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A Blooming May

Summer is so close, but before we can relish those long summer days we have the wonderful month of May to breeze through.  Luckily, there are plenty of programs scheduled to help the time fly by.

Funtime Storytime

  • Funtime Storytime is a drop-in 30 minute program for ages 3-5.  These storytimes consist of age-appropriate stories, songs, and rhymes.   Storytimes are followed by a playtime!  Children and parents alike will make new friends.
  • Registration is not required.  FREE.
  •  Meets on Mondays at 11am on May 7, 14, and 21.

Playful Preschoolers Storytime

  • Register your child for age-appropriate stories, songs, rhymes, and snacks or a simple craft.  Storytimes are followed by a playtime!  Take this opportunity to connect with other parents and caregivers while your child plays with new friends.  Ages 4-5.  Registration is required.  FREE.
  • Meets on Tuesdays at 11am on May 8, 15, 22, and 29

Toddler Time Stories

  • 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.  Toddlers can enjoy a playtime following storytime, while parents and caregivers socialize.  Registration is required.  FREE.
  • Meets on Wednesdays at 11am on May 2, 9, 16, and 23

Babytime Playgroup

  • Babytime Playgroup is a drop-in program for babies from ages birth-24 months.  Enjoy socializing and 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.
  • Registration is not required.  FREE.
  • Meets on Fridays at 10am on May 4, 11, 18, and 25.
  • Held in the Children’s Department

 

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta for Kids

What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with a fantastic storytime fiesta!  We’ll be reading stories in Spanish and English, making our very own mini pinatas, and shaking our handmade maracas to celebrate.  Registration is required, please visit or call the Children’s Department at 846-1573 to register.
  • When: Saturday, May 5th at 11am
  • Where: Children’s Department
  • Cost: FREE!

 

Project CHICK

The Children’s Department is hosting an incubator of fertilized chicken eggs from Casey’s FarmThese chicken eggs from Casey’s Farm arrived on April 19th and should hatch around May 11th!   The breeds are Dominique and Rhode Island Reds.  We will keep them for several days after they hatch before returning them to the farm, so be sure to check back and see them in the library after they hatch.

 “Thanks, Mom!” Storytime and Card Making Craft

What better way to say “Happy Mother’s Day!” than with a handmade card from a loved one and a sharing a special storytime?  For ages 4 and up.  All supplies are provided.  Register for this free program by visiting or calling the Children’s Department at 846-1573.
  •  When: Saturday, May 12th at 11am.  FREE.
  • Where: Children’s Department
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Superheroes – To the Rescue!

Superheroes abound as we followed the exploits of first Timothy, then Super Duck and then Hamlet the pig; each saving the day with  their own special powers in our latest Playful Preschoolers Storytime.

In the book “Timothy and the Strong Pajamas” by Viviane Schwarz , a young superhero unexpectedly finds super strength while wearing his mended pajamas. He goes on to save an elephant, a princess and kitten before finding himself in need of help from someone else!

In “Super Duck” by Jez Alborough— will Goat’s homemade kite take flight?  Will Goat’s friend Frog be saved?! Find  out what happens  when Super Duck comes to the rescue.

“Supersnouts” by Steve Bjorkman has Hamlet, the “rascal  pig with rebel ways” flying for the first time with Snoutbuster and Kernel Hog  to foil the plot of two crooks intent on robbing Farmer Frank and his wife.

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Why Did the Chickens Cross the Road?

Why did the chickens cross the road?  Because they thought it was a egg-cellent idea!  Chickens was the theme for the Preschool Storytime on February 28th, and from rhyming text to prose we were introduced to the antics of some baby chicks, hens, and roosters.  Here are some of the stories we shared!

Stuck in the Mud by Jane Clarke  kept everyones attention as a scamp of a baby chick is stuck in mud — or so his mother thinks. After involving all the animals on the farm including the farmer, we find the baby chick was just playing in the mud and thanked everyone for joining him.

 Peepsqueak by Leslie Ann Clark had everyone repeating the phrase “He was on the move!” as the baby chick is determined from the start to fly high.  His attempts, though,  always leave him falling down on to soft grass.  Consoled by his mother at his failed attempts to fly, the Gray Goose takes Peepsqueak on a flight above the farm on his back.

Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman told of the Greenstalk family’s farm animals and how they find their way out of predicaments throughout the week by their industrious chickens.  The family finds after all their help that even the chickens need a day of rest.

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The Year of the Dragon

Gung Hay Fat Choy!  Or in other words…Happy Chinese New Year! 

The Year of the Dragon was celebrated at MPL Children’s Room with a nine foot hanging dragon along with a program filled with stories and a dragon craft.  Stories for the Chinese New Year program were varied. 

“The Next New Year”, by Janet S Wong, tells the story of a young boy’s veiw of the approaching Chinese New Year. The boy talks about how his different friends celebrate the holiday, and all the special preparations that he does to get ready for the  holiday.  A great book for introducing readers to the Chinese New Year.

“The Gift” by Yong Chen  The story tells of a special stone that is found by Amy’s Uncle in China and how it is made into a dragon to be given as a gift to Amy in clebration of the Chinese New Year.

 

 

“Fortune Cookies” by Albert Bitterman is a sweet story about a young girl who checks her daily fortune with fortune cookies…and cats!   Each day she learns  a lesson with each cookie she cracks open.  At the end of the week, she has just has many cats as she does fortune coookies!

 

 

 

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Baby, Toddler, and Preschool Storytimes

The upcoming storytime schedule is for January – February. Please call or visit the Children’s Department to pre-register for these free programs.

Funtime Storytime

  • Funtime Storytime is a drop-in 30 minute program for ages 3-5.  These storytimes consist of age-appropriate stories, songs, and rhymes.   Storytimes are followed by a playtime!  Children and parents alike will make new friends.
  • Registration is not required.  FREE.
  • Meets on Mondays at 11am on January 9, 23, and 30

Playful Preschoolers

  • Register your child for age-appropriate stories, songs, rhymes, and snacks or a simple craft. Storytimes are followed by a playtime!  Take this opportunity to connect with other parents and caregivers while your child plays with new friends.  Ages 4-5.  Registration is required.  FREE.
  • Meets on Tuesdays at 11am on January 10, 17, 24 and 31

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.  Toddlers can enjoy a playtime following storytime, while parents and caregivers socialize.  Registration is required.  FREE.
  • Meets on Wednesdays at 11am on January 11, 25 and February 1, 8

Babytime Playgroup

  • Babytime Playgroup is a drop-in program for babies from ages birth-24 months.  Enjoy socializing and 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.
  • Registration is not required.  FREE.
  • Meets on Fridays at 10am on January 13 and 27
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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.

RULES:

  • 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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Winter Wonderland Storytime and Craft

Snowmen, snow days, and snowball fights are what winter is all about.
Join us for a Winter Wonderland storytime and craft.  For ages 3 and up.  Registration required.  This program is free.
When: Wednesday, December 28th at 2pm.
To register for this program, please call or visit the Children’s Department at 846-1573

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Hot Cocoa and Gingerbread Storytime

Ahhh.  Tis the season for hot (in this case, warm) cocoa, gingerbread, and stories.   This past week, we started the weekend on the right foot with great seasonal stories followed by a “gingerbread” craft where the kids decorated their own gingerbread boy or girl foam ornament to take home.

Here’s the rundown on the stories we used:

Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney.  I just love all the Llama Llama books, and kids do too because they can definitely empathize with Llama.  In this book Llama Llama has a very long time to wait, and wait, and wait some more for it to be Christmas.  And there’s so much to do before the big day!  Mama Llama, as usual, is sure to remind Llama Llama what the season (and Mama Llama love) is all about.

 

Gingerbread Mouse by Katy Bratum.   When Mouse loses her home, she has to find a new one, and fast!  She finds a temporary home in a Gingerbread House, but will it last beyond the holidays?  Maybe a certain jolly stranger will save the day for Mouse.

 

 

Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear!  By Don and Audrey Wood.  Little Mouse is all set for Christmas, complete with a Christmas tree bursting with presents.  But there’s only one problem….BIG HUNGRY BEAR!  Will Mouse save all the presents for himself or will he be brave enough to face the big hungry bear’s cave?  With a surprise ending, this book is a heart warmer.

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Storytime on the Move!

The December 13th storytime  theme for our Playful Preschoolers was about construction vehicles.

Sally Sutton’s book “Roadwork” had a rhyming text throughout the book that played off the sounds of construction. The rhymes started with the planing of a road and ends with the  finished highway.

 

 

 

Also read was “Melvin Might”by Jon Sciecszka. It is a story of Melvin the Cement Mixer.  He’s worried ABOUT worrying, yet overcomes this problem to save a fellow truck in need.

 

 

 

The next book read was “Truck Stuck”, by  Sally Wolf.  This book was hit! The group enjoyed the simple text and pictures where the young character solves the truck’s  dilemma. 

 

 

 

 

The theme ended with the book “Roadwork Ahead” by Anastasia Suen. A mother and son, along with their pet dog, travel to Grandma’s and encounter different situations along the way.

 

 

The story time craft involved the making of a bus, firetruck and a construction vehicle. With simple shapes the items were completed with delight.

Bulldozing our way through another craft!
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Baby, Toddler, and Preschool Storytime Sign-Up

Playful Preschoolers.

  • Register your child for age-appropriate stories, songs, rhymes, and snacks or a simple craft. Storytimes are followed by a playtime!  Take this opportunity to connect with other parents and caregivers while your child plays with new friends.  Ages 4-5.  Registration is required.  FREE.
  • Meets on Tuesdays at 11am on December 6, 13, 20

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.  Toddlers can enjoy a playtime following storytime, while parents and caregivers socialize.  Registration is required.  FREE.
  • Meets on Wednesdays at 11am on December 7, 14, 21

Babytime Playgroup

  • Babytime Playgroup is a drop-in program for babies from ages birth-24 months.  Enjoy socializing and 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.
  • Registration is not required.  FREE.
  • Meets on Fridays at 10am on December 9, 16, 23, and 30

Funtime Storytime

  • Funtime Storytime is a drop-in 30 minute program for ages 3-5.  These storytimes consist of age-appropriate stories, songs, and rhymes.   Storytimes are followed by a playtime!  Children and parents alike will make new friends.
  • Registration is not required.  FREE.
  • Meets on Mondays at 11am on December 12, 19
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