Family Craft Story Time
Come and listen to some stories and then make a craft to take home. For ages 3-8, every Saturday through March 25th. Sponsored by The Friends of the Library.
Family Book Club
Come join us for our family book discussion. This evening at 7:00pm we will discuss No Talking by Andrew Clements. Parents and children will discuss the book and share their feelings about it. For children in grades 3 through 5 and the parent of their choice! Books are available in the children's room.
Did you know bakers have been shaping gingerbread into fancy shapes for more than 1,000 years? An Armenian monk, Saint Gregory of Nicopolis, brought gingerbread to Europe in 992. He taught gingerbread cooking to priests and the citizens of Pithiviers, France. Monks in Germany carried on the tradition of making gingerbread and turning it into different shapes. Nuremberg was recognized as the "Gingerbread Capital of the World" when the bakers' guilds of the 1600s started to employ master bakers and skilled workers to create works of art made from gingerbread. The gingerbread tradition continued to spread across Europe. The first gingerbread men cookies were made in England where Queen Elizabeth I had cookies made to look like her important guests.
The tradition of making gingerbread houses started in Germany in the early 1800s. Some researchers think the first gingerbread houses were the result ot the Grimm's fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel" where the children find a house they can eat. After this story was published German bakers began making fairy-tale houses out of gingerbread. They became popular during Christmas, and the tradition traveled to America with Pennsylvanian German immigrants.
Modern gingerbread houses are not always houses. They can be a castle, a small cabin, a stadium, a church or even a car or a garage! In 2013, the Guinness World Record for gingerbread houses was set in Bryan Texas. They built a 2,520 square foot house. If you ate the whole house you would have eaten more than 35 million calories. It took 2,925 pounds of brown sugar, 1,800 pounds of butter, 7,200 eggs and 7,200 pounds of flour to make! That is alot of gingerbread.
So what are you waiting for? It's time to get to work and build a gingerbread house of your own.
Brrrrr....Stories for Winter
|Bear is not Tired
by Ciara Gavin
Bear is supposed to sleep through the winter, but he doesn't want to miss out on any of the fun. Fortunately, Mama Duck comes up with a plan that will help everyone have the perfect winter.
|Into the Snow
by Yuki Kaneko
A child plays in the snow and experiences the sensory joys of winter and independence.
by Phyllis Root
One very snow Sunday, snowflakes as big as balls of wool are falling on Bonnie Bumble's farm. The cow, the duck, the hens and even Spot the dog are all shivery and cold. Bonnie gets busy with needles and wool and knits and knits--hats and scarves, beak-warmers, and tail warmers. But how can she get the sun to make everyone warm and toasty again?
|Who Goes There?
by Karma Wilson
Just as Lewis the mouse is settling into his near perfect home for the winter, still wondering what is missing, he hears noises and must roar to scare away whatever horrid creature is scratching and tapping at his tree.
|Lemonade in Winter: a book about two kids counting money
by Emily Jenkins
Pauline and her brother John-John set up a stand to sell lemonade, limeade, and lemon-limeade one cold, wintry day, then try to attract customers as Pauline adds up their earnings.
by Michele Jakubowski
It is the first big snow of the winter and Poppy does not want to play outside in the cold--but her mother insists.
|Winter According to Humphrey
by Betty Birney
Humphrey the hamster and the students in Mrs. Brisbane's class get ready for the holidays and a special Winter Wonderland program.