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Tip, Dig, and Build Your Way Through Summer!

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The Lane Road Library recently held a Construction Party for preschoolers to celebrate the “Dig into Reading” Summer Reading theme. If you missed the party, below are some books and activities you might enjoy.

Hammering Activity: Not only is this fun, but it is great for hand-eye coordination.

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Supplies needed:

  • Blocks of styrofoam
  • Golf tees
  • Toy hammer

Just put the golf tees in the styrofoam and hammer away!

Also, what preschooler doesn't love digging with trucks? All you need is a plastic tub, rice, beans, or seeds, and shovels and construction vehicles. Instant fun!

Finally, check out the books below to share with your construction-loving preschooler. Happy Building!

Super Powered Picture Books - Kid Powers

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Welcome to Super Powered Picture Books! In honor of our Summer Library Club theme Superheroes I will be posting a blog the second Saturday of the month in June and July that will highlight some of the picture books we have that celebrate all things SUPER POWERS!

To start us off we will look at picture books that feature Super Powered Kids! There are a lot of great picture books about kids with amazing super powers who fly through the skies, have super strength, band together with friends, face fears, and save the day in amazing ways. A couple top picks are: Do Super Heroes Have Teddy Bears? by Carmela Coyle, Superhero School by Thierry Robberecht, 10 Rules of Being a Superhero by Deb Pilutti, Ladybug Girl by Jacky Davis, Super Sam by Lori Riess, Super Princess Kitty by Antoinette Portis, Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero by Anne Cottringer, The Amazing Adventure of Bubblebee Boy by Jacky Davis, and Supersister by Beth Cadena. For a sneak peak at Do Super Heroes Have Teddy Bears? check out the book trailer below.

 

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

And don’t forget to check back in June for a look at Super Powered Animals and Friends! And in July we will wrap things up with none other than Super Powered Parents!

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!

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

Picture Book Selection: Lizbeth Lou Got a Rock in Her Shoe

Lizbeth Lou is playing outside when a pebble gets stuck in her shoe.  When she carelessly tosses it away, it sets off a sequence of events that interferes with an entire neighborhood of creatures.  Each creature thinks the pebble is something else.  For example, the cricket thinks the pebble is a boulder that will sink its delicate leaf boat.  The duck is perplexed by the giant raindrop landing on her umbrella.  This is a fun story to read aloud because of the rhyming text.  Recommended for grades K-2.

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!”

Picture Book Selection: Each Kindness

In “Each Kindness”, award winning author Jacqueline Woodson and amazing illustrator E.B. Lewis have made a wonderful book about how treating people with kindness can help everyone. Maya is a new student and different from her other classmates with her hand-me-down clothes and old- fashioned toys.  Maya wants to make friends with Chloe and her gang of friends, but they reject her. Their teacher gives a lesson on simple kindness and Chloe realizes the opportunity for friendship that was missed, and how much better it would have been if she had been kind. 

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