Good Friends

Our Storytime books today were all about friends and friendships. There are so many books in out library about friends, it was very hard to pick! But first we read Help! A Story of Friendship by Holly Keller, about a mouse in trouble and the friends who help her out. We read Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson, about a bear who was alone and frightened one night during a storm. Can you guess who helped Bear out? We read Virgil & Owen by Paulette Bogan, about a penguin who wants his new friend to have only one friend - him! Will You Be My Friend by Nancy Tafuri told about how a bird and a bunny became good friends. And Yo! Yes! by Chris Raschka was a quick story with just a few words but very expressive illustrations. We could almost tell the story just by looking at the pictures!

Then we made paper dolls of our friends. We decorated a paper person with yarn hair, a marker nose, and googley eyes. Then we added clothes, like shirts and skirts and pants. Some of us decorated the clothes with stickers and circles or stars and some added belts to the pant. One child even made her father - with a beard!

Thank yous - and a favor

The 2017 Summer Reading Program numbers are in! The most important ones are listed here.

So many generous businesses and organizations contributed to the success of this year's program. If you visit them, a word of thanks for their support would mean a lot - to the businesses, to the volunteers, and to us at the library.

The Common Man Restaurants
Hannaford of Bristol
The Friends of the Gordon-Nash Library
Jeremy Hiltz Excavation
Jordan's Ice Creamery 
Laconia SWAT
The Newfound Teachers' Union
NH Department of Transportation
The New Hampton School
The New Hampton Fire Department
Rossi's Italian Ristorante & Pizzeria 
Subway of New Hampton
Wellington State Park

Many thanks as well to the patrons and parents who provided ice cream, vehicles, programming costs, and more. Thank you to busy families who came to our Tuesday night programs or Thursday Storytimes. Finally, thanks to the parents who made sure their kids read over the summer and encouraged them to be "kind kids". You all helped us to Build a Better World at the Gordon-Nash!

In the Garden

Lots of young gardeners came to this week's Storytime, and we read three funny books about growing things. Muncha, Muncha, Muncha by Candace Fleming was a funny story of a gardener who was trying to save his vegetables from three bunnies. Up, Down, and All Around by Katherine Ayres was about vegetables that grow up, down, and all around! The last book, Carrot Soup by John Segal was about a rabbit who tended his carrot crop all spring and summer, but in fall, they all disappeared!

In some of our books, we saw a scarecrow - and that's what we made for a craft!

We Love Bugs!

Our books this week were all related to bugs! Here are the stories we read. 
Then we made an insect craft. The insect's base was a drinking straw. A piece of pool noodle was threaded on for the insect's abdomen, a pom-pom was glued on for its head and, between those two body parts, three pipe cleaners were twisted to make a throax with six legs. Reinforcements were big insect eyes and foil wings were glued to the throax area. It was a great looking insect with all the right body parts!
Then we snipped the back end of the straw with scissors to make it look like the tapered back of an insect. And when we blew into that part, the vibrations made a buzzing sound - like an insect!

No Theme Storytime II

This week, another session of our end-of-summer "No-Theme" Storytime. Each guest reader read a favorite story. Volunteer Emily read Moose Tracks by Karma Wilson, Director Miss Cathy read Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, and Librarian Lucy read The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read by Curtis Manley.
Then we once again ventured outside to draw with sidewalk chalk on the front walkway. Since we had experimented with the chalk last week, this week we were challenged to draw a picture or object that could enhance our photos of ourselves. Some patrons made fairy wings and crowns, some made balloons and kites to hold. There were troll hairdos, moose tracks, and "bear" feet.
 There's no rain in sight, so check out our drawings if you come to the library!

No Theme Storytime!

Today was a first for us - a Storytime with no theme! There were three stories to listen to, with two by guest readers! Miss Cathy read her favorite book - Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds. It was about a rabbit who imagined stolen carrots wherever he looked. Miss Cathy even read part of it in a creepy voice!
Next Lucy read one of her favorites, They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel about a cat who was spotted by different creatures as he took a walk. 
Then we went outside, and we drew with sidewalk chalk on the walkway out front! We sure had a good time - and the weather was perfect!

When we came in, we heard my favorite: The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend. It's about Jack the cat who tries to lure a bird to a nest he's constructed so he can get an egg for his lunch. Great balls of fire, this really is my favorite book, and I read it aloud every chance I get!
That night, the rains came and washed all our artwork away. Maybe we'll just have to do it again some time!

A Magical End!

What a great night to end our Summer Reading Program! First, we had ice cream courtesy of The Common Man Restaurants with assorted toppings donated by families. Then we were entertained by the magic and comedy of Bob Riordan. He wowed us with amazing tricks (including a math one!) and told us that, when he was a child, he became interested in magic after reading a book about it. Several times, he reminded the audience about what great resources libraries are!

I keep thinking about his presentation...I wonder how made those strings move...how he made that red hankie come out of that lady's sleeve...how he changed the color of that umbrella...
Thanks to all the families who attended this presentation - and special thanks to the Friends of the Gordon-Nash Library for funding it!


All Types of Homes

After hearing about Animal Architects this week, today we read about homes of all kinds. We started with If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen, about a boy who makes up plans for a fantastic house with a high-tech kitchen and other rooms full of fun. In Ned's New House by Kevin Tseng, Ned the worm leaves his apple home and tries living in other fruits and vegetables. Where to Little Wombat? by Charles Fuge, was about a small animal investigating the homes of his animal friends. And finally, In The Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming showed what sorts of creatures live in grassy areas.

We made some tall, tall grass by folding green paper to make a flap, then cutting into it down to the fold line. Then we made insects and other small critters to live in our "grass".

Caterpillars, bugs and beetles, snakes, bunnies...all sorts of critters, living the the tall, tall grass!

Animal Architects: Building Habitat

Naturalist Eric from the Squam Lakes Science Center came to the Gordon-Nash to tell us all about the building that animals do to make their homes. He brought with him three live animals - a woodchuck, a kestrel, and a porcupine.

Eric showed how woodchucks make a burrow with two openings and several small "rooms" for different purposes. He told us about kestrels, how they sometimes live in holes made by woodpeckers, and how non-native starlings now compete for those same nesting cavities in trees. He demonstrated with a giant model of a porcupine quill how the quill can get lodged in skin or animal fur. He told us that porcupines don't shoot their quills just like we could never shoot our hair out of our heads! He said that most animals are afraid of porcupines - except dogs and fishers! Eric told us so much more about these three animal architects and how they create places to live!
When the presentation was all over, Eric let the audience see and touch fisher and woodchuck pelts, kestrel wings and talons, and see porcupine quills up close but in a protective box.

Eric also reminded us that animals and people both need the same things in order to survive...
Thank you to Eric and the Squam Lakes Science Center for this fun and informative program. Also, sincere thanks to The Cohen Family for generously funding this wonderful program!

Trucks for Storytime!

After seeing all those construction and emergency vehicles Tuesday night, we followed up with a storytime session about trucks on Thursday. We read I'm a Truck Driver by Jonathan London that showed a boy or a girl driving lots of different kinds of trucks and heavy equipment. We also noticed the cat or dog on each page! Where is my T-R-U-C-K? by Karen Beaumont was a funny story about a boy who lost his favorite toy truck. Wait until you see where he found it! Finally, we read Miss Cathy's favorite - Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman, about Mr. Gilly, who collects trash. Here's a link to a video of the story if you want to hear it yourself! Don't forget to join in when you hear “Dump it in, smash it down, drive around the Trashy Town!”

We used foam pieces and cnstruction paper rectangles, scrap circles and other small objects to make a truck, and some made a ribbon road for it to travel on. Some used the materials to make a different kind of vehicle. During the crafting, there was lots of excited talk about all different styles of trucks and heavy equipment!
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