All of the MLK Art and Writing Contest entries have now been taken down. If your child is in USD383 school district or Manhattan Catholic Schools, we will return your entries to the schools sometime next week. All other entries can be picked up at the Children’s Desk in the Children’s Room through the end of March.
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There will be no storytimes on Tuesday due to a staff training day. Please join us for a storytime later in the week!
We had a great crowd for our last Homeschool Afternoon in December, and hope to see many of you back again today. Join us for a fun session exploring theater and what it takes to make it on the big stage. We will watch clips from live theater productions, opera, and musicals. Kids can participate in a puppet show, readers’ theater, and make their own sock puppets!
Wednesday, January 15, 3:00-4:00
Meet in the library’s Groesbeck Room on the 2nd floor near the Adult Services desk.
Many people love to read our great selection of books, but what about our other fantastic resources? The MPL children’s collection spans more than just books. We also carry children’s DVD’s, CD’s, audio books, themed kits, and even parenting books! These resources are great finds and they can be used in so many fun and creative ways! So the next time you and your child come to the library, browse one of our different collections. You’ll be glad you did!
Here’s a snowy Hokey Pokey version to sing and dance to with your kids:
You put your right mitten in, You take your right mitten out,
You put your right mitten in and you shake it all about.
You do the Snowy pokey and you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about…
Note continue with additional verses:
You put your left mitten in…
You put your scarf in…
You put your right boot in…
You put your left boot in…
You put your hat in …
You put your snowself in…
Beloved children’s authors Patricia MacLachlan and Steven Kellogg worked together on the new picture book, Snowflakes Fall, as a tribute to the lives that were lost last December at the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. Both authors felt strongly that they wanted to do something to honor the children and adults who died that day, and give something to their families and friends. This beautiful book is bright and optimistic. It doesn’t touch on the actual incident in any way, but MacLachlan “uses the image of the snowflake to underscore the uniqueness of individuals and the healing power of nature and time.” Read more of what the authors said about creating this story, or watch the book trailer.
“Peter and the Starcatchers” may be a wonderful book, but it is also a strongly acclaimed play! After reading “Peter and the Starcatchers” by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, encourage and help your child write a simple script that follows the main plot of the book, producing your very own readers theater! This activity can be as simple or elaborate as you want! To make the activity more engaging, perform your written script, and add elements such as costumes or props. You can also encourage your friends and family to participate, either as actors/actresses or audience members! This activity is great for elementary age children because it helps with thematic comprehension, and it is a great creative outlet that brings the book to life!
Here’s a fun Thanksgiving song to help the kids use up some of their endless energy:
Do the Turkey Hop
Do the turkey hop,
Do the turkey run,
Do the turkey gobble,
Now flap your wings around
Like the turkeys do,
then run from the farmer
before he catches you!
With the holiday season fast approaching, many families will be thinking about their family traditions. Traditions are meant to be passed through the generations, of course, but they have to start somewhere. If your family could use some new traditions, check out The New Book of Family Traditions: How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays and Everyday. As the title suggests, these aren’t all big traditions that require a lot of work. Some are traditions that only take a minute or two but are meant for everyday. One of the traditions my family adopted was talking about what we are thankful for or happy about – not just for Thanksgiving, but at every meal. My kids are young, so they just call the ritual “Good things.” Each person (even my 19 month old!) says one good thing that has happened or will happen that day. For my son, it might be playing with a friend. For my daughter, it is often dancing. It’s a great practice to get into, and we started it because I flipped through this book. Well, I flipped through it digitally. I downloaded a copy of it from the Sunflower eLibrary through Manhattan Public Library. (Ask a staff member if you want help downloading ebooks.) The library also has it available in print.
It’s the season to talk about and celebrate thankfulness, but how can we help instill a grateful attitude in our young children when our culture often promotes self satisfaction and instant gratification? The Zero to Three website is an excellent resource for knowledge and advice. Their article on Raising a Thankful Child has some good tips, such as not giving a child too many gifts at birthday parties and holidays, and helping others within your community to encourage empathy and giving with hands on experiences. Reading books about the topic can help children understand the concept of thankfulness beyond the usual prompting they get from parents to have good manners (“And what do we say when someone gives us something? That’s right, thank you.”) Some from our collection that I like are The Most Thankful Thing by Lisa McCourt, The Thankful Book by Todd Parr, and Thank You, World by Alice McGinty. Some books to spark discussion about gratefulness or generosity include A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams, Stone Soup (multiple authors), The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, A Castle on Viola Street by DyAnne DiSalvo, or All the World by Elizabeth Scanlon.