Children’s Room

Here are a few Best Books lists for 2019.

https://colorfulpages.org/ ~~ Multicultural Books and Lessons for Every Student

http://www.mslbookreview.org/blog/ ~~ Maine Children’s and YA Book Review

https://www.goodreads.com/ ~~ Goodreads Nominees Best books of 2019

https://best-books.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2019/picture-books#book/book-1 ~~ Publishers weekly Best Books of 2019

Upcoming events in the Children’s Room:

Art @ the Library  ~ Tuesday, Nov. 19th at 6:00 -7:00. Making a Thanksgiving wreath and everyone is welcome.

Ms Jenn and the Nutrition Detectives ~ Tuesday, Dec. 3rd at 10:00 will be here for storytime.

Art @ the Library ~ Tuesday, Dec. 17th at 6:00 -7:00. Decorating Holiday Cookies and everyone is welcome.

Storytime is every Tuesday morning at 10:00. Children and caregivers are welcome.

Baby and Toddler time is every Friday morning at 10:00. Babies and Toddlers with caregivers are welcome.

Children’s Events ~ February 2018

Just letting you know some of the upcoming events in the

Children’s Room for the month of February.

Ms. Jenn and the Nutrition Detectives will visit twice this month  ~

Tuesday, Feb. 5th and Friday, Feb. 22nd

We will have a story, songs and a craft at

10:00am for preschoolers.

Maine’s Amazing Mammals presented by LC Bates Museum on

Tuesday, Feb. 19th at 10:00am during school vacation week.

Art @ the Library on

Tuesday, Feb. 12th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

We will be making Valentines.

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

Babies Love Toddlers on Fridays at 10:00 am.

Adults and children are welcome to attend these events.

Children’s Events ~ Spring 2018

Just letting you know some of the upcoming events in the

Children’s Room this spring.

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

Tuesdays, Apr. 3rd, May 1st and Jun. 5th.

We will have stories, songs and a craft at

10:00am for preschoolers.

Wetlands: Habitats presented by LC Bates Museum on

Tuesday, Apr. 17th at 10:00 am during school vacation week.

KVCAP Child Abuse Prevention event

Friday, Apr. 20th 10-11:30 am.

There will be a book read by a local police officer, snacks and a craft.

Art @ the Library on

Tuesday, Apr. 24th, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

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

Babies Love Babies on Fridays at 10:00 am.

Adults and children are welcome to attend these events.

Calendar
April 2018 calendar of events

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.

 

Programs in the Children’s Room

We have some great children’s groups that meet during the week. Maybe you can join us sometime.

Tuesday @ 10:30 is Storytime. I read 3 to 4 books and have a song to go along with the stories. Then we do a craft each week with the help of a volunteer. This helps the children with their fine motor skills. We cut or paste or paint. Anything to keep our hands and minds busy.  
Tuesday, February 16th, @ 10:30 we have a special event by Tina Wood. She will tell a fishy tale of the alewives swimming home on Cobbossee Stream here in Gardiner. Everyone is invited to paint a fish that will be part of an outdoor community sculpture. Wear old clothes and come join the creative fun!
 A big thank you goes out to the Gardiner Creativity Fund for the support of this specific program.
Friday @ 10:00 is Babies Loves Babies. This program socializes younger children through play and music. Familiar songs that are played through the morning will acquaint the toddlers with the melodies and words.
We are planning to start a Lego group soon! Please consider donating your gently used Legos to the Gardiner Public Library’s Children’s room.
See you in the Children’s Room!
Ginni Nichols, Children’s Librarian

Being Mrs. Claus for a day!

I was honored this year to be Mrs. Claus for the city of Gardiner in their Christmas Parade.  I was not sure what I was in for.  The fun began with co-workers and friends offering ideas for my costume.  Being a thrifty person, I looked for things that I had on hand to wear.  Thank goodness, I knew someone who works with theater students and had a perfect wig, apron and white gloves.  Oh, the endless blessing of friends.

Well I had my costume set until the day came and I started to try things on. I came out of the bedroom with a black skirt on and my hair pulled back.  My grandson looked at me and said “You look just like Mrs. Claus.”  I knew then that what I would wear would work.  Dressing in the truck before the parade was a challenge, but again how often do you do that.  Then it was sit and wait.

 

I checked in at the table for the parade.  Next I stood and waited to be told when the horse-drawn sleigh was ready.  There was a sleigh with tons of lights on a flatbed trailer that I was convinced would be our sleigh.  Later I realized that was not my ride because I had been told it would be a horse-drawn sleigh and there was no horse on that sleigh.  I looked further to the back of the parade and spotted a white horse trailer.  I realized that was where I should be, so I walked to the back of the parade to meet Santa.  Santa and the horse-drawn sleigh stopped to pick up Mrs. Claus.  Needless to say I was a bit nervous having never done this before.  Thank goodness Santa knew just what to do, waving and saying “Merry Christmas”.  I soon learned the ropes.

 

Riding a moving sleigh was a bit of a challenge that I also, got used to.  The crowds were small at first and then we came to the first set of lights for Water Street and the mass of people was unbelievable (which I did not expect).  It was nice to see so many people show up to see the parade and support the city of Gardiner.  It took your breath away and then you say “I will be okay, I can do this, just smile and say “Merry Christmas”.  The children’s and adult’s faces just light up when they see Santa.  It did not matter their belief or age.  Everyone was so excited.  Waving frantically at Santa, hoping to catch a wink of his eye.  It was just amazing to see this happen.  Seeing people I know brought tears to my eyes and I got very emotional at first.  I had fun blowing kisses to my dear friends and one time a friend still did not realize who I was until a family member told her who Mrs. Claus was.  The parade came to an end and I had had a blast.
Now it was on to reading Christmas stories in Lisa’s Legit Burritos to the children (which is something I am very comfortable with) while Santa was visiting with children in Johnson Hall.  And of course Mrs. Claus uses her local library to pick out her stories that she reads to the good little girls and boys.
One of the best comments I got after doing this event was from one of our regular storytime attendees: “Miss Ginni, how do you know Santa?”
I could not have done this event without the support of family, friends and co-workers so I say “Thank you for this opportunity to the whole city of Gardiner”.  The feeling was something I will never forget.  It makes you realize just how special the season of giving is.
 Ginni Nichols a.k.a. Mrs. Claus, YA Librarian