Kids Blog: Movies

Good Spelling is the Bee's Knees!

Those with stellar spelling skills may have an opportunity to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and may even win. Those with good spelling skills can see big benefits as well.

Good spellers are likely to be strong readers with a sizeable vocabulary. A large vocabulary often improves communication skills, whether one is listening or speaking. The better a student communicates, the more that student is able to learn. A child who understands the words that he or she hears and sees may have an easier time learning than a child who is limited by a smaller vocabulary.

Here are a few ways a child can become a better speller:

  1. Read more books. This exposes the child to more words more often.
  2. Find unfamiliar words in the dictionary. This helps to enrich the vocabulary and connect meanings with words.
  3. Look for opportunities to use spelling skills. This may mean writing stories or personal letters, playing word games like Hangman, or participating in spelling bees.

Check out the Tween Spelling Bee Practice Club.

Here are movies and books that highlight spelling


Young Adult

11/18/2013 by Shanelle Frye Add a Comment Share this:

Introducing the Playaway View

Not familiar with Playaway View? There has never been a better time to check out this all-in-one pre-loaded video player. Each View holds multiple videos of only the best in kids’ education and entertainment programming.

No DVDs. No downloads. No additional players needed. Just press play. Playaway View provides the accessibility and portability to watch your favorite videos wherever you are! It is a tough little product designed for children!

Located at the East Branch, anyone can place a hold on one and have it sent to their library!

Additional things to know about the Views

  • They check out for one week like the videos.
  • They cannot be renewed.
  • There is a charge of $1 for each day that they are late.
  • If they are lost or damaged the replacement cost is $100.
  • If the charger is lost the replacement cost is $15.
  • They may only be checked out on an adult card.
  • There is a check-out limit of two per card.
  • They can be returned at any location and can be put in the bookdrops.
6/28/2012 by Linda Evans Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: Movies

The Adventures of Tintin (and beyond!)

Based on the beloved characters created by Hergé, the movie The Adventures of Tintin follows the young reporter and his wickedly smart dog Snowy as they discover a model ship with a big secret.  Drawn into an international mystery, Tintin finds himself hounded by Ivan Sakharine but with the help of newfound friend Captain Haddock and the ever loyal (and bumbling) detectives Thompson and Thompson, Tintin will travel the world trying to outwit his enemies and solve the case.

I saw this movie in the theater and highly enjoyed it.  Though I didn't grow up watching or reading Tintin, I loved watching the confident young investigator.  His story definitely appeals to curious minds and adventurous spirits!  If you've got a child like that in your life, take a look at some of these awesome adventure movies.  You never know what ancient mystery you'll be dragged into when you watch them!

Awesome Adventure Movies

3/23/2012 by Jenny M. Add a Comment Share this:

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday!

The best way to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2nd is to read to your child! Come to any of our locations and pick out any book, sit down and read to your child. You can even print out a certificate of completion from the National Education Foundation to award your child for listening.

Or you can reserve one of these fabulous Dr. Seuss books:

Looking for more activities? Check out  Or go see the new movie Lorax, premiering in theatres on Dr. Seuss' birthday.

Check out the Lorax trailer!

Caldecott Coming to Theatres This November!

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick is coming to theatres this Thanksgiving! Now if you have not read this wonderful book, I absolutely recommend. Beyond the fact that it won the Caldecott Award in 2008 for Brian Selznick's fabulous etchings, the story is a wonderful mystery about a boy who lives in a train station taking care of the clocks after his uncle disappears one day. I absolutely adored this book. If you have not read The Invention of Hugo Cabret, you should reserve it now!  And then go see the movie this Thanksgiving.  Still not convinced? Maybe the trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation, Hugo, will convince you.