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January 2014 KIDSHEET

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Theres a new reading program for kids and teens at JCPL this January, and you can be a part of it! Just stop at the circulation desk and get your thermometer sheet. Start reading and you can win a small prize, then get entered into our grand prize drawing!

Log your reading time in 15 minute sections by coloring in the thermometer. When you reach an hour, you earn one entry into our drawing. Complete the entire thermometer sheet for six hours of reading and earn a bonus entry and a small prize.

Thermometer sheets will be available during the month of January. All prize entries must be made by January 31. The prize drawing will be held on February 3rd and winners announced at that time. Winners will have one week to pick up their prizes.




It might be cold, but theres still plenty to do outdoors as long as youre dressed for the weather.

Heed this advice from the Sierra Trading Post company:



You can avoid hypothermia, frostbite and discomfort simply by dressing properly for the conditions. But don't decide what to wear simply based on the forecast! After all, someone snowshoeing uphill in 32-degree weather will feel much warmer than someone sitting motionless in a goose blind on the same day.

Decide which type of activity you'll be doing before you make a decision on how to dress.

Sedentary (no motion): Activities like ice fishing or stand hunting require thick insulation around your core and between you and cold surfaces, such as the ice itself.

Active: Pursuits such as snowshoeing or cross-country skiing involve very little motionless time. For these sports, focus more on covering extremities and less on insulating your core. Also, be sure your garments can wick sweat and breathe well.

Mixed: When there is an even balance of heart-pounding effort and motionless rest. A good example is alpine skiing, in which you ride up on a chairlift between runs. Layering and venting options become important here, so you can easily transition between bundling up and cooling down.


Programs in January


Story Time

Join us at Story Time for preschoolers Wednesdays at 11:30 am in the Story Corner

January 8, 15, 22, & 29



What do you do after school? Choose something special!


After School Specials

grades K - 5

January 17th 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

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



Mother Goose & Me

No, she hasn't yet flown south for the winter!  Visit with her on Friday mornings at 10:00 am

January 10, 17, 24, and 31




Every Tuesday from 2:30 to 4:00 pm

Children of all ages are welcome to participate.  Those under 7 years of age should be accompanied by a caregiver who is at least 13 years of age. 

Legos will be available, though can also bring your own project to work on.  Idea books will be available as well.


Important January Dates

January was named after the Roman god Janus. Janus is also the Roman word for door. The god Janus had two faces which allowed him to look forwards into the coming year and backwards into the past year.

January is filled with anniversaries of deaths of U.S. Presidents and the births of several important people in history! January is also National Book Month, Thank You Month, Eye Care Month, Volunteer Blood Donor Month, and Soup Month.

1 - Paul Revere born, 1735

1 - Flag maker Betsy Ross born,1752

5 - President Calvin Coolidge died, 1933

 6 - President Theodore Roosevelt died, 1919

8 - Singer Elvis Presley born,1935

15 - Martin Luther King, Jr. born, 1929

17 - President Rutherford Hayes died, 1893

18 - President John Tyler died, 1862

22 - President Lyndon Johnson died, 1973


Crafts & Activities

Edible Snowflakes!

Do try this at home.

You will need:

6 flour tortillas
Canola or vegetable oil for baking
Confectioners' sugar
Edible glitter (optional)

You will do:

1.  Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Warm the tortillas in the microwave.

2.  Individually fold the tortillas in half once and then in half again, so that you end up with a shape that resembles a wedge of pie (it will be thick).

3.  Using clean scissors, cut triangle, circles, or squares out of the edges, as if you were making paper snowflakes. Unfold the tortillas.

4.  Lightly brush the tops of the snowflakes with canola or vegetable oil and place them on a cookie sheet slightly apart.

5.  Bake them until lightly browned and crisp (about 4 minutes). Sift confectioners' sugar on the snowflakes while warm. For an extra sparkly effect, you can sprinkle on a bit of edible glitter. Makes 6.

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