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Words from the Kid Zone


Last week my 12 year-old son created a hilarious science experiment to determine, once and for all, if the light goes off when he closes the fridge door. It was simple and goofy but had us all in stitches. The week before that, my 8 year-old daughter orchestrated an equally hilarious obstacle course involving a target made out of a bath mat hanging on the clothesline, and the challenge of untying a knot with a baseball bat!

My point? Our kids are getting up to some amazingly creative stuff in their abundance of time.  So the library is launching Imaginations on Fire – an initiative to share, celebrate, and generally show-off the creative awesomeness that kids get up to when their lives aren’t orchestrated up to the brim.

Here’s how it will work.

Each Thursday the library will post a new Imaginations On Fire prompt on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages. You and your kiddos, or older kids on their own, will have until the following Tuesday to enact the prompt – creative and wacky interpretations most welcome! When your response is done, post a picture of it on social media using #ImaginationsOnFire.

We will gather up as many of your images as possible and feature them in a weekly virtual celebration of kids’ collective awesomeness, but in order for that to be possible you need to tag us @GibsonsLibrary when you post your response.

The first prompt will be posted on June 4th. Can’t wait to see what your imaginations cook up.

Before I sign off, let’s talk Takeout. I want to tell you that you don’t need to know exactly which titles you and your kiddos want to read, to be able to take part in the Library Takeout service. We can make grab bags of books for you instead.

Just give us a few details at the bottom of the request form about how old your child is and what they like, so we’ll be able to make better guesses about what books to put in your grab bag. It also helps if you specify the type of book you want, for example: early readers, beginner chapter books, phonic sets, picture books, chapter books, non-fiction books, etc.

We know you are itching to hold real, physical books in your hands again but we also know that you are busy being great parents. So we’re making it easy for you to get back to the good old-fashioned pleasure of snuggling up to a book together.