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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!





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

Hot Cocoa and Gingerbread Storytime

Ahhh.  Tis the season for hot (in this case, warm) cocoa, gingerbread, and stories.   This past week, we started the weekend on the right foot with great seasonal stories followed by a “gingerbread” craft where the kids decorated their own gingerbread boy or girl foam ornament to take home.

Here’s the rundown on the stories we used:

Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney.  I just love all the Llama Llama books, and kids do too because they can definitely empathize with Llama.  In this book Llama Llama has a very long time to wait, and wait, and wait some more for it to be Christmas.  And there’s so much to do before the big day!  Mama Llama, as usual, is sure to remind Llama Llama what the season (and Mama Llama love) is all about.


Gingerbread Mouse by Katy Bratum.   When Mouse loses her home, she has to find a new one, and fast!  She finds a temporary home in a Gingerbread House, but will it last beyond the holidays?  Maybe a certain jolly stranger will save the day for Mouse.



Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear!  By Don and Audrey Wood.  Little Mouse is all set for Christmas, complete with a Christmas tree bursting with presents.  But there’s only one problem….BIG HUNGRY BEAR!  Will Mouse save all the presents for himself or will he be brave enough to face the big hungry bear’s cave?  With a surprise ending, this book is a heart warmer.

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.