Sunday, March 10 – Bring your lunch to the Family Matinee Cafe!
Celebrate the Irish with this Disney Family Movie that tells the tale of an Irish caretaker who manages to get three wishes from Brian, the King of the Leprechauns!
This movie received 4 1/2 stars from those who purchased it through Amazon.com. Why not bring the family and see if you agree? Register online and bring your ticket to the library community room, or sign up that day.
Daria will return with music and instruments from around the world for a special family concert on Sunday, February 24, at 2:00 p.m. Bring the kids and prepare to have fun making lots of LOUD music with Daria!
Get a sneak preview by visiting Daria’s website, where you can also learn to make some musical instruments:
All ages and abilities are welcome!
Parents must remain with the children at all times.
Please register online or at the Children’s Desk. Be sure to register everyone in your party, print your ticket, and bring it with you to the performance.
Parents and students are welcome to stop by and watch six chess students match wits with Mayor Brian Levine in a simultaneous chess tournament!
When: Sunday, February 3 @ 1:30 pm
Where: Children’s Program Room, Franklin Township Main Library
Mayor Levine will play all six students at the same time.
Parents and guests may come to watch but may not help or coach. The players have already been chosen and have attended a special practice session.
There will be a photo session afterward so that children can have their pictures taken with the mayor.
Children and families made 4 1/2 dozen snowflakes to honor the students of Sandy Hook Elementary School, and we hung them in the window of the Children’s Program Room to display during some winter-themed programs. After that, someone brought an additional 2 dozen made by kindergarten students in another town. We sent them all on their way to Connecticut.
All were so carefully crafted by the children. One of them had the entire alphabet written around different points of the paper snowflake. Some others had pieces of paper with pretty patterns cut to perfectly fit the lines that radiate from the snowflake’s center. Many were luminous with bright colors.
Thanks to all who participated in this special project!
The CT PTO is collecting snowflakes
to welcome the students of Sandy Hook
to their new school on January 12.
Ask for a snowflake at the Children’s Desk
and use the materials provided
in the Children’s Program Room to decorate it.
Hand it in at the Children’s Desk and we will send it.
All ages are welcome to make a snowflake!
Parents: It is up to you to decide what to tell your child about this activity.
You may simply say that you are decorating a snowflake for a needy child.
Please be mindful of other families in the room during your conversations.
Please note that, for safety, children younger than 11 years must be with an adult at all times while in the library.
Five Little Monkeys shadow puppets
Nappy’s Puppets will present a very special shadow puppet theater presentation Shadows Around the World. Click on the link above to watch the Five Little Monkeys now, and then see it live on December 16!
When: Sunday, December 16 @ 2:00 p.m.
Who: Children ages 3 years and older, with their families
Please register in person or by telephone to get free tickets.
The library is open and offering a haven for those without power and heat after the storm. The Youth Services department is offering spontaneous drop-in crafts in the Children’s Program Room, and every available outlet is being used for charging patron devices.
Sustained attention: The amount of time that someone can focus on a task without becoming distracted.
Most educators agree that the ability to focus one’s attention on a task is crucial to learning.
The ability to listen and focus is developmental, but there are things that can help your child to increase that ability at a young age. Attending the library’s nursery rhyme programs can introduce your child to a group setting and help your child increase his or her ability to focus on the task at hand – in this case, listening to a story and learning some popular nursery rhymes and songs.
Here is how you can help:
• Listen to the story and recite the rhymes: Babies and toddlers tend to focus on adults more than on other children. When you, as an important adult in their lives, focus on the story and actively take part in the rhymes, it sets an example your child will want to follow.
• Give your child a snack before coming to the library: The ability to pay attention is hampered by hunger, so if it’s been a while since your child’s last meal, try to give a snack before you come to the library. Remember that no food or drink is allowed in the library itself.
• Choose a program time that best coordinates with your child’s nap time: Fatigue can affect the child’s ability to pay attention. We offer the rhymes programs twice on Thursday evenings and twice on Friday mornings to make it easier to find the time that’s best for your child.
• Be on time as often as possible: It’s difficult to plan for every little thing that can happen when you are dealing with babies and toddlers, but your child will benefit most from the rhymes program when he or she is present at the start. The program follows a plan that is repeated from week to week so that the routine becomes familiar, and each rhyme or song is chosen carefully to help your child keep or refocus attention on the librarian who leads it.
• If you do arrive after the program starts: Wait to enter between rhymes, and do so as quietly as possible. Sit in the back so that the other children are not distracted. A good time to enter is when everyone claps after each rhyme.
• Attend the program frequently: Children are able to focus their attention best when something is familiar. Repeated attendance at the rhymes programs will soon make your child familiar with the routine and help your child feel confident in reciting the rhymes and taking part in the actions.
How We Do It and Why:
• Gathering: We gather everyone from the public children’s area and enter the program space together. Why? Because it helps us all to start on the same page. We have moved from being individuals in a public space to being a group here for a purpose. By entering the room when it’s time for the program to start, the children have not had a chance to become too familiar with it or get bored or be distracted by the props and puppets waiting to introduce the rhymes. We can greet and welcome each person at the door as they enter, which helps your child connect with the librarian who is presenting the program.
• Repetition: Each rhyme is repeated two or three times. Because repetition plays an important part in learning, this will help your child become familiar with the rhyme, and will help boost confidence in your child’s ability to recite and take part in the rhyme once he or she learns it.
• Following the “road map:” There are some rhymes that we always do. This gives the children a pattern or “road map” to follow once they become familiar with the program.
• Clapping: Research shows that no matter the age, we are able to sustain attention for only a limited amount of time, and then we either move on to another task, take a break, or refocus on the activity at hand. When we clap after each rhyme, it serves multiple purposes: It serves as a “break” that will allow the child to refocus attention on the next rhyme; it makes the activity of reciting the rhymes more enjoyable and thus makes it easier to pay attention; and it helps to build confidence in the child’s ability to recite the rhyme. It’s also something that even babies can do successfully!
• Reading a book: By reading one book during the 15-minute program, the children begin to connect books with an enjoyable activity. The books for this program are chosen because they have bold illustrations that will stand out in a group setting; they are short with one story line; they have phrases that can be repeated by the children and parents; and they have some element of surprise or suspense. (To see a list of some of the books we like to use, see additional posts below)
- material copyright Youth Services, 2011