Children's & Parents' Services Department eNews
Week of May 29, 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.
Upcoming Programs
Kahoot Challenge!
Friday, May 29 until Sunday, May 31, 9:00pm
Test your knowledge of kids' pop culture and see how you rank.
Try it out HERE
Family Game Night
Friday, May 29, 6:00-7:00pm

Join Ms. Hillary on Zoom in this virtual program. We will be playing Drawasaurus (like 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
Tail Waggin' & Readin' Fun
Tuesday, June 2, 6:00-7:00pm
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
Crafts & Activities
Try making this easy snack this week from The Everything Kid's Cookbook by Sandra K. Nissenberg!

You can download the book HERE or on the Libby app.
My Favorite Breakfast!

Everyone has that one meal they love to eat when they wake up. I love the smell of bacon in the morning or a fresh bagel. Some people enjoy a bowl of cereal with milk and some like yogurt. But, my all-time favorite breakfast food is pancakes. Not just any pancakes, chocolate chip pancakes!!! Sometimes I add other ingredients like bananas or strawberries to top it off, but today we will stick with just the chocolate chips. This recipe is great to do along with family and friends and you get to add all the ingredients yourself! Let’s give it a try. 
-Miss Casey 
Chocolaty Chip Pancakes (Makes 16 pancakes)

Total Time: 15-20 min. with cooking

Ingredients (for the crust)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of oil

Let's Get Started!
  1. In a big bowl combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and chocolate chips
  2. In a smaller bowl mix egg and milk
  3. Mix together ingredients in the big and small bowl
  4. Coat the bottom of your cooking pan with oil
  5. Pour in your pancake batter in whatever shapes you want
  6. Wait for them to cool, add your toppings and enjoy!!!!

Are you missing our cooking classes with Chef Rob? Check out our Facebook page for his newest cooking demonstrations and recipes and you can bring him right into your own kitchen.

No registration necessary!
Put Away the Screens and Play Together!

TRUCE - Family Play Plans for Summer
Children need to learn again how to become engaged in simple games and outdoor play.

TRUCE (Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment) , created a set of Family Play Plans to give parents some simple ideas for seasonal family activities. All the suggested activities use inexpensive or free materials that are readily available such as sand, water, cardboard, bubbles, or string.

And for more resources:
It's approaching summer! Here is the kiddie version of the Beach Boys hit classic "Surfin' USA" to get you in the summer spirit! 

Watch HERE
Marshmallow Stamping With Safe Edible Paint

This weekend was the unofficial start to summer and we made s'mores at our house. It got me to thinking of an idea to share with you that would be a fun summer sensory activity for babies and toddlers alike. You may be like us and have purchased a bag or two of marshmallows recently. 

You can use them as a stamper! This is another fun activity to have your child do while in their highchair. Just put the paint onto the tray and give them marshmallows.  

  • Marshmallows
  • Yogurt
  • Jello powder
  • Small containers/yogurt containers
  • Paper/ wax paper if you have
  • Popsicle sticks
Get small containers for each color you would like to make. Either put in plain yogurt and add jello powder or use colored yogurt such as strawberry or another flavored yogurt you may have.

Adding the jello powder is optional if you want to make colors. You can even just use the yogurt container itself. If you are using strawberry yogurt already in a container, your child could just take the marshmallow and start stamping onto the paper or wax paper.

Mix up your yogurt using a popsicle stick. Let your child try to mix also! Have one marshmallow for each color you are making.

If you are using small marshmallows, use the popsicle sticks as a handle. If you happen to have giant marshmallows, they are big enough for their tiny hands to grab and this helps their fine motor skills too!

Have fun! They can also eat the paint, which is always a treat and they can help clean up their own mess! - Miss Tara R.
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!
Puppets are wonderful and engaging toys that support communication skills, social development, and imagination. Puppets can sometimes help children comfortably express their thoughts and feelings, which can be a valuable outlet, especially during these strange and isolating times.

Puppets can be made from practically anything! While a full roll of toilet paper might be hard to come by, an empty one is inevitable! And it can fit on different size hands! With that as a base, help your child decorate a puppet using whatever you have around: magazines, bits of wrapping paper or fabric, ribbons, stickers, even the mesh bags from citrus fruit! They can be fanciful or realistic, silly or serious...and even if your child needs help, let his/her imagination and choices lead the way.

Put on a puppet show together...or be an enthusiastic audience! As always...have fun, and stay well. - Miss Debbie D.
Your library has many downloadable non-fiction ebooks for your children. They’re wonderful for learning about people, places and the world around us – all from the comfort of your own home. Browse the non-fiction collection, search by a subject (kids’ cooking, weather, animals, biographies, crafts) or by a series (Who Is, National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Kids’ Chapters, Magic Tree House Fact Trackers). There’s something for every kid! To get started, click  HERE
There are also many non-fiction books available on TumbleBooks . TumbleBooks are animated, talking books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format kids love. You can read it, or have it read to you. Browse the non-fiction TumbleBook collection HERE
Backyard Safari

Fun Fact: Did you know that Eastern Grey Squirrels can bury food in thousands of ‘caches’ or hiding spots over the course of a single season?

It’s Squirrel Week in the Nature Corner. Check out our first in depth Backyard Safari Spotter’s Guide on the MMS Community Library Facebook page to learn all about our fuzzy tailed friends. We’ll be giving everything you want to know, including where to spot them, what to look for, and plenty more fun facts! 
Virtual Adventure

People all over this world are going through a difficult time right now. If you feel like you need a break from Planet Earth, why not head over to Mars? Google and NASA have partnered up to offer a free internet excursion to the Red Planet! Made by combining actual pictures taken by the Curiosity Rover into a fully 3D virtual environment, Access Mars allows you to get away…100 million miles away!
At Home Learning

Reading the news every day can wear you down, especially as this crisis continues. Still, staying informed is important. If you’re tired of reading about politics and the economy, head over to Science News for Students , a website dedicated to giving kids, parents, and educators all the latest news in the world of science. All articles include links to citations and a glossary of scientific terms. Learning at home doesn’t end just because the school year has. Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay informed!
Virtual School Calendar - Varsity Tutor

Check out the virtual summer camps, and free live online classes at Varsity Tutors.

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