Easy Halloween Costumes

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This is a guest blog entry from Eileen Jeffrey.  Eileen interned for Youth Services at Tremont during summer reading 2014.  Here she suggests easy Halloween costume ideas that are also inexpensive and fun.

Fall is finally here! With the new season comes cooler weather, pretty scenery, and…Halloween! Before we know it, candy will be stocking the shelves of every store and kids everywhere will be wondering the most important question: “What will I be for Halloween?”

Here are some fun and easy DIY Halloween costumes that anyone can try!

Spaghetti & Meatballs 

  1. Get a white and red checkered tablecloth and cut a hole in the center for the head. Wear this like a cape.
  2. Cut white yarn into long strands and glue them to a paper plate.
  3. Paint Styrofoam balls brown and glue them to the same plate as meatballs.
  4. Glue the plate to the front of the tablecloth.
  5. For the hat, use a pot with a handle. If needed, tie around head with string to keep in place.


Bubble Bath

  1. Wear either an all white outfit or an all blue outfit.
  2. Blow up many white or blue balloons to a small size.
  3. Safety pin these balloons to your clothing or tape them using strong, clear tape.
  4. For hair accessories, you can attach colorful bath poufs to a headband. You could also attach rubber ducks to the headband as well.


Thing 1 & Thing 2 

This costume is perfect if you are going trick or treating with a sibling or with a friend.

  1. Wear an all red outfit. 
  2. Cut a piece of white paper into a circle and write either Thing 1 or Thing 2 on it.
  3. Glue or tape this circle onto your red shirt. 
  4. While the hair isn’t necessary for this costume, wigs can be bought at costume stores to make you look more like Things 1 & 2. 

These costumes are easy, inexpensive, and quick, so if you’re stuck on what to wear, give these costumes a try. Have a happy Halloween!

Bedtime Math Book Give-Away!

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Stories at bedtime are such a wonderful part of many childhoods. I miss those days now that I have a teenager! Bedtime Math cover Bedtime Math problems is a new organization hoping to make math at bedtime a similar cherished ritual for families.  Bedtime Math has a book and we have a copy to give away!  Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to enter a random drawing to take place on Dec. 2, 2013; we'll contact the winner that same day. 

It's simple to sign-up online for Bedtime Math and receive a daily math problem presented for three different math levels: Wee Ones (preschool), Little Kids (K-2), and/or Big Kids (grade 2+).  Users are encouraged to explore and use all levels as fit their family situation.  The site has lots to explore including an app for phones and a blog for parents.  

No worries if you can't wait or don't win, you can request a copy of Bedtime Math from our catalog.    

Winner must be able to pick up the book at the Tremont location of the Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio  43221; we will not deliver or mail the item.

Parents, have you met Mem Fox?

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Mem Fox is the author of many (many!) picture books for children.  I have always been a big fan of hers (so has Miss Kate!), and I particularly enjoyWhere is the Green Sheep? and Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes,both of which I have used in storytime.

But, not so long ago, based off of a recommendation, I discovered her books for adults.  I read Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever, which I would now absolutely recommend to parents (both current and future!), caregivers, and anyone working with children.  

Her website is also a great resource, which includes information about her and her books as well as specific content for parents, writers, teachers, children, and more! 

Be a Giver on World Book Night!

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Want to be a World Book Night book giver on April 23, 2014, in support of literacy and community?WBN book logo It’s Shakespeare’s birthday and 25,000 volunteers will go out on one day and give a half million specially printed paperbacks to light or non-readers across America. Apply to be a book giver by January 5, 2014 by going to  read up on the guidelines and list of books, and then apply! If you're accepted, choose UAPL as your preferred book pick-up location!  

Beat the Boredom on These Cold Winter Days

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February has just begun, which means we still have plenty of cold winter weather ahead. Some folks start to get a little stir-crazy around this time of year especially if the temperatures keep you inside day after day. One of the best ways to keep everyone busy is a project! Creating something with your child is not only rewarding and fun, but also a great way to get them engaged in something other than the screen. With Valentine's day right around the corner, now is the perfect time to stock up on some basic supplies and get crafting or cooking for family and friends. UAPL's youth department has a wonderful selection of craft books and cookbooks that are full of inspiration for even the youngest in your family. Here I have chosen just a few of my favorites with a wide variety of skill levels required. If you come into the library we will be more than happy to show you the rest of our great collection!



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

Make Your Own At-Home Storytime Kit: Little Mouse, Little Mouse

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The game “Little Mouse, Little Mouse” is a storytime favorite at Miller Park Library and is a great way to promote rhyming and color recognition.  There are many versions of this game, and I found this particular one on an outside blog.

6 different colored houses and 1 mouse

To play at home, you will need to make a mouse and several different colored houses.  You can create your own, but don't forget about free mouse and house coloring pages from websites like DLTK's.

Once everything is ready, set out the houses and secretly hide the mouse under one of them.  Then have your child try to find the mouse by saying “Little mouse, little mouse, are you in the (color) house?”.  Keep going until your child finds the mouse (which is always very exciting) and then play again or switch roles.

Sky Raiders Book and T-Shirt Give-Away

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We've got a pre-pub book and t-shirt to give away!  Brandon Mull, author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series, is writing a new series called Five Kingdoms.  We have an advanced copy of the first book titled Sky Raiders.  Sky Raiders introduces Cole Randolph who along with his friends has been pulled into another place known as the Outskirts a state somewhere between dreaming and waking. Cole has to find his friends, correct the unbalance of magic in the five kingdoms and find a way to get everyone home to stay. Written for ages 8+. Danger and adventure abound!  

Below is a video of Brandon Mull talking about the series. The clip is followed by the contest admission form.    


Drawing will take place on January 21, 2014.  We will contact the winner that day.  Winner must be able to pick up the book and t-shirt at the Tremont location of the Upper Arlington Public Library 2800 Tremont Rd. Upper Arlington, OH  43221; we cannot deliver or mail the items. 

Sky Raiders Give-Away Entry Form


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