Children’s Blog

Festive Cupcakes!

The holidays are right around the corner and we wanted to do something extra festive to celebrate! We couldn't think of a better way to kick-off the holiday season than to learn some fancy, holiday, cupcake decorating tips! Thank you to our friend and culinary craft extrodinarre Christi Showman Farrar who taught us all how to make these very special cupcakes!

 

Kids ages 7+ learned how to make their cupcakes look like Tukeys, Pies and Presents. Everyone had a great time! Sweet!

Little Red Riding Hood with CactusHead Puppets

Last Thursday afternoon, CactusHead Puppets entertained us with a funny update of the Little Red Riding Hood story (the hapless wolf tried to steal Red's snacks before Grandma fought him off with kung fu). Afterwards, they answered questions about how they created both their papier mache and shadow puppets. 

If you're interested in creating your own puppets please ask the Children's Librarian to recommend some books. A particularly good one to get you started is The Muppets Make Puppets.

Halloween Happenings!

We love Halloween here at the library! We've been celebrating all month long! Our friend Mary Jo Maichack stopped by to sing us spooky songs and tell us scary stories, we've been making a lot of very creepy crafts and some kids even came dressed in their Halloween best for storytime! Trick or Treat! Happy Halloween!

 

 

 

 

Hula Hooping!

We love discovering new, different and interesting programs for kids! We were thrilled to find Pinto Bella Hoops, a program that teaches kids of all ages how hula hooping can add fun, excercise and excitement to their day. The program was a great combination of entertainment and instruction. The kids also had a chance to play games and try out different sized hula hoops. Everyone had a fantastic time!

Check out Pinto Bella's glowing hula hoop!

Young Reader Review!

Here at the Winchester Public Library we love it when young readers get really excited about a new book! Often kids come in and want to tell us all about a great, new book they just read! We figured if they love the book then another child might love it too and thus “Young Reader Reviews” was born….

Meet our first (hopefully of many) young reviewers! Here’s what she thought of Wendy Mass’ The Last Present:

“I liked The Last Present very much. I especially enjoyed the clever prevention of upcoming problems and the mystery of Angelina D’Angelo’s unknown childhood. The book might be a tiny bit confusing to younger kids (especially if they have not read the whole series), but I definitely recommend this book!”

 

Let Children Enjoy Reading

"Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child’s love of reading. Stop them reading what they enjoy or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like—the 21st-century equivalents of Victorian ‘improving’ literature—you’ll wind up with a generation convinced that reading is uncool and, worse, unpleasant."

--Neil Gaiman, Newbery Medal author of The Graveyard Book