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FREE events for pre-teens & teens: Meet teen author of “Popular”, Savannah

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Meet Maya Van Wagenen, Teen Author of “Popular”

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Before starting eighth grade, Maya Van Wagenen decided to spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide written by former teen model Betty Cornell to see the effect it would have on her social standing.

The real‐life results were painful, funny, and profound. In her New York Times bestselling young adult novel, Maya explores the true meaning of popularity and how to survive middle school.

Maya Van Wagenen:

http://www.today.com/books/popular-1960s-style-approach-becoming-cool-modern-world-2D79513955

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/11/books/review/maya-van-wagenens-popular.html?_r=0
Hinesville Library
Wed., Oct. 15, 6 p.m.

Southwest Chatham Library
Thurs., Oct 16, 6 p.m.

Download the flyer.

A TEEN READ WEEK EVENT!

“Popular: A Memoir” will be available for purchase.

FOR MORE FREE KIDS’ EVENTS IN SAVANNAH, VISIT OUR FREE EVENTS PAGE HERE.

Beautiful storytime rooms in new Islands & Garden City libraries

Monday, October 6th, 2014

New Islands and Garden City Live Oak Public Libraries

Expect a whole different storytime experience at the Islands & Garden City Live Oak Public libraries.

That’s because the Islands & Garden City each will have brand new, $5 million libraries this month!

Two new Live Oak Public libraries opened Tues. Oct. 14

Garden City Library: 104 Sunshine Avenue, Garden City, GA 31405
(Dean Forrest & Sunshine Avenue)

Islands Library: 50 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Savannah, GA 31410
(Whitemarsh Island Rd. & Johnny Mercer Blvd.)

Each library is 16,000 square feet. Features include:

More than 40 computers for adults and children
More than 30,000 items (books, CDs, DVDs) added to the overall collection
Extended hours of operation
—Mondays & Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
—Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Large meeting room that can accommodate 50 lecture‐style, 30 with seminar seating
Three meeting/study rooms – one for up to 10, two for up to 6
Large dedicated children’s area
—Transportation theme (trains, planes, boats, trucks) for Garden City Library
—Ocean theme for Islands Library
—Storytime room with seating space for more than 100 children on risers for optimum viewing
—Dedicated arts & crafts and activity space to foster active learning
Exterior book drop
Self‐check in & out
“Behind the Scenes” window for a glimpse into library operations
Silver LEED Designation
—Unique, energy‐saving lighting options ‐ sleek LED blade lights
—Ceilings in the central reading room are more than 20 feet high with abundant natural light
—Fully landscaped with native plantings for ease of maintenance
Covered entrance
Hands‐free restrooms

WHEN STORYTIMES & OTHER FREE KIDS EVENTS START AT THESE NEW FACILITIES, WE’LL INCLUDE THEM ON OUR EVENTS CALENDAR HERE & ON OUR FREEBIES PAGE HERE. 

Parent & Me time: FREE library storytimes

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Free kids events Savannah library storytimesLive Oak Public Libraries storytimesare a wonderful FREE way to expose your child to storybooks read aloud by a librarian as well as songs and fingerplays.

Plus, attending storytimes regularly helps your child to become accustomed to visiting the library regularly.

Free storytimes are offered for different age groups at the local branches – including Wilmington Island, Bull Street, Pooler, Thunderbolt, Oglethorpe Mall branch & Tybee Is. – at various times on weekday mornings. You can find a storytime happening at at least one branch Mondays through Thursdays.

There’s even a new afternoon, after-school storytime now that’s offered for ages 5 to 11 at 4 PM Tuesdays at the Oglethorpe Mall branch library.

Each library branch storytime brings something a little different – Bull Street library storytime unfolds inside a cottage playhouse that looks like it’s right out of a Golden Book while storytime at Southwest Library next to Savannah Mall is in a new, sunlit auditorium.

Enjoy energetic choruses of “Hurry Up, Hurry Up, Drive that Fire Truck,” “Little Red Wagon” and standards like “Wheels on the Bus” plus fun stories, crafts and more.

Click here for the breakdown of regular storytimes at Live Oak Public Libraries.

PLEASE NOTE: STORYTIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DURING SUMMER & HOLIDAYS. PLEASE CALL AHEAD TO CONFIRM STORYTIMES. MORE INFO HERE. 

FREE Savannah Children’s Book Festival 2014, Nov. 15

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Savannah Children's Book Festival 2014

2014 Savannah Children’s Book Festival

Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs present the 11th annual Savannah Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Forsyth Park.

The festival celebrates the joy of reading, the power of the written word and the magic of storytelling with award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators from around the country.

Authors and Illustrators 

Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs are proud to announce a stellar lineup for this year’s book festival.

The 2014 lineup of renowned and award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators includes Lois Lowry (“The Giver”), Tedd Arnold (“Fly Guy”), Rosemary Wells (“Max and Ruby”), Bob Staake (“The First Pup: The Real Story of How Bo Got to the White House”), David Ezra Stein (“Interrupting Chicken”), Bruce Degen (“Magic School Bus”), Bob Shea (“Dinosaur vs. Bedtime), Kevin O’Malley (“Captain Raptor and the Space Pirates”), Carin Berger (“A Perfect Day”), Ted Dunagan (“A Yellow Watermelon”), Meaghan Fisher (“I Love Ladybugs”), and Kelly Starling Lyons (“Tea Cakes for Tosh”).

This free day-long event in Forsyth Park in Savannah brings families together to meet their favorite authors and illustrators and enjoy a variety of hands-on activities throughout the day.

The festival will also include more than 50 authors and illustrators from throughout the Lowcountry and Southeast region, arts and crafts, an International Tent, costumed characters, a graphic/comics area, and a variety of food and entertainment. In addition, a book walk will be staged among the trees so families may enjoy a story together reading from one page to the next throughout the park.

Rain location for the event is the Savannah Civic Center. For more information, call (912)652-3600. For updates, keep checking www.liveoakpl.org and follow Live Oak Public Libraries on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

From Macho to Mom: a military sergeant’s humorous handbook for surviving being a stay-at-home dad

Friday, August 15th, 2014

From Macho to Mom bookJ. Masters is a retired USAF Sgt. SERE Instructor. He spent over 20 years within the strict discipline of the military and he was good at it what he did, more than good really. He was an exceptional member of the United States Air Force. He thrived.

Then came retirement.

J. Masters tried out several professions after retiring from the military, but he never found anything that fit his personality so well as the SERE field. Then his wife, several years his junior, graduated and Masters decided that it was his turn to tackle homemaking and child-rearing full time while she became the bread-winner.

And tackle motherhood he did.

The results of his applying military principles to household life were at times ridiculous, at times fruitless, and, most times, comedic. Day after day, Masters discovered that there was something infinitely more challenging than performing pre-jump checklists and surviving enemy interrogation (no enemy interrogator is quite as effective as a child asking all the whys of the known universe)- housewifery (as he so aptly coined) was the most challenging role he’d ever played.

One day, Masters sat down at his computer- the house finally quiet with the older kids at school and the younger kids napping- and started typing (rambling really). Every day, he penned the hilarity and chaos of household maintenance.

From Macho2Mom, in all its randomness, will have you laughing, crying and truly appreciating the greatness of mothers all over the planet.

AVAILABLE ON AMAZON here.

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For readers 5 & older: FREE reading to therapy dogs @ Live Oak Public Library branches

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Reading program for kids; dog days Savannah

Dog days

Got a shy beginner reader?

In this popular library program, children are encouraged to practice their reading skills with the most patient of listeners: therapy dogs. For readers ages 5 and up. (Note: Some of the dogs at this special library program are “Tail Waggin’ Tutors” from Therapy Dogs International.)

Rincon Library, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 4:30 p.m., 826-2222
Southwest Chatham Library, Saturday, Oct. 11, 12 p.m., 925-8305
Oglethorpe Mall Library, Saturday, Oct. 18, 12 p.m., 925-5432
Pooler Library, Monday, Oct. 20, 4:30 p.m., 748-0471
Southwest Chatham Library, Saturday, Oct. 25, 12 p.m., 925-8305
Bull Street Library, Monday, Oct. 27, 4:30 p.m., 652-3630

FOR MORE FREE LOCAL KIDS’ ACTIVITIES, CLICK HERE.

Summer Bridge Activities available at Barnett’s Educational Supplies, Savannah

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Barnett Educational Supplies Savannah

Keep those brains stimulated during summer break with the help of Summer Bridge Activities at Barnett Educational Supplies in Savannah.

Store Hours:
M-F 9:00am – 7:00pm
Sat 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sun Closed during April, May and June

Please like Barnett on Facebook here to stay updated on their sales.

Barnett Educational Supplies, 38 W De Renne Ave., Savannah, 31405-6742, tel: 912-356-1878, emailbarneduc@bellsouth.net www.barnetteducationalsupplies.com , Barnett Educational Supplies is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

FREE Live Oak Public Libraries Summer Reading Program & Performances, June 1-Aug. 16

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Summer Reading Program Savannah libraries Take part in Live Oak Public Libraries Summer Reading Program June 1-Aug. 16. For ages 0-18.

Visit any Live Oak Public Libraries Branch and pick up your “Fizz Boom Read!” reading log or download one from www.liveoakpl.org. To qualify for all the great prizes, you’ll need to register online on the library’s “Discovery Lab” web page.

At the library’s Discovery Lab site, kids can also share reviews of your favorite books, see what others are reading for the summer, make a wish list, and keep track of what you’ve read. For reading, you earn coupons for various local treats and activities; a coupon good for a free book at Barnes & Noble; and chances to win this year’s grand prize is a $500 spending spree at Savannah Mall.

Details here.

FREE PERFORMANCES, PROGRAMS

The summer reading program includes oodles of free performances & programs for kids at various library branches throughout the summer. Programs include free Huck Finn performances by Savannah Stage Company; free Mad Science Experiment; free Fiddlin’ Dan shows; free Circus King shows; free Legend of King Arthur performances; free The Magic Man shows & Chad Crews Magic shows; free Cartooning & Drawing with “The Library Dragon” illustrator Michael P. White. Details on those shows & many more here.

FREE Project Kid book launch, art show @ Scribble Art Studio, Savannah

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Scribble Project Kid book launch Savannah

EXCITING NEWS: National author and former Parent’s Magazine lifestyle director Amanda Kingloff will visit Scribble Art Studio in Savannah for a book signing/art show May 30th, 5-7pm as she releases her new book “Project Kid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun”.

View the Scribble Art Show “Mouse Portraits” and create a masterpiece with Amanda Kingloff! This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

To learn more about Scribble’s art classes & children’s birthdays in Pooler & Savannah, click here or call 912-713-7376 or email info@thescribbleartstudio.com

Scribble Art Studio in Savannah & Pooler also offers private & group art classes, summer art camps, adult art parties & children’s birthday parties, both in the studio & at-home DIY art birthday kits. For gifts, Scribble as art kits & gift certificates. For more information, contact artist Carrie Christian at (912) 713-7376 or email info@thescribbleartstudio.com . Click here for more info. Scribble Art Studio is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

FREE Project Kid book launch, art show @ Scribble Art Studio, Savannah

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Scribble Project Kid book launch Savannah

EXCITING NEWS: National author and former Parent’s Magazine lifestyle director Amanda Kingloff will visit Scribble Art Studio in Savannah for a book signing/art show May 30th, 5-7pm as she releases her new book “Project Kid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun”.

View the Scribble Art Show “Mouse Portraits” and create a masterpiece with Amanda Kingloff! This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

To learn more about Scribble’s art classes & children’s birthdays in Pooler & Savannah, click here or call 912-713-7376 or email info@thescribbleartstudio.com

Scribble Art Studio in Savannah & Pooler also offers private & group art classes, summer art camps, adult art parties & children’s birthday parties, both in the studio & at-home DIY art birthday kits. For gifts, Scribble as art kits & gift certificates. For more information, contact artist Carrie Christian at (912) 713-7376 or email info@thescribbleartstudio.com  . Click here for more info. Scribble Art Studio is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser