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New Early Learning Center at Tremont!

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If you haven't been to Tremont in a while you may want to swing by!

The Friends of the UAPL have generously donated funds to bring you a much improved Early Learning Center at Tremont in the Youth department.

You and your little ones will find more adult seating, a padded baby/toddler corner with an interactive activity center for crawlers, large soft blocks for constructive play, a 4X6 magnetic board with magnetic pieces to explore shapes and colors, and a 4X6 felt board for creating stories! Earlier in the year we added safer and more size-appropriate seating and tables for your little ones. Enjoy!

Tremont Early Learning Center play cornerTremont Early Lerning Center play corner and chairsTremont Early Learning Center tablesTremont Early Learning Center chairs and kids tablesTremont Early Learning Center activity wall

Family Picture Book Selection: You Were the First

You Were the First by Patricia MacLachlan, celebrates all of the stages of the firstborn baby in a family.  There may be other children in the family later, but there is always a first one to teach the parents how to be parents.  This will make parents and children of all family sizes smile and remember all of the good first times they each experienced. A beautiful mixture of words and illustrations for all ages. 

Last Minute Halloween Ideas

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It’s that time of year again!  Can you believe that it is already time to Trick or Treat?  It may be hard to believe with this heat wave, but Trick or Treat is on Thursday!!  If you don’t have your costume yet, don’t worry–there is still time.  

A great go-to is the classic ghost.  Just find an old sheet with holes in it for eyes.

Or, just wear all black and tie a shirt around your head like in the picture below with a scarf around your waist.  Ta-da! You’re a ninja.

If you really want to be comfy, you can wear your pajamas and a fluffy pair of slippers.  All you need to do is grab a TV remote and you are a couch potato.  (Just make sure you ask an adult for an extra remote, otherwise it will be hard to watch cartoons the next morning in case it gets dropped while out Trick or Treating!)

If none of those ideas work, below are some books that have good, quick costume ideas!

**Remember, if all else fails, you can always wear your regular clothes and when someone asks you what your costume is, you can reply, “I’m dressed as a muggle, from Harry Potter!”

Do-It-Yourself Sensory Bottles

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Create some fun, engaging sensory bottles for your baby or toddler. These are easy to make and let your child explore how different objects move and sound inside the bottles. Your baby or toddler can roll them, bang them, and watch the objects move around. Adding water or corn syrup to some of the bottles will create a different effect.

Below are pictures of the ones that I made. You can use a variety of different materials – just look around your home to see what you have! Just be sure to hot glue the caps on so the materials stay safely inside.

Materials:

  • Empty Water Bottles
  • A variety of materials for the bottles: brightly colored puff balls, rice, beans, popcorn, glitter and water, aluminum foil pieces, buttons
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Water or corn syrup

           

        

Super Powered Picture Books - Super Powered Animals and Friends

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Welcome back to our look at picture books that feature all things Super Powers. Last month I highlighted some of our picture books that feature Super Powered Kids – from capes and flying to super strength and unique powers, from super sisters and super brothers to superhero schools to refine your powers and team up with friends – we covered all things kid power! This month I will highlight picture books that feature Super Powered Animals and fun Super Powered Friends. Some great reads are: Superdog: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner, Super Guinea Pig To the Rescue by Udo Weigelt, Elecopter by Michael Slack, Timothy and the Strong Pajamas by Viviane Schwarz, Supertruck by Stephen Savage, Gingerbread Man Superhero! by Dotti Enderle, Super Duck by Jez Alborough, Superfab Saves the Day by Jean Leroy, and Zero the Hero by Joan Holub.

For a fun peak at Elecopter check out these great images of our brave elephant in action as she flies, though the air, removes loose teeth, and whisks a rhinoceros to safety:

Book Cover for Elecopter  Elecopter image       Pages from Elecopter     Elecopter and giraffe       

For a list of these and other great superhero books see our Super Powered Picture Books list in our catalog.

And don’t forget to check back in July when we will wrap things up with none other than Super Powered Parents!

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!

Great Picture Books Reads for Winter

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There are so many books that capture the essence of winter and all it brings with it. Here are a few fun picks that celebrate the magic of winter, the warmth of sharing, the wonders of the world, and the gift of giving. (Click on the book cover for more information. Links open in a new window)

Enjoy! And Happy Winter Reading!

Book Cover for Diamond in the Snow by Emmett  Book Cover for Winter Waits by Plourde  Book Cover for Stella Queen of the Snow by Gay  Book Cover for Little Cub by Dunrea  Book Cover for Visitor for Bear by Becker Book cover for Hush Little Polar Bear by Mack   Book Cover for Moon Dreams by Martin    Book Cover for The Boy and the Moon by Carroll    Book Cover for The Gift of Nothing by McDonnell    Book Cover for Extra Yarn by Barnett   Book Cover for A World of Food by Warner    Book Cover for Just Right for Christmas by Black   Book Cover forIs It Christmas Yet? by Chapman   

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