Fall and Halloween Photo Booth
Looking for a fun fall activity? Come and try out our Fall and Halloween photo booths behind the library. Enjoy the new Storywalk on the library lawn, We're Going On a Pumpkin Hunt by Mary Wilcox, and take home a surprise treat! Happy Fall!! (Feel free to add your photos in the comments on our facebook page. You could even wear your costume for the photo)
You are Invited to the First Fiske Public Library Drive Through Jack-O-Lantern Event. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30TH FROM 5:30-7:30PM.
Load up the family in the car and drive up Randall Road to check out all of the lit carved pumpkins!
We need your help!!!! Call the library and leave your name and phone number to sign up to display your carved pumpkin! Join the fun! Prizes will be awarded!
All during the month of October you can also enjoy a new Story Walk on the library lawn which will feature the book, We're Going On A Pumpkin Hunt by Mary Hogan Wilcox with a surprise for all at the end!
Kids Elect the Best Books
Fiske Library is joining libraries across the Commonwealth in Kids Cast Your Vote, a statewide election of the best books. Kids of all ages are invited to go online and cast their vote for their favorite book on www.KidsVoteForBooks.com . Voting opens October 26 and ends November 9. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) will tally up the votes and release the top 25 books as recommended by Massachusetts kids.
“It’s a fun way to connect kids to the national and statewide elections and it gives them a voice in an election of their own, “ said Elizabeth Nadow, Children's Librarian
The list of “candidate” books for Kids Cast Your Vote came directly from Massachusetts kids. During the statewide summer library program in 2019, kids shared their favorite books with the MBLC which resulted in 500 books, too many for an election. The MBLC narrowed the list down to 52 “candidate” books. Kids can vote for their favorite “candidate” from the 52 or write in a “candidate.” The books are available for checkout through the libraries eBook program or through curbside pick up.
“It’s exciting that this all came from Massachusetts kids. It’s about what they like and what they’re reading,” said Elizabeth Nadow. As librarians, we know that one of the best ways to help kids fall in love with reading is to let them choose. The candidate books give them some wonderful choices and the great thing about libraries is that we can always help them find more options.”
While libraries have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, they continue to find creative ways to serve residents. Over 435,000 children, teens, and adults recently participated in statewide summer library programming and many libraries are experiencing double digit increases in eBook checkouts.
The MBLC has developed a statewide calendar of virtual library events which allows residents to see what events are happening around the state and attend them no matter which library is hosting. First Lady of the Commonwealth joined the MBLC to create a video library with fun and educational videos that parents can use anytime. These are available through mass.gov/libraries. Go to fiskelib.org and connect to the the SAILS Library Catalog for more offerings for all ages.
Vote for Your Favorite Book Character
Too young to vote in the November 3rd election? You're not too young to vote for your favorite book character at Fiske Library!! Pick up a ballot at the front door or print out your own by clicking HERE. Check out the candidate posters in the Children's Room windows. Cast your ballot and drop it into the book drop by Nov. 3rd, 2020. EVERY VOTE COUNTS!!
Boston Bruins' Signed Jersey
Fiske Library Earns Bruins’ signed jersey as part of Summer Challenge
Fiske Public Library is one of a select group libraries in Massachusetts to receive Boston Bruins prizes for their outstanding participation in the first ever First Lady of the Commonwealth and Blades Summer Reading Challenge. Elizabeth Nadow, Children’s Librarian, was excited to be a prize winner. “Our library users worked hard this summer to reach our goal, and this prize is a testament to their hard work reading.”
The library will use the jersey as a raffle prize during our PJ drive this winter. For each pair of new PJ’s that our patrons donate they will receive a raffle coupon for the jersey! Each winter we collect new PJ’s in partnership with the Boston Bruins for children living in homeless or low-income situations in Massachusetts.
The Boston Bruins and First Lady Lauren Baker teamed up for the challenge this year as a way to keep residents involved with their library’s summer reading program during a time when library buildings were closed because of COVID-19. In total, challenge participants read over 11,000 books and over 1.7 million minutes.
“Summer reading is fun, but it’s also an important part of students’ academic success because it helps them avoid the summer slide,” said James Lonergan, MBLC Director. Kids who read just four books over the summer do better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books over the summer.
In 2019, more than 500,000 people participated in statewide summer reading programs in libraries across the Commonwealth. Massachusetts has offered statewide online summer reading programs since 2007. To learn more about the benefits of summer reading, please visit mass.gov/libraries. The statewide Summer Library Program is made possible through federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Ukulele Sing-Along with Miss Liz can now be found on its own page under Children & Teens. Click here to view all of Miss Liz's "Happy Song Sing-Alongs"!