Friday, December 17, 2010

Winter Storytime Schedule

The winter storytime schedule is now available. Sign ups will NOT be until January 18th, but you can view the schedule as well as a description of the storytimes now to find the best program that suits your child's age and ability.

Baby Bookworms, Music and Movement, Terrific Twos and Threes and LegoMania will all be returning for weekly programs that must be registered for. Don't miss the new program Rhythm and Rhyme lead by Xenda Laramie too!

You can also save the date for special events, Dads and Donuts, Chess for Kids, Holiday Storytimes and Health & Happiness at your Library.

To view more on these programs, click the link for Children's Seasonal Programs or stop in to the Children's Room for a flyer.

Story Writing Contest Winners!

Congrats to all who participated in our story writing contest this November! We had a great number of entries and our judges had a hard time deciding just who would take the places.

The stories are available in the children's room for viewing and reading.

And next time you see one of these folks - make sure to give them a big congratulations!


: “Ariel’s Bear Goes to Hebrew School” by Ariel G.

: “Beatrice and Olive at the Country Fair” by Annabelle S.

: “My Little Brother” by Caralyn C.

4th-6th GRADE

: “Joe and the Unusual Friend” by Davey W.

: “Mr. Frog’s Adventures” by John M.

: “A Summer Trip to Remember” by Shayne B.

Honorable Mentions: (In No Particular Order)

 1st-3rd GRADE:
“Fire People” by Alexis D.
“Cristal the Unicorn” by Ella P.
“When the Cablebox Strikes” by Scott J.
“Mars vs. Neptune” by Connor R.
“The Tale of the Helping Pandas” by Alexander T.
“Dinosaurs in the Forest” by Elijah S.
“The White and Black Loons and the Orange-Beaked Seagull” by Tess C.
“The Blob of HJ City” by Leo G.

4th-6th GRADE:
“Big Scary Werewolf Mystery” by Robby D.
“A Little Bit of Magic” by Lily S.
“Orian’s Quest” by Sarah M.
“Sunset Hill” by Porter D.
“The Trip to Freedom” by Nina D.
“Secret Revealed” by Katie R.
“The Unknown Queen” by Bryn S.
“The Mysterious Goose” by Amy T.
“The Land in the Box” by Emily M.
“The Power of Good and Evil” by Michelle M.
“The Christmas Kitten” by Rose W.
Tracy’s Adventure” by Liam S.
“The Lonely Tree” by Emma C.

Many thanks to our esteemed panel of judges:

Sarah Lauderdale, Head of Reference, H-W Library
Emily Redinbo, Local Author and Teacher
Sandra Trapani, Editor, Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle

and to Pat Purdy, Owner of the Banbury Cross Bookshop of Wenham, for the generous donation of all of the wonderful prizes!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Congratulations to Our Pumpkin Winners!

This year brought some creative and colorful pumpkins! Congratulations to our winners!!

Melissa, age 5, won Most Royal
Lucy, age 2, won Best Smile
Natalia, age 10 won Best Hair
Kaitlyn, age 5, won Best Feline
Vanessa, age 5, won Most Colorful
Isabella, age 3, won Best Mixed Media
Gabe, age 7, won Most Prehistoric
Oscar, age 7, won Best Extra Terrestrial
Millie, age 5, won Most “Feather-ful”
Alex, age 8, won Best Western Theme
Andrea, age 5, won Most Splendid Rodent

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Story Writing Contest this November!

November is a great month to celebrate literacy in so many ways!

November is not only Massachusetts's Family Literacy Month, but also National Novel Writing Month. The library is celebrating these events with a community read and discussion of Tinker wish author and 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Harding and by hosting Write-Ins. See below for more information.

A novel might be a little hard for your little one to write so we've shortened the requirements for our Story Writing Contest. Children grades 1st - 6th can work on their stories throughout the month of November and turn them into the children's room. Prizes will be given in two groups: 1st - 3rd and 4th - 6th. Everyone receives a token of appreciation for helping us celebrate this great month.

Read about all the guidelines here!

For more information on the Tinker Community Read -click here!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Holiday Events in the Children's Room

Join us for these story time and a contest to celebrate the fall holidays!!

Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

Decorate a Halloween pumpkin at home with paint, sparkles, feathers, paper, ribbon and anything else you can think of!

Don't carve the pumpkin or we won't be able to accept and display it!

Bring your pumpkin in to the library anytime between now and Halloween!

Everyone wins! Prizes for all! All ages welcome!!

Find more information here!

Halloween Drop-In Story Time

Saturday, October 30, 2010 11AM-12PM

Join us for not-so scary stories about Halloween and a craft!!

Come in costume and trick-or-treat your way around the library following the story time!

All ages are welcome. No regisration necessary.

Click here for more information!

Thanksgiving Drop-In Story Time & Craft

Saturday, November 20, 2010 11AM-11:45AM

Join us for a drop-in story time about turkeys, thankfulness, and pumpkin pie!

Craft time will follow the stories.

All ages welcome, no regisration necessary.

Please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Acord Food Pantry - Thank you! 

Find more information here.


There will also be Holiday Craft and Story in December. Check back for more details!

Fall Programs in the Children's Room

Our fall programs began the last week of September. We've had a great turn out and are happy to see so many of you here throughout the week.  

Please consider joining us at these programs still welcoming new members!

Chess for Kids:

Thursdays this Fall 4:30-5:30PM
October 21, October 28, November 4, November 18

This popular program just returned the Hamilton-Wenham Library and is welcoming new members.
The age range has expanded and Grades 1 -6 are now welcome! Join Sandra Stolle, former teacher and chess instructor for some chess fun! Come find out how to play the game, learn new moves, or sharpen your skills. Call or come in to sign up! 

Find more information here!


Pajama Storytime:

Mondays 6:30-7:30 Running September 27-November 15

Come in your pajamas and join Xenda Laramie! You will read stories, sing songs, enjoy finger plays and create a craft!! Designed for preschoolers and kindergartners! Call or come in to sign up! 

Pajama Storytime Flyer

Dads and Donuts

Saturday Morning 10:30
September 25, October 16, November 13, December 11

This storytime is designed especially for dad and children ages 2 years & up, but mom's are always invited. Snack time follow 30 minutes of stories! Great themes include exploring, creepy crawlies, fun with food,  and winter sports. No registration necessary! 

More information on Dads and Donuts

For more information and a complete list of all our fall programming please visit: