Something Fishy!

This week's Storytime was devoted to fish. Fish Eyes: a book you can count on by Lois Ehlert had a hole through the page for each fish eye, but it also let us see some of the shapes and sizes of fish and gave us some ideas for creating our own. The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen was a favorite because of this fish's pouty behavior when others were trying to be friendly or helpful. Some kids even read along with the "pout-pout" part! In Poor Little Guy by Elanna Allen, a small but special fish was almost eaten by a big octopus. Wait til you read how he got away! Our last story, Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister was about a beautiful fish who learned the value of sharing. 

We used blue paper plates to look like the ocean, and made fish and sea life to glue on top. Tissue paper, foam shapes, colored dots, and crayons all made an ocean setting with fish and seaweed (and kelp!) on a sandpaper ocean floor. Some of us used sequins for eyes or to make bubbles coming from the fish's mouths. When the collage was finished, we covered the opending of a second cut-out paper plate with blue cellophane and glued it over the first plate. It made it look like our fish were under the ocean!

Fisher Cats: Summer Reading All-Stars!

Look!! The Fisher Cats and the Grappone Automotive Group are challenging kids to read this summer! You only have to read five books!! Just 5! Click the link below to get to the form.

Summer Reading Program!

Finally, it's starting to feel like summer! The temperatures are hot! Families are hitting the beaches. Some of you are already out of school, and some have just a few days left! It's SUMMER - and time to sign up for the Gordon-Nash Summer Reading Program! The program starts on June 27th and ends on August 3rd. Our theme is Build a Better World.

This year, we have prizes to give away when the Summer Reading Program is over. Here's a partial list:
* free passes to Cowabunga's in Hooksett
* $10 gift certificates from Jordan's Ice Creamery in Belmont and Weirs Beach
* a $25 gift certificate to Innisfree Books from The Newfound Teachers' Union
* a gift certificate to Subway for a six foot long sub and a platter of cookies
* books compliments of the Gordon-Nash Library
* posters from the Boston Bruins

There are three ways to earn raffle tickets for prizes:
1) Bring your reading log to the library so we can record the number of books you've read. You can do this as often as you want!
2) Come to weekly Thursday Storytime or to a Tuesday evening presentation - or to both, for two tickets!
3) Return an Act of Kindness card, and let us know how you helped someone or did a nice thing and helped to build a better world. We'll hang your card on the bulletin board for everyone to see.

We'll also have weekly prizes again. When you come to the library with your reading logs, you can choose a small prize from the Prize Bowl! Just ask!

NHCS Kindergarten

For the final time this year, NHCS Kindergartners walked down the street to the Gordon-Nash to return their books and listen to a story. Our choice this time was Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran. It's based on the recollections of the author and tells the story of children who used elements of their desert environment to build a community in which to play and pretend. I love this book because it shows how inventive and imaginative kids can be. After the story, we talked about our upcoming Summer Reading Program, "Build a Better World". Kindergartners headed back to school with a bookmark that outlined all the events that are part of this Summer Reading Program. 

Gordon Nash Library is so pleased to have this special connection to the New Hampton Community School. Some children tell me this is the first time they've come to their public library. Thanks to teacher Heidi Sidwell for making these monthly trips part of her kindergarten program. 

We Planted Seeds!

This week, we read about seeds and how they move and disperse. We also read about what's going on in our gardens this Spring, above and below the soil.
Then we decorated a paper sleeve to glue to a paper cup. Some made designs and patterns, some colored and stuck on foam stickers. After filling our cup with soil, we each planted one, two, or three "Mammoth" sunflower seeds. If we planted more than one, we'll have to learn about thinning seedlings in a few weeks!
These sunflowers might grow to be taller than our parents!


At Storytime this week, we read about frogs. Here are all the books we read! There were two books with a pig that wanted to be a frog - can you spot them?
Between reading froggy stories, we made a frog from a paper plate. We folded it in half, then collaged and colored so it would be all green. We glued on green frogs legs. Some of us colored inside the frog's mouth with red before giving him a long spiral tongue. Cotton eyeballs with cut paper eyes finished the frog. 



STEM/Storytime Saturday: Ice Cream!

This weekend, we combined Saturday Storytime and STEM Saturday, and had STEM/Storytime Saturday! It was all about ice cream - and it was FUN!

We read books about ice cream. In Gorilla Loves Vanilla by Chae Strathie, five animals come into Sam's Sundae Shop for ice cream and Sam serves them exactly  what they want - like stinky blue cheese ice cream for the mouse! Should I Share My Ice Cream by Mo Willems told the story of Elephant, who can't decide if he should share his ice cream with his friend Piggie. 

We made an ice cream cone from paper. A rectangle of brown paper was decorated like a waffle and twisted into a cone shape. Then a small paper plate was decorated with cotton, pompoms, pieces of yarn - and lots of other materials. Two slits in the top of the cone made the paper plate stand atop the cone - and it looked like an ice cream cone!
We each made ice cream - in a bag! We put half and half, sugar, and vanilla flavor in a small plastic bag, then put that bag inside a bigger bag filled with ice cubes and lots and lots of salt! We shook it as the bag got colder and colder when the salt interacted with the ice. Some of us wore mittens! But the ingredients in the small bag soon froze and, when we opened it, there was vanilla ice cream! We scooped it into bowls and added chocolate chips or sprinkles. It was pretty yummy!

Beautiful Flowers

On this beautiful morning, we read books about flowers and made some flowers of our own. We read My Garden by Kevin Henkes about a girl who wished her garden grew things like chocolate rabbits, seashells, and jellybeans! We read about a boy who planted a bulb (the seed kind, not the light kind!) in That's Not a Daffodil by Elizabeth Honey. And we read Flower Garden by Eve Bunting about a city child who made a window box garden as a surprise for her mother. 
Then we made a garden from paper stems and leaves and cupcake liners, big and small. We colored the liners, then glued them to paper, Next we decorated them with sequins, pompoms, cotton balls, buttons, slices of pool noodles - and all sorts of tiny craft materials! No two flowers were alike!
What beautiful gardens!



This sunny day at the library we finally celebrated Spring! We read Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson, where Fletcher the fox mistakes petals from tree blossoms for snow! In Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson,  Bear snacks with each of his friends after he wakes up from hibernation. Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand was a funny story about Mole trying to wake his friend Bear when Spring comes. 
We got out the scissors and snipped green paper to make it look like grass. Then we added flowers, insects, and worms until it looked like Spring! And then we took our work, taped it into a circle, and wore our creations as Spring crowns!
Welcome, Spring! We're happy to see you!
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