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Happy “Noon” Year 2017

On the last day of the year, kids gathered at the Gordon-Nash to celebrate “Noon Year’s Eve”, counting down the minutes and seconds until noon and a celebration for 2017. While we waited, we read favorite books like LeUyen Pham’s A Piece of Cake and Aaron Reynolds’ Creepy Carrots. We made noisemakers from decorated paper towel tubes and and embellished party hats with stickers and streamers. We had refreshments – juice boxes, apples and cheese, penguin crackers, and candy canes.

We played a fun game that Japanese kids play at New Years. It’s called fukuwarai, and it involves placing paper facial features on a blank paper face. But kids have to do it blindfolded, or with their eyes closed! It was so funny to open our eyes and see the silly face on the table. Fukuwarai means “lucky laugh” – and that’s what everyone did when they looked at their face!

When the countdown timer showed noontime was getting near, we counted down the minutes and then the seconds. When the screen announce “Happy Noon Year!!”, everyone tossed streamers in the air and blew their noisemakers. We paraded around the library and wished other patrons a “Happy Noon Year”. Then we listened to Auld Lang Syne, the song that people play when one year ends and another begins.
That’s how we celebrated New Year’s at the Gordon-Nash! We’ll save the game to play again next year! Happy 2017!

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Lions & Tigers & Bears – Oh My!

Storytime today featured some wild and not so wild animals! We read A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting by Michelle Robinson, a funny how-to book about a child and his teddy who head out to bear country. The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney is a wordless picture book, so the audience helped in telling the story of a grateful lion and a brave mouse. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown was another funny story of Mr. Tiger and his very proper friends, and what happens when Mr. Tiger decides to be a little less like a gentleman and a little more like a normal tiger!

At craft time we made our choice of animal: a lion, a tiger, or a bear! All were made with cut paper plate bodies, a paper head, and cardboard tube legs. And they were all different! Oh my!

Summer Reading Program: The Wizard of Oz!

It was an exciting night at the Gordon Nash as The Hampstead Stage Company came to help us celebrate the end of this year’s Summer Reading Program. We watched as justtwo actors presented the play The Wizard of Oz.* They were great! Some of us got to help by being Munchkins and Flying Monkeys.

 

After the show, the actors answered all our questions. Then we each made our own sundaes, with ice cream courtesy of The New Hampton School.

What a fun way to conclude our Summer Reading Program!  Thanks to all who attended!

* Funding for this Kids, Books and the Arts event is provided by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, and is supported in part by a grant from the NH State Council on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds administered by the NH State Library and provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Animal Antics!

This week we read favorite books that featured funny animals. The funny book If All The Animals Came Inside by Eric Pinder tells the things that would happen if animals came into a house and the terrible mess it would make. Chris Van Dusen’s The Circus Ship tells the sometimes sad story of circus animals that washed ashore on an island after their ship sank – and how they lived happily ever after!
Next we worked on our craft. Kids decorated a white paper animal shape to be a horse, cow, donkey – even a unicorn! Dots, paper stripes, and collaged paper made markings for the animal and yarn made manes and tails. The final touch – clothespin legs so the animal could stand…and run and trot and gallop and canter…

Summer Reading Program: Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

Tonight’s program presented by Squam Lakes Natural Science Center featured naturalist Eric D’Aleo, his assistant Odin, and three New Hampshire animals from their center.

First, a woodchuck. Eric says they don’t name their animals because they are not pets. He showed us slides to help us see what a woodchuck den looks like underground. He said a woodchuck breathes very, very slowly in the winter when they hibernate, and we practiced doing that. We could not touch the animal, but Odin let us feel a woodchuck pelt.

Next, the naturalist brought out an owl. This bird was injured as a baby and has lived its whole life at the Science Center. It was on a tether, but we had to be very quiet so we wouldn’t scare it. Eric let volunteers hold an owl wing and compare it to the wings of other birds. It was covered in special feathers that make it so quiet as it moves through the air. Eric taught us about an owl’s super hearing ability. We cupped our hands over our ears as he whispered – and we could hear him, even when he stood behind the crowd and we cupped one hand forward and one hand backward. Amazing!

Before he brought out the final animal, Eric and Odin taught us a bit about the speed at which some animals can move. They had a few volunteers run as fast as they could for the length of the room, and they timed them with a stopwatch. A few kids ran as fast as a mink, and one ran as fast as a skunk!
Our last animal was a striped skunk! Its scent glands had been removed so we didn’t worry about the smell! A skunk is an omnivore and we watched it sample all kinds of food. Again, the naturalists let us hold a skunk pelt because we couldn’t hold a skunk! We learned that a skunk does not really want to spray and will send a predator several warning signals before it does.
When their presentation was over, we had a chance to examine some of the feathers, wings, eggs, and skulls brought from the Science Center.
If an owl’s head was the size of ours, this is how big its eyes would be! Wow!
Our eyes were really big after this presentation! What a lot to see and learn! Thanks to the Eric, Odin, and the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center for bringing their animals to the Gordon-Nash!

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2016 Summer Reading Program

It’s almost time for the Summer Reading Program! This year’s theme is On Your Mark, Get Set, READ so programs are fitness, wellness, and sports and game-related. We have some big changes to the program this year – check out the Schedule of Events to see. And if you would like to register your child online, just click here!

Gather your family and meet us at the New Hampton Nature/Fitness Trail on Tuesday, June 28th at 6:30 for our Kick-Off Celebration and to pick up materials to track summer reading. Bring your walking shoes – and your bug spray, just in case!

If you have questions, call the library or email chunewell.gnl@gmail.com.

Robots!

Today, at the New Hampton Community School’sProject Promise After School Program,  I brought several robot-themed books and we read the group’s choice. Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepoverby CeCe Bell was a funny story in chapters about friends who were trying to follow a plan for a sleepover. After the story, each child cut out and colored a paper robot, then wired it with string in the back to make him slide up and down when attached to a doorknob.

Ready to Plant

Recently, we read two fact-based books about gardening.Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner shows what is going on above and below ground as a grandmother and grandchild plant, tend to, and harvest their garden. Yucky Worms by Vivian French details the importance that earthworms play in keeping a garden healthy.
Our craft was to decorate a paper that we then glued to a planting cup. After we planted two seeds, we made a stick that said “Sunflower!” If the package is correct, these plants should grow to be twelve feet tall!! Wow!

Mothers’ Day

With Mother’s Day coming in a few days, we read stories about moms (and grandmoms) today at Storytime. In Llama, Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney, Llama has to go to school and is afraid he’s not going to have fun without his mom – but you know that doesn’t really happen! Koala Lou by Mem Fox told about a koala who wonders if her mom still loves her – and you know she does! I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa Mccourt was about a little boy who comes to realize that his mother will love him no matter how he looks or acts or even smells! AndWhat! Cried Granny by Kate Lum was about Patrick, who had his first sleepover at the house of his clever, problem-solving grandmother!

For our craft, we made beautiful Mother’s Day crowns that said MOM. After we pasted the letters onto a headband, we decorated with drawings, stickers, jewels, stars, and hearts. We knew our mothers would be proud to wear them on their special day!

And finally, here’s one of our fathers, wearing the finished crown upside down.
WOW – what a good papa!!

Crazy 8s – Glow in the Dark City

Today was our first Crazy 8s session with a new group of K-2 afterschool program kids at the New Hampton Community School. The room was dark when everyone came inside…

Last season, we made polygons with glowsticks and styrofoam balls.  This season we began with polygons again – triangles and squares – but quickly we realized they could be made into 3D shapes or polyhedrons. So off went the lights and we began to build, watching for shapes that would make our creations stable and sturdy.

Some kids figured out how to make pyramids to sit atop their structures. After a while, it looked like lots of tall buildings in a glow-in-the-dark city.
Who knew math could be so much fun?

At this week’s Storytime, we read several books about spring and flowers, then made our own flowers- small ones from cupcake liners and large flowers from coffee filters! Everyone had fun collaging sparkly, puffy, colorful, interesting materials into the center of the flowers and embellishing the petals.  Each flower was so different. It looked like a garden in the Children’s Room!

Author Stephen Miller visited the Gordon-Nash for this month’s Storytime Saturday and to read his latest children’s book, The Adventures of Fabina and Friends: Wishes Granted. The story is about Fabina, a flamingo princess, and her adopted sister Polly Pig. Fabina is missing her enchanted sunflower and is unable to grant wishes without it. Polly comes to her rescue and learns many valuable lessons along the way.
After he read, Stephen took questions from the audience about his inspiration and method for writing. He hinted that there may be sequels to this story some day!
While Stephen signed copies of his book for adults, the children made a paper plate sunflower with three foot tall straw stems. They also planted sunflower seeds for their gardens at home, reminders of the story of Fabina.
Thank you for joining us on Storytime Saturday, Stephen Miller!
This week’s Storytime was all about Spring, which is finally here! Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand was about an excited Mole trying to wake Bear from his winter hibernation. And Then It’s Springby Julie Fogliano takes a boy from winter’s end to the hopeful planting of a garden. In Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson, can you guess what hungry bear wants more of? And, our last book, Nest by Jorey Hurley, followed a robin family from one Spring to the next.
For our craft, we collaged brown paper materials, corregated cardboard, and yarn into a pouched paper plate “nest”, then made cute and crazy feathered birds and chicks to slide inside!
Inspired by these creations, I grabbed one of my favorite books from the shelf and read The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend, the hysterical story of Jack the Cat, who builds a nest so he can have an omelet. Sacre bleu! The audience loved this funny book!
What’s in an egg? A chicken…and all kinds of other critters! Today we read several books about eggs, including An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston. This book showed us all sorts of different types of eggs – bird, reptile, amphibian, insect, fish – and the beautiful shapes and colors they can be. We read several books about birds’ eggs and also read Mr. Seahorse by Eric Carle, in which Mrs. Seahorse gives her eggs to her mate to carry until they hatch out. On the computer, we looked at photographs of all kinds of eggs! Who knew there were so many?
At craft time, we decorated a paper egg any way we wanted to, then cut it in half and hinged it with a brad. We taped a baby creature inside that showed when the egg was opened. Someone even made a baby dinosaur!
Today at Storytime, we read several stories with bunnies as the main characters.
Then we made rabbit masks from the rims of paper plates. We glued cotton balls all around the edges, then stapled on stiff card stock ears that we had colored.
Aren’t we cute?

Crazy 8s – Glow in the Dark City

Today was our first Crazy 8s session with a new group of K-2 afterschool program kids at the New Hampton Community School. The room was dark when everyone came inside…

Last season, we made polygons with glowsticks and styrofoam balls.  This season we began with polygons again – triangles and squares – but quickly we realized they could be made into 3D shapes or polyhedrons. So off went the lights and we began to build, watching for shapes that would make our creations stable and sturdy.

Some kids figured out how to make pyramids to sit atop their structures. After a while, it looked like lots of tall buildings in a glow-in-the-dark city.

Spring Flowers

At this week’s Storytime, we read several books about spring and flowers, then made our own flowers- small ones from cupcake liners and large flowers from coffee filters! Everyone had fun collaging sparkly, puffy, colorful, interesting materials into the center of the flowers and embellishing the petals.  Each flower was so different. It looked like a garden in the Children’s Room!

Storytime Saturday: Author Stephen Miller

Author Stephen Miller visited the Gordon-Nash for this month’s Storytime Saturday and to read his latest children’s book, The Adventures of Fabina and Friends: Wishes Granted. The story is about Fabina, a flamingo princess, and her adopted sister Polly Pig. Fabina is missing her enchanted sunflower and is unable to grant wishes without it. Polly comes to her rescue and learns many valuable lessons along the way.
After he read, Stephen took questions from the audience about his inspiration and method for writing. He hinted that there may be sequels to this story some day!
While Stephen signed copies of his book for adults, the children made a paper plate sunflower with three foot tall straw stems. They also planted sunflower seeds for their gardens at home, reminders of the story of Fabina.
Thank you for joining us on Storytime Saturday, Stephen Miller!

Spring – Nesting Time!

This week’s Storytime was all about Spring, which is finally here! Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand was about an excited Mole trying to wake Bear from his winter hibernation. And Then It’s Springby Julie Fogliano takes a boy from winter’s end to the hopeful planting of a garden. In Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson, can you guess what hungry bear wants more of? And, our last book, Nest by Jorey Hurley, followed a robin family from one Spring to the next.
For our craft, we collaged brown paper materials, corregated cardboard, and yarn into a pouched paper plate “nest”, then made cute and crazy feathered birds and chicks to slide inside!
Inspired by these creations, I grabbed one of my favorite books from the shelf and read The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend, the hysterical story of Jack the Cat, who builds a nest so he can have an omelet. Sacre bleu! The audience loved this funny book!

All Kinds of Eggs

What’s in an egg? A chicken…and all kinds of other critters! Today we read several books about eggs, including An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston. This book showed us all sorts of different types of eggs – bird, reptile, amphibian, insect, fish – and the beautiful shapes and colors they can be. We read several books about birds’ eggs and also read Mr. Seahorse by Eric Carle, in which Mrs. Seahorse gives her eggs to her mate to carry until they hatch out. On the computer, we looked at photographs of all kinds of eggs! Who knew there were so many?
At craft time, we decorated a paper egg any way we wanted to, then cut it in half and hinged it with a brad. We taped a baby creature inside that showed when the egg was opened. Someone even made a baby dinosaur!

Hippity Hop!

Today at Storytime, we read several stories with bunnies as the main characters.
Then we made rabbit masks from the rims of paper plates. We glued cotton balls all around the edges, then stapled on stiff card stock ears that we had colored.
Aren’t we cute?

Spring – Nesting Time!

This week’s Storytime was all about Spring, which is finally here! Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand was about an excited Mole trying to wake Bear from his winter hibernation. And Then It’s Springby Julie Fogliano takes a boy from winter’s end to the hopeful planting of a garden. In Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson, can you guess what hungry bear wants more of? And, our last book, Nest by Jorey Hurley, followed a robin family from one Spring to the next.
For our craft, we collaged brown paper materials, corregated cardboard, and yarn into a pouched paper plate “nest”, then made cute and crazy feathered birds and chicks to slide inside!
Inspired by these creations, I grabbed one of my favorite books from the shelf and read The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend, the hysterical story of Jack the Cat, who builds a nest so he can have an omelet. Sacre bleu! The audience loved this funny book!

All Kinds of Eggs

What’s in an egg? A chicken…and all kinds of other critters! Today we read several books about eggs, including An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston. This book showed us all sorts of different types of eggs – bird, reptile, amphibian, insect, fish – and the beautiful shapes and colors they can be. We read several books about birds’ eggs and also read Mr. Seahorse by Eric Carle, in which Mrs. Seahorse gives her eggs to her mate to carry until they hatch out. On the computer, we looked at photographs of all kinds of eggs! Who knew there were so many?
At craft time, we decorated a paper egg any way we wanted to, then cut it in half and hinged it with a brad. We taped a baby creature inside that showed when the egg was opened. Someone even made a baby dinosaur!

Hippity Hop!

Today at Storytime, we read several stories with bunnies as the main characters.
Then we made rabbit masks from the rims of paper plates. We glued cotton balls all around the edges, then stapled on stiff card stock ears that we had colored.
Aren’t we cute?

Hippity Hop!

Today at Storytime, we read several stories with bunnies as the main characters.
Then we made rabbit masks from the rims of paper plates. We glued cotton balls all around the edges, then stapled on stiff card stock ears that we had colored.
Aren’t we cute?

Penguins

Today, we read about penguins, and then we made one of our own. Playful Little Penguins by Tony Mitton showed us penguins sliding, swimming, and diving together, and later helping a new friend. In Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester, we laughed at Tacky’s odd behavior, which saved the day for his friends. Finally, Virgil and Owen by Paulette Bogan showed us how not to make friends!

Since we read so many books about fictional penguins, we also looked at the photographs in Seymour Simon’s book, Penguins. There are so many different kinds!

With precut shapes, we assembled our own penguin, then collaged white materials onto his front. We even gave him a fish to hold in his beak!

STEM Saturday: Let It Snow!

Our January STEM Saturday featured snow of the indoor kind! We mixed baking soda with shaving cream and made cool, white, moldable “snow” to squish and squeeze and make snowballs with! We also sprayed vinegar on it to see what would happen. The snow “melted”! Very messy but so much fun!

We tried an experiment to see if mittens really are warm. Using a thermometer, we measured the temperature of the air in the Children’s Room. It was 23°C. Then we measured the temperature in the glove, and were surprised to find it was the same 23°C! Finally, we measured the temperature inside the glove with a hand in there too. That brought the temperature up to around 32°C. So, are mittens warm? Only when there’s a hand in them!
Our last activity challenged us to find a way to stack three marshmallows to make a standing marshmallow snowman. Marshmallow Fluff did the trick! We also decorated the marshmallow man with m&ms and mini chips for eyes and buttons, and pretzel sticks for arms. Only after kids left, did I find in the candy corn for noses! What a sticky, messy, delicious, fun STEM Saturday!

Mitten Weather!

On this chilly January morning, we gathered in the Children’s Room to read about winter clothes. One Mittenby Kristine George, was about a yellow mitten that could be used in lots of imaginative ways. Then we read The Mitten by Jim Aylesworth. This story is based on the Ukrainian tale about a child who loses a hand-knit mitten, only to have it taken over by animals looking for a cozy place to warm up. We loved this story, especially when the mitten exploded when the tiniest creature climbed in! There are many different version of this wonderful story, and the mitten bursts in all of them!

We decorated cardstock mittens with drawings, shiny jewels, stars, dots, and sparkly ribbon. Then we added fluffy cotton to the bottom and sewed up along the edges. Beautiful mittens for a winter display!

 

 

STEM Saturday: “Gingerbread” Houses

December’s STEM Saturday was lots of fun as kids constructed gingerbread houses using graham crackers. Precut pieces of cracker were glued to a milk carton base using sticky royal icing. Then each child had a chance to decorate (and even landscape!) their house using many, many types of candy and cereal. What fun!

One young friend took the challenge of trying to make a four-sided house with a roof without attaching it to the milk carton base! He managed to attach all the walls, and added pieces for the slanted roof, but with the addition of a graham cracker ridge beam to cover the top, the house caved in. This young engineer theorized that the addition of a floor would help keep the building more stable. Good thinking and revising!

Thanks to all the parents who provided candy decorations – and cookies from Sweden! Special thanks to Mrs. Simard, who brought us candy canes and Twizzlers, Skittles and peppermint stars, spearmint leaves and gumdrops – and her helping hand!! What fun

Oh! Christmas Tree!

This time of year, Christmas trees are everywhere, including at the library! This week we read stories of Christmas trees, including my favorite, Mr. Willoby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry. Mr. Willoby orders his tree, but it dismayed to find it doesn’t quite fit his space. The top is cut off, discarded, then saved by someone else – and this happens over and over throughout the whole book. The Christmas Tree Tangle by Margaret Mahy told the story of a kitten up a tree and all the animals’ attempts to save her. Finally, Night Tree by Eve Bunting was about a beautiful family tradition involving a special tree deep in the woods. I love this book!
After stories, we made our own Christmas trees from yarn cones. First we covered the cone with our favorite shade of green crepe paper, gluing and winding to cover the whole cone. Then came the fun part: gluing on spangles and sparkles and ribbons of silver and gold, we decorated our Christmas tree, being sure to add a star to the top.
Beautiful and festive!

Goodnight, Bear!

At Storytime today, we read about animals and how they prepare for the cold winter weather. In Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming, Bear sniffed once, then twice, and realized winter was coming. But before he could hibernate, he just needed to go tell a friend. Sleepover with Beatrice and Bearby Mônica Carnesi is about Beatrice, a rabbit, who tries to hibernate with her friend Bear. Do rabbits hibernate? In Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows, all the animals board a train to go off to hibernate for the winter.
And Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep by Jane Yolen told about many different woodland creatures and how they settle down for a winter’s rest.
For our craft, we made paper bag caves for hibernating. They were filled with soft things to lay on and small drawings showing things the hibernating bear might like to have with him, like berries or a blanket. The outsides were colored or embellished with paper trees, cotton snow, and tissue or foam leaves and twigs.
One of the nice things about the project is that other critters can hibernate once the craft gets home, like small stuffed animals, superhero action figures, even Barbies!

December Events!

Thursday Storytime 10:45-11:45 – Stories and a craft
December 3rd. Hibernation
December 10th. Christmas Trees
December 17th. The Animal’s Christmas
December 24th. Christmas


STEM Saturday: “Gingerbread” Houses.
December 12th 10:45 – 11:45.
Please bring a bag of candy decorations to share with the group.


Saturday Storytime:  Gingerbread Boys, Men, & Pirates!
December 26th. 10:45-11:45
“Noon Year’s Eve” Celebration.
Thursday, December 31st. 10:45-noon.
Please bring a snack to share with the group.
If you would like to be added to our email list of events for children, please send your request to chunewell(dot)gnl(at)gmail(dot)com

STORYTIME SATURDAY

Storytime Saturday
Gingerbread Men, Boys, & Pirates!
Saturday, December 26th
10:45-11:45

STEM SATURDAY

STEM Saturday
“Gingerbread” Houses
Saturday, December 12th
10:45-11:45
Please bring candy decorations to share!

Storytime Saturday: Owls

For our Saturday Storytime, young patrons listened to several stories about owl, and we looked at photos of snowy owls and discussed some facts. Then we made our own snowy owl ornament from a pine cone. We deconstructed cotton balls, then pushed the stringy cotton in between the bracts of the pine cone. When we were finished, it looked like a snowy owl’s puffy body! We added some white feathers for wings, a pipe cleaner beak, and googly eyes to mimic an owl’s eyes. String for the top, then home to be added to the Christmas tree! Whoo-whoo!

 

Turkey Day!

Today’s was the last Storytime before Thanksgiving, so we spent our time listening to stories about food, friends, and turkeys! Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson was about a bear who shared a special meal with his animal friends. A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting was a funny story about the Moose family’s search for a turkey for dinner with their friends. Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper told about three good friends who always made soup the same way, and what happened one day when they didn’t!

Then, we made turkeys for Thanksgiving. A paper roll was his body, with googly eyes, a beak, a wattle, and a feather for his head. For the tail section, children used foam strips, paper, crepe paper, and/or oak leaves, all glued to a half paper plate. The two turkey parts were stapled together to make a stand-up turkey for the dinner table!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Researchers!

This week, several 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders from Sant Bani School visited the Gordon-Nash. They were researching various aspects of candy-making, and had questions about getting information. We learned a little about the Dewey Decimal System, why it’s in place at most libraries, and how the broad categories are broken down into more specific subcategories. Each student located a specific nonfiction book based on the Dewey call number on the book’s spine label. Together, we searched Gordon-Nash’sonline catalog of books, looking for ones about candy-making.

Then we checked Searchasaurus, a search engine for kids located on the State Library website. As we found pertinent magazine and newspaper articles the students wanted to save, we emailed them to their teacher, Selene. Now they can continue their research at school!

Thanks to Selene Gordon and the Sant Bani kids for visiting the Gordon-Nash Library. We hope you come back very soon.

Family Time

With the holidays coming up, I thought it might be a good time to focus on families at Storytime. We read four stories about families, starting with The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster. This is a story about a child at her grandparent’s house and the traditional things they do while visiting. Next we read Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor about Nancy, who tries to change her family from plain to fancy! Before we made our craft, we listened to The Family Book by Todd Parr, which told about families of all shapes and sizes!
The off we went to make our family drawings. Each child glued foam shapes to their papers, one for each member of their family. Crayons were used to embellish the shapes with heads, arms, and legs, and other things that the artists deemed necessary. A brown triangle was added to the top, to make the paper look like a house. A sign that read “My Family” was glued to the top of the work – or copied and written by some.
Sadly, I did not get a photo of a finished “house”. I was too busy watching in amazement! Wonderful families!

STEM Saturday: Marble Runs

What fun we had today at the library using found objects to make marble runs! We tried to make a marble travel from the top of a wall to the bottom by going through paper towel tubes, pool noodle pieces, paper cups, plastic pieces, funnels and lots more.

   

When our marble couldn’t follow the path we we’d created, we watched carefully to see where the problem was, then thought about adjustments we could make to that area of the marble run. Sometimes a little tweak worked, and sometimes a whole new design was necessary. Kids talked about the activity and explained what they were doing and why things did or did not work.

Kids watched carefully as their marbles made their way down the marble runs. When the marbles reached their destinations, people cheered! Sometimes the marbles moved so fast down the marble run that they spun around inside cups! Amazing!

 

 

 

What a fun STEM Saturday we had, predicting, measuring and concocting with kitchen and craft materials! First, we donned our safety glasses, Next, we made oobleck that oozed through our fingers, then magically became a solid when we squeezed it! The goopy slime we made stretched from high above our heads all the way down to the table. Ewwww – what slimey fun we had with these polymers!

         
Next, we made eruptions by pouring vinegar onto a cup of cornstarch. We used pipettes to control the amounts. Kool-aid mixed in made our experiments colorful and good-smelling! More vinegar made more bubbles! What a reaction!
Finally, we got creative by adding all sorts of liquids (and solids!) to our potions – soap, apple cider vinegar, even oil. Glitter made it sparkle, heart candy floated through it. Fun!
Even after you stir and stir and STIR, cornstarch, vinegar, and oil each make their own layer. Isn’t it a pretty potion?
Next STEM Saturday – November 7th at 10:45. We’ll be experimenting and having fun with marble runs!

We’re trying an experiment – a once a month Storytime on Saturday morning. Today was our first session – with six kids and their grown-ups! We read a few books about houses, then spent the rest of the time making very ornate paper bag houses. There were fringed shingles, mullioned windows, and front and back doors. And there was fun – lots and lots of fun!

Our next Saturday Storytime is October 31st – Halloween! Come and join us! Costumes optional!

Silly Squirrels

Squirrels were the theme for our last September Storytime. We read The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri, about a squirrel who was so busy getting ready for fall that he didn’t have time to do anything with his friends. In Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein, a mother squirrel is determined to protect her babies. Lastly, we read Nuts to You! by Lois Ehlert, about a squirrel who tries to get inside a house.
For our craft, we made a paper bag squirrel with googly eyes holding a corregated cardboard acorn. He looks like he’s getting ready for winter!

storytime

Children’s Story Time on Thursdays 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Bring your kids to an entertaining event of story reading. Always a new book and a new story. Suitable for all ages but intended for pre and elementary school audience. A wide variety of books from the worldwide classics such as Cinderella to brand new books. After reading a book of the day, children get to have some fun craft time!

Art Club on 2nd and 4th Fridays


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More Community Helpers

As we finish up our morning Summer Reading Program session, we today read about people in a community who do not get much recognition for the things they do. Albert The Fix-it Man by Janet Lord told about a man who helped whenever anyone in his town need something repaired. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus by Mo Willems featured a bus driver. The Dumpster Diver by Janet S. Wong was about a man who would help kids in his neighborhood make inventions from recycled materials. Finally, A Sick Day for Amos Magee by Philip Stead was a story about a zookeeper who helped each of his animal friends in a special way.
For our craft, we made some of Amos McGee’s animals. We colored the animal(s) of our choice, then pasted them onto a big piece of paper. Some of us made our animals habitat in the background, and everyone chose to wrap yarn around the paper from top to bottom to make a cage for their zoo animals.

 

High-Flying Storytime!

Stories this week were all about flying! On the Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers told of a boy who found an airplane in his closet and flew it to the moon! In Bear Flies High by Michael Rosen, Bear’s friends take him to an amusement park so he can “fly”. Owlet’s First Flight by Mitra Modarressi shows what happens when a brave baby owl leaves the nest for the first time. Lastly, Flight School by Lita Judge tells the story of a persistent penguin who follows his dream to fly!
Next came rocket ships, made of paper shapes. Bodies, fins, and nose cones we all embellished with stickers, pompoms, and glitter glue. Tissue paper exhaust and flames made it look like it was soaring through space!
Many thanks to Brandie for overseeing this Storytime in my absence! It looks like it was out of this world!

Policemen & Firefighters

This week’s Storytime featured stories of policemen and firefighters. We read Firefighters! Speeding, Spraying, Saving! by Patricia Hubbell, about what happens when firefighters must quickly go to fight a fire. Going to the Firehouse by Mercer Mayer was about a little critter wanting to help out at firehouse. Sherman Crunchley by Laura Numeroff told about the city’s nicest police officer, and the problems that arose when he couldn’t say “no”. Finally, Peggy Rathmann’s award-winning Officer Buckle and Gloriatold the very funny story of a police officer and his canine helper.

For our craft, we put together a fire truck with wheels, a ladder, and a brave little firefighter. Some of us added lights and sirens!

Local Heroes: The New Hampton Fire Department

We had special community heroes visit us for tonight’s program! Kendall Hughes of the New Hampton Fire Department brought some of his crew to explain the work that firefighters do. He even brought some young Explorers who are training to become firefighters.

The firefighters showed us some of the books they had to study from as they learned how to do their important jobs. They brought lots of slides of firefighters at work, helping the community in many ways, and not just fighting fires. They passed around the thermal imaging camera and showed us how it is used to find a person in a smoke or fire filled room.

Did you know New Hampton Fire Department members were given the New Hampshire Hero Award in 2009? They brought their plaque and passed it around so we could read it.
Then the best part – the fire engine and the rescue truck! The firefighters showed us the equipment they use in both vehicles. The EMTs showed us the tools they use to monitor an injured person’s health. They let kids try on the air tank. We watched as Matt climbed into his fire-fighting gear. And they let us climb up on the engine and look around from up high.
 
 
Before we left for the night, Mr. Hughes and his team gave us fire hats, hard hats, and lots of safety information and activities to take home with us. Thank you to the members of the New Hampton Fire Department – true community heroes!

Brave Animals

At today’s Storytime, we read three stories about brave animals. Little Dog Lost by Monica Carnesi told the true story of Baltic, a small dog who was rescued from an ice floe in the Baltic Sea and became the mascot of a Polish research vessel. Peggy by Anna Walker was about a brave chicken who gets blown into a new adventure. Finally, everyone’s favorite, Rainbow Fish, took a brave chance to recover something lost and, in the process, made some new friends. Everyone loved Rainbow Fish  Discovers the Deep Sea by Marcus Pfister.

Today’s craft had nothing to do with bravery or with animals! We had fun making mobiles or wind chimes from found objects, like plastic cups, plastic lids, straws, beads, and old CDs. They were interesting to make, and each one looked very different from the others.

Animal Heroes: Pemi, The Therapy Dog

Can a dog be a hero? Yes! when she’s a therapy dog! John McCrae, representing the NH Humane Society, visited the library with Pemi, his therapy dog. Pemi is a Leonburger, and a very big, very calm dog. John told us Pemi needed to be specially trained and pass a test to become a therapy dog.  In addition to schools and libraries, Pemi also visits people in nursing and retirement homes. She lets people pat and talk to her and she reminds them of dogs they had when they were younger. Pemi even visited Dartmouth College when the students were studying for big tests. Spending time with Pemi helped students to relax!

John and his helper Mary Ann let us pat their dog and some kids even read a book while Pemi quietly listened. Elephant & Piggie, Peter Rabbit, Dr. Seuss – Pemi liked them all!

Andrea was also here from the NH Humane Society. She told us a little about what the Humane Society does to help animals and thanked us for our thoughtful donations. She left with children’s donations of pet food, paper towels, and cash and she also took the dog toys we made last week! We hope dogs and cats at the Humane Society love them!

New Books from Summer Reading Heroes!

These are but a few of the new books donated to support this year’s Summer Reading Program, Every Hero Has a Story. These picture book biographies were carefully selected by library staff, then willing patrons signed up to provide us with the book of their choice. Thanks to the generosity of these “Summer Reading Heroes”, we now have more beautifully illustrated biographies of famous people like Jane Goodall, Amelia Earhart, Malala Yousafzai, Robert Frost, Clara Lemlich, Rachel Carson, Henri Matisse, and others. These books portray the subjects, not just as adults, but also as young children so readers are able to see the early traits and characteristics that helped to make each person an important contributor to our culture or our society.
Each of these wonderful books carries a special bookplate in the front that names the donor. On behalf of the Gordon-Nash Library and the children who visit it, we thank the following patrons for their thoughtful donations:
Eileen Curran-Kondrad
Mark & Theo Denoncour
Linda & Mike Dowal
Michelle DuBreuil
Pat Hoertdoerfer
Becky Lougee
Brandie Martinez
Shana Martinez
Wendy Pietroniro
Trudy Powers
Wendy Schongalla
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