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On Saturday, September 27th, teams came together to build robots of the future. Our winners were the Yellow Team for the K-2nd grade age group. We had winners in three categories (most futuristic, most robotic, and most creative) for the 3rd-5th grade age group. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Yellow Team: Eiam, Braden, Nate

K-2nd grade winners – Yellow Team: Eiam, Braden, Nate

3rd-5th Winners hard at work: Logan, Ian, Jay

3rd-5th grade winners hard at work: Logan, Ian, Jay


The next LEGO Club will be held on October 25th. Join us and show everyone what you can build.

To register for the K-2nd grade age group, 2pm-3pm, click here.

To register for the 3rd-5th grade age group, 3pm-4pm, click here.

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Early Literacy Tip: Counting Skills

Work on Counting Skills

Counting everything in sight is a fun way to increase your child’s early mathematical literacy—the number of steps into the house, the number of stuffed animals on the bed, or the number of plates on the table.  Make counting a full sensory experience to help reinforce number sense.  Let your child point, touch, and manipulate items as you count and remember to have fun vocalizing out loud.  As your child becomes a proficient counter you can then introduce the numerals, the written symbols.

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DIY @ Home: Apple Stamps


  • Apples – any shape or colorApple-Stamping-Cards-5-620x413
  • Cutting board and knife (adult use only)
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Red or green paint
  • Paper plate
  • Blank cards or paper


  1. Cut your apples in half, (adult use only). You can cut them vertically or horizontally. Either shape of the cut apple has a different and fun look for a stamp.
  2. Place a popsicle stick into the back of your apple to use for a handle when dipping and stamping.
  3. Add paint to your paper plate and dip your apple into the paint.
  4. Press your painted apple onto the front of your blank card or paper. Make sure you press on all edges of your apple to get the paint stamped all around.
  5. Lift up your apple and see your fabulous apple stamps. Let the paint dry completely.



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Celebrate Summer Reading Success!

THURS., 7/31, 6:30PM – ALL AGES

Join us in our front garden as we celebrate the end of Summer Reading with a live concert! Jeanie B!’s upbeat shows are jammed-packed with dancing, sing-a-longs, and rockin’ music that kids and parents both love. This is an all ages, family-friendly, musical event you won’t want to miss.

Music with Jeanie B 7

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Early Literacy Tip of the Month–Parents Read for Pleasure


As the dog dreading-hammock-largeays of summer approach, there is nothing quite as relaxing as lounging in a hammock or beach chair reading a good book!  Parents of young children, however, often wait do to their own reading at night after the kids are tucked in or they have difficulty finding any time to read.  Make your own reading part of the day and you will be modeling a valuable lifelong habit for your children.  Show them that reading is not just work or school-related, but is a pleasurable part of every day for everybody in the home.

Next time you visit the library with your children, take them upstairs to browse the adult collection and check out your own wonderful, engaging books.  If you are looking for some reading suggestions, take a look at RFPL Reads http://rfplreads.wordpress.com/


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