Book Babies: Penguin Fun!

Book Babies: Penguin Fun!

Book Babies: Penguin Fun!

Today come and teach your baby about penguins with these fun books and activities.

Join us live Wednesdays at 10:00 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

We often build our on our children’s curiosity but don’t always know the answers to their questions. We can often discover in the answers together in books. Knowledge about the world, even in young children, is key to understanding. Combining a story and a factual book on nature or science helps expand children’s scientific knowledge.

- Lambert

Activity

Read aloud “Five Little Penguins Slip on the Ice” by Steve Metzger and a nonfiction book about penguins like “I’m Just a Little Penguin”. then do the fingerplay, “Two Little Penguins.”

Books Presented

I'm Just a Little Penguin by Oakley Graham

Illustrations and rhyming text portray a young bear searching for its mother and meeting many North American animals along the way. On board pages.

If You Were a Penguin by Wendess and Florence Minor

In this simple, rhyming picture book, the youngest readers will learn about penguins. This is the perfect read-aloud for teachers and parents to share with young children as they imagine what life as a penguin is like!

Five Little Penguins Slipping on the Ice by Steve Metzger

A counting book in which one by one the little penguins fall and hurt themselves, to the dismay of their mother and doctor.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Two Little Penguins

Two Little Penguins sitting on the hill. (2 Fingers Up, pointer on each)

One named Jack. One named JIll.

Waddle* away Jack (put one behind your back), Waddle away Jill (Put other behind your back)

Come back Jack (bring one out), Come back Jill (bring the other out).

*Swim, Slide

– Adapted from Madelynslibraryprogramming.wordpress.com

Snowflake, Snowflake in the Sky

Snowflake snowflake in the sky
Love to watch you floating by

Down you fall upon the ground
Down you fall without a sound

Snowflake snowflake in the sky
Love to watch you floating by

– Jbrary

The Penguins in the Sea

The penguins in the sea, go…

Swish, swish, swish!
Swish, swish, swish!
Swish, swish, swish!
The penguins in the sea go swish swish swish all day long.

The penguins in the sea swim…
‘round and ‘round!
‘round and ‘round!
‘round and ‘round!
Penguins in the sea swim ‘round and ‘round all day long.

The penguins in the sea slide…
up and down!
up and down!
up and down!
The penguins in the sea slide up and down all day long.

– Adapted from Madelynslibraryprogramming.wordpress.com

Sensory Activity

Contrast Activity

Baby’s eyes are still developing, so high contrast objects with black and white are intriguing to them. Penguins, zebras fall into this category. They love this “Black and white” sensory activity. Put some chocolate and vanilla pudding in a ziploc bag on different sides, or on a high chair tray. Let baby squish the pudding between their fingers and “draw” in the two contrasting colors.

Additional Books

Kisses and Cuddles by Aly Fronis

Follow a little penguin as he spends his day doing everything he loves–such as eating pancakes, playing with his toys, drinking hot chocolate, spotting rainbows, and more. But what does he love the most? Kisses and cuddles from his mama.

I Like It When... by Mary Murphy

A little penguin shares its favorite things with the one it loves most.

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Story Time: Penguins with Sharee Barton

Story Time: Penguins with Sharee Barton

Story Time: Penguins with Sharee Barton

Today we learned about penguins with National Geographic educator Sharee Barton! Check out our books, songs, and activities below.

Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

We often build our on our children’s curiosity but don’t always know the answers to their questions. We can often discover in the answers together in books. Knowledge about the world, even in young children, is key to understanding. Combining a story and a factual book on nature or science helps expand children’s scientific knowledge.

- Lambert

Activity

Read aloud “Be Brave Little Penguin” by Giles Audreae and Guy Parker-Rees and a nonfiction book about penguins like “The Penguin, a Funny Bird” by Beatrice Fontanel. You may also want to recite “Three Little Penguins.”

Books Presented

Be Brave, Little Penguin by Giles Andreae

Pip-Pip, the littlest penguin, is teased for being afraid of the water until, with his mother’s guidance, he finally jumps in.

Five Little Penguins by Sally Hopgood

Five little penguins go off to play. Can you count them?

Penguins by Anne Schreiber

Learn about penguins and how they live. A National Geographic Kids book.

Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere! by Bob Barner

A parade of irresistible penguins from climates warm and cold swim, slide, and waddle across the pages of Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere! 

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

The Penguin Song

Have you ever seen
a penguin come to tea?

When you look at me,
A penguin you will see

Penguins attention
Penguins begin!

 (right flipper)
(left flipper)
(right foot)
(left foot)
(bob your head)
(stick out your tongue)
(turn a circle)

– The Learning Station

Five Little Penguins

(melody: “Five Little Ducks”)

5 little penguins waddling around,
The snow was slipp-ery and one fell down,
Weeeeeee…. in the water he went to play,
Now there’s 4 little penguins waddling today.

4 little penguins waddling around,
The snow was slipp-ery and one fell down,
Weeeeeee…. in the water he went to play,
Now there’s 3 little penguins waddling today.

3 little penguins waddling around,
The snow was slipp-ery and one fell down,
Weeeeeee…. in the water he went to play,
Now there’s 2 little penguins waddling today.

2 little penguins waddling around,
The snow was slipp-ery and one fell down,
Weeeeeee…. in the water he went to play,
Now there’s 1little penguin waddling today.

1 little penguin waddling around,
The snow was slipp-ery and he fell down,
Weeeeeee…. in the water he went to play,
Leaving no little penguins waddling today.

No little penguins waddling around,
The snow was slippery and none fell down,
Weeeeeee…. in the water they went to play,
5 little penguins swimming today.

– Patty Shukla

 

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Make your own felt penguin!

Pick up our Story Time kit today or make your own using felt scraps and googly eyes.

Additional Books

The Penguin, a Funny Bird by Béatrice Fontanel

Describes the habits, characteristics, and habitat of penguins.

Feathered Friends by Book Dash

Two baby King Penguins think their friend looks funny… until they start to change themselves!

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Book Babies: Colors and Patterns

Today come and teach your baby about colors with these fun books and activities.

Join us live Wednesdays at 9:45 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Being able to coordinate small muscles onhands and fingers enables children to hold things, cut with scissors, tie their shoes, and fasten buttons. Development of fine motor skills also helps prepare children to write.

- Lambert

Activity

Sing “Wiggle Fingers” or “Where is big toe?” and encourage your child to participate by using the corresponding fingers and body parts.

Books Presented

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

Illustrations and rhyming text portray a young bear searching for its mother and meeting many North American animals along the way. On board pages.

Colors with Little Fish by Lucy Cousins

Little Fish is off on a fun, rhyming adventure underwater, spotting colors along the way: blue fish, yellow coral, maybe even a pink seahorse. The bright orange star of Hooray for Fish! loves swimming in the sea, and little ones will love looking at and learning colors in this sturdy board book from the creator of Maisy.

I Spy With My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs

Asks young readers to identify the animal based on their color, including blue for a blue whale, white for a polar bear, and green for a frog, in a book with die-cut spy holes.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Wiggle Fingers

Wiggle fingers, wiggle so, (wiggle fingers)
Wiggle high, wiggle low, (match actions to words)
Wiggle left, wiggle right,
Wiggle fingers out of sight. (wiggle fingers behind back)

– Kcls.org

Bouncy, Bouncy Baby

Bouncy, bouncy baby. Bouncy, bouncy baby
Up and down, up and down.
Bouncy, bouncy baby.
Hippity hop little one. hippity hop little one
Back and forth, back and forth.
Hippity hop, little one.
Bippity bop, baby.  Bippity bop, baby
Jiggity, joggity, jiggity, joggity
Bouncy, bouncy…BOOM!

– Pawlingfreelibrary.org

Where is Big Toe?

(Tune: Where is Thumbkin?)

Where is big toe? Where is big toe?
Here I am; here I am!
Touch baby’s toe
Wiggle, wiggle, big toe
Wiggle, wiggle, big toe
Wiggle baby’s toe
My big toe, my big toe.

Where is elbow…bendy, bendy elbow
Where is tummy…squishy, squashy tummy
Where are two eyes…winky blinky two eyes
Where are two hands…happy clappy two hands

– Melissa.depperfamily.net

Activity

Additional Books

Little Owl's Colors by Divya Srinivasan

Little Owl’s forest is full of colors, from the yellow sun to the red berries, there is a rainbow of bright colors to look at and learn.

The Crayons' Book of Colors by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

It’s Duncan’s birthday, and all the crayons want to make him a card! With their fun and quirky illustrations of firetrucks, dragons, and (dare we say?) wheat, these creative crayons each have something different to contribute. When they come together, they can make something truly spectacular to celebrate Duncan’s birthday!

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Story Time: “P” is for Purple

Story Time: “P” is for Purple

Story Time: “P” is for Purple

“P” is for purple! Start off the new year with some fun purple-themed books.

Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Sharing books that talk about how characters behave in various kinds of relationships can help children think about their own behavior and how they interact with others. Thank the opportunity books offer to talk about what your child thinks and what he might do.

- Lambert

Activity

Read the book The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart or another book that encourages talk about relationships. After reading the book, talk about what the characters thought of each other. What changed?

- Adapted from Lambert

Books Presented

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Harold goes for an adventurous walk in the moonlight with his purple crayon.

The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart

What is a purple person? They bring their family, friends, and communities together, and they speak up for what’s right. They are kind and hardworking, and they love to laugh (especially at Grandpa’s funny noises)! A purple person is an everyday superhero!

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Rhyme: I have a Crayon

I have a crayon, I’ll give it to you.
Here is my crayon, my crayon of blue.
I have a crayon, a lovely little fellow.
Here is my crayon, my crayon of yellow.
I have a crayon, it’s here on my head.
Here is my crayon, my crayon of red.
I have a crayon, we can draw a circle.
Here is my crayon, my crayon of purple.
I have a crayon, what do I see?
Here is my crayon, an orange one for me.
I have a crayon, the best ever seen.
Here is my crayon, my crayon of green
 
– Storytimekatie.com

Purple People

(Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know it)

Purple People like to sing, they’ll do it now.
Purple People like to dance, and they know how.
Purple People spin around.
Purple People touch the ground.
Purple People know it’s time to take a bow.

– Adapted from Stepbystepcc.com

 

Flannel Story: Patty’s Purple Pocket Pants

– Adapted from ChurchofJesusChrist.org 

 

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page pack!

Make your own purple pocket!

Pick up our Story Time kit today.

Fizzy Ice Cube Science Experiment

Try this science experiment!

Additional Books

Harold's Fairy Tale by Crockett Johnson

With his purple crayon Harold draws his way into an enchanted garden troubled by a giant witch.

Harold's Trip to the Sky by Crockett Johnson

Harold travels to the sky with the help of his purple crayon.

Swatch: the Girl Who Loved Color by Julia Denos

Swatch is a girl who is passionate about color.

Sally and the Purple Socks by Lisze Bechtold

When her tiny purple socks start to expand, Sally turns them into a scarf and then curtains, but things soon get out of hand.

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Story Time Supply Kits

Story Time Supply Kits

Story Time Supply Kits

For those who do not have preschool story time craft supplies at home, we have Story Time Supply Kits available starting January 4th. This kit will provide child safety scissors, liquid glue, tape, 3 markers, and a glue stick. It also has a small “flannel board” on the lid to recreate flannel stories at story time.

Pick up your kit through curbside pickup, along with our usual Story Time craft kits.

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December Young League of Writers

This month we'll be meeting on Monday, December 14th at 4:30 p.m. We'll report on NaNoWriMo goals and participate in a group storytelling project!

December Combined Tween Book Club

This month we will be reading The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories by O. Henry. We will meet via Zoom. For girls and boys ages 8-11 and accompanying adult. It's a party about a book! Play games, make a cool craft, and eat a tasty snack.

Mele Kalikimaka Christmas Extravaganza

It's a Mele Kalikimaka Christmas Extravaganza! Drive up and meet Santa at the Library's curbside check-out on December 9th any time between 1-7 PM! He will give you a sweet treat and a fun activity to do at home. And, if you have have been good, you can hand your...

Upcoming Adult Makers: Christmas Pop-Up Cards

Adult Makers! Pick up a Christmas pop-up card kit starting Monday November 16th and watch how to make them Friday November 20th at www.madisonlib.org/adult-arena. 

November Teen Anime Club

This month we'll be meeting on Monday, November 16th at 4:30 p.m to watch the final showdown between Aang and Firelord Ozai on Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Upcoming November Adult Makers

Celebrate National Men Make Dinner Night! Lance Hanson of the University of Idaho's extension office will give a demonstration on everyone's new favorite kitchen gadget, the Instant Pot. Get ideas on how to make yours even more fun! The demo will be available on our...

Teen Halloween Dungeons and Dragons

Sign up or RSVP for our spooky session of Teen Dungeons and Dragons this month!

Halloween Trick or Treat bags for kids 0-5

Looking for a safe way to trick or treat? Kids 0-5 can come to the library in costume any time over the week of Halloween (October 26-30) for a take n' go back of treats!

October BiblioManiacs

Book chat for teens 12-17. Join us on October 26th at 4:30 via Zoom to talk about the books you're enjoying.

Story Time: Mele Kalikimaka

Story Time: Mele Kalikimaka

Story Time: Mele Kalikimaka

Did you know that Mele Kalikimaka is how they say, “Merry Christmas” in Hawaii? It looks like Santa went to Hawaii for a quick vacation before the holidays. Check out some of these books about Hawaii and take a “book” vacation with Santa!

Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Letters to Santa are a great way to promote early literacy skills during the holiday season. Color pictures to leave for Santa or to give as gifts. Organize Christmas cookies by shape or color. Line up presents by size on Christmas morning.

- Yogibrarian.com

Activity

Write a letter or draw a picture for Santa. You can drop it by the library and you will receive a fun activity and a treat! (while supplies last)

Books Presented

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

Presents the well-known poem about an important Christmas visitor.

Froggy Goes to Hawaii by Jonathan London

When Froggy goes on vacation to Hawaii, he’s too excited to pay much attention to his parents.

Hawaiian Christmas Day by Beth Greenway

Christmas Day in Hawaii is a special day the sun shines brighter, the birds sing louder, and the palm trees sway and beckon ‘ohana outside to celebrate.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault

An alphabet rhyme/chant that relates what happens when the whole alphabet tries to climb a coconut tree.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Mele Kalikimaka

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

Up on the Housetop

Jingle Bells

 

Additional Books

Keiki Counting 1, 2, 3 by Tammy Yee

Learn numbers one through ten with Hawaiian animals, plants and more in this fun-filled book.

The Great Lei Race by Mary Elizabeth Salzmann

Take a trip through Hawaii as Hannah, the humpback whale and Millie, the monk seal race around the islands. Along the way Hannah and Millie have to solve clues about Hawaii and learn about the animals, plants, geography, and culture that make Hawaii a great state!

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Story Time: Mele Kalikimaka

Did you know that Mele Kalikimaka is how they say, "Merry Christmas" in Hawaii? It looks like Santa went to Hawaii for a quick vacation before the holidays. Check out some of these books about Hawaii and take a "book" vacation with Santa!Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30...

Story Time: Dino Dinner

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Upcoming Christmas Story Time with Santa

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Story Time – Creepy Creatures

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Book Babies: Bouncin’ Up and Down in Santa’s Sled

Book Babies: Bouncin’ Up and Down in Santa’s Sled

Book Babies: Bouncin’ Up and Down in Santa’s Sled

Happy holidays! This week in Book Babies we did Christmas-themed books and activities.

Join us live Wednesdays at 9:45 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Gift wrap and presents can be an excellent opportunity for sensory exploration & fine motor skill development. Your child will love listening to the “crinkle” of the paper as they unwrap a gift. Try using only a small amount of tape to secure the gift so your child can easily grab the paper and rip it open. This will help them develop their fine motor skills so they can hold a pencil for writing.

Activity

Wrap a stack of your child’s favorite books or library books in wrapping paper. Leave part of the book showing so they can see just a bit of the cover. Then have fun as they unwrap a book a day right up to Christmas. You can also save the wrapping paper in a box for them to play with, also.

Books Presented

Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson

Bear is awakened by his friends the day before Christmas, and he tries to stay up all night to celebrate Christmas with them.

Where is Baby's Christmas Present by Karen Katz

Baby searches for his Christmas present in the closet, under wrapping paper, and underneath the Christmas tree. A Lift-The-Flap book.

I Love Christmas by Anna Walker

Ollie loves Christmas. What else does he love?

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Bouncing in Santa’s Sleigh

Bouncing up and down in Santa’s sleigh
Bouncing up and down in Santa’s sleigh
Bouncing up and down in Santa’s sleigh
Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho! Hooooo!

Flying up high…
Flying down low… Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoah!
Falling asleep… Shh, shh, shh, shh, shh.
Bouncing up and down…

– Adapted from Oremlibrary.org

Twinkle, Twinkle, Christmas Star

(Tune: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

Twinkle twinkle Christmas star
Way up high is where you are!
Shining bright for all to see –
On the tip top of our tree –
Twinkle twinkle Christmas star
Way up high is where you are!

– Kidsparkz.com

Let’s All Do a Little Clapping

(Tune: We Wish You a Merry Christmas)
Let’s all do a little clapping,
Let’s all do a little clapping,
Let’s all do a little clapping,
& spread Christmas cheer.
More verses:
2.Jumping
3.Twirling
4.Stretching

– Kidsparkz.com

Five Little Stockings

Five little stockings hanging up so high
Ready for the evening when Santa stops by
The cat chased the mouse along the mantle top
And one little stocking fell …. ker-plop.

*

Four little stockings hanging up so high
Ready for the evening when Santa stops by
The cat chased the mouse along the mantle top
And one little stocking fell …. ker-plop.

*

Three little stockings hanging up so high

Two little stockings hanging up so high

One little stocking hanging up so high

– Feltboardmagic.com

Signing 

Tired

Bed

Additional Books

Llama Llama Jingle Bells by Anna Dewdney

In Llama Llama Jingle Bells, little llama and his friends give gifts, sing songs, and decorate cookies. It’s a very merry holiday indeed!

Fa La La by Leslie Patricelli

It’s almost Christmas, and baby simply cannot contain the exuberance. There are things to decorate-a tree, a gingerbread house, a doggy! There are very creative presents to make, Santa to see (must be brave), carols to sing, not to mention the big event itself.

I'm Not Santa! by Jonathan Allen

When Baby Hare mistakes Baby Owl for Santa Claus, it takes a visit from St. Nick himself to straighten things out.

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Book Babies: Happy Halloween!

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Christmas Window Search & Find

Christmas Window Search & Find

Christmas Window Search & Find

Drive by or walk by the library starting Saturday, December 5th to take a look at our Christmas window displays! Use our search and find list here. You can also vote for your favorite window and we’ll announce the winner at the end of the month.

On the Same Page Kick-Off

Each winter we host a month long community reading event we call On the Same Page. Basically, we hand out hundreds of copies of a selected book and then spend a month exploring it through activities, lectures, concerts, and contests. Think of it as a county-wide book...

December Young League of Writers

This month we'll be meeting on Monday, December 14th at 4:30 p.m. We'll report on NaNoWriMo goals and participate in a group storytelling project!

December Combined Tween Book Club

This month we will be reading The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories by O. Henry. We will meet via Zoom. For girls and boys ages 8-11 and accompanying adult. It's a party about a book! Play games, make a cool craft, and eat a tasty snack.

Mele Kalikimaka Christmas Extravaganza

It's a Mele Kalikimaka Christmas Extravaganza! Drive up and meet Santa at the Library's curbside check-out on December 9th any time between 1-7 PM! He will give you a sweet treat and a fun activity to do at home. And, if you have have been good, you can hand your...

Upcoming Adult Makers: Christmas Pop-Up Cards

Adult Makers! Pick up a Christmas pop-up card kit starting Monday November 16th and watch how to make them Friday November 20th at www.madisonlib.org/adult-arena. 

November Teen Anime Club

This month we'll be meeting on Monday, November 16th at 4:30 p.m to watch the final showdown between Aang and Firelord Ozai on Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Upcoming November Adult Makers

Celebrate National Men Make Dinner Night! Lance Hanson of the University of Idaho's extension office will give a demonstration on everyone's new favorite kitchen gadget, the Instant Pot. Get ideas on how to make yours even more fun! The demo will be available on our...

Teen Halloween Dungeons and Dragons

Sign up or RSVP for our spooky session of Teen Dungeons and Dragons this month!

Halloween Trick or Treat bags for kids 0-5

Looking for a safe way to trick or treat? Kids 0-5 can come to the library in costume any time over the week of Halloween (October 26-30) for a take n' go back of treats!

October BiblioManiacs

Book chat for teens 12-17. Join us on October 26th at 4:30 via Zoom to talk about the books you're enjoying.

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