Monday, April 20

Challenge Day 20: Build a place you'd like to visit from legos, blocks, straws, or something similar! It could be a real place or an imaginary place. Think about all the different parts, and how you could build them with the toys you have. Building cool places at Build Stuff has always been one of my favorite programs at the library--I miss it! So, message, post, or tag us with a picture of the place you build, and tell me about it! #lowvillefreelibrarykidsclub

Read it again: Today's storytime book was Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots by Michael Rex. 

Read Aloud: Chapters 4-5, Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. 


Friday, April 17

Weekend Challenge: Write two letters this weekend (you can write more if you'd like!). Send the first letter to someone you miss. Send the second letter to a helper. You could make a card, draw a picture, write a little storybook, or lots of other things. See what you come up with! Plus, here's a video from Miss Meghan to learn how to address envelopes! Work with your grownup to address the envelopes. 

Some ideas of helpers: doctors and nurses, bus drivers who are delivering school work and food, post office workers, people in local government. There's many, many people who are working really hard to help right now. I think it would make them smile to hear from you! 

Read it again: PAJAMA PARTY! We read Curious George Makes Pancakes, Round by Joyce Sidman, and Look by Fiona Woodcock. 

Read Aloud: Chapter 1-3, Charlotte's Web by E.B. White


Thursday, April 16

Kids Club Challenge Day 18: Tomorrow we’re going to have a pajama party for storytime! So today, plan your party! Pick out pajamas to wear, choose a fun breakfast or snack to have, and where you’d like to read with me tomorrow (I might build a fort to read in!). Then, tune in for storytime tomorrow! I can’t wait! #lowvillefreelibrarykidsclub

Read it again: Someday, Narwhal by Lisa Mantchev


Wednesday, April 15

Kids Club Challenge Day 17: Host your own storytime! Choose a book to read and an activity (craft, game, or song) to go with it. Set up a storytime circle with your family or with stuffed animals (or both!), and take turns leading storytime--present your story and do the activity. Smaller kids can tell their own story or narrate a picture book, and older kids can read a short book. #lowvillefreelibrarykidsclub

No storytime or readaloud today. 


Tuesday, April 14

Challenge Day 16: Find some sunshine or use a bright lamp, and trace shadows. Set a toy up, and lay a piece of paper behind it so the shadow falls on the paper. Trace the shadow. Then, fill in the drawing--add details to the toy, add a landscape or a room. For a bigger project, use a long roll of paper (or tape multiple pieces together) to make a panorama. Trace multiple toys' shadows, and illustrate to tell a story. #lowvillefreelibrarykidsclub

Read it again: Today's storytime book was The Crayon Man by Natascha Biebow. 

Readaloud: Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton. 


Monday, April 13

Challenge Day 15: Put flowers in your windows this week, and let's do it a day early! It seems good for a rainy day. Add a whole garden if you want! (If you want to add a twist, make it multimedia! Make flowers out of multiple materials--paper, tissue paper, fabric, ribbon, clay, legos, etc. Tons of things you could use.) I'd love to see your creations! Message, post, or tag us in photos! #lowvillefreelibrarykidsclub

Read it again: Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson. 

Readaloud: Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton. 


Friday, April 10

Weekend Challenge: Bake a special family recipe together! Do as many parts of the process as you can together--find and choose the recipe, get out the ingredients, bake, and eat (the eating together part is important!). If there's any stories that go along with what you're making, tell them! If you want to add an extra learning element, take a few minutes to explore why the ingredients work together the way that they do. Message, post, or tag us in photos of the special things you're making! Have a lovely weekend, friends!  #lowvillefreelibrarykidsclub

Read it again: Today's storytime book is The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss. 

Readaloud: Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton. 


Thursday, April 9

Challenge Day 13: Do an exercise circle! Write the exercises you've chosen on pieces of paper, and put them out in a circle on the floor (or put them in different areas or rooms of the house if you're tight on space). Each person picks a place to start, and then, counting together to 10, completes their exercise. Everyone moves to the next exercise, counts to 10 again with their exercise, and so on! (Alternate for little kids: Layout the exercise, but do it together, moving from exercise to exercise like Follow the Leader.)

Adapt the exercises to fit your family--choose any or all, add different moves or change the number of reps.

  • Sitting toe touch
  • Standing toe touch
  • Superman stretch
  • Butterfly leg stretch
  • Cat and cow stretch
  • Jumping jacks
  • Scissor jumps
  • Squat jumps
  • Marching band (march in place and pump arms)
  • Crab walk
  • Crunches
  • Push ups
  • Tip-toe raises
  • Box step-up

Read it again: Today's storytime book was Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W Martin. 

Readaloud: Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton. 


Wednesday, April 8

Challenge Day 12: 

Build a fort! What parts of the fort are important to you? Does it have a secret entrance? Twinkle lights inside? One big room or a couple little rooms? Is it decorated? Decide and then build it!

What would you do in a fort, if you could? Read? Pretend you're camping on the frontier? Have a picnic? Watch a movie? (I've done all of these things in forts.) Plan some things that you can do in your fort for the rest of the day.

We'd love to see your forts! Message, post, or tag a picture of your fort. #lowvillefreelibrarykidsclub


Read it again: Today's storytime book was Being Frog by April Pulley Sayre. 

Readaloud: Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton. 


Tuesday, April 7

Challenge Day 11: Let's get ready for Beaver Camp's Easter Egg Hunt! Decorate and put out an egg (or a bunch!). Think about where to put them--what would be fun? Could you put one in a top floor window or on a garage door, as well as in your front window? How about your car's windows? Let's see how many eggs we can get! I'm excited to see them this weekend when I walk around town, but if you want to send, post, or tag us in photos now, I'd love to see you making them! Happy egg-decorating! #lowvillefreelibrarykidsclub

Read it again: Today's storytime book was Bently and Egg by William Joyce. 

Readaloud: Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton. 


Monday, April 6

Challenge Day 10: Read a book from Tumble Books! We were excited that we had the opportunity to add Tumble Books to our collection for the time that we're closed. You can choose a book, and then choose how you'd like to read it--some you can choose to read by yourself and some are read to you. And there's picture books, graphic novels, nonfiction, and more!
If you need somewhere to start, try The Dot, by Peter Reynolds--it's one of my favorites!

Read it again: Today's storytime book was Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion. 

Readaloud: Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton. 


Friday, April 3

Weekend Challenge: Family Lego Battle!

To get started:

- Grab your legos, or other blocks/building toys

- Print or draw a spinner board (link at bottom of post)

To play: Each player around the circle spins to get their challenge. Set a timer (adjust the time to accommodate the age of your kids, or with younger kids, work in teams), and everyone tries to complete their challenge in the time. At the end of the round, take time to talk about what you built, what was most difficult, and why. Play 5 rounds, or adapt as needed. Follow up with ice cream (optional). 

Alternate: Instead of a spinner, choose 11 of the challenges, number them 2-12, and use dice!

Lego Challenge Spinner

Read it again: Today's storytime book was Happy Birthday to You! by Dr. Seuss. 

Readaloud: Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton. 


Thursday, April 2

Day 8 Challenge: It feels like a finger puppet kind of day to me! Make little puppets (for your fingers or on a popsicle stick, etc.) and then put on a puppet show. As always, I'd love to see them! Message, comment, or tag us. #lowvillefreelibrarykidsclub

Read it again: Today's storytime book was Packs: Strengh in Numbers by Hannah Salyer. 

Readaloud: Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton. 


Wednesday, April 1

Day 7 Challenge: Kids Club Challenge Day 7: Find something to wear that makes you brave, and wear it today! What makes you feel brave? Is it dressing up like a superhero or a knight? Is it your favorite shirt? Or a beautiful dress? Maybe dressing up like your favorite character from a story? Or a firefighter? Be brave today, friends! I'd love to see it--message or post a photo or tag us! #lowvillefreelibrarykidsclub 

Read it again: Today's storytime book was Little Bear's Trousers by Jane Hissey. 

Readaloud: Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton. 


Tuesday, March 31

Day 6 Challenge: Add a message to your windows. Did you put up hearts, rainbows, or both? Leave them up, but add a message to make people smile, laugh, and feel better. It could be a picture, a word, a joke... lots of things. What would you like to say to people? And while you're at it, put up a message where you'll see it--on the bathroom mirror, next to your bed, or where you do school or projects. What would make YOU smile, laugh, or feel better? Make a reminder! #lowvillefreelibrarykidsclub 

Read it again: Today's storytime book was 1 2 3 The Farm and Me by Maddie Frost

Readaloud: Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton


Monday, March 30

Day 5 Challenge: It's the start of a new week and we've all been home for awhile now. It's time for a dance party! Take turns choosing songs from movie soundtracks to dance to. (Some suggestions: The Greatest Showman, Trolls, The Little Mermaid, You've Got Mail, La La Land.) Bonus ideas:
- Play 'Follow the Leader' where one person leads the dance, and everyone else copies them.
- Combine a dance party and some chores, like tidying the house or making dinner--turn up the music, start grooving, and get some work done together.
- Use dance parties as a break. If you're having a hard time getting through work and school assignments, take a break to dance to one song every hour. It'll get your heart rate up, get the wiggles out, and make you laugh--all of which will make it easier to get back to work. #lowvillefreelibrarykidsclub 

Read it again: Today's storytime book was The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld


Friday, March 27

Weekend Challenge: 
(On weekends we'll post a challenge that might take a little extra time. Here's your first one!)
Choose somewhere to explore over the weekend (all while practicing safe social distancing)! Here's some ideas:

  • Print a map and draw a route to walk. Choose streets you've never walked down, or make your route in a shape (a letter, number, or actual shape). Then go for a long walk!
  • Visit a state park or hiking trail you've never tried before. Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust has a Places to Explore page on their website!
  • Go for a drive. Take turns deciding which way to turn, or decide on a pattern before you leave (right, right, left, etc.)
  • See if you can find all of the libraries or fire departments in Lewis County (there are 12 of each!).

As always, we'd love to see what you do--show us where you ended up this weekend! Post, message, or tag us in a photo! #lowvillefreelibrarykidsclub

Read it again: Today's storytime book was Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss. 


Thursday, March 26

Day 3 Challenge: After reading The Box Turtle, make your own turtle shell from a box... or something else you can find! Could you make a shell from a box? Yep! Could you make a shell from a bag? That could work! Could you make a shell from some paper or a sweatshirt or a laundry basket? Sure! If you want to do even more, make a habitat for a turtle (with your shell on, that's you!). A habitat is a home. What would a turtle need for a home? Build it! (You can be creative or use your imagination for the things that you can't actually add, like water.) Comment, message, or tag us with a photo-I have such a fun time looking through your pictures. #lowvillefreelibrarykidsclub 

Read it again: Today's storytime book was The Box Turtle by Vanessa Roeder. 


Wednesday, March 25

Day 2 Challenge: Look up America's Test Kitchen Kids, and do something fun (or maybe a couple things)! There's recipes, trivia, and super cool crafts and experiments. I have my eye on the 'That's a Fruit?' quiz and the 'Flatbreads' recipe... and maybe 'How to Season with Salt.' There's too many fun things! Like yesterday, I would LOVE to see what you do--send a picture to the library or tag us when you post! #lowvillefreelibrarykidsclub 

Read it again: Today's storytime book was Little Cloud by Eric Carle. 


Tuesday, March 24

Day 1 Challenge: Put a rainbow in a window of your house! Like hearts last week, let's put rainbows in our windows for everyone walking and driving to see. Your rainbow could be made of paper, or fabric, or something else, and could be in a regular rainbow shape or a different shape! See what you can come up with. When you're done, you could take a picture and send it to the library, or post and tag us! This week, when you go for a walk or a drive around town, see how many rainbows you can find. #lowvillefreelibrarykidsclub

Read it again: Today's storytime book was Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson.