Thursday, June 30, 2016

Summer Reading Program: Game Night

Our first Summer Reading Program event, a family hike of the New Hampton Nature/Fitness Trail, had to be postponed a week due to the threat of bad weather. So we met at the library and had our Game Night, scheduled for the following week.

The night was planned and run by Robert, who began by reading Goal! by Mina Javaherbin. This sports-themed book was set in a village in South Africa - where soccer is called football!

Next, kids made marshmallow shooters from cups and balloons and had a launching contest. Those marshmallows flew all over the room!

Last came Uno, card games, and cooperative games like Jenga. The night ended with prizes for everyone!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Ladybug, ladybug!

For the first Storytime of summer, we read about ladybugs. We read Eric Carle's The Grouchy Ladybug about an impolite and rude ladybug who thought she was better than anyone else. In Ladybug, Ladybug, Where Are You? by Cyndy Szekeres we found the ladybug hidden on each page. And Ladybug Girl at the Beach by David Soman told about the bravery of one of our favorite heroes when she was faced with the fear of the ocean.

Next, we crafted ladybugs of our own. Some of us chose to make them from paper plates with wings that opened and closed. Others chose to make three dimensional ladybugs from paper circles.

And some of us chose - dinosaurs!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Dad's Day

Dad's deserve a special day, and this week's Storytime was part of it! We read books about fathers, then made special crowns to give to the special men in our lives.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

2016 Summer Reading Program

It's almost time for the Summer Reading Program! This year's theme is On Your Mark, Get Set, READ so programs are fitness, wellness, and sports and game-related. We have some big changes to the program this year - check out the Schedule of Events to see. And if you would like to register your child online, just click here!

Gather your family and meet us at the New Hampton Nature/Fitness Trail on Tuesday, June 28th at 6:30 for our Kick-Off Celebration and to pick up materials to track summer reading. Bring your walking shoes - and your bug spray, just in case!

If you have questions, call the library or email

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Frogs & Toads

Spring brings tadpoles, then frogs and toads. Today, we read about all of them. We started with 999 Tadpoles by Ken Kimura, about a mother and father frog who must move their tadpole babies when they outgrow their pond. Our next book tells of when 999 Frogs Wake Up (by the same author!)  It's Spring, and the frogs go from place to place trying to wake the other hibernating animals. In Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson, the rhyming, repetitive story tells of a frog who eats most of the insects in his bog.

Our paper plate was colored a nice froggy green before it was folded in half. Leg were glued on, then pompoms and googly eyes. Some added colored dots to make the frog look spotted, and everyone rolled a strip of red around a pencil to make a spiral tongue.