Fall Storytimes

The leaves are turning beautiful colors now, so it's time to read about fall! Here are a few of the books we read this week. Mouse's First Fall by Lauren Thompson showed two mice having fun in all colors, sizes, and shapes of fall leaves. Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert told about the life of a tree and how it changes with seasons. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson is about a fox who thinks his favorite tree is in trouble when it begins to lose its leaves. Fletcher tries so hard to help his tree and doesn't realize that what happens is just part of nature.

Then we made trees with paper trunks and branches and lots and lots of colorful tissue paper leaves. Some made one big tree, others made two. Som embellished their work with fall stickers. Doesn't the table look like it's covered in beautiful fall colors?

Kindergarten Returns!

On a spectacular fall afternoon, kindergartners from New Hampton Community School walked down to the Gordon-Nash for a second visit.  First, we read The Great Monster Hunt by Norbert Landa, about Duck who heard a sound under his bed, and all the animal friends who he looked to for help. Then we talked more about choosing a good book and taking care of it when it's out of the library. While waiting for a turn to choose a book to take back to the classroom, each child colored a "monster" bookmark to bring home. Kids practiced sliding a paint stick (donated by R.P. Williams in Bristol) into the spot on the shelf next to a book they thought they might like to look at. If they decide not to borrow that book, the paint stick marked the spot where it belonged back on the shelf! Everyone chose a book to take back to their classroom, checked it out at the circulation desk, and slid it into Mrs. Bird's special library book bag. Before they left, we read Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, because we didn't have time to read it the last time! And it was funny, but not so creepy!

LEGO Club!

October was our first month for this year's LEGO Club. We had close to thirty kids each working to build a unique creation! Beginning with next month's meeting on November 15th, Mr. Dowal will again offer building techniques for those who want to learn about specific bricks and how they can make structures sturdy and intricate. Call the library for details!


Apple Picking Time

At Thursday Storytime, we read stories about apples. Apple Trouble by Ragnhild Scamell was about a hedgehog who got an apple, and then other items, stuck to her spines and she couldn't fit in her new home. Ned's New Home by Kevin Tseng told about a worm who lived in an apple that was starting to rot. The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall shows an apple tree in all seasons as a family waits for the apples so they can make a pie. Our last book, Ten Apples Up On Top, is a funny book by Dr. Seuss about friends who can balance tall piles of apples on their heads!
We cut open an apple and were surprised to see the star inside made by the apple seeds! Then we collaged a big paper plate with all sorts of red materials - construction and tissue paper, ribbon, yarn, foam - to make the plate look like an apple. Some chose to put seeds in the middle of their apples. A twisty stem and a leaf finished the project. See?

Caterpillars & Butterflies

Recently, I attended an event for Children's Librarians, and was able to choose a free picture book to take back to our library. I loved Caterpillar Dreams by Clive McFarland so much, I was anxious to bring it to Storytime so I could read it to kids! Henri, the caterpillar, was determined to fly and go on an amazing adventure - and he does! Check out the book to find out how! We also read Don't Worry Bear by Greg Foley, about Bear who is concerned as a small friend changes his form. Our last book was an old favorite: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This book is beautifully designed and illustrated, and children love it.

After a quick demonstration of symmetry, we made a butterfly with a craft stick body and beautifully decorated wings. We used stickers, tissue paper squares, foam shapes, wiki-stixs, crayons and markers to make the plain wings so colorful!

Kindergarten is Back!

New Hampton Community School Kindergartners are again walking to the Gordon-Nash Library once a month, as weather permits. We at the library are so excited and happy to continue this collaborative tradition!

After a quick tour of the library, we read this funny book about a gardener trying to save his crops from clever, hungry rabbits. We loved Muncha, Muncha, Muncha by Candace Fleming!
Then we watched as Kindergarten teacher Judi Bird demonstrated how to choose books from the shelves. She picked a few books to take back to kindergarten so students could read them during class. Next time, everyone will choose his or her own book to take back to kindergarten!  
I was so excited to see these kindergartners that I forgot to take a picture! Here they are, going back to school! We can't wait until you come back in October!


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!
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