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:

READING BEYOND

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. ;)