Saturday, December 19, 2020
Monday, December 14, 2020
Thursday, December 10, 2020
I love this book. The illustrations are so detailed and clever. If you get a chance, borrow it and read it to your kids up close. Very sorry about the orientation of the camera...try to view it at full screen.
If some child knows the answer to the question I pose about halfway through the story, could you post it in the comments, please? 😉Thanks.
Monday, December 7, 2020
Monday, November 30, 2020
Does your family celebrate a big holiday in December? There are lots of special days! Hanukkah starts December 10th, Las Posadas begins December 16th, Christmas is December 25th, and Kwanza starts December 26. The Yule, or the Winter Solstice (the longest night of the year!) is December 21st. And there are more! This week’s craft will help your child see the number of days left until your family's BIG DAY!
Kids connect lots of colorful or sparkly loops, with one for every day of December leading up to your holiday. Each day, they remove the bottom loop. When the loops are gone, it's time to celebrate!
Contact the library for your kit(s), available to pick up from the Curbside Bin. December starts tomorrow!!
Monday, November 23, 2020
I just love this book. Every year when I read it, I laugh all over again. It's pretty short - I hope you and your children like it, too. Post a comment, and let me know your family's reaction.
Maybe your child would like to help with food preparation. Here are a few websites with easy recipes for kids - there are lots more online!
Two Ingredient Cream Biscuits: https://addapinch.com/two-ingredient-cream-biscuit-recipe/#axzz30oMVd89O
Apple Pie Bites (I'm going to make these myself!)
Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix
Calls for a bag of Candy Corn or Harvest Mix but I bet you don’t need it.
My favorite thing to make with kids is butter! Heavy cream in a jar, shaken vigorously for several minutes. Just past the whipped cream(!) stage, the cream will separate into a lump of butter and a bit of buttermilk. Take out the lump, mix in a little salt, and put it in a small bowl on your table. Believe me, your child will be so proud when that butter is passed for rolls, potatoes, etc. If you need a recipe, there's one here: https://buggyandbuddy.com/make-butter/
Want a read-aloud story with a recipe to follow? We have several in the Children's Room!
Pancakes pancakes by Eric Carle, with a recipe for pancakes.
Cranberry Thanksgiving by Harry Devlin and Wende Devlin featuring "Grandmother's Famous Cranberry Bread"
Amelia Bedelia’s first apple pie has a recipe for apple pie.
Bear and chicken - make "Bear’s vegetable soup"
The Mitten, with a recipe for Grandma’s delicious hot cocoa.
The gingerbread man, with a recipe for gingerbread cookies!
Pumpkin Soup!: with a recipe for that!
Soup Day: make delicious "Snowy day vegetable soup"
And we have two books with pie recipes...
How to make a cherry pie and see the USA
How to make an apple pie and see the world
This year, I am thankful that our community is supporting the library and each other. I'm thankful that kids have resources and adults who are committed to helping them grow and learn in and outside of school. I'm thankful that there is hope for a time when we can all be together again as we were before.
Have a safe and a memorable holiday with your family.
Monday, November 16, 2020
Sunday, November 8, 2020
If you Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff
This is a Moose by Richard Morris
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
Z is for Moose by Kathy Bingham
Jefferson Measures a Moose by Mara Rockliff
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Monday, November 2, 2020
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Farmer Brown does not like Halloween, but the animals hold a Halloween party in his barn.
A little pumpkin dreams of the day when he will be a big, fierce, yellow pumpkin who frightens away the field mice as the scarecrow does.
Too scared to go trick-or-treating, John Pig stays home on Halloween and has an unplanned party with some unexpected, monstrous guests.
The too-scary story by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
At bedtime, their father tells Grace and Walter a scary story about two children in a dark forest.
Room on the broom by Julia Donaldson
A witch finds room on her broom for all the animals that ask for a ride, and they repay her kindness by rescuing her from a dragon.
Mercy Watson : princess in disguise by Kate DiCamillo
Persuaded by the word "treating" to dress up as a princess for Halloween, Mercy the pig's trick-or-treat outing has some very unexpected results
Monday, August 10, 2020
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Monday, August 3, 2020
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Monday, July 27, 2020
Before we get on to Week 4 activities, here's a quick look at some photos from Week 3. It looks like there was lots of fun with bridge-building activities! Some to help the Billy Goats get past the Troll...
and some to support cans of food!
Beautiful painted rocks from this week's Bingo sheet.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Monday, July 20, 2020
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
In the meantime, I'll keep searching for a way to fix it.
Monday, July 13, 2020
I heard that two of my favorite patrons were trying to completely fill their Week One Bingo cards! What a great idea!! I hope they succeed! Here's their progress so far!
Here's the link for the activities for Week 2: https://bit.ly/2OjP1kC. Included this week is a link to a wonderful puppet musical that I loved! A library in California has generously made this available to other interested libraries, but only until the end of the week at which time the link will be deactivated. So watch soon! There's also a STEM challenge that features the same fairy tale as the play. There's a Build a Castle LEGO Challenge and a chance to design your own family crest to hang in your home-castle! There's a new photo challenge, a new scavenger hunt, a new Bingo Card, and a new Thursday Storytime, coming in a few days.
Do you have friends who need Summer Reading Program materials and an Engineering Kit? I have some left! Just let me know! Click here to fill out the form to make it happen!
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Sunday, July 5, 2020
I hope there is enough here to allow you and your child to make choices about how your family will participate. As your child completes activities, let us know. You can save your papers to turn in at the library at a later date, or you can show them if you check out books at the New Hampton Community School's Curbside Library on Tuesday mornings. You can also take photos of activity sheets, craft creations, models built, and experiments performed and email them to me (email address below) or post them to a weekly post on the Gordon-Nash Library Facebook page. When the program is finished, small prizes will be awarded to all who have actively participated.
One of the STEM challenges this summer involves videos and craft material from the Children's Museum of NH in Dover. They have supplied us with videos of their engineering challenges and with the materials kits they would have used had they presented in person at the library. I have kits for 50 children. If you would like kits for your child or children, just let me know by filling out and submitting this quick form at https://forms.gle/MHWGA3rTmt6kxS139.
I hope you will find creative ways to keep books in the hands of your children. The New Hampton Community School is generously offering their students Tuesday morning curbside pickup of books selected from their online catalog at https://newfound.follettdestiny.com/. Share personal books with friends. Borrow from other libraries. Download to Kindles. If there is a book that someone is really anxious to read, let me know - and maybe we can make that happen. Lastly, I hope that you continue to read to and with your children this summer and make literacy a family affair.
Please reach out with questions and concerns. My email is below. If you leave me a voice mail at the Gordon-Nash (677-3479), I'll get your message and call you back.
I hope to see you soon at the library. Take good care.
Chris Hunewell (email@example.com)
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
https://kourtneylafavre.com/. In the "Book Activities" section of this website is a recording of Kourtney reading her book. She has also posted activities for kids to have fun and to experiment with the power of the Sun. Additionally, there's a link to her Pinterest board for more ways to have fun with the sun.
A great way to learn - with a wonderful website, a fascinating STEM story, and lots of exciting and fun activities to do during these warm Spring and Summer months. Check it out!! https://kourtneylafavre.com/
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
There are lots and lots of fun things for kids and families to investigate at their website, like classic books to read, activities and information from DogMan author Dav Pilkey, a braille activity sheet, stories and read-alouds from the Imagination Library and so much more!
Check it all out at The Library of Congress website at https://www.loc.gov/families/!
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
After you watch their version of I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, check out other performances by Little A Theater on their YouTube Channel. They're so much fun to watch, and very creative. I bet you could do something like this! And if you do, leave me a comment so I'll know!
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
All along the trail, there are woodland flowers and plants, many with tiny signs giving the name of the plant.
Monday, April 20, 2020
"Ongoing exploration of science, art, and human perception." Online experiences and activities for kids and adults. It's one of my favorite spots on the internet! Be sure to check out "Tinker Around Your House!" And I'm going to see if I can make some cranky contraptions!
The Museum of Science at Home.
From the Boston Museum of Science. Live presentations, engineering projects, podcasts, kid-friendly activities, and STEM!
Boston Children's Museum
Daily activities emailed to your house - as well as an archive of previous activities. Lots to choose from here!!
Squam Lakes Association