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February 2014 KIDSHEET

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Though there are lots of sports at the Winter Olympics (can you name them all?), this month’s reading program will focus on skiing. We’ll be heading on the downhill slopes toward a gold medal! Think you can do it? Then sign up February 1 - 15 and participate through the whole month. If you take the right path you may end up with a bronze, silver, or gold medal!

The program is filled with fun activities you can do at home. All we ask is that you do the activities, keep track of how you do them or what you use to do them, and come back when you’ve completed them.

 For instance, we ask you to “Listen to a Winter Tale.” Well, once you’ve done that, you just list what tale you listened to! It might have been a story someone read, a CD that read to you, or maybe Grandma told that story about how she walked to school in three feet of snow…all those would count!

Once you’ve completed 15 activities, you’ve earned a Bronze Medal! Go for 4 more, complete 19 activities, and earn a Silver Medal. Complete the entire trail of 23 activities and earn yourself a Gold Medal!

And if earning a medal isn’t your heart’s desire, there will be prizes given away along with the medals! How can you lose?!


More on the Olympics—

The Winter Olympic Games will held this year in Sochi, Russia. You can learn a lot about this country.

Try these books found here at the library:

Russia (Cultures of the World) by O Torchinski (J847)

Welcome to Russia (Welcome to My Country) by Fiona Conboy & Terence Rice (J947)

You can also go to the official Olympics website. Click on “For Spectators” and then “Travel to Sochi.” Page down for some interesting information.

Then log on to the Winter Olympics page on the official website of the Olympic Movement  for some more in-depth information about the Olympics and Sochi.

Google the 2014 Olympics to see if you can find some fun facts.

Here are two for you:
1. Jamaica has qualified a 2-man team for the Bobsled competition.
2. 2014 is the first year for the Women’s Ski Jumping competition.


Programs for Kids at the Library

    Check out the ones that match your age and interest!



Story Time

Join us at Story Time for preschoolers every Wednesday in the Story Corner

Children are welcome to attend with a parent or caregiver. Several stories are read, a song or flannelboard follows, and a craft completes the program.

Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. with Miss Mary
February 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th





What do you do after school? Choose something special!

After School Specials

grades K - 5

Monday, February 3, 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

The February special will include some Valentine’s refreshments, a love(ly) story, and a heart craft or two! Call on or before February 1st to sign up for this heart-y After School Special!

Limited to the first 20 kids that sign up:  snacks, crafts, fun!




Mother Goose & Me

Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can explore rhymes, music, fun, learning, and more with Mother Goose

Visit with her on Friday mornings at 10:00 am

February 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th






Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4:00 pm Check the calendar for current dates





CRAFT IDEA: Olympic Torch

To make a paper model of the Olympic Torch

You will need:

Athletic Games torch pieces and templates on printable sheet found here
2 sheets orange tissue paper
1 sheet yellow construction paper
1 paper towel tube
Glue / double-stick tape

You will do:

Print the template on regular paper or cardstock and cut out the pieces.

Fold all tabs on the base and secure them to the white side of one base bottom to form a cylinder.

Close the cylinder using the tab at the end.

Glue the second base bottom to the underside of the first one so that the tabs are hidden.

Place double-sided tape on the inside edge of the handle.

Wrap the handle around a paper towel tube and use the tape to secure the handle.

Cut off the excess paper towel tube.

Trace the outer flame template onto a piece of yellow construction paper.

Fold a sheet of orange tissue paper in half.

Place the outer flame template at the bottom of the tissue paper where the fold is and trace the template.

Place the yellow flames between the orange flames.

Spread glue over the bottom of the flames.

Curl the flames into a circle and gently place them inside the base, pressing the flames into place.

Fold a sheet of orange tissue paper in half and trace the inner flames starting at the fold of the tissue.

Curl the tissue and tape the ends together.

Glue the bottom of the curled tissue to the center of the torch base.

Glue the torch base to the handle.

Check out spoonful.com (where content from Family Fun now resides) and search for "olympic torch" to see a picture.  Then enjoy more ideas offered on the site.



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