Brace yourselves! If you're in need of some fun and, above all, easy winter activity and programming ideas, we have you covered. Our Winter Pinterest board has a ton of suggestions chosen especially for ease of use and low cost, including such gems as a candy cane hunt in the library, Frozen family night, making snow slime, gingerbread coding, and of course, free printables.
And you may want to check out our Library Displays board, which has tons of winter-themed ideas. Enjoy!
My Penworthy Pick is The I'M NOT SCARED Book by New York Times bestselling author Todd Parr. Parr's award-winning books have helped children around the world deal with sensitive issues, introduce change through positive messages and gentle logic, and increase literacy. Your young patrons will love the brightly illustrated pages while they explore fearful situations and alternative ways of looking at what they see as scary. For example, "Sometimes I'm scared of what's under my bed." vs. "I'm not scared once I clean everything out and see all my favorite toys." - or- "Sometimes I'm scared of monsters and ghosts" vs. "I'm not scared when I see that they aren't real." The Scary vs. Not Scary format is a great way to help kids see solutions to their fears. The I'M NOT SCARED Book is just darling, great for a bedtime read-aloud, a counselor's office, or to prompt a discussion session with little kids. It would be a great addition to your library shelf next to the scary books!
Todd Parr's website has some wonderful printable activities available for free download (not specific to this book, but lots of fun).
By Rebecca Cejka, Penworthy Representative
International Games Week (previously International Games Day), an initiative of ALA, is coming up October 29-November 4, 2017! The aim is “to reconnect communities through libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.” Gaming, from board to video, is a logical extension of what libraries do, and is a great way to encourage young patrons to spend more time in the library. Here are some ideas and resources for International Games Week, or for ongoing gaming programs at any time of the year:
One Cozy Christmas by M. Christina Butler, and adorably illustrated by Tina Macnaughton, is a fabulous picture book! As in the other ten books in the beloved series, it features Little Hedgehog and his furry friends: Badger, Fox, Rabbit and a family of mice. The friends spend the days leading up to Christmas together, and though the visit starts happily, grumpiness abounds the next morning. Fox's paws have been stepped on, Rabbit can't find his socks, and someone was snoring all night. Worst of all, someone ate a cookie that had been hanging on the tree, and Little Hedgehog's special hat goes missing! Readers will smile once the identity of the cookie eater and hat thief is revealed on Christmas morning, and they will enjoy the spirit of camaraderie that infuses the story.
This sweet book is perfect for any story hour or read-aloud opportunity, as it tells a fun tale of what can go wrong as Christmas approaches, and also conveys the true meaning and importance of Christmas. Little Hedgehog is often wearing his furry, red hat throughout the book which provides a fun "touch and feel" element...engaging even the youngest readers as each page turns!
By LauraLee Bartley, Penworthy Representative
Happy fall! Schools and libraries across the country will observe National Bullying Prevention Month this October, culminating with Unity Day on 10/25. Since 2006, the initiative has helped shift thinking away from bullying as normal childhood experience, and toward the understanding that it is damaging and unacceptable, but can be stopped through education. Facebook, Disney, Instagram, CNN, Yahoo! Kids, and many others now support the initiative. Here’s a round-up of helpful resources on this timely topic:
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