Summer programs in the Children’s Room

Our summer programs in the Children’s Room began last week. Here’s a sampling of what’s happening this summer.

Ready, Set, Grow! 

Ready, Set, Grow is an early literacy storytime for 3-5 year olds on Wednesdays at 2 pm. Our first week we had stories and activities about ice cream. To see all the photos, click here.

Open Art

Open Art is on Thursdays at 2 pm. Each week, we will put out various art supplies and kids can create whatever they like. It is for all ages, but children 6 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Click here for more photos.

Summer Reading Buddies

Over 100 children read with a volunteer buddy last Friday. The program runs from 10 am-12 noon on Fridays. For children entering Kindergarten through 6th grade.

Family STEAM

Family STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) is Mondays at 4 pm. Children of all ages are welcome, but kids 6 & under must have an adult with them. This week, we made emoji stories. See all the photos here.

Messy Playtime

On Tuesdays at 2 pm is Messy Playtime, for kids ages 1-4, with an adult. Explore textures, tools, & crafts. Be sure to dress for a mess!

To see all of the programs we are offering this summer, click here.

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Summer Reading Kick-off!


Summer reading sign-up, face painting, and a bubble truck were just some of the fun things at our summer reading kick-off.

Our summer reading game continues throughout the summer. You can join any time.


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Summer Reading Game Kick Off

Come to our Summer Reading Game Kick Off on Wednesday morning from 10 am – noon!

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Ever wanted to have a pen pal?

The Children’s Room is participating in a Pen Pal Exchange with other libraries this summer!

Each week, we will send your letters or pictures to other participating libraries. This week, our letters will go to the Mount Pleasant Public Library, in Mount Pleasant, Iowa!

Stop by and write a letter or draw a picture. Then just drop it in our mailbox, and we’ll send it out.

Check back to see what we get from other libraries!

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Happy National Scavenger Hunt Day!

In our Every Day’s a Holiday Program, we celebrated National Scavenger Hunt Day (May 24th) with a book scavenger hunt in the library. Participants found 20 different types of books and had lots of fun along the way.


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We had a great Skype visit with Claire Legrand!

OPLbery book

On Friday afternoon, May 19th, the OPLbery Club members spoke with author Claire Legrand via Skype. Claire’s book, Some Kind of Happiness won the 2017 OPLbery Medal.
We showed Claire the OPLbery Medal on our copy of the book and she was delighted. Then she talked about the process of writing the book and “the story behind the story.” Many of the characters in the book are based on people that she knew growing up. The setting was also based on her grandparents’ real home. The OPLbery members asked her a lot of questions which she cheerfully answered. We felt very privileged to be able to have this experience. Thank you Claire Legrand for taking time to Skype with us!skype visitClaire Legrand

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We Can’t Wait to Talk to Claire Legrand!

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Tomorrow afternoon marks the return of the OPLbery Club. This will be our 8th year! And we are so excited to be hosting a Skype visit with author Claire Legrand, who wrote last year’s OPLbery Medal-winning book, Some Kind of Happiness.

The OPLbery Club is an annual mock Newbery club at the Ossining Public Library that began in 2010. The club members read and evaluate newly published books written by authors living in the United States. The club meets monthly through January, when they award the OPLbery Medal to the year’s most distinguished book. The club is open to children in the Ossining School District who are in 4th grade and up ONLY.

oplbery flyer 2017

If you are interested in joining the OPLbery Club, call or drop by the Children’s Room for more information.

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