Children's Room Information
Pre-K Story Time
Starting June 1 - Storytime will be held outside on the Library deck, If it rains, the class will be held inside.
Some activities you may experience during this story time class are books, music, singing, dancing, flashcards, puppets, flannel-board stories, scavenger hunts, show-&-tell, making new friends, and other cool, educational activities! If you can’t make it to class, catch us live on the
On behalf of the 1,000 Books Foundation, we invite you to participate in this FREE program which encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she starts kindergarten. Click here for more details.
READ & WINwith the Children’s Room & the
Red River Valley Fair Association!
Ages 5 – 17.
Registration begins Monday, August 8 @ 9AM
in the Children’s Room. Only 60 spaces available.
Complete 12 hours of reading or 15 books and earn free
passes and coupons for the Red River Valley Fair in Paris.
Keep track of your reading time or titles on the
special log provided at registration. Use books from this
library, school, or home. Deadline for reading logs due at
Ms. Tracy’s desk is on/before 6:00PM, Friday, September 9
Read with Me
Reserve a time slot to meet & read to a wonderful therapy dog!
All reading levels ages 12 & under
Make a new furry friend!
Reading aloud to a therapy dog. . .
* helps soothe & calm children
* helps reduce stress
* is an enjoyable, fun experience
* builds self-confidence & self-esteem
* builds a positive association with reading
* promotes nurturing & compassion
Saturday, August 27
Sign up ahead of time for a 20-minute reading slot.
If the slots are full or you are just passing through
the library that morning (10AM – 12PM), you can still
stop by and say Hi to the dogs with a friendly pat or hug.
Parent/caregiver must remain in the library
while child is having his/her reading time.
Visit the Children’s Room at the Paris Public Library
to sign up for a time slot. Or sign up over the
Jim Henson Style Puppetry
Brett Roberts studied puppetry at M.I.T. under Jim Henson productions. Some of the skills he learned apply specifically to working with a camera. But, most of the techniques discussed here are for any Muppet style puppet. These skills include eye focus, mouth movement, arm gestures, mime techniques, etc.
Bubble Tricks You Can Do
Brett teaches kids how to make three different bubble toys using things found around the house. He also shows everyone how to make good bubble fluid that not only makes great bubbles, but it doesn’t burn if a child gets it in their eyes.
Magic Tricks With Bandanas And Boomerangs
Brett teaches everyone how to pass a coin through the middle of a bandana. Then he demonstrates how to perform a magic boomerang trick. This is a trick that can be purchased as a toy or as a professional magic trick, but Brett will teach everyone how to make one out of paper.
Magic Tricks With A Ziplock Bag And Shoelaces
Brett shows kids how to do two magic tricks that are so easy they almost work themselves. First, he makes the zipper from a Ziplock bag seem to move on its own. Then, he teaches everyone how to do two magic tricks with shoestrings.
Magic Tricks With Paper
Brett teaches kids how to perform two magic tricks with paper. One of them is a domino trick that can be purchased at toy stores or as a professional magic trick. The other one is a puzzle that you can make using paper and scissors.
Below you will find videos of Ms. Tracy’s story times
with all the goodies that kids would enjoy during story
time in person. Click on the picture to play video. Check
back often as Ms. Tracy will be adding new videos often.
Help prepare your preschooler for kindergarten and beyond by introducing key concepts in math, science, social studies, language, literacy, art and music. Miss Humblebee’s Academy is the only online solution that helps children learn while having fun AND provides parents with tools to measure their child’s progress. Miss Humblebee’s Academy helps children ages 3 to 6 get ready for kindergarten. It Includes hundreds of guided lessons with sound cues. Click here for printable flyer (PDF).
The Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) program was established in 1979 to encourage Texas children to read more books, explore a variety of current books, develop powers of discrimination, and to identify their favorite books.
The award further provides an opportunity to honor and encourage imaginative authors who create books with high appeal to children.
The Master List: The Texas Bluebonnet Award committee is responsible for selection of the books on each year’s Master List. Suggestions are solicited from librarians, teachers, parents, students and other interested persons. A new list of no more than twenty books is released each year by November. In selecting titles, the committee considers student interests, relevant content, reputable reviews, and literary quality. Both fiction and nonfiction books are represented. The author must be a living U.S. citizen or an author who resides and publishes in the United States. Books considered for the master list must have been published in the United States. Only titles published within the three years prior to the master list release date are considered. Textbooks and new editions of existing titles are not eligible.
Texas Bluebonnet Award Winners
|2021||Chris Van Dussen||If I Built a School JE VAND|
|2020||Adam Rubin||El Chupacavras (A Bilingual Tale of the Legendary Creature) JE RUBI Spanish|
|2019||Patricia McCormick||Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero|
J 951.9042 MCCO
|2018||Max Brallier||The Last kids on Earth J GF BRAL|
|2017||Victoria Jamieson||Roller Girl J GF JAMI|
|2016||Laban Carrick Hill||When the Beast Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop J92 KOOL|
|2015||Drew Daywalt||The Day the Crayons Quit JE DAYW|
|2014||John Grandits||Ten Rules you Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus|
|2013||Simms Taback||Postcards from Camp JF TARA|
|2012||Tom Angelberger||The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda JF ANGL|
|2011||Willy Claflin||The Uglified Ducky: a Maynard Moose tale JE CLAF|
|2010||Janet Stevens & Susan Stevens Crummel||Help Me, Mr. Mutt! JE STEV|
|2009||Cynthia C. DeFelice||One Potato, Two Potato JE DEFE|
|2008||Lucy A. Nolan||On the Road (Down Girl and Sit series) JF NOLA|
|2007||Joe Hayes||Ghost fever = Mal de Fantasma JF HAYE|
|2006||Lisa Wheeler & Marc Siegel||Seadogs: An Epic Ocean Operetta JE WHEE|
|2005||Robert Blake||Togo JE BLAK|
|2004||Phil Bildner||Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy JE BILD|
|2003||Ruth Sanderson||The Golden Mare, the Firebird, and the Magic Ring J398.2094 SAND|
|2002||Kate DiCamillo||Because of Winn-Dixie JF DICA|
|2001||Janet Stevens & Susan Stevens Crummel||Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! JE STEV|
|2000||Cynthia DeFelice||Ghost of Fossil Glen JF DEFE|
|1999||Janelle Cannon||Verdi JE CANN|
|1998||Betsy Byars||Tornado JF BYAR|
|1997||Jon Scieszka||Math Curse J510 SCIE|
|1996||Mary Downing Hahn||Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story JF HAHN|
|1995||Jon Scieszka||The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales JE SCIE|
|1994||Phyllis Reynolds Naylor||Shiloh JF NAYL|
|1993||Brian Selznick||The Houdini Box JF SELZ|
|1992||Bill Wallace||Snot Stew JF WALL|
|1991||Stephanie Spinner & Jonathan Etra||Aliens for Breakfast JSF SPIN|
|1990||Louis Sachar||There’s a Boy in the Girls Bathroom JF SACH|
|1989||Mary Downing Hahn||Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story JF HAHN|
|1988||Betty Ren Wright||Christina’s Ghost JF WRIG|
|1987||Johanna Hurwitz||The Hot and Cold Summer JF HURW|
|1986||Betty Ren Wright||The Dollhouse Murders JF WRIG|
|1985||Barbara Park||Skinnybones JF PARK|
|1984||Barthe DeClements||Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade JF DECL|
|1983||Bill Wallace||A Dog Called Kitty JF WALL|
|1982||Judy Blume||Superfudge JF BLUM|
|1981||Beverly Cleary||Ramona and Her Father JF CLEA|
Information from the Texas Bluebonnet Award Website
Paris Public Library 903-785-8531 * Ms. Tracy - Children’s Librarian