Thursday, August 28, 2014

Music, music, music!

Our last science-themed Storytime was today, when we read about music and made a tambourine to take home. Our books were Mole Music by David McPhail, about Mole who plays his violin in private never realizing the effect of his beautiful music on others. Froggy Plays In The Band by Jonathan London is about Froggy and his friends who decide to compete in a band parade and contest. Finally, Geraldine the Music Mouse by Leo Lionni told about a mouse who heard music coming from a strange source and ultimately learned to make her own kind of music.
A paper plate was the base for our tambourine. We colored the center, then threaded  jingle bells and crepe paper streamers through the holes on the edge. Beautiful!
We played along with recorded music by Elizabeth Mitchell as we shook and banged our tambourines. Good music!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bubble Stuff

Today's Storytime theme was bubbles - and we had fun with a craft and an activity! First, we read about a baby who floated in a bubble in Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy, and about pretend-pirates taking a bath in bubbles in Bubble Bath Pirates by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. We also heard Strega Nona Takes a Vacation by Tomie DePaola and laughed when Big Anthony flooded the village with bubble bath suds!

For a craft, we all placed several foam stickers on some paper and printed a "bubble" over them, so they looked a bit like the baby in the story. Stars, basketballs, flowers, ladybugs, all floating across our papers inside painted bubbles! We used different sized cups as stamps to make the bubbles. Our watercolors quickly ran together so we're not sure what color those bubbles are!

But outside, the bubbles were rainbow-swirled as we used cups, straws, the tops of bottles, paper tubes, and other objects to make giant bubbles on the lawn. What fun!

Here's the recipe for the bubble solution:
6 cups water
1/2 cup blue Dawn dish soap
1/2 cup corn starch
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp glycerine (available at pharmacies)

Our biggest bubbles came from wands we quickly made with the help of parents: Use two equal pieces of drinking straw, and a piece of cotton string or yarn about six times longer than the length of one straw. Thread the yarn through the straws and tie a knot. Dip the whole thing in the bubble stuff, then hold by the straws and blow!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Miss Jessica!

Artist, Author, and illustrator Miss. Jessica L. Fligg joined the children at the Gordon Nash Library this morning. Although the children missed Mrs. Hunewell this morning, while she is on vacation, the children enjoyed their time with Miss. Jessica. They listened to one of Miss. Jessica’s original stories titled Susie’s Painting Adventure! A very colorful story about a young girl and her dog. Susie is a little girl who loves to paint. In the story Susie and her dog Rufus help teach the children about mixing colors and learning which colors to mix to achieve the color that is desired. After the story Miss. Jessica guided the children in a project where they had fun recreating Susie’s masterpiece from the story. The children were very excited to complete this project and have a masterpiece of their own to take home with them! 

Miss. Jessica L. Fligg would like to invite the children and their families to come back to view her Artwork on display in the Gallery. The Gallery is located on the lower level of the Gordon Nash Library. This display will remain up through the end of August. If you are interested in Jessica's children's stories check her author spotlight page here!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Guest Reader: Jessica Fligg

Next week, for our Thursday morning Storytime, we will have a special guest reader. New Hampshire artist and author Jessica Fligg, who is displaying her beautiful artwork downstairs in the gallery, will be reading Susie's Painting Adventure and will have a special art activity for the children. Brandi will be there, too! Please come and welcome Jessica Fligg to our library! I'm excited to think about what she will create with the children!

Family Movie Night!

As long as school doesn't begin yet, let's continue to do special science activities on Tuesday nights! This coming Tuesday, August 12th, Mrs. Simard will be showing a movie in the big room downstairs. The name of the film is "Robots" and it's rated PG - here's the link to Common Sense Media if parents want to read more about why it earned that rating. The site also says the movie is full of positive messages about following your dreams! 

The movie will begin at 6:15 and should end at 7:45. Come to the library - and bring your family!  

Lots of Reading! Lots of Books!

As they read books these past weeks, the children of the Summer Reading Program wrote down the title and often, the number of minutes they read. For each book read, kids received a foil star to add to our Fizz Boom Read bulletin board in the Children's Room.
Here are two readers adding the last of the stars to the bulletin board. What a starry, starry sky!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

What's the Weather?

Continuing with our science themes, this week the Storytime kids listened to books about weather. In Rain or Shine, Curious George learned to look for clues in the air and sky to find out what the weather was going to do. Freddy the Frogcaster did the same thing in the book by Janice Dean, and he saved the town picnic! This Is The Rain by Lola Schaefer tells how water falls from the clouds as rain and eventually makes its way back to the sea. And Brandie read us Rain by Manya Stojic, about animals tracking a storm with their senses!

Then we made weather wheels so we could chart the weather at home. Paper plates were divided into fourths, and each section showed a symbol for a kind of weather. See our clouds, rain, sun, and snow?

A spinner attached to the middle will help us point to the weather we are seeing each day. I hope we don't see snow any time soon!

As you can see, today was a sunny day! And it's always a fun day at Storytime at the Gordon-Nash Library!
Look at that sunny smile!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Summer Reading Program Celebration!

This was the final night for the Summer Reading Program at the Gordon-Nash Library. It was a wonderful night of friends, family, and fun! Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals were here to entertain us. Morris Moose, Einstein the Color-Mixing Lab Monkey, and Francie Flamingo all made us laugh out loud!  Favorites were Beep-Bop-Beep, a dancing robot and Captain Rotten Pickle, who had a pool noodle for a telescope!

After the puppet show, Mrs. Simard scooped ice cream for everyone (even Lindsay! But not for her Puppet Pals!). Families brought in syrups and candies and whipped cream for toppings! Yum! Thank you to The New Hampton School and Mr. Sharter for the generous donation of ice cream and to all the parents who provided toppings! 

Each participant received a colorful wrist band and a Fizz-Boom-Read surprise. Our Summer Reading Program was awesome and great fun! Thank you to all the families who attended!
Now, you may think that this is the end....But it's not! 
Next Tuesday, Robots, the movie (rated PG) - 
6:15pm downstairs at the Gordon-Nash!


Tonight marks the official end of the Summer Reading Program at the Gordon-Nash. Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals will be performing at 6:30, ending with our ice cream party at 7:30. Come add your reading stars to our bulletin board and have some fun!