Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Mouse Ornament

Want to make a simple mouse ornament with your child? Here's what you need: red and green paper, glue, scissors, tape, a candy cane and the template found here:


Cut out the patterns on the template, then trace the body pattern onto the red paper. (If you prefer a green mouse, use green paper for the body and red paper for the ears and eyes.) Cut out the body. Next, trace the ears and eyes onto the green paper and cut out. Glue the ears and eyes onto the body, using the pointed end as the nose. Now comes the tail. Tape the candy cane to the back of the rounded part of the body. If you want whiskers, you can draw them with a pencil or marker or glue three pieces of thread between the eyes and the pointy nose. Voila! You have an ornament to hang on a tree or to give as a gift. Grandparents especially like these mice!

Monday, November 15, 2010

DCF Blog

Got something to say about a DCF book? Click on http://dcfbooks.edublogs.org/ to join in on the conversation. Your opinion counts--let yours be heard!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Meet Author Kathleen Kudlinski

Are there wolves in Vermont? Why are wolves so scary and popular? What do Native Americans, wolves, and wild horses have in common? Book author Kathleen Kudlinski will present an activity filled family program that features her new book Horse Indian Wolf: The Hidden Pictures of Judy Larson right here at the Springfield Town Library on Saturday, November 6 at 10:30 am. Please join us! The program features Native American Snacks, Face Painting and Scratchboard!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Superheroes of the British Isles

Recent travels have brought me to the lands of legendary superheroes. One is the Giant's Causeway of Northern Ireland. Here the famous Finn MacCool roamed the north coast where he could keep an eye on his greatest rival, Benandonner, whose Scottish territory lay across the sea. Since the giants had never met, Finn invited Benandonner to Ireland, where they could engage in a decisive battle. There were no boats large enough to carry the giants across the sea, so Finn built the causeway of huge stones that stretched across the Straits of Moyle providing easy access between the two lands. Benandonner would have no excuse to avoid Finn's "invitation," and he began the journey. When Finn got a glimpse of the huge rival, he was horrified! Benandonner was much larger and more fearsome that Finn imagined. He hightailed it home and asked his wife, Oonagh, for advice. She dressed him in a bed gown and bonnet and placed him in a huge, makeshift cradle. As Benandonner approached, Finn pretended to be asleep. Oonagh asked the giant to join her for tea with the stipulation that he not awaken Finn's baby. When Benandonner saw the massive "baby," he shook with fright, for if that was Finn's baby, just imagine how big and ferocious the father must be! Benandonner fled back across the sea to Scotland, destroying the causeway behind him so that Flinn could not follow. Today, the remains of the massive rock outcropping appear for tourists to enjoy.

Another superhero of the British Isles is Robin Hood. A spectacular bay and town rich in history and folklore in eastern Yorkshire is named for him. Read about it here:
Be sure to check out our books about Finn MacCool and Robin Hood:
Finn MacCoul and his Fearless Wife by Robert Byrd
Mrs. MacCool and the Giant Cuhullin by Jessica Souami
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood by Tony Lee
The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley
Robin Hood by Angelo Patri

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Fall Calendar ...

... of Children's Programs is now available. Click on the link to your right or pick one up at the Library. Calendars will be distributed at the schools soon. Hope to see you at a program!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

We're well into August!

But there's still plenty of summer left, so make sure to stop by and check out some books, fill out the reading journals, and just cool off. The last Discovery Hour program is this Wednesday, August 11 at 10:00. We'll read a story, watch a short movie, and eat ice cream! Hope to see you!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Watch us on YouTube!

Check out our movie A Day in the Life of a Library Page."

Click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDKWRXZ2QJg

As you watch it, guess all ten characters portrayed in the movie. Drop off your entry at the library or email springfieldprograms@gmail.com now through September 7. You could win a pair of Sony wireless headphones! This contest is open to Springfield Library patrons only - one entry per person. A winner will be chosen from all correct entries. Watch for hints at the library and on Facebook!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Going to the Fair

Check out one of our books about summer fairs:

Angelina at the Fair by Katharine Holabird
Corgiville Fair by Tasha Tudor
Country Fair by Elisha Cooper
A Fabulous Fair Alphabet by Debra Frasier
Fair! by Ted Lewin
Minerva Louise at the Fair by Janet Morgan Stoeke
Night at the Fair by Donald Crews
And my favorite about a ride that is found at the fair:
Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Magic Man

Tom Joyce, the Magic Man will entertain kids of all ages with comedy and magic Wednesday, July 14 at 10:00 am. Beat the heat or get out fo the rain by attending this fun filled program that is free and open to all.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Make a Fish Ornament!

Kids ages 5 and up are invited to make a fish ornament at the library on Wednesday, July 7 at 10:00 am. Hope to see you!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Looking for a good book?

Try this website:
You can search for book suggestions that are appropriate for your reading level and taste. If we don't have the book you want to read, ask to get it via Inter Library Loan.

Friday, June 11, 2010

A Father-Daughter Bond

Do you read to your kids regularly? If so, read the New York Times article by clicking on the link below. Read it even if you don't make a practice of reading to your kids. It's a truly heart warming story.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Make a Splash!

Get ready for the Summer Reading Program! Kids of all ages are invited to sign-up all day, any day beginning Monday, June 21. Kids who sign-up will receive a journal to record the books they read, stickers, and a bookmark. An optional Book Bingo sheet, when completed, can be exchanged for a prize. There are several programs scheduled for Wednesday mornings including a story teller, a magician, and a mad scientist. Pick up a calendar of events the next time you are in the library or download a copy--the link is right under the photo of the tub. Make special note of the Family Concert titled "African Rhythm and World Music" with instrumentalists Jay Cook and Steven Leicach on Thursday, July 8 at 6:30. Spend your summer at the coolest place in town--the Springfield Town Library!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

What's the best thing a parent can do with his/her child to help language development?

Is your answer, "Read to the child" ? We all know that reading is beneficial, but conversation is the most important thing a parent can do with his/her child starting at birth (perhaps even before). Ongoing, sustained conversation in the home is critical for language development. Of course, reading books to a child helps spark conversations plus it provides opportunity to cuddle, to learn, and to have an enjoyable experience together. So, talk, talk, talk to your baby and come to the library for books to share.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

It's Official....

...Owney, the Mail Pouch Pooch is the 2009-2010 Red Clover winner! Author Mona Kirby will attend the Red Clover Conference in the Fall of 2011 to accept her award. See how your favorite did in the vote count (below). Mine was number 8.

1. Owney, The Mail Pouch Pooch -- 6,6632.
2. The Chicken of the Family -- 3,8043.
3. A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever -- 3,5974.
4. Pale Male: Citizn Hawk of New York City -- 2,9065.
5. Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale -- 2,1356.
6. Sandy's Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder -- 1,5277.
7. Finding Home -- 1,5128.
8. How to Heal a Broken Wing -- 8899.
9. Wangari's Trees of Peace -- 64610.
10. Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad -- 371
Total votes: 24,050

Isn't it amazing? 24,050 kids voted!!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Thanks to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and the Friends of the Springfield Town Library, kids (adults, too) were treated to a visit with two owls and a hawk. Here's a photo of the beautiful barred owl.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Poetry Month

April is Poetry Month. The best book of poems I've seen this year is called Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer. Very clever!! If you're looking for funny poems, try Timothy Tunny Swallowed a Bunny by Bill Grossman. Scary? How about Big, Bad, and a Little Bit Scary: Poems that Bite Back!! by Wade Zahares? We have all sorts of poetry books. Many are displayed around the Children's Room and the rest can be found int he 811's.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

It's Patron Appreciation Day!

Goodies will be available in the lobby all day on Monday, April 12. Kids can get stickers and bookmarks in the Children's Room. We appreciate each and everyone of you. Thank you for your support of the library!

Monday, March 29, 2010

April Holidays

There are a lot of holidays/commemorative days in April--Passover, Easter, April Fools Day, Patriots' Day, Earth Day, and probably something I'm forgetting. And, you guessed it, we have books to help you celebrate any and all of these occasions. For Passover, try Matzoh Mouse by Lauren L. Wohl or The Four Questions by Lynne Sharon Schwartz. Our newest Easter book is Bunny's Easter Egg by Anne Mortimer. You can also
check out this website for some simple, fun games www.meddybemps.com/easter/ . Appropriate for the dreaded April Fools Day is Keep 'em Laughing by Louis Phillips and April Fool! by Karen Gray Ruelle. Get a history lesson with Extraordinary Patriots of the United States of America by Nancy Robinson Masters and be creative for Earth Day with Bobbe Needham's Ecology Crafts for Kids. Then there's school vacation--be sure to stop by the library for reading material, DVDs, etc. You can even meet three live raptors on Wednesday, April 21 at 10:00 am.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Welcome Spring!

The Spring Calendar of Events for Children is now available. Pick one up at the library, get one at school, or click the link to the right. Of special note is "Raptor Encounter" presented by the Vermont Institute of natural Science on Wednesday, April 21 at 10:00 am. This program for all ages features three live birds! Hope to see you at one or all of our programs.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Visit the Snowflake Factory!

Take a trip to the Snowflake Factory by clicking on www.bit.ly/6JBGJ4 . It's fun!!

Then, take a look at these books:
My Brother Loved Snowflakes by Mary Bahr
The snowflake by Neil Waldman
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino

Monday, January 18, 2010

And the Winners Are ....

John Newbery Medal:
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Newbery Honor Books:
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
The Evolution of Capurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

Randolph Caldecott Medal:
The Lion and the Mouse written and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Caldecott Honor Books:
All the World illustrated by Marla Frazee
Red Sings from Treetops: a Year in Colors illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award:
Bad News for Outlaws by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

King Author Honor:
Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:
My People illustrated by Charles R. Smith

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award:
Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! by Geoffrey Hayes

Geisel Honor Books:
I Spy Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends by Wong Herbert Yee
Pear and Wagner: One Funny Day by Kate McMullan

Robert Sibert Medal:
Almost Astronauts by Tanya Lee Stone (a Vermont author!!)

Sibert Honor Books:
Day-Gol Brothers by Chris Barton
Moonshot by Brian Floca
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Celebrate Stephen Huneck's Life

Enjoy one of the many stories about the beloved black Labrador Retriever named Sally.