Parents

Preschool storytimes are a fun celebration of stories and activities designed for children ages 3 1/2-5. Children must be able to sit independently and be attentive for 30 minutes. Parents may attend, or must remain in the children's department. Storytimes will be held in the Friends' Activity Room (former purple room) starting Monday, April 18 thru Friday, May 27. Registration is online and begins March 24. Both sessions will cover the same stories and themes, please choose one of the following sessions.

Buddy's a basketball-playing golden retriever who finds a friend in the lonely misfit Josh and teaches him about the game. Bonus feature: Dog-U-Commentary - the Buddies dish about the story that started it all.

The movies feature an animal actor or animated critters that the whole family can enjoy.

A young cat and dog discover the dangers and delights of the outside world when they wander away from the farm.

The Montessori method and philosophy is well proven and scientific. It is process oriented and helps the child normalize in a prepared environment and utilize his/her fullest potential. This method has worked for 100 plus years and if used will lay a solid foundation for your childrens' lives.

The aim of this on-going program is to provide parents the necessary tools to prepare their environment to suit the needs of their child, to set simple and workable ground rules and to help their child build his/her concentration, confidence, coordination, independence and order. The program's vision is to create a positive and joyful parenting experience that helps the child develop in all aspects of life. Parents may receive lesson plans from actual school environments to use or make at home. This program is presented by the staff from Banyan Montessori Academy.

  • Saturday March 26, 2016, 2:00-3:00PM, Community Room

Who loves Pete the Cat? I do! I do! Come to our Party with Pete on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.  We will have tons of fun reading some Pete the Cat stories, creating some crafts, having a snack, and visiting with our super special guest, Pete himself! Registration begins February 23, 2016 and is open to kids ages 5 to 9 and their caregiver.  See you there and don't forget your camera!

spider web

Catch a web-full of amazing spider-facts with the Leslie Science & Nature Center when they stop by for Save A Spider Day on Sunday, March 13, 2:00-3:00 PM.  Registration for this educational program about nature's amazing arachnids is required and begins February 23. For all ages.

Photo Spider web by Charles Dawley (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Actress Tina Fey recounts her life, sharing how she managed to fulfill her dream of one day becoming a comedian on television and discussing her childhood, marriage, career, and views on beauty, politics, motherhood, and relationships.

There are a number of books that deal with similar stories or events in history that have been adapted for younger audiences. Several other topics are covered by multiple ages for multiple age ranges. Pick one of these for yourself and one for your child, and discuss aspects of history as a family.

 

 

Extraordinary Zoo Stories During WWII

When Germany invaded Poland, bombers devastated Warsaw-- and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into the empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants and refusing to give in to the penetrating fear of discovery, even as Europe crumbled around her.

 

Put on your detective cap and get sleuthing with one of these mystery stories.  Grade levels are suggested, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level. Under each grade is a link for even more titles.

Kindergarten

Fred and Velma want to debunk the stories of ghosts and ghouls at Crystal Cove after the kids of Mystery Incorporated arrive in the small village, but the locals do not seem anxious to have their mysteries solved.

 

The following titles may be enjoyed by Second Graders. All readers are at different levels and have different interests, so not all titles will appeal to, or be appropriate for, all readers. For additional recommendations ask at the Children's Reference Desk.

Fiction

Fiction books for Second Grade can be found in a variety of locations, including J PICTURE BOOK, J READER, KIDS GRAPHIC NOVEL, and JFICTION. Click on each title for location and availability.

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