September Calendar and Programs!

The September calendar and program descriptions are now up on the Calendar page of the blog and website. There are also hard copies printed in the library for you to take home! We have a lot of exciting programs coming up. Just because school starts doesn’t mean the fun stops at the library!

Here’s just some highlights of what’s coming up in Children’s programming at the library:

Peabody Museum Visits The Library
Thursday, September 3rd – 4:00 PM-5:00 PM
All Ages
Peabody Museum’s Peabody on the Road is a community outreach program that brings the museum to you! They will be bringing a sampling of museum artifacts and specimens to the library for all to enjoy. They will be bringing their Natural History Kit, which includes a replica of a T.Rex tooth, a tarantula, and more! Registration required.

Friday Fun (4 week series)
Fridays, September 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th – 10:00 AM
All Ages
Hear a story and do an accompanying craft! Registration required for each session.

Music & Movement (4 week series)
Tuesdays, September 8th – 10:00 AM
Infants-Preschoolers
Little ones have fun with music through song, dance, fingerplay, and more!

Minerals & Gems
Monday, September 14th – 4:00 PM
Grades 3+
George Zemaitis is a local hobbyist who collects minerals and gems. He will be bringing specimens to the library and discussing mineralogy. Kids will get to hold a piece of outer space and a piece from the center of the Earth and more! Registration required.

Butterbeer
Wednesday, September 16th – 3:45 PM
All Ages
Ever wondered what Butterbeer tastes like? Create the infamous drink that Harry Potter and his friends enjoy from scratch and then have a cup of it to try! Registration required.

Board Game Drop-In
Thursday, September 17th – 3:00-5:00 PM
All Ages
Come anytime between the two hours to play board games with friends! Registration required.

LEGO® Builders Club
Monday, September 21st – 4:00-5:00 PM
All Ages
Build with LEGO bricks and explore your creative side! Let your imagination run wild!

Autumn Party
Wednesday, September 23rd – 3:45 PM
All Ages
Celebrate the first day of autumn with a craft, story, and refreshment! Registration required.

Muppet Party
Thursday, September 24th – 3:45 PM
All Ages
Make your own sock puppet and watch a Muppet movie to celebrate the new Muppet TV series. Registration required.

Life Size Board Game
Monday, September 28th – 4:00 PM
All Ages
Play a board game where YOU are the pawn! Roll giant dice, move around the life size board, and see if you can make it to the end! Registration required.

Science at the Library!

Science with kids can be very fun, and I am always looking for ways to bring science into the library, especially for kids. I have started a 4 week program this month called SciFri (Short for Science Friday), and each week we will do a different science experiment/activity. This past Friday was the first session where the kids molded volcanoes out of clay and then made them erupt! They LOVED watching the eruption and there were plenty of shouts to do it again and again. It’s a bit messy, but I say the messier the better when it comes to kids. They love to make a mess!

Here are come of the volcanoes, post-eruption:

The kids had a blast (pun intended)! The volcanic reaction was just baking powder and vinegar, so it’s easy for the parents to replicate the activity at home with their volcanoes, as long as they don’t mind a little bit of a mess. :)

Next up this week: Hovercrafts!

And The Winning Team Is…

SUPERMAN!

It was a close race, and each team had their moment at the top but in the end, Superman’s team has won the ice cream party for this year’s summer reading challenge! We will be contacting winners to tally how many will be in attendance for the party, which will take place on Wednesday, August 12th at 3:00 PM. If you can’t attend, don’t worry. We will have a coupon reserved for you that you can use to receive free ice cream at your convenience!

Teen prizes will be picked this week and winners will be contacted via telephone.

I want to thank you all for participating in this year’s summer reading program. I had a lot of fun planning it and doing lots of superhero themed programs with you all! I hope you had fun, and I hope you enjoyed the books you read! Even if you aren’t on the winning team, you are all still superheroes in my eyes. Great job, everyone! :)  IMG_3813

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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!