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Online Stories & Activities

Some ideas for online stories and activities for young children to middle-schoolers.

Online Story Resources

Storyline Online – Books read by celebrities

https://www.storylineonline.net/

Kate Messner Website – A list of resources for lessons and authors reading their books

https://www.katemessner.com/read-wonder-and-learn-favorite-authors-illustrators-share-resources-for-learning-anywhere-spring-2020/?fbclid=IwAR1wKRNHVL7CVzdTrK9ghhW-VyILR-JO93_MGj3O3CwwcVR3CGmzc2jdASs

Jarrett Lerner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k015s03zEBYhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWXnfEeuyO4

Comic for kids on the coronavirus

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus

Authors Activities

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=authors+everywhere

Oxford Owl – Sign up for a free account

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/welcome-back/for-home

CDC Washing Hands Posters

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/posters.html

Take & Make Kits

These “kits” are activities geared to various ages that are simple, easy, and inexpensive. They can be used as take-home projects (instructions and materials inside a plastic bag), a passive program at your library, or an additional activity for a library program.

Balloon Rocket instructions
Coffee Filter Butterfly instructions
Finger Knitting instructions
Friendship Bracelet instructions
Greenhouse instructions
Kazoo instructions
Origami Heart instructions
Pom Pom instructions
Snowflake instructions
Tangram instructions | Tangram template

Hope these are helpful.

 

 

February Events ~ 2020

Children’s Events ~ February 2020

Just letting you know some of the upcoming events in

February.

Story & Craft Time Tuesday, Feb. 18th & 25th

We will have a story, songs and a craft at

10:00 am for preschoolers.

 

Free Movie night at the Gardiner Public Library

Born in China

Thursday, February 20th

Movie starts at 6:00 pm

Doors open at 5:30 pm

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Hosted by the Gardiner Library Association.

 

Art @ the Library will be presented by

Upstream

Tuesday, Feb. 25th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

Paint a wooden fish for exhibit in our lovely river city.

 

Babies Love Toddlers on Fridays at 10:00 am.

Adults and children are welcome to attend these events.

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.

Summer Reading Wrap-up

Eighty-two children registered into the Summer Reading Program this summer and 32 finished. We have not had numbers like this since 2014.

This was the first time we participated in the Summer Food Program, sponsored by SKCDC (Southern Kennebec Child Development Corporation).  Free lunches were served on Tuesdays for those 18 or under.  We are hoping to expand this program in 2020 to lunches every weekday for our children.

Our Stuffed animal sleepover was a huge success. We had 46 stuffed animals spend the night in the library. When children picked up their animals, they received a secret picture of some of the fun that was had by the creatures.

I feel it was a very successful summer for the Children’s Room and I look forward to next summer. Thanks for your support and keep reading.

PS – We are looking forward to adding Games to check out of the library by October.

Children’s Events ~ Spring 2019

A few upcoming spring events in the Children’s Room. ~~

Scales & Tails : Amazing Reptiles presented by Chewonki

Tuesday, Apr. 16th at 10:30 am – school vacation week.

Kennebec Valley Child Abuse Prevention event

Friday, Apr. 19th 10-11:30 am.

A local police officer will read a book, followed by snacks and a craft.

Art @ the Library

Tuesday, Apr. 21st, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

Ms. Jenn and the Nutrition Detectives will visit us ~

Tuesdays, May. 7th, and Jun. 4th.

We will have stories, songs and a craft at

10:00 am for preschoolers.

Head Start Art Show, Tuesday, May 7th, 5:00 to 6:30 pm

in the Children’s Room.

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

Babies Love Toddlers on Fridays at 10:00 am.

Adults, caregivers, parents and children are welcome to attend these events.

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.

Mrs. Claus Visits Gardiner

This month being the Children’s Librarian I had the honor of being Mrs. Claus for a few community events. I was Mrs. Claus in the Festival of Lights parade in Gardiner and reading to some students at Helen Thompson Elementary and Pittston Consolidated Schools.  It is an amazing feeling to be Mrs. Claus and to see all the happy faces on adults and children. I wish everyone could have this experience in their lifetime. So, I thought I would share some of the funny questions and comments that only children would ask Mrs. Claus.

How old are you Mrs. Claus? Oh I don’t know. You don’t know? No, I am too busy to have a birthday.

Are you married to Mr. Claus and where is your ring? Is Mr. Claus married to Mrs. Claus? I left my ring home.

Just in case you are real, tell Santa I want a cat or a dog. I will tell Santa.

How did you get here? It’s a beautiful day for a sleigh ride!

How many miles is it to the North Pole? Oh I am sorry, I don’t know that.

How many reindeer do you have and what are their names? I told them we have the 8 reindeer and their family members. Then I recite the names and the children join right in with the names.

Do you always wear that dress? No, but I always wear dresses.

How long did it take to get here?  Oh I am so sorry, I don’t know. I fell asleep on the trip here.

Are you real? Yes, I am a real person.

Do you believe in Santa? Yes,I believe in Santa.

Did you know we would see Santa today? One class, had seen Santa at the Polar Express showing at Johnson Hall. Yes, I had heard that Santa would be there.

How do you know all our names? I help Santa remember all your names.

And I was told many things that children wanted for Christmas to tell to Santa and I received many hugs.

We at the Gardiner Public Library hope you have a wonderful Holiday with family and friends.

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.