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1,000 Books Bonanza
Stop by the Children’s Room to sign up for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, and get a free canvas bag to kickstart your 1,000 book journey.  Any child who has not yet started Kindergarten can participate. Reading together helps children develop a love of reading, introduces them to new vocabulary, and teaches them important early literacy skills that will help them when they enter school.

Interactive Movie Experiences
We are thrilled to present our brand new Movie Kits available in February! Interactive movie kits include a list of prompts for your family to do throughout the movie. Our kits include all the prompts, props, crafts, and of course snack recommendations. DVD’s are available first come first serve, but kits can be requested if you have a streaming service!
COMING SOON!
February:
How To Train Your Dragon
Sing!
Coco
March:
Despicable Me
Moana
Aladdin

Book Club Interest
Is your child interested in joining a book club? We need your help! Please fill out this form with your kids and let us know what you’d like to read and how you’d like to participate.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJ8-26GRlD6qXTT7IZ3lrac35VjDYmO_BideIxns8MiE_4HQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Music City String 2022
New London Community Orchestra is offering a new session of free violin lessons for children in grades 4-9 starting February 22, 2022. Instruments will be provided at no charge, and children may take their violin home to practice. Lessons are in small groups with professional teachers. Masks are required. Violin lessons are an excellent experiential enrichments activity that’s been shown to increase educational attainment. Fill out the form below to register:
https://form.jotform.com/61886278899180



January 2022

Snowflake Extravaganza: 1/8
Stop by the Children’s Room all day Saturday to make snowflakes! Follow our templates with precut paper to make tons of snowflakes & stars! Make traditional paper snowflakes, 3-D nordic stars, extra large swirly snowflakes, and more! Paper, crayons, markers, and glitter glue will all be available! 

MLK Community Art Project: 1/10 – 1/18
Join us on Jan. 10th all day to kick off our Martin Luther King Jr. Community Art Project. The StickTogether project uses almost 4,000 stickers in a paint by number style to piece together a complete image. This community based project allows you to participate as much or as little as you want! Stop in anytime this week to participate in the StickTogether collaboration. Help us piece together 3,996 stickers to first reveal the secret message and then final image! The completed project will be revealed on Tuesday 1/18.

Library Scavenger Hunt: All Month Long
Our first scavenger hunt to kick off a new year long program, with new challenges every month! This January we are focusing on Children’s Books, can you solve the clues from book to book? Come test your skills to find out! Pick up your first clue at the Children’s Desk. Follow the clues and explore the library to find all the hidden pieces. Find them all to win a prize! 

Bedtime Story Time on Facebook Live: 1/6 & 1/20 6pm – 6:30pm
Join Miss Francesca for an Interactive Virtual Bedtime Story! Get ready to wind down and relax with sleepy bedtime stories. Story time will be broadcast on Facebook Live so kids can say hello (with a parent’s help) and interact with the story just like we do at the library. Registration is not required, follow our Facebook page to get notification when Story time begins! https://www.facebook.com/PublicLibraryNL/

 

Take & Make Craft Kits

Stop by the Children’s Room anytime to pick up this week’s Take & Make Kit. Arts and Crafts are a fun way to connect with your children and help them work on fine motor skills and explore their creativity!

S.T.E.M Kit Available All Month
Wonderful Winter Weather: Curious about snow, the weather, and the clouds above? Learn about Earth’s water cycle, clouds, and how water travels.  

Week of 1/3
Paper Walrus: Create your very own walrus and learn about all the things that make them special! 

Week of 1/10
Sock Gnomes: It’s Gnome Time! Learn how to turn a sock into a toy you can play with all winter long.

Week of 1/17
Indoor Snowballs: Is it a little bit too cold outside? Let’s bring the fun inside with indoor snowballs! Soft and safe for a living room snowball fight.

Week of 1/24
Animal Paper Dolls: Color and put together your own winter animal paper dolls with moving body parts. Great for storytelling!



February 2022

February is Black History Month! Visit our craft station any day during February to learn about trailblazing men and women in history! In-person participation is welcome and to-go packets will be available.

Library Scavenger Hunt: All Month Long
This February is our Harold and the Purple Crayon themed scavenger hunt! Can you find all the places Harold is drawing in the library? Find them all to get your very own big purple crayon. Pick up your clues at the Children’s Desk.

World Read Aloud Day: Virtual Storytime & Craft Kit
To celebrate World Read Aloud Day on February 2nd, 2022 we are streaming a virtual reading of our favorite Laura Numeroff Series: If you Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, and If You Give a Dog a Donut. You can also pick up a If You Give a Mouse a Cookie themed Take & Make Craft Kit to go along with our readings!

Take Your Child to the Library Day: Saturday, February 5th 2022
Celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day with us on February 5th, 2022! Stop by the Children’s Room to explore the library with a scavenger hunt, pick up our new craft kits, and check out our growing collection of books. Start this year right by getting to know your library! An exclusive Wood Bookmark Craft Kit will be available Saturday ONLY, while supplies last!

Bedtime Story Time on Facebook Live: Thursdays 2/3 & 2/17 6pm – 6:30pm
Join Miss Francesca for an Interactive Virtual Bedtime Story! Get ready to wind down and relax with sleepy bedtime stories. Story time will be broadcast on Facebook Live so kids can say hello (with a parent’s help) and interact with the story just like we do at the library. Registration is not required, follow our Facebook page to get notifications when Story time begins! https://www.facebook.com/PublicLibraryNL/

Good Morning Story Time on Facebook Live: Tuesdays 2/8 & 2/22 11am – 11:30am
Join Miss Francesca for an Interactive Virtual Story time! Wake up and listen to a few of our favorite stories. Story time will be broadcast on Facebook Live so kids can say hello (with a parent’s help) and interact with the story just like we do at the library. Registration is not required, follow our Facebook page to get notifications when Story time begins! https://www.facebook.com/PublicLibraryNL/

 

Take & Make Craft Kits

Starting in February Take & Make Craft Kits will be available all month long. Stop by and grab yours in the Children’s Room. Arts and Crafts are a fun way to connect with your children and help them work on fine motor skills and explore their creativity!

Craft Kits

Cross Stitch Wood Hearts
Hand Print Valentines Cards
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Craft
Space Mosaics
Book Page Quill Pencils

S.T.E.M Kits

Galactic Exploration (Space Math)



Children’s Room

860-447-1411 ext. 103

Children’s Librarian
Francesca Tabel
fsouza@plnl.org
860-447-1411 ext. 104

Children’s Library Assistant
Zoe Hayn
zhayn@plnl.org