“So reading picture books with young children may mean that they hear more words, while at the same time, their brains practice creating the images associated with those words — and with the more complex sentences and rhymes that make up even simple stories.”
Libby the stuffed doggy had to go to the hospital for an operation on her ear, but she is back in action and ready to play! Visit her in the children’s area around the campfire rug this summer 🙂
Hello library lovers!
We have had an incredible month at the library, with the addition of a special collection, a successful Deli Man event, and wrapping up the school year smoothly.
Please stop in to check out our grand new display, showing off some precious rare items as well as books that are special to our community. Thanks to library donations from you, we were able to give these items a beautiful home as feature pieces in our collection.
The library’s movie night was a resounding success thanks to the team who helped me put it together. The movie Deli Man provided the perfect backdrop for our deli night– it told a great story of the Jewish deli’s evolution throughout the last couple centuries in America, with star interviews and amazing real-life characters.
Following this yummy night of fun we are planning our next author’s visit– please join us for afternoon tea with Dr. Ruth Nemzoff on Wednesday, July 29th at 4:00. She will be discussing the topic of her book Don’t Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships With Your Adult Children. To reserve a spot, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or (603)436-5301 ext. 25.
We are pleased to introduce our budding new large print collection implemented with donations in memory of Maury Friedman. Titles include:
And even more new stuff to read and watch!
The Boston Girl, Anita Diamant
The Lady in Gold, Anne-Marie O’Connor
The History of Love, Nicole Krauss
How the Bible Became Holy, Michael L. Satlow
Snow in August DVD
What happens when you mix reading, plants and animals? Magic. Really. These three ingredients, when stirred in a cauldron with care, prove to be the key to a fun and intriguing learning environment.
Acting as children’s activity librarian at Churchill’s Garden Center has let me play with this idea, integrating the beautiful grounds into toddler story time and kids club activities. Living treasures among the greenery include a parrot, dove, donkey, goat, chicks, and ducklings, all favorites among the children.
Oliver the parrot joined us for our very first story time, piping in with commentary of course.
We read two books with Oliver, Terrific and If You Were a Parrot. Not only did this second book contain the beak-making craft that I wanted to do, but it also got kids into role-playing mode. Despite the somewhat creepy anthropomorphic nature of the illustrations, If You Were a Parrot does a wonderful job using role-play to help the children recognize their own empathy toward the birds as living creatures.
In Terrific, a grumpy old man finds friendship and happiness when he relates to the feelings of his new feathered friend. Very well-written piece of fiction, and captured the children’s attention.
An additional story time focused on carrots following our seed starting program the previous week. A wonderful opportunity to integrate additional animals into the mix! The theme was inspired by the book The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss, in which a boy plants a seed, cares for it tenderly, and never gives up hope that it will sprout into a beautiful carrot. A great introduction to the patience and reward of gardening, in addition to an early, gentle lesson of perseverance when facing doubt from others.
Carrot Soup was a favorite! Rabbit orders, plants, and cares for the carrot seeds in his garden, preparing for the harvest when he can finally eat his favorite meal– you guessed it! Carrot soup. But alas, the carrots are gone! As it turns out, (spoiler alert) Rabbit’s friends gathered the carrots from the garden to make Rabbit’s soup for him at a surprise party! Such a fun story of friendship and carrots.
Without any rabbits at the garden center this year, who else on the list might enjoy a carrot snack? Scooter the donkey of course! Plus some of the kids– after all that carrot talk they each wanted a crunchy healthy snack. We took an in-house field trip across the grounds to visit Scooter, who relished in the children’s attention! And food!
I have been so happy reading at Churchill’s, where the world is alive around us and we may use the living treasures as tools for lessons in caring and the pleasure of reading. Please join us soon if you are in the Exeter area- upcoming events are below if you are interested.
I had a wonderful time kicking off Earth Week at Churchill’s Garden Center on Saturday. We read some of my favorite stories and sang some of my favorite Earth Day songs!
Wait, Earth Day songs?
That’s right… it’s a good thing. Check out Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights for some pretty awesome children’s songs that I sometimes forget to turn off after my kids have gotten out of the car. So catchy.
It was a perfect day thanks to Sam’s face painting, Trey’s craft station, and Sherry’s planting table! Thanks everyone!
Have you ever wanted to make sweet treats in the shape of Mr. Darcy’s profile? Wouldn’t it be great if you could choose what onomatopoeic phrase you could put on your Amazing Spider-man comic book cookies? Well, here’s a great list of book-inspired cookie cutters!
Debbie Friedman landed a spot as the 7000th item in the Nancy Mae Shaines Memorial Library catalog today. Good way to end a great year here at the library! Come check out our newly acquired books, music, and movies, including JGuys Guide: GPS for the Jewish Teen, and the graphic novels Rabbi Harvey Rides Again and Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite.
Happy New Year!
Everyone this year seemed up for meeting new people, one seeking more info on the gorgeous necklace a stranger is wearing and another offering his place in the coffee line to someone who looked like they needed a more immediate fix.
Attendees really stopped to help each other and chat– I suppose this should not be news, but after last year’s experience it was refreshing. It’s a relief to see the Jewish community in Greater Boston showing their solidarity in learning and journey to understanding.
Some of the goodies I picked up for the library are 3 cds that showcase the performers in the Boston Jewish Music Festival the past few years. Performers will also be showing up in New Hampshire! Keep an eye out for events in Nashua, Manchester, and the Klezmatics at the Portsmouth Music Hall in March.
Rabbi David, today, helped me sort through a mountain of books donated to the library… Lots of treasures, including a set of torah texts from 1891, an American soldier’s prayerbook, and a gilded set of works by Elie Wiesel.
What made my day though was the note on the first page of this children’s haggadah!