Registration for fall programming at Cromaine begins Thursday, September 1st at 9 a.m. We have a myriad of different activities for people of all ages, including Storytime, Pumpkin Decorating, A.L.I.V.E for 55+, Gingerbread House Making, and so much more! Please visit our Events calendar to see all of our offerings, along with full descriptions for each program. If you have any questions or need help with registration, feel free to stop by or give us a call at 810-632-5200.
Our annual Summer Reading Program drew to a close last week. From our Summer Concert Series, to Family Fitness Fridays, to Tiny Tot Olympics, there was truly something for everyone to enjoy!
This Saturday is the culmination of Cromaine Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program. Don’t forget to turn in the rest of your minutes and collect your prizes before noon on Saturday, August 20th, as our drawing for raffle prizes will be held at 1:00 p.m.
Do you play Pokemon Go? Great news! Hartland’s Cromaine Library is a Pokestop with a Pokemon Gym. Once you have reached level 5 of game play, choose between three teams (Instinct (yellow), Mystic (blue), and Valor (red)) to battle it out, seize control of the gym, and catch 'em all.
Are you looking for your next favorite book? Check out NoveList, a database available through Hartland's Cromaine Library.
Earlier this week, Ms. Bekah talked to Creekside's fourth grade classes about Cromaine's Summer Reading Program. She also shared some book recommendations, which can be found below.
- Armstrong, Lori - Loki’s Wolves
- Connor, Leslie - All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
- Kelly, Erin Entrada - Blackbird Fly
- Patterson, James - Jacky Ha-Ha
- Philbrick, Rodman - The Big Dark
Today, I visited the fourth grade classrooms at Village Elementary to tell them all about our Summer Reading Program. I also gave them some book recommendations, which can be found below.
- Alexander, Kwame - The Crossover
- Applegate, Katherine - Crenshaw
- Burnham, Molly B. - Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker
- Konigsburg, E.L. - From the Mixed-Up Files of Basil E. Frankweiler
Today, Ms. Marta visited the fourth graders at Lakes Elementary to talk about our Summer Reading Program. While participants are encouraged to read any type of book they want throughout the summer, she also presented students with a list of suggetions, which can be found below.
Learning a new language enriches one's understanding of his or her first language, increasing writing and communication skills all around.
Cromaine offers a great resource for beginning language learning -- Mango. For Cromaine Library card holders, it is completely free to create a Mango account and enroll in courses in French, Spanish, Italian, and many more. Mango even offers a fun course where you can learn to talk like a Pirate.
If you have visited the Children’s section of the library over the past few months, you may have noticed that our Early Reader collection has had a bit of a makeover.
Lately I've been trying to branch out of my comfort zone with my reading choices. Spring seems like the perfect time to try some new kinds of books. Here are a few of the recent books I've read that were a little outside my comfort zone that I highly recommend!
Advanced Placement (AP) testing was this week. Congradulations Hartland teens for completing so many AP courses and earning such a high ranking for your school!
Village Elementary was in the news for a very cool reason: ducks! For the past thirteen years, a duck named Vanessa has returned to Village Elementary to lay her eggs, and each year, students and teachers alike welcome her with open arms. Find out more information at this link.
If your children are interested in reading about ducks, here are a few of the many great books available for checkout at Hartland's Cromaine Library!
Increasingly, public libraries are community centers and digital repositories. Cromaine offers many excellent programs for adults, children. You might sign up for storytime or attend a lecture. And services such as OverDrive offer the option to check out ebooks.
Last week, the Pulitzer Prize winners for 2016 were chosen! The Pulitzer Prize was established in 1917 to "honor excellence in journalism and the arts." You can find the list of winners here, and if you are interested in a title from the Letters, Drama, and Music section, stop by the library and we will be happy to place a hold for you.
Check out this article about the reading habits of a generation often stigmatized (incorrectly) as non-readers.
David Lynch's amazing, weird, dream-like tele
Yesterday, tweens were invited to try blackout poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. Blackout poetry is a unique writing form that uses pre-existing texts, highlights certain words from that text to create a poem, and crosses out the rest of the unused words. This can be accomplished in an endless amount of ways, from simply writing over words with a black marker, to adding bright colors, to creating fun or beautiful images around your new poem. Here are a few examples from last night that you can use as inspiration to create your own blackout poetry at home!
As March is Reading Month comes to a close, members of the Youth Staff are excited to share some of their favorite storytime read alouds with you. All of these books are available for checkout, and if you would like more recommendations, please let us know.
Ms. Marta’s Favorites
I'm a Frog: An Elephant & Piggie Book by Mo Willems
Piggie sends Elephant into a meltdown when she declares that she is now a frog. Apparently you can pretend to be things you are not. Who knew?!
Hum by Jamaal May: In May's debut collection, poems buzz and purr like a well-oiled chassis. Grit, trial, and song thrum through tight syntax and deft prosody. From the resilient pulse of an abandoned machine to the sinuous lament of origami animals, here is the ever-changing hum that vibrates through us all, connecting one mind to the next.
At this week’s Toddler and Preschool Storytimes, we hopped into Spring with some bunny crafts. Both projects can be duplicated at home, and both are great for developing fine motor skills.
The toddler craft this week was an adorably bunny mask. To make it, all you need is one paper plate, some cotton balls, glue, scissors, construction paper, and crayons.
April 1st is coming swiftly. In honor of April Fools' Day, a day dedicated to turns of trickery, here are three films with great plot twists and moments of humor (sometimes dark):
Donnie Darko: The voice of a six-foot tall bunny saves a troubled teen from sure death. As a result, the teen becomes a devout follower of the bunny, even to the point of destruction.
Some fun facts about The Call of the Wild: