September 2020 Children’s Department Newsletter
Welcome to September! I hope your family is adjusting well to the new school year and that you had a wonderful summer. We are slowing down here at the library after the rush that is the Summer Reading Program. We had an INCREDIBLE summer of reading! Even though our program was virtual, that didn’t deter our readers. Our 112 Summer Reading participants read a total of 1,476 hours this summer! I’m so proud of the awesome job they did and I can’t wait for next summer.
Moving into the fall season, I wanted to give you a couple of pieces of news. First, we are still not having any in-house library activities. This means we are still not able to have story time in person. All summer, I’ve been posting virtual story times on our Facebook page. Moving into the fall, this will continue. However, now that I have a bit more time on my hands we will be adding additional content to these story times. You can expect songs, multiple stories, and learning activities to be included. These will be posted every Tuesday and Friday at 12:00 p.m.
Also, we have an abundance of leftover craft kits from the Summer Reading Program. If you need some boredom busters for your family, please feel free to pick one up. I will have a selection in the children’s room available for pickup. Beginning in October I am hoping to have craft kits available to go with our virtual story time themes so watch for those!
Finally, I will be on vacation the week of September 7, so there will be no virtual story time on September 8th or September 11th.
Please let me know if you have any questions! I hope to see you soon at the library.
Youth Services Librarian
Ms. Molly’s Book Picks for September
We have so many wonderful new children’s books in! Here are the ones I’m most excited about.
Bath Time by Eric Walters and Christine Battuz
This sweet book has lots of great animal illustrations and a fun rhyme to help children see the fun in bath time.
It’s You I Like: A Mr. Rogers Poetry Book
Who doesn’t love Mr. Rogers? This sweet book features the lyrics to one of his best-known songs.
Ray by Marianna Coppo
Ray is one of our newest picture books and the one I’m most excited about. Ray is a rather lonely lightbulb living in a coat closet who goes on an exciting adventure. It’s so sweet and clever.
Beatrix the Bold series by Simon Mockler
These are perfect for upper-elementary students who are starting to read chapter books. Beatrix is a spunky heroine living in a castle who gets into all sorts of mischief.
Clean Getaway by Nic Stone
I keep going to grab this book from the shelf to read it and every time it has been checked out! In this story set in the American south, an eleven year old boy goes on a spontaneous road trip with his grandmother and discovers history behind the Civil Rights movement and how it impacts him today. A timely and age appropriate look at issues that make up our current events.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
I was a teen when The Hunger Games series became a phenomenon. Thus, when I heard that Suzanne Collins was releasing a prequel to this series, I freaked out. This book takes a look at the origins of the Games and provides some fascinating context and backstory for fans of the series.
Rogue Princess by B.R. Meyers
This is a Cinderella retelling set in space! I thought it was really cool and exciting. It was full of action, plot twists, and great characters.
September At-Home Learning Activities
http://www.ourmontessorihome.com/johnny-appleseed-apple-mini-theme-unit/ September means apples in my mind! I love this apple unit from Our Montessori Home. The activities are perfect for little ones who aren’t in school yet and helps develop skills like counting, critical thinking, and fine motor skills. It has lots of great ideas to incorporate into your child’s day.