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Early Literacy Tip of the Month – March

floraandflamingo Check Out Wordless Picture Books

 They may have no (or very few) printed words, but wordless picture books are great tools for language development and creativity in young children.  Let your child look at the illustrations and then let them tell the story in their own words. Children tune in to the structure of a story (beginning, middle, end) while ballfordaisyusing significantly more new words then they may use in ordinary conversation.  Each reading is different which adds to the fun.

Visit the Children’s Room and explore our selection of Stories—Wordless.


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This Week’s Special Programs 03/01 – 03/07

Join us this coming week of Sunday, March 1st through Saturday, March 7th for the following special programs.

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Monday, March 2nd, 9:00 am – 11:00 am – Morning PJ Party and Book Character Scavenger Hunt
Wake up and come straight to the Children’s Room for a morning pajama party! You’ll be warm and cozy as you hunt for your favorite book characters, enjoy breakfast treats, and cuddle up for some quality reading time. Drop in any time between 9-11 AM for the fun. No registration required.

Monday, March 2nd, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Pajama Night
Party in your pajamas! Wear your PJs, bring your pillow and book (or get one at the Library), and hang out in the Children’s Room while you eat cookies and read. Independent Readers Grades K-4. No registration required.

Saturday, March 7th, 9:30 am – 11:30 am – Donuts for Dads
Join us for this family friendly drop-in program. We’ll have crafts, books and board games out for you to enjoy along with breakfast treats and coffee from Blue Max Coffee. At 10:30 we’ll all head upstairs for a fun story time by the fireplace. Moms, grandparents, and caregivers also welcome. No registration required.

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We look forward to seeing you there!


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LEGO Club session added for Saturday at 1:00 pm

WinBrownTeamDue to popular demand, another session has been added for LEGO Club this Saturday, February 28th, at 1:00 pm. The additional session is identical to the 2:00 pm session – open to K-5th graders.

Participants will be given a new LEGO building challenge each time we meet. LEGO bricks will be provided. Advanced registration is required.

You can register for the 1:00 pm session by stopping by the Children’s Desk, calling in or clicking here.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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This Week’s Special Programs 02/22 – 02/28

Join us this coming week of Sunday, February 22nd through Saturday, February 28th for the following special programs.

Sunday, February 22nd, 3:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Choose Your Own Adventure Party
Join us at the library for an interactive adventure you won’t want to miss. Do you play it safe or take a risk? The choice is up to you. For grades 2-5. Registration required, to register click here.

Thursday, February 26th, 10:00 am – 10:45 am – Movers and Shakers
Join My Gym’s Miss Debbie at the Library for fun movement activities using puppets, bubbles, and more! For kids birth-6 years old with parent/caregiver. No registration required.

Saturday, February 28th, 9:30 am – 11:30 am – Donuts for Dads
Join us for this family friendly drop-in program. We’ll have crafts, books and board games out for you to enjoy along with breakfast treats and coffee from Blue Max Coffee. At 10:30 we’ll all head upstairs for a fun story time by the fireplace. Moms, grandparents, and caregivers also welcome. No registration required.
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Saturday, February 28th, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm or 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – LEGO Club
LEGO fans are invited to register each month and join us for LEGO Club. Participants will be given a new LEGO building challenge each time we meet. LEGO bricks will be provided. For kids in Grades K-5. Registration required, to register click here.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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Choose Your Own Adventure Party

Don’t forget to sign up for the Choose Your Own Adventure Party!treasuremap
This Sunday, February 22nd, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Grades 2 – 5

Join us at the library for an interactive adventure you won’t want to miss. Do you play it safe or take a risk? The choice is up to you. Advanced registration is required.

The adventure begins with you signing up, what will you do?

Ο Stay at home on Sunday, and be bored all day
Ο Sign up RIGHT NOW and get ready for the adventure
Ο Put it off until tomorrow and forget to sign up :(

How will you sign up?

Ο Come in to the library and sign up in the Children’s Room
Ο Call the Library to sign up via phone
Ο Click HERE and sign up online

We hope you make the right choices in starting this adventure.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!


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Winter Beach Party!

It’s cold outside, but that doesn’t have to get you down! Forget about the chilly weather by throwing a winter beach party at your house.

1. Invite some friendsluau
2. Turn up the heat
3. Decorate with flowers, leis and bright colors
4. Wear a bathing suit or summer clothing
5. Use beach towels to sit on
6. Put on summer music: the Beach Boys (you can check out music on our new digital service Hoopla without worrying about late fees)
7. Serve summer drinks: lemonade, iced tea, fruit punch
8. Serve summer snacks: hot dogs, fruit kebabs, popsicles
9. Play summer games: hula hoop, limbo, beach ball
10. Pretend it’s summer and have fun!

For more winter beach party ideas you can visit the following websites: How Does She, Mom Ready


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This Week’s Special Programs 02/15 – 02/21

Join us this coming week of Sunday, February 15th through Saturday, February 21st for the following special programs.frozen

Monday, February 16th, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Frozen Sing Along
Sing along with Elsa and Anna as you watch, make props, and enjoy a snack. Dressing up as your favorite character is encouraged. No registration required.

Monday, February 16th, 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm – PJ Story Time
Wear your pajamas and bring a stuffed friend to our special evening story time program! For ages 2-7 years with parent/caregiver. No registration required.

d4d01Saturday, February 21st, 9:30 am – 11:30 am – Donuts for Dads
Join us for this family friendly drop-in program. We’ll have crafts, books and board games out for you to enjoy along with breakfast treats and coffee from Blue Max Coffee. At 10:30 we’ll all head upstairs for a fun story time by the fireplace. Moms, grandparents, and caregivers also welcome. No registration required.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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