Enter the Summer STEM drawing!
Enter to win STEM-themed prizes by sending us a photo of you doing one of these activities! Place the photo in the body of your email (no attachments) and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll hold drawings at the end of the month!
Story Time – May 12, 2020
Story Time – May 12, 2020
10:30 am ONLINE on Facebook – ages 2 to 5
In our storytime trip around the world, we have lost our giant teddy bear, Balloo!
He’s gone to the mountains! Can you help us find him? Make sure you fill out your passport and come along with us. Do you know what animals live in the mountains? What is the tallest mountain in the world? Find out in the following books and activities. Parent tip- when watching a read-aloud video with your children, try muting the volume and reading the story with your child.
For the next two weeks in online storytime, we will visit four different biomes around the world. We have included a link to print off a passport so the children can keep a record of all the places we will visit.
Early Literacy Tip and Activity:
Rhyming is an important part of phonological awareness. It helps children break down words into smaller sounds and identify similar sounds in different words. This skill will help them when they sound out words to learn to read.
Sing “The Bear Went Over the Mountain”, but insert rhyming words such as: The bear went over the mountain, the bear went over the mountain The bear went over the mountain, to see what he could see. And what do you think he saw? And what do you think he saw? He saw a goat in a boat, he saw a goat in a boat. He saw a goat in a boat, That is what he saw.
How Mountains are Made
by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Even though Mount Everest measures 29,028 feet high, it may be growing about two inches a year. A mountain might be thousands of feet high, but it can still grow taller or shorter each year.
Find it in our Catalog
by Tammi Sauer
Wordy Birdy LOVES to talk, but does she love to listen? NOPE. One day, while she’s walking through the forest, her gift of the gab gets her into hot water. It’s up to her long-suffering, heard-it-all-before pals Squirrel, Raccoon, and Rabbit to save their distracted friend.
A Stone Sat Still
by Brendan Wenzel
This is the story of a seemingly ordinary rock—but to the animals that use it, it is a resting place, a kitchen, a safe haven…even an entire world.
Bear Wants More
by Karma Wilson
When springtime comes, in his warm winter den a bear wakes up very hungry and thin! Bear comes out of hibernation and he’s VERY hungry. He eats everything in sight–but he still wants more! Bear’s friends finally help him satisfy his HUGE hunger by throwing him a surprise birthday party.
Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays
The Bear Went Over the Mountain
The bear went over the mountain, the bear went over the mountain The bear went over the mountain, to see what he could see. And what do you think he saw? And what do you think he saw? He saw another mountain, he saw another mountain, he saw another mountain, And that is what he saw.
He saw a skunk in a bunk…
And that is what he saw.
He saw a goat in a coat…
He saw some toes and a nose…
He saw a squirrel with a girl…
He saw a deer with a mirror…
He saw a bear in a chair…
He saw a stone with a bone…
– Sesame Street
I’m a little stinky skunk,
I’m sleeping under someone’s bunk
Nobody wants to sleep with me,
I’m as stinky as can be
Honk, honk, rattle, rattle, crash, beep, beep.
Honk, honk, rattle, rattle, crash, beep, beep.
Five Little Owls
Five little owls on a moonlit night
Five little owls are quite a sight.
Five little owls, are you keeping score?
One flew away! And then there were four.
Four little owls, happy as can be,
One flew away! Then there were three.
Three little owls calling “Whoo! Whoo!”
One flew away! And that left two.
Two little owls having lots of fun.
One flew away! And that left one.
One little owl, we are almost done.
He flew away! And that leaves none.
– Mansfield/Richland County Public Library
Print out this mountain coloring page or color online.
Tear paper and layer the pieces to make colorful landscapes. Each one turns out completely unique and beautiful, and all you need is paper and a glue stick.
Election Announcement for May 2020
An Important Announcement
From the Madison County Election Officials
We’ve received some important information regarding mail-in ballots for our upcoming primary election in May. Please read the full text:
County/City Newsletter Text | May Primary 2020
Headline: Important Changes to Know about for the May Primary Election
In order to keep communities safe amid the growing coronavirus pandemic and protect citizens’ right to vote, Idahoans will vote in the May Primary Election from home. If you want to vote in the upcoming election, you will need to request your ballot at IdahoVotes.gov.
Here are the three steps you need to take to vote in the May Primary Election:
1. Request Your Ballot.
You must request your ballot by May 19, 2020 in order to vote. You can request your ballot online through the Secretary of State’s Office at IdahoVotes.gov. You can also contact the Madison County Elections for help at 208-359-6244. You can also pick up a ballot request and registration form in the front entry of the Administration Building in a box to the left of the door.
Please note, you will need to be registered to vote to participate in the upcoming election. You can register online at IdahoVotes.gov.
2. Wait for Your Ballot.
Once you’ve requested your ballot, give Madison County Elections some time to process your request and drop your ballot in the mail. It may take up to 10 days for you to receive your ballot once you’ve submitted your request.
You can track your ballot, and confirm your ballot request has been received, at IdahoVotes.gov.
3. Vote and Return Your Ballot.
As soon as you receive your ballot, vote and use the pre-addressed envelope to mail it back to Madison County Elections.
All ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on June 2, 2020 to be counted. Voters are encouraged to send their ballots back to us as soon as possible.
If you would rather drop your voted ballot off, Madison County Elections will have a drop off box at the main doors of the Administration Building, 134 E. Main in Rexburg.
You can help protect the health of all Idahoans and slow the spread of COVID-19 by voting from home. If you have any questions about the May Primary Election contact Madison County Elections for help at 208-359-6244.
Kim Muir, County Clerk
Brenda Stoor, Elections Director
Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.
Author Visit with Wendy Swore!
Friday, March 6th,
from 4:00 to 6:00 pm
in the Community Room
Wendy Swore will be signing copies of her new book, The Wish and the Peacock!
This event sponsored by Barnes and Noble.
The Wish and the Peacock
A new Tween book!
Paige’s favorite family tradition on the farm is the annual bonfire where everyone tosses in a stone and makes a wish. This time, Paige’s specific wish is one she’s not sure can come true: Don’t let Mom and Grandpa sell the farm.
When Paige’s younger brother finds a wounded peacock in the barn, Paige is sure it’s a sign that if she can keep the bird safe, she’ll keep the farm safe too. Peacocks, after all, are known to be fierce protectors of territory and family.
With determination and hard work, Paige tries to prove she can save the farm on her own, but when a real estate agent stakes a “For Sale” sign at the end of the driveway and threatens everything Paige loves, she calls on her younger brother and her best friends, Mateo and Kimana, to help battle this new menace. They may not have street smarts, but they have plenty of farm smarts, and some city lady who’s scared of spiders should be easy enough to drive away.
But even as the peacock gets healthier, the strain of holding all the pieces of Paige’s world together gets harder. Faced with a choice between home and family, she risks everything to make her wish come true, including the one thing that scares her the most: letting the farm go.
About the Author
Wendy S Swore farms on the Sho-Ban reservation where her corn maze and pumpkin patch is home to her five kids, two dogs, two geese, seven peacocks, eleven ducks, nineteen cats, and two hundred thirty seven chickens. She farms in the summers, writes in the winters, and would rather chew her leg off than eat something spicy.
Sometimes writing everyday is like pulling teeth, painful, but necessary.
A Monster Like Me
The Author’s First Book
There are trolls, goblins, and witches. Which kind of monster is Sophie?
Sophie is a monster expert. Thanks to her Big Book of Monsters and her vivid imagination, Sophie can identify the monsters in her school and neighborhood. Clearly, the bullies are trolls and goblins. Her nice neighbor must be a good witch, and Sophie’s new best friend is obviously a fairy. But what about Sophie? She’s convinced she is definitely a monster because of the “monster mark” on her face. At least that’s what she calls it. The doctors call it a blood tumor. Sophie tries to hide it but it covers almost half her face. And if she’s a monster on the outside, then she must be a monster on the inside, too.
Being the new kid at school is hard. Being called a monster is even harder. Sophie knows that it’s only a matter of time before the other kids, the doctors, and even her mom figure it out. And then her mom will probably leave — just like her dad did.
Because who would want to live with a real monster?
On the Same Page 2020 – Island Escape
A Host of Activities
We’ve got fun activities for all ages. Spend an evening on the beach enjoying the waves. Be sure to wear your Hawaiian shirt! We’ll have all the tropical sounds, food and fun that you could wish for, including drinks with umbrellas.
Besides having a great time while ignoring the outside snow, participating will give you a chance at the night’s drawing for ultimate relaxation, a massage from Urban Massage. (Must be present and an adult to win, though there will be a drawing prize for the youngsters as well.)
On the Same Page 2020 – Open Book Discussion
“Listen, then,” said Wendy, settling down to her story, with Michael at her feet and seven boys in the bed. “There was once a gentleman—”
A Story for the Ages
Our story starts as Peter Pan lands in the Darling’s proper middle-class home to look for his shadow. He befriends Wendy, John and Michael and teaches them to fly over the rooftops of London (with a little help from fairy dust). He and Tinker Bell whisk them off to Never-land, the island where lost boys play, mermaids splash and fairies make mischief. But a villainous-looking gang of pirates lurk in the docks, led by the terrifying Captain James Hook. Magic and excitement are in the air, but if Captain Hook has his way, before long, someone will be walking the plank and swimming with the crocodiles…
“I don’t see how it can have a happy ending,” said the second twin. “Do you, Nibs?”
“I’m frightfully anxious.”
“If you knew how great is a mother’s love,” Wendy told them triumphantly, “you would have no fear.”
On the Same Page 2020 – An Introduction to Fencing
“Proud and insolent youth, prepare to meet thy doom.”
“Dark and sinister man, have at thee!”
Fencing Maestro Dusty Johnson
Mr. Johnson started fencing by joining the SCA then taking a class offered by his university. He founded the Ricks College Fencing Club in 1987 and later started his own club called Fox Fencing in Southeast Idaho which he ran for thirty years. During this time he took his students to Nationals and the Junior Olympics. He has since retired from teaching fencing.
This is a night for adults and teens only (aged 12 and up). Also, you’ll need to sign up for this event at the circulation desk because space is limited.
Peter was a superb swordsman, and parried with dazzling rapidity; ever and anon he followed up a feint with a lunge that got past his foe’s defence, but his shorter reach stood him in ill stead, and he could not drive the steel home. … Hook sought to close and give the quietus with his iron hook, which all this time had been pawing the air; but Peter doubled under it and, lunging fiercely, pierced him in the ribs. At the sight of his own blood, whose peculiar colour, you remember, was offensive to him, the sword fell from Hook’s hand, and he was at Peter’s mercy.
On the Same Page 2020 – An Awfully Big Adventure
The Illustrations of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan
Wednesday, February 12, starting at 7:00 PM IN THE COMMUNITY ROOM
For this On the Same Page event, we’re pleased to have guest speaker and BYU-Idaho English Professor, Jacqueline Harris, who will present a fascinating discussion.
“Would you like an adventure now,” Peter said casually to John, “or would you like to have your tea first?”
Capturing Barrie’s Neverland
2nd and 4th Thursday’s at 4:00-4:30 pm in the Community Room
Professor Harris will share how famous artists and illustrators have been captivated by Barrie’s Neverland and the boy who wouldn’t grow up. The artwork discussion will feature the pen-and-ink illustrations of F.D. Bedford, the full-page color renditions by Mabel Lucie Attwell, and the fairy watercolors prints by Arthur Rackham.
(And in the spirit of let’s not go home empty handed, there may be a small token given at the end of the evening to offset library forgetfulness, if you know what I mean. .)
F. D. Bedford
Mabel Lucie Attwell
[Peter Pan] became a bestseller, and rightly so, as it was to be thumbed to loving death in nurseries, generation after generation. In her role as an illustrator for children it is the most successful of her books, as it touched most enjoyably on the areas of that marvelous story in a way that children can understand and remember forever.