Children's Room News
Happy November!
Schedule Reminders:
The Library will be closed:
Monday, November 11th in observation of Veteran's Day
Thursday, November 28th in observation of Thanksgiving

The Library will be closing at 6 pm on Wednesday, November 27th.
Early Literacy Tip of the Month:
As you read to your child, be sure to vary your vocal intonation and point at the pictures to help them stay engaged and better identify new words!
November Activities & Schedule
We have some great activities coming up this month that we hope you'll enjoy including a bunch of special activities during April School Vacation Week!

Willy Wonka's No Nut Crunch Surprise with Kids Cooking Green
Grades 3 -5
Registration required 

Tuesday, November 5th
4 pm
Registration now open!

Sign up online beginning at 7 pm on Monday, October 28th.  Phone reservations accepted beginning at 7:30 pm

Let's make Willy Wonka's No-Nut Crunch Surprise, from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!
Contains: chocolate, butter, sunflower seeds, tea biscuits, oats & rice cereal, and peach juice.

Fables & Fairy Tales
Grades K - 2
Registration required 

Wednesday, November 6
4 pm
Registration now open!

Sign up online beginning at 7 pm on Monday, October 28th. Phone reservations accepted beginning at 7:30 pm.

An interactive story time bringing fairy tales to life!

Read for the Record Storytime
Ages 2 & up
No registration required

Thursday, November 7th
1 pm

Join us in participating in Jumpstart's annual #ReadfortheRecord campaign with us and celebrate the importance of early literacy as we join millions of adults and children who read the same book on the same day.

Enjoy a special storytime featuring this year's book, the award-winning  Thank You Omu by Oge Mora.

Brain Building: Make Your Mark! Printing and Stamping
Ages 2 - 8 (with an adult)
Registration Required 

Saturday, November 9th
10:30 am
Registration now open!

Sign up online beginning at 7 pm on Monday, October 28th. Phone reservations accepted beginning at 7:30 pm.

Children experience sensory stimulation while practicing fine motor and creative thinking skills.
On Your Own Storytime
Ages 4 - 6
Registration Required 
Registration opens Monday, November 4th at 7 pm

New session begins:
Tuesday, November 12th
4 pm

Sign up online beginning at 7 pm on Monday, November 4th. Phone reservations accepted beginning at 7:30 pm.

Storytime for 4-6-year-olds who are ready to attend independently and to listen to, and talk about, more sophisticated stories

Session dates: 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, and 12/17
Family Tech Night
Ages 3 - 12 (with adult)
No registration required

Tuesday, November 19th
7 pm

Come explore our menagerie of technology toys. Robots, electronics, coding & more!
Grades 3 - 5
No registration required 

Wednesday November 20
4 pm

What makes comics and graphic novels so special? Talk about your favorites with fellow enthusiasts and even draw your own!

Copies of Adventures of Tintin volume 1 will be available for pickup at the children's desk two weeks before the meeting. Please read the book in advance of the meeting.
Baby Play
Ages 0 - 2
No registration required 

Friday, November 22nd
2 pm

Join us for this special program just for babies! We'll sing songs, do some rhymes, bounces, and fingerplays, and have lots of time to play and have fun!
LHS Origami Club 
All Ages Welcome
No registration required

Friday, November 22nd
3:30 pm

Lexington High School's Origami Club will be teaching origami.

All ages are welcome to join in on the paper folding fun. No prior origami experience required!

This event is a part of our Cary Teens Lead the Way program designed to showcase the many talents of our community's teens!
Weekend Activities
No registration required

Story Play (ages 0 - 5)
Saturday, November 2, 16, & 30th
9:30 am

Block Party (All Ages)
Saturday, November 9th 
2 pm

Saturday Sing Along (ages 2 - 5)
Saturday, November 23rd
9:30 am

Preschool Activities
No registration required 

10:30 Music Mondays (ages 2 - 5) 
*no program November 4th or 11th

10:30 Theodore's Imagination Station (ages 2 - 5)
1:30 Preschool Arts & Crafts (ages 3 -5)
*no programs November 5th

9:45: Dance Party (ages 2 - 5) 
10:30  Preschool Storytime (ages 3 - 5)
*no Preschool Storytime on November 6th

9:30 am Storytime Junior (age 0 - 2)
*no program on November 7th
Save the Date for these two special events!
Robin Preiss Glasser
Illustrator of Fancy Nancy

Thursday December 5th
5 pm

Children are encouraged to dress in their fanciest of fancy outfits and we'll have a fashion parade with Robin as the Master of Ceremonies. And, that's just the icing on the cake - we'll have lots of fun activities planned. 

Books will be available for purchase at the event.  Robin will sign 1 book brought from home.

Rescue and Jessica: A Life Changing Friendship

Saturday, December 14th
2 pm

Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship is an award-winning picture book based on a real-life partnership. The heartening story of love and teamwork between a girl and her service dog will inspire readers of all ages! Meet co-authors Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, and Rescue, ASPCA Dog of the Year! Learn about the role of service dogs to help people with physical disabilities and the amazing things that people and dogs can accomplish together. Jessica and Patrick will read the book aloud and share their story, take questions, and sign books for attendees.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.
What Our Book Clubs Are Reading:
Bookmarks (2nd and 3rd Grade): 

Time Jumpers: Stealing the Sword by Wendy Mass

Chase and Ava find an old suitcase filled with strange objects. One of the objects looks like a dragon-headed doorknob... Suddenly Chase and Ava find themselves jumping back in time to King Arthur's castle! They meet the king's wizard Merlin and soon discover what the dragon-headed doorknob really is. It turns out they have an important job to do: They must save the king! But a bad guy is after them... How will Chase and Ava get back home? They will need to act fast to find out! 

Bookivores (Grades 4 - 5):   

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that's a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair. Nothing can prepare you for The Gauntlet... It didn't look dangerous, exactly. When twelve-year-old Farah first laid eyes on the old-fashioned board game, she thought it looked...elegant. It is made of wood, etched with exquisite images--a palace with domes and turrets, lattice-work windows that cast eerie shadows, a large spider--and at the very center of its cover, in broad letters, is written: The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand . The Gauntlet is more than a game, though. It is the most ancient, the most dangerous kind of magic. It holds worlds inside worlds. And it takes players as prisoners.
Twelve-year-old Cove Bernstein's year has gone from bad to worse. First, her best friend, Nina, moved from Martha's Vineyard to New York City. Then, without Nina around, Cove became the target of a bullying campaign at school. Escape seems impossible. But opportunities can appear when you least expect them. Cove's visit to a secondhand clothing store leads her to a surprising chance to visit Nina, but only if she can win a coveted place in a kids-only design competition. Cove doesn't know how to sew, but her friend at the retirement home, Anna, has promised to teach her. And things start really looking up when a new kid at school, Jack, begins appearing everywhere Cove goes. Then Cove makes a big mistake. One that could ruin every good thing that has happened to her this year. One that she doesn't know how to undo
Book Bites (Grades 4 - 5): space is still available in Book Bites!

A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano

Leonora Logroño's family owns the most beloved bakery in Rose Hill, Texas, spending their days conjuring delicious cookies and cakes for any occasion. And no occasion is more important than the annual Dia de los Muertos festival. Leo hopes that this might be the year that she gets to help prepare for the big celebration--but, once again, she is told she's too young. Sneaking out of school and down to the bakery, she discovers that her mother, aunt, and four older sisters have in fact been keeping a big secret: they're brujas--witches of Mexican ancestry--who pour a little bit of sweet magic into everything that they bake. Leo knows that she has magical ability as well and is more determined than ever to join the family business--even if she can't let her mama and hermanas know about it yet. And when her best friend, Caroline, has a problem that needs solving, Leo has the perfect opportunity to try out her craft. It's just one little spell, after all...what could possibly go wrong?
Book Talks (Grades 4 - 6):

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée

Twelve-year-old Shayla is allergic to trouble. All she wants to do is to follow the rules. (Oh, and she'd also like to make it through seventh grade with her best friendships intact, learn to run track, and have a cute boy see past her giant forehead.) But in junior high, it's like all the rules have changed. Now she's suddenly questioning who her best friends are and some people at school are saying she's not black enough. Wait, what? Shay's sister, Hana, is involved in Black Lives Matter, but Shay doesn't think that's for her. After experiencing a powerful protest, though, Shay decides some rules are worth breaking. She starts wearing an armband to school in support of the Black Lives movement. Soon everyone is taking sides. And she is given an ultimatum. Shay is scared to do the wrong thing (and even more scared to do the right thing), but if she doesn't face her fear, she'll be forever tripping over the next hurdle. Now that's trouble, for real.
Books We Recommend
India Recommends: 

"On Friday, Llama will destroy the world." 
Jonathan Stutzman's latest picture book offering is the delightfully charming story of a llama attempting to enjoy his week when he unknowingly destroys the world! Filled with bright illustrations by Heather Fox this hilarious romp through Llama's week is sure to please! 
If you're looking for more by Stutzman, be sure to check out his equally charming--and markedly more adorable--book,  Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug


November is National Novel Writing Month (or Nanowrimo) AND National Picture Book Month! To celebrate, our booklist this month is all picture books about books and reading!

From the Teen Room:

Kids Cooking Green presents Homemade Butternut Squash Ravioli (grades 6 - 12)
Wednesday, November 6th at 4:30 pm, Registration required.
Fall is here and we are celebrating by making  Homemade Butternut Squash Ravioli with a Sage Brown Butter Sauce . Sign up online beginning Monday, October 21st at 7:00 pm. Phone reservations accepted beginning at 7:30 pm

ComicSquad Teen (grades 6 - 9):
Sunday November 17th at 3pm  Registration required.
What makes comics and graphic novels so special? Talk about your favorites with fellow enthusiasts and even draw your own!  Copies of the selected title will be available for pickup at the teen desk two weeks before the meeting. Please read the book in advance of the meeting. Sign up online  beginning Sunday, October 20th at 4pm. Open to grades 6-9.

Meet the YA Author - Nandini Bajpai, A Match Made in Mehendi (grades 6 - 12)
Thursday November 21st, 6:30 - 8:45 pm. Registration required.
Nandini Bajpai's US debut,  A Match Made in Mehendi, is a sweet and quirky romance filled with matchmaking, traditions, social navigation, technology and LOVE! Following Bajpai's presentation, enjoy a delicious Indian treat while henna artists decorate our hands with this traditional form of body art. Presented with the support of the Indian Americans of Lexington. Registration required. Sign up online beginning Monday, November 4 at 7:00 pm. Phone reservations accepted beginning at 7:30 pm.

LHS Origami Club Comes to Cary (all ages)
Friday, November 22nd, 3:30 pm, no registration required.
Lexington High School's Origami Club will be teaching origami.  All ages are welcome to join in on the paper folding fun. No prior origami experience required!  This event is a part of our Cary Teens Lead the Way program designed to showcase the many talents of our community's teens!

Registration opens on Monday, November 4th at 7 pm for Night at the Library on Saturday December 7th (grades 6 - 12)
Teens! Your library needs you!

Something has gone amiss and characters from history, fiction, sci-fi/fantasy, and more are coming alive... stepping out of the books to cause havoc @Cary. It is your challenge to figure out how to get them back into their books before 10pm or who knows what will befall the library. Be prepared to use your wits and to work as a team to solve the mystery and save the library! After all, books have all sorts of characters... great scientists, past presidents, young wizards, and even monsters.

Night at the Library is an after hours fantasy escape room/live action role playing mystery event for teens only. Online registration for this special event will open on Monday, November 4th at 7pm.  Once registered, you will be contacted by Cary Library with additional information including drop off and pick up details for the evening, and a link to the required waiver form from Guard-Up, our partner in this exciting adventure.
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