Story time at the Athenaeum takes place every Friday, and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays at 10:30 AM. Join us for stories, songs, activities, games and a small snack. All ages are welcome!
The Acorn Club
To find out more about the Acorn Club programs, click here.
Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal and World’s Most Dangerous Weapon
By Steve Sheinkin
Call number: JNF 623.45 SHE
Who would ever guess that world politics and science would combine to make one of the most thrilling stories in history? Europe is in the grips of World War II, and physicists have just discovered how atoms can be split to release energy—a lot of it. This discovery quickly led to an intense race between the Americans and Germans to create the atomic bomb, but they weren’t the only ones involved. The Russians wanted to get their hands on this new and powerful bomb, and their plan of action was to steal the design from the Americans. We know the Americans won the race against the Germans, but at what cost? And were the Russians able to succeed in their mission? Check this out from the Children’s Library and become immersed in this exhilarating piece of entirely true history!
By Jan Brett
Call number: PIC BRETT
As the snow begins to melt and spring arrives, consider checking out this beautiful spring picture book from Jan Brett. Mossy is a beautiful turtle who grows a colorful garden on the back of her shell, and she falls in love with another turtle: Scoot. However, their time together is short when a scientist whisks Mossy away to keep in her museum. At first it seems ideal; Mossy is safe from the dangers of nature, and everyone can visit the museum and enjoy her beauty. However, when a child asks if Mossy has any turtle friends, the scientist rethinks her seemingly brilliant plan. A surprise is revealed to the museum-goers that allows Mossy and Scoot to be together again.
Fun and Games
If you’re looking for something fun to do at home or at the Athenaeum, look no further!
PBS Kids – This includes games, videos, and coloring pages for your favorite PBS characters, including Curious George, Arthur, Caillou, Sesame Street, and more!
Scholastic – This also has games with your favorite characters and books, including Magic School Bus, I Spy, and Grumpy Bird.
San Diego Zoo – If you like zoo animals, you can find games, videos, and activities about elephants, gorillas, and polar bears here.
E-Books and Audiobooks
You can download children’s and teen audiobooks and e-books if you have a library card. ListenUp Vermont! has a large collection of audiobooks and e-books that you can download and borrow for two weeks. If a book is not available you can add it to a waiting list and you will receive an email when the book is available.
You can also download children’s and teen audiobooks from OneClick Digital if you have a library card. The audiobooks in this collection are always available for download – no waiting list ever.
To enjoy story time online, visit The International Childrens Digital Library. This site features children's books from all over the world that you can read online.
If you need help with your homework, cardholders can access the following databases. You can also ask the Youth Services Librarian for help.
To login in, enter the barcode from your library card. Your library card barcode is case-sensitive. If your barcode ends with a letter or special character such as a ? or %, then substitute a zero for the special character. For example, 2VSPY00020274? will be entered as 2VSPY000202740.
Kid's Info Bits - Easy to use graphical interface for information useful for elementary school students. Magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history and sports. Years covered: 1989 to the present.
Junior Edition - Magazine, newspaper and reference book database designed for junior high and middle school students covering topics of general and academic interest. Years covered: 2000 to the present.
Student Edition - Magazine, newspaper and reference book database designed for high school student research covering topics of general and academic interest. Years covered: 1985 to the present.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context -is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the new solution features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
Computer Policy in the Children's Library
The Athenaeum Children’s Library is committed to ensuring a positive library experience for children and ensuring access to the information they need by selecting and guiding children to age-appropriate materials in all formats.
The staff will make every effort to provide a safe environment for children using the Internet by keeping computer stations close to the Librarian’s desk where staff can provide regular oversight of their use. However, the Athenaeum feels that it is the responsibility of parents to guide their children’s library use, including the Internet.
The Children’s Library public access computers are reserved for children in our community.
Last update: 4/10/13