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New Resource for Parents to Improve Early Literacy

   Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

kids blog thumbnailIn addition to the Fizz Boom Read Summer Reading program, the Library's Childrens Room also has resources for parents to work on the literacy skills of their storytime-age kids.

Check out the new Early Literacy resource, maintained by the Childrens Room staff. It has sections for:

  • Books from Storytime - Want to know the title of a book you saw in storytime? Or just want some great suggestions to read to your kids? It's all here! Staff post the titles from each storytime, so you can look them up or browse for ideas. Use the links under the "Storytime Picks" section to find age-appropriate titles for your kids
  • Get Your Child Ready To Read - tips for using the 5 simple practice areas for developing early literacy skills: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, Playing
  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten - "Children need to hear 1000 stories before they can begin to learn to read. Or the same story a thousand times!" ~ Mem Fox. Download reading logs to track your progress!

The resource is in blog format, and is updated on different schedules - storytime titles are posted shortly after the storytime ends, and there are also Weekly Tips on developing early literacy skills.

For more information, contact the Childrens Room at mfoley@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x4.

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Big Library Read book - Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth - available as ebook!

   Friday, September 13th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Nancy Clancy coverThe Chelmsford Public Library is taking part in the international "Big Library Read" program. This year's selection is Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth by Jane O'Connor!

In addition to print copies, patrons can also borrow ebook and audiobook versions will also be available from our Overdrive catalog from September 16th through September 30th. Because this book is part of the "Big Library Read" program, there will be unlimited simultaneous use - which means, anyone Chelmsford resident can download one any time between the 16th and 30th.

To supplement the "Big Library Read," the Chelmsford Library will hold a book discussion on Monday, September 23 from 4:00 - 4:45 p.m. for 3rd and 4th graders who want to talk about this book. To register for this discussion, you can call the Children's Department at 978-256-5521 x4, or register online.

If you have any questions about the "Big Library Read" program, please contact Maureen Foley, Children's Librarian, and mfoley@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x4.

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Update on the Sierpinski Tetrahedron

   Monday, February 25th, 2008 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Four together create the next stageAt the beginning of the month, the Children's Room announced they would be building a large Sierpinski Tetrahedron (read more) throughout February.

Now that we're down to the last week of the month, final assembly has begun. And it's huge.

Support for the project has come from kids, adults and staff, and volunteers are gluing together stage 1 and 2 tetrahedrons into stage 3 and 4 tetrahedrons (see an illustration of stages 0 through 3). And finally on Thursday (2/21), a stage 5 tetrahedron was assembled - that's 1,024 individual tetrahedrons!

It stands well over three feet high, and takes up two tabletops. Additional assembly work is being done in the McCarthy Meeting Room and the Library's lobby, where the stage 5 is on display.

Stop by the library to see the progress and assemble a few of your own tetrahedrons, and see more of the tetrahedron photographs on our flickr account.

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What's Math Got To Do With It?

   Saturday, February 2nd, 2008 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Stage 2 Sierpinski PyramidThroughout the month of February, stop by the Library to help build Sierpinski tetrahedrons.

A tetrahedron is a pyramid with three sides and a base. A Sierpinski tetrahedron is a repeating pattern of small pyramids assembled into ever larger pyramids. A single tetrahedron is called stage 0; a pyramid of four tetrahedrons is stage 1; the pyramid shown in the picture, consisting of 16 individual tetrahedrons, is stage 2.

Pre-cut colored paper, tape, and instructions are located at stations around the library. Patrons are encourage to fold a few tetrahedrons of their own, and leave them in the bins at each station.

No mathematical knowledge is necessary. Just enjoy the shapes, the symmetries and the similarities you find.

Please make some each time you visit in February, because the goal is a stage 6 pyramid - 4,092 individual tetrahedrons! We will need the help of many teens, and children ages 10 and older, as we put all the small tetrahedrons together during February vacation to make a giant structure.

This project is named for Waclaw Sierpinski, a Polish mathematician. While researching set theory, he developed a Sierpinski Triangle, which is an example (as is our tetrahedrons) of a self-repeating set of shapes. Notice in the picture how the overall pyramid looks like a bigger model of the smaller yellow or blue or red sets, which are themselves pyramids just like an individual tetrahedron.

If you have questions or need help, tape, or more pre-cut paper, please ask at any desk in the library.

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