The best news of our week is that Santa will visit the library on Thursday, December 1 at 5:30. He’s available for pictures and then will read a story at about 6:30. Each child will receive a small gift from the library.
On Saturday December 10, come to the library for the last “Second Saturday Story Time” of the year. We will sing some songs, read a story, and make a golden ornament! Hint: think “gold glitter.”😨😲
In other news, the Litchfield Children’s Department is a winner! Early in November, we received an email from Trevor Ingerson, Educational & Library Marketing and Sales,Workman Publishing Company. It said, in part, “Congratulations! You and your library are one of the ten lucky winners from our Makerspace giveaway that we ran through School Library Journal. As a reminder you’ll receive the following titles below.” I plan to let Mr. Ingerson know how we will use the titles, which will also fit in very well with Summer Reading 2017, “Reading By Design.”
Colossal Paper Machines: The coolest big machines that kids love—each re-created in an oversize paper model that, once built, really moves. We’ll save this one for a program next summer.
The Totally Irresponsible Science Kit: 18 experiments that snap, crackle, pop, ooze, crash, boom, and stink! This one will also be saved for next summer.
Paint by Sticker Kids: Create 10 pictures, one sticker at a time. Paint by Number has been upgraded. Paint by Sticker: Same concept, but much more detailed images than Paint by Sticker Kids. Washi Tape Crafts:110 new ways to decorate and make life more colorful! Mariah will make use of these in her Art Journaling Program.
Pop Bottle Science: A complete kit that ingeniously marries science and fun with 79 easy, hands-on experiments that probe the worlds of chemistry, physics, biology, geology, weather, the human body, and even astronomy. We will also save this for next summer. I ordered a copy of this one from amazon.com for my great-nephew Andrew, who loves it.
Project Kid: Crafts That GO!: 60 Imaginative Projects That Fly, Sail, Race, and Dive. We will add this to the collection.
Crochet Taxidermy: Step-by-step instructions and adorable photos guide you through these 30 easy crochet patterns. Most require just one skein of yarn, so they’re affordable and quick! We’ll add this one to the collection. The projects resemble animal trophies mounted on wall plaques, which might make a quirky gift for the hunter in your life.
The Useful Book: 201 practical life skills. This book will be a great addition to the collection. It covers all of the things we used to learn from our parents and in Home Economics in school.
The Wicked Plants Coloring Book: Based on the New York Times bestseller Wicked Plants, here are 40 menacing plants in gorgeous, vintage-style botanical illustrations to color. We can use this one for coloring projects here in the library.
What we used to call “crafts” is now re-named Makerspace activities in many libraries. The process of making and doing is emphasized rather than having a cute, uniform finished product. Whatever we call it, kids love to participate and create. Thanks, Mr. Ingerson!