This summer, we've had several Tuesday afternoon drop-in LEGO times, where kids (and adults!) can stop in and build with their friends. Mr. Dowal has been available for questions - and ideas, and even Mrs. Blackey has join in on the fun! It sure is great to be together and building again! We have one more session on Tuesday, August 10. Maybe you could join us?
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Sunday, July 18, 2021
At our Tails & Tales Storytime this week, we read these stories of the forest and books with woodland animals as characters.
Then we used a paper bag base for a design of an animal of the forest. With construction paper and our imaginations, we made the animals we wanted. And what a variety of woodland critters we had!
Sunday, July 11, 2021
My favorite part is Chapter 4 when Dog Man transformed into a robot! It's fun, funny and silly.
It has all the same people from Book 1 including the Nurse Lady!
This is why kids should read it! And it is now loved around the world! (Hint: Look at the cover on top of the book title!)
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Our weekly "Tails and Tales" will all be related to animal distinctions and habitats. This first week: Tales & Tails from the Zoo: Lions & Tigers & Bears - Oh My! We read A Sick Day for Amos McGee about a kind zookeeper with a special relationship with his animals. We also read Zoozical about zoo animals who put on a special show for the town. For our craft, we made a lion or tiger or bear and had pictures taken in front of the appropriate tail. See?
Saturday, June 12, 2021
GORDON-NASH LIBRARY At New Hampton School
2021 SUMMER READING PROGRAM
The Gordon-Nash Summer Reading Program for kids is back - and it's in person! This year's theme is "Tails and Tales" so you know there will be an animal focus! The Summer Reading Program encourages children to read over the summer months when they are way from school and formal learning. At the library, we have "Tails & Tales" forms for readers to help them track minutes they've read (or been read to) each day. We suggest 15 minutes per day for beginning readers and 30 minutes for more fluent ones, but would also be willing to set individual goals with your child. We have adapted forms for very young children who are read to or for older readers who would rather record book titles than minutes read. We offer small incentives for children to check in with us on their progress throughout the summer weeks. And we're working on an end-of-program raffle with chances to win books and gift certificates. Finally, kids do not need to read books exclusively from the Gordon-Nash - they can borrow books from friends, from other libraries, or they can read online. If your child wants a Gordon-Nash library card, all we need is parent information.
Our weekly Storytime will also follow the "Tales & Tails" theme, with stories and a craft every Thursday from 10:45-11:45 downstairs in the new Children's Room.
June 24: Tails & Tales from the Zoo: Lions & Tigers & Bears - Oh My!
July 1: Tails & Tales from Home: We 🖤Our Pets!
July 8: Tails & Tales from the Farm: E-I-E-I-O!
July 15: Tails & Tales from the Forest: Goin’ on a Bear Hunt!
July 22: Tails & Tales from The Jungle: Lions & Tigers & Monkeys (oh my!)
July 29: Tails & Tales from the Sea: A Whale of a Good TimeAugust 5: Tails & Tales Menagerie: Animal Requests from YOU!
Friday, June 11, 2021
GORDON-NASH LIBRARY At New Hampton School
2021 SUMMER READING PROGRAM
Fun, upbeat songs that tickle the funny bone, warm the heart, and delight the imagination - with lots of audience participation. For young and old alike.
Lindsay & Her Puppet Pals
Melodious songs and music, whimsical comedy, and science-fantasy.
An animal's tail can serve as a rudder when swimming, help with agility during flight, or can even function like an extra hand. Meet live native wildlife ambassadors as a naturalist from the science center tells tales of the tails of some of New Hampshire's native wildlife.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
This week's take-home craft is a kit for starting sunflower seeds. In the take-home kit, you’ll find a paper cup, a small bag of potting soil, and an envelope. Inside the envelope are some spring stickers and four sunflower seeds. Use the peel-and-stick stickers to decorate the outside of the cup. Then plant the seeds in the cup and put it somewhere where your child can water it and watch the plants grow. After a few weeks, move them to the garden or to a bigger pot. They can get tall pretty fast!
Alternatively, you can plant them directly in the ground. They should germinate at about the same rate with the warm weather we've been having. I think I'll add a plant marker to the kit!
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
April is Poetry Month and April 29th is Poem In Your Pocket Day - a day to carry a favorite poem and to share it with others. Since I can't share a poem from my pocket this year, I'll share one of my favorites with you here on the blog.
I love Jack Prelutsky (what kid doesn't?) and this is one of my favorite poems by him - perfect for Spring weather! You can read it here...or listen to it here (sung by one of my favorite musicians Natalie Merchant!)... or watch an animated version here!
It's a very silly poem, but I like it because it's cleverly written - and it's about ice cream!
And, since it's Poetry Month, this week's take home craft is a Spring (Poet) Tree! Up until a few weeks ago, many trees here looked like this one:
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Frogs! Have you seen them yet? Have you heard them at night? This week's take-home craft is a frog puppet. The folding of the paper for the puppet is a bit tricky at first, and there are simple directions in the kit for you adults to follow and to practice. But once you figure out how easy it is to fold one, you can make as many as you want - and turn them into other puppet animals, or even puppet people! I will definitely be making this versatile puppet base with kids over and over. I bet with some brown paper (or maybe a piece of a paper bag), you could even make a toad puppet at home. So call the library or email us if you want a take-home kit!
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
My favorite "nest" story is The Perfect Nest, by Catherine Friend. It's also one of my favorite read-alouds, because there are so many different voices to be made. It's another book where the detail in the pictures is important to the story, and I couldn't manipulate the book well enough to film it while reading it myself. So here's someone else's very good rendition of this very funny story!
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
MARCH of the Animals wraps up with a "HOP"! A Spring rabbit made of an envelope - with a hidden space and some fancy paper for a message or a drawing to surprise someone special. All the materials are enclosed in the envelope! You just need a glue stick and some imagination!
And here's the read aloud for this week - about Jasper the Rabbit, who loves carrots - until he meets a new kind of carrot!!
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
How is Maple Syrup Made? by Grace Hansen. This title will take readers through the process of bottling maple syrup, starting in Canada where there are lots of maple trees. Readers will learn how maple syrup is gathered, processed, and bottled for them to buy and enjoy on their pancakes. Nonfiction.
Maple Syrup by Lynne M. Stone. Describes one the favorite North American trees that offers one gift after another, including hardwood for building, beauty with its leaves, and a favorite taste, maple syrup. Nonfiction.
Maple Syrup from the Sugarhouse by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton. Maple syrup season is here! Kelsey and her father begin harvesting sap from sugar maple trees. Join their family and friends in this farm-to-table process of turning sap into maple syrup. Includes maple syrup facts in the back matter to make this perfect for an educational story time. Fiction.Sugaring by Jessie Haas. Nora wants to find a way to give the horses a special treat for helping her grandfather and her gather sap to make maple syrup. Fiction.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
March of the Animals month continues, this week with elephants! I love this week's story, Elmer by David McKee. It's about a very different elephant who gets tired of his looks and what happens when he tries to change his appearance. Such a cute story!
All the elephants of the jungle were gray except Elmer, who was a patchwork of brilliant colors - until the day he got tired of being different and making the other elephants laugh.
I'm always so interested to watch authors reading their own books. They know exactly how they wanted their writing to sound! And David McKee has a wonderful British accent! Check it out!
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
So I added this one animal to the list because there was story I wanted to read. It's sooo funny!! After you watch the read-aloud, make your own little dog craft with one of this week's take-home kits. Lots of coloring, some cutting, and easy to put together. Arf!
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
At the request of a young patron, this week's focus is giraffes! Check out the read-aloud below, and make your own little dancing giraffe with this week's craft kit. Call or email if you want us to put one in the Curbside Bin for your little animal lovers!