Kids’ Blog

Halloween & Spooky Stories (10/30/2018) - Hello friends! We can’t believe that tomorrow is Halloween! We at the Library want to give a great big THANK YOU to all our friends who submitted stories for our Spooky Story Contest! We know that not everyone was able to join us for the celebration this weekend, but if you entered the contest, please … Continue reading Halloween & Spooky Stories
Reminder! Wednesday Morning (10/23/2018) - Just a quick reminder for parents and caregivers – our regular Wednesday Children’s programs will not take place this Wednesday, Oct 24th, as the Governor’s Council will be using the McCarthy Meeting Room. We hope you will still do yoga, sing, and read stories on your own! And we’ll be back in action on Halloween! … Continue reading Reminder! Wednesday Morning
Stay & Play at the Library! (10/16/2018) - Do you have a baby, toddler or preschooler at home? Did you know that every Tuesday morning at 10:00 we have a free play program at the Library? Come check out Stay & Play! You can get to know new families, connect with other parents,  and your kids will get to play safely with some … Continue reading Stay & Play at the Library!
REACT Storytime October 10th at 4:15 (10/2/2018) - Hey folks! If you are signed up for our newsletter (which I hope you are because it is great!), you probably read about our new REACT series! Since civic engagement is important for everyone, we want to engage our younger patrons in learning and talking about important issues in our community. Hence – REACT Storytime! … Continue reading REACT Storytime October 10th at 4:15
New Story Walk coming Saturday! (9/26/2018) - Hello friends! This Saturday, September 29th, there will be a brand new Story Walk unveiled! Join us at 2:00 at the Sunny Meadow Community Garden to experience our new and improved Story Walk! The Library would like to give special thanks to Jordan Harris, of Girl Scout Troop 85000, who built the new and improved … Continue reading New Story Walk coming Saturday!
Talk Like a Pirate Day! (9/18/2018) - Arrrrr, mateys! Wednesday, September 19th be “International Talk Like a Pirate Day!” and we’re celebratin’ in the Children’s Room! Come by Wednesday afternoon at 4:15 for pirate stories, songs, snacks, and a craft! Feel free to dress in your favorite pirate garb, and practice your sea chanteys on the way over!
International Dot Day! (9/11/2018) - Friends and families! Come on down to the Main Library this Saturday, September 15th, for our International Dot Day Celebration! From 10:30 am to 1 pm, we will be celebrating creativity through activities inspired by local author & illustrator Peter Reynold’s picture book, The Dot. There will also be a storytime, snacks, and free giveaways … Continue reading International Dot Day!
Tomorrow – Family Make-it at MacKay! (9/4/2018) - Hello friends! If you’ve stopped by the Children’s Room Saturday or today, you’ve likely seen this little critter hanging out at the desk: It’s a book hedgehog! And you can come make one of your own at the MacKay Branch tomorrow afternoon at 4:00. No registration is required, so drop in & get crafty! 🙂 … Continue reading Tomorrow – Family Make-it at MacKay!
Read to a Dog Raffle! (8/31/2018) - Attention kids! Have you always wanted to practice reading to a dog? Well, stop by the Children’s Room and enter our raffle to win a chance to read to Friday the Dog! 8 lucky winners will be chosen to read aloud to Friday the Dog on September 18th and October 18th. The raffle begins Saturday, … Continue reading Read to a Dog Raffle!
Meet your new Assistant Principal! (8/15/2018) - Attention Byam and Harrington parents and students! Byam and Harrington Elementary Schools’ new assistant principal, Betsy Dolan, will be doing 3 more Social Success Reading hours here at the library! Drop by the Children’s Room for any of the remaining sessions (I’m sure many of you Byam families were here yesterday morning! 🙂 ) Harrington … Continue reading Meet your new Assistant Principal!
Author Visit with Jerry Pallotta! Thursday 8/9 at 10:30 am (8/7/2018) - There is nothing quite as exciting as meeting an author and hearing them read their own work! Come by the Main Library this Thursday, August 9th at 10:30 to meet the amazing author, Jerry Pallotta! Jerry will read to us from some of his classic picture books, and give us a glimpse of his new … Continue reading Author Visit with Jerry Pallotta! Thursday 8/9 at 10:30 am
Peace Out! Pajama Storytime Thursdays at 7:00 pm (7/31/2018) -   What could be cozier than a Pajama Storytime? Come to the Main Library Thursday nights at 7:00 pm for our Peace Out Pajama Storytime! PJs are not required (but we think they make everything more fun! 😉 )
Attention rising 5th graders! (7/23/2018) - Have you been enjoying your required Summer Reading? Want to hear what your classmates are saying about No Talking by Jason Clements? Are you eager to share your own thoughts on the book? Then join us at the Main Library this Wednesday, July 25th at 4:00 for our book discussion! You can register through our … Continue reading Attention rising 5th graders!
PuppeTree! Thursday morning at 10:30 (7/17/2018) - This Thursday morning we will have a very special drop-in program! PuppeTree will be at the Main Library performing their versions of Caps for Sale! This event is drop-in, so drop in & check it out! Recommended for ages 4+
Balloons! (7/10/2018) - I believe Winnie the Pooh once said, “Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon” and I wholeheartedly agree. That’s why I’m super excited to share that Chip Rascal, balloon sculptor is coming to the Main Library this Thursday, July 12th from 10:30-11:30 am! There is no registration required, so drop by & see the amazing … Continue reading Balloons!
Family Dance Party! (7/2/2018) - Summertime is here, and we at the library are ready to get our groove on! (recognize those blue headphones?) Please join us for our drop-in Family Dance Party this Thursday July 5th at 10:30 am! Fun for the whole family!
Storytimes are starting again! (6/26/2018) - Attention parents & kids! This is a friendly reminder that on July 2nd, our regular drop-in storytimes will be starting up again! (except for when we are closed July 4th – see you at the parade!) This is in addition to all of our amazing special Summer Reading programming (Did someone say Family Dance Party?!) … Continue reading Storytimes are starting again!
Juneteenth! (6/19/2018) - A few years ago, I learned about a holiday I had never heard of before – Juneteenth! Here’s a little bit of info about it from colorsofus.com: “19th of June is Juneteenth! Also known as Juneteenth Freedom Day, it commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African American slaves … Continue reading Juneteenth!
Summer Reading 2018! (6/12/2018) - Summer Reading has begun! Time to read and have some fun! Come register at the Children’s Desk, add your star to our wall, and start reading so you can enter to win our Grand Prize Raffle!
Great Podcasts for Kids (3/28/2018) - What are podcasts? Podcasts are audio files that can be downloaded to a computer or mobile device. (Despite the name, you don’t need an iPod to listen!) They are often produced as series to which listeners can subscribe to automatically download new episodes. Who listens to podcasts? Podcasts are made on a variety of topics for all … Continue reading Great Podcasts for Kids
Local Author Visit: Jen Petro-Roy (2/10/2018) - The Library was so excited to have our former Teen Librarian, Jen Petro-Roy, return to the library for a visit as a published author!  Jen spoke about the inspiration behind her debut novel, P.S. I Miss You, her writing process, and her path to publication. If you missed Jen’s talk, check out her upcoming scheduled … Continue reading Local Author Visit: Jen Petro-Roy
Best Picture Books & Middle Grade Fiction 2017 (12/26/2017) - With the end of the year approaching “Best of…” lists are popping up everywhere. Have you read these Best Picture Books of 2017? (Click the link to see the list in our catalog.) One of my personal favorites was written by famed author of The Day the Crayons Quit, Drew Daywalt. The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors … Continue reading Best Picture Books & Middle Grade Fiction 2017
Read With Your Child! (10/17/2017) - Visit the library and borrow a book or two!
Talk With Your Child! (10/10/2017) - Before you read a book to your child, look at the cover together and ask your child what he/she thinks the book might be about.
Play With Your Child! (10/3/2017) - While playing with different toys, describe how they feel, what they look like and sounds that they make.
Sing With Your Child! (9/26/2017) - Expose your child to nursery rhymes and other traditional children’s songs and finger plays.
Write With Your Child! (9/12/2017) - Have plastic or wooden alphabet letters available for your child to explore!
Read With Your Child! (9/5/2017) - Try to read one to one with your child every day.
Play With Your Child! (8/22/2017) - Find a way to bring a book “to life.” For example, go shopping for foods from The Very Hungry Caterpillar or make a dog puppet after reading Clifford, the Big Red Dog.
Sing With Your Child! (8/15/2017) - Sing songs that have accompanying hand movements. For example-“Wheels on the Bus” and “I’m a Little Teapot.”