Thursday, January 21, 2021
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Here's a link to a six minute read-aloud (not mine) of a fabulous children's book about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
A new take-home craft this week! All materials are in the bag for your child to make a paper penguin, complete with googly eyes, icy-colored sequins, and a fish dinner! Since this is not at all what a real penguin looks like, there are also links to two short made-for-kids videos of penguins you can watch with your family. In addition, below are a few penguin titles you might want to check out. So email or call if you're interested and we will put your book and kit requests in the curbside bin at the lower level entrance. By the way, we still have a few painting kits from last week!
Flight School by Lita Judge. Little Penguin, who has the "soul of an eagle," enrolls in flight school.
Little Penguin Gets The Hiccups by Tadgh Bentley. A little penguin enlists the help of the reader to get rid of his major hiccups.
Love, Mama by Jeanette Bradley. When Mama leaves her young penguin Kipling, he knows she'll return home soon - yet he still can't help but miss her.
Penguin and Little Blue by Megan McDonald. For Penguin and Little Blue, home is far, far away and they are missing it and all their feathered friends. But how can they escape show business to reach Antarctica?
Playful little penguins by Tony Mitton. While enjoying a full day of their favorite activities, a group of young penguins helps a baby seal that has been separated from her mother.
Virgil & Owen by Paulette Bogan. Virgil the penguin finds a polar bear and tries to claim it as his own, but the polar bear wants to splash with the terns, slide with the seals, twirl with all the penguins, and be called by his name--Owen.Penguins! by Gail Gibbons. Describes the habitat, physical characteristics, and behavior of different kinds of penguins.
Penguins. by Seymour Simon. Penguin facts from an acclaimed science writer and detailed photos from expert photographers. A book geared to older children, but you could read and discuss with a younger one.
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Monday, December 14, 2020
Thursday, December 10, 2020
I love this book. The illustrations are so detailed and clever. If you get a chance, borrow it and read it to your kids up close. Very sorry about the orientation of the camera...try to view it at full screen.
If some child knows the answer to the question I pose about halfway through the story, could you post it in the comments, please? 😉Thanks.
Monday, December 7, 2020
Monday, November 30, 2020
Does your family celebrate a big holiday in December? There are lots of special days! Hanukkah starts December 10th, Las Posadas begins December 16th, Christmas is December 25th, and Kwanza starts December 26. The Yule, or the Winter Solstice (the longest night of the year!) is December 21st. And there are more! This week’s craft will help your child see the number of days left until your family's BIG DAY!
Kids connect lots of colorful or sparkly loops, with one for every day of December leading up to your holiday. Each day, they remove the bottom loop. When the loops are gone, it's time to celebrate!
Contact the library for your kit(s), available to pick up from the Curbside Bin. December starts tomorrow!!
Monday, November 23, 2020
I just love this book. Every year when I read it, I laugh all over again. It's pretty short - I hope you and your children like it, too. Post a comment, and let me know your family's reaction.
Maybe your child would like to help with food preparation. Here are a few websites with easy recipes for kids - there are lots more online!
Two Ingredient Cream Biscuits: https://addapinch.com/two-ingredient-cream-biscuit-recipe/#axzz30oMVd89O
Apple Pie Bites (I'm going to make these myself!)
Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix
Calls for a bag of Candy Corn or Harvest Mix but I bet you don’t need it.
My favorite thing to make with kids is butter! Heavy cream in a jar, shaken vigorously for several minutes. Just past the whipped cream(!) stage, the cream will separate into a lump of butter and a bit of buttermilk. Take out the lump, mix in a little salt, and put it in a small bowl on your table. Believe me, your child will be so proud when that butter is passed for rolls, potatoes, etc. If you need a recipe, there's one here: https://buggyandbuddy.com/make-butter/
Want a read-aloud story with a recipe to follow? We have several in the Children's Room!
Pancakes pancakes by Eric Carle, with a recipe for pancakes.
Cranberry Thanksgiving by Harry Devlin and Wende Devlin featuring "Grandmother's Famous Cranberry Bread"
Amelia Bedelia’s first apple pie has a recipe for apple pie.
Bear and chicken - make "Bear’s vegetable soup"
The Mitten, with a recipe for Grandma’s delicious hot cocoa.
The gingerbread man, with a recipe for gingerbread cookies!
Pumpkin Soup!: with a recipe for that!
Soup Day: make delicious "Snowy day vegetable soup"
And we have two books with pie recipes...
How to make a cherry pie and see the USA
How to make an apple pie and see the world
This year, I am thankful that our community is supporting the library and each other. I'm thankful that kids have resources and adults who are committed to helping them grow and learn in and outside of school. I'm thankful that there is hope for a time when we can all be together again as we were before.
Have a safe and a memorable holiday with your family.