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All Aboard! Storytime is Back

We are starting another six-week session of stories at the Congers Train Station on Wednesday April 3.  We'll meet at 10:00am on Wednesdays through May 8.  No registration or library card is needed - just come on by when it is convenient for you and your preschooler age 3+.  There is plenty of parking and restrooms are available.  Hope to see you there!

"My child really enjoyed this book......

....can you tell me the title of a similar one?"  This is a common question asked of us here in the children's department.  If nothing pops into our heads right away, we often check in our database, NoveList K-8 Plus.  This database can be accessed from your home computer or here at the library.  Sounds great!, you say -- but how does it work?  Well, here is a brief introduction to this wonderful resource.  First go to our webpage.  Next, click on the "research" tab at the top.  When the drop-down menu appears, click on "databases".  On the next page there are more tabs!  Pick "literature" and it will bring you to the list of databases we have for that.  There you will see NoveList K-8 Plus. 

Teddy Bear Picnic

                                     

Bring your favorite teddy bear or other fluffy friend to an indoor picnic!  On Tuesday March 12 at 1:30pm, Mrs. B will have the storytime room set up as a lovely spring meadow - with no ants!  Ongoing registration is underway, so if you are a preschooler age 3 and up, join us by signing up soon!  We will have stories, songs, and of course, snacks!

Weed 'em and reap!

Happy Spring!  Time for our Garden Rockers to sign up and start planning this year's children's garden.  Please call 634-4997 x 121 to register over the phone or come on in and tell us your 2nd - 5th grader's info to register in person.  Meetings start in March and we plan to have a Garden Tea Party at a date to be determined to celebrate our work.  Won't you join us?

New Music Program

                       

Join Mrs. B with your walker up to age 2 for a fun musical laptime program.  Each session will include songs, rhymes and dancing! These registered programs are offered at 1:30pm on Tuesdays two times a month in March, April and May in the Storytime Room.  Sign-up for the March 5 & 19 sessions begins tomorrow, February 26.  April's sessions will be on the 2nd and 16th with registration on March 26.  Sign-up for our May 7th & 21st sessions starts April 30.  Hope to see you soon!

Can you say cabin fever?

   With all our recent weather, maybe it's time to come on over to the library for some fun activities during winter break. (Please note: programs with asterisk (*) require registration, which is now open.) On Tuesday February 19th, kids in grades 1 - 5 can celebrate Chinese New Year* at 1:30pm.  Then, we're traveling to outer space in the Starlab* - 6pm for grades K - 3, 7pm for grades 4-6.  On Wednesday, there are still openings for Baby Love* at 10am.

Cancellation due to Winter Weather Advisory

All Aboard! Storytime is cancelled Wednesday 1-16 due to expected weather conditions.  Please join us next Wednesday - weather permitting.

All Aboard! Storytime

 

   No library card or registration needed !

Come on down to the historic Congers Train Station for some fun stories and songs!  This program will be presented on Wednesdays at 10:00am in two 6-week sessions.  The first session runs from January 9 - February 13.  The second session runs April 3 - May 8.  Everyone is welcome to attend just one week, or every week that's convenient for your family. There is plenty of parking and restrooms are available.  Bring a mat to sit on and a grownup!  There are chairs for big people.  All Aboard! Storytime is geared for children ages 3+ and lasts 30 - 40 minutes.  See you at the Station!

Blizzard of Good Wishes!

Many thanks to all who donated to the project.  Sandy Hook has been overwhelmed with snowflakes from everywhere!  We have mailed out what was already donated and won't be collecting any more.

To quote a recent Newtown Patch article:

"Connecticut PTSA is deeply saddened by the tragedy that has struck our Newtown community.  We have met with the PTA and community leaders in Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary to offer our assistance at this very difficult time.  They have asked us to spearhead the following efforts on their behalf......Snowflakes for Sandy Hook.  Please help the students of Sandy Hook have a winter wonderland at their new school!  Get creative!" This is just one project on the list.

What kid wants to watch educational DVDs???

Maybe yours!  Tired of viewing those same old cartoon DVDs again and again?  Sitting in front of the game system fighting the aliens getting old?  We have a huge selection in the children's DVD section covering topics from home safety to how the rides at Disney World work.  Among our collection of more than 350 titles are several series.  We all love Bill Nye the Science Guy's way of introducing complex topics to young viewers using humor and sight gags.  Families of the World series shows the traditional cultures of many countries, each with its own DVD.  We have recently added Families of Guatemala, Families of Russia, and Families of Israel.  The titles in this series that we don't own in our collection can be borrowed through inter-library loan and picked up right here for your convenience.  Another excellent series is Global Wonders, which shows a culturally-diverse group of young friends how their traditions have impacted the arts, sciences, etc.  For more adventure, take a look at

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