Thanksgiving is fast approaching, but any time of year is a good time to stop and be thankful for what we have. Check out these picture books for tales of gratitude that can be enjoyed all year long.

Attitude of gratitude by Julie Andrews

It's Gratitude Day at school! Gerry is ready to be grateful and kind all day long. She's excited to give her best compliments, she's donated a beautiful painting to her class's art gallery, and she even has the perfect jar contribution ready for the food drive. But when disaster strikes, it's tough to stay grateful--even on Gratitude Day! Can Gerry prove that a fairy princess always has the right attitude of gratitude?

A celebration of how the body's parts work together, from hands and eyes to lips and heart, allowing one to exist in the wondrous universe. Includes instructions for making a book.

Thank you for me! by Marion Dane Bauer

In this lyrical text, a young child lists body parts from nose to toes, giving thanks for each along the way.  A subtle reminder of our deepest core values, Thank You for Me! is a delightful celebration of gratitude.
 

The large, bold fonts used in these picture books make them perfect for sharing with a group. They are also excellent for anyone in need of easily visible, larger text for reading aloud.

I can do it too! by Karen Baicker

Supported by her family, an African American girl is self confident about what she can do and in turn supports a younger family member.

Growing vegetable soup by Lois Ehlert

A father and child grow vegetables and then make them into a soup.

Bathtime piggywiggy by Christyan Fox

While taking a bath, a pig sails his toy boat and thinks of all the things he could do in the water, such as ski, swim long distances, pilot a lifeboat, or sail around the world.

Family Reading Night

Family Reading Nights are back! Join us in celebrating sharing books together. There will be stories and activities centered around fun themes and we will even raffle off books to help grow your own personal library. This program is for children ages 4-9 and their families. Registration is required.

Upcoming sessions

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Baby Storytime

Designed for babies 18 months and younger with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, rhymes, and lots of interactive fun. Baby Storytime sessions are held in the Friends' Activity Room.

Registration begins October 25.

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, December 6 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Tuesday, December 13 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Friends' Activity Room

Family Coloring Night

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Calling all families! You are invited to join us for a relaxing evening of coloring. Coloring pages for adults and kids, as well as pencils and crayons, will be provided. Simply bring your kids, your creativity, and have fun coloring together. 

[Photomarathon: Patterns by Maxime De Ruyck is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

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Fun With Chocolate

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Calling all chocolate lovers between the ages of 7 and 10! Join us as we share some fun facts about the world's favorite sweet, play a chocolate guessing game, and make your own delicious treat to take home.

Registration begins on June 24.

[Ganaché de chocolate by Luisa Contreras is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

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Baby Drive-In

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Children ages 2 and under and their caregivers are invited to join us for a special drive in movie... but first you'll have to make something you can drive. We'll spend the first part of our program turning the perfect child's plaything — a cardboard box — into a kiddie friendly vehicle. Then we'll all watch a short movie. And then you'll get to take your newly created cardboard car home!

Registration begins on May 24.

Upcoming sessions

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Designed for babies up to 18 months old with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, fingerplays, and lots of fun! Our Baby Storytime sessions will be held in the Friends' Activity Room (formerly known as the Purple Room).

Registration begins March 24

Session begins Tuesday, April 19 , 10:00 AM

Spring is just around the corner, so get yourself ready by checking out some of these great picture books all about the season!

And then it's spring by Julie Fogliano

Simple text reveals the anticipation of a boy who, having planted seeds while everything around is brown, fears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the world turns green.

Bunny bunny catkin by Cathy MacLennan

Celebrates the joys of spring with illustrations, rhythmic text, and fun-to-imitate sounds.

Finding spring by Carin Berger

Too excited to hibernate through his first winter, a bear cub tries to find spring.