Kid + Tween JUNE Activities

Kid + Tween JUNE Activities

Kid + Tween JUNE Activities

SUMMER READING 2022- OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES

School is out and the sun is (mostly) shining… that means it is now SUMMER READING! Sign up at the booth in the front foyer. You can also sign up through the app Beanstack.

1st prizes: starts June 21st
2nd prizes: starts July 5th
3rd prizes: starts July 18th

Sign ups end July 23rd and the Summer Reading program ends on Saturday July 30th. 

Come in, grab some books, and start reading!!

For all ages

 

 

BOOK WAGON

Summer Reading means the BOOK WAGON is back!
Here is the schedule for the summer:

TUESDAYS
Smith Park, 11:30-12:30PM
Summerfield Club House, 1-2:30PM

THURSDAYS
South Fork Elementary, 11:30-12:30PM
Porter Park, 1-2:30PM

 

 

 

 

FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHT

Come enjoy family films at the Library! During Summer Reading, this will be every Thursday from 2-4PM.

June 16th: The Beatles: Yellow Submarine 
June 23rd:
Doctor Dolittle
June 30th:
Mary Poppins

Children under 12 must be accompanied by someone 14 or older.

 

 

SUMMER READING STEM ACTIVITIES

STEM activities are at the Library! These will be in-person. If there are any leftover kits, they will be available for pick up at the Front Circulation Desk.

June 14th: Moon Landing
June 21st: Lego @ the Library (for ages 6-18)
June 28th: Jellyfish in a Bottle

These STEM activities are sponsored by ICfL and Idaho STEM Action Center.

For ages 6-11

MANCALA MADNESS

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 – we can’t guarantee you’ll stay dry!

For ages 9-18

 

LIBRARY CLOSURE – JUNETEENTH

The Library will be closed Monday, June 20th, for Juneteenth.

No items will be due and the book drop will remain open.
Thank you. 

 

 

 

 STORYTIME – LIVE IN COMMUNITY ROOM

STORYTIME – ages 2-5
Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays at 10:30am
Tuesdays at 6:30pm

TODDLER TIME -13 – 23 months (walking)
Mondays & Tuesdays at 9:30am

BOOK BABIES – 0-12 months (not yet walking)
Wednesdays at 9:30am

Take n’ Go Kits will be available during Storytime. Any extras will be distributed at the end of the week at the Children’s Reference Desk.

 

 

 

November Kid and Tween Activities

PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST Help us celebrate our first 100 years by participating in our photography contest! Our theme is: “Capturing 100 years”. Submit an original photo and see if you win! All forms and rules are available below. October 17th – December 10th Ages 6+...

October Kid and Tween Activities

FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHT Come enjoy family films at the Library! Every other Friday, 3:30 pm in the Community Room! October 7th: Cars (2006; G)October 21st: Monsters, Inc. (2001; G) Children under 12 must be accompanied by someone 14 or older.STEAM - HARRY POTTER...

September Kid and Tween Activities

FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHT Come enjoy family films at the Library! Every other Friday, 4:00 pm in the Community Room! September 2nd: Babe (1995; G)September 16th: Iron Giant (1999; PG)September 30th: Anastasia (1997; G) Children under 12 must be accompanied by someone...

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!

Open Recitals

Have a piece that you'd like to perform for the public? The library is holding a series of recitals this year. Our next open recital will be held Monday, October 17, at 6:30 pm in the Community Room.  We will have a recital for invited performers on Monday, November...

Teen Writing Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the winners of our First Chapter Teen Writing Contest! Our top three submissions were: 1. Ainsley Burns' "A Dreamy Death" 2. Mary Palmer's What's in a Name" 3. Caitlyn Isle's "Haunted Home" Click on the titles above to read. Check them out!

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...

Library Closed for Infrastructure Updates

The library will be closed Thursday August 18th through Saturday August 27th for infrastructure updates. No items will be due and the book drop will also be closed. A word from the Director: "The Madison Library District is getting upgrades!  Our sorting machine has...

Kid + Tween JUNE Activities

SUMMER READING 2022- OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES School is out and the sun is (mostly) shining... that means it is now SUMMER READING! Sign up at the booth in the front foyer. You can also sign up through the app Beanstack. 1st prizes: starts June 21st2nd prizes: starts...

Closed for Memorial Day

The library will be closed Saturday May 28th and Monday May 30th for Memorial Day. No items will be due and the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

Teen Craft: Shadow Art

Teen Craft: Shadow Art

Teen Craft: Shadow Art

Cast a shadow with a sky backdrop! This craft allows you to create an animal silhouette to contrast the night sky you make behind it.  

The materials needed for this craft: 

  • Canvas
  • Paints for sky
  • Animal silhouette
  • Paint brushes
  • Cup of water (to clean brushes with)
  • Round object (to trace for moon or sun)
  • Glue

APRIL Teen Activities

TEEN ANIME CLUB  Come and watch Ouran High School Host Club. There will also be a fun TEA PARTY! Wednesday April 13th. 4:30pm, Community Room. For ages 12-18. YOUNG LEAGUE OF WRITERS How can you incorporate HUMOR and COMEDY into your writing? Discuss with others at...

TEEN CRAFT: Art Deco Duct Tape Art

Art Deco is a term used for a specific style of design that was popular in the 1920's. Create your own work of art using Art Deco as inspiration. Materials needed: Mat board Template Two tones of duct tape (to create contrast) Clear tape (to tape on template) Exacto...

TEEN CRAFTS: Winnie-the-Pooh Weaving

Learn how to weave a Winnie-the-Pooh for our On the Same Page event! Materials needed: Frame 15 thumbtacks White yarn Blue yarn Yellow yarn Template to refer to From home: scissors, sharpie, hammer, and tape

TEEN CRAFT: Tea Stain Art

Use your imagination to make art with tea stains. Materials needed: Watercolor paper Two black tea bags Heated water (to steep the tea bags) Piece of cardboard (to prevent bleeding and staining under the paper) Spoon or brush

Teen Craft: Push Pin Word Art

Make some fun word art! This could be your name, an activity you love, a favorite book, a place you love to visit... you decide! Just be sure it will fit before you begin. Materials needed: Mat board (or other material sturdy enough) Thumbtacks Pencil Hot glue...

NOVEMBER 1st-15th Teen Activities

GAME & CHESS CLUB  Come learn the game of chess, plus other fun games!Every Monday from 4:30-5:30pm in the Community Room. For ages 9-18.   TEEN ACTION COUNCIL Meet with other teens to discuss the activities that the library has.  Wednesday November 3rd from...

Teen Craft: Pirate Skull

What's a pirate's favorite subject? ARRRt! Dress up a skull in some pirate gear with this new Teen Craft. Materials needed: Skull Tissue paper Beads Craft feathers Paper clip Sparkles Glue

October TEEN Activities

TEEN ANIME CLUB   It's Halloween month so we're doing an Anime Cosplay! Dress up in a cosplay, watch some Anime, and enjoy treats with our Anime Club! Wednesday, October 13th, from 4:30-5:30pm in the Community Room. For ages 12-18. Masks encouraged but not required....

Teen Craft: Zen Doodle Pumpkin

"Hello, gourd-geous!" First Teen Craft for October will be a Zen Doodle Pumpkin. Make your own Zen design on a foam pumpkin to get you in the Halloween mood.  Materials needed: Foam pumpkin Tea light Push pin Sharpie

Teen Craft: Hanging Notepad

Make a cool hanging notepad for your locker or room by gathering these materials and following our video instructions. Materials needed: Two ribbons Piece of decorative paper  Two popsicle sticks Thread Binder clip Metal folder bracketRoll of paper (we provided you...

Storytime: Way Up High!

Storytime: Way Up High!

Storytime: Way Up High!

Look up in the sky – it’s a bird!

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

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

When you’re talking with your preschooler, look for opportunities to use different words to help build his or her vocabulary. A large vocabulary is important for a child who is learning to read.

Activity

Play the “ask” game while talking with your preschooler. Ask lots of questions that don’t have a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer which allows them to use their vocabulary. Then try and find the words in their environment, on the computer, or in a book!

Books Presented

Birds by Kevin Henkes

Fascinated by the colors, shapes, sounds, and movements of the many different birds she sees through her window, a little girl is happy to discover that she and they have something in common.

Ten on a Twig by Lo Cole

Illustrations and an easy-to-read countdown rhyme follow ten birds that, one by one, fall off the twig on which they were sitting, but the last one finds a surprise waiting.

 

Up Tall and High by Ethan Long

In three laugh-out-loud situations, an irresistible cast of colorful birds illustrate the concepts of “up,” “tall” and “high.” First, a short peacock proves that he may not be tall, but he definitely isn’t small. Then, a resourceful bird helps his penguin friend find a way to fly. Finally, two birds want to live in the same tree, but what goes up must come down! Each short story features a flap that reveals a surprise twist.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

There’s a Bird in This Egg

There’s a bird in this egg.
Hear it crack! Crack! Crack!
There’s a bird in this egg.
Hear it crack! Crack! Crack!
There’s a bird in this egg and it’s ready to come out.
There’s a bird in this egg.
Hear it crack!

There’s a Bird in the Air

There’s a bird in the air, in the air
There’s a bird in the air, in the air
There’s a bird in the air, now he’s flying in my hair

There’s a bird on my leg, on my leg
There’s a bird on my leg, on my leg
There’s a bird on my leg and he is pretty big

There’s a bird on my hand, on my hand
There’s a bird on my hand, on my hand
There’s a bird on my hand but now he is my friend

Birds are flying in the air
Flying here, flying there!
They are flying way up high in the sky.
Yellow* birds are in the air
Flying here, flying there!
Yellow* birds are way up high in the sky.

 

Scarf Song: Popcorn Kernels

Tune of Frere Jacques

Popcorn kernels (wave scarves overhead)
Popcorn kernels
In the pot (bunch scarves up in fists)
In the pot
Shake it, shake it, shake it (shake fists)
Shake it, shake it, shake it
Til they pop (throw scarves)
Til they pop

Bird in the Egg

Tune of Frere Jacques

Popcorn kernels (wave scarves overhead)
Popcorn kernels
In the pot (bunch scarves up in fists)
In the pot
Shake it, shake it, shake it (shake fists)
Shake it, shake it, shake it
Til they pop (throw scarves)
Til they pop

 

Crafts and Activities

Kid Made Bird Feeder

Click the below to find instructions for making your very own bird feeder!

Make these adorable birdie binoculars at home!

Additional Books

More Than Fluff by Madeline Valentine

Daisy the chick is cute, fluffy, soft, and tired of others hugging and petting her, so her mother suggests she tell them what she would prefer, such as a wing bump or a pinkie shake.

Mel Fell by Corey R Tabor

Follow Mel on her journey from downward fall to triumphant flight in this tale of self-confidence and taking a leap of faith.

All the Birds in the World by David Opie

Take a beautifully illustrated journey — with an adorable kiwi bird as your guide — through the vast and colorful world of birds, with its tapestry of textures, sounds, and sights.

Friends Stick Together by Hannah E Harrison

When a loud-mouthed tickbird lands on Mortimer the rhino’s nose and starts a symbiotic relationship, the reserved Mortimer is mortified, until he realizes they just might be the perfect pair.

More Story Times

Storytime: I Can Do Hard Things

Picture a book from the 1930's! This month we are reading children's books published in the 1930's. This week, we read, "The Little Engine That Could." This story is a great kick-off to problem-solving and showing children that they can do hard things. In addition to...

Storytime: Winnie the Pooh – BEARS & FEELINGS

Join us this month as retell the story of Winnie-the-Pooh. His logic is always impressive with thoughts like, "People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day." We hope you enjoy the bear tales this week as you do the impossible... nothing!Join us Monday,...

Storytime: SLEDS

It's winter and the Olympic Games are just around the corner. You might consider talking with your child about the science behind winter and how people move on skis, skates, and sleds. Don't be afraid to use and explain "big" words such as evaporation, friction, and...

Storytime: Skis

It's winter and the Olympic Games are just around the corner. You might consider talking with your child about the science behind winter and how people move on skis, skates, and sleds. Don't be afraid to use and explain "big" words such as evaporation, friction, and...

Storytime: SNOW

Snow has joined us at the library! Find fun books and activities centered around "S"NOWJoin us Monday, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Ages 2-5Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip Grownups, we know that making...

Storytime: Mail

"M" is for mail! Take a moment and talk about the mail with your child. How do you mail a letter or a package? Where does it go after you put it in the mailbox? Who delivers the letter? Then have fun writing and mailing a letter to a relative or friend. Some of the...

Storytime: Moose

Did you know that moose are one of the most mischievous characters in the animal kingdom, their front legs are longer than their back legs, and they LOVE to swim? Discover more things about this large deer with these books and activities. Join us Monday, Tuesdays, and...

Storytime: Mystery

In November, we will learn about the letter, "M"! Of course, we might have a mystery to solve, too. So, look at the clues in these stories and activities, and see if you can solve a mystery.Join us Monday, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Tuesdays at 6:30...

Storytime: Halloween!

BOO!There will be a special STORY TIME TRICK-OR-TREAT on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29TH. Come dressed up for fun Halloween stories and trick-or-treating! Choose one time: 10:30 · 11:30 · 12:30. Join us Monday, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in...

Storytime: Horses

Clippity-clop, clippity-clop! Whoa... STOP! Children love everything about horses: they way they run, eat, and when they talk to each other. Find out a little more about these appealing creatures with these books and activities.Join us Monday, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays...

JULY 16th – 31st Teen Activities

JULY 16th – 31st Teen Activities

JULY 16th – 31st Teen Activities

TEEN ANIME CLUB
Monday, JULY 19th, at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room.
 

Come join fellow Anime lovers and watch “My Roommate is a Cat,” a fun show about the lives of Haru, a cat from the streets, who is found and adopted by Subaru, an introverted writer. 

For ages 12 – 18.

 

MADISON BIBILIOMANIACS
Monday, July 26th, at 4:30p.m. in the Community Room

Test your skills about the Madison Choice Awards Nominees by playing Kahoot! Follow the links below for a list of the nominees.

For teens 12 – 18 years of age. 

 

Teen action council have a say in what goes on at the library for teens
TEEN DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
Thursday, June 29th at 4 p.m. in the Community Room.


A unique adventure awaits on this special night:
POKÉMON meets DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS! 

GOTTA ROLL ‘EM ALL!

Note: Dungeons and Dragons will be held on the 4th THURSDAY for July. 

Summer Teen Crafts

Every Thursday during Summer Reading, a new take ‘n go Teen Craft will be available at the front Circulation Desk.

While supplies last. For ages 12 – 18.

Instructions and material lists can also be found on our website, under “Teen Zone,” and on our YouTube channel. 

June 17: Wall Hanging Button Holder

June 24: Hedgehog Earbud Holder

 July 1: Pokémon Terrarium

July 8: Monkey  Fist Knot

July 15: Cut-Paper Fox Tin Art

July 22: Paper Firebirds

July 29: Shadow Art

 

 

 

Summer Reading is Coming to an End!

Sign-ups are now in the front lobby area at the booth.

Each year, from June through July, we host Summer Reading. Our program for teens has lots of events and parties. 

The 2021 Summer Reading Theme is “Tails and Tales.” The possibilities are endless! Pick up your prizes at the front booth.

Last day to sign-up is July 24th
Program ends July 31st.

 

Teen Short Story Writing Contest
 
  • Participants must be ages 12 – 18 to enter
  • Open to Madison Library District residents only
  • 2,000 word maximum
  • Limit 1 short story per person
  • Must include an animal as part of the main story
  • No photos or illustrations
  • Work must be original, not previously published, and titled
  • Submissions that are deemed inappropriate, culturally inaccurate or possess negative stereotypical characterization will be disqualified

HOW TO SUBMIT:

  • Email your original work to Gina Miller or bring a hard copy into the library.
  • Subject line must say: “Tail”ish Tales Contest.
  • Please include your name, age, and phone number in the email.
  • Paste or type your short story in the email itself. Attachments will not be opened.

DEADLINE:

All entries must be received by Monday, July 26th, 2021.
Winners will be announced on Friday, July 31st, 2020 via Facebook, Instagram and email.

PRIZES:

First prize- Scrivener writing software ($50 value).
Second prize- Fat Cat’s movie date pack.
Third prize- Florence’s Candy box of chocolates.

All three winners will receive publication online at www.madisonlib.org and an award certificate.

For more information please email Gina Miller.

Teen action council have a say in what goes on at the library for teens

November Kid and Tween Activities

PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST Help us celebrate our first 100 years by participating in our photography contest! Our theme is: “Capturing 100 years”. Submit an original photo and see if you win! All forms and rules are available below. October 17th – December 10th Ages 6+...

October Kid and Tween Activities

FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHT Come enjoy family films at the Library! Every other Friday, 3:30 pm in the Community Room! October 7th: Cars (2006; G)October 21st: Monsters, Inc. (2001; G) Children under 12 must be accompanied by someone 14 or older.STEAM - HARRY POTTER...

September Kid and Tween Activities

FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHT Come enjoy family films at the Library! Every other Friday, 4:00 pm in the Community Room! September 2nd: Babe (1995; G)September 16th: Iron Giant (1999; PG)September 30th: Anastasia (1997; G) Children under 12 must be accompanied by someone...

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!

Open Recitals

Have a piece that you'd like to perform for the public? The library is holding a series of recitals this year. Our next open recital will be held Monday, October 17, at 6:30 pm in the Community Room.  We will have a recital for invited performers on Monday, November...

Teen Writing Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the winners of our First Chapter Teen Writing Contest! Our top three submissions were: 1. Ainsley Burns' "A Dreamy Death" 2. Mary Palmer's What's in a Name" 3. Caitlyn Isle's "Haunted Home" Click on the titles above to read. Check them out!

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...

Library Closed for Infrastructure Updates

The library will be closed Thursday August 18th through Saturday August 27th for infrastructure updates. No items will be due and the book drop will also be closed. A word from the Director: "The Madison Library District is getting upgrades!  Our sorting machine has...

Kid + Tween JUNE Activities

SUMMER READING 2022- OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES School is out and the sun is (mostly) shining... that means it is now SUMMER READING! Sign up at the booth in the front foyer. You can also sign up through the app Beanstack. 1st prizes: starts June 21st2nd prizes: starts...

Closed for Memorial Day

The library will be closed Saturday May 28th and Monday May 30th for Memorial Day. No items will be due and the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Frog and Toad Tails

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Frog and Toad Tails

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Frog and Toad Tails

Ribbit, ribbit… HOP! Enjoy learning about tiny tadpoles to big frogs with these books and songs. 

Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room

Ages 0 – 10 months

Toddler Time: Tuesday @ 9:45am 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

The use of small percussion instruments such as bells, rhythm sticks, shakers and drums helps with muscular development and coordination

 

- Lambert

Activity

Sing “Going to Kentucky” or another egg shaker song with your child. While shaking the egg, experiment with different rhythms, stopping and starting, and high or low!

Books Presented

Big Frog Can't Fit In by Mo Willems

Big Frog is big. Quite big. So big this book can’t hold her. But with a lot of help from some good friends, Big Frog will fit in just fine! Filled with exciting and unique pops constructed sturdily, and perfectly suited for little hands, this vibrant new pop-up book will appeal to Mo fans old and new.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Knee Bounce: Dickery Dickery Dare

Dickery Dickery Dare,
(bounce baby on lap)

A pig flew up in the air!
(lift baby up into air)

The man in brown
Soon brought him down.
(bring baby back down)

Dickery Dickery Dare.
(bounce baby on lap)

Knee Bounce: To Market, To Market

To market, to market to buy a fat pig
Home again, home again, jiggity jig!
To market, to market to buy a fat hog
Home again, home again, jiggity jog!

Shakers: Going to Kentucky

I was going to Kentucky, going to the fair,
To see the senorita with the flowers in her hair.
Oh, shake it, shake it, shake it,
Shake it if you can,
Shake it like a milkshake,
And do the best you can.

Oh, wobble to the bottom,
Wobble to the top,
And turn around and turn around until you make a stop!

Five Green and Speckled Frogs

Five Green and Speckled Frogs
sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs.
Yuuuuummm…yuuummm!

One jumped into the pool,
where it was nice and cool.
Then there were four green speckled frogs,
Glub glub.

Four green and speckled frogs…
Three green and speckled frogs…
Two green and speckled frogs…
One green and speckled frog…
…Then there were no green speckled frogs!
Glub glub, glub, glub

Baby Sign Language

“Bed”

 

“Tired”

 

“Sleep”

 

Additional Books

Frog's Summer Journey by Anita Loughrey

Frog is looking for somewhere new to live. Near the ducks is too loud, under the willow tree is too dark, will Frog find the perfect place to live? This delightful picture book about friendship and the changing seasons is perfect for reading with your child in summertime. Learn about what happens in summer and then explore the activities, crafts and discussion points at the back of the book, to further develop your child’s understanding of the natural world.

Tad by Benji Davies

Meet Tad. She’s the smallest tadpole in a big pond. And she’s not frightened of Big Blub. Not. At. All. But when her tad brothers and tadsisters start to get bigger and disappear, Tad worries that she’ll be left all alone. All alone in the dark, with Big Blub. Growing up might take longer when you start at the bottom, but sometimes tiny hearts have the biggest dreams.

One Frog Sang by Shirley Parenteau

As the night becomes still, one big frog lets out his croaking song, followed by two tiny friends, until groups of as many as ten frogs have all joined in, in voices of all sorts, but when a car passes near, all songs are silenced.

More Book Babies

MARCH Book Babies + Toddler Time: Trains!

March is all about TRAINS!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 SongsHere We Are Together Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are...

NOVEMBER Book Babies + Toddler Time!

Turkeys, I spy, and learning how to sign, "thank you," are the things our babies and toddlers are learning this month. Try the activity with your toddler from BusyToddler.com for a fun alternative to screen time. And have a wonderful, safe Thanksgiving!Book Babies:...

OCTOBER Book Babies + Toddler Time

In October, we walked with animals, flew in a spaceship, and cooked French fries and pumpkins in a pan with hot oil! Try out some more activities this month with your baby or toddler from the suggestions below.Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:30am in Community Room Ages 0 -...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Hats!

Hats, hats, and more hats! Did you know that learning to put on and take off a hat is one of the developmental milestones for a baby? In addition, getting dressed and undressed can be a learning experience , too. Try some of these songs, rhymes, and activities to turn...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Cats

Meow - cats and kittens!Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 0 - 10 months Toddler Time: Monday & Tuesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 11 - 23 months Welcome SongsHere We Are Together Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Trains

Children find trains fascinating. It could be its speed and motion as it moves on the track. Or perhaps it's the unique sounds that it makes as it passes by. What ever it is, trains wake up excitement, curiosity, and creativity in a child's mind. So, with plenty of...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Construction Site

Having fun and learning in the construction zone!Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 0 - 10 months Toddler Time: Monday & Tuesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 11 - 23 months Welcome SongsHere We Are Together Here we are together, together,...

SEPTEMBER Kid and Tween Activities

 FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHTS ARE BACK! Madison Library District is bringing FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHT back! Every Tuesday @ 4pm in the Community Room. SCHEDULE:September 7th: Raya and the Last DragonSeptember 14th: Peter RabbitSeptember 21st: Spirit: UntamedSeptember...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Bird Tails

Cheep, cheep! Tweet, tweet! Quack, quack! Oh, how babies love the sounds of our feathered friends. Help your child explore the world of birds with the following activities.Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 0 - 10 months Toddler Time: Tuesday @...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Frog and Toad Tails

Ribbit, ribbit... HOP! Enjoy learning about tiny tadpoles to big frogs with these books and songs. Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 0 - 10 months Toddler Time: Tuesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 11 - 23 months  Welcome SongsHere We Are...

Storytime: Cool, Cool Water

Storytime: Cool, Cool Water

Storytime: Cool, Cool Water

When you talk with your child about the water, it’s also fun to show them concept terms of “over” and “under.” Ask them what lives over the water… like ducks and other water fowl. Then ask them what lives under the water… perhaps fish and tadpoles. Finally, it’s fun to talk about what lives over AND under the water!

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

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Have your preschooler tell you the story. By age 5, children can sit still for longer books and can create their own stories based on the pictures. Ask your preschooler to tell you the basic plot of the book or to make up stories based on what he sees on each page.

Activity

After you attend Storytime, talk with your child about what they enjoyed most. Then sing the songs that were presented. You can find the words and links on this blog post.

Books Presented

Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner

Celebrates the forms of life that live above and under a pond, including turtles, red-winged blackbirds, blue herons, minnows, frogs, and catfish.

The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner

From the Okefenokee Swamp comes a frog with a wide mouth that he just loves to use. He’s particularly interested in the eating habits of other creatures found in the great outdoors, from the blue-feathere bird to a furry brown mouse. Until one day, he meets a big green animal with lots of teeth who finds wide-mouthed frogs simply delicious.

 

There's a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake by Loren Long

Celebrates the forms of life that live above and under a pond, including turtles, red-winged blackbirds, blue herons, minnows, frogs, and catfish.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Five Green and Speckled Frogs

Five Green and Speckled Frogs
sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs.
Yuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmm…yuuummm!

One jumped into the pool,
where it was nice and cool.
Then there were four green speckled frogs,
Glub glub.

Four green and speckled frogs…
Three green and speckled frogs…
Two green and speckled frogs…
One green and speckled frog…
…Then there were no green speckled frogs!
Glub glub, glub, glub

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Row, row, row your boat
Gently on the pond
Merrily, merrily, merrily
This is so much fun!

PBS KIDS: Elinor Wonders Why – Pond Life 

Explore and learn about nature as you collect nature adventure tools to help all of Elinor’s friends!

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Click the link below to find and print out an “Over and Under the Pond” coloring page

Have a party with this frog party blower craft!

Additional Books

In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming

Illustrations and rhyming text describe the activities of animals living in and near a small pond as spring progresses to autumn.

Life in a Pond by Allan Fowler

The natural world comes alive for young readers with Rookie Read-About “RM” Science! With striking, full-color photos and just the right amount of text, this series immediately involves young readers as they discover intriguing facts about the fascinating world around them.

I'm a Duck by Eve Bunting

One day, an egg rolled out of a nest and right into a deep pond. Now that egg is a little duck, and the water is still very scary. Jumping into the pond at all seems impossible, never mind swimming in a line with all his brothers. “You’re a duck, and ducks don’t sink,” Big Frog points out. Practicing in a puddle helps a little, while backrubs and snacks from his mother help a little more. Big Frog offers to hold his friend’s wing and dive in together, but our little duck knows that some challenges need to be faced alone. Even when they are very scary!

Ducks on the Road: A Counting Adventure by Anita Lobel

Ten little ducks go for a walk with their parents but one by one, they get distracted and go off on their own adventures, meeting new friends along the way

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Storytime: SLEDS

It's winter and the Olympic Games are just around the corner. You might consider talking with your child about the science behind winter and how people move on skis, skates, and sleds. Don't be afraid to use and explain "big" words such as evaporation, friction, and...

Storytime: Skis

It's winter and the Olympic Games are just around the corner. You might consider talking with your child about the science behind winter and how people move on skis, skates, and sleds. Don't be afraid to use and explain "big" words such as evaporation, friction, and...

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Storytime: Mail

"M" is for mail! Take a moment and talk about the mail with your child. How do you mail a letter or a package? Where does it go after you put it in the mailbox? Who delivers the letter? Then have fun writing and mailing a letter to a relative or friend. Some of the...

Storytime: Moose

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Storytime: Horses

Clippity-clop, clippity-clop! Whoa... STOP! Children love everything about horses: they way they run, eat, and when they talk to each other. Find out a little more about these appealing creatures with these books and activities.Join us Monday, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays...

Summer STEM: Exploding Soap

Summer STEM: Exploding Soap

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!

Let’s have some fun with soap and a microwave!

What happens to an ordinary piece of soap when it is exposed to the high heat of a microwave? Find out with this super fun STEM kit!

Materials needed:

  • Bar of soap (broken into about three pieces)
  • Plate
  • Access to a microwave
  • Optional: toothpick to doodle on soap 

Be sure to unwrap the soap before putting it in the microwave!

Kid + Tween JUNE Activities

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APRIL Kid + Tween Activities

 FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHTS  Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday @ 4pm in the Community Room. SCHEDULE:April 19th: The Secret Garden (1949) Children under 12 must be accompanied by someone 14 or older.     KID + TWEEN STEAM KITS For ages 6-11. Now in person!Every 1st...

Kid + Tween STEAM: Q Tip Bow & Arrow

Have lots of fun with this very mini bow and arrow! Materials needed: Popsicle sticks Q-tips Duct tape (to decorate) Dental floss From home: pencil, nail clippers, marker, and scissors Note: soak popsicle stick in a bowl of warm water before starting

Kid + Tween STEAM: Halley’s Comet Catcher

Make a fun comet catcher! Materials needed: Foil, folded Square piece of paper - origami size in the kit Yarn Model magic 

Kid + Tween STEAM: Pigpen Cipher

Can you stump your friends and family with the ciphers you create? Gather the materials below and follow the instructions to find out how!  Cipher papers (images coming soon) 2 Brads

Kid + Tween STEAM: Pom Pom Poppers!

Have lots of POPPING fun with this Pom-Pom Popper! The kit includes: Paper clips Balloons Rubber bands Launch material Directions: 1 - Cut the bottom off of the paper cup.2 - Tie a knot at the open end of the balloon.3 - Cut the top 1/2 inch of the balloon off,...

Kid + Tween STEAM: Catapult!

LOOK OUT!  This awesome catapult will send things FLYING. Here is what you will need to put this together:   10 pencils  Spoon 16 rubber bands Soft launching materials (pom-poms, marshmallows, etc)

Kid + Tween STEAM: Blubber Bag & Bird Feeder

Our first Take N' Go STEAM kit for October is learning how creatures survive and thrive in cold climates. The kit comes with a super cool BLUBBER BAG, plus supplies to make a bird feeder. You will need: Crisco (from the Blubber Bag)  Pine cone String Sunflower seeds...

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Teen Craft: Monkey Fist Knot

Teen Craft: Monkey Fist Knot

Teen Craft: Monkey Fist Knot

Time to make this awesome Monkey Fist Knot keychain!

The materials needed for this craft: 

  • Paracord, about the length of an arm length to the other arm
  • Marble
  • Optional: hot glue gun to glue ends to prevent fraying

APRIL Teen Activities

TEEN ANIME CLUB  Come and watch Ouran High School Host Club. There will also be a fun TEA PARTY! Wednesday April 13th. 4:30pm, Community Room. For ages 12-18. YOUNG LEAGUE OF WRITERS How can you incorporate HUMOR and COMEDY into your writing? Discuss with others at...

TEEN CRAFT: Art Deco Duct Tape Art

Art Deco is a term used for a specific style of design that was popular in the 1920's. Create your own work of art using Art Deco as inspiration. Materials needed: Mat board Template Two tones of duct tape (to create contrast) Clear tape (to tape on template) Exacto...

TEEN CRAFTS: Winnie-the-Pooh Weaving

Learn how to weave a Winnie-the-Pooh for our On the Same Page event! Materials needed: Frame 15 thumbtacks White yarn Blue yarn Yellow yarn Template to refer to From home: scissors, sharpie, hammer, and tape

TEEN CRAFT: Tea Stain Art

Use your imagination to make art with tea stains. Materials needed: Watercolor paper Two black tea bags Heated water (to steep the tea bags) Piece of cardboard (to prevent bleeding and staining under the paper) Spoon or brush

Teen Craft: Push Pin Word Art

Make some fun word art! This could be your name, an activity you love, a favorite book, a place you love to visit... you decide! Just be sure it will fit before you begin. Materials needed: Mat board (or other material sturdy enough) Thumbtacks Pencil Hot glue...

NOVEMBER 1st-15th Teen Activities

GAME & CHESS CLUB  Come learn the game of chess, plus other fun games!Every Monday from 4:30-5:30pm in the Community Room. For ages 9-18.   TEEN ACTION COUNCIL Meet with other teens to discuss the activities that the library has.  Wednesday November 3rd from...

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Book Babies + Toddler Time: Pig Tails!

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Pig Tails!

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Pig Tails!

Many of us can remember, “This little piggie went to market, this little piggie stayed home…” Try expanding your “piggie repertoire” for your little one with these books, songs, rhymes, and fingerplays.

Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room

Ages 0 – 10 months

Toddler Time: Tuesday @ 9:45am 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

When your children have happy experiences, they want to repeat them. Starting kindergarten can seem as an extension of informal library classes. Children who have had joyful experiences in the public library often approach school with a positive attitude, ready and excited to learn.

 

- Lambert

Activity

After you attend Book Babies or Toddler Time, sing the songs that were presented. You can find the words and links on this blog post. Then talk about how much fun you had at the library.

Books Presented

Peekaboo

Who’s that hiding beneath the flap? With textured patches to touch, feel, and explore, this bright and beautiful lift-the-flap book will engage both babies and toddlers

Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton

Turn the board pages to see what different sounds animals make.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Knee Bounce: Dickery Dickery Dare

Dickery Dickery Dare,
(bounce baby on lap)

A pig flew up in the air!
(lift baby up into air)

The man in brown
Soon brought him down.
(bring baby back down)

Dickery Dickery Dare.
(bounce baby on lap)

Knee Bounce: To Market, To Market

To market, to market to buy a fat pig
Home again, home again, jiggity jig!
To market, to market to buy a fat hog
Home again, home again, jiggity jog!

Fingerplay: Two Mother Pigs

Two mother pigs lived in a pen (show thumbs)
Each had four babies, and that made ten (show fingers & thumbs)

These four babies were black as night (thumb in palm, wiggle fingers)
These four babies were black and white (switch hands, repeat)
But all eight babies loved to play

And they rolled and rolled in the mud all day (roll hands)
At night, with their mother, they curled up in a heap (clasp hands)
And squealed and squealed till they fell fast asleep.

Five Clean and Squeaky Pigs

Five pigs so squeaky clean
Cleanest that you’ve ever seen
Wanted to outside and play (IN THE MUD)
One jumped into the mud
Landed with a great big thud
Then there were four clean squeaky pigs (Oink, oink!)

Baby Sign Language

“Bed”

 

“Tired”

 

“Sleep”

 

Additional Books

Is That Wise Pig? by Jan Thomas

Mouse and Cow are making soup, but Pig keeps trying to add strange ingredients

Ten Pigs: an Epic Bath Adventure by Derek Anderson

One pig looks to take a relaxing bath in private, but he is soon joined by another pig, then another, until there are ten pigs–and number one has to come up with a plan so that he can actually enjoy his bath.

Little Pookie by Sandra

Pookie’s mom lists ten things she knows about Pookie.

The Three Little Pigs by Emily Bolam

Retells the story of the three little pigs who leave home to find their fortune, only to meet up with the big bad wolf.

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NOVEMBER Book Babies + Toddler Time!

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Book Babies + Toddler Time: Hats!

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Book Babies + Toddler Time: Trains

Children find trains fascinating. It could be its speed and motion as it moves on the track. Or perhaps it's the unique sounds that it makes as it passes by. What ever it is, trains wake up excitement, curiosity, and creativity in a child's mind. So, with plenty of...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Construction Site

Having fun and learning in the construction zone!Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 0 - 10 months Toddler Time: Monday & Tuesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 11 - 23 months Welcome SongsHere We Are Together Here we are together, together,...

SEPTEMBER Kid and Tween Activities

 FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHTS ARE BACK! Madison Library District is bringing FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHT back! Every Tuesday @ 4pm in the Community Room. SCHEDULE:September 7th: Raya and the Last DragonSeptember 14th: Peter RabbitSeptember 21st: Spirit: UntamedSeptember...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Bird Tails

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Book Babies + Toddler Time: Frog and Toad Tails

Ribbit, ribbit... HOP! Enjoy learning about tiny tadpoles to big frogs with these books and songs. Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 0 - 10 months Toddler Time: Tuesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 11 - 23 months  Welcome SongsHere We Are...

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