Kids News

DECEMBER 2012

Navajo String Games

During the cold months of winter, the Navajo people traditionally play string games. In addition to being a fun way to pass time while staying warm inside, many string games have cultural significance. They foster creativity and help develop eye/hand coordination. They create an opportunity for families to teach and learn from each other, and they help teach gratitude for nature.

Some of the figures created while playing string games represent petroglyphs, sand paintings, birds and animals. Some just make complex patterns that are fun to share with family and friends.

Come to the library on December 21 at 1:30 p.m. to try various string (DVD presentation) games. The youth services staff will provide string and some on-on-one instruction; you just need a willingness to learn and experiment with interesting designs!

Information and illustration from Na'atl'o': Navajo String Games by Don Mose, Jr. Copies of the book with DVD are available for checkout in Youth Services

Winter Solstice
Friday, 12. 21.12

  • Winter Story Time @ 11am followed by craft
  • Bilingual – Spanish/Navajo/Japanese @ 1pm followed by craft
  • Navajo String Games DVD in Story Time room @ 1:30pm

December 3, 4, 6 & 7 at 10:30am

Story Time
Two Little Monkeys

Gasp

Thursday, December 6 from 4:00 to 5:30pm

  • Craft-Create your own Winter Mug
  • Movie-Brave

Featured Winter Story Times

Story Time @ 11am
Spanish/Navajo/Japanese Tales @ 1pm
Craft follows in Laboratory
Family Movie follows in Story Time Room

Let's get ready for winter! Stay warm with stories, songs, activities, take-home crafts, and bilingual blustery fun to ring in the season! The whole family is welcome!

Wednesday, December 26

Winter Story Time: Over and Under the Snow

Bilingual Story Time: Powwow's Coming

Craft: Popsicle Stick Snowman; Origami Time Capsule

Movie: Madagascar 3 or New Release

Thursday, December 27

Winter Story Time: The Reader

Bilingual Story Time: Kamishibai Man

Craft: New Year Crown and Japanese Paper Lantern

Movie: Down Under or New Release

Friday, December 28

Winter Story Time: Mice on Ice

Bilingual Story Time: Rabbits Snow Dance

Craft: Resolution Magnet and Navajo Cradle (paper) Board

Movie: Happy Feet or New Release

Monday, December 31

Winter Story Time: How the Years Were Named

Bilingual Story Time: Oh, Crumps!/ Ay, Caramba!

Craft: Paper plate maracas and paper plate oni mask

Movie: Happy Feet or New Release

Computers 4 KidsTuesdays @ 4pm

Bring your school issued laptop or use one of ours! Also available is the Kindle Fire and Color Nook. Learn all about PowerKnowledge Life Science (grades 3-6) and PowerKnowledge Earth and Space Science (grades 3-6) and Live Homework Help database!

Limit 8 participants. Valid library card required for access to the database.

Letter About Literature

Letters About Literature is a writing contest sponsored by the New Mexico State Library in cooperation with The Center for the Book and the Library of Congress. Letters About Literature is designed to promote reading and thoughtful writing by encouraging young readers to read a book and then write a letter to the author explaining how his or her work shaped their perspective on the world or themselves. This is the first year New Mexico State Library has sponsored the competition.

Readers in grades 4-10 write a personal letter to an author describing their personal reaction to a book, story, or poem. Students may write about works of fiction or nonfiction. Entries in Spanish will be accepted and translated for the New Mexico judges. State judges will select the top letter writers in New Mexico, who then advance to the national competition.

Letter writers compete at three levels: Level I is grades 4-6; Level II is grades 7-8; and Level III is grades 9-10. The one winning letter from each level from each state is entered into the final national competition. There will be cash prizes for the three state winners and also for the national winners.

All entries must be postmarked by January 11, 2013.

Please visit Letters About Literature to learn more about the contest.

 

CELEBRATE WITH NAVAJO STRING STORIES

Navajo Elder, Jane Yazzie will share the traditional Navajo String Stories at the Shiprock Branch Library at noon on Friday, December 21, 2012. String will be available to join in the storytelling.

Sponsored by bhpbilliton

Check out the library page at http://www.infoway.org/kids/kidslinks.asp for more Navajo string games and learn about the Navajo Constellations. Check out some of the Navajo bilingual Stories at the Shiprock Branch Library with your library card for the winter months.


WINTER STORY TIMES
@ Shiprock Branch Library

Let's get ready for winter! Stay warm with stories, songs, activities, take-home crafts, and bilingual blustery fun to ring in the season! The whole family is welcome!

December 26, 27, 28, 31

  • Navajo and Winter Story Time @ 11am & 1pm
  • Craft/Activity after Story Time
  • Movie/Gaming begins at 1:30pm

Teen Reel Readers

Email Library Adventures at: youthtours@infoway.org Or call (505) 566-2200 for more information. Go to the Calendar Schedule to register online for a Library Adventure!

Register online for the day available on the Shiprock Library Events Calendar

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Thursday, December 6 @ 4:00pm

Join the teens for a lively discussion about the movie vs book!


Family Fun with Holiday Songs and BINGO!

December 27 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm

*Last minute alterations may occur. For program updates please see website or event calendar at www.infoway.org


Library Adventures at the Shiprock Branch

School or Class Visits and Field Trip Policy

All groups must register online for the day, up to two weeks in advance.

Questions? Email Library Adventures at: youthtours@infoway.org
Or call (505) 566-2200 for more information. Go to the Calendar Schedule to register online for a Library Adventure!

SHIPROCK BRANCH LIBRARY
Register online for the day available on the Shiprock Library Events Calendar