Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Kindness ROCKS!

You may have seen them nestled among the gravel outside the library or found one along a path to the beach. Kindness rocks are having a moment and reminding us all that it's really easy to make someone's day.

Public Libraries Online recently blogged about this 'movement' that started with a woman who looked for inspirational 'signs' on the beach in the form of rocks and such, and then realized that maybe other people were looking too. So one day she decided to bring a marker to the beach and leave a message to brighten someone else's day. You can read the article here and some of the links to the Facebook page and community:

Public Libraries Online: Kindness Rocks

As part of our Build a Better Wednesday series this summer, our young library patrons showed us their artistic skills and made Kindness Rocks of their own to bring out into the world. (Paint pens on sale at Michael's helped too!)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Reading Above Grade Level

At the Library we often get asked about books kids can read above their grade level. Often times, the problem is not the reading, but understanding the content. Then, as they get older, there can be subjects that are a little too old for the age they are at, even though they can read the book.

So the Children's Book Council and the American Library Association have come up with a list of 75 books that are more challenging but still appropriate for three different grade levels. The READING BEYOND list is available as a downloadable handout and also listed on their website at:


We have many of these titles at RML as well! Happy Advanced Reading!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

More Jan Thomas fun!

It's no secret we LOVE author/illustrator Jan Thomas here at RML. Her books are staples in storytime and now, we've used them for a whole Not-too-old for Storytime class too. Our K & 1st graders laughed along with stories and then made this fun Pinterest find (from Growing Book by Book) based on her dust bunnies characters.
Dust Bunny Puppets 

Here are the kids and their 'puppets':
 We also read Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy and the kids colored their own sheets about things they are afraid of, just like cowboy.

My sample puppet has become our new staff sponge. He's happy there.

Here's more fun with Jan Thomas:

Interview on Seven Impossible Things 

Jan Thomas Preschool Storytime 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

S.T.E.A.M. Winter 2017

We had a guest presenter for our program this month. The DPNC (Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center) visited for a hands-on presentation of The Science of Snowflakes. The DPNC is one of our regular visitors for summer programming so it only made sense for them to come in the winter too!

After reading one of my favorite non-fiction picture books:

The kids got to see some slides on the projector screen of actual snowflakes under a microscope.

Then, they made crystal snowflakes to take home, like this:

Then, because we live in New England, it was 60 degrees the next day. The end. ;)

Friday, December 23, 2016

S.T.E.A.M. - Nov/Dec

The kids got to play with our new library friends - Dot & Dash! They are robots from Wonder Workshop that help to teach coding and do all sorts of fun things!
Check them out here:

Wonder Workshop

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

S.T.E.A.M. - October

What better way to learn science than with Halloween candy! We had a great time experimenting with ghost peeps, candy corn pumpkins and gummy worms. You can find the experiments on Pinterest by searching:

Exploding Peep Geysers
Dissolving Candy Pumpkins
Dancing Gummy Worms or Electric Eels 

S.T.E.A.M. With Us! September

Expanding on our successful Learning With Lego program from last year, I finally started an official S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) program, even though much of what we have done for years in storytime and in after-school programming has been STEAM-related.

In September, we put on our engineer hats and made homes for the three little pigs built out of toothpicks, straws, and marshmallows. Thanks to Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten for the great Pinterest pin and idea.
First (because yes, this is a library) we read The Three Little Pigs: an Architectural Tale by Steven Guarnaccia, which is a fun retelling of the classic story with illustrations of iconic architecture in homes and designs in furniture.
The kids had a blast creating their homes from a limited number of materials - and the first catch was that a 'pig' had to fit inside. After that, we had to make sure their homes were well built, by blasting them with a hair dryer! Most were successful, and some were ingenious. Here are a few pics with our TAB members helping out.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Good Reads for Grades 2-4

Four years ago, Ms Patty and I began the NEXT CHAPTER READING CLUB here at RML. It was designed specifically to expose children in grades 2-4 to books that they might miss when going from easy readers/early chapters to longer works of fiction.
Four years later, we still have a great group of kids for this program! I thought it would be useful to re-post the link to the post with all the titles we've read, although you can always access it under Reading Lists & Other Resources.
We have enjoyed so many great titles, mostly around or under 100 pages by award-winning authors. I am convinced that with so many giant series books that are out today, many of these great titles would be missed. It is my belief that there will always be time to read Harry Potter and Rick Riordan! When you are 7 and 8 years old, there are other things that you don't want to miss!

Kid Lit Library: "Next Chapter" Reading Club Titles

And here's a sneak peek at what we're reading next!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Finish Line...

I don't know about everyone else, but this summer went by faster than any before. I feel like we were just finding some great performers and presenters to come to RML for our On Your Mark, Get Set...READ! Summer Reading Program, and now we are wrapping up all the last raffles and events.

But before school commences, please join us for our Annual :

Ice Cream Social 
Monday, August 29th from 6-7:30pm
Besides ice cream sundaes, we will also have a balloon artist this year, and help from our TAB (Teen Advisory Board) volunteers as well as the RML Friends who sponsor the event.

Also coming up with the date TBD, Mr. Mike and myself will be recruiting some helpers to complete our Great Summer Push-up Challenge! Looking at all the great reading that was done, we know we can't go it alone.

So here's a look back at some of the fun!








The dinner choice of a few staff members who shall not be named

Director Wood gets visited by a Weedle!
Ms Christine almost took the bunny home