Friday, May 22, 2015

Teen Watercolor Art Program

Youth, ages 11 and up, are invited to the Endicott Library on Thursday, June 18 @ 5:30 PM to participate in a teen watercolor art program. Participants can design their own postcards using watercolor pencil techniques explained at the program.
Questions call Tia @ 657-3429


***Endicott Library Book Club***

Our next Book Club Meeting will be:
June 18 @ 7 PM
We will be discussing the book:
The House at Sugar Beach
by Helene Cooper

 

Helene Cooper is “Congo,” a descendant of two Liberian dynasties—traced back to the first ship of freemen that set sail from New York in 1820 to found Monrovia. Helene grew up at Sugar Beach, a twenty-two-room mansion by the sea. Her childhood was filled with servants, flashy cars, a villa in Spain, and a farmhouse up-country. It was also an African childhood, filled with knock foot games and hot pepper soup, heartmen and neegee. When Helene was eight, the Coopers took in a foster child—a common custom among the Liberian elite. Eunice, a Bassa girl, suddenly became known as “Mrs. Cooper’s daughter.” For years the Cooper daughters—Helene, her sister Marlene, and Eunice—blissfully enjoyed the trappings of wealth and advantage.

But Liberia was like an unwatched pot of water left boiling on the stove. And on April 12, 1980, a group of soldiers staged a coup d'√Čtat, assassinating President William Tolbert and executing his cabinet. The Coopers and the entire Congo class were now the hunted, being imprisoned, shot, tortured, and raped. After a brutal daylight attack by a ragtag crew of soldiers, Helene, Marlene, and their mother fled Sugar Beach, and then Liberia, for America. They left Eunice behind.

A world away, Helene tried to assimilate as an American teenager. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill she found her passion in journalism, eventually becoming a reporter for the
Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She reported from every part of the globe—except Africa—as Liberia descended into war-torn, third-world hell.

In 2003, a near-death experience in Iraq convinced Helene that Liberia—and Eunice—could wait no longer. At once a deeply personal memoir and an examination of a violent and stratified country,
The House at Sugar Beach tells of tragedy, forgiveness, and transcendence with unflinching honesty and a survivor's gentle humor. And at its heart, it is a story of Helene Cooper’s long voyage home.

 

Summer!

There are so many fun things to do during the summer and we discussed them all (or darn near close to them all) today. We sang a fun song about what we do in the summer time and talked about the letters in the word summer. We read the books "Zoomer's Summer Snowstorm" by Ned Young (which the kiddos wanted to hear twice!), "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" by Mark Teague, "Flip Flop!" by Dana Meachen Rau, and "Summer Wonders" by Bob Raczka. Then we spent some time in the sunshine creating some fun sidewalk chalk drawings.












Tuesday, May 19, 2015

After School Program 5-13-15

Thankfully the weather cooperated with us for our After School Program last week. We had our annual spring clean up. Great, fast helpers did their part to clean up around the library and down town Endicott. Thanks for your help kiddos!!!






Comics Can Take Us Places

Megan Kelso, a cartoonist and author of the award winning graphic novel "Artichoke Tales," will be speaking at the Endicott Middle School on June 4th @ 11:35 AM.

Sponsored by Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau
 
This event is open to the public.  Please check in at the school front office.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Butterflies!

Today was a perfect, beautiful spring day to learn about butterflies. Our smarty-pants boys helped read the books today. We read "Becoming Butterfiles" by Anne Rockwell, "Hurry and the Monarch" by Antoine O' Flatharta, "Millions of Monarchs" by Connie and Peter Roop, and "The Book With No Pictures" by B.J. Novak. The last book (which we read twice!) was a special request that had nothing to do with butterflies, but is a fun, silly book. :) Then we colored some butterfly wings and made some cute, happy butterflies.





Friday, May 1, 2015

Caterpillars!

What a beautiful day to be out and about and enjoying Story Time at the library! We talked about caterpillars today. We read the books "Arabella Miller's Tiny Caterpillar" by Clare Jarrett, "Clara Caterpillar" by Pamela Duncan Edwards, and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle. Then we worked on our scissor skills and cut out food to feed our hungry caterpillars. These kiddos are getting better and better with their scissors...so much progress!!! And of course we ended with feeding the food to our caterpillars and spent some time playing outside.