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STEM Saturday: Lego Challenges

Lego play with a purpose for STEM Saturday! Make the tallest building! Will a base help? How to make horizontal Legos tall? Build a scene from your favorite book! Will your friends recognize it? So much fun today!!

 
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Bedtime Stories

Brandie was a good sport and wore her new PJs to Storytime the morning we all heard stories about bedtime! We read about our friends Bear and Mouse having a sleep-over in A Bedtime for Bear by Bonny Becker. In Tiger Can't Sleep by S. J. Fore, a child has trouble getting to sleep because there's a noisy, silly tiger in his closet! In What! Cried Granny by Kate Lum, Patrick is preparing to sleep over his grandmother's house. He finds he's missing a few things but his clever grandmother quickly provides them in a funny way!

We made a mobile of the foil-covered crescent moon with colorful decorated stars hanging from the bottom. We can hang these in our rooms or over our beds to help us have good dreams at bedtime!

Drop in and Build!

Saturday morning was full of fun as children and families dropped in to the library to explore and create with our borrowed Legos. Music, refreshments, and a chance to win a Lego set added to the fun as kids of all ages built and shared and labelled their creations. Everything was AWESOME!

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Construction & Legos!

We have a big tub of Legos on loan for the month of March, so this week's Storytime was an opportunity to explore with them. We read If I Built A House, a funny story by Chris Van Dusen, about a boy who planned out a fantastic house that any child would want to live in! Build, Dogs, Build: A Tall Tail by James Horvath was a rhyming book about a team of dogs who built a huge apartment building in the city. In Rainstack by Onur Tukel, a rabbit did the building of a machine to make it rain - but in the end, teamwork helped to make that happen.

Then we played and explored and had lots of Lego fun with our friends!

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Happy Birthdays!

There were lots of books and conversation about birthdays at our recent Storytime! We read Happy Birthday Jesse Bear by Nancy White Carlstrom, a story about Jesse's birthday party. Big Brown Bear's Birthday Surprise by David McPhail was about a birthday picnic by the river and the surprise that went floating by. In A Birthday for Bear by Bonny Becker, Bear does not like birthdays so he does not want his friend Mouse to have a party for him! Finally, Clever Jack Takes the Cake by Candace Fleming tells about a special cake for a special person and what happened to it as it was being delivered!
At craft time, we made birthday crowns from paper plates. The bottoms of the plates were cut into eight sections, then folded up for the crown's points. Crowns were decorated with coloring, stickers, stamps, and jewels. When they were finished, we had a birthday parade around the library!
Birthdays sure are fun - even when you're just reading about them!
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March - LEGO Month!

I've been waiting for this month all winter! No, not because Spring comes, but because the LEGOs came!! We have been on a waiting list for a BIG box of Legos and finally, it's our turn! The box came today!

We'll be offering two special Lego events this month. On Saturday, March 21st from 10:30-1:30, "march" in any time for fun with Legos, a chance at a door prize, and some light refreshments. Bring your friends! Bring your parents! Bring anyone who loves Legos!

Our STEM Saturday on March 28th from 10:30-11:30 will feature some engineering challenges with these Legos. Even though we don't have motors or robotics, we can still build bridges or skyscrapers or castles! Come to STEM Saturday and bring your ideas!

Finally, if you're in the library and you want to play for a while, just march up to the desk and ask for them and someone will get you the Legos. All we ask is that you clean them up when you're done - and that you have fun while you're using them! Don't forget - Everything is Awesome when you have Legos!
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