August Calendar and Upcoming Programs!

The August calendar has been uploaded, along with the program descriptions in the Calendar section of this site. We have a lot of exciting things coming up after the end of our Summer Reading program! Soon we will announce the winning superhero team that will win the ice cream party! But for now, here’s a look at some of the programs that will be going on in August:

Just a note… Babies and Books will be every Tuesday morning at 10:00 AM.

Krafty Kids
Monday, August 3rd – 12:30 PM-3:30 PM
All Ages
Kids can come make a simple craft on their own at this drop-in program. Stop by anytime within the timeframe!

Maker Monday: Coding (Maker Monday is every Monday in August  at 4 PM except for Aug. 31st with a different activity every week! Note that some of these activities are more appropriate for older children, though it is open to all ages.)
Monday, August 3rd – 4:00 PM
Ages 6+
Learn the concepts of computer programming and coding in this unplugged activity where you must “program” your friend to get them through a path!

Mermaid Craft
Wednesday, August 5th – 11:00 AM
Grades K-3
Hear a mermaid story and then create your own seashell necklace!

Disney Sing-Along
Wednesday, August 5th – 3:00 PM
All Ages
Sing along together to some of your favorite Disney tunes! Costumes are encouraged!

Minecraft Meetup
Thursday, August 6th – 4:00 PM
Tweens & Teens
Bring your laptop and play Minecraft with other fans! Here’s a chance to discuss techniques, share worlds, and hang out. Snacks will be provided!

Big Kid Fridays
Every Friday in August – 10:00 AM
Grades 3-5
A storytime for the big kids!

SciFri: Volcanoes (SciFri is every Friday in August at 1 PM with a different activity every week!)
Friday, August 7th – 1:00 PM
All Ages
In this first Science Friday class, you will build your own volcano and make it explode!

There are plenty more where these came from listed on the calendar! Please note that if a program has two asterisks next to it on the calendar, it means that prior registration is required. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

Police at the Library!

No, they weren’t here to arrest anyone for having too many library fines. We hosted a K9 police demo on the lawn of the library for the kids and their families to watch! They were able to meet some real life heroes (both human and animal!) in keeping with the hero theme of our summer reading program.

Officer Montanez & Kai

Kai the police dog!

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Officer Loomer & Koda

Officer Montanez of the Norwalk Police Department and Officer Loomer of the Westport Police Department each brought their canine companions along with them for the demo. Officer Montanez brought Kai, a German Shepherd and Officer Loomer brought Koda, a Belgian Malinois. They spoke about the different duties that the dogs have and the training that the dogs have to undergo in order to be a police dog. The officers demonstrated how well the dogs listen to commands, both verbal and nonverbal. They even did a mock police chase where one of the dogs took down one of the officers (dressed in a protective suit) who was playing the bad guy.

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The kids and parents all had a wonderful time! The demonstration was very informative and interesting, and the officers were both very kind and great with the kids. A big thank you to Officers Montanez and Loomer, Kai, Koda, and both the Norwalk and Westport Police Departments!

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Minion Mayhem!

Bello!! Last Thursday was our Minion Mayhem Party, and it was jam-packed with Minion fun. All of our little Minions got to make their own Minion goggles, play games, dance, and enjoy some snacks! They were very excited to celebrate the release of the new Minions movie and they particularly enjoyed dancing to the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack (I got lots of requests to listen to Happy by Pharrell over and over… :]).

Here’s a picture of some of our Minions!

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Upcoming Programs for July!

Our July calendar is now up online! Here’s a sample of the upcoming programs that we are excited to offer to you all!

Hour of Code
Wednesday, July 1st – 3:00 PM
All Ages
Bring a laptop and participate in Hour of Code: A computer programming workshop where you can explore coding tutorials and more!

Happy Birthday, America!: A Birthday Party for the USA
Thursday, July 2nd – 2:00 PM
All Ages
Make rice krispie treats from scratch, hear stories, and play games to celebrate our nation’s birthday!

Superhero Bingo
Monday July 6th – 1:00 PM
All Ages
Play bingo with a superhero theme and win prizes!

Minion Mayhem Party
Thursday, July 9th – 3:00 PM
All Ages
Celebrate the release of the Minion Movie with games, Minion-themed snacks, and a craft!

Edible Kryptonite!
Friday, July 10th – 12:00 PM
All Ages
Make your own kryptonite rice krispie treats, hear a story, and play Superman-related games!

Team Batman vs. Team Superman!

Well, our Superhero Summer Reading program is well underway! Our kick off was the 15th with a wonderful superhero magic show performed by Mr. Magic. We have already had some children come in to claim prizes for reaching the first reading goal of 5 books! Right now, Team Batman is currently in the lead by a little bit, but there is still plenty of time left until the final decision is made on which team gets the ice cream party at the end of the program!

Don’t forget to check the progress of your team on the big building on the wall in the library!

We have had a few superhero themed programs already, and we have a lot more to come! We also have plenty of non-superhero themed programs coming up too. Call or visit to sign up for the upcoming programs:

Guitar Heroes (Tweens & Teens Only): Mon. June 29th, July 13th, and July 27th at 6:00 PM

Hour of Code: Wed. July 1st at 3:00 PM

Happy Birthday, America!: Thurs. July 2nd at 2:00 PM

Superhero Bingo: Mon. July 6th at 1:00 PM (No registration required)

Ukulele Heroes (Tweens & Teens Only): Mon. July 6th & July 20th at 6:00 PM

Minion Mayhem Party: Thurs. July 9th at 3:00 PM

Summer Reading!

The school year is coming to an end, which means the beginning of summer reading is approaching! This year’s theme is superheroes! Children in grades K-6 will enlist as a superhero sidekick! They will join either Team Batman or Team Superman to help defeat super villains. How do you do this? By reading books! Kids will win a prize for every goal reached throughout the summer. The team to read the most books and get the closest to defeating their villain by the end of the program will win a special prize. There will be a chart in the library that will show each team’s progress through the summer.

Kick-off is Monday, June 15th at 6:00 PM with a superhero magic show at the library! Come enjoy the show and pick up your summer reading materials!

Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo Princess Party

This past Wednesday, I hosted a Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo Princess Party. I highly encouraged costumes, and even dressed up myself! I was happy to see that every guest showed up in a princess costume. I had a Snow White and 2 Elsas. We had a lot of fun! I read them The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett while they munched on cookies, then I had them make their own princess wands out of striped pinwheel straws, construction paper/cardstock, ribbon, glue, and glitter. The glitter was a must.

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Miss Sara reads to the princesses!

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The princesses and Miss Sara pose with their wands!

After the girls were finished with their wands, we had picture time! We took serious and silly ones, per the princesses’ request. Afterwards, we had a Princess Parade where we marched around the library singing Let It Go. The girls were all really adorable and they had a blast…and I did too! It’s so much fun to bring that kind of fun and joy to their day. :)