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No Three Blind Mice Here!

Welcome back to preschool storytime 2013!  It’s been a busy January, with some new faces joining us for storytime!  Today the group were are all able to guess what today’s theme was going to be from the cover art on our books – MICE!


“Cat and Mouse” by Ian Schoenherr grabbed the pre-schoolers attention with  life sized drawings of a playful cat and mouse. Within the story were the Mother goose rhymes Hickory Dickory Dock, and Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo, which the majority knew and recited very well, and loudly.

The group quietly listen to the next book ,“Mouse Party” by Alan Durant.  It was a cute story, but the pictures were too detailed, for the group.  Bigger pictures are always better!


The last book “Lunch” by Denise Flemming, had everyone shouting the names of fruits and vegetables that a very hungry mouse was enjoying.  Most were stumped when it came to guessing a “white crisp turnip” but after naming a yellow sweet corn, blue berries and purple sour grapes,  the group caught on.

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Fuzzy Wuzzy Bears

September’s first Preshool Storytime had the  theme of bears. The stories told us about Norris the wise bear, Big Smelly Bear and why he smelled, and a distraught bear who had lost his hat.

Catherine Rayner’s delightful story, “The Bear Who Shared” told of Norris waiting patiently for a “plorringe” to drop from the tree; but he wasn’t the only one waiting to eat the plorringe. Who will get the fruit first?  The story’s title is a hint!


Jon Klassen’s “I Want My Hat Back” told of a bear who had lost his hat. The bear misses his hat very much.  He asks each woodland creature he encounters if they have seen it.  After thinking it over the bear realizes who exactly stole his hat. There is a confrontation, and let’s just say… the bear gets his hat back.



In  Britta Teckentrup’s “Big Smelly Bear”, we find out what makes Big Smelly Bear smelly – he doesn’t bathe! But things change one day when Big Smelly Bear meets Big Fluffy Bear.  Big Fluffy Bear tells Big Smelly Bear that if he bathed he won’t smell anymore.  Reluctantly he takes the advice and Big Smelly Bear becomes just Big Bear.

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Nighty Night

Pajamas not required!

Our second installment of MPL’s Big Dreamers Summer Story time had the theme of the “Night”.  A quiet pastoral setting has  a young boy heading off to bed, in “The Noisy Way to Bed” by Ian Whybrow.  On the boy’s  way to bed he encounters different farm animals each interrupting the him as he tries to rhyme his sentences about going to BED. The animals and the boy eventually settle down to sleep with the boy finally  getting to complete his rhyming story.


“Dark Night”, by Dorothee de Monfreid, told the tale of a boy lost in the forest.   Scared by the woodland creatures and all alone, the boy finds help from a rabbit with a black cape and suitcase.  With the rabbit’s ingenious idea and directions the boy manages to scare the creatures and get safely home.



Ever wonder where you might find a sleeping bear? In “A Place to Sleep” by Holly Meade,”she writes lyrically about creatures going to sleep including a young boy and girl. From fish sleeping with their eyes open in the shallows, to the elephant standing up to nap; this gentle story ends with the children safely in  their beds and sweetly dreaming.

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It’s Raining Stories!

Our Story Time forecast called for rain.

May’s first Preschool Story Time theme reflected our recent rainy weather. In the book,” Itsy Bitsy Spider’ by Lorianne Siomades, the classic rhyme had a humorous twist – not only did the spider go up the drain spout again, but he was prepared!

Just how many insects and animals can fit under a mushroom in the rain? This question is answered in “Mushroom in the Rain” by Mirra Ginsburg. Five woodland creatures take shelter under a mushroom, only to later question how they all managed  to stay safe from the rain. The answer becomes apparent with the help of a frog.

Manya Stojic’s “Rain” told how African animals experience the rain through the five senses, from the Zebras seeing the lightning to the baboons hearing the thunder.  After the hot drying heat, comes the much needed rain, having the animals relishing it’s effects, from cooling mud, to a full watering hole.

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I Spy With My Little Eye…

Our Storytime Detectives found all the clues in this “I Spy” themed storytime!  April’s last preschool story time had everyone sleuthing around to find out who ate all the cookie dough, find a lost smile, and spot the animal hidden in the crowd.






In “Who Ate All the Cookie Dough” by Karen Beaumont, Mrs. Kanga searches to find the hungry person who ate the dough.   She asks the usual suspects, only to find out is was her baby joey Boo! It was no surprise to our preschoolers, who had a hunch all along about who it was.

“Augustus and His Smile” by Catherine Rayner had everyone wondering what had happened to his smile.  The clues all lead to finding happiness in everyday things that surround him.   He only had to look around to get his “tigery” smile back.

We found out how good everyone was at figuring out the clues to identify each hidden animal, in “I Spy with My Little Eye” by Edward Gibbs. The color of each animal was given with a follow up clue, which wasn’t needed with these sharp sleuths  in attendance.

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A Seafaring Fun Month

January is a time to hunker down and stay warm, but it’s also a month packed full of great programs here at the library.  The theme this month – all things sea related!  All month long we’ll be featuring storytimes and special programs for our youngest seafarers.  Mermaids, pirates, and fantastical marine animals are what we’re excited about this month!

Name the Middletown Mermaid Contest

We’re fired up to announce a new contest here at the Middletown Public Library!  Beginning January 3rd, 2012,  children ages 4-12 will have the chance to enter our “Name the Middletown Mermaid” contest.  The winner will receive a $25 gift card to Island Books!  Entry cards can be picked up at the Children’s Desk.

The Middletown Mermaid has been watching over the Children’s Department since October of 2011.   Created by local children and paper artist Lisa May at Harborfest’s community arts tent for children at the Newport Yachting Center on October 1st and 2nd, the Middletown Mermaid is a beautiful papier-mâché sculpture adorned and festooned with seashells.  It was thoughtfully donated to the library by Lisa May and Festival Fete, which sponsors locally grown art, food, and merriment.


  • Open to children ages 4-12
  • Limited to two entries per eligible person
  • Entries must be submitted to the Children’s Department of the Middletown Public Library by January 31st, 8pm EST

Pirate Storytime and Craft Program

Break out the treasure map and shiver me timbers cause it’s time to speak pirate!  This storytime will feature pirate and seafaring stories for all our wee mateys.  A themed craft will follow storytime.  Extra points for dressing the pirate part!  For ages 4 and up.  Pre-registration is required.  FREE.

Saturday, January 14th at 11am.

Under the Sea Storytime and Craft Program

Mermaids, fish, and sunken treasure abound in this underwater adventure storytime.  A themed craft will follow this program.  For ages 4 and up.  Pre-registration is required.  FREE.

                  Saturday, January 21st at 11am

Biomes Center Marine Animal Program

Get up close and personal with various marine animals such as horseshoe crabs, sea cucumbers, starfish, seahorses and pufferfish.  This special program is presented by the Biomes Center.  This is a great hands-on program that will give children the opportunity to touch and learn about these amazing sea creatures.  Best for ages 4 and up!  FREE.   Tickets for seating will be available in the Children’s Department 1 week prior to the program.  

Saturday, January 28th at 2pm in the Middletown Public Library’s Meeting Room


Celebrate the Chinese New Year

It’s the Year of the Dragon!  Celebrate the Chinese New Year with stories, fortune cookies, and a craft.  Pre-registration is required.  Ages 4 and up.  FREE.

Monday, January 23rd at 4pm

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