“Greenie” Gardeners Programs for Kids

Children and families will have a chance to get down in the dirt and become a “Greenie” with our newly installed Community Gardens at Middletown Public Library.  Beginning in June, we’ll be offering monthly gardening, plant, and nature themed programs through the Children’s Department.  The library will have a Children’s Garden that will offer hands-on experiences as well as programs that will bring the “outdoors in”.

These monthly program are free to register for.  Recommended for ages 4 and up.  To register for these programs, please visit or call the Children’s Department at 846-1573.

Saturday, June 9th at 11am: “Going Buggy” Story and Craft Program

It’s “good bugs” vs. “bad bugs” in this buggy version of Greenie Gardeners.   We’ll learn that there are good insects and bad insects for our gardens, and what some of the different kinds are.  This bug themed program will have thematic bug stories,  action rhymes, and a craft of designing your our own bug box.

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“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

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!

A Blooming May

Summer is so close, but before we can relish those long summer days we have the wonderful month of May to breeze through.  Luckily, there are plenty of programs scheduled to help the time fly by.

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 May 7, 14, and 21.

Playful Preschoolers Storytime

  • 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 May 8, 15, 22, and 29

Toddler Time Stories

  • 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 May 2, 9, 16, and 23

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 May 4, 11, 18, and 25.
  • Held in the Children’s Department

 

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.  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!

 

Project CHICK

The Children’s Department is hosting an incubator of fertilized chicken eggs from Casey’s FarmThese chicken eggs from Casey’s Farm arrived on April 19th and should hatch around May 11th!   The breeds are Dominique and Rhode Island Reds.  We will keep them for several days after they hatch before returning them to the farm, so be sure to check back and see them in the library after they hatch.

 “Thanks, Mom!” Storytime and Card Making Craft

What better way to say “Happy Mother’s Day!” than with a handmade card from a loved one and a 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

I Spy With My Little Eye…

Our Storytime Detectives found all the clues in this “I Spy” themed storytime!  April’s last preschool story time had everyone sleuthing around to find out who ate all the cookie dough, find a lost smile, and spot the animal hidden in the crowd.

 

 

 

 

 

In “Who Ate All the Cookie Dough” by Karen Beaumont, Mrs. Kanga searches to find the hungry person who ate the dough.   She asks the usual suspects, only to find out is was her baby joey Boo! It was no surprise to our preschoolers, who had a hunch all along about who it was.

“Augustus and His Smile” by Catherine Rayner had everyone wondering what had happened to his smile.  The clues all lead to finding happiness in everyday things that surround him.   He only had to look around to get his “tigery” smile back.

We found out how good everyone was at figuring out the clues to identify each hidden animal, in “I Spy with My Little Eye” by Edward Gibbs. The color of each animal was given with a follow up clue, which wasn’t needed with these sharp sleuths  in attendance.

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2013 Rhode Island Children’s Book Award Nominations

Nominated by school and public librarians throughout Rhode Island, the annual RICBA nominations are some of the best books recently published in children’s literature.  Best of all, they are all available at your local library.  Click on the titles below to check availability or to place a reserve with your library card.

The PS Brothers by Maribeth Boelts

Grades: 3-6

Sixth-graders Russell and Shawn, poor and picked on, work together “pooper scooping” up dog droppings to earn money for a rottweiler puppy who will protect them from bullies. When they learn that the puppies’ owner is running an illegal dog-fighting ring, they are torn on how to respond.

Author website: http://www.maribethboelts.com/

Because of Mr. Terupt

Grades: 4-6
Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by “rookie teacher” Mr. Terupt.

Author website: http://www.robbuyea.com/

Floors by Patrick Carman

Grades: 4-6
Ten-year-old Leo’s future and the fate of the extraordinary Whippet Hotel, where his father is the maintenance man, are at stake when a series of cryptic boxes lead Leo to floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances.

Author website: http://www.patrickcarman.com/

Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes

Grades: 4-6
While spending a summer in New Mexico with her grandmother, twelve-year-old Izzy makes new friends, learns to cook, and for the first time hears stories about her father, who died before she was born.

Jake by Audrey Coloumbis

Grades: 4-6
What is a family? It has always been just Jake and his mom until she is hospitalized suddenly and he finds himself alone. Jake needs help and finds it in unexpected places.

Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis by Matt A. De la Pena

Grades: 3-6
When an African American boxer has a 1938 bout with Adolph Hitler’s “Master Race” German heavyweight, it becomes more than just a boxing match: the honor of the entire racially divided United States is at stake!

Author website: http://www.mattdelapena.com/

The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy

Grades: 3-6
A community of mice and a cheese-loving cat form an unlikely alliance at London’s Cheshire Cheese, an inn where Charles Dickens finds inspiration and Queen Victoria makes an unexpected visit.

Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Grades: 4-6
Abandoned by his mother in an Acadia National Park campground, Jack tries to make his way back to Boston before anyone figures out what is going on, with only a small toy elephant for company.

Author website: http://jenniferjacobson.com/small-as-an-elephant/

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Grades: 4-6
Based on the author’s own life, a ten-year-old girl experiences the culture shock of moving to America from Viet Nam; this story expresses both the humor and the heartbreak of this time in her life.

Marty Mcguire by Kate Messner

Grades 3-6
When tomboy Marty is cast as a princess in a school play, she doesn’t want anything to do with it until her parents force her to take part. It’s only then that she discovers that she can adapt and still be herself.

Author website: http://www.katemessner.com/marty-mcguire/

Fractions = Trouble by Claudia Mills

Grades: 3-4
When Wilson Williams is struggling with fractions and his parents hire a math tutor for him, he is mortified. He is determined to make sure that no one finds out, not even his best friend, Josh.

Author website: http://www.claudiamillsauthor.com/

Sidekicks by Dan Santat

Grades 3-6

In this graphic novel, Captain Amazing feels he is getting too old to be a reliable superhero, so he tries to hire a new sidekick, but his super power pets have different ideas. When the arch villain Dr. Havoc returns to town Captain Amazing finds himself in trouble. Can his pet save the day?

Author website: http://www.dantat.com/DANTAT.COM/DAN_SANTAT_author___illustrator.html

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Grades: 4-6
The lives of Rose and Ben, two deaf children growing up 50 years apart, intersect at the American Museum of Natural History. Why is Rose running away? Who is Ben’s father? Are their lives connected? Explore the words and the pictures to discover the truth.

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Grades: 3-6

Eleven-year-old aspiring basketball star and interior designer Lucy Wu is excited about finally having her own bedroom, until she learns that her great-aunt is coming to visit from China and Lucy will have to share her bedroom with her for several months. Will this and her parents forcing her to attend Chinese school bring an end to her plans for a perfect sixth-grade year?

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet

Grades 3-6
As a boy, Tony Sarg invented a method for feeding his family’s chickens while still in bed. As an adult, he created awe inspiring, floating, balloons to star in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

Author website: http://melissasweet.net/

My Life as a Stuntboy by Janet Tashjian

Grades: 3-6
Derek Fallon has the opportunity of a lifetime when he gets to perform skateboarding stunts and other disciplines of parkour in a movie opposite teen idol, Tanya Billings. But when he learns that he must wear a wig, and his friends post the embarrassing videos of him on the Internet, he wonders if life can get any worse.

Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw

Grades: 3-6
A skeptical shelter cat finally finds a home with the perfect boy. Typical in senryu (a form of haiku) with expressive illustrations; this whole literary package is heartwarming and unforgettable.

Author website: http://www.leewardlaw.com/

Pie by Sarah Weeks

Grades: 4-6
Alice’s Aunt Polly is the best pie maker in the country. When she dies suddenly, the whole town tries to discover how to make pies like Aunt Polly. Alice, however, is trying to find out who the mysterious stranger is that is lurking around town looking for the answer…

Author website: http://www.sarahweeks.com/sweeks-pie.htm

The Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the True Story of an American Feud by Suzanne Jurmain

Grades: 4-6
These two best friends worked together to help form a new nation, but can they fix their broken friendship?

When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica Perl

Grades: 3-6
Zelly Fried wants a dog more than anything, so at the urging of her grandfather, during the summer before sixth grade, she takes care of a “practice dog” made out of an orange juice jug to show her parents that she really is ready for the responsibility, even though she is sometimes not entirely sure about the idea.

Author website: http://www.ericaperl.com/when-life-gives-you-oj/

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.