Scratch: Creative Programming for Kids

Administrator : February 8, 2013 3:42 pm : Elkhart Public Library

Kids! Create your own animations, games, music, art, interactive stories with Scratch! Scratch is a free program you can download to your computer. Check it out:

If you are 8 to 11 years old, you can sign up to learn Scratch at the Main Library. We will have three classes, each one about a different part of the program. Each class is independent of the others, so you can take any or all of them. These are hands-on classes, so class size is limited.

Access the Scratch website and download the program to your own computer at

Note to Parents,

Here is an excerpt from the About Scratch web page:

Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web.

As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.


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Newbery and Caldecott Winners

Administrator : February 1, 2013 9:33 am : Elkhart Public Library

    And the winner is…                                

Newbery Award

THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate won the 2013 Newbery Medal for best children’s book of 2012.

Newbery Honor Books:


           Caldecott Award

 THIS IS NOT MY HAT by Jon Klassen won the Caldecott Medal for best illustrations.

     Caldecott  Honor Books:

  • CREEPY CARROTS illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds
  • EXTRA YARN illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
  • GREEN  illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • ONE COOL FRIEND illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo
  • SLEEP LIKE A TIGER illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue

All of these books are available at the Elkhart Public Library.

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