Sounds like fun…

to make your own smart phone speaker!

That’s what we did today in Full STEAM Ahead. Using just a paper towel tube, two paper cups, and some paper towels (and some pretty paper), we made speakers for our phones–or for someone else’s for those who don’t yet have their own phone.

We learned about sound waves and played a “What’s that sound” game, too.

Here are some photos.

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Saturday Storytime Fun!

Books about houses

Today’s Family Storytime was all about houses. After we read some fun books and looked for the little mouse hiding behind a house, we got to build houses.

Instead of a craft, we had blocks, giant Legos, cardboard bricks and other things to build houses out of.

Everyone is building

A very tall house

To see all the photos, click here.

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We’ve got a winner!

OPLbery Club members and books

The seventh annual OPLbery Club, a mock Newbery club, had its final meeting this afternoon.

OPLbery Club discusses finalists for the awards

After some very interest discussions, here are the books the club chose:

OPLbery Medal:

Some Kind of Happiness, by Claire Legrand

OPLbery Honor:

Counting Thyme, by Melanie Conklin

Thank you to all the club members for all the books you read and all the discussions you attended!

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Rubber Ducky Day!

Kids decorated their own rubber duckies

Yesterday was the first session of a new program called Every Day’s a Holiday!

We celebrated National Rubber Ducky Day with some fun activities.

First, we had a trivia quiz. Did you know that, in 1992, a shipping container with 29,000 rubber ducks was washed overboard during a storm in the Pacific Ocean? Did you know that those ducks have shown up in places such as Hawaii and the Arctic? The movement of those ducks has been used to study ocean currents!

After the trivia quiz, we had a Rubber Ducky relay race. Two teams competed to see who could get the most rubber duckies in their box. The kids had to carry a rubber duck on their head, on the tops of their shoes, on a spoon, and more. Amazingly, both teams got the same  number of ducks. All participants were awarded candy!

Rubber Ducky Relay Race Start

Rubber Ducky Relay Race Finish

Our last activity was decorating rubber ducks with Sharpies (see picture at the top). This was fun for everyone.

Join us next week to celebrate National Popcorn Day!



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Check out our winter programs!


Come in out of the cold to the OPL Children’s Room. Our Winter 2017 programs begin this week.

All our regulars-Mother Goose Time; Shake, Baby Rattle and Roll; Family Game Night; Time for Twos; Plane, Trains and Automobiles; and Saturday Family Storytime all begin this week. You can get all the dates, times, and descriptions by clicking here.

Rhythm & Romp; Lego Builder’s Club; and Full STEAM Ahead are also back.

We’ve got some new programs, too.

On Tuesday afternoons, kids in grades 3 & up can join us for Trivia Tuesdays, when they can compete with a team answering rapid-fire trivia questions (with our very cool buzzer system) and win sweet prizes!

Thursday afternoons we’re going to be celebrating unusual holidays. Our new program for kids in Kindergarten and up is called Every Day’s a Holiday! Our first program will be on January 12, when we’ll have lots of fun activities for National Rubber Ducky Day.

For more details, click here. Or check our calendar.

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What were our favorite books of 2016?


There were so many great books this year that it is hard to choose.

The Children’s Librarians put together this list of some of our favorites of 2016.

Picture Books:
King Baby: Kate Beaton
Penguin Problems: Jory John
A Well-Mannered Young Wolf: Jean Leroy
School’s First Day of School: Adam Rex
Also an Octopus: Maggie Tokuda-Hall
Nanette’s Baguette: Mo Willems
They All Saw a Cat: Brendan Wenzel



Chapter Books:
Soar: Joan Bauer
The Wild Robot: Peter Brown
Unbound: Ann Burg
Counting Thyme: Melanie Conklin
Some Kind of Happiness: Claire Legrand
The Best Man: Richard Peck
The Hidden Oracle: Rick Riordan
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: J.K. Rowling & Jack Thorne
Wolf Hollow: Lauren Wolk
A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans: Laurence Yep

The Secret Subway: Shana Corey
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Julie Fogliano
Vietnam: A History of the War: Russell Freedman
The Tree in the Courtyard: Jeff Gottesfeld
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Made Her Mark: Debbie Levy

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The OPLbery Club’s list of finalists

These are the five books that remain on this year’s OPLbery Club reading list. The OPLbery Club is a mock Newbery club. Members have been meeting–and reading–since April. They need to read all five of these books in order to vote for the best book of 2016 in January.

Which one is your favorite?

Check back next month to see the winner.

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