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