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DIY @ Home: Lollipop Flower Valentines

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, don’t rush to the store to buy the generic valentines that everyone one else will also have. Spend a day cutting, gluing and making valentines from the heart.
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Supplies:

  • Card stock
  • Construction paper
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Lollipop

How-to:

  1. Use card stock to make a half-heart template about 3 inches high and 1 1/4 inches wide. Fold a 12-by-3 1/2-inch piece of construction paper in half vertically, and trace four half-hearts along the fold.
  2. Cut out hearts; unfold.
  3. Stack hearts; punch a hole 1/4 inch up from bottom. Position petals to form a flower, making sure holes line up. Secure by applying glue around holes; let dry.
  4. Write name on a petal. Insert lollipop.

You can find this craft and more on the Martha Stewart website.


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This Week’s Special Programs 02/07 – 02/13

Join us this coming week of Sunday, February 7th through Saturday, February 13th for the following special programs.

Monday, February 8th, 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 13th, 9:30 am – 11:30 am – Donuts for Dads
Grab Dad and join us at the Library for crafts, books, and board games as well as tasty breakfast treats and coffee from Blue Max. At 10:30 we’ll all head upstairs for a fun story time by the fireplace. Moms, grandparents, and caregivers also welcome to attend with the children in their lives. No registration required.

Saturday, February 13th, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Minecraft Madnessminecraft-logo4
Calling all Minecraft builders, warriors, and fans! Head to RFPL to play Minecraft in a shared realm. Compete on challenges to win prizes. Grades 3-7. Registration required; register online or at the library.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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Program Highlights – Donuts for Dads

We’ve had lots of fun so far hosting our yearly Donuts for Dads program and the turnout has been great! But don’t worry, it’s not too late to come and join the fun. Saturdays from 9:30 am – 11:30 am we welcome dads and their biggest admirers for a morning filled with crafts, books, and board games as well as tasty breakfast treats and coffee from Blue Max. At 10:30 we’ll all head upstairs for a fun story time by the fireplace.

 

 

 

 

 

Join us at the next Donuts for Dads which will be held on the following dates: 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5.


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Early Literacy Tip of the Month – February

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There’s no doubt that cooking with kids takes more time and organization than cooking alone, but the following key benefits to their development make the extra effort feel all the more worthwhile.

Literacy–Cooking provides a natural way for children to learn new vocabulary. Reading the recipe with your child and referring back to it as you cook teaches your child the value of reading for information and instruction.

Math Concepts–Cooking provides a hands-on, contextual way to introduce mathematical concepts especially those related to measurement and sequencing.

Self-Esteem–Children feel a real sense of achievement when they contribute to the work load of the home.  Serving food they have helped to prepare to family and friends boosts their confidence and leads to future independence.

To find some culinary inspiration, check out our collection of cookbooks for children and families.


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This Week’s Special Programs 01/31 – 02/06

Join us this coming week of Sunday, January 31st through Saturday, February 6th for the following special programs.

Saturday, February 6th, 9:30 am – 11:30 am – Donuts for Dadsdonuts2
Grab Dad and join us at the Library for crafts, books, and board games as well as tasty breakfast treats and coffee from Blue Max. At 10:30 we’ll all head upstairs for a fun story time by the fireplace. Moms, grandparents, and caregivers also welcome to attend with the children in their lives. No registration required.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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DIY @ Home: Penguin Prints

Cheer up your home this winter season with a cute and easy to do Penguin Print.penguin-print

  • Washable School Glue
  • White Construction Paper
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Jiggly Eyes

How-to:

  1. Mix black paint with a small amount of Washable School Glue.
  2. Cup your hand so that it makes a “c” shape. Press your hand into the paint mixture, pinky finger down.
  3. Press your cupped hand onto the white paper, placing the heel of your hand at the top of the board and your pinky finger at the bottom.
  4. Repeat steps two and three using your opposite hand. Press the heels of your hands together on the foam board so that they are almost touching. This will form the penguin’s wings.
  5. Paint a beak and feet on your penguin with orange paint.
  6. Glue a pair of Jiggly Eyes above the beak.
  7. Let the paint and the glue dry completely on your penguin print.

You can find this craft and more on the FreeKidsCrafts.com website.


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This Week’s Special Programs 01/24 – 01/30

Join us this coming week of Sunday, January 24th through Saturday, January 30th for the following special programs.

Thursday, January 28th, 10:00 am – 10:45 am – Movers and Shakersd4d01
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, January 30th, 9:30 am – 11:30 am – Donuts for Dads
Grab Dad and join us at the Library for crafts, books, and board games as well as tasty breakfast treats and coffee from Blue Max. At 10:30 we’ll all head upstairs for a fun story time by the fireplace. Moms, grandparents, and caregivers also welcome to attend with the children in their lives. No registration required.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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