Monthly Newsletter

January 2021 Children’s Department Newsletter

Hello and Happy New Year!

I love the feeling of a fresh start and today as I prepare for a new year in the Children’s Department I’m so excited for all that is to come. I’m so thankful that you and your children are a part of the library. Your children are why I do what I do! I’m looking forward to a year of fun, learning, and lots of reading.

As we are still closed for curbside service only, we do not have a lot of events this month. However, I am excited for some very special virtual story times! Each week we will have a craft kit to go with the story. You can call and request a craft kit to be picked up via curbside. Most notably, we will be having a special bedtime Story Time on January 12. This Story Time will go live at 7:30pm. We will be talking about hibernating animals and doing some really fun games and activities! Your kiddos can join us in their coziest PJ’s with a mug of hot chocolate. It will be so fun and cozy!

If you’re not part of our Virtual Story Time group yet, you can search “Marion County Library Virtual Story Time” on Facebook and request to join. A list of Story Time dates and themes for this month are below.

We will also be having Virtual Pizza & Pages for ages 12-18 on Friday, January 22 at 4:00pm. All teens are welcome to attend! We will be doing some fun virtual games and, of course, book talk about some new, really exciting books! If your teen would like to attend, please email me at I can send you access to the Zoom meeting.

Please let me know if you have any questions about anything upcoming. Have a wonderful month!


Molly Briggs

Youth Services Librarian


Virtual Story Times

January 5: Snow/Cold Weather Theme with Snowman made from egg carton craft (12:00pm on Facebook)

January 12: Hibernating Animals Theme with “Bear in a Cave” craft (7:30pm on Facebook)

January 19: Kindness Theme with DIY Kindness Calendar (12:00pm on Facebook)

January 26: Penguins Theme with Cut and Glue Penguin Craft (12:00pm on Facebook)


Ms. Molly’s Book Picks for January


I Can Only Draw Worms by Will Mabbit

A counting book with a hilarious twist. This one will make children and adults chuckle

School Age

Ty’s Travels series by Kelly Starling Lyons

This new series of leveled readers is perfect for those learning to read. Ty is a little boy who loves adventure! Whether on a train or on skates, he is sure to have fun in his travels.

Middle Grade

The Van Gogh Deception by Deron Hicks

This wild ride of a book is sure to keep your middle schooler entertained. My 12 year old brother read and approved this book! It’s a mystery involving famous works of art. The book features QR codes that you can scan with your phone to view the works of art the book talks about. Super cool! We also have the sequel: The Rembrandt Conspiracy.

Young Adult

Cut Off by Adrianne Finlay

This book feels like a mix between The Hunger Games and an episode of Survivor. Four teens are taking part in a survival reality TV show, but when they lose all communication with the producers, they start to realize things have gone very wrong. Very exciting and engrossing. (Note: I would recommend this book for high school and above. It got very intense at points and it might be a bit too much for younger readers.)


January At-Home Activities

Snow Themed Literacy/Math Activities

This link has so many good literacy ideas, but my favorite is the snowman literacy or math activity! So easy but so fun and cute.

“Snowball” Counting

Use cotton balls as snowballs! Write a number on a small piece of paper, then ask your child to put that many snowballs next to the paper. When you’re finished, you can use your snowballs for a snowball fight. J