reading PG-13 material. For more information, contact Mary or Katie at 919-545-8084.
Come celebrate Star Wars Reads Day with us Saturday, October 6th from 1:00 to 4:00. We will have games, crafts, snacks, a trivia contest and prizes! Call the Children’s Desk for more information 919-545-8085.
Well, the end has come – books have been read, jugglers watched, donuts eaten, and all the stars have been counted. This was a stupendous, record-breaking summer! Attendance for all events saw a 109% increase from last year. Thank you so much for coming to the library this summer. It was wonderful to see such happy, shining faces and to make so many new friends.
Summer Reading crafters made birthday hats, masks, dream catchers, lightning bugs and shooting stars. Summer Reading attendees saw two theater performances, some old school Disney movies, a magic show, a singer, a storyteller and a juggler. And of course, Summer Reading readers read and read and read. Readers read so much they filled three big jars with stars. 7100 stars to be exact.
Chatham Community Library summer readers earned 7100 stars, which is 3550 hours, which is almost 148 days, which is almost 21 weeks, which is over 5 months of reading. That is a lot of reading!
Another fun fact, if you laid all 7100 stars end to end, it would equal 7100 inches. 7100 inches is almost 592 feet, which is over 197 yards, which is almost two football fields worth of stars. That is a lot of stars!
So many stars!
Great job, everyone! Thank you all for a great summer!!!
The Caldecott Medal is awarded each year to the artist of the most distinguished picture book of the year (determined by the Association for Library Service for Children).
You can find a full list of winners and honorees here.
We’ve pulled all the winners and put them on display so you can take the Caldecott Challenge. Read as many Caldecott books as you can and earn special stars for Summer Reading! Come in to the library to ask for more details.
Can you believe it is almost the end of July? Neither can we. July brings good news though – we have new books! One of the books we have been waiting impatiently for is Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. Here is what Christie has to say about the book:
Mo Lobeau is one funny and sassy gal. Just when she thinks her summer is going to be easy as pie, a fancy pants detective from Winston Salem rides into town just as poor Mr. Jesse ends up dead. How could I not fall in love with this hilarious group of characters (including Mo’s best friend Dale Earnhardt Johnson III and his dog Queen Elizabeth II)? This mystery/ adventure is the perfect middle grade read especially for Carolinians.
Just a few more weeks of Summer Reading, so come by and check out some brand new books!
Have you finished all the Percy Jackson Books? Don’t know what to read next?
Try some of these suggestions if you liked Percy Jackson.
Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix (J FIC NIX)
Clockwork Dark Trilogy by John Claude Bemis (J FIC BEM)
Gods of Manhattan by Scott Mebus (J FIC MEB)
Children of the Lamp (J FIC KER)
The Pandora Series by Carolyn Hennesy (J FIC HEN)
The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh (J FIC MAR)
The Oracles of Delphi Keep by Victoria Laurie (J FIC LAU)
The Jaguar Stones by J&P Voelkel (J FIC VOE)