Happenings in the Children’s Room

Report on Summer Reading Program

I would like to thank all the local school districts, community members, parents, and grandparents. One of my goals this summer was to get more children signed up for the summer reading program than last year. We have surpassed last year’s number and reached higher than I thought possible for this summer. We should be very proud that this has happened for all of our communities. Every little step helps our children and our future. Now if we can get more children to come in after finishing the reading, we will have hit another mile stone. So come in and get your prizes in August.

Craft time at the library

One of our dedicated volunteers put together a poster on why the Gardiner Public Library “ROCKS” in the eyes of our children. She went around during craft time and asked the children what they liked best about coming to the library. Here are some of the answers.

“I like to make friends and play with them at the library.”

“I like the library because I can color here.”

“I like the arts and crafts, books and the movies.”

“I like the books and the games and playing at the library.”

“I like to do crafts at the library.”

“I like to read the books and take our movies.”

“I like the special books about dogs.”

“I like playing with the Legos at the library.”

This poster definitely has brightened up the children’s room and tells us why this building is so important to the communities that it services.

Upcoming Event

August 7th, Tuesday, there will be a special event in the Children’s Room at the Gardiner Public Library. – Lindsay & Her Puppet Pals at 10:00a.m.

Summer Reading Program ~ 2018

Summer Reading Program begins June 18th.  Here is a list of events and how to get your charts. Looking forward to seeing you all during the summer at the library were there will be plenty of things happen.

Join us Wednesdays @ 10:00 AM in the Children’s Room for 8 weeks.

Free Admission and Free Popcorn!

June 20th ~ Treasure Planet ~ (PG 96 min.)

June 27th ~ The BoxTrolls ~ (PG 100 min.)

July 11th ~ Leap ~ (PG 85 min.)

July 18th ~ Gnomeo & Juliet ~ (G 84 min.)

July 25th ~ Strange Magic ~ (PG 99 min.)

August 1st ~ Early Man ~ (PG 89 min.)

August 8th ~ Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day! ~ (PG 81 min.)

August 15th ~ G-Force ~ (PG 88 min.)

Lindsay & Her Puppet Pals

Programs sponsored by the Gardiner Federal Credit Union

Gardiner Head Start Art Exhibit

Gardiner Head Start Art Exhibit is on display in the Children’s Room until Saturday, May 19th. Take some time out of your busy week to come and see the wonderful student works. Enjoying these creations, some of the many life skills that are learned in early school years, became evident.

Friends

Head Start Art Exhibit

 

Sharing

Head Start Art Exhibit

Counting

Head Start Art Exhibit

Colors

Head Start Art Exhibit

Books

Head Start Art Exhibit

Reading

Head Start Art Exhibit

Letters

Head Start Art Exhibit

Playing

Head Start Art Exhibit

Language

Head Start Art Exhibit

Songs

Head Start Art Exhibit

Games

Winter Events in the Children’s Room

Children’s Events ~ Winter 2018

Just letting you know some of the upcoming events in the

Children’s Room this winter.

Ms. Jenn the Nutrition Detective will visit us two more times ~

Tuesdays, Mar. 6th and Apr. 3rd.

We will have stories, songs and a craft at

10:00am for preschoolers.

Art @ the Library on

Tuesday, Mar. 27th, from 6:00 to 7:00pm.

Wear your pajamas to the library this evening.

We will have stories and a craft.

Story Time & Crafts every Tuesday at 10:00am.

Babies Love Babies on Fridays at 10:00am.

Adults and children are welcome to attend these events.

Below are some photos from our February events

Miss Jenn & the Nutrition Detectives

Miss Jenn & the Nutrition Detectives

Miss Jenn & the Nutrition Detectives

Art @ the Library – Chinese New Year

Nocturnal Animals presented by the L.C. Bates Museum

Nocturnal Animals presented by the L.C. Bates Museum

Nocturnal Animals presented by the L.C. Bates Museum

Nocturnal Animals presented by the L.C. Bates Museum

Nocturnal Animals presented by the L.C. Bates Museum

Nocturnal Animals presented by the L.C. Bates Museum

Children’s Events ~ Winter 2018

Just letting you know some of the upcoming events in the

Children’s Room this winter.

 

Ms. Jenn and the Nutrition Detectives will visit us three times ~

Tuesdays, Feb. 6th, Mar. 6th and Apr. 3rd.

We will have stories, songs and a craft at

10:00am for preschoolers.

 

Nocturnal Animals presented by LC Bates Museum on

Tuesday, Feb. 20th at 10:00am during school vacation week.

 

We will show a Movie on Thursday, Feb. 22nd at 10:00am.

Stay tuned, we will announce the movie as the time gets close.

 

Upstream will join us for Art @ the Library on

Tuesday, Feb. 27th, from 6:00 to 7:00pm.

Create your own 9×12 original unframed fish art.

Art materials and paper provided.

 

Story Time & Crafts every Tuesday at 10:00am.

 

Babies Love Babies on Fridays at 10:00am.

 

Adults and children are welcome to attend these events.

 

ART @ the Library

Have you seen our new program? With the help of local artist, Isabelle Files, and the children’s room staff we have started a program called ART @ the Library. Once a month on a Tuesday evening at 6:00 in the Children’s room we are doing an art project for all ages. The first event was September 26th, featuring origami. We had fun making animals, boxes, and other items. On October 24th we did apple and leaf printing. Our youngest attendees loved working with the paint, and we got very creative.

Painting at the library!
Leaf & Apples
Look at those beautiful apple prints!
Someone is embellishing their apple print!

On November 7th we did collages by cutting pictures out of magazines and making a poster with the photos. This was a fun and relaxing event with photos of animals being the hot commodity.

 

 

Animals for a collage!
Magazines – great for collage pictures!
Someone liked this owl for their collage
Completed(?) collage

It has been wonderful to see the adults working alongside the children on these projects. Come in and join us for the Tuesday, December 5th at 6:00 to decorate Holiday cookies and keep checking our Facebook page and calendars for our next ART @ the Library. If you have some ideas of some things you would like to do, just give us a call at 207-582-6894.

Non-Fiction Series in the Library

I would like to introduce some wonderful non-fiction book series that are available at our library for both children and adults.  Just type in these titles into our catalog and it will come up with all different subjects from planets, wars, holiday, people, energy and etc.

You Wouldn’t Want To Be – This series is very popular with children.

 

Celebrations In My World – Teaches children about the many Holidays that we celebrate.

 

A True Book – Varies from planets, biographies, food, our senses and many more.

 

A Wicked History – Children can learn about some evil individuals who twisted the course of history.

 

Next Generation Energy – Tells about energy from the sun, wind, earth’s core, etc.

 

Shockwave – Has many helpful subjects pertaining to science, social studies and much more.

 

“Expand the definition of ‘reading’ to include non-fiction, humor, graphic novels, magazines, action adventure, and, yes, ever websites. It’s the pleasure of reading that counts; the focus will naturally broaden. A boy won’t read shark books forever.” – Jon Scieszka

Stuffed Animal Sleepover!

On Tuesday, Aug. 15th, we had our first ever Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Gardiner Public Library. It was a huge success and everyone had fun. Children brought in their stuffed animals to leave for the night. We put name tags on the animals and then the fun began!

 

Snacks were served and books were read…

 

 

Everyone had fun at craft time,

playing with the doll house,

 

sliding on the banister….

Until it was time for bed….

Children came back the next morning, Wednesday, Aug. 16th, and picked up their animals. They each took home a picture of the animal having fun in the library and the craft that the animals did.

 

This is definitely an event we will do again!

 

 

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Gardiner’s Farmers Market Family Fun Day

I was invited to come to the Farmer’s Market Family Fun Day this Wednesday and represent the Gardiner Public Library. It was a beautiful sunny day with plenty to do. Face painting, painting rocks, necklace making, wreath making from herbs, jenga, hula hoops and other things happened. Here are some photos from the wonderful afternoon spent within our area.

Summer ’17 Children’s Books

Hattie & Hudson by Chris Van Dusen

This eloquent, evocative book about compassion is perfect for sparking discussions on      prejudice. A sensational choice for a seasonal storytime. (School Library Journal)

Be Quiet by Ryan Higgins

This hilarious and fun read-aloud will be a hit at any story time. Kids will be laughing out loud. (School Library Journal)

Little Pig Saves the Ship by David Hyde Costello

The story will be a familiar one to any young reader who feels too small to join in with older siblings or peers, and offers an empowering message of learning to overcome one’s small stature. (School Library Journal)

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Drywalt

Laugh-out-loud funny and outrageous at times, this read-aloud will have listeners jumping out of their seats. This is the sort of story that makes children love to read.

The Fearless Traveler’s Guide to Wicked Places by Pete Begler

Twelve-year-old Nell Perkins lives in the small town of Mist Falls with her mother, Rose, and her brothers, George and Speedy. A dark cloud filled with evil witches sucks Rose up, and Nell and her brother’s team up with local resident Duke Badger following the cloud into the Dreamlands, the wondrous and horrific realm of all dreams. (School Library Journal)

The Great Treehouse War by Lisa Graff

It’s kids vs. parents in epic fashion, and Graff’s not-quite-fantasy world is every kid’s dream. All of the frustrations young people feel with their parents during a divorce are hilariously hyperbolized in a way that will make children feel vindicated and less alone. The epistolary format allows readers to get to know all of the characters through creative footnotes, sticky notes, newspaper articles, emails, and tiny drawings. Graff’s whimsical, original work is a breath of fresh air.  (School Library Journal)

The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts by Avi

Wakening to a terrible storm, 12-year-old Oliver Cromwell Pitts finds his English seaside house flooded and his lawyer father gone off to London, leaving the child bereft, penniless, and facing the unsavory possibility of being remanded to the children’s poorhouse. Alas, that is exactly what happens. Happily, circumstances and quick wits allow him to flee the dreadful place, but, his life now in danger, he must escape to London. But how? Because of  his flight and the  fact that he has, er, borrowed some money, he’s wanted by the  authorities and must travel secretly, and the  road to the  capital is long and fraught with danger—there will be no relying on the kindness of  strangers. Will he find his way to London? This story is filled with suspense, surprises, and ultimately satisfaction. (School Library Journal)

Fairy Floss: The Sweet Story of Cotton Candy by Ann Ingalls

When Lillie and her aunt finally get to the World’s Fair, they take in all the sights, including a dazzling array of newfangled gadgets, and when they finally get to John and William’s kiosk, Lillie gets to make a batch of fairy floss herself. Ingalls’ story , centered on the  modernization of cotton candy , is well matched by Blanco’s colorful, whimsical, full-page 1904 World’s Fair scenes, which pack in plenty of  period detail, including clothing, transportation, and images of the  historic exhibits. Have cotton candy ready as a follow-up to this dip into the history of a well-loved amusement-park treat. (Booklist)

Ginni Nichols, Children’s Librarian