Pajamapalooza and more
Join us for the “Pajamapalooza” program being held on Monday, October 26 from 7:00 – 7:45pm. This program is for children in grades 2 – 4 and includes a book discussion, snack, and craft — and the children can even wear their PJs! We will discuss What You Never Knew About Beds, Bedrooms & Pajamas by Patricia Lauber at the program, but participants are not expected to read it beforehand. Pick up a copy of the discussion worksheet at the Circulation Desk, or download it from the Library’s website, so the children can share with others about their bedrooms at home! Registration opens September 28th.
Youthful singers ages 4-10 can join Caroling Kids at Briggs. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings, November 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th from 6:30 – 7:00 pm. Participants will be singing at the Dec. 3rd Holiday Program. Registration is required and begins Oct. 13th.
Children ages 2-4 (and their participating grownup) will “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” to all the great stories during our next Simple Storytime! The program will feature stories, music, and a game, and will run Tuesday mornings from 10:30-11:00, October 20 – November 17. Registration for this program is required and now open.
Chapter Chatter: Thanks A Lot!
Boys and girls, ages 6 to 8 years old (independent listeners) are invited to join us in showing our thanks to those we appreciate and those in need. Library staff will select and read chapter books about stories of thanks over the course of 4 weeks. Kids will be making a “warm” craft, a yummy treat, letters of thankfulness, and other theme related fun. We will meet on Monday evenings, November 2 – November 23, 7-7:45 pm. Registration is required and begins on Monday, October 5th.
LEGO Block Party
Both LEGO and Duplo blocks will be available at our next LEGO Block Party, where we will try to build Halloween creations. The program will be held at the Train Depot across the street from the Library on Tuesday, October 27, from 6:30-7:30pm, and is open to children ages 2-11 (children ages 2-3 with a participating adult). Registration is required & opens Tuesday, October 6.
Holiday Cartoon Program
“Kids, Cartoons, and Crafts” is the Library’s new holiday movie program that will feature a short cartoon, a craft, a game, and a snack. Independent children ages 4-8 are invited to celebrate Halloween on Tuesday, October 20 from 6:30-7:30pm as we watch Bugs Bunny’s Howl-oween Special. Registration for this free program is required and is now open.
A super thank you from Chapter Chatter Kids to: Under-Sheriff Larry Jerue and Deputy Rod Beals for sharing their time and knowledge while guiding us through a courtroom and more in the Court House. Thank you to Captain Wineland of the St. Johns Fire Department for allowing us to visit the station and get very close to lots of interesting things. Thank you to David Wilson from the Clinton Area Ambulance Service for giving his time and expertise about ambulances, what is in them and how they work. The Library really appreciates our local home-town heroes giving the Chapter Chatter Kids and their parents a very personal behind-the scenes look at what goes on in their line of work.
Last in the Library Book Club
Copies of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the first selection for our parent/child book club, are now available. This charming story of a 12-year-old orphan boy who lives in the wall of a Paris train station is told in both pictures and text. The publisher recommends this book for children in grades 4-6, but the club is open to all who can read the material and would like to discuss it. The club will meet Saturday, October 10 from 3:00 – 4:00pm. Please note: the Library closes at 3:00pm on Saturdays, so please plan on arriving a few minutes early. Registration for this program is now available.
Life was meant to be colorful. Crayons and Paint and Pencils…THEY ROCK! Register your prereaders for this fun and creative storytime. Sessions are designed for independent listeners’ ages 4 to 6 years old. This program will feature colorful tales, creative art, music and a snack or game. So mark your calendar for Thursday evenings, 6:30-7pm, from October 15 – Nov. 19th. Registration is required and open @ this time. “We are a box of crayons, each one of us unique, but when we get together the picture is complete!”
When the Bookaholics meet next they will be discussing Room by Emma Donoghue. Five-year-old Jack lives in a single room with his Ma and has never been outside. When he starts to ask questions, his mother reveals to him that there is a world beyond the walls. Told entirely in Jack’s voice, this is no horror story or tearjerker, but a celebration of resilience and the love between parent and child. The Club meets Thursday, October 15 at 12:00pm at the Library or at 7:30pm at Bruno’s Bar. Copies of the book are now available.
If you are looking for a good book to read here is a list of titles that Library staff enjoyed or found informative in the last month.
Fiction: Devil’s Bridge by L. Fairstein, Who Do You Love by J. Weiner, Badlands by C.J. Box, Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay, Perfect Touch by E. Lowell, Murderer’s Daughter by J. Kellerman, The Blue by L. Clarke, Keeper’s Reach by C. Neggers and If You Only Knew by K. Higgins.
Non-fiction: Live Your Life for ½ the Price by M. Hunt and The Microbiome Solution by R. Chutkan.
Miss Marie’s Juvenile Picks: Diary of a Mad Brownie by B. Coville, Book Scavenger by J. Bertman and Saving Mr. Terupt by R. Buyea.
Library Director: Sara Morrison
Phone: 989-224-4702 * Fax: 989-224-1205
Street address: 108 E Railroad * Saint Johns, MI 48879