Book of the Day

What Was I Scared Of?

By: Dr. Seuss

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Age group: 2 – 5 years

What are you scared of? Is it spiders or snakes or maybe the dark? Everyone is scared of something. It could even be a pair of pale green pants with no one inside them, but that’s a bit silly. 🙂

If you are scared of something, you should read What Was I Scared Of?, Because it will help you to realize that you don’t have to be scared. Whatever you are scared of can’t hurt you, and it might even be just as scared as you.

Follow this Dr. Seuss character as he goes to not being scared of anything to finding something that scares him beyond anything else. It’s a funny story that will make you laugh and help you with your own fear.

Can he get rid of his fear or will he continue to run from it. What do you think he’ll do? What will happen if he lives in fear for his whole life? What will happen if you do?

If you have a fear that you wish to get rid of, let What Was I Scared Of? help you. –

 

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Book of the Day

Spot Goes to School

by: Eric Hill

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Age group: 1 – 4 year

I know that you are all looking forward to the end of the school year and are getting ready for summer but this is a book that you will love all the same. I remember when I first read a book about Spot, I fell in love. Even to this day when someone asks me about my favorite childhood books, the Spot series is one of the first ones that come to mind. What other playful dog can you get to know and who loves to go to school and play with his friends as much as Spot?

In Spot Goes to School, Spot starts his first day of school and is ready for some fun. He gets to try all these new experiences when he goes to school and wants to stay at the end of the day. By reading this book, your child will be excited about their next school day.

Not only are the Spot series fun to read, but they are also interactive. Your child can lift the flaps on each page to find a hidden Spot or friends. If they weren’t excited about the book before, they will be when they get to participate in the story themselves!

Book of the Day

When I Grow Up

By: Al Yankovic

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Age group: 4-8

Do you want to be an acrobat or a snail trainer or a chef, when you grow up? Billy wants to be all these things and more! He wants to be a movie director and professional pickle inspector, or a museum curator and master debater.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Are you going to be just like Billy or do you want to design makeup?

When I Grow Up is filled with wonderful ideas that I wouldn’t have thought of in a hundred years. If your kid has a career day in school or they just love silly books this is the book for you. It will have both of you laughing in no time and give them some crazy, exciting dreams of what they want to be, such as a sign waver or tarantula shaver. You and your child will be entertained from the wacky ideas and the rhyming scheme.

Even as a teenager I think that this book is perfect. If you are trying to find the perfect book to read to your kids, this is it. If you are a parent or a teacher or a babysitter, this is a book that will get the attention of your children and let their imaginations run wild. Who knows, your kid might end up being a “sumo wrestler or hedge-fund investor.”

Whatever you will be Billy has thought of and when you pick up this book you will fall in love.

 

Start With Hello Week!

Start With Hello Week! February 5th – 9th

 

Start With Hello Week brings attention to the growing epidemic of social isolation in our schools and communities, and empowers young people to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school or youth organization. We are participating at the library with some fun programs during the week!

**Monday 2/5 at 6pm: “Prime Time” Game Night!  Come try your hand at Jeopardy, Family Feud, and Wheel of Fortune!  (Grades 6th—12th)

**Thursday 2/8 at 6pm: “Ice Cream and Icebreakers!” An ice cream social and fun and silly icebreaker games! (Grades 6th—12th)

**Friday 2/9 at 4pm: “After School Snack Potluck!” It is “No One Eats Alone” Day so let’s all enjoy some after school snacks together!  Sign up to bring your favorite snack meet some new friends!  (All Ages!)

February Programs!

There are some very special events in February and we are so excited to celebrate with you!  Please be sure to register for any program that requires it and we hope to see you soon!

February 2018 Program Descriptions

Weekly Programs

Every Tuesday and Wednesday Morning at 10:00am – Story Time!

Suggested for Ages 18 months – 4 years old

Join us every Tuesday and Wednesday morning for Story Time!  During story time we learn songs together and include lots of movement such as dancing, yoga, ASL, and more!  The stories are chosen with interaction in mind to hold children’s attention and get them excited about reading!  We include number and letter recognition through games and songs as well.  At each story time we create a special project to take home that reflects our theme of that week. Check the calendar for each week’s themes!  Come join us, we’d love to see you there 🙂

 

Every Wednesday at 9:30am – Morning Baby Time!

Suggested for Infants to Toddlers

Registration Required

Baby time is composed of a lot of fun songs, rhymes, and movement games to do any time with your baby! It’s also just a special time to work in a little one on one time during the busy day.

Every Friday at 1:30pm – STEAM Activity Stations

Suggested for Ages 3 – 5

Registration Required

Join us Fridays at 1:30PM for play time that focus on the wonders of our world! These STEAM based stations are great for kids 3 – 5 years old and who are curious explorers!  This month’s themes include Shadows, Colors, Shapes, Teeth, and Weather! There is a different activity for kids to explore the theme at every station as well as example questions to help start a conversation with your little one about what they are observing!

SPECIAL EVENTS THIS MONTH!

Thursday February 1st– Take Your Child to the Library Day!

Take Your Child to the Library Day is a free, fun, family-friendly event supported by the Connecticut Library Consortium and endorsed by the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association), Reach Out and Read, and Read to Grow.

Registration for programs indicated with stars ** is required

Family Fun Programs You Can Pop In For All Day

Board games  · Puzzles                · STEAM Activity Centers

“Read Together” books and discussion points

Trivia Stations about children’s library services

Some Special Events To Sign Up For…

**4:30pm “Book BINGO” for all ages with snacks, prizes, and a craft!

**5:30pm “Library Scavenger Hunt” for kids and their grown-ups to learn your way around the library

**6:30pm “Library Trivia Game” for parents and caregivers to discover all of our cool services in a fun way! (Crafts and activities will be available for kids to explore during trivia)

Start With Hello Week! February 5th – 9th

Start With Hello Week brings attention to the growing epidemic of social isolation in our schools and communities, and empowers young people to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school or youth organization. We are participating at the library with some fun programs during the week!

**Monday 2/5 at 6pm: “Prime Time” Game Night!  Come try your hand at Jeopardy, Family Feud, and Wheel of Fortune!  (Grades 6th—12th)

**Thursday 2/8 at 6pm: “Ice Cream and Icebreakers!” An ice cream social and fun and silly icebreaker games! (Grades 6th—12th)

**Friday 2/9 at 4pm: “After School Snack Potluck!” It is “No One Eats Alone” Day so let’s all enjoy some after school snacks together!  Sign up to bring your favorite snack meet some new friends!  (All Ages!)

Other Programs by Day

Monday February 12th at 5pm – 7pm – Drop-in Craft “Valentine’s Creation Station”

A craft-ernoon for all ages! We will have paper, ribbon, lace, and more art supplies available to make Valentines for the ones you love!

Tuesday February 13th – Middle School Book Club 3:00pm

Grades 6th – 8th

Meets in Library Media Center of Great Oak Middle School

Every month we will be reading and discussing a different book.  At this meeting we will be discussing The War I Finally Won

Friday February 16th at 4pm – Harry Potter 5 Fandom Friday!

Grades 6th – 12th

Registration Required

Harry Potter Trivia!  A “Guess the Flavor Challenge” with Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans! Butterbeer! And a “Find the Horcrux” Challenge!  Space is limited, sign up ASAP!

Tuesday February 20th at 2:30pm – “Secret Life of Pets”  Movie!

All Ages Welcome

Registration Encouraged

Today is National “Love Your Pet” Day!  To celebrate we will be showing the movie, “The Secret Life of Pets” at the library!

Thursday February 22nd at 4:30pm-6:30pm – Lego Club

All Ages Welcome!

Registration Required

We will be taking out the smaller Legos, Lego books, Lego magazines, Lego EVERYTHING.  All materials will be out in the children’s section available for you to play and build with at your leisure.

**Special Note** Smaller Legos will be out for older kids to enjoy, please supervise young children around small Legos

Monday February 26th at 6pm-7:30pm – Girl Scouts Host a Craft Night!

All Ages Welcome!

Registration Required

Volunteers from a local Girl Scout Troop will be joining us to host a fun craft night for families!

Adult Programs

Thursday February 1st– FOLIO Meeting 6:30pm

The purpose of the Friends of the Library in Oxford shall be to maintain an association of persons interested in the Oxford Public Library; to focus public attention on library services, facilities, and needs; and to stimulate gifts, endowments, and bequests to the Library. The Friends of the Library in Oxford is devoted to providing supplementary programs, services, and equipment to increase the scope and effectiveness of the Oxford Public Library and to raise funds to that end.

Monday February 5th – Library Building Committee Meeting 7:00pm

The Library Planning and Building Committee is charged with studying the long-range library plan and the library siting committee reports, as well as studying area libraries.  The committee has been working with the architectural firm Peter Gisolfi Associates and our lead architect is Michael Tribe. We are currently meeting monthly on the first Monday of the month at 7pm at Town Hall to move forward with our charge. Meetings are open to the public and we welcome citizen’s input.

Thursday February 15th– Adult Book Discussion 6:30pm

This month, the group will be discussing Celine: A Novel by Peter Heller. If you would like to read the book to join the discussion, let any of the library staff know so we can order you a copy!

Wednesday February 21st – Library Board Meeting 7:00pm

The Library Board discusses library policy, advocating, resources, and more.  The Board meets 10 months a year, with occasional special meetings as needed. The regular schedule of meeting dates is the third Wednesday each month at 7pm

January Program Descriptions!

Programming is a teensy bit light this month as we work on planning for our big move!  But we hope to see you at some of these fun events!  Don’t forget you can sign up online here and check out the full calendar as well!

January 2018 Program Descriptions

Weekly Programs

Every Tuesday and Wednesday Morning at 10:00am – Story Time!

Suggested for Ages 18 months – 4 years old

Join us every Tuesday and Wednesday morning for Story Time!  During story time we learn songs together and include lots of movement such as dancing, yoga, ASL, and more!  The stories are chosen with interaction in mind to hold children’s attention and get them excited about reading!  We include number and letter recognition through games and songs as well.  At each story time we create a special project to take home that reflects our theme of that week. Check the calendar for each week’s themes!  Come join us, we’d love to see you there 🙂

 

Every Wednesday at 9:30am – Morning Baby Time!

Suggested for Infants to Toddlers

Registration Required

Baby time is composed of a lot of fun songs, rhymes, and movement games to do any time with your baby! It’s also just a special time to work in a little one on one time during the busy day.

Every Friday at 1:30pm – STEAM Activity Stations

Suggested for Ages 3 – 5

Registration Required

Join us Fridays at 1:30PM for play time that focus on the wonders of our world! These STEAM based stations are great for kids 3 – 5 years old and who are curious explorers!  This month’s themes include Birds, Germs, Snow/Ice, and Opposites! There is a different activity for kids to explore the theme at every station as well as example questions to help start a conversation with your little one about what they are observing!

January 2018 Program Descriptions

Other Programs by Day

Library Will Be Closed Monday January 1st

Thursday January 4th at 2:15pm – Nutmeg Book Club

Grades 9 – 12

Meets in the Library Media Center at Oxford Public High School

Join us every month to read and discuss a different book from the Nutmeg Nominee list!  This month we are discussing X: A Novel.

Monday January 8th at 5pm-7pm – Drop In Craft-ernoon

Suggested for Grades K – 3rd

Pop in at the library anytime between 5 and 7pm to create a bird feeder!

Tuesday January 9th – Middle School Book Club 3:00pm

Grades 6th – 8th

Meets in Library Media Center of Great Oak Middle School

Every month we will be reading and discussing a different book.  At this meeting we will be discussing Thirteen Chairs.

Friday January 12th at 4:00pm – Five Fandom Friday

Grades 6th – 12th

Registration Required

This month we are celebrating Studio Ghibli!  If you love Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, and all the others, be sure to join us!  We’ll have crafts, trivia, games, and more every meeting relating to the theme.  The “five” comes in when we choose a theme to blog about.  For example; 5 Fictional Bffs, 5 Favorite Fictional Places, 5 Fictional Pets I’d Like to Own.  Whatever we write will be put up on the teen blog of the library’s website.

Library Will Be Closed Monday January 15th

Thursday January 18th at 6:00pm – Winnie the Pooh Movie Night!

All Ages Welcome

Registration Required

Today is National Winnie the Pooh Day!  To celebrate we will be showing the Winnie the Pooh movie at the library!

Thursday January 25th at 4:30pm-6:30pm – Lego Club

All Ages Welcome!

Registration Required

We will be taking out the smaller Legos, Lego books, Lego magazines, Lego EVERYTHING.  All materials will be out in the children’s section available for you to play and build with at your leisure.

**Special Note** Smaller Legos will be out for older kids to enjoy, please supervise young children around small Legos

Monday January 29th at 5:30pm-7pm – Drop In Puzzle Games

Suggested for Grades 3rd – 6th

Today is National Puzzle Day!  We will have tons of puzzles out for you to work on together!  There will be word puzzles, number puzzles, spatial reasoning puzzles, and many more!

 

Adult Programs

Thursday January 4th– FOLIO Meeting 6:30pm

The purpose of the Friends of the Library in Oxford shall be to maintain an association of persons interested in the Oxford Public Library; to focus public attention on library services, facilities, and needs; and to stimulate gifts, endowments, and bequests to the Library. The Friends of the Library in Oxford is devoted to providing supplementary programs, services, and equipment to increase the scope and effectiveness of the Oxford Public Library and to raise funds to that end.

Monday January 8th – Library Building Committee Meeting 7:00pm

The Library Planning and Building Committee is charged with studying the long-range library plan and the library siting committee reports, as well as studying area libraries.  The committee has been working with the architectural firm Peter Gisolfi Associates and our lead architect is Michael Tribe. We are currently meeting monthly on the first Monday of the month at 7pm at Town Hall to move forward with our charge. Meetings are open to the public and we welcome citizen’s input.

Wednesday January 10th – Library Board Meeting 7:00pm

The Library Board discusses library policy, advocating, resources, and more.  The Board meets 10 months a year, with occasional special meetings as needed. The regular schedule of meeting dates is the third Wednesday each month at 7pm

Thursday January 11th – “Final Expense Planning” 6:00pm

A financial advisor will be joining us to host a program regarding preparation for final expenses.

 If weather requires us to cancel this program, it will be held instead on Monday January 22nd at 6:00pm

Thursday December 20 – Adult Book Discussion 6:30pm

This month, the group will be discussing The Nest by Cynthia D’aprix Sweeney. If you would like to read the book to join the discussion, let any of the library staff know so we can order you a copy!

December Program Descriptions!

Take a break from the chilly weather with these fun programs at the library! You can check out the December Calendar here and see details of the programs below!  If anything catches your eye, be sure to register ASAP!  Hope to see you all soon!

**To Register For a Program:  Call (203) 888-6944, email me at rrivero@oxfordlib.org, or sign up online at tinyurl.com/OxfordCTLibrary**

Weekly Programs

Every Tuesday and Wednesday Morning at 10:00am – Story Time!

Suggested for Ages 18 months – 4 years old

Join us every Tuesday and Wednesday morning for Story Time!  During story time we learn songs together and include lots of movement such as dancing, yoga, ASL, and more!  The stories are chosen with interaction in mind to hold children’s attention and get them excited about reading!  We include number and letter recognition through games and songs as well.  At each story time we create a special project to take home that reflects our theme of that week. Check the calendar for each week’s themes!  Come join us, we’d love to see you there 🙂

Weekly Programs

Every Tuesday and Wednesday Morning at 10:00am – Story Time!
Suggested for Ages 18 months – 4 years old
Join us every Tuesday and Wednesday morning for Story Time! During story time we learn songs together and include lots of movement such as dancing, yoga, ASL, and more! The stories are chosen with interaction in mind to hold children’s attention and get them excited about reading! We include number and letter recognition through games and songs as well. At each story time we create a special project to take home that reflects our theme of that week. Check the calendar for each week’s themes! Come join us, we’d love to see you there 🙂
**The Library Will Be Closed Tuesday December 26th**

Every Wednesday at 9:30am – Morning Baby Time!
Suggested for Infants to Toddlers
Registration Required
Baby time is composed of a lot of fun songs, rhymes, and movement games to do any time with your baby! It’s also just a special time to work in a little one on one time during the busy day.

Every Friday at 1:30pm – STEAM Activity Stations
Suggested for Ages 3 – 5
Registration Required
Join us Fridays at 1:30PM for play time that focus on the wonders of our world! These STEAM based stations are great for kids 3 – 5 years old and who are curious explorers! This month’s themes include Textures, Hibernation, North and South Poles, and Time! There is a different activity for kids to explore the theme at every station as well as example questions to help start a conversation with your little one about what they are observing!

Other Programs by Day

Monday December 4 at 5:00pm – Monday Music Mixers
Grades 6-12
Registration Required
Come experiment with different musical mixing apps and software!

Tuesday December 5 – Middle School Book Club 3:00pm
Grades 6th – 8th
Meets in Library Media Center of Great Oak Middle School
Every month we will be reading and discussing a different book. At this meeting we will be discussing I Am Princess X.

Thursday December 7 at 2:15pm – Nutmeg Book Club
Grades 9 – 12
Meets in the Library Media Center at Oxford Public High School
Join us every month to read and discuss a different book from the Nutmeg Nominee list!

**SPECIAL VISITOR** Kid’s Yoga – Thursday December 7 at 5:00pm
All Ages Welcome!
Registration Required
So many of our favorite stories have tons of yoga poses hidden right in the pages! Nicole, a local kid’s yoga teacher, will joining us to lead the story time! We’ll be interacting with some fun books by becoming certain animals or items in the books via different poses!

**SPECIAL VISITOR** “Brrrrr!” – Thursday December 11 at 5:00pm
All Ages Welcome!
Registration Required
Ms. Jean is back with a wonderfully wintery meeting of Science Snoopers! Join us to learn all about animals and plant life in the winter. Take a look at hibernation, migration, and the deep sleepers.

Thursday December 14 at 5:00pm – Gingerbread Houses
All Ages Welcome!
Registration Required
We’ll be making a gingerbread library! A super sweet construction in a snowy frosting setting! Sign up soon! Space is limited!

Friday December 15 at 4:00pm – Five Fandom Friday
Grades 6th – 12th
Registration Required
This month we are doing Harry Potter!  Come play games, trivia, Quidditch, make Butterbeer, and more!

Monday December 18 at 6:30pm – PJ Party and Big Kid Story Time!
Grades K – 3rd
Registration Required
Jump in your jammies and come hang out for some fun stories, a craft, and lots of movement!

Thursday December 21 at 4:30pm-6:30pm – Lego Club
All Ages Welcome!
Registration Required
We will be taking out the smaller Legos, Lego books, Lego magazines, Lego EVERYTHING. All materials will be out in the children’s section available for you to play and build with at your leisure.
**Special Note** Smaller Legos will be out for older kids to enjoy, please supervise young children around small Legos

Thursday December 28 at 2:00pm – Karaoke
Grades 3rd – 6th
Registration Required
Choose from a selection of songs to rock out to! Perform on your own or with your friends!

Thursday December 28 at 4:30pm – “SING-O” Musical Bingo
Grades K – 3rd
Registration Required
Come play along and win fun prizes during a musical version of BINGO!

Adult Programs

Monday December 4 – Adult Crafteroon  6:30pm

Bring your friends and get creative and crafty this afternoon!  We will supply everything you need to make a cool, fun craft to take home!

 

Thursday December 7– FOLIO Meeting 6:30pm

The purpose of the Friends of the Library in Oxford shall be to maintain an association of persons interested in the Oxford Public Library; to focus public attention on library services, facilities, and needs; and to stimulate gifts, endowments, and bequests to the Library. The Friends of the Library in Oxford is devoted to providing supplementary programs, services, and equipment to increase the scope and effectiveness of the Oxford Public Library and to raise funds to that end.

 

Monday December 11 – Library Building Committee Meeting 7:00pm

The Library Planning and Building Committee is charged with studying the long-range library plan and the library siting committee reports, as well as studying area libraries.  The committee has been working with the architectural firm Peter Gisolfi Associates and our lead architect is Michael Tribe. We are currently meeting monthly on the first Monday of the month at 7pm at Town Hall to move forward with our charge. Meetings are open to the public and we welcome citizen’s input.

Wednesday December 20 – Library Board Meeting 7:00pm

The Library Board discusses library policy, advocating, resources, and more.  The Board meets 10 months a year, with occasional special meetings as needed. The regular schedule of meeting dates is the third Wednesday each month at 7pm

Thursday December 20 – Adult Book Discussion 6:30pm

This month, the group will be discussing Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg. If you would like to read the book to join the discussion, let any of the library staff know so we can order you a copy!