Browsing the New Books: Tween

We’ve got some exciting-looking new tween books to show off! Check out the covers below and click on the links to see the summaries or put them on hold.

The World Between Blinks by Amie Kaufman and Ryan Graudin

Karma Moon Ghost Hunter by Melissa Savage

The House That Wasn’t There by Elana K. Arnold

Warriors: The Broken Code: The Place of No Stars by Erin Hunter

Soul Lanterns by Shaw Kuzki

Merci Suarez Can’t Dance by Meg Medina

Amber and Clay by Laura Amy Schlitz

The One Thing You’d Save by Linda Sue Park

Starfish by Lisa Fipps

The Dog Who Saved the World by Ross Welford

Take Back the Block by Chrystal D. Giles

The Turnover by Mike Lupica

Preschool Storytime ONLINE: Splish Splash Bathtime!

Welcome to Preschool Storytime! Click on the image above to check out the virtual program room. Once inside the program room, you will find a variety of links to click on. Some will be me reading stories or singing songs, while others will be fun activities to try. This month’s theme is all about splashing around in the bathtub!

To add to the storytime fun, we will have kits available starting today on a first come, first serve basis. These will have printables, games, and activities that will keep you and your preschooler laughing and learning. Be sure to stop in and grab a kit (or ask about picking one up curbside)! New kits will release each month on the same day as the latest Preschool Storytime.

Thanks to Hyperion Books for allowing us to read The Pigeon Needs a Bath! Thanks to Scholastic for allowing us to read Pig the Stinker. Thanks to HarperCollins for allowing us to read Harry the Dirty Dog.

Preschool Activity Literacy Kit – Water Fun

Preschool Kits are now available in the lobby while supplies last. Thank you to the Bi-State Literacy Council for making these kits possible.

Come to the library to pick up our new monthly preschool kit. These monthly kits have numerous fun activities for you and your child to do together that work on early literacy skills and STEAM exploration. Be certain to check out the Preschool Virtual Storytime on our blog as well, starting April 21 for some fun bath time stories read by Miss Jessica. No registration required. No fee. Some of the activities will tape, tub of water, crayons and a place to be messy.

Kits are available while supplies last.

Storytime for Littles Online: Stay at Home Stories

Welcome to Storytime for Littles Online! This is our virtual program room and we are so excited for you to explore! Click on the image above to go into the actual program room. This week we are sharing stories about the COVID-19 Pandemic and how we are together even though we are apart. You will see a lot of talk about rainbows and colors in these stories so the activities around the room today are all about color!

Once inside the program room, you will find a variety of links to click on. Some will lead to videos of me reading or sharing songs. Others will lead to new activities to try at home or even to music videos.

Thank you to Macmillan Publishing for allowing us to read Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham. Thank you to Chronicle Books for allowing us to read There Is A Rainbow by Theresa Trinder and illustrated by Grant Snider. Thank you to the Bloomsbury for allowing us to read The World Made a Rainbow by Michelle Robinson and illustrated by Emily Hamilton.

Browsing the New Books: Chapter Books

If April showers have got you stuck indoors, try one of the new books this month! Check out the covers below and click on the links to see the summaries or put them on hold.

Geronimo Stilton: The Last Resort Oasis by Geronimo Stilton

Mia Mayhem is a Superhero! by Kara West

S.O.S.: Society of Substitutes: The Great Escape by Alan Katz

Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories by Jeff Kinney

Wings of Fire: The Dangerous Gift by Tui Sutherland

The Scrumptious Life of Azaleah Lane by Nikki Shannon Smith

Magic Tree House: Camp Time in California by Mary Pope Osborne

Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie of Doom by Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian: The Fuzzy Apocalypse by Jonathan Messinger

Doggo & Pupper by Katherine Applegate

If You Loved… The Pigeon Books

For more great read-alike suggestions, check out our archive!

Storytime for Littles ONLINE: Garden

Welcome to Storytime for Littles Online! This is our virtual program room and we are so excited for you to explore! Click on the image above to go into the actual program room.

Once inside the program room, you will find a variety of links to click on. Some will lead to videos of me reading or sharing songs. Others will lead to new activities to try at home or even to music videos.

Thank you to Abrams Children’s Books for allowing us to read Abracadabra It’s Spring! Thank you to Charlesbridge for allowing us to read Lola Plants a Garden. Thank you to Simon & Schuster for allowing us to read In a Garden.

Creativity Lab Beadmaking! Instructions and Recap

Today in Creativity Lab, we worked with air-dry clay and made basic beads. I got the idea for beadmaking from the book 3-D Art Lab for Kids: 32 Hands-On Adventures in Sculpture and Mixed Media by Susan Schwake with phototgraphy by Rainer Schwake and adapted the instructions from this book Super simple jewelry : fun and easy-to-make crafts for kids by Karen Latchana Kenney.

If you signed up for the program and received a kit, your kit includes:

  • 5 toothpicks
  • 1 ounce each of air dry clay – blue, red, and yellow
  • 1 random color package of Model Magic (optional)

Today we worked primarily with the air-dry clay.  The Model Magic was available to use if the clay was too hard.

If you don’t have a kit, and you don’t have air-dry clay, you can use Play-Doh, Model Magic, or modeling clay, although it will not dry hard.  

Today we made bumpy beads, tube beads, cube beads, and ball beads.

To get started, we unwrapped our clay and removed a bit from each.

Then we talked about mixing some of the colors to make new ones.  

The clay is hard, and does dry quickly.  Be sure to cover it when you aren’t working with it, and knead it in your hands to warm and soften it.  You might need to add just a little water to your fingers and knead it more if it is too dry. 

If the clay is too dry to work with, switch to using your Model Magic.

Swirly Cube Bead

  1. Begin by taking a bit of clay from two or more colors and mix the colors gently a few times to make a swirl.
  2. Be sure not to overmix or you will end up with just one color!
  3. Shape the clay into a cube.
  4. Push your toothpick carefully through. 
  5. Remove the toothpick, making sure the hole will be large enough for thread.

Tube Beads

  1. Take a small amount of one color of clay and roll it into a cylinder or tube shape. 
  2. Roll out a thin rope of another color of clay. 
  3. Wrap the rope around the center of the cylinder and trim of excess.
  4. Now push the toothpick into the center of the tube so it goes through bead lengthwise.
  5. Remove the toothpick, making sure the hole will be large enough for thread.

Bumpy Beads

  1. Begin by taking a single color of clay and rolling it into a ball. 
  2. Push the toothpick through the center of the ball.
  3. Now select smaller pieces of different colored clay and roll them into smaller balls.
  4. Gently press the smaller balls over the larger one.
  5. Remove the toothpick, making sure the hole will be large enough for thread.

Swirly Ball Bead

  1. Start with two or three colors of clay.
  2. Roll the bead into a ball, being careful not to overmix.
  3. Carefully push your toothpick through the center.
  4. Remove the toothpick, making sure the hole will be large enough for thread.

A printable copy of these instructions can be found here

Join us next month on May 13th in Creativity Lab where we will be doing tissue paper printing. You can register here!