Storytime: Puzzles, Scavenger Hunts & Mysteries

Storytime: Puzzles, Scavenger Hunts & Mysteries

Storytime: Puzzles, Scavenger Hunts & Mysteries

Mysteries, scavenger hunts, and puzzles are not only great fun for both you and your child, but they also build critical thinking, problem solving and social skills. So, pull out a puzzle or go on a nature scavenger hunt together. When reading a book with a mysterious plot, help your child to look for clues in the illustrations or text and then make a “who-dunnit” deduction before the final reveal at the end.

Join us Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

“Child-adult relationships that are responsive and attentive—with lots of back and forth interactions—build a strong foundation in a child’s brain for all future learning and development. This is called “serve and return,” and it takes two to play!” – https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/5-steps-for-brain-building-serve-and-return/

 

Activity

Try to observe a “serve” from your child. Did she point at something or make a sound or facial expression? Then “return” the “serve” with an acknowledgement, hug, smile, etc. Try this a couple of times a day. When you return a “serve”, your child knows that their thoughts and feelings are understood.

 

Books Presented

Book cover for Where Oliver Fits by Cale Atkinson

Where Oliver Fits by Cale Atkinson

Oliver has always dreamed about where he will fit. Will he be in the mane of a unicorn? The tentacle of a pirate squid? The helmet of an astronaut? When he finally goes in search of his perfect place, he finds that trying to fit in is a lot harder than he thought. But as with any puzzle, a little trial and error leads to a solution, and Oliver figures out exactly where he belongs.

Book cover for What About X?: An Alphabet Adventure by Anne Marie Houppert

What About X?: An Alphabet Adventure by Anne Marie Houppert

Ready to go on a camping trip with the Alphabet Academy? F packs fishing poles. J has juice boxes for everyone. T tackles a tent. But X can’t think of a thing to bring!

Book cover for Secret, Secret Agent Guy by Kira Bigwood

Secret, Secret Agent Guy by Kira Bigwood

When a 007-year-old embarks on a bedtime mission called Operation Lollipop, he’s prepared for every eventuality–except one.

Book cover for Hornswoggled!: A Wacky Words Whodunit by Josh Crute

Hornswoggled!: A Wacky Words Whodunit by Josh Crute

Deer wakes up to find one of his antlers is missing…and there’s a tennis racket in its place? One by one his friends also uncover that their important items from glasses to lucky boots have been swapped with silly, useless replacements like donuts and swim flippers. They’ve been hornswoggled! (Hornswoggled means tricked.) It’s pure poppycock! (Poppycock means nonsense.) Once they gather together to find out what happened, will they find the true thief or be outfoxed? Laugh along with a hilarious cast of animal characters searching for the mysterious trickster in this humorous whodunit bursting with exciting, wacky words that kids will love.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

The Very Last Puzzle Piece

Who has the very last puzzle piece? 
_______ has the very last puzzle piece!
Who me? 
Yes you! 
Couldn’t be! 
Then who? 
_______!

Source: Cooperative Summer Library Program

Where is Thumbkin?

Where is Thumbkin? 
Where is Thumbkin?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today, sir? 
Very well, I thank you,.
Run away, run away.

Verses: Where is pointer?
Where is tall man?
Where is ring man?
Where is pinky?

Source: Jbrary

The ABCs in 5 Different Tunes

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
London Bridge
Mary Had a Little Lamb
This Old Man
Head, shoulders Knees & Toes

Source: Jbrary

Crafts and Activities

Coloring page featuring a camping scene and asking if you can find things in the picture.

Search and Find

 

 

Puzzles made from painted craft sticks.

Craft Stick Puzzle

Additional Books

Book cover for The Thingamajig by Rilla Alexander

The Thingamajig by Rilla Alexander

 
A young elephant embarks on a whimsical quest to find various lost objects belonging to their animal neighbors, uncovering a mystery as snail, squirrel, and ladybugs reveal their missing items. Backmatter pages explain the around-the-world origins of each nonsense word appearing in the story.
Book cover for We're Gong on a Treasure Hunt by Kelly DiPucchio

We're Going on a Treasure Hunt by Kelly DiPucchio

 
In this twist on “We’re going on a bear hunt,” swashbuckling pirates on a quest for buried treasure brave wicked whales, giant squids, booming thunder, and spine-tingling ghosts, but quake at the sight of a small mouse.
Book cover for I Spy Ocean Animals by Camelia Jacobs

I Spy Ocean Animals by Camelia Jacobs

 
A Children’s Ocean Animal Spy book with clear pictures and child-friendly colors to boost the children’s habit to explore and find. In this book children will learn to observe multiple ocean animal pictures and discover the correct one, and the next page provides the proper answer!
Book cover for How to Catch a Clover Thief by Elise Parsley

How To Catch a Clover Thief by Elise Parsley

When a wild boar with a passion for clover discovers a rare patch in the woods, he is determined to patiently stand guard until it blooms–but he is not the only clover enthusiast in the forest, and it takes reading a good book for him to figure out the mystery

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JULY Book Babies + Toddler Time: Adventures in the Dark

JULY Book Babies + Toddler Time: Adventures in the Dark

JULY Book Babies + Toddler Time: Adventures in the Dark

At the end of the day, it’s a great time to establish a routine to help your child prepare for bed. Some of the activities in your routine could include reading a book, taking a bath, singing a song, picking up toys, or perhaps doing a knee bounce. When you follow the same routine, your child knows what to expect and, perhaps, they will be more inclined to lay their head down when the stars begin to shine and the moon beckons them to sleep.

Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:30am in Community Room

Ages 0 – 10 months

Toddler Time: Monday & Tuesday @ 9:30am in Community Room

Ages 11 – 23 months

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

TIP

“Child-adult relationships that are responsive and attentive—with lots of back and forth interactions—build a strong foundation in a child’s brain for all future learning and development. This is called “serve and return,” and it takes two to play!” – https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/5-steps-for-brain-building-serve-and-return/

Activity

Try to observe a “serve” from your child. Did she point at something or make a sound or facial expression? Then “return” the “serve” with an acknowledgement, hug, smile, etc. Try this a couple of times a day. When you return a “serve”, your child knows that their thoughts and feelings are understood.

Books Presented

Book cover for Hen in the Bed by Katrina Charman

Hen in the Bed by Katrina Charman

Count the funny animal friends as they noisily roll, flop, and tumble out of bed, one by one, in this clever split-page picture book.
Book cover for Rock-a-bye Baby by Jane Cabrera

Rock-a-bye Baby by Jane Cabrera

Different animals soothe their babies to sleep in this new version of the familiar folk song

Book cover for Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed? by Barney Saltzberg

Cornelius P. Mud, Are you Ready for Bed? by Barney Saltzberg

Cornelius the pig has his own style when preparing for bed, but he does not really feel ready until he gets a hug.

Book cover for Do Mommies Ever Sleep? by Kim Howard

Do Mommies Ever Sleep? by Kim Howard

A baby imagines all the reasons why mommies never seem to sleep, failing to understand that it is often because babies need so much attention

Book cover for Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

At bedtime, a little llama worries after his mother puts him to bed and goes downstairs.
Book cover for Big Kid Bed by Leslie Patricelli

Big Kid Bed by Leslie Patricelli

When it is time for bed, a baby marvels at his new big kid bed.
Book cover for When Stars Arise by E.G. Alaraj

When Stars Arise by Evangelene Alaraj

A dusky rural landscape and comforting bedtime routine draw a child closer to sleep in this illustrated lullaby board book.

Book cover for Good Night, Baby

Good Night, Baby

Babies from all over the world get ready for bed, and say “good night” in fifteen of the world’s most spoken languages.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

There Were Five in the Bed

There were five in the bed (Hold up five fingers)
And the little one said, “Roll over, roll over!” (Make rolling motion)
So they are rolled over and one fell out. (Hold up one finger & surprised face)
*Countdown until one.

There was one in the bed (Hold up one finger)
And the little one said, “Goodnight!” (Sign language- goodnight)

Source: Storytime Katie

Giddyap Giddyap

Giddyap, giddyap ride to town
Giddyap, giddyap up and down
Giddyap fast, giddyap slow
Giddyap, giddyap WHOA! (lean baby back)

Source: Verona Storytime

Hey Diddle Diddle

Hey, diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

Elephants at the Zoo

(tune of Farmer in the Dell)
The elephants at the zoo, the elephants at the zoo,
They stomp and stomp and stomp and stomp, the elephants at the zoo

The lions at the zoo…roar

The monkeys at the zoo…jump

The animals at the zoo, the animals at the zoo, they close their eyes and sleep at night. The animals at the zoo.

Source: Adapted from Read Sing Play

Lift One Foot and Then the Other

Lift one foot and then the other,
Lift one foot and then the other
Lift one foot and then the other
Lift them both together.
(Verses: Lift one leg, clap your hands and keep on clapping)

Source: Jbrary

Here is a Baby

Here is a baby ready for a nap
Hold up index finger
Lay her down in her mother’s lap
Place index finger in palm of other hand
Cover her up so she won’t peek
Curl fingers of other hand around index finger
Rock her till she’s fast asleep.
Swing hands gently together.

Source: Mel’s Desk

Baby Sign Language

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Storytime: Adventures in Imagination

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Storytime: Adventures in Imagination

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Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Reading is one of the best ways to foster imagination. The more we read, the better we can build up and expand our knowledge. We can be open to new ideas and have an understanding of new things. ~http://worldliteracyfoundation.org/reading-enhances-imagination/

 

Activity

When you read a book with your child, run your finger under the title as you read the words. If the book has a repeated phrase, run your finger under those words as well. Encourage your child to say the repeated phrase, methodically pointing to each word as he says it. ~Lambert

 

Books Presented

Book cover for Pete the Cat's Groovy Imagination by Kim Dean

Pete the Cat's Groovy Imagination by Kim Dean

When a cloudy gray sky cancels Pete the Cat’s beach day plans, a big box is all he needs to beat the rainy-day blues.

Book cover for Manolo and the Unicorn by Jacki Azúa Kramer

Manolo & the Unicorn by Jackie Azúa Kramer

Despite being teased by his classmates, Manolo continues to believe in unicorns and meets one of the magical creatures on his way home from school.

Book cover for Ready to Soar by Cori Doerrfeld

See This Little Dot by Jane Yolen

Illustrates the characteristics and possible functions of a dot.

Book cover for Are You a Monster? by Guilherme Karsten

Are You a Monster? by Guilherme Karsten

Warning! This book contains a monster. A really angry, really scary, really bad monster… or so the monster says. And Monster has a very important question: are you a monster too? A fun interactive read-aloud picture book that will have children of all ages roaring and stomping along, as Monster encourages them to be the scariest monster possible.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Pete In The Box

Pete in the box*
sits so still
Will he come out?
Yes, he will!
*rocket ship, submarine, race car

Unicorn, Unicorn

Unicorn, unicorn
Where can you be?
Are you behind the _______ tree?

Polka-Dot Monster

(tune: I’m a little teapot)
I’m a little monster, friendly and bright.
I promise I won’t give you a fright.
I really love polka dots, but I have none.
So step right up and give me [color] ones.

Source: Little Bit Librarian

Crafts and Activities

Coloring page featuring a hippo flying an airplane.

Adventures in Your Imagination

 

 

Airplane craft made from folding paper strips and gluing them together onto a blue background.

Monster Mask

Additional Books

Book cover for I Lived Inside a Whale by Xin Li

I Lived Inside a Whale by Xin Li

A young girl escapes from a too loud and busy world by living inside a whale, but when her retreat is disturbed by an intruder, she learns people will be quiet and listen whenever she tells a story.

Book cover for Daddy, Tell Me a Story by Kathleen Long Bostrom

Daddy, Tell Me a Story by Kathleen Long Bostrom

Daddy’s bedtime story turns into a collaborative and unforgettable tale thanks to Sophie’s narrative revisions.

Book cover for What If Bedtime Didn't Exist? by Francine Cunningham

What If Bedtime Didn't Exist? by Francine Cunningham

A whimsical and lyrical celebration of imagination and exploration if we simply asked, “What if . . .” Follow two siblings through their day as they let their imaginations run wild in this joyful story about all the possibilities a simple “what if” can conjure up: What if the monsters in your closet wanted to be your friend? What if all of the dinosaurs were shrunk to be teeny-tiny when the comet hit the earth? And what if bedtime didn’t exist and we could imagine anything we wanted? What If Bedtime Didn’t Exist? places an Urban Indigenous family at the heart of a fun and fantastical celebration of daydreaming, adventure, and play while living in the city. The tenderness and care in this intergenerational home is seen through relationships with all members in the family.

Book cover for Daisy the Daydreamer by Jennifer P. Goldfinger

Daisy the Daydreamer by Jennifer P. Goldfinger

Daisy’s daydream clouds sometimes get in the way, but she and her teacher find a creative way to make things work for her

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Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

TIP

Imagination needs to be stretched and used just like your child’s muscles! Don’t be afraid to create a world using your imagination and play with your child!

Activity

Using typical household items such as a sheet and chairs, bowls and spoons, or boxes, have a pretend play session by turning the sheets into a tent, or the bowls and into boats and paddles, or the box into a cave.

Books Presented

Book cover for There's a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher

There's a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher

Encourages the reader to shake, tilt, and wiggle the book to remove the little monster inside, but once it is out, another problem arises.

Book cover for Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricielli

Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli

A little girl. One swing. An obliging dad. The inevitable plea to go “Higher! Higher!” An everyday pastime reaches new heights of humor and whimsy. How high can it go? Higher than a giraffe? Taller than a mountain? Is Earth the final frontier?

Book cover for Let's Play Monsters! by Lucy Cousins

Let's Play Monsters! by Lucy Cousins

Inspired by a game played by the author with her own grandchild, a crayon-bright story by the award-winning creator of the Maisy series invites little monsters to munch, scrunch, gobble and moo their way through imaginative interactions with loved ones before settling down to sleep.

Book cover for Sitting in My Box by Dee Lillegard

Sitting in My Box by Dee Lillegard

The box in which all the animals are sitting gets more and more crowded until a hungry flea comes along.

Book cover for Today I'll be a Unicorn by Dana Simpson

Today I'll be a Unicorn

Who wouldn’t want to be a unicorn? The stars of Phoebe and Her Unicorn celebrate the magical and enchanting world of being a unicorn in this charming board book.

Book cover for Crinkle, Crinkle, Little Car by Jay Fleck

Crinkle, Crinkle, Little Car by Jay Fleck

In the style of the starry nursery tune, a noisy little car zooms through the night sky, waking the Moon, Mars, and the stars with his noisy honking–until finally he returns home to a good night’s sleep. The reader is invited to touch the textured material on each page to make a crackly, crinkly sound.

Book cover for Faster! Faster! by Leslie Patricelli

Faster! Faster! by Leslie Patricelli

A funny tale of few words about a day at the park and a ride on Daddy’s back.

Book cover for The Button Book by Sally Nicholls

The Button Book by Sally Nicholls

Follow a group of animal friends as they discover a collection of mysterious buttons, all of which do different things! From a blue singing button to a purple tickle button, from a rude sound button to a mysterious white button, there’s only one way to find out what they do: press them all! And thankfully, there’s even a sleeping button to lull the animals to sleep after a busy day.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

The Grand Old Duke of York

The Grand Old Duke of York 
He had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill 
And he marched them down again. 
And when they’re up, they’re up. 
And when they’re down, they’re down. 
And when they’re only halfway up 
They’re neither up nor down.

Oh he marched them to the left.
And he marched them to the right.
Then he marched them up to the top of the hill,
And marched them out of sight. 

Source: Jbrary

5 Little Leaves

Five little leaves so bright and gay,
Were dancing in a tree one day.
The wind came blowing through the town,
One little leaf came tumbling down.
(4,3,2,1…)

Source: Literacious

The Acorn Song

I’m an acorn small and round
lying on the cold, cold, ground
people always step on me
that is why I’m cracked you see
I’m a nut (clack, clack)
I’m a nut (clack, clack)
I’m a nut, I’m a nut, I’m a nut (clack, clack)

Source: Jbrary

Roly Poly

(Tune: “Frère Jacques”)
Roly poly, roly poly
Up, up, up
up, up, up
Roly roly poly
roly roly poly
down, down, down
down, down, down

Repeat with: out/in, fast/slow

Source: Jbrary

 

Can You Shake Your Egg With Me?

(Tune:London Bridge)
Can you shake your egg with me?
Shake your egg along with me
It’s as easy as can be
Now put it on your tummy!
(head,knee,ear,etc.)

Source: Jbrary

The Monsters Stomp Around the House

The monsters stomp around the house
hurrah, hurrah
The monsters stomp around the house
hurrah, hurrah
The monsters stomp around the house
Their brothers and sisters kick them out
So they stomp some more outside, oh yeah
Around the house
Boom, boom, boom

Source: Jbrary

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JULY Book Babies + Toddler Time: Adventures in the Dark

At the end of the day, it’s a great time to establish a routine to help your child prepare for bed. Some of the activities in your routine could include reading a book, taking a bath, singing a song, picking up toys, or perhaps doing a knee bounce. When you follow the...

JUNE Book Babies + Toddler Time: Adventures in Imagination

Did you know that imaginative or pretend play contains the building blocks of developing critical thinking skills, following directions, expressive language, and even managing emotions? So, grab those sheets, boxes, mud, dishes, and anything you can think of to help...

APRIL Book Babies + Toddler Time: Walking Together

As you look forward to the first steps of your infant, don’t forget the benefit of walking outside with your child. Not only is it a great self-care activity for you as a caregiver, but it opens up the world to your child as they develop and find themselves in a...

MARCH Book Babies + Toddler Time: Eric Carle

If you haven’t discovered the bold, colorful world of Eric Carle, you are in for a enchanting experience. “Eric Carle (1929-2021) was the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. But that’s not the only reason why he received nearly 10,000 fan letters every year. Carle...

FEBRUARY Book Babies + Toddler Time: Music & Movement

Music and movement can improve a child’s mood and help to reduce stress all while stimulating the formation of important brain connections. So, sing those lullabies, dance in the kitchen, play an instrument, and sing a book with your baby each and every day! ​ ​ Book...

JANUARY Book Babies + Toddler Time: Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs, dinosaurs, we love you! We love the way you stomp! We love the way you chomp! We love the way you soar! And, we especially love the way you, ROAR! There are so many things to do with your budding dinosaur. ​Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:30am in Community Room...

NOVEMBER Book Babies + Toddler Time: Under the Sea

Glub! Glub! Glub! went the slippery little fish! Children love “diving” under the sea and meeting all the different creatures who reside in the deep blue ocean. In addition to the activities listed below, try filling a large container with water, possibly tinting it...

OCTOBER Book Babies + Toddler Time: Opposites

Children love learning about the world around them, and using concept words with compare/contrast are a great way to help them see things differently. So, try talking about movement, textures, feelings, etc. with its conceptual opposite such as, “Look at the car...

SEPTEMBER Book Babies + Toddler Time: Farm Animals

Let’s go to the farm! Some of the first sounds a child will make are the sounds of an animal like a cow. You can help him make a sound/image association with a DIY flip-the-flap picture book. Using a small spiral notebook, paste pictures of animals on every other page...

September Kids & Tween Events

Story TimeJoin Miss Gina, Grace, and Marybeth for Preschool Story Time, Toddler Time, and Book Babies! For September, we will have fun with the letter F and farm animals! Preschool Story Time is for ages 2-5 and meets Tuesdays at 10:30 AM and 6:30 PM or Wednesdays at...

July 2024 Kids & Tween Activities

July 2024 Kids & Tween Activities

July 2024 Kids & Tween Activities

Children's Adventure Begins at Your Library Summer Reading 2024

Summer Reading 2024

Adventure Begins at Your Library with Summer Reading 2024! This annual program is designed for all ages to read every day, participate in special Library programs, and keep smashing our reading goals! The second prizes for every level will be available July 1st and the third prizes will be released on July 15th. The last day to sign up is July 20th, and the last day for prizes is July 27th. For more information, visit our Summer Reading Page: Do It: Summer Reading.

Story Time

Embark on a summer adventure with Story Time, Toddler Time, and Book Babies in our Community Room! Join us for literary fun inspired by our Summer Reading theme, “Adventure Begins At Your Library!”

Mondays:

  • 9:30 AM: Toddler Time (ages 10-23 months)
  • 10:30 AM: Spanish Story Time (ages 2-5)

Tuesdays:

  • 9:30 AM: Toddler Time
  • 10:30 AM: Story Time (ages 2-5)

Wednesdays:

  • 9:30 AM: Book Babies (ages 0-9 months)
  • 10:30 AM: Story Time

Important Dates:

  • Closed July 4th for Independence Day

July Themes:

  • Book Babies & Toddler Time: Adventures in the Dark
  • Story Time: Adventures Close to Home (July 1-3), Adventures in the Dark (July 8-10), Cosmic Adventures (July 22-24)

Chess & Game Club

Learn the art of chess and other games with the master of fun and strategy, Nick Allison. Tweens and teens ages 9-18 are welcome to join every Monday* from 4:30-5:30 PM in the Community Room. Mark your calendars for July 1st because we’ve gone mad with Mancala! Join us for an outdoor Mancala madness party with squishy balls, buckets of water, and a lot of fun! Bring a towel with you… because we can’t guarantee you’ll stay dry! Game supplies will be provided. (*There will be no Chess & Game Club July 29th.)

Adventures in STEM + LEGO Club

Dive into Adventures in STEM at the Library every Tuesday at 2 PM in July! For ages 6-11, explore the exciting world of science, technology, engineering, and math. Plus, LEGO Club every other week for ages 6-18!

July 2 – LEGO Club Scavenger Hunt

July 9 – Adventures in the Dark: Explore constellations, stars, and the mysteries of the night sky!

July 16 – LEGO Club: Adventures in the Wildlife Refuge

July 23 – STEM Adventures at Hogwarts: Celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday with a golden snitch catapult, troll bogies, and more magical fun!

 

Family Friendly Films

Join us for Free Family Friendly Films every Wednesday at 1 PM in the Community Room! Get ready for a cinematic journey filled with new releases and beloved classics. Check out our lineup:

7/03That Darn Cat, 1961 (G)

7/10Coraline (PG)

7/17Flushed Away (PG)

7/24Lightyear (PG)

Children under 12 must be accompanied by someone 14 or older, and parents, please prescreen films to ensure it is appropriate for your child. Mark your calendars for a summer of movie magic!

 

 

Closed for the 4th of July

The Library will be closed Wednesday, July 4th for Independence Day. No items are due when the Library is closed. Thank you!

Movies on the Lawn

Get ready for an unforgettable cinematic experience under the stars as “Movies on the Lawn” makes its triumphant return this summer! Join us for an exciting lineup of beloved films showcased on our giant outdoor screen, perfect for a cozy evening with friends and family. On July 19th at 9:30 PM we will be showing Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. Don’t miss out on this enchanting summer tradition—grab your popcorn, bring your blankets and chairs and set up a comfy spot right on the lawn. Concessions will be available and free! Join us for an unforgettable evening of movie magic!

September Adult Events

Take a Break Book ClubTake a Break and join our adult book club on Sept. 21 at 6:30 PM! Ages 18+ will meet in the Community Room to discuss Jane Austen’s classic, Sense and Sensibility. Adult MakersFriday, September 15 is Adult Makers! We will be making noodles from...

September Kids & Tween Events

Story TimeJoin Miss Gina, Grace, and Marybeth for Preschool Story Time, Toddler Time, and Book Babies! For September, we will have fun with the letter F and farm animals! Preschool Story Time is for ages 2-5 and meets Tuesdays at 10:30 AM and 6:30 PM or Wednesdays at...

September Teen Events

Hauntings - Library Teen Virtual ConventionTeens are invited to join the annual Library Teen Virtual Convention! Inspired by all our favorite ghost stories, spooky folklore, and mysterious cryptids, this year's theme is HAUNTINGS! The Convention is hosted on Discord...

July Teen Activities

CHESS AND GAME CLUB Learn the art of chess and other games from the master of fun and strategy, Nick Allison. Game supplies will be provided. Mondays from 4:30-5:30 PM in the Community Room. For Ages 9-18TEEN ACTION COUNCIL Teen Action Council gathers to discuss plans...

July Adult Activities

INDEPENDENCE DAY CLOSURE The Library will be closed Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. No items will be due but the book drop will remain open. Thank you! "ALL TOGETHER NOW" BLOCK PARTY This is the Block Party everyone will be talking about this...

July Kid & Tween Activities

CHESS AND GAME CLUB Learn the art of chess and other games from the master of fun and strategy, Nick Allison. Game supplies will be provided. Every Monday from 4:30-5:30 P.M. in the Community Room For ages 9-184TH OF JULY CLOSURE The Library will be closed Tuesday,...

June Kids and Tween Activities

SPECIAL STORY TIME Join us for a special story time with local author Ruth Nielson! She is the author and illustrator of I Am Remarkable: A Journey of Self-Discovery. Ruth will lead our little ones in a yoga session, so please bring a towel or mat for your child to...

June Adult Activities

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB Share your writing with other storytelling enthusiasts or join to make friends! Join the Creative Writing Club for ages 18+. We will share your favorite piece of writing and talk about why writing is our passion. Wednesdays, June 14 & 28 at...

Library Closed for Labor Day

The library will be closed Saturday September 3rd and Monday September 5th for Labor Day. No items will be due and the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

August Library Activities

TEEN ACTION COUNCILWednesday, August 3rd. 4-5:30pm.  For ages 12-18. Come and have a say in what activities Teens do at the Library and meet new friends. NO PROGRAMS IN AUGUST To reset from Summer Reading and to accomodate our new infrastruture updates, there will be...

Storytime: Adventures in Nature

Storytime: Adventures in Nature

Storytime: Adventures in Nature

For this early literacy adventure, it’s time to go outside! Use the nature weaving board to collect things from your environment, read a book about exploring the outdoors, and then compare and contrast the nature weave board with items you and your child found in the book. This activity encourages awareness of your child’s surroundings and promotes STEM learning at the same time.

Join us Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Children are born curious. From a very young age, they show interest in exploring the world around them. Tune into your child’s discoveries and use words to talk with them about the things they see, hear, and feel. — https://talkingisteaching.org/

Activity

Go on a “Look and Find” walk either outside or in the house and collect a variety of objects. Then talk about how you can sort and categorize the items into groups perhaps by color, texture, or perhaps smell.

 

Books Presented

Book cover for Abracadabra, It's Spring by Anne Sibley O'Brien

Abracadabra, It's Spring! by Anne Sibley O'Brien

Winter turns to spring in this lyrical book that celebrates the magic of nature and the changing seasons. Eleven gatefolds open to recreate the excitement and surprise of spring’s arrival

Book cover for The Hike by Alison Farrell

The Hike by Alison Farrell

The Hike is a plucky and sweet adventure story about three intrepid young female explorers set out to conquer the outdoors in their local forest. Here is the best and worst of any hike: from picnics to puffing and panting, deer-sighting to detours. This spirited picture book is filled with lyrical language that captures the majesty of the natural world, coupled with a fun narrative throughout. Features a glossary and scientific backmatter. Includes a sketchbook by one of the characters that highlights aspects of the hike. Abundant labels throughout for scientific learning. The Hike is about how fun it can be to explore nature in your own backyard. This book is a must-have for budding scientists, best friends, and all adventurers in preschool and kindergarten.

Book cover for Acorn Was a Little Wild by Jen Arena

Acorn was a Little Wild by Jen Arena

Acorn is the first one off the tree, longing for adventure and new experiences (though maybe not being eaten), but when a squirrel buries Acorn he is forced to stay still in the dark until the exciting changes begin, and he grows into a mighty oak–though at heart he is still a little wild.

Book cover for Outside In by Deborah Underwood

Outside In by Deborah Underwood

Outside is waiting, the most patient playmate of all. The most generous friend. The most miraculous inventor. This thought-provoking picture book poetically underscores our powerful and enduring connection with nature, not so easily obscured by lives spent indoors. Rhythmic, powerful language shows us how our world is made and the many ways Outside comes in to help and heal us, and reminds us that we are all part of a much greater universe. Emotive illustrations evoke the beauty, simplicity, and wonder that await us all … outside

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

The Green Grass Grew All Around

Oh in the woods, there was a tree
The prettiest tree
You ever did see
And the tree was in the ground
And the green grass grew all around, all around, and the green grass grew all around

And on that tree
There was a limb
The prettiest limb
That you ever did see
And the limb was on the tree
And the tree in the ground
And the green grass grew all around, all around, and the green grass grew all around

And on that limb
There was a branch
The prettiest branch
That you ever did see
And the branch was on the limb,
And the limb was on the tree,
And the tree was in the ground
And the green grass grew all around, all around, and the green grass grew all around

And on that branch
There was a nest
The prettiest nest
That you ever did see
And the nest was on the branch
And the branch was on the limb
And the limb was on the tree
And the tree was in the ground
And the green grass grew all around, all around, and the green grass grew all around

And in that nest
There was an egg
The prettiest egg
That you ever did see
And the egg was in the nest
And the nest was on the branch
And the branch was on the limb
And the limb was on the tree
And the tree was in the ground
And the green grass grew all around, all around, and the green grass grew all around

And in that egg
There was a bird
The prettiest bird
That you ever did see
And the bird was in the egg
And the egg was in the nest
And the nest was on the branch
And the branch was on the limb
And the limb was on the tree
And the tree was in the ground
And the green grass grew all around, all around, and the green grass grew all around

The Acorn Song

I’m an acorn small and round
lying on the cold, cold, ground
people always step on me
that is why I’m cracked you see
I’m a nut (clack, clack)
I’m a nut (clack, clack)
I’m a nut, I’m a nut, I’m a nut (clack, clack)

Source: Jbrary

5 Little Leaves

Five little leaves so bright and gay,
Were dancing in a tree one day.
The wind came blowing through the town,
One little leaf came tumbling down.
(4,3,2,1…)

Source: Literacious

My Little Turle

This is my little turtle.
(Make fist)
He lives alone in a shell.
He likes his little home.
He thinks it’s really swell. He pokes out his head
(Poke out thumb)
When he wants to eat.
Then he pulls it back in.
(Hide thumb in fist)
When he wants to sleep.

Source: Librarian is on the Loose

Crafts and Activities

Coloring page featuring flowers and a butterfly.

Adventures in Nature

 

 

Make a weaving loom to take on a hike in nature.

Nature Weaving Board

Additional Books

Book cover for Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Melanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Mélanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel takes a trip through the campground and finds out the wilderness is meant to be enjoyed up close.

Book cover for Log Life by Amy Hevron

Log Life by Amy Hevron

A nonfiction picture book that’s all about the tiny world of nurse log habitats. Nurse logs are tiny ecosystems with hundreds of rare and important life forms. When old trees fall to the forest floor, they can take centuries to decompose, helping all sorts of organism for hundreds of years. They provide nutrients for tree seedlings, hideaways for small animals, shelters for the winter, and protection from the elements

Book cover for The Slug and the Snail by Oein DeBhairduin

The Slug and the Snail by Oein DeBhairduin

Two slug brothers travel happily together until an old crow asks them where their home is. The younger brother, feeling embarrassed, makes himself a shell, and calls himself a snail. The older brother carries on as he is. At first, the brothers grow apart. But in time they learn to respect each other’s way of life.

Book cover for Brown is Beautiful by Supriya Kelkar

Brown is Beautiful by Supriya kelkar

On a hike with her grandparents, a young Indian-American girl makes note of all the things in the wilderness that are brown, too. Includes instructions on how to make a scrapbook.

More Story Times

Storytime: Puzzles, Scavenger Hunts & Mysteries

Mysteries, scavenger hunts, and puzzles are not only great fun for both you and your child, but they also build critical thinking, problem solving and social skills. So, pull out a puzzle or go on a nature scavenger hunt together. When reading a book with a mysterious...

JULY Book Babies + Toddler Time: Adventures in the Dark

At the end of the day, it’s a great time to establish a routine to help your child prepare for bed. Some of the activities in your routine could include reading a book, taking a bath, singing a song, picking up toys, or perhaps doing a knee bounce. When you follow the...

Storytime: Adventures in Imagination

Did you know that imaginative or pretend play contains the building blocks of developing critical thinking skills, following directions, expressive language, and even managing emotions? So, grab those sheets, boxes, mud, dishes, and anything you can think of to help...

JUNE Book Babies + Toddler Time: Adventures in Imagination

Did you know that imaginative or pretend play contains the building blocks of developing critical thinking skills, following directions, expressive language, and even managing emotions? So, grab those sheets, boxes, mud, dishes, and anything you can think of to help...

July 2024 Kids & Tween Activities

Summer Reading 2024Adventure Begins at Your Library with Summer Reading 2024! This annual program is designed for all ages to read every day, participate in special Library programs, and keep smashing our reading goals! The second prizes for every level will be...

Storytime: Adventures in Nature

For this early literacy adventure, it’s time to go outside! Use the nature weaving board to collect things from your environment, read a book about exploring the outdoors, and then compare and contrast the nature weave board with items you and your child found in the...

Storytime: Travel Adventures

Where will you travel on your adventure? To the mountains, the city, or is it someplace on the other side of the world? A book can take you anywhere you’d like to go, so buckle up, grab your helmet, and start a grand travel adventure today!Join us Tuesdays, and...

June 2024 Kid & Tween Activities

Summer Reading 2024Adventure Begins at Your Library with Summer Reading 2024! This annual program is designed for all ages to read every day, participate in special Library programs, and stay active all summer long! Sign-ups begin on Monday, June 3rd, either online or...

May Programs for All Ages

Miss Wendy's Reading Tips & Tricks For ParentsAre you ready to make reading a fun adventure for your child this summer? Join us for Miss. Wendy's Reading Tips & Tricks for Parents class! Discover simple, game-like reading activities that will help strengthen...

Storytime: W is for Waiting

In this era of instant gratification, waiting or patience can be a difficult concept for anyone to learn, especially children. But we can assist them in developing this essential skill by giving them experiences, talking about why and how to wait, and the benefits of...

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