With the rush to go back to school, don’t forget that story times and special programs are starting up again here at the library! Check out our Events Calendar or stop in at the library to pick up our new fall brochure. Register in person or over the phone — call us at 810-229-6571. See you soon!
The library is excited to offer “hoopla,” a new digital app to its Brighton District Library card holders. Hoopla offers thousands of audiobooks, comics, eBooks, movies, music, and television shows that can be watched, listened to, and enjoyed at no charge.
Each patron can enjoy up to six downloads per calendar month. eBooks and audiobooks can be checked out for 3 weeks, music CDs for 1 week, and movies for 3 days. Materials are automatically returned to hoopla at the end of your checkout period.
Hoopla is great for people on the go! With six formats available to stream and/or download titles to all Android and iOS devices, hoopla can be used whenever and wherever your lifestyle takes you.
You can get started by creating an account at hoopladigital.com and/or downloading the free app through the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Once downloaded, begin browsing titles from major Hollywood studios and record companies that are available to borrow 24/7 through instant streaming.
After an exciting Summer Reading Program, the Youth Services Department is taking some time to revamp and plan for fall. Fall brings more story times and fun programming for you and your little ones! To prepare for our next season, we hit the road to Child Connect for Family Success for a day long course with Jo Ann Cook. We learned about child development and got to play with some neat stuff! Check out our photos below from our professional development day. We look forward to even more fun programs inspired by this adventure!
On August 25th from 6:30-8:00, Jo Ann Cook, from Child Connect will teach parents how to make a simple sensory basket that babies will enjoy playing with; a homemade toy. At this program parents will learn how to change out their basket depending on the season, a theme or the child’s interest. Parents will also learn what is safe to put in the basket and what is not.
Call the library at 229-6571 ext. 223 to register for this fun program.
What is a treasure basket? Another good question!
A treasure basket is a small basket or shallow box filled with interesting items from around the home to provide your baby with lots of shapes, textures and sizes to explore. Learn more about infant treasure baskets by checking out the following websites: http://nurturestore.co.uk/treasure-baskets-for-babies and http://livingmontessorinow.com/montessori-monday-themed-treasure-baskets-for-babies.
Another great book has hit the Brighton District Library shelves!
We love when we get new picture books here at BDL, we’re like kids in a candy store! The Youth staff all peruse and paw through the collection, sharing our favorites with each other.
I have found a new favorite… Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds, Pictures by Matt Davies.
Nerdy Birdy likes reading, and video games, and reading about video games. He is a “Nerdy” birdy. Then there are the “COOL” Birdies who like showing off, hunting and eating worms, but they don’t like nerdy birdies. Dejected Nerdy Birdy discovers there are more birds like him and everything is going well until a new bird moves in. She looks lonely, but is not like Nerdy Birdy at all. What should Nerdy Birdy do?
This is an endearing book that is funny, but also teaches children to see the value in being inclusive in their selection of friends.
— Miss Jane
Let the Games Begin with Obstacle Olympics!
To celebrate this year’s Summer Olympics, amid the heat of the summer sun, 18 brave athletes challenged themselves to mental and physical sports obstacles. Each endured 12 feats on the obstacle course, tested their ability at basketball, soccer, archery, golf, javelin and football throws, kid-style skee ball and target shooting through the 5 Olympic rings. Mental challenges included mazes, analogies, rebus and matchstick puzzles and a brain bender.
Every athlete proved themselves worthy to receive their “gold medal” and many confectionary treats! A truly Olympic event!
On Thursday, July 7th, the Brighton District Library Summer Book Club chose a “mock” Caldecott winner: Snappsy the Alligator: Did Not Ask to Be in This Book!, written by Julie Falatko and illustrated by Tim Miller. Six judges between the ages of 8-12 reviewed 15 picture books and deliberated for about an hour before voting. The Night Gardener, written by Terry Fan and illustrated by Eric Fan, was declared an Honor Book. The “real” Caldecott winner will be announced at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference in January 2017. The Summer Book Club will meet next month on Thursday, August 11 to discuss Linda Sue Park’s book The Kite Fighters and to learn about this fascinating Korean custom. If you’d like to join us, you may register beginning July 28.
Monarch Butterflies will have a safe new habitat to visit this summer and fall when migrating through the U.S. to their final wintering destinations in the mountain forests of Mexico and select spots in California, thanks to a generous donation from the Shirley Shill family.
Shirley’s Monarch Shelter, located in Millie’s Garden at the library, was named after Shirley Shill, a Brighton classroom teacher and founder of School Bell, the first preschool in Brighton. Bev Barton, niece of Shirley said, “Her family, friends, children, and reading were her passions in life and the butterfly symbolized freedom and rebirth for Aunt Shirley.” The family honored her memory by sponsoring the certification for the Monarch Waystation, offering children’s programming in the garden, and by purchasing a sculpted butterfly shaped chair. The chair will be nestled among the flowers that attract the brightly colored Monarch for individuals to sit and watch.
Brighton District Library staff member and Advanced Master Gardener Jane Reed headed up the certification project for the Monarch Waystation. “It’s exciting to be able to gain certification at a time when Monarch Butterfly numbers are dropping at an alarming rate. This new waystation will help sustain the Monarch, thus providing a better chance for survival,” said Reed.
To gain certification Reed had to put into place several factors. These included growing milkweed plants, the host plant and the only plant that Monarch caterpillars feed on; adding necessary annual and perennial nectar plants (marigold, zinnia, bee balm, boneset, butterfly bush, catmint, phlox, and Joe-Pye) for the migrating butterflies; incorporating an area of at least 100 square feet with six or more hours of sunlight per day; providing shelter from predators; having proper drainage and soil type; and creating a pesticide-free site.
Right: Families release milkweed seeds in Millie’s Garden at at recent program at the library.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
The only necessities are a GPS device or a GPS-enabled mobile phone/tablet so you can navigate to find the cache.
The program will show you how to:
- Load the correct app
- Find caches in your area
- Create your own caches
- Go hunting for the library’s hidden caches!
Ten caches will be hidden to find on library property or within a very short walk.
Register at the Adult Desk Now!
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Come Join the Fun!!
Come one, Come ALL to the Miniature Motorway at the Brighton District Library.
This fun family event is happening on Thursday July 14th at 6:30-8:30pm.
No registration is required but space is limited!
Go to the website below for more information.