Winter can make it hard to keep everyone entertained and happy, so here are a few active ideas to engage in during the cold weather. We especially love Understood’s mention of both the Scavenger Hunt and Word-building Charades in their Cabin Fever posting, and, if you have Legos and marbles are appropriate for your children’s ages, why not make a Marble Maze? Or, if you have Nerf (or other) foam-shooting guns, maybe do a spinning target or maybe roll up some socks and play these “snowball” games! Keep the kids moving and having fun (and keep your sanity) during cabin fever season!
As we approach the New Year, reading challenges are popping up all over, so we’ve devised one for library patrons! Pick up your challenge sheet at the library any time during 2020 and, for every 10 reading prompts you respond to, you’ll get to enter another chance in a drawing for the end of the year. Read 10 books, you’ll have 1 chance, for 20 books you’ll get 2 chances, 30 books equals 3 chances and so on.
Maybe one challenge isn’t enough for you! If so, hop over to A Book Worm’s Musing for a 20 in 2020 Challenge. Or pop over to Ginger Mom for an A to Z Challenge. Ginger Mom also has a Picture Book Challenge, and if those still don’t satisfy, here’s a list featuring a larger selection of reading challenges–something for everyone!
RSVP at 988-6661 for additional information! Enjoy festive music, beverages, and snacks to accompany our swap. Each participant brings a set of 4 dozen cookies/candies packaged in sets of 4 cookies/candies in each (or 12 sandwich-sized bags of a different snack –3 dozen will be traded for other cookies/candies/snacks, and one dozen will be samples).
Start at the Firehouse at 6pm and bring a canned good to contribute to the food pantry. There will be hot cocoa and cookies (and Santa!) and a walk down historic Main Street to the library for the lighting and caroling. Please join us in this wonderful holiday experience!
That’s right, Santa Claus is coming to town! He’s let his beard grow out a bit and has rested up since this picture–he looks much younger, but he’s going to be coming for story and cookies, and PICTURES! Children can bring a favorite stuffed animal to join in the celebration and then leave their stuffed animal for a stuffed animals-only sleepover party in the library! Shannon and Anne will get photos of their adventures to share when children come back to the library Saturday to pick up their stuffed animals. You must RSVP by either reaching out on Facebook or leaving a message at 988-6661.
The Stuffed Animal Slumber Party is this Thursday, December the 5th, and Santa is coming to visit! This is a unique memory-making event for our region and we hope you can join us!
Children bring a stuffed animal (the slumber party part of the night that starts at 7pm is for stuffed animals only), meet Santa, have cookies, and hear a story–it’s so much fun! Then, after the Santa-inspired fun is over, children say goodnight to their stuffed animal friends and the children head home.
Then, almost as if by magic (as libraries all have their own particular type of magic thanks to the books they contain) the stuffed animals come to life and have adventures that Shannon and Anne document in photos! Some play games, some read books–you never can tell just what kind of magic happens at a library after hours! On Saturday (during regular hours) children can come and get their stuffed animal pals and will take home photos of some of the fun their fuzzy friends had!
*Please Note: Parents and guardians, not only does the event reinforce the magical feeling we all hope our children experience during the holiday season, but it can be used as a way to reinforce healthy bedtime rituals (using the stuffed animal in place of the child, and child in place of adult) and it also can be used to ease separation anxiety by showing the child that someone (the stuffed animal) may go away for a little while but that doesn’t mean they never return. If children aren’t ready to be parted with their stuffed animals, stuffies are still invited to meet Santa with their children and be included in the Santa-related pictures, AND children (whether they leave a stuffed animal for the sleepover or not) are encouraged to get a picture to take home on Saturday of the silly fun had after hours so they better understand and might participate more fully next year.
Come decorate a Thanksgiving or autumn-themed cupcake to take home. Ages 4 and up, please. RSVP by calling (at 988-6661) or messaging the library (via Facebook) so we know how many cupcakes we need and how much frosting!
You must RSVP (call the library at 988-6661) so we have enough materials for this activity. We will be making spooky cake pops! Come and learn how to make a cake pop and then take one with you (or eat it here)!
Are you ready for some exciting magic and memory tricks, and to enjoy a visit from Animal Adventure? We sure hope so because we’re winding up our Summer Reading Program with a visit from The Amazing Great AND some of the curious creatures from Animal Adventure. We’ll have games in the backyard, stargazing, and popcorn, so bring the family! And, if you participated in our Summer Reading Program make sure and turn in your Intergalactic Passport by noon on Saturday the 10th so Shannon can tally your points and award you prizes. We have so many prizes this year that EVERYONE who participated can win at least a couple cool things! The fun starts at 6pm, so make sure you’re ready to join us!
Every Thursday from 10:30am-11:30am we have Story Time at the library! We do Music & Motion activities and songs like Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, Going on a Bear Hunt, and other fun things that get us moving (and shake the wiggles out before we settle into a good book). Then we read one of our many great children’s picture books while sitting in super-comfy beanbag chairs! We then move to our activity table and do a craft that connects to what was just read. If time allows we play with Legos, Connect Four, Candy Land, or something similar, emphasizing sharing, patience, communication, and kindness. Come join us!