While it’s still in progress, this Gargantuan Poet-Tree was begging to be photographed today. Plus, today, in Teen Tech Time, tweens and teens used our fancy-shmancy computer/screen combo in the Info Commons Lab to write Poems with an Audience! As one of the teens announced, it’s cool to mix up old school antiquated technology like crayons with the Internet and poems! They used websites like Magnetic Poetry and Scholastic’s Poetry Idea Engine to get started, but soon, they were riffing on their own, on paper and word processor too!

We will be adding to this tree~ one parent of a teen asked if she could cut some extra leaves for our somewhat newly budding tree… So expect more greenery (and poems) tomorrow!

Mighty Poet-tree

Mighty Poet-tree, sing us your song

Other teens rapt as Teen Poet creates

Other teens rapt as Teen Poet creates

Our Mighty Poetry Will one day Stand

Our Mighty Poetry Will one day Stand

Poems nestle amongst the leaves

Poems nestle amongst the leaves

Poems, tree, books - a harmonious team

Poems, tree, books – a harmonious team

Poet Tree in Progress

Poet Tree in Progress

So Tall Tree - may trim it tomorrow

So Tall Tree – may trim it tomorrow

Teen Poetry in Progress

Teen Poetry in Progress

Teen writing online magnetic poem with an audience

Teen writing online magnetic poem with an audience

Tween cutting leaves for Poet-Tree

Tween cutting leaves for Poet-Tree

So excited to have found this great page on FB: 101 Indian Children’s Books We Love. There is a lot to peruse and discover on that page – check it out!

Many thanks to Mathu, who introduced me to the following cool rhymes book, and who herself, by the way, has an awesome and important YA book coming out soon!

image of book - Oluguti Toluguti: Indian Rhymes to Read and Recite

Oluguti Toluguti: Indian Rhymes to Read and Recite

 Oluguti Toluguti: Indian Rhymes to Read and Recite in turn led me down an internet rabbit-hole whereby I read further into publisher Tulika’s website, (they also have a site based in America, in New England), which then led me, via a hop, skip, and jump, to 101 Indian Children’s Books We Love

And many thanks also to Elaine, whose inquiry about good chapter books with Indian characters, led me through this mini-journey of discovery!

And now I’m out of breath!

 

Oh wait: Here is a link to Mathu’s (aka Mathangi Subramanian’s) upcoming new book: Bullying: The Ultimate Teen Guide. More on this soon!

 

the number Pi on the library's wall

gif of the number Pi on the library’s wall

Last week, in honor of Pi Day (3/14) and Pi Month (3 aka March 2014) we made Pi at the library… or at least as much Pi as would fit along the wall of the Youth Wing! In the end, that turned out to be 316 numbers (including the initial 3.14). That’s a lot of Pi!

We made “Gingerbread”  houses again, as last year’s program was so popular. Some folks got very architectural with them, while others favored the giant pom pom approach. Or a viking-like boat on the roof. There’s even a snowman who looks suspiciously like a yeti.

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I feel so happy right now, I just had to share. I was just speaking with one of our regular patrons. She’s a mother of two girls, and she and the girls are often to be seen doing homework, reading, and participating in programs. A few weeks ago she and I had spoken about the job market and how difficult it is to find the kind of job you are best suited for. She just shared with me that she had taken my suggestion to use our “book a librarian” service to meet with a Business and Careers librarian at our Business Library and has gotten a job as a result of advice given to her by that librarian!

Satisfying.

Kids, teens – and even a few adults – joined to create Rangoli designs in the courtyard leading to the Children’s Entrance of Brooklyn Public Library on November 4th, 2013.

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Though it may not be eternal, everyone loves making sand art. You’ll notice the designs and colors run from cheerful (see the rainbow seashell and stripy sun) to teen angsty (note the one featuring black nail polish and black sand).

Angsty or not, fun was had by all. And the librarian was happy too, that everyone pitched in to Clean. Up. The. Sand. :-)

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What childhood summer is complete without bubbles? And better yet if you make bubbles with your own special home-made Magical Bubble Wand!

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Play-doh is one of those materials that all ages enjoy. Some teens and tweens got very creative and inspired the younger ones as well!

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