Summer Reading Program - ­čÄÁLibraries Rock!! ♬

Summer’s coming!

 This year’s theme is Libraries Rock! and children’s programming will be focused on music and instruments. 

Tuesday evening programs, from 6:30-7:30, will feature performances and events for the whole family. Wednesday afternoon from 3:30-4:30, we’ll have a drop-in Lego time, and most Wednesday nights at 6:00, we will show family movies, rated PG. Our regular Thursday morning Storytimes at 10:45 will feature stories and crafts for children of all ages.

The 2018 Summer Reading Program will begin on Tuesday, June 26th with a 6:30 pm performance, "Magic, Music, Readin' and Rockin' " by Boston area magician and award-winning entertainer Magic by George. There will be exciting magic and lots of audience participation and family humor. This promises to be a high-energy, entertaining kick off to our Summer Reading Program.

Other Tuesday evening events will include “Make Some Noise!”, a drop-in event with a quick musical instrument or glow-stick craft before families start their 4th of July celebrating. Wildlife Encounters will bring real wild animals to rock the library and Concord’s “Mr. Aaron” will be presenting an interactive concert with music, instruments, and sing-along songs. Modern Times Theater will play a variety of music on some unique instruments and present an old-time puppet show for the whole family. The Summer Reading Program will end on July 31st with a Talent Show, music party, and an ice cream social.

Read, record book titles, then check in each week with your reading records to get a weekly “Prize Bowl” prize and a raffle ticket. Raffle prizes include books, gift certificates from local businesses and organizations, and other fun items. Winners will be announced when the Summer Reading Program has ended.

Registration for the Summer Reading Program will take place at the library on Saturday, June 23 from 11-1. Demonstrating his “Balloon Buffoonery” will be NH’s own Mo-Fun, balloon artist. Drop in to pick up schedules, reading logs, and other program materials. Sign up for the door prize and enjoy light refreshments courtesy of Hannaford in Bristol. The Gordon-Nash Library is at 69 Main Street in New Hampton. For questions, please call the library at 744-8061 or email Christine Hunewell, Children’s Librarian, at chunewell.gnl (at) gmail.com. For a full schedule of events, visit https://goo.gl/Lvedoh

Have a Rocking, Reading Summer at the library!


What's in the Garden?

What's in your garden? Today we read books about gardens and the sorts of plants - and critters - that can be in them! We read Round the Garden by Omri Glaser, who was only eight when he wrote this book based on the water cycle. We also read Up, Down, and Around, a rhyming book by Katherine Ayers that told about planting and crops that grow up and down. Our final book, Yucky Worms by Vivian French, was full of facts about earthworms and why they are so good for gardens.

We planted pumpkin seeds in cups, and gave them water to help them grow. Once the seeds have sprouted, they can go into gardens at home. Maybe each of us will have a pumpkin this fall!

Next we made a paper plate craft that showed crayon sky and collaged soil, cotton clouds, paper-dot rain and round yellow sun. Those are what's needed for seeds to sprout and plants to grow.
We made our paper plant "grow"out of the "soil" by pushing the pipe cleaner stem up above the paper plate soil line. It worked! We are looking forward to this happening for real in our own gardens!

STEM Storytime: Magnetism

We had magnetic fun at the library during May's S.T.E.M. Storytime. We had so much fun, we never read a story! But we had a magnet book that we could refer to if we wanted.
We figured out that one end of a magnet attracts one end of another magnet, but repels the other end. So opposites attract! Some magnets were marked with N and S for North and South, but many were not marked - because they were toys!
We had Magnetic Thinking Putty, like slime, that was attracted by a giant, strong magnet. What was in the slime that made the magnet attract it? We had a rock, called hematite, that could be picked up by a tiny but powerful magnet. There was iron in the rock, and magnets attract iron. 
We made a looong string of magnets so tiny they were hard to pick up, but so strong that they were hard to manipulate. They just wanted to find another magnetic item to stick to!
We played a hard game called "Bells", where you had to use a magnetic wand to pick up only the color of bells you had decided to collect. The magnet in the wand was so powerful, it could pick up a whole line of bells. But if you got the wrong color, your turn was over. It was pretty tricky - but fun.
We even had Magformers to build with, thanks to the Royea family who let us borrow their sets. They're great toys, because the magnets are so powerful! 

Finally, Spring!

This was the week we finally read the books I've been saving since Spring appeared on the April calendar! In Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson, Fletcher thought he saw snow so he warned all his animal friends that it was still winter! Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand told how Mole, who knew it was Spring, wanted to celebrate with his sleeping friend Bear. In Mouse's First Spring by Lauren Thompson, Mouse experiences Spring for the first time with his Momma. Our last book, When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes, tells what our world looks like as we wait for Spring.

We made spring flowers with pipe cleaner stems and creative flower heads - made from paper, foam, tiny cups, cupcake papers, and more!

A few days later, kids came from the New Hampton Community School's After School Program, and listened to Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms. Then they too made flowers with the same materials. Here are some of their creations!


Earth Day 2018

We celebrated Earth Day at Storytime Thursday during school vacation. We read The Earth Book by Todd Parr and How to Help the Earth by The Lorax (and Tish Rabe). We talked about things kids can do to help - like use both sides of paper to draw and write, turn off lights when you leave the room, and shut off the water while you brush your teeth! Then we made an Earth Day crown, a green one, like the Earth!
We used long strips of brown packing paper - paper that I was going to throw away! Isn't that a good way to recycle or reuse? We colored the brown paper to make it green, made fringe-y cuts into the top that looked like grass, then we drew on tiny insects and animals, or stuck on flower or butterfly stickers, or used tiny dots to make caterpillars. Each person's crown was very different!

April Showers

We read about rain today - and mud, boots, and rainy day fun! Red Rubber Boot Day is by Mary Lyn Ray, who lives in New Hampshire, just like us! It told about a child having fun playing outside in the mud and rain. In The Rain with Baby Duck told a sweet story about a duck who didn't like to be wet - until his Grandfather had a great idea! Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre was a nonfiction book, with real facts and real photographs of rain. After the craft, Emily read us a funny Mo Willem's book about Elephant and Piggie called Are You Ready  to Play Outside? Can you guess what the rain did in this book?

We decorated both sides of a paper plate, cut it in half, and made it into an umbrella. We added some raindrops, because it was a rainy day!

Really - Rabbits!

It's feeling like Spring - and it's a good time to read about rabbits! We read Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes, about a little rabbit who wonders about being something else. In the book by Philippa Leathers, it didn't take us long to figure out who The Black Rabbit was, and just knowing made the story that much funnier - we loved this book! Really Rabbits by Virginia Kroll was about two rabbit pets who discover how to open their cage, and the fun they have at night helping their family.

At craft time, we made a cute little rabbit with googly eyes and a pompom nose. Its body was a folded coffee filter, and again we experimented with color mixing by dropping dots of red, blue, and yellow watercolor and watching them spread. And we knew just what to do if we wanted orange, green, or purple!

Crazy 8s Club: Funny Money

The Crazy 8s Math Club this week worked with coins to determine values and to have fun! We decided that coins are handy in case something doesn't cost a whole dollar. Also coins like quarters are good because it's easier to carry that coin than twenty-five pennies!

We won rulers and pencils by quickly combining coins of the correct value. 

We also played a game like Son of Rock, Paper, Scissors, where one coin could beat out another of a higher value - except for a penny, which could beat a quarter. We secretly chose a coin, then said, "Penny, Nickel, Dime, Quarter" and then showed our partner our coin. The player whose coin had the highest value won that hand. 


STEM Storytime: "March Mathness"

Our program this month featured the "M" of S.T.E.M - Math!  There were two book choices, and participants picked A-B-A-B-A : a book of pattern play by Brian P. Cleary. So many patterns were shown in this factual book, even patterns that the author didn't write about! After the book, we made our own patterns - with craft sticks, cubes, pattern blocks, and even pony beads on a pipe cleaner.
Next, we experimented with styrofoam balls and cut milkshake straws to make plain and solid geometric shapes. Some even joined several shapes together!

Before we ended, we collected data by tallying the numbers of patrons who had shoes with laces and shoes without. When we had the data, we made a T chart with two sides - one side for shoelaces, one side for no shoelaces. We stacked up squares to represent our data on the chart. Can you guess which had more and which had less?

STEM Storytime: Henry Builds a Cabin

At our February S.T.E.M. Storytime, we read Henry Builds a Cabin by D. B. Johnson. It's based on the story of Thoreau, who built a tiny cabin in Walden woods. He was creative and thrifty and built his home just big enough for a all his needs. After the story, we built, too - using cubes, small plastic glasses, and craft sticks. 

Before we left, one of our patrons read a book she had written and illustrated all by herself! It was super!
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