Friday, June 28, 2013

Digging for the Present (Story Time #2)

Welcome to Week #2 of summer story time, where we were "Digging for the Present"!  We read Mr. Katapat's Incredible Adventures, The Sea Serpent and Me, and How I Became a Pirate, searched for bubblegum gold doubloons, and made cool spyglass telescopes out of discarded paper towel tubes.  Check out the photos below from our treasure-themed program!

Our table setup for the spyglass craft.

At our Cuba branch.

At our Steelville branch.

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Tween Event- Gold Rush

Wow!  What a crazy and fun two days I've had traveling to do our tween program based on the Gold Rush!  We saw great crowds and had lots of fun at different stations learning how to pan for gold, race ore carts, and- just for fun!-, we played a few games of gold dust volleyball.  Check out a few of the photos below!

Our "golden" book display!

Panning for gold at one of the stations.

Racing against each other to empty ore carts of "gold nugget" yellow balloons.

Playing a game of gold dust volleyball!

We kept score by tossing down gold coins to each side of the volleyball net :)

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Mommy & Me Lapsit Story Time

Check out the adorable pictures from this past Monday's "Mommy & Me" Lapsit Story Time program!  We read board books with Miss Michelle, sang songs, did fingerplays, and played with finger (and foot!) paint for our craft!  All participants went home with a goody bag of helpful library info and a free board book to add to their home libraries.

Doing a garden glove fingerplay with Miss Michelle.

Getting messy with paint!

A finished finger-painted "carrot"!

All the kiddos hanging out after story time!

Thanks to Bella for taking all the photos for "Mommy & Me"!

All the "Mommy and Me" participants (minus our shutterbug!) with Miss Michelle.

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Digging for the Past (Story Time #1)

Our first week of summer story time was a fun-filled whirlwind of activity!  We read Little Dinos Don't Push and When Dinosaurs Came With Everything, danced to the Dino Hokey Pokey, and made T-Rex feet (though some kids got creative and turned them into claws instead).  Check out the photos below from our dinosaur-themed program (I hope you have a while- Michelle and I were both shutterbugs this week!).

Photos from Ironton Headquarters

 Photos from Steelville Branch

 Photos from Bourbon Branch

Photos from Ste. Genevieve Branch

Photos from Fredericktown Branch

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Reminder: Dig Into Healthy Eating Summer Programs!

Don't forget to mark your calendars for this summer's fun and free Dig into Healthy Eating programs, provided by the University of Missouri Extension Council.  The programs feature lots of interactive activities for kids through age 18 and their families, including book readings and yummy snacks!

An apple a day...

These entertaining and educational classes will be held at two of our Ozark Regional libraries: Ironton and Fredericktown.

Join us for all the food and fun at the Ironton Public Library on the following Tuesdays at 1 pm:
  • June 18
  • June 25
  • July 2
  • July 9
  • July 16
  • July 23
  • July 30

Or stop by the Fredericktown Public Library on the following Wednesdays at 1 pm:
  • June 19
  • June 26
  • July 3
  • July 10
  • July 17
  • July 31
Hope to see you then!


"Grow a Reader" Community Garden Story Time

As promised, here are a blooming bunch of lovely photos from our recent "Grow a Reader" Community Garden Story Time, held last week in Ironton and provided by the Iron County Community Garden, Ozark Regional Library, the University of Missouri Extension Council (with refreshments courtesy of Kitty Hillquist of St. Paul's Episcopal Church).  Our program featured several garden-themed book choices (Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens and Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming), an interactive activity board that taught about food origin, a take-home flower collage kit, and some messy painting fun, making ground markers for one of the garden plots.  Linda Lane of the Community Garden also spoke with families about the Garden and provided plants and lots of information for the children to take home with them, while Debra Henk of the Extension Council gave a tour of the Garden and helped the children to plant bean and sunflower seeds.

Also, the library appreciates Emily Cooper for her kindness in snapping all these fantastic photos for us, so we could focus on the kids and the program!  Thanks, Emily!

Talking about foods that come from the garden versus foods that come from other sources.

Setting up our craft table after reading a few books.

Painting a ground marker for the kids' garden bed.

More painting!

And even more painting!
Refreshing with lemonade and chocolate cookies.

Getting hands dirty in the garden bed.

Debra Henk of the Extension Council talks with the kids as they plant beans and sunflowers.

A favorite photo from the program!

If anyone is interested in learning more about the Iron County Community Garden and how to get involved, please contact us at the library, either by phone or by email, and we'll get you in touch with the right people :)

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