March Newsletter 2020
Welcome to March! I have a month full of Story Times with spring themes planned so I’m crossing my fingers spring comes early this year! I’m excited about this change in seasons and so excited for all the fun going on at the library this month! As usual, we have Story Time every Tuesday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. You can find a list of all our dates and themes below.
If you haven’t seen her yet, make sure you come to check out our new gator friend, Gladys! (See picture below). She is our new sensory toy and you can find her hanging out on the wall in the Children’s Department. Gladys is perfect for busy hands and encouraging sensory development in children. Come meet her!
Pizza & Pages is coming up on March 19 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. This event is for ages 13-17. This month we are discussing historical fiction, so I’m encouraging teens to bring their favorite historical fiction book to discuss. As always, we will also have games and lots of PIZZA!
If you have any questions about anything going on at the library this month, please feel free to ask. I’d love to hear from you!
Wishing you a happy and healthy spring season,
March Story Time Dates & Themes
3/3 @ 10:30 a.m. Butterflies
3/6 @ 10:30 a.m. Rainstorms
3/10 @ 10:30 a.m. Art
3/13 @ 10:30 a.m. Balloons
3/17 @ 10:30 a.m. Green
3/20 @ 10:30 a.m. Springtime
3/24 @ 10:30 a.m. Houses & Homes
3/27 @ 10:30 a.m. Ducks
3/31 @ 10:30 a.m. Socks & Shoes
February Book Recommendations
The Animal Pokey
I love this board book! It’s so cute and perfect for toddlers to get them reading and the follow-along actions will get them moving!
Time for Bed, Pete the Kitty by James Dean
Pete the Cat is always such a hit with kids. Pete the Kitty is perfect for Pete’s smaller fans.
I Need a Hug by Aaron Blabley
A porcupine wants a hug… but all of his friends are afraid of his spikes! This book is so cute and funny.
Blue Planet: Life in Our Rivers and Oceans by Moira Butterfield
This book is beautiful! The illustrations are stunning throughout, and it also provides great information about the world’s water and the creatures that live in it.
Nessie Quest by Melissa Savage
I’m so excited to read this soon! It’s about two friends on a quest to find the Loch Ness monster. I love legends like the Loch Ness monster, and putting it in a modern setting sounds so fun!
Some Places More than Others by Renee Watson
Amara is so excited to visit Harlem and meet her extended family, but her idealistic picture of the city is quickly shattered once she arrives. Amara learns about her family, her history, and connecting with both of these, in this new middle-grade book.
Young Adult Fiction
The Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier
This book is just so sweet. It takes place in a grand old hotel in the Swiss Alps and follows 17-year-old Sophie, who is interning at the hotel. She gets into all sorts of crazy adventures, from terrible babysitting jobs to hunting down jewel thieves.
The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody
I LOVE road trip novels. I just started this one but so far it’s no exception. Ali’s absent father has just died and left her in possession of his valuable vintage car, which Ali decides to sell. After someone buys the car, she plans her trip to the buyer. However, she can’t drive the car’s stick shift…but her ex-boyfriend can. The two set out on a road trip full of adventure and surprises.
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
Free printables are THE BEST! This one is a name recognition flower garden activity from Tot Schooling that will help your little one learn the letters in their name. It’s so important to get kids recognizing letters as this will help them later on when they start reading.
Another free printable. This one is for playdoh mats! We have a lot of fun with playdoh at Story Time, and these mats help kids get even more creative by giving them prompts of what to make with their playdoh. Super cool and a super-easy way to get kids thinking creatively! You could also incorporate literacy into this activity by asking the kids to make up stories about their creations. Storytelling and being able to give details in order is one of the building blocks of literacy.