Back To School

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It’s almost time for kids to head back to school. For students, fall is a time of anticipation and excitement, as they gain a new teacher, new school supplies, new clothes, new classmates, new rules, and some even head to a new school. I thought I would tell you about a few good children’s books about school from our collection:

 

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Dinosaur vs. School by Bob Shea (picture book)

Dinosaur is starting preschool today. ROAR! There are new friends to meet, dress-up outfits to wear, glitter and googly eyes to paste, musical instruments to play, and snacks to eat. What’s not to like? But then, oh, no! It’s Dinosaur vs. Clean-up Time! Fortunately, when friends work together, EVERYONE WINS!

The Little School Bus by Margery Cuyler (picture book): Join Driver Bob the school bus driver and his little school bus as they wake early, pick up the children, and drop them off at school. Then it’s off to the garage to fix a tail light. All in a day’s work for this trusty team. The lyrical text, catchy rhyme, and bright pictures make this a perfect choice for preschoolers who are soon to be school bus riders!

Monster School: First Day Frights by David Keane (easy reader): Norm is perfectly normal. That is, until he finds himself at a new school full of monsters. Without fangs, horns, or a tail, suddenly Norm has become the odd one out. But as the day goes on, Norm’s unusual classmates find that Norm isn’t too unlike them after all, and Norm thinks he may actually fit right in.

Bad Kitty: School Daze by Nick Bruel (illustrated chapter book): Kitty and Puppy are out of control! They’re screaming, fighting, hissing, and drooling all over the house, and all of the commotion is upsetting Baby. Time for school—obedience school, that is. Can Kitty learn to follow the rules and make friends with the other students or will she bring chaos to the classroom? Find out in Bad Kitty’s hilarious, new (mis)adventure!

image of a sandwichPlus, don’t miss our fun events! Here’s what’s going on at the library for the rest of August:

  • We have Storytime twice a week: Tuesdays at 11 am and Thursdays at 5:30 pm. Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at storytime.
  • Library and Lunch will be on Tuesday the 14th at noon. Bring your lunch and join our discussion of Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger.
  • Join us for movie night on Wednesday, August 15! Free popcorn will be served. Visit the library, our website, or our Facebook page to see what we’re watching.
  • Back-to-School Saturday is on the 18th at 1:30 pm. Play games, make crafts, and get some FREE school gear! Space is limited, so register on our website
  • Recipe Swap is on Tuesday the 28th at 6:30 pm. Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s dishes! This month, we’re making sandwiches.

So come to the library and check out a book or have fun at one of our events. We’re your free source for education and entertainment!

Discover Outer Space at Your Library

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The National Aeronautics and Space Adminstration (NASA) was established 60 years ago today by President Eisenhower. Looking forward to next summer, the Summer Reading Program will be space-related to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing! So, I thought I would share some good kids’ books about space from our collection.

My Journey to the Stars
by Scott Kelly

Scott Kelly wasn’t sure what he wanted to be when he grew up. He struggled in school and often got in trouble with his twin brother, Mark. Then one day Scott discovered a book about test pilots and astronauts that set him on a new path. His new focus led him to fly higher and higher, becoming first a pilot and then an astronaut, along with his brother—the first twin astronauts in history.

But his greatest accomplishment of all was commanding the International Space Station and spending nearly a year in space, which set the record for the longest spaceflight by an American.

This story of an ordinary boy who grew up to do extraordinary things is perfect for children, aspiring astronauts, and anyone who has ever tried to defy the odds.

To Burp Or Not To Burp: A Guide To Your Body In Space
by Dave Williams

Of all the questions astronauts are asked by kids, the most frequent one is, “How do you go to the toilet in space?” This book not only answers that question, but many others about the effect of zero gravity on the human body: How do you brush your hair in space? What happens when you sweat? What does food taste like?

The best thing is that the answers are provided by Dr. Dave Williams, a NASA astronaut who speaks from first-hand experience. Written for kids ages 7 to 10, this book uses age-appropriate language to explain the different phenomena that astronauts encounter during a mission. The bright, colorful pages, short blocks of text accompanied by photos and humorous illustrations make this a very attractive choice for young readers.

Space!
Senior Editor, Ben Morgan

Truly encyclopedic in scope and fully up-to-date covering the stars and planets, space exploration, and the night sky, Space! is packed with amazing facts and NASA images revealing the wonders of the cosmos — from black holes to the big bang to the planets. Using computer-generated 3D models to explore and open up the most amazing objects in the universe, showing each object in incredible detail, Space! is bursting with facts, infographics, and data boxes. Every topic is covered in depth and detail while remaining easy to understand at a glance.

Exploring Space: From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond
by Martin Jenkins

Told in richly detailed cutaway illustrations by Stephen Biesty and friendly, engaging writing by Martin Jenkins, here is the enthralling story of how we made the great leap into space and what we’ve discovered there. Find out what life is like on the International Space Station, what the chances are that we will ever settle on Mars, where in the solar system we might find alien life, and why visiting other stars will almost certainly remain a dream. Budding astronomers, junior astronauts, and anyone who has ever gazed up at the stars in fascination will pore over this beautifully intricate yet accessible glimpse of the infinite wonders of space.

Hot Days, Cool Events

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It is really hot this summer, so why not cool off and enjoy a fun event in the air-conditioned Library? Here’s what’s coming up at the Library in July:

  • Kids ages 18 & under can enjoy a free lunch every weekday (Monday – Friday) from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm at the library! No registration or identification required.
  • We have three storytimes a week! Join us for stories, songs, and a craft: Tuesdays at 11 am, Thursdays at 11 am, and Thursdays at 6 pm. Plus, every child gets a free book to take home!
  • This month’s Library & Lunch is on Tuesday, July 10 at noon. Bring your lunch and join our discussion of The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce.
  • Join us for “Musical Movie Mayhem” every Wednesday in July at 5:30 pm and on Saturdays, July 14 & 21 at 1:30 pm. Adults, attending this event counts as a stop on your tour badge. Feel free to sing along and have fun! Check our calendar at events.lmlibrary.org for information on which movies we’re watching.
  • Young adults (ages 12 – 19) are invited to play video games every Wednesday at 4 pm! Play our Playstation 4, Xbox One, or Wii. Plus, this Wednesday and July 25, make a fun craft!
  • Young adults can also join us on Thursdays at 6 pm to play Yu-Gi-Oh.
  • It’s really easy for Young Adults (ages 12-19) to participate in our Summer Reading Program! Just check out a book or attend a Summer Reading Event, and you get a scratch ticket that could be a prize-winner! Prizes include free food at area restaurants, earbuds, fidget cubes, and more.
  • Musician Aaron Fowler will be at the library on Thursday the 12th at 11 am. Music, movement, and stories for ages 4 & up.
  • Adults, don’t forget to turn in your slips for reading a book or completing a tour stop every week by Friday at noon for our prize drawing!
  • Every Friday is Fun Day at 2 pm! This week, play our Playstation 4, Xbox, or Wii. Next week, make a fun craft. And on July 27, watch a fun movie and enjoy free popcorn and lemonade!
  • Tuesday, July 17, at 2 pm, learn about Native American dances and traditions from Ken Dixon and Regina Smith.
  • Adults, come to our music trivia contest on Friday, July 20th at 6 pm just after the library closes. You can use one of the library’s laptops to play or bring your own smart phone, tablet or laptop. Play individually or as a team. Questions will cover classic artists like The Beatles and Elvis all the way up to artists of today as well as many kinds of music. Attending this event counts as a stop on your Adult Summer Reading tour badge. You could also win a fun prize!
  • Our End of Summer Reading Party will be on Saturday, July 28 at 1 pm! Enjoy frozen custard and toppings from Freddy’s and celebrate everything you’ve done over the summer.
  • Kids, don’t forget to turn in your Summer Reading Logs at the end of July! If you read at least 25 hours this summer, you get a prize!
  • Recipe Swap is on Tuesday, July 31 at 6:30 pm. Bring a dish you’ve made along with the recipe and enjoy everyone’s dishes! This month, we’re making sides and salads.

Summer Fun at Your Library

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“Libraries Rock!” this summer, and we have a lot of fun events for all ages going on at the library! Here’s what’s coming up in June:

  • It’s not too late for kids ages 0-11 years old to sign up for our Summer Reading Program! If they read (or are read to) at least 25 hours over the course of the summer (until July 28), they get a prize! Sign up at the library or on our website, lmlibrary.org
  • Kids 18 & under can get a free sack lunch every Monday – Friday, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm at the library. No registration or identification is required.
  • Young Adults ages 12 & up, play Yu-Gi-Oh on Mondays at 6 pm!
  • Young Adults (ages 12-19) get a scratch ticket every time they check out a book or come to a Summer Reading Event (limit 2 tickets per day). Scratch for a chance to win a cool prize, including free food, a fidget cube, a Bluetooth speaker, and more!
  • We have three weekly storytimes with stories, songs, and a craft. Children ages birth – 3 years are invited to storytime on Tuesday at 11 am. Ages 4 -6 are invited to storytime on Thursday at 11 am. All ages are invited to storytime on Thursdays at 6 pm. And remember, every child gets a free book at storytime!
  • Library & Lunch is on Tuesday at noon. Bring your lunch and join our discussion of the book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
  • Wednesday at 1:30 pm, Smoky Hills PBS presents a special Daniel Tiger storytime for ages 3-7! Listen to a story, watch a video, and make a craft.
  • Young Adults ages 12 – 19, come play our Wii, Xbox, or Playstation 4 at YA Video Games. Every Wednesday at 4 pm.
  • We also have fun crafts for Young Adults every other Wednesday at 4 pm, including this Wednesday!
  • Thursday at 1 pm, make a Record Clock! Adults only.
  • Adults, don’t forget to turn in slips for books you’ve read and tour stops you’ve completed by Friday at noon to enter our weekly drawing!
  • Friday Fun Day is every Friday at 2 pm! This week, we’ll be watching a fun children’s animated movie. Free popcorn and lemonade will be served. Next week at Friday Fun Day, play our Xbox, Playstation 4, or Wii!
  • Get your hair styled in a cool ‘do at Rock Star Hair Styling, Monday the 18th at 1:30 pm.
  • Tuesday, June 19 at 6 pm, watch a fun Marvel movie! Bring your lawn chair and enjoy free popcorn.
  • Listen to Celtic Knot perform on Thursday, June 21 at 6 pm! Shawn and Allison Reynolds will perform traditional Celtic folk music from the British Isles and beyond.
  • Recipe Swap will be on June 26 at 6:30 pm. Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) and enjoy everyone’s dishes! This month, we’re making dishes with 5 ingredients or fewer.
  • Dan Dan The Magic Man brings his magical, musical tour to the library on Friday, June 29 at 2 pm!
  • Watch our website, lmlibrary.org or our Facebook page (search “Liberal Memorial Library”) for reminders and updates on all our events!

Libraries Rock

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The Summer Reading Program theme for this year is “Libraries Rock!” We will have a lot of music in our events this June & July! Here’s what’s coming up this summer:

Kids ages 0-11 can sign up for Summer Reading Program now at the library or on our website.

No sign-up necessary for young adults (ages 12-19) to participate in our Summer Reading Program! When a young adult checks out a book or comes to a Summer Reading Event, they get a scratch off ticket! (Limit two tickets per person per day.) Most scratch tickets are prize winners. The ones that are not winners are entered to win the grand prize! We have a variety of prizes, including fidget cubes, small speakers, and earbuds.

Adults, complete the stops on our Summer Reading World Tour for prizes! Watch our website for fun summer activities! Watch movies, make crafts, and listen to music.

  • This Saturday at 1:30 pm, Poppa D. Clown will present a musical program for our Summer Reading Kickoff! Free popcorn and drinks will be served.
  • USD 480 is serving free lunches for kids ages 1-18 at the library starting on Monday, June 4. Lunches will be served Monday – Friday, 11:30 am
  • Ages 12 & up can join us for weekly games of Yu-Gi-Oh on Mondays at 6 pm, starting next week!
  • Starting June 5, we will have three weekly storytimes, featuring stories, songs, and a craft! Storytime for ages birth – 3 years old is on Tuesdays at 11 am, ages 4 – 6 years on Thursdays at 11 am, and all ages on Thursdays at 6 pm. Every child gets a free book at every storytime!
  • Mad Science will be here on Tues., June 5 at 1:30 pm to show kids the science of sound.
  • We will have Video Game Day for ages 12 & up on Wednesdays at 4 pm! Plus, we will have a craft for ages 12 & up every other Wednesday at this time.
  • Starting June 8, every Friday is Funday at 2 pm! We’ll be watching movies, building with Legos, playing Video Games, making crafts, and enjoying free refreshments.
  • The next Library and Lunch is on Tuesday, June 12 at noon. Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of the book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
  • Smokey Hills PBS is coming to the library on Wed., June 14 at 1:30 pm with a Daniel Tiger storytime for ages 3-7!
  • Get your hair styled like a Rock Star on Mon., June 18th at 1:30 pm!
  • Dan Dan the Magic Man puts on a magical, musical show on Friday, June 29 at 2 pm!
  • Musician Aaron Fowler will be at the library on Thursday, July 12 at 11 am! Music, movement, and stories for ages 4 and up.
  • Learn about Native American dances and traditions on Tuesday, July 17 at 2 pm! Ken Dixon and Regina Smith will be at the library for this special event.
  • Our End of Summer Reading Party will be on Saturday, July 28 at 1 pm. Enjoy ice cream and celebrate all you’ve done over the summer!

Spring Into Fun At Your Library

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The library has several fun events for all ages this month! Here’s what’s happening in April:

  • This week is the Friends of the Library booksale! Proceeds from the booksale go to help fund Baby’s Bookshelf, the Summer Reading Program, and more!
    • Monday from 6 pm – 8 pm, there will be a reception and sale that is limited to members of the Friends of the Library and LML Board Members.
    • Tuesday & Wednesday – Paperbacks will be $0.50 and all other items will be $1.
    • Thursday – $1 for every bag full of books.
    • Friday, all remaining items are free!
  • Budding Bookworms Storytimes are Tuesdays at 11 am & Thursdays at 6 pm. Join us for stories, songs, and crafts! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime.
  • Do you have questions about 3D printing?  Come to our beginner’s workshop on Monday the 16th at 6 pm to learn how to use the library’s 3D printer. Sign up online or at the front desk.
  • Come make crafts on Wednesday the 18th at 3:45 pm! Adults can make paper flowers, while kids make Mason jar aquariums! Seating is limited, so sign up at the front desk.
  • Adult Game Day is on the 19th at 2 pm. Play Mexican Train Dominoes, Spoons, or the card game “5 Crowns.” Adults only.
  • This month’s Recipe Swap will be on Tuesday the 24th at 6:30 pm. Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations! This month, we’re making Comfort Food.
  • Do your kids need something to do on Friday, the 27th, when they are out of school? The library will be having movie day! Join us for board games at 1 pm, followed by a fun children’s movie at 2 pm! Free popcorn and drinks will be served during the movie.
  • Children and their parents are invited to celebrate Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros (Children’s Day / Book Day) on Saturday the 28th at 1:30 pm! We’ll have a craft, games, snacks, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home.

 

Did you know that we have a parenting section in the children’s department? While your kids are playing with toys, you can look for books with helpful parenting tips and tricks. Here are a couple of parenting books that have been recently added to the collection:

Deep breaths: the new mom’s handbook to your baby’s first year
by Michelle Pearson

As a happy mother of three, [the author] has plenty of wisdom to share including:

what to expect during pregnancy;
what to expect during the first year of motherhood;
the importance of finding your mother tribe;
how to embrace motherhood with all of its ups and downs;
how to continue managing your career;
[and] how to continue your social life.

Staying connected to your teenager: how to keep them talking to you and how to hear what they’re really saying
by Michael Riera

Offers helpful strategies for promoting authentic, respectful conversations; moving from a “managing” to a “consulting” role in a teen’s life; understanding and working with normal adolescent development; and guiding kids on everything from social media to college applications.

Riera shows how to bring out the best in a teen—and, consequently, in an entire family.

Spring Break Fun @ Your Library

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With Easter coming up in a few weeks, I wanted to recommend a couple of good Children’s books about Easter:

The Easter Bunny That Overslept by Priscilla Friedrich: One spring morning, the Easter Bunny skips merrily along to deliver his colorful, hand-painted eggs. But the children tell him that it’s Mother’s Day, which can only mean one thing: HE SLEPT THROUGH EASTER!

Nobody wants eggs on Mother’s Day, or on the Fourth of July — and especially not on Halloween. Children will sympathize with the little bunny’s plight and cheer when Santa finds the perfect gift to help!

10 Easter Egg Hunters: A Holiday Counting Book by Janet Schulman: The adorable kids from 10 Trick-or-Treaters are back and they’re counting their way to Easter!

Can you help them find all of the eggs the Easter Bunny has hidden in time for the Easter Parade?

Do your kids need something to do this week over Spring Break? Well, the library has you covered!

  • Monday at 2 pm: Make a fun craft!
  • Tuesday at 2 pm: Play our XBox, Playstation 4, or Wii!
  • Wednesday at 2 pm: Coloring!
  • Thursday at 2 pm: Build something great with Legos!
  • Friday: Play board games at 1 pm, followed by a fun animated kids’ movie at 2 pm! Free popcorn and drinks will be served during the movie.

We have a lot of other fun stuff coming up through the rest of March:

  • Join us for Storytime Tuesdays at 11 am and Thursdays at 6 pm. Stories, songs, and a craft! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home.
  • Mexican Loteria is this Wednesday at 4 pm! Play the fun Mexican version of Bingo and enjoy free snacks. Sign up at the front desk.
  • Don’t forget about our March Book Madness tournament! Vote for your favorites in three tournaments: Adult books, teen books, and kids’ books. Turn in votes every week for a chance to win our weekly prize drawings! You can vote at the library, or on our website
  • Monday, March 19 at 6 pm: Come to our beginner’s workshop to learn how to use the library’s 3D printer. We will walk through the process of finding a print-ready file online that you can print as is or alter to fit your needs. Sign up online or at the front desk.
  • Adult Game Day is on Thursday, March 22 at 2 pm. Play Mexican Train Dominoes, Spoons, or the card game “5 Crowns.”
  • Our Easter Eggstravaganza is on Saturday, March 24 at 1:30 pm! Kids of all ages and their parents are invited to join us for Easter crafts, stories, games, and prizes! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home.
  • Recipe Swap is on Tuesday, March 27 at 6:30 pm. Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations! This month, we’re making freezer meal dishes.
  • The Library will be closed on Friday, March 30 & Saturday the 31st for Easter.

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought I would tell you about some of our new Valentine’s Day themed books for kids!

Click, Clack, Moo: I Love You! By Doreen Cronin:
It’s Valentine’s Day and on the farm that means a Valentine’s party. Little Duck is wildly excited. She hangs balloons, streamers, sparkling lights, and hearts everywhere, and hand-makes a valentine for everyone.

On top of a hill, a little fox hears the music from the party and follows Little Duck’s many decorations to the barn…but foxes are not at all welcome on farms. The chickens stop dancing. The sheep stop dancing. The pigs stop dancing. The mice hustle off to hide. Will Little Fox ruin the dance? Or, perhaps, she’s just what the party needs!

The Littlest Valentine by Brandi Dougherty:
Emma may be the littlest in the Valentine family, but she knows that she has what it takes to help the family business get ready for the holiday. But Emma just can’t seem to do things the right way like the bigger members of her family, no matter how hard she tries.

Will Emma find a way to help her family on Valentine’s Day, or is the littlest Valentine just too little?

Happy Valentine’s Day, Charlie Brown! By Maggie Testa:
It’s Valentine’s Day and Charlie Brown is trying to find the courage to give the Little Red-Haired Girl a valentine!

With a little encouragement from Lucy, he finally goes for it. Is this the year everything finally works out for Charlie Brown?

Peppa’s Valentine’s Day by Courtney Carbone:
Receiving a pretty Valentine’s Day card in the mail from her friend Zoe Zebra, Peppa Pig learns about the meaning of the holiday and decides to show all of her friends just how special they are to her, in a heartwarming story.

Plus, let me tell you about the great events the library has coming up in February:

  • Storytimes are Tuesdays at 11 am and Thursdays at 6 pm! Join us for stories, songs, and a craft. Plus, every child gets a free book at every storytime.
  • Do your kids need something to do on Tuesday when they’re out of school? Bring them to the library for Video Games at 2 pm! Play our Playstation 4, Xbox, or Wii. All ages welcome.
  • Library & Lunch is this Wednesday at noon. Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of the book A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux.
  • The Library will be closed on Monday, February 19, in observance of Presidents’ Day.
  • USD 480 is out of school on Friday the 23rd – join us at the library at 1 pm to play board games and card games. Then, we will watch a fun children’s movie at 2 pm! Free popcorn and drinks will be served during the movie.
  • This month’s recipe swap will be on Tuesday, the 27th at 6:30 pm. Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) and enjoy everyone else’s dishes! This month, we’re making Crock Pot dishes.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Since tomorrow is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I thought I would tell you about some Children’s books about him:

Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? by Bonnie Bader: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was only 25 when he helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was soon organizing black people across the country in support of the right to vote, desegregation, and other basic civil rights.

Maintaining nonviolent and peaceful tactics even when his life was threatened, King was also an advocate for the poor and spoke out against racial and economic injustice until his death – from an assassin’s bullet – in 1968.

With clearly written text that explains this tumultuous time in history and 80 black-and-white illustrations, this book celebrates the vision and the legacy of a remarkable man.

Dream March: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Washington by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson: Young readers can now learn about one of the greatest civil rights leaders of all time, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in this Level 3 Step into Reading Biography Reader.

Set against Dr. King’s historic march on Washington in the summer of 1963, a moving story and powerful illustrations combine to illuminate not only one of America’s most celebrated leaders, but also one of America’s most celebrated moments.

We March by Shane Evans: On August 28, 1963, a remarkable event took place–more than 250,000 people gathered in our nation’s capital to participate in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

The march began at the Washington Monument and ended with a rally at the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, advocating racial harmony. Many words have been written about that day, but few so delicate and powerful as those presented here by award-winning author and illustrator Shane Evans.

When combined with his simple yet compelling illustrations, the thrill of the day is brought to life for even the youngest reader to experience.

The library will be closed tomorrow (Monday) for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. But, we still have some fun events coming up in the next few weeks:

  • Budding Bookworms Storytimes are Tuesdays at 11 am and Thursdays at 6 pm! Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime.
  • Do your kids need something to do when they’re out of school on the 25th and 26th? Don’t worry, the Library has you covered! Thursday the 25th at 2 pm, build something great at Lego Day! Friday the 26th at 1 pm, join us for board games, followed by a fun children’s animated movie at 2 pm. Free popcorn and drinks will be served during the movie.
  • Recipe swap is on Tuesday the 30th at 6:30 pm! Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s dishes! This month, to help us keep our New Year’s Resolutions, we’re making healthy foods.

Christmastime at Your Library

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Since Christmas is coming fast, I thought I would tell you about a few of the newest Children’s Christmas picture books in our collection:

  •  The Littlest Reindeer by Brandi Dougherty: Dot is the littlest reindeer at the North Pole. Too little to jump. Too little to kick. And too little to fly with Santa. But she’s not too little to help save the day!
  • Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht: With warm joyful art and a rhythmic, read-aloud text, here is a celebration of every festive step in taking home and decorating a Christmas tree.
  • The Christmas Star by Marcus Pfister: From the author of the beloved classic The Rainbow Fish comes a book where various people and animals are drawn by a magnificent star to Bethlehem to see the newborn Christ.

December is a great time to check out a book you can snuggle up with or attend one of our fun, holiday-themed events. Here’s what’s happening at the library through the end of December:

  • Santa is coming to Storytime this week! Join us on Tuesday at 10 am or Thursday at 6 pm to visit with Santa and listen to a story.
  • Library & Lunch is Tuesday at noon! Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.
  • Tuesday at 6 pm, come enjoy Christmas music at the Library! The library will be hosting the Liberal High School Redskin singers under the direction of Tony Claus. Contemporary and classic selections will be performed.
  • Our Ugly Christmas Sweater party is on Thursday at noon. Wear an ugly Christmas sweater for this fun party for adults! Bring a White Elephant gift that costs $10 or less, play games, and eat snacks. Adults only. Sign up on our website, lmlibrary.org or at the front desk.
  • If you signed up, don’t forget to bring your kid(s) to our Gingerbread House Decorating, this Saturday at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm! Children ages 4-11 and their parents can come decorate a gingerbread house! Frosting and all kinds of toppings will be available.
  • Come to our Beginner’s 3D Printing Workshop on Monday the 18th at 6:30 pm to learn how to use the library’s 3D printer. We will walk through the process of finding a print-ready file online that you can print as is or alter to fit your needs. Sign up online at https://lmlibrary.libcal.com/event/3541376 or at the front desk.
  • Don’t forget our regular storytimes, every Tuesday at 10 am and Thursday at 6 pm! Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime.
  • Do your kids need something to do over the long Christmas break? Don’t worry, the library has you covered:
    • On Friday the 22nd at 2 pm, we will be playing video games! Play the library’s Playstation 4, Xbox, or Wii.
    • On Wednesday the 27th at 2 pm, build something great on Lego Day!
    • Thursday the 28th at 2 pm, make a fun craft!
    • Friday the 29th, we will be playing board games at 1 pm, followed by a Children’s animated movie at 2 pm! Free popcorn and drinks will be served during the movie.
    • The Library will be closed on Dec. 25 & 26 for Christmas. We wish all of you a very happy holiday season!