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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Last Minute Shopping? -- Here are Some Great Gift Book Guides

Books make great gifts, but picking the perfect titles can be daunting. The expert staff of the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books have created an extensive, easy-to-use guide to some great choices for children & teens.

The New York Times  Best Illustrated Books of 2010 Imagination SoupParentCentral and Barnes & Noble also have some great ideas.

National Public Radio recently ran a story about Internet-connected children's books like the uber-popular 39 Clues Series.  These titles are proving a great draw for both enthusiastic- and reluctant-readers -- and provide a good dose of history and biography alongside the mystery and adventure.  You can listen to the story and see what your kids are so excited about.

By the way, children aren't the only readers around the Bridgewater Library.  Late this Tuesday night, we found quite a few Teddy Bears  came to a sleepover at the library!  Check out their adventures here.

Examples of Keith Haring's art and a brief introduction about the artist begin an interesting, informative and inspiring hour at the Bridgewater Public Library. The event, held Monday, taught children in kindergarten through fifth grade about the character art created by Haring, after which the children were invited to design their own pieces.Speaking of programs at the library, in our last blog entry we had a misplaced link to the Bridgewater Patch article about our Picture This: Characters at Play Art Program.  The corrected link is here.

Sometimes the best gift isn't a "thing" but an outing with your child.  In that spirit, check out the area activities listed in the printed Winter-Spring Edition of Kidsguide.  Come by the library to pick up your free copy.

And, don't forget, you can see our previous postings and access our links to area activities and interesting websites at any time by visiting the Bridgewater Library Youth Services blog at bwlibys.BlogSpot.com.

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