Category Archives: fall

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!


Thanksgiving Themed Storytime and Craft

On Tuesday, November 15th at 3:30pm we will have a special Thanksgiving Storytime with a  craft and snack afterwards.   For ages 4 and up.

Please call 846-1573 or stop by the Children’s Department to register for this storytime so that we can plan enough crafts and food for everyone.

Fall Fun at the Library

Fall is fully here with all of it’s delicious apple cider, hot cocoa and apple pie goodness.  Best of all, we have a couple programs planned throughout the month to coincide with all the Thanksgiving festivities.


  • On Tuesday, November 8th at 11am we have our Playful Preschoolers Storytime for ages 4-5
  •  Thursday, November 10th at 11am we have our Toddler Storytime for ages 2-3.
  • These will be the last  storytimes in the 4 week session until a new session starts in December, so feel free to join in if you’re curious about storytimes here at the library and if you’d like to register for the next session!

Thanksgiving Storytime and Craft

  • On Tuesday, November 15th at 3:30pm we will have a special Thanksgiving Storytime with a turkey craft and snack afterwards.   For ages 4 and up.  Please call 846-1573 or stop by the Children’s Department to register for this storytime so that we can plan enough crafts and food for everyone.

Native American Pow Wow and Drop-In Craft

  • On Saturday, November 19th at 12 noon, the Aquidneck Island Intertribal Indian Council is bringing Native culture to the Middletown Public Library. There will be drumming, history, storytelling, and more.
  • There will be a drop-in craft activity available for children throughout the day in the Children’s Department.  Stop in and get crafty with us!

Drop-In Storytime

  • On Tuesday, November 22nd at 11am there will be a drop-in storytime with Miss Candise.  Stories will be Thanksgiving and Fall related, with songs, finger rhymes, and storytelling fun for all.  Registration is not required.

The library will be closing early at 5pm for Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 23rd and will be closed all day on Thanksgiving Day.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone and we’ll see you at the library!

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!

Halloween Crafts ‘n Treats Party

Children and parents areinvited to drop-in for a crafting good time, complete with Halloween goodiesand treats!  Crafts and refreshments willbe provided, and children are encouraged to come in costume.  
To be held in the Middletown Public Library’sMeeting Room from 2:00 – 4:00pm on Saturday, October 29th.  For allages.   

Once Upon a Halloween

Once Upon a Halloween
with Diane Edgecomb
Who: Appropriate for ages 4 and up.
When: Wednesday, October 26th at 3:30pm
Where:  Middletown Public Library Meeting Room. 
Free tickets can be picked up in the Children’s Department 
or reserved by calling 846-1573.


What would Halloween be without some chillin’ tales for the spookiest time of the year? Once Upon A Halloween is a fun-filled, Halloween event – complete with a huge cauldron bubbling over with fog for the last dramatic story! This family program contains some old chestnuts as well as great new Halloween stories full of surprises. 
All tales are appropriate for family audiences and contain a well-rounded blend of suspense and humor.  


Children’s Programming at MPL!

The Middletown Public Library will be offering *free* Preschool Storytimes beginning October 8th. The weekly storytimes will run for four weeks, with the final storytime session for the Fall Season on October 29th.

“Playful Preschoolers” are on Thursdays at 10:30 am beginning October 8th. This storytime is for three to five year olds who are ready to join a group. There is a limit of 14 children per storytime.

Storytimes feature stories, songs, fingerplays and a craft based on a weekly theme. Each session runs for four weeks. Registration begins Wednesday, September 30th.

For info, questions and to register, please call the Children’s Room of the Middletown Public Library at 846-1573. You can also register you and your child at the Children’s Room desk. We look forward to seeing you!