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Spuds Party, a Hit!

Hash browns, French fries, tater tots and chips!  Yummy!-  and all made from potatoes.  This Greenie Program  was started in May with the planting of Kennebec potatoes.  It was an early harvest last Saturday when delicate white spuds were lifted out of the soil.

me twoThe program started with two readings, “Up Down and Around” by Katherine Ayres,  got everyone introduced to vegetables and the direction they grow in. Children shared their own stories about vegetables in their home gardens.  None of kids were growing potatoes in their own gardens, so the excitement was building!

 

potThe second book was “Two Old Potatoes and Me” by John Coy, which was an informal guide to planting potatoes.  A young girl discovers withered and sprouting spuds in the kitchen cupboard and with her father’s guidance they cut up the spuds and plant them. Watering, hilling the dirt, weeding, and watching out for Colorado Potato Beetles, all lead up to potatoe harvest time.  Would we be digging up potatoes in the Community gardens? Or would our spuds be duds?

After the books everyone went to the gardens and a shovel was retrieved from the shed.  Children gathered around the plants…the spade made  a cut in the soil…POTATOES! POTATOES ! POTATOES!  Nature had not disappointed us.  The children were so excited, we just kept digging. We soon filled the bucket one third full with different sized spuds.  The harvest yielded one potato for each child.

The spud party spilled back inside,  where a blind potato chip tasting got under way.  The flavors of the chips were: salt and vinegar, aged cheddar and sour cream, and garden tomato and basil.  The chip voted best flavor was salt and vinegar. Who knew a vegetable could be so much fun?

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Wiggly Worms and Lovely Ladybugs

July’s Greenie Gardeners brings us two fascinating garden creatures: worms and ladybugs.  Worms do the heavy duty, underground work of composting the soil while ladybugs help us with eating plant-destroying aphids from our gardens.

These monthly program are free to register for.  Recommend for ages 4 and up.  To register for these programs, please visit or call the Children’s Department at 846-1573.

Wiggly Worms: Saturday, July 21st at 11am

We’ll be learning all about the lives of worms – how they wiggle, what they eat, and how they help us – through stories and hands-on experiences with these amazing wigglers.  A take-home craft is included in this storytime, followed by a trip to our Community Garden and composter in the back of the library.

 

Lovely Ladybugs: Saturday, July 28th at 11am

They do so much for us than just look pretty.  We’ll explore the world of ladybugs through stories and take a close-up look at them with our Creature Peepers before venturing out to the Children’s Garden to release a whole jar of ladybugs into the gardens!

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More Peas, Please

Our Greenies will enjoy planting their own pea pods to take home in this easy peasy edition of Greenie Gardeners.  We’ll also enjoy a veggie-tastic storytime before going out to the Children’s Garden to explore what we’ve planted so far in the season.

Ages 3 and up.  FREE.  Registration is required.  Please visit or call the children’s Department at 846-1573 to register. 

When: Friday, June 8th at 11am

Where: Program Room

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