April is National Poetry Month!

For National Poetry Month, we asked kids to compose a “concrete poem” for our blog. Concrete poems are poems that can be written in any shape. The words inside the shape do not have to rhyme. We asked kids to draw a shape and fill it in with words related to the shape they drew. We also encouraged kids to share a favorite poem or to make up one of their own. Check out the fabulous concrete poems submitted two students — great job, guys, and we included some of our staff’s favorite poems.  What is your favorite poem?

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Books by J. Vidushi, Grade 2

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Wind by Y. Sohoni, Grade 2

SeaFeverPoem

Ms. Patty’s favorite poem: Sea Fever by John Masefield

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Ms. Cindy’s Favorite Poem: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

Two Roads Poem

Ms. Peggy’s Favorite Poem: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Ms. Patty’s favorite poem: The Tyger by William Blake

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One of Miss Rebecca’s favorite poems: Carrots by Shel Silverstein

 

May 5, 2016 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

My Favorite Holiday

With all the different holidays that kids can celebrate with their families, we asked kids to tell us about their favorite holiday and how they celebrate it in words and/or pictures.  We received 11 submissions and participants received a free polar bear sticker and were entered into a random prize drawing for a $15 gift certificate for Fratelli’s Pizza…yum :)  Congratulations to Mahira, Grade 4, for her winning entry below about Eid-ul-Fitr, her favorite holiday.

We want to congratulate everyone that participated in this blog contest because you all did a fabulous job writing about and illustrating your favorite holiday, which makes you all winners!  Many thanks to everyone that participated and here are your awesome entries, ready to share with the world:

Mahira Gr 4 Eid Winner

Mahira, Grade 4 ~ My favorite holiday is Eid-ul-Fitr because we get together a lot. My favorite parts are that we get to go to other people’s houses, spend time together, and open presents.

Nafiya Gr 3 Eid

Nafia, Grade 3 ~ My favorite holiday is Eid-ul-Fitr. In this holiday, we go to the masjid and pray special prayers. After that, we open presents. It’s like Christmas too! My tradition is after we open the presents, we go to a special party. And we also go to our relatives’ houses.

Ava Gr 5 Xmas

Ava, Grade 5 ~ My favorite holiday is Christmas because of all the decorations and presents🙂

Owen Gr4 All Holidays

Owen, Grade 4 ~ My favorite holidays are all of them. They are all my favorites because they always make the day/days even better. They are always fun for me to celebrate…no matter what.

Rebecca Gr 5 CNY

Rebecca, Grade 5 ~ My favorite holiday was Chinese New Year! We usually lit the firecrackers and watched the fireworks. We also had a Chinese New Year parade. The last, but not the least, we all gathered together and ate dinner, food like rice, noodles, and dumplings all served on the table!

Sophia Gr 1 XMAS

Sophia, Grade 1 ~ My favorite holiday is Christmas. I love Christmas because of lots of snow and presents.

Ritika Gr 2 Xmas

Ritika, Grade 2 ~ My favorite holiday is Christmas because it’s the best time of the year. I get gifts from Santa and my whole family is together.

Hayden Kdg Winter

Hayden, Grade K ~ My favorite holiday is in the winter. In the winter, I made a snowman. I like to paint in the winter.

Henry PreK Winter

Henry, Grade Pre-K ~ My favorite holiday is in the winter. I like to play in the snow and make a snowman.

Subin Gr 1

Subin, Grade 1 ~ My favorite holiday is Valentine’s Day!

Jayla Gr 2 Xmas

Jayla, Grade 2 ~ My favorite holiday is Christmas!

 

January 5, 2016 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment

My Favorite Poem…

April is National Poetry Month and we asked kids to share their favorite poem, limerick, or rhyme.  Kids were encouraged to write and illustrate a poem.  Take a look at the “great job” that Ava, Connor, and Chris did!!  What’s your favorite poem?

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AF_Couplet_Flute

AF_TOC_Terse Verse

AF_Cinquain

AF_Color Poem

AF_Limericks

AF_Creature Alliteration

AF_Onomotopeia

AF_Months Poetry

AF_Haiku

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Conner's Favorite Rhyme

Connor’s Favorite Rhyme: “Hey, Diddle, Diddle!”

Chris Spring Poem

“Spring” (poem and artwork) by Chris Fedelim, Grade 2

Tyger Tyger

Ms. Patty’s Favorite Poem: “The Tyger” by William Blake

Road Not Taken Robert Frost

Ms. Peggy’s Favorite Poem: “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

May 6, 2015 at 11:06 am 1 comment

If I Could Meet Any President in U.S. History….

For President’s Day, we asked kids to tell us which U.S. President they would like to meet and why, if they could meet any President in U.S. history. Two students drew and wrote a short story about a President they wanted to meet.  Read about their meetings with the President of the United States:

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I would want to meet George Washington. First, I would want a boat ride with him. The, I would want to have a picnic with him. It will be awesome! But then I have to to go home. –Zarah Bacchus, Grade 3

On a sunny day, my family went to Washington D.C.  When we got to the White House, President Obama invited us in.  I asked him how busy he was. He said it was busy.  My parents had a long talk with President Obama.  We waved goodbye and hopped in the car.  To me, that was the best trip in the whole universe!!!! -- Sairakshitha Ramesh, Grade 3

On a sunny day, my family went to Washington D.C. When we got to the White House, President Obama invited us in. I asked him how busy he was. He said it was busy. My parents had a long talk with President Obama. We waved goodbye and hopped in the car. To me, that was the best trip in the whole universe!!!! — Sairakshitha Ramesh, Grade 3

February 14, 2015 at 1:27 pm Leave a comment

All About the Earth by Dil Joshi

All About the Earth is a story written and illustrated by 3rd grader, Dil Joshi. Dil came to Westergard Library and asked if he could have his book shelved with the other books in our children’s non-fiction collection in the library.  While we weren’t able to add his book to our collection, we were able to publish his book on our blog and share it with you–our readers. Click on image to view full size.

Dil did a fantastic job illustrating and writing about the earth!  Great job, Dil!!  If you like Dil’s story, be sure to tell him how much you enjoyed reading his story by commenting below.  Who knows, one day, we may be reading more books by Dil Joshi, and you can say you read his first book here!

If you have a story, a poem, or artwork you would like to share on our blog, stop by with your writing and/or artwork at the Children’s Information Desk at Kennedy or Westergard Library and ask to have it submitted on our blog, the Sandbox.

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January 17, 2015 at 2:15 pm 1 comment

The Gift

During the holidays, kids are usually thinking about the things they’d like to receive as gifts so we thought it would be interesting to see what kids would give as gifts if money were no object.  Kids were asked, “if you had all the money in the world and you could give someone a gift, draw a picture and/or write a short story about what you would give and who would receive the gift.”  We received 14 submissions and participants received a free sticker and were entered into a random prize drawing for a $10 Target gift card.

Congratulations to 8-year old Nafia Ahmed, whose lucky entry was drawn!  Everyone that submitted an entry is a winner because they did a fabulous job telling their story in their own words and beautiful drawings–congratulations to everyone on a job well done!  It is heartwarming to see how, thoughtful, caring and charitable kids can be.  Here are the entries we received (click on the image to view full size):

Nafia Ahmed, Age 8

I would give the biggest trophy in the world to my sister Mahira because she has done lots of things for me like play with me. – Nafia Ahmed, Age 8

Mahira Ahmed_Gr 3

If I had all the money in the world, I would spend a lot of the money for a mansion so that I could give the mansion to a poor family which is homeless. – Mahira Ahmed, Grade 3

Rahma Rizly_Gr5a

“Tornado hits Syria” said the headlines as it flashed before my eyes. I felt so bad. People in Syria were being striked constantly by numerous tornadoes. Thousands of infants, teens, and adults were dying almost everyday. Tears filled my eyes as I stared at endless pictures of little kids in refuge camps looking desperate, exhausted, famished, sick, cold, and tired without parents. “If I had all the money in the world, I would give it all to charity.” After all, “Do good to others as you would want for yourself…”. –Rahma Rizly, Grade 5

Jiva Patel

If somebody in the world didn’t have money, I would give them money because if they didn’t have clothes, that would be not be good. – Jival Patel

Zarah Bacchus

I would give my favorite teacher, like my 2nd grade teacher, Ms. Kamdar, a pet. Ms. Kamdar’s favorite animal is a cat. I will give her a cat. I will also give charity to the poor. – Zarah Bacchus

Ageel Rizly_Kdg

I will give all my money to the poor because “sharing is caring”. – Ageel Rizly, Grade K

Prisha_Gr 1

If I had all the money in the world, I would buy food and clothes for the poor. – Prisha, Grade 1

Kishan Patel

I would give the money to people in need. I would also put some clothes in a gift box and give it to the needy people. – Kishan Patel

Avnish Gr1

If I had all the money in the world and could give someone a gift, I would give it to my mom. The gift has my mom’s favorite colors and they are blue and red. My mom is going to wear my gift, when I give it to her. It is going to be a sky blue and red sparkling shirt. I hope it is an awesome gift for her. I picked that gift because my mom loves shirts. – Avnish, Grade 1

Zaid Rizly_Gr 4

One day I was walking home from school and I saw homeless children and adults begging for money. That’s when I realized that there are poor people who are in need of money, food and shelter. So if I had all the money in the world, I would give it to the poor. – Zaid Rizly, Grade 4

Deeba Majid_Gr 5

If I had all the money in the world, I would give a gift to my mom and dad. I would give my mom an iPad, some things she wants, and I would give my dad an expensive, good looking, and fastest car. – Deeba Majid, Grade 5

Lainie Demes

If I had a lot of money, I would give it all to my grandma because Hurricane Sandy took her whole house down. She is still getting replacements and does not have a lot of money to pay for it. – Lainie Demes

H Shah Gr 6

If I had all the money on Earth, I would build a spacious shelter for the poor people around the world. I would give them food, clothing and other essentials for living day-to-day life – Hady Shah, Grade 6

Kaelyn Carrasco_Gr 3a

– submitted by Kaelyn Carrasco, Grade 3

January 8, 2015 at 3:27 pm Leave a comment

“Fizz, Boom, Read” 2014 Summer Reading Club

This year’s Summer Reading theme was “Fizz, Boom, Read” and more than 500 kids living in Piscataway, all ages up through 6th grade, participated in Piscataway Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.  As an extra incentive, kids were invited to participate in the summer reading incentive game, which required kids to complete 8 out of 11 different activities.

Some of the activities included attending a library program, conducting a science experiment, reading a book about a science/scientist, submitting a brief write-up on an invention, etc.  Kids that complete the incentive game received one raffle ticket, in which the random drawing prize was a Nintendo 2DS, awarded at the Summer Reading Carnival. Over 175 kids participated in the incentive game.

Congratulations to all the kids that completed the incentive game, and special congratulations to the winner of the incentive game!  The following is a sampling of the many submissions we received from all the kids that participated in the summer reading incentive game.

Summer Reading Incentive Game Winner

Congratulations to the Summer Reading Incentive Game Winner!!

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SRC Invent Diet Drink

SRC Invent Time Mach Heera

SRC Invent Vibhav  Personality Predictor

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SRC Invent Diet Drink

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SRC Serena Borad Cell Phone

Prisha Bagul Rain Backup

 

SRC Invent Disappearing Gun

SRC Invent Blue Car

SRC Invent Money Tree

Glassmote InventionTrash Machine_Thien TranSpelling Machine Invention

August 29, 2014 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment

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