The Daily Star
---- — Fall is quickly approaching. We’re all wondering, where did the summer go?
Children’s Coordinator Debra Hansen will be offering many programs for children for the Fall/Winter series and details follow below. Registration is required for all programs and may be done in person or calling the library at 432-1980. Programs are from September 4 to December 20, 2013.
Library Lap Sit : Lap Sit is a reading program for infants from birth to 13 months accompanied by a parent or care giver. Activities include stories, songs, action rhymes and more. The program is scheduled for 9:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays.
Tiny Tots: This is a program for children ages 14 to 24 months accompanied by a parent or care giver scheduled for 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. There will be stories, songs and other activities each week.
Toddler Time: This program is for 2- and 3-year-olds accompanied by an adult. It includes stories, songs, crafts, and other fun activities. Choose one program from this schedule: 9:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays or 9:30 to 10 a.m. Thursdays.
After School 4 - 7 Years: Each week children will read stories, playing games, singing songs and making crafts. Children who are 4 to 7 years old can register for the program that will run 3:45 to 4:20 p.m. Tuesdays. Parents may attend.
Afternoon Adventures 8 - 12 Years: Children will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays for this afterschool program. During September, the group will read “My Side of the Mountain” by Jean Craighead George. Miss Debra and the children will read a few chapters every week and then follow with a fun craft.
Crocodile loves watermelon. He eats it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. One day, he accidentally swallows a seed. Oh, no! He’s convinced the seed will start growing in his stomach, the vines will come out his ears and he’ll even turn pink. Find out what happens in “The Watermelon Seed” by Greg Pizzoli.
Very young children will enjoy two Spot board books. Ever-popular author Eric Hill will help children learn about opposites such as up and down, dirty and clean, up and down in “Spot’s Opposites.” “Spot Counts to Ten” allows children to count the dots and pictures on each page. Printed numbers reinforce the counting.
“Night Light” by Nicholas Blechman is great fun for kids who love all types of vehicles. While counting, you are also looking at die cut pages and trying to figure out the clue about which vehicle is featured on the following page. Very clever concept that will find children flipping back and forth to look at again and again.
Bandito, the ferret, is the class pet in “My Homework Ate My Homework” by Patrick Jennings. Everyone loves Bandito except Zaritza who thinks he’s creepy and smells like cabbage. But she needs to improve her grades and agrees to take care of Bandito during winter break to get extra credit. The only problem is Bandito escapes and eats her school assignments. Now what is she going to do?
Ruthie and Jack must travel back in time to help one of their classmates clear their family name in “The Pirate’s Coin” by Marianne Malone. A mysterious coin leads them to Massachusetts in 1753 where they meet one of Jack’s ancestors, Pirate Jack Norfleet. They quickly learn they have to be very careful when messing with history because it could change all of their futures, and maybe not for the good.
Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.
Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.