Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January Meeting: LittleBits Tinkering

After a long break, we met this week to talk about Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein. It was a unanimous group favorite, with everyone very excited about the new book, Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics, just published this month! Some highlights from the library (and that we wish we had here at the CPL) include: the librarian and tiger holograms, the video dome, and the electromagnetic hover ladder to reach high bookshelves.

Having eaten our fill of pizza and engaged in playful discussion about what an awful person Charles Chiltington was and what we all would have done if faced with a similar challenge to escape the library, we turned to the LittleBits and channeled Mr. Lemoncello's inventive mind. LittleBits are magnetized electronic building blocks that can be used to create everything from a simple circuit that powers a small motor (or light, buzzer, fan, etc.) to a remote-controlled car and beyond. In short, they're AWESOME. A few pictures and one short video below give a little insight into the creations that we made. Most of them focused on how to alert Mr. Lemoncello if Charles Chiltington entered the library (i.e. LOTS of buzzing and blinking lights). One of the circuits involved a mat that when stepped on by a patron, triggered a welcome sign light to come on. And yet another imitated a book scanner using a roller LittleBit and a pipe cleaner, among other materials. We've got some very inventive minds in Bookshop!

Our next meeting will be on Monday, February 29, from 5:30-7:00. We are reading Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar and will be making book trailers using the free online tool, Animoto. Stop by the children's room desk to pick up a copy of the book if you didn't take one at our last meeting!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Next Bookshop Meeting Reminder: MONDAY, JANUARY 25

Happy New Year! With the holidays behind us, I wanted to post a reminder to pick up your copy of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library at the children's room desk if you haven't already. Get ready to get lost in puzzles and codes and a library even more amazing than the CPL (if you can believe it). See you in three weeks, when we will attempt to create our own unique, automated, Lemoncello-inspired inventions using LittleBits!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

November Meeting: ToonDoo Comic Creation

We had a fabulous November meeting discussing Cleopatra in Space, eating pizza, and making some amazingly creative comics of our own using ToonDoo. Check them out below!

We will not be meeting in December due to the holiday break, but stop by the Children's Room anytime before January 25th to get a copy of our next book, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, by Chris Grabenstein. Let your imagination run wild as you read about Mr. Lemoncello's amazing library because we'll be using LittleBits in our January meeting to create our own cool Lemoncello-inspired inventions.

ToonDoos by Isaac:

ToonDoo by Christopher:

ToonDoos by Avery:

Monday, November 23, 2015

Next Meeting: November 30th

Just a reminder that our next meeting will be next Monday, 11/30, from 5:30-7:00 in the Curious George Room on the third floor. We will be discussing Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice, by Mike Maihack, and creating our own comics using the free online comics creator, ToonDoo. See you then!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Bookshop Introduction: Spoken Word Poetry and Collage

We had a great first meeting, filled with introductions, pizza, and interesting discussion about the picture book we read aloud, Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me, by Daniel Beatty. We watched Beatty's spoken word performance of the poem as well:

Then we created our own collages inspired by Bryan Collier's beautiful collage illustrations in the picture book version.

Our next meeting is on Monday, November 30, at 5:30. We will be discussing the hilarious graphic novel space adventure, Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice, by Mike Maihack (feel free to read the second volume, Cleopatra in Space: The Thief and the Sword, too!) and creating our own comics using ToonDoo, a fun online comic-creation tool. There's plenty of space left so call Emily at 857-235-9847 or email her at to register.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Bookshop Cancelled

We're sorry Bookshop will be going on a temporary break. The meeting for Monday March 2nd is cancelled and no future dates are planned as of yet.  Check back here or at the Cambridge Public Library website  for any future updates. 

Just because it's cancelled doesn't mean you can't create fun projects on your own! 

Checkout Scratch and Storybird . Make your own book trailer and upload it to Youtube!  Create your own comic book version of your favorite chapter, let your imagination run wild!