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Digging with Dogs and Trucks

Who loves  to dig up dirt and have lots of fun doing it?  Why construction trucks and dogs, of course!  Our last “Just Dig It” storytime for the summer was about a little backhoe trying to dig out a rock, a construction crew building a neighborhood truck and a bunch of dogs digging in all the wrong places.

A dump truck name Tom, mentors  Digger, diggera little backhoe, in “Digger and Tom” by Sebastien Braun.  Digger attempts to move a rock at the construction site, but realizes it is much bigger than he first thought. Soon the other construction trucks boast that they will move it with no problem, but they can’t, either!  With encouragement from Tom,  Little Digger starts anew to dig the rock out, and he does! Cheers go up for Digger’s accomplishment from the truck crew.

“The Construction Crew” by Lynn Meltzer was a good book with rhyming text that had the children joining in and finishing the sentences.  If the children couldn’t read the rhyming word for the truck, they crew2were able to identify the vehicle from the pictures.  Children also joined in to talk about their neighborhood and some that were moving to another town.


The last book  was “See Me Dig”by Paul Meisel.  This was just a fun book.  A group of dogs first start digging in the “front yard” of some woodland creatures.   The creatures get mad and start to chase the dogs.  The dogs then run far enough away to start digging in some tropical sand where they then open it to unleash pirate ghosts.  Oh boy – do the dogs run now!  This all ties into construction when the group of dogs end up finding a backhoe at a construction site.  Finally a place to dig!

A dump truck with a moveable parts was the craft. Using  brass fasteners, the bed of the truck was attached to the body of the truck. The wheels were glued on with markers rounding  out the craft experience. Children drew in people and other details on their trucks.

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Pirates Converge for First Annual Pirate Games

Welcome to Pirate Month at the MPL Children’s Library!  Blackbeard and Captain Kidd would of quake in their boots with the scallywags that made their way to our First Annual Pirate Party Palooza!

With a chorus of pirates giving there best pirate talk, we started the party with a reading of “Pirate Pete’s Talk Like a Pirate” by Kim Kennedy.  In the book,  Pirate Pete interviews fellow scurvy dogs for his crew to see just how much thievin’ and lootin’ they have in them. Each one fails and is made to walk the plank, ” cause they can’t talk like a pirate”.  In the end, Pirate Pete’s realizes that his trusty parrot was the only crew he needed!

Our crew started the activities with decorating a foam pirate hat with plenty of foam stickers, and a candy cane and foam cup to make a hook like Captain Hook (which was to be used later for one of the games). There were a few  hardy ones that ventured to get  mustaches and beards with pirate face paint.  Our pirates were getting more and more into character!

After the crafts were done, the pirates made their way to the Pirate Pretzel Pickup game. With their newly made pirate hooks, each pirate was to pick up as many pretzels with their hook in one minute.  One young female pirate collected eleven pretzels!

The other game was one of matching pirate symbols; the younger pirates had lots of fun with this game.  It was played in teams of two and one on one.

Finally our raucous crew headed out to find pirate booty in the Children’s library with our on going treasure hunt. It was a good time had by all!

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Bookeneers Treasure Hunt


So you want to go on a treasure hunt, do ye? 

Then you’ll have to follow the clues!  During the month of February, the Children’s Department is hosting a Bookeneers Treasure Hunt.  Children pick up a treasure map with the first clue printed on it, which leads them to the location of the next clue!  As each clue is figured out (6 total) they get closer and closer to the pirate treasure!  Best of all, they can take a piece of the pirate treasure home.

Sounds like fun?  Then stop by anytime in the Children’s Department to pick up a map and start your search!


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Fun in February

We have a fun February lined up!  The theme of the month: PIRATES!  Join us all month long for our pirate programs and drop-in anytime for our Bookeneers Treasure Hunt!

Special Programs

All February:  Bookeneers Treasure Hunt
Grab a Treasure Map from the Children’s Desk for the first clue about where we’ve buried our treasure!  Figure out and follow the clues to receive a fantastic pirate prize.  Runs the whole month of February while supplies last.


Saturday, February 2nd at 1pm: Pirate Party Palooza (FULL)
Dress in your pirate best and join the crew for some pirate fun.  A pirate storytime will be followed by games, a make your own pirate hat craft, and other surprises.  Pre-registration required for limited space and supplies.  Ages 4-10.  Call or visit the Children’s Department at 401-846-1573 to register.


Wednesday, February 6th at 11am: Preschool Pirates
Ahoy and avast!  Little buccaneers are invited for a Pirate Storytime and Craft session where we’ll make our own treasure maps and receive pieces of 8.  No registration required.  Ages 3 and up.


Saturday, February 9th at 1pm:  Year of the Snake!  Chinese New Year Stories and Craft
2013 is the Year of the Snake.  Celebrate the start of the new year with stories and a paper lantern craft.  Ages 4 and up.  Registration required.  Call or visit the Children’s Department at 401-846-1573 to register.


Thursday, February 14th at 4pm: Valentine’s Day Craft and Sweet Treats Party
Will you be our Valentine?  Join us as we read a Valentine’s story and make a variety of crafts to take home to their Valentine’s!  Sweet treats provided.  Registration required for limited space and supplies.  Ages 3 and up.  Call or visit the Children’s Department at 401-846-1573 to register.


Tuesday, February 19th at 2pm:  Super Cold Science for Kids
Presented by the Boston Museum of Science.

Amazing things happen when matter changes temperature. With the help of a Museum educator and an intensely cold liquid, participants experience the remarkable changes in size, form, and behavior that occur when a variety of objects and substances are super-cooled.  No registration required.  Grades 1-12.  30 minute show.


Thursday, February 21st at 1pm: “The Toe Jam Pirate Show”
Arrrgh! Dance piratey jigs with the Toe Jam crew like, ‘The Skull & Crossbones Square Dance,’ and a line dance called ‘Pirates Arrr Funky,’ where the kids become dancing Lobsters & Seagulls & even dancing Sharks!  Come andsee cuddle fish cuddle, porpoises find their purposes and live mermaids dressed up before your eyes.  All landlubbers are invited!  So climb aboard, and if ya’ feel so inclined, come dressed like a Pirate, or a Mermaid or as your favorite Sea Creature and we’ll have a Piratey Celebration!  Arrrgh!



Funtime Storytime: 

Funtime Storytime is a drop-in 30 minute program for ages 3-5.  No registration needed!  These storytimes consist of age-appropriate stories, songs, and rhymes.  Storytimes are followed by a playtime! Meets on Mondays at 11am on February 11th and 25th.  No storytime on the 18th; closed for President’s Day.


Preschool Storytime:

Register your child for age-appropriate stories, songs, rhymes, and snacks or a simple craft.  Ages 4-5.  Registration is required.  FREE.  This 4 week session meets on Tuesdays at 11am on February 26th, and March 5th, 12th, and 19th.


Toddler Time:
Toddler Time is a special storytime for 2 & 3 year olds with a parent or caregiver.   Storytimes consist of age-appropriate stories, songs, fingerplays, and rhymes, with a simple craft or snack.  Registration is required.  FREE.  This 4 week session meets on Wednesdays at 11am on February 27th, March 6th, 13th, and 20th.


Babytime Playgroup:
Babytime Playgroup is an informal, drop-in playgroup for babies from ages birth-24 months.  Enjoy socializing with other parents and babies while playing with specially selected age-appropriate toys and board books.  The library will provide toys, early literacy resources, and parenting materials for you and your child to enjoy in a warm and supportive environment with other parents and caregivers.  Meets on Fridays from 10am – 11am.
Some Helpful Storytime and Program Guidelines:
  1. Please call ahead if you know you won’t be able to make it to a program you registered for – we often have waiting lists of people we can then call and invite to the program!
  2. We begin each program right on time, and you do not want to miss any fun – so get here early!
  3. Visit the restroom before the program begins to avoid accidents and distractions…
  4. If your child isn’t in the mood for storytime, is crying, or being disruptive, you can always leave early and try again another day.
  5. Parents, please listen to the stories.  If your child sees you talking to other people during the storytime, they are going to model their behavior after you!
  6. For toddler storytimes, parents are encouraged to sit with children to model listening and the fingerplays with their children.
  7. Enjoy yourselves!  Each program is designed to introduce kids to the pleasures of reading, movement, and storytelling.

Afterschool Programs

Tuesday, February 12th at 4:00pm: Paper Mache (FULL)

Prepare to get your hands a little dirty as we use paste and paper to create our very own paper mache creations.  Ages 5 and up.  Must pre-register for limited class size and supplies.  Visit or call the Children’s Department at 846-1573 to register.  Free.

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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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