VOX Books are slim audio devices that live in beautiful full-size picture books. The permanently attached VOX Reader transforms an ordinary picture book into an all-in-one read-along. There’s no need for computers, tablets, or CDs. Children simply push a button to listen and read. We are launching a collection of VOX Books in February and know that children will love them and parents will love occasionally letting someone else read the story. VOX books will circulate just like picture books and will be shelved in a special location in the picture book room. Some of the titles in our starter collection include: Pete the Cat: Crayons Rock! By James Dean; Lulu the One and Only by Lynnette Mawhinney; Going Places by Peter Reynolds; Horse Meets Dog by Elliot Kalan; Inky the Octopus by Erin Guendelsberger and Poor Louie by Tony Fucile.
As we have done for the past five years, MMCTV and the Richmond Free Library are co-hosting a filmmaking workshop for middle school-aged youth during the week of Feb. 22-26 (School break). Unlike past workshops, this one will be virtual! To join the fun, all participants need is a device to film with (a phone or tablet will do) and an interest in collaborating on a film project with like-minded middle schoolers. The workshop will include online instruction/check-ins, and the opportunity to use the skills learned to create different scenes that will be pieced together into one final project. We will meet (online) daily 9-10 am, with additional check-ins later in the day as needed, while students turn their own homes into film sets. A red carpet online “screening” of our work will happen on Friday Feb. 26th at 2pm. Space is limited, so sign up right away if interested. Call or email Wendy at the library. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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A new take and make craft is available in the foyer between Feb 1 and Feb 13 while supplies last. Each craft kit contains everything needed to make a cute little Valentine puppet. The craft is most appropriate for youth ages 5 – 8. There are also some fun Valentine-themed coloring sheets.
A new short storytime with Miss Wendy has been posted on our YouTube channel. If you know a little person who misses storytime at the library, help them find their way to this video. Perhaps they’ll feel like they had a trip to the library.