Thursday, May 6, 2021


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t's finally Spring! Those trees that had flowers last week are getting leaves this week! Hooray for Spring!

This week's take-home craft is a flower arrangement on a cup. Each flower is made from two white circles, colored or cut, with a pipe cleaner glued between them. Twisty pipe cleaner stems make the flowers look "Spring-y"! The cup can be decorated using the special-cut paper in the kit. A cute spring arrangement for someone special!

Happy Spring!

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Poetry, and a Poet-Tree!

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:

Now, after a few weeks of warm weather and a little rain, some trees look like this:
Lots of trees get flowers in the Spring. Sometimes they're green so you think they must be leaves - but if you look carefully, you'll see tiny or odd-shaped little flowers that appear before the leaves. Take a walk, and go look at a tree! See how it's growing. 

Then, make your own Spring tree with our take-home kit: a paper plate, a sturdy brown paper trunk, and some thin strips of brown paper to snip or tear into branches. You can color the plate first if you want, or make some grass, or a blue sky. Then make the tree and add tissue paper "flowers" or "leaves" with the tiny tissue squares in the kit. A little Springtime for your wall or your refrigerator door!

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Frogs - and Toads!

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!

Speaking of frogs (and toads), here's one of my favorites as a quick read-aloud for this week. If you want to read more of this Frog & Toad Treasury, it's available for Curbside pickup!  And if you want a factual frog book for kids, check out Frogs by Gail Gibbons. We have the book at the library, and there's a good video of it here.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Nesting Time

Here's this week's take-home craft, just in time for Spring weather. Made of paper with real-but-fake feathers, some birds in a nest. All pieces are in the kit, and circles can be used to make two 2-part birds or four birds with one part only. The brown paper is fun to shred and can be used to add texture to the nest shape. Call or email if you'd like a kit. 

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 on: Rabbits!

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

Maple Syrup Season

Watching maple syrup being produced is a rite of Spring for kids in our area. If you can't get to a sap house this month, check out the nonfiction and even fiction books we have that show some of the sugaring process. 

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.

Sugarbush Spring by Marsha Wilson ChallAs winter melts into spring, Rosie and her grandfather collect sap, and then the whole family works through the night to make maple syrup. Fiction.
We also have books about pancakes! Yum!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

MARCH of the Animals: Elephants!

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!

I also wanted to find some elephant facts and video, since elephants are so magnificent to watch. I wanted to be sure to link to an expert, and have decided that World Wildlife Federation is it. Here's the link to their elephant information:

And here is this week's craft - it's a black & white Elmer, to color as your child sees fit, and it's seen here with some of the other Elmer books we have in the Children's Room. Give us a call if you want an Elmer book and a coloring paper or click here to print out Elmer at your house!

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

MARCH of the Animals: Dogs!

 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!

And here's the funny read-aloud story: Bark, George! I really did crack up the first time I read it!

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

MARCH of the Animals: Giraffes!

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!

Friday, March 5, 2021

There Are No Bears.....

For "Cat Week" - There are No Bears in this Bakery! This is the book that won the 2020 New Hampshire Ladybug Award for best picture book - as voted by NH children in grades kindergarten to three. I love this book - Mittens the cat does a little detective work with some funny results!

Monday, March 1, 2021

MARCH of the Animals. Week 1: Cats!

MARCH of the Animals has begun! This week: CATS, and here's our Take-Home project. Each kit has pre-cut white card stock pieces, a black paper for cutting features (if you want), and a sheet of directions if you need them. You child will need crayons or markers, a glue stick, and maybe scissors (or someone to cut for them). Lots of options for customization with this craft! Call or email if you'd like one delivered to the Curbside Bin.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

MARCH of the Animals

It's almost a new month, it's almost March! That's the month that we hope comes in like a LION and goes out like a LAMB. Let's focus on animals this month! There are five Mondays in March, so we could have a take-home animal craft kit (and an animal story read-aloud, if I can find one) for each new week. I have some ideas already, but I'd love to hear from you. In the comments below, tell me which animals you would like to see included in our "Animal March"!

photo by KBicknell

Wednesday, February 24, 2021


If you're like me, you've been dreaming of Spring! But we know realistically that winter will be here at least for a few weeks longer. So this week's take-home craft is coffee filter snowflakes - because they're fun for all ages, they can be enhanced with the addition of color, and they can be as simple or as intricate as you like. And because some of the most beautiful snowflakes fall as winter ends. The kit has folding and cutting instructions and eight flat (ironed!) coffee filters. Let us know if you need more and, as always, we'd love to see your creations. 

Here's one of my favorite read-aloud stories to go along with this week's craft. This book is set in Vermont, it's about a little boy with a big dream, and it's illustrated by one of my favorite New England artists. And, I just realized this: while filming, I did not answer a math question! The first patron to find it and post the correct answer in the comments gets a free book! 

Monday, February 15, 2021

Mid-February Craft Kits for Kids

Do you want to build a snowman? This week's craft kits will give you some materials to make your own snowy picture to hang on your door, your fridge, or a wall. It's filled with felt circles, paper scraps, pompoms, pieces of ribbon, and cotton so your child can create their own snowy scene! As always, we would love to see photos of the finished creations. Call the library or email us for a kit!

Speaking of snow, forty-plus years ago New England saw the Blizzard of '78. I'm not sure what it was like here in NH, but in Massachusetts we had almost four feet of snow. I was a first grade teacher at the time with a 3 year old at home. I went to bed wondering if we'd have school the next day and woke up to more snow than I'd seen in a long time! We didn't go back to school for two weeks!

John Rocco has written a children's book based on his experiences as a 10 year-old during this very blizzard. We have the book here at the library if you want to read it! There's a read-aloud of it, here - and it's not me!

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

A 💖 Story for Valentine's Day!

It's almost Valentine's Day, so here's a story about LOVE - from a cute little dog's point of view! 

You can make your own cute little Valentine puppy if you call or email for a kit from the library, or maybe you can just cut your own hearts at home! You saw mine. I just moved the hearts around until I found a dog face I loved, then I glued all the pieces to the black paper. I also gave him some crayon spots on his cute little ears! 

Happy Valentine's Day! 💖

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Groundhog Day: Books, Craft, and Shadow Art!

It's February! Will Groundhog see his shadow? We have groundhog books and a groundhog craft kit for your children available Curbside. Call or email for a kit to make your groundhog puppets. Add your own flashlight for some Groundhog shadow fun! And speaking of shadows, there are some really neat ideas for shadow art at this website....easy to do with a lamp and some toys. I bet kids would love it - check it out! 
Look! A happy young patron!! Thank you for the photo!

Thursday, January 14, 2021

For Martin Luther King Civil Rights Day

Here's a link to a six minute read-aloud (not mine) of a fabulous children's book about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  

What "big words" does your family have? Here's an online template where your child (and you!) can list, define, and print some "big words" of your own! 

If you'd like to borrow this book, just let us know!

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Penguin Project!

 A new take-home craft this week! All materials are in the bag for your child to make a paper penguin, complete with googly eyes, icy-colored sequins, and a fish dinner! Since this is not at all what a real penguin looks like, there are also links to two short made-for-kids videos of penguins you can watch with your family. In addition, below are a few penguin titles you might want to check out. So email or call if you're interested and we will put your book and kit requests in the curbside bin at the lower level entrance. By the way, we still have a few painting kits from last week!

Flight School by Lita Judge. Little Penguin, who has the "soul of an eagle," enrolls in flight school.

Little Penguin Gets The Hiccups by Tadgh Bentley.  A little penguin enlists the help of the reader to get rid of his major hiccups.

Love, Mama by Jeanette Bradley. When Mama leaves her young penguin Kipling, he knows she'll return home soon - yet he still can't help but miss her.

Penguin and Little Blue by Megan McDonald.  For Penguin and Little Blue, home is far, far away and they are missing it and all their feathered friends. But how can they escape show business to reach Antarctica?

Playful little penguins by Tony Mitton. While enjoying a full day of their favorite activities, a group of young penguins helps a baby seal that has been separated from her mother.

Virgil & Owen by Paulette Bogan. Virgil the penguin finds a polar bear and tries to claim it as his own, but the polar bear wants to splash with the terns, slide with the seals, twirl with all the penguins, and be called by his name--Owen.

Penguins! by Gail Gibbons. Describes the habitat, physical characteristics, and behavior of different kinds of penguins.

Penguins. by Seymour Simon. Penguin facts from an acclaimed science writer and detailed photos from expert photographers. A book geared to older children, but you could read and discuss with a younger one.