Saturday, December 28, 2019

STEM Saturday: "Gingerbread" Houses

Our final Saturday program of the year featured our traditional GNL holiday event of building "gingerbread" houses. As we have in the past, families used graham crackers to cover the milk carton bases and embellished the houses with edible decorations like cereal and candy.

We even had some impromptu "sandwich" making! Yum!

Monday, December 23, 2019

Christmas Storytime

Our Christmas books for Storytime were Grumpy Badger's Christmas by Paul Bright and Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson. In both stories, lots of woodland animals were getting ready for Christmas!

Our craft was the traditional Gordon-Nash Library Christmas one - an ornament to fill with our choices of some of the shiny and colorful materials we've used this year in our Storytime crafts! We added a glittery gold or silver pipe cleaner hanger and a tag with our names and the date Christmas 2019.

Mine looks beautiful hanging on my Christmas tree - I trust the others do as well!

Friday, December 20, 2019

B-HVS Holiday Celebration

Again this year, I was invited to be a part of today's Holiday Celebration for the students at Bridgewater-Hebron Village School. I brought holiday books from the Gordon-Nash and a few special ones from my personal Christmas collection. Students were able to listen to a read-aloud, draw, color, or browse books on their own. Favorite books were If You Ever Want to Bring a Pirate to Meet Santa, Don't! by Elise Parsley and The LEGO Night Before Christmas illustrated (with LEGO!) by Amanda Brack. Also a hit was The Night Before Christmas illustrated by B-HVS's Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Hunewill, when she was a Newfound third grader.

It was wonderful to see so many of our former Storytime patrons at their school! Thanks to Ms. Connor at B-HVS for inviting the Gordon-Nash to be an important part of this memorable school tradition.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019


This December in LEGO Club, Mr. Dowal and I challenged kids to make a MOC that would help to give bricks to children who might not necessarily have any. Through a promotion by the folks at, for each MOC photo posted on social media, a LEGO set will be delivered to a child in need somewhere in the world. Our LEGO Club kids made the Christmas ornaments and scenes posted here with the hashtag #BuildtoGive. MOCs will be on display at the library until mid-January.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Trees That Sparkle & Shine

we read this week Mr Willowby's Christmas Tree, a rhyming book by Robert  Barry. It's about a Christmas tree that would almost fit each time it was placed, and the funny things that happened when it was cut to fit. Then we used sparkles to decorate our own paper tree, and worked the small muscles in hands and fingers as we picked up sequins and other glittery things and dabbed glue. We brought our trees home as a decoration for Christmas!

Monday, December 9, 2019

Stars In Our Eyes

At last week's Storytime, we read Henry's Stars by NH author David Elliott, then read (and sang!) Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Kate Toms, filling in the words in the rhyming text. Then we decorated and embellished felt stars to bring home and hang. See how they twinkle?

Friday, November 22, 2019

Turkey Day

There was lots of practice with scissors this week as we made turkeys after hearing stories about Thanksgiving! Happy Turkey Day!

LEGO Club: Building Bridges

November's LEGO Club had the challenge of building a bridge using bricks provided by Mr. Dowal. MOCs will be on display this month upstairs in the display case! 

Crazy 8s Club: "Road Trip"

The New Hampton Community School After School Program kids used a math skills to calculate mileage and gas consumption as they drove their vehicles from coast to coast. In the process, they learned about cardinal and ordinal directions, the patterns in our interstate highway numbers, and practiced with the abbreviations for each state.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Animals in Fall

Our fall stories, about small animals preparing for colder weather, and our squirrel craft, with a paper bag body and a big bushy tail!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween!

A Pumpkin Man, created during our Halloween Storytime! 
Hang him in the window and let his eyes and mouth shine into the dark night!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Welcoming Library

This month in the Children's Room, we have displayed the Welcoming Library, a wonderful children's book collection about new neighbors.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Foliage at Storytime

At Storytime this week, we read several books about fall. We looked at the colors of real fallen leaves before we made our autumn trees. We used tissue paper for the colorful "leaves" and did lots of ripping and cutting!