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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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Summer Reading is Here!

FIZZ_BOOM_READ_logo Primary StackedThere is still time to sign up for our Summer Reading Program!

Our “Fizz, Boom, READ!” summer reading programs include babies through children entering 5th grade. Kids who sign up and read (or are read to ) will earn new books to take home and the chance to win other great prizes. We’ll also have weekly programs for kids of all ages including art and science activities and story times.

Stop by the Library to sign up!

Summer Reading runs through July 31.

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Early Literacy Tip of the Month– Look at Your Photo Albums Together


ImageReading with your young child is the single most important activity you can do to promote literacy. One important book to incorporate in your reading time is your own family photo albums or scrapbooks. While these may not contain any words, they do contain stories of your family. As you look through the photos with your child point out the different people pictured and tell the story of what happened using a beginning, middle, and end. This will help build narrative skills which are the backbone of reading comprehension in later years. In addition, encourage your child to tell their own story for their favorite photos, by asking simple questions like, “Who is sitting next to daddy?” and “What happened after our puppy chewed the shoe?” You will be amazed at the recall and the creativity of your child as you take a trip down memory lane.


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