Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A Season to Say Thank You!

A Season to Say Thank You!

 Monday, December 28 through Thursday, December 31
from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This season, the Children’s Room is making it easier for children to write or make thank you cards for the gifts they have received from friends and family.

Please stop by and use our craft supplies to make a thank you card, or any other type of greeting card you wish to create! 


Friday, December 11, 2015

Story Writing Contest Winners!

Congratulations to our 2015 Story Writing Contest Winners!


Kindergarten – 1st Grade
1st Place: The Princess and the Color Quest by Avonlea Jane
2nd Place: Ruby and the Chariot Race by William
3rd Place: Little White Rabbit by Monet

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)
The Little Train by Mallory

2nd – 3rd Grade
1st Place: The Winning Web by Kassi
3rd Place: Little Cindy by Claire

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)
Ball by Lauren
Plymouth Friends by Charlotte
The Gold Thief by Isaac
Cops and Ninjas by Sean
The Ride Home by Evelyn

4th – 6th Grade
1st PlaceA Cat Called Phoenix by Maya
2nd Place: Wild, The Wild Horse by Maggie
3rd Place: Another Snow by Lina

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)
Screech by Ben
Three Wishes by Andrew

Read the stories online at:
hwkidsroom.blogspot.com

Many thanks to our esteemed panel of judges:
Sarah Lauderdale, Head of Reference, H-W Library
Patricia Purdy, Hamilton-Wenham Library Trustee
Janet Mackay Smith, Managing Editor, Gatehouse Media New England

Monday, December 7, 2015

December Art Club

Drop in on December 10 at 3:30 p.m. to complete a fun art project with Betsy! We will explore a variety of art materials and techniques. No experience or registration necessary. Designed for children in preschool and up.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

December Highlights!

The December program schedule is now available! Many of your favorite programs are returning this month. Make sure you stop by the library to pick up the schedule, and then complete our NEW scavenger hunt. Our rubber ducks have wandered off, and we think they are hiding in the Children's Room. Can you QUACK the case of the missing ducks?



Also, all month long we invite you to lend a helping hand to community members in need. Our annual food drive for the Acord Food pantry is in full swing. Many of you have already donated, and we thank you for your generous contributions. If you would like to donate, there is still time! We will be accepting donations of non-perishable items here in December.




Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Corn Kernel Guessing Contest

Congratulations to

Caleb, 5
&
Trenton, 10

Winners of our corn kernel
guessing contest!

There were
 1,246
 corn kernels in the jar!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Paws to Read, December 7, 2015

There is still space available for the Monday, December 7 Paws to Read program! Children in kindergarten through 3rd grade may register to practice their reading skills with Tessie, our certified therapy dog. Reading time slots are 10 minutes in length. Please visit the Children's Room for more information, or click here.


Friday, November 20, 2015

Story Writing Contest

It's the last week to work on your story for our November Story Writing Contest!
To enter the contest, you must bring in a typed copy of your story by
4 p.m. Saturday, November 28, 2015.
Prizes will be awarded to winners from each age group: 
K-1 st graders
2nd – 3rd graders
4th - 6th graders 
All entries that follow the guidelines will receive a prize
For complete submission rules and guidelines visit the Children's Room or click here.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

International Games Day

Celebrate International Games Day!

Saturday, November 21, 2015
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Drop by the library and spend some intentional time together as a family or with friends. We will have table-top (board) games available for you to play. Families and all ages are welcome! 
No registration is required.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Acord Food Pantry

A shopping cart (thank you Crosby's Market) has returned to the Children's Room for our annual food drive to benefit the Acord Food Pantry . We invite you to drop off non-perishable items. Please note that Acord cannot accept expired food of any kind. The cart will remain in the Children's Room through December. Your donations will make a timely difference in helping local families in need. Thank you in advance for your contributions. Let's see how many times we can fill it!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Fabulous Fun Programs at the Library!

Thank you to everyone who attended our 150th celebration of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". We enjoyed listening to the story of Alice, followed by a lovely mad-hatter style tea party, complete with mad-hatter hats! We also tried to pin the grin on the Cheshire cat!













If you were not able to attend the party, we have another fun program coming up!

Celebrate International Games Day!

Saturday, November 21, 2015
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.



Drop by the library and spend some intentional time together as a family or with friends. We will have table-top (board) games available for you to play. 
Families and all ages are welcome! No registration is required.


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Alice's 150th Celebration!

You are invited to celebrate
the 150th anniversary of the original publication
of
Lewis Carroll’s
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland!
Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.


Come for a mini mad-hatters tea party and story time. 
A craft, games and snack time will be offered. 
This program is especially geared towards preschool-aged children. 



This program is open to the public and free of charge. 
No registration required.
November is Massachusetts Family Literacy Month 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

This Just In...

We just received a fantastic picture of Walter and Sienna, sent in by their dad. Walter won the Star Wars Reads Day grand prize, and we had to share his enthusiasm. Congratulations Walter on your big win and we hope you are enjoying all of the Star Wars books and goodies!



In November news: Stop by the room to "create your own picture book" on our bulletin board as part of our Story Writing Contest. Be sure to start writing your story now that you can enter this fun contest! Get your slips in for our November guessing contest; remember to take a guess every time you come and maize the force be with you!

October Guessing Contest Winners



CONGRATULATIONS TO

Emily, 3
Olivia, 4
&
Tommy, 8

WINNERS OF THE PUMPKIN GUESSING CONTEST

THERE WERE


73


PUMPKINS!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Pumpkin Contest Winners

Congratulations to the Winners of our
Pumpkin Decorating Contest!


 Abby, age 5, won Most Angelic
Ellis, age 5, won Best Hairdo
Emma, age 5, won Best Crown
Matthew, age 5, won Spookiest
Zachary, age 1, won Most Lovable
Joe, age 6, won Most Stealthy
Olivia, age 5, won Most Artistic
Emma, age 7, won Most "Pom-tastic"!
Kayuri, age 6, won Most Sparkling
Aashika, age 4, won Most Scrumptious
William, age 8, won Most "Terrific"!
Timothy, age 3, won Best Smile
Bram, age 3, won Smartest Pumpkin
AJ, age 3, won Happiest Pumpkin
Claire W., age 3, won Most Lovely
JJ, age 3, won Most Friendly
Sri, age 3, won Most Seasonal
Sofie, age 2, won Most Colorful
Samuel, age 3, won Goofiest
Isabella, age 3, won Sweetest Pumpkin
Claire L., age 3, won Best Eyes
Iyva-Grace, age 3, won Best Jewelry
Seth, age 6, won Most Wizardlike
Gian, age 8, won Best Hair
Max, age 3, won Most Elegant
Francesca, age 3, won Most Likely to Fly
Alli, age 5, won Most Friendly
Kassi, age 8, won Best Costume



Monday, November 2, 2015

2015 Story Writing Contest

It's the last week to work on your story for our November Story Writing Contest!
To enter the contest, you must bring in a typed copy of your story by
4 p.m. Saturday, November 28, 2015.
Prizes will be awarded to winners from each age group: 
K-1 st graders
2nd – 3rd graders
4th - 6th graders 
All entries that follow the guidelines will receive a prize
For complete submission rules and guidelines visit the Children's Room or click here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Chess Club Starts Monday!

Chess Club starts on Monday, November 2 at 3:30 p.m.! 

~  Chess Club on Mondays in November at 3:30 p.m.  ~

Join Sandra Stolle, former teacher and chess instructor, for some chess fun. Come find out how to play the game, learn new moves, and sharpen your skills. Pre-registration is requested. Register in the Children’s Room. No prior experience necessary. Players of all skill levels are welcome. Come to all the sessions or just a few. Free and open to the public. Former players welcome!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Pumpkin Contest Final Days!

The pumpkin decorating contest is well underway. We had a great turnout for our decorating party last Saturday, and added quite a few new pumpkins to the display. There is still time to submit your pumpkin! Pumpkins will be accepted until Saturday, October 31. NO carved pumpkins please. Pumpkins must be picked up by November 2 at 7:30 p.m. 
All ages are welcome. For the details click here.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Star Wars Reads Day Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the Star Wars Reads Day raffle!

Walter
Max
&
Rachel


Thank you to everyone who participated, and congratulations to all of the Star Wars Academy graduates. May the Force be with you!







Monday, October 5, 2015

Star Wars Reads Day - October 10!

Attention young padawans! Celebrate Star Wars Reads Day all day at the library on Saturday, October 10. Make Star Wars inspired crafts, participate in a special Jedi Training Academy scavenger hunt, and earn raffle tickets. Lucky winners will receive prizes full of Star Wars goodies!! Costumes are encouraged. This event is free and open to the public.
No registration necessary.


READ MORE, YOU MUST!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Monarchs!

Congratulations to the winners of our Butterfly Guessing Contest!

Dylan, age 7
Christopher, age 10
Jasmine, age 9
Gaby, age 9
Sadie, age 9
Matthew, age 4

We raised and released
51 butterflies this year!


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Weekly Story Programs Begin!

The fall story programs begin this week! If your child is registered for a story program, you may check the day and time of your session by calling the Children's Room, or by clicking here. If you wish to register for a program, please visit the Children's Room for more information. Happy Autumn!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Paws to Read - October 9

We still have space on Friday, October 9 for our Paws to Read program with Tessie, a certified therapy dog. Reading time slots begin at 3:30 p.m. and are 10 minutes in length. Children who are in kindergarten through 3rd grade are invited to meet with Tessie and read together. Pre-registration is required. Please visit the Children’s Room desk for more information or to register.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fabulous Fall Programs are here!


Our new seasonal schedule is out! 
Please note that registration for some of our programs begins on Monday, September 21 
at 10 a.m. in person in the Children's Room, 
with classes beginning the week of September 28. 
For a look at the complete lineup please click here.
In the meantime, 
join us for Art Club today at 3:30 pm and seasonal stories and craft on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Art Club!


Join Betsy for the first Art Club of the Fall Season!


Thursday, September 10 at 3:30 p.m.

We will explore a variety of art materials and techniques. 
No registration is necessary.
This program is designed for children in preschool and up.

Following dates are:
October 15, November 12 & December 10



Saturday, August 29, 2015

Milkweed Seedpods

Our Monarchs are thriving! Make sure you visit the Children's Room to check them out and participate in our Monarch guessing contest. Would you like Monarchs to visit your yard? We have milkweed seedpods if you want to try your hand at attracting Monarchs to your garden next year. Stop into the Children's Room to pick one up!




Monday, August 24, 2015

Welcome Home Dyno!

Congratulations to all of our readers for another successful summer reading program! Dyno is back at the library. He had fun touring Hamilton and Wenham businesses, and enjoyed running into his library friends during his journey. Thank you for a great summer, and we hope you have a wonderful first day of school!



Make sure you check the blog, Facebook and Children's Room for updates as we prepare for a fantastic fall. Fall registration will begin on 
Monday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m.


Discover Dyno: Week 7!

Dyno visited Cumberland Farms in Hamilton for his last stop, and was seen by Finnegan, age 6. Congratulations Finnegan! Thank you to everyone who participated in the Discovering Dyno contest! We hope you had fun looking for Dyno.




Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Discover Dyno Week 6!

Dyno visited Connolly's Pharmacy in Hamilton, and he was discovered by Krisha, age 9. Congratulations Krisha! Where will Dyno visit for his last stop? If you find Dyno, fill out a raffle ticket in the Children's Room for a chance to win a special prize. Keep your eyes open, and good luck!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Summer Reading Ice Cream Party 2015

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! Congratulations to all of our readers for a job well done. Join us on Wednesday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m. for a summer reading celebration complete with ice cream and surprises. Special thanks go to Cherry Farm Creamery. You must register for this activity and bring your reading log as your admission ticket to the party. See you there!


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Countdown to Kindergarten!

You've been counting down, and now it's time to celebrate!
On Monday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m., DW will be here to perform the play
  DW Counts Down to Kindergarten. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for children to enjoy 
"kindergarten ready" activities and games. 
 You can register in the Children's Room or online at www.EarlyChildhoodPartners.weebly.com. 
We hope to see you there!


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Discover Dyno Week 5

Congratulations to Samantha, age 7, for finding Dyno at GrassyRoots in Wenham. Keep your eyes open around town for Dyno. If you spot Dyno, visit the Children's Room and fill out a raffle ticket for a chance to win a special prize. Dyno will return home to the library on August 21st. Good luck!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Diane Edgecomb, Storyteller

Celebrate your inner hero, and join us on Wednesday, August 12 at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of stories and songs. Award winning storyteller, Diane Edgecomb, shares fun-loving tales and songs to entertain and showcase heroes around the world. Families of all ages are welcome. No registration necessary.


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Science is Everywhere! Muse Magazine

Science is everywhere! Each month we are highlighting a STEAM-centric magazine available in the Children's Room. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. 

This month, we'll be looking at Muse. All children's magazines can be checked out for one week, with one renewal. For a full list of our children's magazines subscriptions, click
 here.

Muse - Suggested for ages 9 - 14
Kids who can't help wondering whether video games really kill their brain cells, or what a gentleman ladybug is called, will find the answers here, in articles written by award-winning authors and accompanied by high-quality illustration and photography. This magazine is perfect for readers who are interested in science, history, and the arts.

July/August 2015 Highlights:  This edition is all about outbreaks. Ick!
  • Is a zombie virus coming?
  • How does hand-washing help you stay healthy?
  • Meet a super-sniffing rat who helps scientists detect disease! 
...and MORE!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Discover Dyno Week 4!

Congratulations to Vanessa, age 10, for discovering Dyno at Allied Conservation: Fine Art Conservation and Restoration in Hamilton. Keep your eyes open around town for Dyno. If you spot Dyno, visit the Children's Room and fill out a raffle ticket for a chance to win a special prize. Dyno will return home to the library on August 21st. Good luck!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Rolie Polie Guacamole!

Wednesday, August 5 at 6:30 p.m. 

OLE!


Rolie-Polie Guacamole is ‘Kindie” music at its best! 
Come join this amazing duo as they bring family friendly 
rock n’ roll, Chips and Salsa style, all the way from New York! 
This event is free and open to public. 
All ages are welcome and no registration is necessary.




Saturday, August 1, 2015

Toto the Tornado Kitten

Toto the kitten was caught in the tornado that hit Brimfield, MA in 2011. Join us on Monday, August 3 at 3:30 p.m. to hear Toto's extraordinary story of survival, and meet Toto and heroic owner Jonathan Hall! Jonathan and Toto have raised over $55,000 for animal shelters including the Animal Rescue League of Boston whose rescue services team were responsible for Toto’s survival.




Be a Hero! 
Stop by the Children's Room and donate to the Animal Rescue League of Boston or Therapy Dogs Inc. by filling out a slip of paper and taping it to our charity wall.



Friday, July 31, 2015

Topsfield Fair Read & Win Deadline!

The deadline for the Topsfield Fair Read & Win prize is swiftly approaching!
 Participants in the summer reading program may earn Sports Scrip to spend on various prizes, including the Topsfield Fair Read & Win prize. The Fair prize includes:
  • 1 admission ticket to the Topsfield Fair (for readers 8 and over; children under 8 will NOT receive an admission ticket as they are admitted into the Fair for free)
  • 1 hot dog & drink voucher to redeem at the fair
  • AND 2 ride tickets!
The Read & Win prize costs 10 Sports Scrip, 
and you must purchase the prize no later than AUGUST 5, 2016
Please note that prizes may only be purchased during store hours. Store hours are found at the bottom of your reading log. For more information please visit the Children's Room.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Photo Safari Exhibit

 Your name in "lights"!

 There is still time to submit a photo collage of your name. We already have several artful pieces on display for patrons to enjoy. Make sure you stop by to take a closer look at the exhibit.

Please contact the Children's Room if you didn't participate in our Photo Safari program, but would like to display a photographic composition of your name. We will provide you with instructions on how to submit an entry for exhibit...it is fun & easy!

The exhibit will remain on display through the month of August.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Discovering Dyno Weeks 2 & 3!

Congratulations to Henry, age 9, for finding Dyno at the Salem Five Bank, and to Autumn, age 6, for spotting Dyno at the Wenham Post Office! Keep your eyes open around town for Dyno. If you spot Dyno, visit the Children's Room and fill out a raffle ticket for a chance to win a special prize. Dyno will return home to the library on August 21st. Good luck!

Monday, July 27, 2015

17th Annual Vehicle Night

Vroom-vroom! Join us on Wednesday, July 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot for a festival of fire engines, emergency trucks, police cruisers, snow plows, the Mix 104.1 ice cream truck and more! Haven and Roscoe, K-9 units from the Department of Homeland Security will be here for a meet and greet as well!There is no rain date. No registration necessary.



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Paws to Read Summer 2015!

We have two new dates for Paws to Read! Tessie, a certified therapy dog, will visit the library on Friday, July 24 and Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Reading times start at 11:00 a.m., and are 10 minutes in length. This program helps children build confidence, and encourages them to develop their reading skills. Paws to Read is for children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Registration is required. Please visit the Children's Room for more information and to register.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Alex the King of Jesters

The Hamilton-Wenham Public Library welcomes the king of jesters! Join us on Wednesday July 22 at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of surprises, lavish costumes, and musical capers, as Alex the Jester performs his timeless physical comedy and amazing stunts. Families of all ages are welcome. No registration necessary.