Thursday, December 29, 2016

National Writing Month Reception (Grades K-6 & Families)


Front Row: Natalie Chen, Anagha Harish, Gabrielle Chien, Yogita Maruvapalli, Abigail Hanifin, Joseph Chien, Ryan Brandt, Suri Shah
Back Row: Giovanna Spagnolo, Aditya Vernelganti, Arijit Vennegalanti, Diyan Hunasimarad, Riva Desai, RJ DelNegro, Harish Ramakrishman, Aditya Abraham,Hailey Jenkins, Gianna Losik, Simran Shaw

Author reading and reception to celebrate our authors and illustrators who created a book during National Writing Month. The now spiral-bound books will be displayed in our lobby display cases during the month of January. 








Set up using document camera & projector & microphone. Each author who wished to do so read their book (or selections -- up to two minutes) then we had refreshments -- a Costco cake (though says “serves 48” served 60+ participants with leftovers), animal crackers,  chocolate cookies, water and “champagne” -- sparkling apple cider in 3 oz. cups. Note: no one sat on the mats, everyone wanted chairs.

Before and after the reading, played Bobby McFerrin’s CD “Paper Music” J734 MCFE

12.2016 BWL

See also:

Write your own book directions.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Make.Do Cardboard Construction Challenge! (All Ages)


Save your boxes, paper towel rolls, leftover ribbon & wrapping paper and bring them and your whole family to the library to create a fantastical creature or other construction! with our new Make.Do tools!

Display for browsing as kids enter: books on boxes and making things out of boxes, cartons, etc.

Read: What Do You Do With a Idea? by Kobi Yamada  and What To Do With a Box? by Jane Yolen

(Optional) Show: Caine’s Arcade Video

Kids create with cardboard, Make.Do saws & screwdrivers & scrus, plus assorted other cardboard (paper towel tubes, starbucks coffee holders etc.)  Also had available brass paper fasteners (so kids could replace scrus with these to take home), tape, staplers, hole punches, scissors, markers.

More ideas:

Learning to use the Make.Do Tools……………….


Pencil  & Rocket                                                         Train & Doghouse

                                                             Cooperative Construction 


Why should kids have all the fun!             Rocket ship

                      movie theater                                       “Miss Carol”

                                  2 Family Affair --  Rocket & Clubhouse

12.16 BWL

Monday, November 14, 2016

Picture This--Untraditional Fairy Tales: Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter (Ages 5-10)


Join us for a reading of this new take on an old tale and then create a self-portrait suitable for hanging in the king’s castle! (Paint will be available so please dress accordingly) 

Rumpelstiltskin's daughter may not be able to spin straw into gold, but she is more than a match for a monarch whose greed has blighted an entire kingdom.

After reading the story, we looked at the portraits of the king around his castle done in the style of famous paintings, e.g. Blue Boy & the Mona Lisa. Showed pictures of the originals then had kids create their own self-portraits in the style of famous painters. (Supplies: 12x18 cardboards, paper plate palattes, tempra paint, brushes, water cups, paper towels)

11/14/2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM BWL

Monday, November 7, 2016

Celebrate National Writing Month -- Write & Illustrate Your Own Book!


Are you a budding author or illustrator? Stop by the Youth Services Desk any time during November to pick up instructions and materials then bring in your finished manuscript back to the library by December 5th. Books will be spiral bound and all authors and illustrators who create a book will be celebrated at an author reading and reception.

Want to jump-start your book or get some fun ideas?  Bridgewater Librarian and picture book lover Carol Simon Levin will help you get your creative juices flowing at our kickoff. (Grades K-6, registration required).

Display books about writing books for kids to peruse as they arrive.

Book:  I Am a Story by Dan Yaccarino (A history of stories from cave drawings to present-day books)  Sarah’s Story by Bill Harley(arrived too late for 2016 – use for 2017), A Squiggly Story by Andrew Larsonor or  Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett might also be great. 

Book: This is My Book (and No One Else!) by Mark Pett (A panda interrupts an author’s attempt to control the narrative of his book – gives ideas for pop ups etc. as well)

Action/Song: “Throw it Out the Window” (silly riff on nursery rhymes)

Book: The Plot Chickens by Mary Jane and Herm Auch (parts of the book within a story) – might use instead: Pick a Picture, Write a Story by Kristen McCurry or Look at my Book: How Kids Can Write & Illustrate Terrific Books by Loreen Leedy 808.02 LEE or How this Book was Made by Rex Barnett (A humorous look at the real book-making process – author, editor, illustrator, printing, distribution, reader)

White Board – “Brainstorming”  Characters, Setting, Problem, Solutions…

Alternate books:  By Mouse & Frog by Deborah Freedman, Inside This Book (Are Three Books) by Barry Saltzberg, A Book by Mordecai Gerstein, Violet and Victor write the Most Fabulous Fairy Tale by Alice Kuipers, Inside by Imagination by Marta Arteaga

Resource books include How to Make Pop-Ups by Joan Irvine 745.54 IRV, Making Books That Fly, Fold, Wrap, Hide, Pop Up, Twist & Turn by Gwen Diehn 745.54 DIE, Making Shape Books by Gillian Chapman 745.54 CHA

Craft: Start making books – supplies – cardboards, blank pages, instructions + construction paper, glue sticks, scissors, pencils, markers, etc.

11.7.16 BWL

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Pre-School Storytime/Craft -- Canine Capers


Image result

Book: I Got Two Dogs by John Lithgow (CD Book) – aside to parents: using CD because Lithgow sings this much better than me, point out our CD/book collection – great for using with kids on drives (parent can drive/child can listen to book)

Flannel: Any Kind of Dog based on the book by Lynn Reiser – repetative story so kids & parents can chime in on refrain “Richard wanted a dog, but his mom said a dog was ‘too much trouble!’”

Puppet/Song: How Much is that Doggie in the Window?

Here’s a kid who got a new dog…and learns it can speak!

Image result

Book: RRRALPH by Lois Elhert – child points out how his dog knows how to speak…words like “ROOF” “ROUGH” etc. – can booktalk Martha Speaks series

Song: Do Your Ears Hang Low?  (one version here: used a pair of pantyhose as my ears –suit actions to words)

Image result

Book: Hunky Dory Ate It by Katie Evans – rhyming, phonemic awareness

Optional Flannel: The Cake that Mack Ate based on the book by Rose Robart or a version of Old Mother Hubbard

Action song: “Puppy Dog Jig” from album of the same name by Owen Duggan (ok, not exceptional)

Image result

Book: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer – George the dog meows, quacks, moos etc. until a vet reaches down to extra the animals inside…surprise ending, George says “Hello”!

Sign Language Song: “Hear the Little Doggie” from Pick Me Up, Fun Songs for Learning Signs

Flannel/Song: BINGO (identify letters – clap for each removed letter – listening skills great for pre-reading.)

Video: Angus Lost (Phoenix Films) – wordless live action film based on the book by Marjorie Flack  -- had using listening skills, here kids follow the narrative strictly visually

Optional craft: (for next year) Create 2D or 3D dogs with recycled materials in the style of Lois Ehlert

Other book possibilities: Waggle by Sarah McMemory, Dogs by Emily Gravitt (emphasis on opposites, cleverly narrated by a cat!), don’t think kids really get: The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems

11.16 BWL

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

School Age Storytime: Elections and Voting (with an emphasis on the long haul to get voting rights for women)



Elizabeth Started All the Trouble by Doreen Rappaport (1st –3rd Grade) Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote by Tanya Lee Stone (Kdg)

Image result


This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie J782.42 GUT (sang two verses between each book)

 Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight by Kathleen Krull

Image result

Duck for President – Doreen Cronin (Kdg) or President Squid by Aaron Reynolds (1st-3rd)Image result

If I Ran for President by Catherine Stier – six kids describe the election process and imagine themselves as the candidate.

Bedm. 10/16

More possibilities:

  • So You Want to Be President by Judith St. George 973..099 STG (also DVD 352.2370973 SOYO) 
  • Madam President by  Lane Smith
  • Vote for Me! by Ben Clanton
  • Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote by Herman Parish
  • My Teacher for President by Kay Winters
  • Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio

Display/Booktalk books Women’s Suffrage:

  • I Could Do That! Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote – JuvBiog Morris
  • Why Couldn’t Susan B. Anthony Vote? And Other Questions About Women’s Suffrage by Mary Kay Carson
  • Miss Paul and the President: the Creative Campaign for Women’s Right to Vote by Dean Robbins (JuvBiog Paul)
  • Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten and 10,000 Miles by Mara Rockliff
  • The Ballot Box Battle by Emily Arnold McCully
  • Mama Went to Jail for the Vote by Kathleen Karr
  • Heart on Fire: Susan B. Anthony Votes for President by Ann Malaspina
  • Ballots for Belva by Sudipta Bardan-Quallen
  • A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull by Kathleen Krull

Black Voting Rights:

  • Granddaddy’s Gift by Margaree King Mitchell
  • Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter

Remembering the Ladies: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates by Carol Simon Levin (not a picture book, but fun factoids to share + coloring pages)




Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Maker Monday: B.Y.O.M. (Build Your Own Monster!) (Ages 4-11)

Combine eeks and engineering and create your own moving monster! 
Display books on monsters as kids arrive.
Book: Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak 
Song/Flannel: “It’s Monster Day” (From Linda Arnold's album "Peppermint Wings")
Book: Leonardo the Terrible Monster – Mo Willems
Singable Book: If you are a Monster and You Know it – Rebecca & Ed Emberley
Make 3D Monsters -- 12x18 cardboards, pipe cleaners, scrap construction paper, googly eyes, pom poms, fancy scissors, gluesticks, tape, hole punches, paper fasteners. Older kids were given the challenge to make a monster that could stand up and be stable but also could move.
Halloween music playing throughout program.
Finished by having our monsters dance to “Dem Bones.”

IMG_527110.2016 afterschool program

More “monster mania” at:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...