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Adventure to and Fantastic (and Colorful) New Worlds!

Adventure to New Worlds
You have nothing to lose but your boredom. 

Celebrate Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa begins December 26th and ends on January 1st.   

Holiday Fun

Want to sing some seasonal songs with your kids, but don’t want to rely on traditional Christmas carols? Maybe you missed your own library’s holiday themed storytime, but wish you knew a few songs or activities to do with your kids over the next couple of weeks? Just look below for a list of songs and activities you can do at home to celebrate the holiday season!

 

 

What to read over the holidays

So you've got some free time coming over the holidays--how about reading some of the contenders for the Newbery Medal? Then when the winner is announced - you can say "oh, yeah, I've read that already."  These three seem to be showing up on just about every list I've seen:

evollution of calpurnia tate   when you reach me   where the mountain meets the moon

Holiday Stress Buster: Paper Crafts

Tis the season to be jolly, not be broke!
Here is a simple list of paper crafts you can do to de-stress, save a few dollars, and be green. As you can see from the photo below, I took a poster (actually 2 posters) to make bows and an envelope. If you have an old magazine lying around, check out the tutorials below to see how you can re-fashion it to something new. This is also an excellent craft to do with kids and teens. Also, check out the books below for other eco-friendly and simple crafts to do for the holidays and year-round.

Before and After

Happy Hanukkah

 

   

 Hanukkah begins on this Friday at sundown. If you are looking for items to read this season,  I currently have a display of Hanukkah books in the children's area.  Feel free to stop by and check out our collection.  You can also order books online and have them sent to your community library. This is a free service. 

Growing up, my family had a tradition of making gifts for one another during the holidays.  The projects that my Mom and I made together are some of my best childhood memories.  There are all kinds of art & craft books for children in the library, including those for Hanukkah.   

a few best books of the year

In my mail today, I got the New York Public Library's Children's Books 2009 - 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing list.

Holiday Greetings

Christmas TreeWhen Santa greeted us at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade last Thursday, the holiday season officially commenced. I have to admit, December is my favorite month. There are so many wonderful celebrations. From Hanukkah to Christmas to Kwanzaa to the winter solstice, the month is filled with all kinds of traditions. I’m sure each family has their own unique traditions, and I’d like to pass on one of my own family’s Christmas traditions.

a few of my favorite books

So. I have lots of favorite books. But today I will just talk about, oh, maybe my top three all time favorites. (these have been favorites since I was a kid, I have other favorites which are more recent)

     an old fashioned girl    Over and Over

Pop! Pop!

During the holiday season many families celebrate with food.  Have you ever considered the history of the food you eat,  or where it comes from?  Popcorn is one of my favorite foods.  The books below have fun fact about corn and popcorn.  For example, did you know that popcorn was discovered by the Indians? If you read, Corn is Maize: the gift of the Indians  you will learn how they cooked the popcorn. Hint: They didn't use a microwave or stove.

 

 

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