Storytime Graduates

Today was our last preschool storytime for the spring. Some of the preschoolers will not be returning in the Fall, but instead, entering into kindergarten. It is a sad and happy time for us.

Some of the storytime graduates started out with Miss Candise in the Toddler storytimes, then continued into the preschool sessions. There have been changes along the way, such as the kid friendly furniture, the new location of the beginning reader collection, and the addition of Lady Mermaid.  Counting the number of stories read each time would add up to 108 per year along with the 36 crafts for the children. Who wouldn’t delight in the children’s excitement at the start of storytime and the craft that would follow.

Another school year is over and so are the storytimes.  We look forward to the new families we will get to meet during the Summer Reading Program, and of course welcome back the families we already know.


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On Your Mark, Get Set, Read

The Summer Reading Program is almost here! We have many new authors, along with established authors to keep you reading all summer!

The SRP will be the much the same as last year. Minutes read per day will be recorded as we did in 2015.  Pre-readers, ages birth to PreK, will also be able to participate in the SRP and join in on the finale by doing ten activities on their log sheet. For the older the children the goal is to record ten hours of reading. Reaching that goal allows the participant their first raffle ticket to win a Kindle and to collect other prizes.

This year we have early bird sign ups starting June 3rd through the 17th.  Anyone signing up between those dates will be eligible for a ten dollar gift card to the Newport Creamery. So get an early start to the Summer Reading Program and all the guaranteed fun happening at your local library.

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Bugs Flying, Hopping, Singing

Bugs! was the theme for today’s preschool storytime. Our trio of books got the group humming with energy as each pointed and called out the names of bugs in the stories.  It happened that there were ladybugs pictured in each book, a bug, which everyone knew.  So here are the books:

In “Some Bug” by Angela DiTerlizzi, the story moves along by asking the reader what is the name of the bug that would hop, flutter or hide. Animals are also included in the pictures in a subtle manner for  the keen eye to spot and identify.  It was the favorite of storytime today.

Anyone who is a fan of Julie Donaldson will love “What the Ladybug Heard”. Donaldson’s main characters are always in the role of a hero. In “What the Ladybug Heard” our hero is a ladybug living on a farm. Always the quietest among the farm animals, the ladybug overhears a plot by two thieves to steal the “fine prize cow”. The ladybug, no longer silent, tells animals what is going to happen and devises a plan. Then working together, the animals disguise their voices to throw off the crooks and stop the cow from being stolen!

Finding each caterpillar in “Ten Little Caterpillars” by Bill Martin Jr. with illustrations by Lois Ehlert, was a delight for the preschoolers. The pictures in the book are the story, asking readers to look for each caterpillar and other creatures on the pages. Those not familiar with Lois Ehlert’s illustrations will want to introduce young readers to her distinctive style.

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All About Teeth

The preschool storytime ventured into the toothy subject of teeth with the books “Clarabella’s Teeth” by An Vrombaut, Barbara Jean Hicks’ “Monsters Don’t Eat Brocccoli”, and “Tabitha’s Terrifically Tough Tooth” by Charlotte Middleton.

Clarabella takes good care of her crocodile teeth, brushing each and every one in the morning. Her friends do the same and and arrive on time for daycare. But where is Clarabella? She is still brushing her teeth! Snack time comes and goes, so does craft time, and then lunch. Still no Clarabella. With her teeth finally clean, Clarabella is ready to meet them at daycare, but where are her friends? They are getting ready for bed! Her friends have missed her, and to correct the situation surprise her with an oversize tooth brush that is just right for her crocodile smile.

Eating broccoli is the worst! That is what monsters say in Barbara Jean Hicks’ “Monsters Don’t eat Broccoli”. The rhyming text goes on to say that monsters would rather eat buildings and “fish and ships” then devour healthy food such as broccoli. Hicks’ picture book can be used as a parent’s aid to teach the idea of eating green vegetables. We believe there were a few converts after the book’s reading.

Lose a tooth and get money for it?  Tabitha sets out to get that wobbly tooth out in “Tabitha’s Terrifically Tough Tooth” by Charlotte Middleton. Trying to make sure she is visited by the Tooth Fairy that night, she tries creative ways to loosen the tooth. Jumping on the bed? No. Tying the tooth to a turtle? No. What will it take? A sneeze does the trick!

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Our Changing Display for May

National Children’s Book Week started May 2nd and to celebrate we have displayed several authors both new and old.

Generations still grow up with Curious George and Bill Peet’s adventurous animals.  Beloved characters such as Falconer’s “Olivia” and Litwin’s “Pete the Cat” are also on display. Kevin Henkes, a Caldecott Medal Winner, is one of our favorite storytime authors, along with Emma Dodd who is also an author/illustrator likes Henkes.

We maybe highlighting stand out authors for the first week of May but any time is a good time to start the search for a good book –  just ask your librarian.

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Fish Tales to Read Aloud

The books from the preschool storytime offered three fun fish tales about the antics of a shark, giant squid, and a little fish who stole a hat.  Here are the stories that the group enjoyed.

“Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark” is a fun version based on the “Three Little Pigs” tale. Author Ken Geist has mama fish sending her little fish Jim, Tim, and Kim out into the ocean. Each start to build their houses. Jim chooses seaweed, which the Big Bad Shark happens upon and makes it into a salad. Jim gets away and meets up with Tim who has built a sand castle? Well, Jim and Tim escape the shark to find their sister Kim living in a ship wreck. Can that with stand the Big Bad Shark? One knows how the story ends.  There is a short epilogue on what becomes of the Big Bad Shark.

Never think you can out smart a big fish after stealing his hat. That is the tale in the book “This Is Not My Hat” by Jon Klassen. The subtle humor in the story is shown by the illustrations that tell a different tale then the narrative.

A giant squid loves being the largest thing in the sea in Kevin Sherry’s book “I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean”. He points out how his is bigger than clams, starfish, jellyfish and sharks, (say that last one quietly). The squid somehow doesn’t realize that a whale that is about to swallow him is the biggest thing in the ocean. What is the squid to do? Could he be the biggest thing inside the whale?

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Sea Creatures in the Children’s Department

Prehensile tail? Bony plates? The two special sea creatures that have these characteristics are the sea horse and pipe fish; both currently living in a tank on our desk.

The Biomes Marine Biology Center of North Kingstown has lent an aquarium with the unique fishes along with a special diet to feed them with. There are two seahorses one of which is active, while the other likes to hide out by the filter.  The one pipe fish likes to disguise itself as a piece of eel grass, but most everyone finds him.

The aquarium will be here for two weeks, but for a further marine life experience, MPL offers a discounted pass to the Biomes Center.

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April Flowers

Sewing machines were absent this Sunday when the Sew Cool Sewing Club gathered for the April 10th session. Our intrepid sewers’ challenge for the month was to embroider a flower on cross-stitch fabric. The piece was then to be ironed onto a T-shirt.

The group first practiced the two stitches needed to make the flower.  Working with embroidery floss each took up a needle to learn the chain  and back stitch. It was not easy going, but the group persisted to master both the stitches. There was an array of floss to choose from, and each tween picked colors to compliment their T-shirts.

The flowers the group created were colorful and unique. No two were the same.  The last part, to iron the flowers to the shirts went quickly. Using two-sided adhesive the embroidered flowers were positioned on the shirts and then iron on. The finished result was a blooming garden of “April” flowers.

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Our Changing Display

It may not feel like Spring outside, but books reflecting the warmer side of the season are currently on display.

A combination of non-fiction titles and picture books make up the displayed collection. Eric Carle’s book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” simply tells of the metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterfly in a classic children’s book. There are also non-fiction titles describing the Monarch Butterfly habitat, food and migration, as well as a selection of books reflecting every level of interest on the subject.  Garden books from the perspective of a worm,  or learning how to grow vegetable soup are part of the group display.

So if outside looks cold just visit the MPL Children’s Department for some warmer weather books.

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A Small Celebration for Earth Day

Tuesday’s storytime preschoolers were treated to a local guest reader, and first time author, Gretchen M. Everin.  We chose the theme of Mother Earth, with “Miss Gretchen” reading her book “Mama’s New Do”. We started the storytime with the books “Nibbles a Green Tale” by Charlotte Middleton, and “Plant a Seed” by Kadir Nelson. Gretchen Everin’s book was third, followed by the craft which she provided.

Teaching plant conservation was artfully done by Charlotte Middleton in “Nibbles a Green Tale”.  Nibbles, a soccer loving guinea pig, loves dandelion leaves, but so does his parents and sister; along with every guinea pig in Dandeville.  Soon all the dandelion plants are gone in Dandeville, except one which Nibbles finds growing outside his bedroom.  Nibbles wants to eat it’s tender leaves, but instead goes to his local library to learn how to grow dandelions!  With patience and restraint, that one dandelion plant grows a crown of seeds, which Nibbles casts to the wind.  Soon the seeds become plants with leaves, and the guinea pigs no longer have to eat cabbage but could nibble dandelions once again.

Kadir Nelson’s book “Plant a Seed” is beautifully told through it’s illustrations, where sowing seeds and enjoying the fruits of your labor is a metaphor for “sowing” the seeds of kindness which gives a more lasting and rewarding harvest. Nelson’s illustrations and text tell of a story were a rabbit and mouse plant some seeds and are rewarded with delicious tomatoes and carrots. But some neighborhood birds show up that want some of the vegetables. A tomato fight ensues, with no edible food left to eat. And then they all realize their foolishness.  The birds take flight sowing seeds from the air, and with everyone helping together, a much more bountiful garden is grown, for everyone to share.

“Hug Mama Earth and You Hug Yourself”, is Gretchen Everin’s message in her first book titled “Mama’s New Do”.  A story celebrating the simple things we can do to help take care of Mother Earth,  the story’s young girl leads the way to give the Earth some TLC. The rhyming text tells of conservation, recycling, and of joining together to protect our planet. It is a loving celebration of or unique relationship with Earth.

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