LEGO Club: Building a Box

January's LEGO Club began with partial readings of two picture books - The Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli, featuring an imaginative child with a carton, and The Mud Flat Mystery by James Stevenson, about neighbors' curiosity when a large box is delivered to a vacationing friend's house. Both stories were precursors to this month's LEGO challenge: to build a box that could open and close.
Mr. Dowal had sorted out the moveable LEGO bricks that could serve as hinges and, for those interested, demonstrated how a box could be built by using plates. Kids made their own MOCs, some with boxes and some without. Many are on display in the cases at the back of the library. 
Again, several New Hampton School students joined us for the fun! Thanks for visiting with us and for being good role models for younger kids! 

Crazy 8s Club: Sound Investigations

This week's Crazy 8s Club at the New Hampton Community School After School Program dealt with pitch and volume.  After cutting straws into specific graduated sizes, we taped them together to make a pan flutes, investigated the relationship between a straw's length and its pitch as we worked.
We also used a sound meter app to see how loud we could play and how that measurement changed when we factored in distance. 
Here's the completed flute, and an able player!

Make a Snowman!

Two recent Storytimes featured stories of snowmen and the fun they might have if they were alive! Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner imagines what a snowman might do while we're sleeping and explains why he may look different the morning after you make him. Snow Magic by Harriet Ziefert tells of a fun snowman party on the first day of winter. Snowbaby Could Not Sleep by Kara LaReau was a funny story about a snow parents trying to get their snow child to sleep. We noticed that he slept under a blanket of snow! There was also a snow dog in this story!

We made some snow people (and a dog!) from paper plates covered with coffee filters. We added buttons, stickers, and construction paper elements. Some chose to give their snowman arms and legs! The snow creatures were all different, just like real people!
Look! Using chairs and coats, one session even set up an impromptu puppet show!

Crazy 8s: Glow-in-the-dark Geometry & Pattern

We began a new "Crazy 8s" Math Club this week with twelve 3rd, 4th and 5th graders from the Project Promise After School Program at New Hampton Community School. This eight week program will reinforce math skills in a fun and experiential way!

This week we built geometric shapes out of glowsticks. First, we made different kinds of triangles, like equilateral and isosceles, then we made four-sided shapes like trapezoids, parallelograms, rhombuses, rectangles, and squares. 
Then, working together, we made repeating patterns on the floor. Certain regular polygons worked perfectly, like triangles, squares, and hexagons. We had to work closely with each other to be sure our shapes were accurately made so the pattern could continue. We also figured the area and perimeter of some of our biggest shapes!
How many triangles do you see in the shape below? 
Count carefully!


January Events for Kids


Noon Year's Eve 2017

We partied at the Gordon-Nash this weekend, and celebrated the coming year with a "Noon Year's Eve" gathering! There were stories and games, hot cocoa and munchkins, calendars and beads, funny hats and noisemakers as we all counted down to 12 noon. Thanks to families who braved the cold to come out and take part in the fun!
Happy New Year! 
More great programs coming in 2018!



As I have in year's past, today I read Christmas books and stories to small groups at Bridgewater-Hebron Village School's Day Before Holiday Break Celebration. I'm amazed that students remember books I've read from one year to the next, and request them! This outreach opportunity is starting to feel like a holiday tradition - one that I anticipate and enjoy! Thanks to B-HVS for asking me back!


It's so close to Christmas! We counted just four more days! It's time to read lots of fun Christmas books! First, we read Grumpy Badger's Christmas by Paul Bright, a story about Badger, who wants to sleep rather than celebrate Christmas with his animal neighbors. Next we read Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson. In this story, Bear is trying to stay awake to experience the holiday with his friends. In Fletcher and the Snowflake Christmas by Julia Rawlinson, Fletcher worries that Santa won't find the new home of The Rabbit Family, so he tries to help point the way. Our last book, Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry, told about how a tiny snip off the top of a Christmas tree brought holiday joy to so many.

See these cute little Christmas mice? We made these for our craft! They hang by their pipe cleaner/candy cane tails on a Christmas tree!
These kits were given to us many Christmases ago by a good friend of the library. Thanks for thinking of us, T.P.!


The Great Spruce!

With snowy weather here at last, NHCS Kindergarten can no longer walk to the library once a month - but I can go there! I brought this book with me, The Great Spruce by John Duvall. It tells about a young boy who has a favorite evergreen tree and the compromise he suggests when folks want to cut down his tree for their far-away city's Christmas tree. There were notes at the end that showed how the author had a personal connection to this very story!
We made a quick two-triangle Christmas tree, then decorated it with stickers and gems. But before we did that, we made special top-down and bottom-up cuts so the tree could stand and be three-dimensional! We added yarn at the top so we could hang it up at home!


A Gift-Giving Time of Year

There are so many holidays this time of year - and in most, gifts are given to those we love. So this week, we read stories about friends who give to others. The book How Kind! by Mary Murphy showed how acts of kindness can influence others to do the same. Pip & Squeak by Ian Schoenherr told about two mice trying to find the perfect present for their friend Gus. And A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards told of Mrs. Goldman, who generously knitted hats for everyone, and Sophia, who thought  knitting was so hard that all she made were pompoms! Can you guess who makes a hat for Mrs. Goldman in this story?

At craft time, we got to work making a gift for someone special! Using a pipe cleaner for threading, we strung on beads, buttons, baubles, and other colorful and shiny trinkets. What did we make? A bookmark, a rear view mirror hanger, a window gem, a tree ornament..... there were lots of ideas! Before we left, we wrapped out gift in tissue paper, tied it with ribbon, and made a tag.
Now it's all ready to give to someone we love. 
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