Are You Ready for a Picnic?

Spring is such a wonderful time of year for a picnic in the park. Here are some fun ideas to try on your next picnic adventure!

Start out your picnic with some rhymes:

Photograph of teddy bears on a picnicWe’re Going on a Picnic

We’re going on a picnic.
Gonna pack a lunch.
What should we get to munch munch munch?
(Ask kids to name some yummy foods for a picnic, and then chant the song again.)

Carrots, Peas and Broccoli

Carrots, peas and broccoli,
Vegetables are good for me.
For my snack and in my lunch,
Veggie sticks are great to munch.
Carrots, peas and broccoli,
Vegetables are good for me

Next, make some picnic snacks:

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Coloring is for Everyone!

One of my absolute favorite things to do as a kid was to gather my crayons and paper and plunk myself down to color a new masterpiece. Little did I know that this creative hobby of mine Basket of crayonshad a positive effect on my development. When children draw shapes, color within the lines and cut out patterns, they’re further developing their fine motor coordination. Additionally, the time and patience needed to completely color a page helps children develop their self regulation, and creating a great piece of art can boost a child’s self esteem.

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2016 Summer Reading Bookmark Contest

Ready Set Read stampIt’s hard to believe that we are already talking about Summer Reading 2016, but the time has come for our annual bookmark contest. You can help us get ready for Summer Reading by designing an original bookmark based on the theme “”Ready, Set, Read!” Winning artwork from each library will be printed on bookmarks to promote Summer Reading. See last year’s winners. Your artwork should be two-dimensional, using any medium you want, from crayons and markers to a computer. Photography is also acceptable, as long as it is your own. You must be 18 or younger to participate. Your entry should be drawn onto or sized to match the entry form. Download an entry form or pick one up at a library branch or the bookmobile. The entry deadline is Friday, April 1.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Photograph of Dr. SeussMarch 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday – he would be 112 this year! It can be hard to imagine what children’s books would look like today without the incredibly creative and inspiring books of Dr. Seuss. He wrote stories that are hard to put down, and he created characters that are impossible to forget. Memorable characters such as the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, Thing 1 and Thing 2, Horton the Elephant and the Lorax are still popular after many decades. To help celebrate such an icon of literature, I have listed some little known fun facts about Dr. Seuss himself:

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TumbleBooks – New and Improved!

Tumble Book Library logo

Has your family read with TumbleBooks lately? TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated picture books. The books are created by taking existing picture books and adding animations, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book. TumbleBooks offers fiction, nonfiction and graphic novel titles in English, Spanish and French. Chapter books are also available. All you need is a DBRL library card.

If you haven’t yet tried TumbleBooks, you might want to spend a few minutes exploring this excellent resource. There is a link to our TumbleBook collection on the left-hand menu of our Kid’s Blog – you’re already halfway there! Continue reading