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.

Happy Mother's Day!!!

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With Mother's Day right around the corner, all of us here at the Youth Department would like to wish all the Moms, Mums, Mamas, Grandmas, Nonnas, Nagymamas, Babushkas, Abuelas and all other “Moms” the Happiest Mother's Day yet! If you are looking for something special to create, the Upper Arlington Libraries have you covered! Each branch will be featuring a different craft on the days leading up to Mom's big day! Please feel free to stop by, no registration required.

  • Thurday, May 5 at 4 p.m. Lane Rd Library
  • Friday, May 6 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. (anytime) Miller Park Library
  • Saturday May 7 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (anytime) Tremont Rd Library

Juvenile Nonfiction Selection: What's So Yummy?

Gus, Nellie, and baby Jake can't wait to go on a picnic!  You will follow them through the day as they gather and prepare their food for a yummy meal in the park. Funny, accessible, and filled with illustrations, conversations, and matter-of-fact text, this is a great read-a-loud to help you and your child explore how healthy food and drinks fuel our bodies and how being active is healthy and wonderful! (Ages: PreK - 2nd)

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!  

Holiday Happiness!

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Color photo of white mug of coffee with heart design in whipped cream, pine boughs and two red apples on wooden tableJoin us Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 at the Main Library for the 45th Annual Holiday Happiness event. This year we have roving carolers from 10-11. The Honors Choirs from Jones and Hastings as well as the Jones Middle School Chamber Orchestra will be performing between 11-12 noon. Santa and Mrs. Claus visit the Youth Services Department from 12-2. Starting at 12:30 and lasting until 2 will be a face painter and Matt the Balloon Guy!

Refreshements and kids' crafts will be offered. You can check out our Avenue of Trees and the Gingerbread Competition entrants along with a Giving Tree for those wishing to pick out a gift for kids through the Franklin County Children's Services Holiday Wish program.

There's lots to see and do. We'd love to see you and your family!


Parent Recommendation: Cook me a story

This clever cookbook incorporates simple recipes and classic fairy tales with a culinary twist. In each recipe, the ingredients are listed and then a fairytale story begins. Interspersed between paragraphs are simple and clear cooking instructions. By the end of each story, children will have made a tasty treat.  Jack and the Green Beanstalk and Three Chili Goats Puff are just two of the fairytale story/recipes. This book combines storytelling and cooking and will be a fun activity for parent and child!  Recommended for PreS-Gr 4

Welcome to Summer

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With summer coming into full swing, there is no better time to check out all the things that the library has to offer.  Sign up for Summer Library Club- this year is all about Escaping the Ordinary and our revisions to this classic program include the addition of activities to be completed as you read.  While many of the activities can be completed at home, the library has some great options that are worth checking out.  From tried and true programs like Red, White and Bike to new experiences like our DIY Picnic baskets, Sculpture Fun for kids, and Make Your Own Ice Cream- there is no shortage of events to fill your calendar.  So come on in, cool off, and learn something new.

A complete list of programs can be found online here and printed in our Library Link quarterly guide available in all UAPL libraries. 

Observing Penguins in Ohio: Citizen Scientist

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Observing Penguins in Ohio: Citizen Scientist

How would you like to observe penguins without leaving your house?

Recently a friend broke her leg and had to stay in bed for four weeks. She confided she might go stir crazy as there were only so many books she could read and so many movies she could watch, especially during the day when everyone else was in school or working. 

She found an outlet for her boredom and felt like she was making a difference when she discovered online citizen scientist activities. Citizen scientists are ordinary people volunteering to help with scientific projects.

For example, during the four weeks she was bedridden, my friend watched video in Africa and helped identify and classify animals in the wild. She tagged and marked records from WWI field diaries and helped monitor penguins! 

My friend is better now but she still participates in her favorite projects. There are opportunities for individuals and families.  If you’re interested in helping scientists all over the world without leaving home, start by checking out these websites.

The following books include stories or information about citizen scientist projects or people who made scientific discoveries. 

 Citizen Scientist: be a part of scientific discovery from your own backyard

 The Fossil Girl: Mary Anning's dinosaur discovery

 Summer Birds: the butterflies of Maria Merian

 The Boy Who Drew Birds: a story of John James Audubon

 How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: scientists and kids explore global warming


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