ABC Activity Time

ABC Time

ABC Activity Time offers a safe and informal environment for caregivers to interact with their young children.

Experience a variety of hands-on and imaginative play opportunities while building social and cooperative skills with other young children and caregivers. 

No registration required.

NOTE: There will be no Storytime or ABC Activity Time on Saturday, October 12 due to the Family Music Fest to which you are all invited.

NOTE: There will be no Storytime or ABC Activity Time on Monday, October 14 due to a library closure.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, September 9 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Tuesday, September 10 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Friends' Activity Room
Tuesday, September 10 - 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room
Wednesday, September 11 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Thursday, September 12 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Thursday, September 12 - 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room
Friday, September 13 - 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM Friends' Activity Room
Saturday, September 14 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Monday, September 16 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Tuesday, September 17 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Friends' Activity Room
Tuesday, September 17 - 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room
Wednesday, September 18 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Thursday, September 19 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Thursday, September 19 - 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room
Friday, September 20 - 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM Friends' Activity Room

Family Storytime

Storytime

Family Storytime provides an opportunity for caregivers to actively engage with their children under age 5.

Together with a Youth Librarian, you can build early literacy skills in a welcoming environment through meaningful stories, songs, and play. Encourage a love of language and reading while practicing listening and cooperative tasks. We look forward to sharing this experience with you.

Every Family Storytime is followed by a half hour of ABC Activity Time.

No registration required.

NOTE: There will be no Storytime or ABC Activity Time on Saturday, October 12 due to the Family Music Fest to which you are all invited.

NOTE: There will be no Storytime or ABC Activity Time on Monday, October 14 due to a library closure.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, September 9 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Community Room
Tuesday, September 10 - 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM Friends' Activity Room
Wednesday, September 11 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Community Room
Thursday, September 12 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Community Room
Thursday, September 12 - 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM Community Room
Saturday, September 14 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Community Room
Monday, September 16 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Community Room
Tuesday, September 17 - 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM Friends' Activity Room
Wednesday, September 18 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Community Room
Thursday, September 19 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Community Room
Thursday, September 19 - 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM Community Room
Saturday, September 21 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Community Room
Monday, September 23 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Community Room
Tuesday, September 24 - 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM Friends' Activity Room
Wednesday, September 25 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Community Room

 

If you enjoyed reading about Luciana Vega, the American Girl of the Year who goes to space camp in 2018, you might enjoy these other books about astronauts, space adventures, and robots.

Fiction

Lily Lupino yearns to be an astronaut, so when KosmoKidd crash-lands in her Brooklyn kitchen in 1949, she will do almost anything to prove herself to him and his crew.

 

Did you miss our Pants Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own pant-astic storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.

From Storytime

 

IF YOU'RE WEARING PANTS (Tune: If You're Happy and You Know It)

If you’re wearing pants and you know it, clap your hands

If you’re wearing pants and you know it, clap your hands

If you’re wearing pants and you know it, and you really want to show it,

If you're wearing pants and you know it, clap your hands.

[continue with stomp your feet, peekaboo, shout hurray!]

.

 

 

If you enjoyed reading about Molly McIntire, the American Girl character from Illinois in 1944, and her adventures at summer camp, you might enjoy these other books about camping, World War II, and other fun topics.

Fiction

Secrets from the sleeping bag by Rose (Barbara Rose) Cooper

During four weeks of summer camp Sofia Becker writes all the juciest information in her notebook, so she can continue her blog when she returns home.

In 1918 Michigan passed a Constitutional Amendment to recognize women's right to vote. Nationally, the 19th Amendment wouldn't pass until the following year and wouldn't be official until the year after that.

The 19th Amendment clarified that the right to vote could not be denied based on sex, and was passed on June 5, 1919 and ratified by 36 states on August 18, 1920. The last state to ratify this amendment was Mississippi in 1984.

Celebrate this milestone by checking out one of the following titles and learning more about the global fight for women's suffrage. Titles geared for younger audiences are at the top, but may interest older readers.

Follow suffragettes Nell Richardson and Alice Burke's cross-country journey to campaign for women's right to vote.

Explore the history of women's suffrage, highlighting the contributions of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and such other reformers as Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucy Stone.

Thorndyke the Bear Dressed as a Stereotypical Pilgrim

 

1619 was a very busy year in and around Jamestown, Virginia. The business of getting a colony up and running was in full swing, and more than a decade after the first colonists arrived, they were still hard at work. Some of the momentous tasks taken on during the latter half of 1619 include beginning official self-governance, the landing of the first documented Africans in Virginia, the beginning of an official recruitment drive for colonial women, and the stated intention of beginning an annual Thanksgiving tradition. The schedule would have looked something like this:

  • From July 30 - August 4, 1619, the first representative legislative assembly took place in Jamestown.
  • In August of 1619, Africans were brought to Virginia and sold.
  • In November of 1619, the Virginia Company began actively recruiting females to provide stability to their colony.
  • December 4, 1619, settlers arrived at Berkeley and presumably held the first official Thanksgiving celebration.

 

These milestones resonated through our history and still impact what the United States is today. Investigate the 400-year-old history of our nation, its government, and its people. The following suggested titles might help you get started.

What was Jamestown? This book covers the first settlers, the problems they faced, and how Jamestown led to the larger colonization of the American continent. 

 

Sometimes you just want to go to the moon. Here are some fiction and nonfiction books about space, the moon, astronauts, and spacey people. Try one of these books; while they are targeted to new and developing readers, they may have appeal to a wider audience. Click on the title for location and availability.

Space cows by Eric Seltzer
The Moon's time to shine by Scott Emmons

 

July 24th is National and International Private Investigator Day, apparently in honor of François Vidocq, one of the first in the profession. If you're looking to celebrate and have a keen nose for a story with a good Private Investigator, try one of these.

Titles are organized generally from youngest interest level to oldest, but every reader is different and may find titles that appeal to them throughout the list.

Mitzi Tulane may be only three years old, but she sure knows how to follow a trail of evidence and solve tough mysteries. From the strange happenings in the kitchen to the sudden arrival of every family member she's ever met, Mitzi pieces together the clues and (finally) realizes that she's . . . in the middle of her own surprise birthday party!

When Whobert Whover, owl detective finds Perry the possum lying still on the ground, he sets out to determine who is responsible for his condition and questions the nearby wildlife.

Grandparents come in all shapes and sizes and ages and personalities. Although National Grandparents Day isn't until September, why wait to celebrate?

Check out a grandparent story to share: there are suggestions below. Or take a few minutes to call or write to your own grandparents, reach out to a friend who happens to be a grandparent, or spend some time remembering the grandparents you've known.

After disappointingly receiving a lemon tree from her grandma on her birthday, a young girl doesn't know what to do with it other than care for it and wait, but her patience eventually pays off.

A plan for Pops by 1968- Heather Smith
Also available in: e-audiobook

Lou visits his two grandfathers--Grandad, who is interested in technology, and Pops, who loves rock and roll--every Saturday, but things change when Pops falls and will have to use a wheelchair, so Lou comes up with an idea.

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