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More Peas, Please

Our Greenies will enjoy planting their own pea pods to take home in this easy peasy edition of Greenie Gardeners.  We’ll also enjoy a veggie-tastic storytime before going out to the Children’s Garden to explore what we’ve planted so far in the season.

 

Ages 3 and up.  FREE.  Registration is required.  Please visit or call the children’s Department at 846-1573 to register. 

When: Friday, June 8th at 11am

Where: Program Room

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Cinco de Mayo + Del’s Lemonade = Fiesta!

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta for Kids

What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with a fantastic storytime fiesta!  We’ll be reading stories in Spanish and English, making our very own mini pinatas, and shaking our handmade maracas to celebrate.  Del’s Lemonade has also generously donated their famous frozen lemonade as a refreshment for our fiesta!
Registration is required, please visit or call the Children’s Department at 846-1573 to register.
  • When: Saturday, May 5th at 11am
  • Where: Children’s Department
  • Cost: FREE!

Spring Vacation Week Programs for Kids

Bubbleology Program

Are you ready to see the secret world of bubbles, to see bubbles as you’ve never seen them before?  Keith Michael Johnson shows us the amazing science behind bubbles in an entertaining and education show.  Just how big will his bubbles be?  Think BIG!  To get a sneak peek into his program, check out the YouTube clip below.

When:  Tuesday, April 17th at 2pm in the Meeting Room.  For all ages.  One hour long.

Project CHICK

To say that we’re excited to be hosting an incubator of chicken eggs for 3 weeks from Casey Farm in the Children’s Department is a bit of an understatement.  To start it off with a bang an educator from their farm will be presenting a slide show on chicken development and behavior. This is followed by a hands-on display of various bird eggs and a visit from one of the farm’s Dominique chickens, a rare breed they are actively conserving.  Come join us as we welcome the chicks to the library!

When: Thursday, April 19th at 11am.  For grades K-8.  One hour long.

Earth Day Flower Potting Party  

Roll up those sleeves and get those hands dirty with us, we’re planting flowers!  We’ll provide all the materials (including a “dirt” cake dessert!), and all you have to do is show up, get a little dirty, and take home a potted seed that will blossom into a beautiful plant.

When: Saturday, April 21 at 11am.  Ages 3 and up.  Pre-registration required.

Spring Story Time

Our first Spring story time for preschoolers was about sheep who were inventive, kind, and adventurous.

In “Can’t Sleep without Sheep” by Susanna Leonard Hill, Ava can’t sleep because the sheep she has been counting…quit! The sheep get inventive thinking of other animals for Ava to count, all of them being inadequate compared to the sheep. In the end, sleepless Ava tells the sheep how much she appreciates counting them, and things get back to normal.

The kindness of Wendy Woolcoat, just an average sheep, has her secret wish come true in, “The Sheep Fairy: When Wishes Have Wings” by Ruth Symes. Wendy saves a fairy and is granted one wish. Wendy’s wish comes true when she grows sheep fairy wings that enable her to fly. Little does she know that her secret wish would help her save her sheep friends from a wolf!

Russell’s unexpected quest for the lost treasure of Frogsbottom in the book, “Russell and the Lost Treasure” by Rob Scotton, ends with a twist.  At first, Russell believes he hasn’t found any “treasure”, except for an old camera that he says “is older than my dad”.  In the end, the fun of family photos taken with the old camera leaves Russell with treasured memories.

Posted by Miss Jane

Read a Book. Give a Book.

Looking for a way to get books into the hands of needy children in countries around the world?  We Give Books is a Pearson Foundation Initiative through Penguin Books whose main goal is to spread literacy to children simply by reading a children’s book online.  Simply put:

“We Give Books is a free website that enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don’t have them, simply by reading online.

Simply choose the charity you want to read for and then select the books you want to read. For each book you read online, we donate a book to a leading literacy group on your behalf.

The more you read, the more we give.”

I’ve pledged to read at least one picture book online every day to help send books to children who might not otherwise have access to quality children’s literature.  The first book I read was “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” written and illustrated by Rachel Isadora (whom I love!).  I simply created an account, clicked on a book to read online, then chose the charity that I wanted to donate a paperback copy of that book to.  The cost?  Nothing, other then the time that it took to read the book.  The publisher simply pledges to donate the book that you read, with no cost on your behalf.  It’s pretty much a win-win.  What I really like about this website, besides being able to donate easily to charity simply by reading online, is the quality of the books offered.  Many of the books offered are books written by well known and well loved children’s authors and illustrators.  And there’s more than picture books too – there’s nonfiction, chapter books, and early readers available as well.  They currently have a library of over 176 books to read online, with more added every month.   So sign-in, read a book, and give a book!

Why Did the Chickens Cross the Road?

Why did the chickens cross the road?  Because they thought it was a egg-cellent idea!  Chickens was the theme for the Preschool Storytime on February 28th, and from rhyming text to prose we were introduced to the antics of some baby chicks, hens, and roosters.  Here are some of the stories we shared!

Stuck in the Mud by Jane Clarke  kept everyones attention as a scamp of a baby chick is stuck in mud — or so his mother thinks. After involving all the animals on the farm including the farmer, we find the baby chick was just playing in the mud and thanked everyone for joining him.

 Peepsqueak by Leslie Ann Clark had everyone repeating the phrase “He was on the move!” as the baby chick is determined from the start to fly high.  His attempts, though,  always leave him falling down on to soft grass.  Consoled by his mother at his failed attempts to fly, the Gray Goose takes Peepsqueak on a flight above the farm on his back.

Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman told of the Greenstalk family’s farm animals and how they find their way out of predicaments throughout the week by their industrious chickens.  The family finds after all their help that even the chickens need a day of rest.

Posted by Miss Jane.

The Year of the Dragon

Gung Hay Fat Choy!  Or in other words…Happy Chinese New Year! 

The Year of the Dragon was celebrated at MPL Children’s Room with a nine foot hanging dragon along with a program filled with stories and a dragon craft.  Stories for the Chinese New Year program were varied. 

“The Next New Year”, by Janet S Wong, tells the story of a young boy’s veiw of the approaching Chinese New Year. The boy talks about how his different friends celebrate the holiday, and all the special preparations that he does to get ready for the  holiday.  A great book for introducing readers to the Chinese New Year.

“The Gift” by Yong Chen  The story tells of a special stone that is found by Amy’s Uncle in China and how it is made into a dragon to be given as a gift to Amy in clebration of the Chinese New Year.

 

 

“Fortune Cookies” by Albert Bitterman is a sweet story about a young girl who checks her daily fortune with fortune cookies…and cats!   Each day she learns  a lesson with each cookie she cracks open.  At the end of the week, she has just has many cats as she does fortune coookies!