Thursday, May 26, 2011

Summer Babygarten registration is open!

Babygarten is a fun and exciting program for children ages 0 to 2 and their caregivers! 

Babygarten runs in multiple 6-week sessions during the year, and requires registration for each session. The first 3 days of registration are for Coventry residents only, then registration opens up to everyone. Space is limited!
  • The next 6-week session begins on Tuesday, June 7 - the dates are as follows: June 7, 14 & 21; July 5, 12 & 19. Registration is now open! Call the library at 746-7606 or register online.
What is Babygarten?
  • Infants and their caregivers will share nursery rhymes, songs and books, but also get a chance to make fun projects that demonstrate the children's developmental milestones - usually a homemade toy or a baby book item.
  • Many projects and activities will emphasize the importance of reading to babies and parents will learn how to do this most effectively.
  • The class concludes with a free play period.

The program includes:

Nursery Rhymes and Songs – Infants in the womb are soothed by the ever-present beat of a mother’s heartbeat. Babies of all ages still respond to a steady beat no matter what form it takes – rhymes, music, windshield wipers, dishwashers, etc. Rhymes also provide interesting repetition of the sounds we use in everyday language. Using familiar rhymes on a regular basis encourages your child to make sounds and eventually form first words.

Book Sharing – We’ll read books in unison (yes, the same ones over and over!) and the librarian may recommend books that are most popular with babies. For infants, a book represents the closeness of being held and the soft sounds that come from a familiar person. Eventually, they will understand how a book “works” and that the black squiggles somehow correspond with the sounds the reader makes. These are all pre-literacy skills that better prepare your child for a lifetime of learning.

Parenting Information – Questions about infant development and parenting often arise during the Babygarten program. We welcome your questions and will do everything we can to help you find answers. Sometimes the best source is the person sitting next to you on the floor!

Handmade Toys and Mementos – The playthings that babies enjoy most are always the least expensive ones. You’ll have the opportunity to construct simple, effective toys from items we all have around the house. Also, to help you remember the fleeting moments of your child’s babyhood, we’ll make some items that are perfect for grandparent gifts or the baby book.

Free Play Period – At the end of each session, we’ll do what we THINK comes naturally to all caregivers. Playing is how babies learn and your involvement can enhance their enjoyment and enlightenment. It’s fun to see how other people play and how babies respond to each other. This is where some of your best discoveries will originate – either through observation or conversation (with babies and adults!).

***BABYGARTEN made possible by funding from the 2010 Book Sale.***

Saturday, May 21, 2011

2011 Summer Reading Program!

Suspense is building! Preparations are being made! Let the countdown begin for this year's Children's Summer Reading Program!

The kickoff begins on June 28...look for more information coming soon! We've got some fabulous events planned for this summer!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Comics Contest

Enter the Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Comics Contest! Win a signed copy of the new Do-It-Yourself book, $500 for you, and $1000 for a library of your choice!

Follow this link for more info:

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Online Storytime: Charlie the Ranch Dog

Online Storytime from Barnes and Noble - this month features Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond; illustrated by Diane deGroat.

Friday, May 6, 2011

New Series Books!

We've got some new books in for fans of the following series:

June Jam (Calendar Mysteries) by Ron Roy
Fire World (The Last Dragon Chronicles) by Chris d'Lacey
Rage of the Fallen (The Last Apprentice) by Joseph Delaney
Rogue Crew (Redwall) by Brian Jacques
Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles) by Rick Riordan

Monday, May 2, 2011

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (May 5) celebrates the victory of the historical battle of 1862 between Mexico and France. This holiday is a symbol of Mexican pride and unity and includes great festivities.

Learning More in the Library:

*Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story by Tomie de Paola
*Cinco de Mayo by Sarah Vazquez
*Fiesta Fireworks by George Ancona
*Mexico by R. Conrad Stein
*The Piñata Maker =  El Piñatero by George Ancona 
*Traditional Crafts from Mexico and Central America by Florence Temko

Cinco de Mayo on the Web:

DLTK's Mexican Activities for Kids
Recipes and crafts for a fun Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Kaboose Holidays: Cinco de Mayo
Craft project, Mexican recipes, and printables.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration 
Link to the history of Cinco de Mayo and discover some fun party games, coloring pages, and recipes to try. Download Spanish games for both the Macintosh and Windows.