Children's & Parents' Services Department eNews
Week of May 8, 2020
With the Children's and Parents' Services Department
Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for lots of story times, links, resources, and activities to share with your families.

Keep an eye on our library web program calendar for upcoming virtual programs. Click HERE to view.
Happy Mother's Day!
A Tribute to Mom
Here’s to all you moms who are on the front lines everyday selflessly being all things to those around you; teacher, nurse, homemaker, mediator, chef, caretaker, psychologist, manager, and for many, the extra responsibility of working from home. You are the heroines of the day holding it all together with every last ounce of energy you can squeeze out of you for the good and well-being of others. We salute you and thank you for your unending dedication and love.
Join Chef Rob on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10 at 12:00pm to make the make the day extra special for Mom by making Chocolate Brownie Walnut Cookies! 

Tune in on to watch.
Upcoming Programs
Kahoot! (Children's Book Week) Challenge
Friday, May 8 until Sunday, May 10 at 9:00pm
Help us celebrate our love of children and literacy this week. Test your knowledge of books and fun facts as part of Children's Book Week.

Try it out HERE
Tail Waggin' & Readin' Fun
Tuesday, May 12, 6:00pm-7:00pm
For Schoolage Children

Have a book you would like to read to a furry friend!  Certified therapy dogs can make reading more fun and maybe even easier! Read to dogs, Anna, Stella, or Dora with handler Karen Maier. 

Register for a 15-minute private session by clicking  HERE
Tuesday, May 12, 8:30pm-9:30pm
For Parents

We like to unwind with as little words as possible....A few fun facts about laughter: Laughter is known to undo the negative effects that stress can have on your body and it can help strengthen your immune system. Laughter increases oxygen to your brain and your body leaving you feeling good and energetic. Laughter "exercises" combined with meditative breathing techniques help connect us and increase energy! Everyone looking to add joy and laughter to their lives is invited to join in!  

No registration necessary. Join us using Zoom by clicking HERE or use the Meeting ID: 852 0025 7493
Wednesday, May 13, 8:00pm-9:00pm
For Parents

Kick back with us and release some of that stress.

No registration necessary. Join us using Zoom by clicking HERE or use the Meeting ID: 856 8170 6639
Family Game Night
Friday, May 15, 7:00-8:00pm
For Families

Join Ms. Hillary on Zoom in this virtual program. We will be playing Pictionary. You can make suggestions for other games you may want to play during the night for future events.

No registration necessary. Join us using Zoom by clicking HERE or use the Meeting ID : 897 7740 4027
Crafts & Activities
My First Cookbook by America's Test Kitchen

You can download the book HERE or on the Libby app.

Some of the best meals have CHEESE in them!! I have always loved a good quesadilla. They are fun to eat any day for lunch or dinner. Quesadillas are fun to make as well! You can make them as a family and enjoy their delicious taste together. The best part is that everyone can make them with their own ingredients. The original recipe called for beans and cheese, I used taco meat and cheese! THEY ARE DELICIOUS!!  -Miss Casey 
Cheese Quesadillas (serves 2)

Total Time: 25 minutes

  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oi
  • 2 8-inch flour tortillas
  • 2/3 cup cheese
  • 1/3 cup of taco meat or beans

Let's Get Cooking!
  1. Turn on oven to 450 degrees
  2. Place tortillas on baking sheet
  3. Coat one side of your tortillas with some olive oil
  4. Add cheese and your other topping of choice
  5. Fold in half and BAKE for 5-7 minutes!
  6. Take out, let cool, and ENJOY!
In November 2009, the Muppets released a rendition of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody that was released as a video on YouTube. The video became a viral hit and received over 10-million views within its first two weeks online! Check out this blend of Muppets fun and classic rock starring the full Muppet cast!

Click  HERE to watch!
This week I am again inspired to share with you some fun activities to do with your baby that come from my own, now five-year-old son, Vincent. We are a musical household and Vincent has always been drawn to music. He has been my assistant in some virtual storytimes, while the library has been closed, and his favorite part is singing and sharing the rhymes. He knows his nursery rhymes so well because we have been doing them since he was a baby! So, this week’s ideas are music related! Many of you may already do a lot of these rhymes but they are always a great way to teach your youngest fine motor skills in a fun way they don’t even realize it! Miss Tara R.
Make Your Own Music Shakers

Supplies (Suggested):
  • Plastic bottles
  • Uncooked pasta
  • Dried beans
  • Dried rice
  • Sand
  • Peblles
  • Glue
  • Masking Tape

Make your own shakers, which your baby will love to play with and hear all the different sounds. Put a small amount of any of the above ideas or anything else you may want to try, into a cleaned empty plastic bottle. Then glue the cap(s) securely to the bottles. If you have tape, reinforce the cap by covering it with tape (masking tape, if you have it, works a bit better.) Let your baby explore the different sounds made by the shakers.

Make sure the bottles have secured caps and always supervise your baby and/or toddler as these items are potentially a choking hazard.

Here is a song you can sing:
Shake it high (hold the bottle overhead)
Shake it low (hold the bottle by their feet)
Shake it. Shake it. Shake it, watch us go (shake it as you turn around)

Repeat the song and you can replace high/low with fast/slow and front/back
Using Finger Plays to develop fine motor skills

How great that music and finger plays can be the earliest support in developing those small muscles in your baby’s hands. Think of finger plays as a fun and easy way to help them develop the same muscles that they will use for writing and drawing in the years ahead!

Our favorites at our house are Where is Thumbkin and Open Shut Them . They will also develop language skills and learn new vocabulary words along the way! Where is Thumbkin, you can have some fun with and try and decorate each finger and get creative to really engage your baby. The Open Shut Them rhyme is a fun tickle rhyme that baby can use small muscles in their fingers, hands and arms.

Where is Thumbkin (fingers in one hand, talking to fingers in the other hand)
Where is Thumbkin                                           
Here I am, here I am
How are you today sir?
Very well, I thank you
Run away, run away
Open shut them, open shut them                    
Give a little clap, clap, clap!
Open, shut them, open, shut them
Lay them in your lap, lap lap.
Creep them crawl them, creep them crawl them
Right up to your chin, chin, chin
Open up your little mouth
But do not let them in! (tickle, tickle)
Miss Kathy fans, make sure to watch our Facebook page Friday mornings for her weekly baby and toddler programs. Babies and Toddlers class starts at 10:00 a.m. and class for 2-3-year olds starts at 10:30 a.m. No registration necessary!
Here are great new reads for fourth to seventh graders. These are some of the best reviewed tween books of 2020!

Would you make a deal with a magical tiger? In When You Trap a Tiger folklore is brought to life as Lily goes on a quest to unlock the power of stories and save her grandmother.

Ghosts, a kidnapping and family secrets mix in The Thief Knot , set in the world of the Greenglass House.

In Mananaland 12-year-old Max sets out on a dangerous quest to discover what the future holds, armed with a compass, a mysterious stone rubbing, and his grandfather’s legend as his only guides.

When the Great Depression takes almost everything they own, Ellie’s family is forced to leave their home and start over in the forests of nearby Echo Mountain .

The latest in the Wings of Fire series, Dragonslayer , finds an apprehensive daughter, a vengeful dragon hunter and a girl once sacrificed to dragons assuming unexpected roles.

Village of Scoundrels recounts the incredible true story of a group of French teens who risked their lives to help Jewish refugees during World War II.

Explorer Academy’s, The Star Dunes , is an exciting, fast-paced, far-flung story full of science facts and James Bond–like gadgets.

When his best friend Gabe is reported missing, Ali Cross , son of famed detective Alex Cross, sets out to find him. Being a detective is not as easy as he thought.

Big Nate: Blow the Roof Off! finds Nate Wright and his band-mates eagerly awaiting a performance by a favorite rock star.
Half-sisters Stella and Josie love spending summers together at the beach, but things are harder this year, especially when new business owners exploit the natural habitat in Saltwater Secrets . Available HERE
Paper Towel Roll & Pom Pom Challenge (ages 3+)
This awesome game is so simple to make and tons of fun! A perfect STEAM activity that incorporates engineering (building the game) and math (moving the pom pom through the game in the correct order). It is also great for fine motor skills, balance, and coordination.
  • empty paper towel rolls
  • scissors
  • a shallow container or tray (we used the bottom of a file folder box, but a large shoebox lid would work as well)
  • pom pom
  • glue
  • permanent marker

  1. Start by cutting the empty paper towel rolls into 1.5 inch sections.
  2. Once you have 10 pieces cut, arrange them randomly inside the cardboard container. Be sure to leave enough room so the pom pom can roll between the pieces.
  3. Then lift each piece and place a small drop of glue under it and replace it back in the same spot on the container.
  4. Allow the glue to dry for about an hour. Once the glue is dry, write the numbers 1-10 on top of the pieces in random order.
  5. Finally, place the pom pom in the container and then game can begin.
  6. The object of the game is to get the pom pom to roll through all the numbered pieces in the correct order. For toddlers, they can practice rolling the pom pom around through the tunnels and identifying numbers.
  7. Modifications: You could also label the rolls with letters, shapes or colors depending on the age of the kids or to work on different skills.
See this game at    
Backyard Safari

Just because you’re stuck at home, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy nature! There’s plenty of plants and animals just outside your window. Squirrels, sparrows, and sycamores are all around us, as wild and wonderful as any lion or tiger or bear. Print out a copy of our Backyard Safari Scavenger Hunt and see what you can find near your home! 

Click HERE to download for printing.

Virtual Adventure
Not enough excitement in your backyard? Why not try a trip to Africa? All you need is a computer and internet connection and you can be riding on the back of a truck, checking out giraffes and elephants in no time! WildEarth Kids hosts virtual safaris everyday through their WEBSITE . Just head over to their site, book your reservation for an upcoming day, and then get ready for a live safari experience!

At Home Learning
Just because school is closed doesn’t mean you have to stop learning about Science! Head over to and check out Vroom’s wide selection of science activities! Sign up for free at the website and you will get access to hundreds of worksheets, activities, and more. Good for all ages, from babies to teens, Vroom is a great way to keep science education alive in your home and in your child’s life.
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