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  • STEMbots and Gummy Science!
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STEMbots and Gummy Science!

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STEMbots is a new program that allows children to explore concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) using hands on fun. This week our intrepid 3-5th graders learned about the Scientific Method and how to ask and answer questions by making observations and doing experiments.  The problem at hand was how to save Fred, a “shipwrecked” gummy worm whose life jacket ( a gummy ring) was stuck underneath his boat ( a plastic cup). The only… Read More

The Storm Whale by Benji Davies

The Storm Whale by Benji Davies My rating: 3 of 5 stars “Noi lived with his dad and six cats by the sea.” The premise and set up for this picturebook is wonderful–the illustrations are sweet and a bit naive in style. I thoroughly enjoyed the depiction of animals and had fun finding the cats in every spread. The story itself started so strong that the ending was a let down. When the father said “he… Read More

Picturebook Ninjas

Dojo Daycare by Chris Tougas My rating: 3 of 5 stars 3.5 stars This rhyming Ninja story is full of fun rhythm, mayhem, kindness and respect. A great read aloud. The illustrations are nothing artistically special–digitally rendered, lots of white space, but rather generic–the integration of “Kaboom! Kapow! into both the rhyme scheme and the illustrations has design merit. Ninja! by Arree Chung My rating: 4 of 5 stars This graphic novel-style picturebook has great fun… Read More

How Do You Say That?

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A friend of mine recently showed me this most amazing website, The Author Name Pronunciation Guide.  Here you will find a collection of brief recordings of authors & illustrators saying their names.  They currently have 1,815 authors, but keep adding more each day! Have you ever read books from the author, Jon Scieszka? He is the author and illustrator of many children’s books including, The True Story of The Three Little Pigs, Battle Bunny, the Trucktown… Read More

Summer Reading 2014

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Summer Reading is well underway! Fairfield Public Library’s Read. Game. Win! has brought the community into the library to play games, read books and have a great time. With something to do every day of the week, FPL has been busy giving out book recommendations, hosting programs for all ages and handing out reading prizes! Fairfield’s students in grades K-5 have read a combined total of 440,660 minutes so far! And the summer is not even… Read More

Care for Books! by Cindyb

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From  Book Week Online: This “Care for Books” bookmark by Hardie Gramatky, was available for purchase from the Children’s Book Council for nearly 30 years, but it fell out of print in 2004. With the permission of the CBC, the Gramatky family, and G.P. Putnam’s sons, it has become available to libraries on an as-needed basis. Hardie Gramatky is the illustrator of the classic children’s book, Little Toot, which has been in print since 1939. It is… Read More

Planting a Garden!

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The Fairfield Woods Branch Library is now home to a freshly-planted vegetable garden, courtesy of the many preschool helpers that attending our Garden storytime and planting event on Friday, June 6. Stop by the Fairfield Woods Branch this summer and watch our garden grow……….and maybe if you’re lucky, it will be time to pick some peas, beans, or other yummy vegetables! Thank you to Amie Guyette Hall, certified Square Foot Garden educator, for her efforts in bringing this… Read More

Woodsie Band by Diane P

Pig Joins the Band

Story Time at Fairfield Woods ended on a “HIGH” note!  We conducted our “Woodsie Band” with bells, rhythm sticks, and a xylophone and performed our own version of the sound of music!  We read Little Pig Joins the Band and used the CD for added sound effects.  The Children’s SongBag by Paul DuBois Jacobs contains many simple compositions without sharps or flats, which can be banged out on the xylophone.  We made a cardboard guitar as a… Read More

May is “Get Caught Reading” month

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“Get Caught Reading” began in 1999 as a national campaign to promote the joys of recreational reading-reading for the fun of it- for readers of all ages. It is a way to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read for pleasure. The campaign is supported by the Association of American Publishers, the national trade association of the book publishing industry in the United States. The hope is to encourage people to… Read More

What’s In Your Child’s Lunchbox? by Ms. Joleen

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  First Lady Michelle Obama has been in the news lately for trying (much to my high-schooler’s chagrin!) to improve the nutritional quality of school lunches in her quest to reduce childhood obesity in the U.S.  That initiative, coupled with a recent report about the many health risks of sugar consumption, may have us parents rethinking what we feed our kids. FPL’S Children’s Collection can help you make some informed decisions with our many books on… Read More

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