Mmmm, ice cream!

Family Storytime today was all about ice cream. Everyone loves ice cream! We helped Elephant decide to share his ice cream with Piggie, and we sang along with Groovy Joe and his dinosaur friends (thanks to Scholastic for the advanced reader copy!).

We also danced the ice cream hokey pokey and fed ice cream to Bunny. He was very hungry.

All the kids made their own ice cream cones (pretend, of course).

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Splish! Splash!

Books about water

This week was all about water in Ready, Set, Kindergarten, and, in keeping with the theme, everyone got wet!

The bathtub, before the splashing got started.

Little Squirrel just wanted to take a bath, but as each of his friends joined him in the tub, SPLASH!, everyone got splashed with water!

We also read some fun stories and sang some songs.

Our craft this week was also a science experiment. Everyone drew a picture on a coffee filter, using washable markers. What happens when you splash water on it? The colors run, and you get a whole new picture!

Wow! It’s amazing how the picture is changing!

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Close Encounter with Birds of Prey and Dedication of the Sally Read Dow Children’s Program Room

Last night was very special for all of us at the Ossining Public Library. We honored our long-time Head of Children’s Services, Sally Read Dow, who passed away in January. Since Sally was a bird lover and former board member of the Saw Mill River Audubon Society, we asked Bill Streeter to present his “Close Encounters with Birds of Prey” program in the Budarz Theater last night. He told stories about some of the birds that had been injured, then rescued and rehabilitated at the Delaware Valley Raptor Center. He brought some hawks, owls and a very majestic golden eagle for us to see.
After his program, we all went upstairs to dedicate the Sally Read Dow Children’s Program Room. Our director, Karen LaRocca-Fels made the official dedication, then Judy Sagat, who worked with Sally for 26 years, spoke about Sally’s accomplishments. Sally’s son, Greg Dow also spoke, emphazising Sally’s devotion to the Ossining Library. Karen then presented the Saw Mill River Audubon Society with a gift in Sally’s memory from the Ossining Library staff.

To see all of the photos from last night’s event, click here.

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Close Encounters with Birds of Prey Tonight

birds of prey jpeg

Join us tonight in the Budarz Theater for this fun and informative program. For all ages, but children 6 & under must be accompanied by an adult.

After the program, we will have a reception to officially dedicate the Sally Read Dow Children’s Program Room.

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Using our solar oven

We finally had a chance to try out our solar oven. Last Wednesday, all the kids made solar ovens from empty pizza boxes and got smores ingredients to take home.

This is how it looked before:

And this is how it looked after:

And finally:


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Some books about sharks

This week in Ready, Set, Kindergarten! we celebrated our own version of Shark Week. We read some fun stories, we sang some songs, and we made shark fin headbands. There were sharks everywhere!

Lots of sharks!

Does this shark have teeth on its fin?

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Nursery Rhyme Olympics

On Friday afternoon July 8th, we had nine participants traverse our Nursery Rhyme Olympic obstacle course.  While we had hoped for greater attendance, the children that did come completed such challenges as the Simple Simon Pie Plate Balance, Mother Goose Waddle and the Ring Around the Rosy Ring Toss. Everyone was able to hold the Olympic torch and left with a collection of medals earned by completing the course.  See more pictures.

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