Tuesday, March 31, 2015

David Polansky's Intergenerational Cabaret

Friday, April 3 at 10:30 a.m.

Dance and sing along with award winning composer, David Polansky, 
as he performs perennial kid favorites and introduces musical greats like 
George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. 
A great way for kids to hear the music of the last hundred years and 
for the seniors to reminisce. It's sure to be fun for all ages!

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Library
 and is open to the public.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Book Lists

Our staff is a fantastic resource for inspiring books. We regularly update Lorraine's Bookshelfour Goodreads page, with new books and older favorites.  Additional book lists can be found under the "Parents, Teachers, Caregivers" sidebar as well as print copies in the Children's Room. Take a look!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Fluffy Bunnies!

It certainly doesn't feel like spring outside, but spring has officially arrived! On Saturday, we celebrated the arrival of spring with stories about fluffy bunnies, and we transformed our faces with masks and face paint to look like little rabbits. Thank you to everyone who participated! The next storytime will be on Saturday, April 18 at 11 a.m. to celebrate Earth Day. We hope to see you there.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Cradles to Crayons Pajama Drive concludes

The Hamilton-Wenham Library's Children's Room collected 22 new pajamas and snuggly blankets in collaboration with Cradles to Crayons and the Boston Bruins. These cuddly and adorable donations are on their way to benefit local children in need across the Commonwealth. Many thanks to all that participated; your generous donation is appreciated!  

Saturday, March 14, 2015

2015 Caldecott & Newbury Awards!

Congratulations to all the 2015 award winners! 

Stop by to check out or reserve these award winning titles.

 2015 Caldecott Awards

The Caldecott Medal is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States during the preceding year. 

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
Written and Illustrated by Dan Santat

 Honor Books:
Nana in the City, written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo
The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art, illustrated by Mary GrandPre, written by Barb Rosenstock
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
Viva Frida, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant
This One Summer, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, written by Mariko Tamaki

 2015 Newbery Awards

The  Newbery Medal is awarded by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's books published in the United Sates the preceding year.

The Crossover 
Written by Kwame Alexander

 Honor Books:
El Deafo, written by Cece Bell
Brown Girl Dreaming, written by Jacqueline Woodson

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

STEAM into Science

STEAM into Science is our hands-on science lab for little ones! This program explores a variety of scientific concepts at a level appropriate for young children. Xenda, our wonderful program leader, reads stories, then we make crafts and explore. So far, we have watched volcanoes erupt, investigated the characteristics of soap bubbles, and engineered play dough creations. There are still three classes left, and we welcome you to join the fun. STEAM into Science meets on Thursdays at 3:00 pm. This program is designed for children 30 months - kindergarten.

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Snow Maiden

The Waldorf Magical Strings Puppet Troupe will visit the Hamilton-Wenham Library on Tuesday, March 10 at 10:30 am. Join us for a special presentation of the traditional Russian tale, "The Snow Maiden". You'll meet forest animals, friendly children and an old couple who learns a valuable lesson about love. This program is free and open to the public. No registration necessary.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Pajama Drive

The Children's Room at the Hamilton-Wenham library is partnering with Cradles to Crayons and the Boston Bruins to provide new pajamas for local children in need across the Commonwealth. If you wish to participate, you may place your donation of NEW pajamas (sizes 4/5T through 18/20) in the special box displayed in the Children's Room. Please drop off your contributions before March 16, 2015 at 7:30 PM. Thank you in advance for helping us make this wonderful program a success!

Monday, March 2, 2015

February Contest Winners!

Congratulations to 
Caralyn & Henry!

They are the winners of our chopsticks guessing contest.
There were 108 chopsticks in the jar.