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Thanks, Mom!

“Thanks, Mom!” Mother’s Day Storytime and Card Making Craft

What better way to say “Happy Mother’s Day!” than with a handmade card from a loved one and sharing a special storytime?  For ages 4 and up.  All supplies are provided.  Register for this free program by visiting or calling the Children’s Department at 846-1573.
  •  When: Saturday, May 12th at 11am.  FREE.
  • Where: Children’s Department

A Seafaring Fun Month

January is a time to hunker down and stay warm, but it’s also a month packed full of great programs here at the library.  The theme this month – all things sea related!  All month long we’ll be featuring storytimes and special programs for our youngest seafarers.  Mermaids, pirates, and fantastical marine animals are what we’re excited about this month!

Name the Middletown Mermaid Contest

We’re fired up to announce a new contest here at the Middletown Public Library!  Beginning January 3rd, 2012,  children ages 4-12 will have the chance to enter our “Name the Middletown Mermaid” contest.  The winner will receive a $25 gift card to Island Books!  Entry cards can be picked up at the Children’s Desk.

The Middletown Mermaid has been watching over the Children’s Department since October of 2011.   Created by local children and paper artist Lisa May at Harborfest’s community arts tent for children at the Newport Yachting Center on October 1st and 2nd, the Middletown Mermaid is a beautiful papier-mâché sculpture adorned and festooned with seashells.  It was thoughtfully donated to the library by Lisa May and Festival Fete, which sponsors locally grown art, food, and merriment.


  • Open to children ages 4-12
  • Limited to two entries per eligible person
  • Entries must be submitted to the Children’s Department of the Middletown Public Library by January 31st, 8pm EST

Pirate Storytime and Craft Program

Break out the treasure map and shiver me timbers cause it’s time to speak pirate!  This storytime will feature pirate and seafaring stories for all our wee mateys.  A themed craft will follow storytime.  Extra points for dressing the pirate part!  For ages 4 and up.  Pre-registration is required.  FREE.

Saturday, January 14th at 11am.

Under the Sea Storytime and Craft Program

Mermaids, fish, and sunken treasure abound in this underwater adventure storytime.  A themed craft will follow this program.  For ages 4 and up.  Pre-registration is required.  FREE.

                  Saturday, January 21st at 11am

Biomes Center Marine Animal Program

Get up close and personal with various marine animals such as horseshoe crabs, sea cucumbers, starfish, seahorses and pufferfish.  This special program is presented by the Biomes Center.  This is a great hands-on program that will give children the opportunity to touch and learn about these amazing sea creatures.  Best for ages 4 and up!  FREE.   Tickets for seating will be available in the Children’s Department 1 week prior to the program.  

Saturday, January 28th at 2pm in the Middletown Public Library’s Meeting Room


Celebrate the Chinese New Year

It’s the Year of the Dragon!  Celebrate the Chinese New Year with stories, fortune cookies, and a craft.  Pre-registration is required.  Ages 4 and up.  FREE.

Monday, January 23rd at 4pm

Winter Wonderland Storytime and Craft

Snowmen, snow days, and snowball fights are what winter is all about.
Join us for a Winter Wonderland storytime and craft.  For ages 3 and up.  Registration required.  This program is free.
When: Wednesday, December 28th at 2pm.
To register for this program, please call or visit the Children’s Department at 846-1573

Storytime on the Move!

The December 13th storytime  theme for our Playful Preschoolers was about construction vehicles.

Sally Sutton’s book “Roadwork” had a rhyming text throughout the book that played off the sounds of construction. The rhymes started with the planing of a road and ends with the  finished highway.




Also read was “Melvin Might”by Jon Sciecszka. It is a story of Melvin the Cement Mixer.  He’s worried ABOUT worrying, yet overcomes this problem to save a fellow truck in need.




The next book read was “Truck Stuck”, by  Sally Wolf.  This book was hit! The group enjoyed the simple text and pictures where the young character solves the truck’s  dilemma. 





The theme ended with the book “Roadwork Ahead” by Anastasia Suen. A mother and son, along with their pet dog, travel to Grandma’s and encounter different situations along the way.



The story time craft involved the making of a bus, firetruck and a construction vehicle. With simple shapes the items were completed with delight.

Bulldozing our way through another craft!

Owl Storytime

Owls are some of the most fascinating birds to watch, one only has to watch this enchanting owl video to see why so many people love them:

One of our past Playful Preschoolers storytime themes was about owls, and there are some great storytime books out there if you’d like to check them out for your own kids.

The books we used were:



We also used our 5 Little Owls flannel board (love their eyes).




For our craft, we each made our own owl with moveable wings and decorated it with feathers, markers, and big owly googly eyes.  Another successful storytime!

Winter Wonderland Events at the Library

December is going to be a blizzard of fun events in the Children’s Department.  From hot cocoa and gingerbread to snowmen and snowflakes, we have programs scheduled throughout the month that will keep your family entertained.

 Playful Preschoolers.

  • Register your child for age-appropriate stories, songs, rhymes, and snacks or a simple craft. Storytimes are followed by a playtime!  Take this opportunity to connect with other parents and caregivers while your child plays with new friends.  Ages 4-5.  Registration is required.  FREE.
  • Meets on Tuesdays at 11am on December 6, 13, 20

Toddler Time

  • Toddler Time is a special storytime for 2 & 3 year olds with a parent or caregiver.   Storytimes consist of age-appropriate stories, songs, fingerplays, and rhymes, with a simple craft or snack.  Toddlers can enjoy a playtime following storytime, while parents and caregivers socialize.  Registration is required.  FREE.
  • Meets on Wednesdays at 11am on December 7, 14, 21

Babytime Playgroup

  • Babytime Playgroup is a drop-in program for babies from ages birth-24 months.  Enjoy socializing and playing with specially selected age-appropriate toys and board books.  The library will provide toys, early literacy resources, and parenting materials for you and your child to enjoy in a warm and supportive environment with other parents and caregivers.
  • Registration is not required.  FREE.
  • Meets on Fridays at 10am on December 9, 16, 23, and 30

Funtime Storytime

  • Funtime Storytime is a drop-in 30 minute program for ages 3-5.  These storytimes consist of age-appropriate stories, songs, and rhymes.   Storytimes are followed by a playtime!  Children and parents alike will make new friends.
  • Registration is not required.  FREE.
  • Meets on Mondays at 11am on December 12, 19

Snowflakes and Snowmen Craft Program

  • Decorate and take home your very own giant wooden snowflake or snowman.  Children ages 4 and up can paint, glitterize, and bejewel their crafts to their heart’s delight.
  • Registration is required.  This program is FREE.
  • When: Saturday, December 10th at 2pm.


Gingerbread and Cocoa Storytime

  • What’s better than a delicious gingerbread and cocoa storytime?  Join us for a seasonal storytime and make a gingerbread boy or girl craft afterwards.  Cocoa will be served.  Best for ages 4 and up.
  • Registration is required.  This program is FREE.  
  • When: Saturday, December 17th at 11am

Holiday Hot Cocoa and Pajama Storytime

  • Hot cocoa + pajama’s + stories = a great storytime for everyone!  Bring the kids in their jamies (and maybe their favorite stuffed animal) for hot cocoa and holiday stories. For ages 3 and up.
  • Registration is not required.  FREE.
  • When: Thursday, December 22nd at 6pm

Winter Wonderland Storytime and Craft

  • Snowmen, snow days, and snowball fights are what winter is all about.  Join us for a Winter Wonderland storytime and craft.  For ages 3 and up.
  • Registration required.  This program is FREE.
  • When: Wednesday, December 28th at 2pm.

A Storytime Sneak Peek

Before registering for storytimes, parents and caregivers often ask me what a typical storytime is like, so I thought that we would share with you a Preschool storytime that we had this past week to give you a special sneak peek at our weekly storytimes.

Every week has a theme that we choose our books and craft on.  For this week, the theme was “Ready for Fall!”.  Books are chosen based on age-appropriateness, length and quality of the story, illustrations, and how well we think the kids will respond and interact with the story.  Our books this week were:

Let it Fall!  By Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Apple Farmer Annie.  By Monica Wellington








A New House for Mouse.  By Petr Horacek

Mouse’s First Halloween.  By Lauren Thompson

Before stortyime starts we have a playtime with puzzles, books, and toys.  Coming to a storytime is not only a great oppurtunity for kids to socialize with each other, but for parents/caregivers as well!  A few minutes before storytime starts, we clean up our toys together and select what color floor cushion we each want to sit on. We start every storytime with the same song, so children get into the routine of knowing of what to expect and settling into a storytime setting.

Welcome Song:
Wiggle your fingers, wiggle them so
Wiggle them high
Wiggle them low
Wiggle them left
Wiggle them right
Now wiggle them, wiggle them out of sight.

We then look at the covers of my books and see if we can guess what our theme for the week is about from talking about the titles and pictures from the covers.

Our first book was “Let it Fall”, by Maryann Cocca-Leffler.  This is a great book with colorful illustrations that talks about the different things there are to do in the fall, and the children made a lot of personal connections to it since they had also gone apple picking or to a harvest fair as well.

After reading a book we then transistion into a song, fingerplay, movement activity, or flannelboard activity.  For this week, we did a flannelboard activity called “Little Mouse” where a little gray flannel mouse is hidden behind a different colored house every week.  Using a flannelboard is a creative way to visually engage the children, hold their attention, and have them participate with you.  They love it!

My Little Mouse flannelboard

Little Mouse Flannelboard
Little Mouse, little mouse, are you in the blue house?
(repeat the rhyme with the children for each color house until you find the mouse) 

After our flannelboard, we read “A New House for Mouse” by Petr Horacek.  This story is about a little mouse, a big apple, and finding just the right home for the both of them.  We used a flannel apple for this story as well.  Every time mouse took a nibble from his apple in the story, we took away a piece of our flannel apple too!

Flannelboard for “A New House for Mouse”

Then it was time for a movement activity so we did “Slow and Fast”.  This is a great activity for getting the wiggles and giggles out in between a story, and the kids have a blast seeing how fast and slow they can do the movements

Slow and Fast
Clap, clap, clap your hands as sloooowly as you can
Now clap, clap, clap your hands as quickly as you can!

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle your fingers as sloooowly as you can
Now wiggle, wiggle your fingers as quickly as you can!
(repeat with different motions until you feel like the group is all wiggled out and ready for the next story!)

We then read Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington, followed by a movement song about colors called “If You’re Wearing Red Today”, sung to the tune of “Do You Know the Muffin Man?”.  Before starting the song we all look at the different colors we’re wearing so that we are ready to stand up when a color that we are wearing is named.

If You’re Wearing Red Today!
If  you’re wearing red today, red today, red today
If you’re wearing red today, please STAND UP!
(we then talk about where the color is on their clothing before having a seat for the next color)

If you’re wearing blue today, blue today, blue today
If you’re wearing blue today, please STAND UP!
(repeat for all the different colors that children might be wearing that day)

A piece of art ready for the fridge!

Finally, we read “Mouse’s First Halloween” before then moving on to our craft for the day, which was making our own Jack-O-Lanterns with different colored foam shapes and googly eyes!