Monthly Newsletter

February Newsletter 2020

Dear Parents, 

Thanks so much for continuing to be great library patrons! We love seeing you and your children at Story Time and other times throughout the week at the library. If you haven’t yet heard, starting this month we are moving Story Time to Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.!! We will be getting rid of our Thursday Story Time and replacing it with Friday. I’m so excited about this change and I know several of you are, too. Spread the word! 

We have lots of great storytime themes this month; including friendship, dancing, and (the one I’m most excited about) breakfast! You can find a full list of themes below. Each theme will be explored through music, games, crafts, learning activities, and of course, books! 

For those of you with young adults (ages 13-17), we would love to have them at Pizza & Pages this month on February 20 at 3:30 p.m.! Pizza & Pages is a book talk program for teens. We eat pizza, play games, and have a guided discussion about what we have been reading lately. This month, I’m thrilled that we will be having a few college students join us to present “Genre Nights”. Pizza & Pages will be collaborating with a Young Adult Literature class from Hannibal-LaGrange University. 3-4 students will be joining us at our monthly event to talk about a genre (fantasy, historical fiction, etc.) and give some great book recommendations in that genre. If you or your teens have any questions about this event, please feel free to contact me. 

As always, I’m open to hearing your questions, comments, or concerns. I’m looking forward to a great month and hope to see you soon! 

Sincerely, 

Molly Briggs Youth Services Librarian 

February Story Time Dates & Themes 

2/4 @ 10:30 a.m. Being Sick & Getting Well 

2/7 @ 10:30 a.m. Dancing/Wiggling 

2/11 @ 10:30 a.m. Friendship 

2/14 @ 10:30 a.m. Valentine’s Day 

2/18 @ 10:30 a.m. Breakfast/Pancakes 

2/21 @ 10:30 a.m. Cookies 

2/25 @ 10:30 a.m. Bath time 

2/28 @ 10:30 a.m. “Leap” Day (jumping/hopping) 

February Notes and Special Events 

2/14 Join us for an extra special Story Time on Valentine’s Day! We will be enjoying Valentine’s Day treats and some special activities. 

2/20 We will have Pizza & Pages for ages 13-17 from 3:30-4:30. 

2/25 Our 2/25 Story Time will focus on bath time. It’s designed to help kids see the fun in taking a bath and to dread it a little less. We will be playing with water trays/sensory toys and while I hope no one gets too wet, there is a small possibility. ☺ 

February Book Recommendations 

Baby/Preschool Tip Tip, Dig Dig by Emma Garcia 

Little ones can learn about big trucks and machines and how they all work together to make something really cool! I really love the illustrations in this book. Winter is Here by Kevin Henkes 

A lovely celebration of the winter season for little ones. 

School Age Insect Superpowers by Kate Messner 

This book gives a great introduction to some really cool bugs. It has comic-style artwork and shows off each bug’s “superpowers”. Grumpy Monkey: Party Time by Suzanne Lang 

Jim Panzee is invited to a party to dance – but he hates dancing! When he lets his friends know, will they still want him at the party? This book is really funny, but teaches great lessons, too. 

Middle-Grade Sisterland by Sally Simukka 

A whimsical fairytale in the style of Alice in Wonderland. This book explores the power of friendship through a magical fantasy setting. (Also features a gorgeous cover to match this gorgeous book!) 

Young Adult The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson 

Maureen Johnson harnesses the captivating power of the classic mystery story in these awesome YA mystery novels. This is the second installment in a trilogy. I read the whole thing in just two sittings. It was that good. Such a fast-paced and exciting book! 

At-Home Activities & Literacy Tips 

Heart Letter Memory Game

This is a super easy memory game you can put together to help children learn their letters. Valentine’s Card Station It’s so easy to put together a station for your child to make cards for siblings, grandparents, or friends. Use colored paper, markers, stickers, glitter, or anything else you might have on hand. Make sure you have some postage stamps on hand to mail to those who may live far away. To get kids thinking, ask them what they love about the person they are making a card for. Help your child write these things on the card.