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Looking for some crafts and ideas about Valentineís Day?

Try this website for crafts, cards, coloring pages, recipes, and party ideas!

Want to make something for your true love? Nothing says you care as much as a homemade gift. Try this simple craft: Put red and white jelly beans in a glass jar and decorate the jar with heart suckers and ribbons.  Follow this link for complete directions.

For some other cool ideas that donít take a lot of the green stuff, are quick and easy, and the price is right, try the crafts at this website.

Not the crafty kind, but still want to give something homemade? Take it to the kitchen and try some fun Valentine recipes. Make heart shaped brownies using a mix, then cut out individual brownies with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Want something a little more involved? How about Stained Glass Cookies, Cappuccino Truffles, Dipped Chocolate Treats, or Rocky Road Fudge? Try the recipes here.

With a little thought--and a computer with internet access (visit your library!)--- you can make Valentineís Day special for that special someone!


A New Goal for Your Child:

1000 Books Before Kindergarten


Our reading program is a toddler now! Is your toddler signed up? Registration forms are available at the library for infants on up. And get this, all you have to do is READ! What could be easier?!

Programs in February


Story Time

Join us at Story Time for preschoolers every Monday and Tuesday in the Story Corner

Mondays at 11:15 a.m. with Miss Linda
February 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th

Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. with Miss Mary
February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th



What do you do after school? Choose something special!


After School Specials

grades K - 5

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

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

Upcoming dates for the specials:

March 9

April 13

May 11


Dr. Seussís Birthday
March 2, 2012
Read Across America Day



National Education Associationís Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

Stay tuned for more




Leap Day is the extra day in Leap Year that occurs every four years.
Leap years are required so that the calendar stays in alignment with the earth's motion around the sun.
Leap years keep the calendar in line with the seasons.

What does this mean for you? It means February will have an extra day at its end this year--February 29th. If you were born on this date, you could only celebrate your birthday every four years on its actual date. Youíd have to wait four years before you would turn one year old! Be extra nice to any Leap Day Babies that you know!





You will need:

  • Red construction paper
  • Wide ribbon
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ruler

You will do:

  1. Cut two identical hearts from the red construction paper. They should be about twice as wide as the ribbon.
  2. Cut a piece of wide ribbon that is about 8 inches long.
  3. Cut a small V-shape into the bottom of the ribbon.
  4. Sandwich the ribbon between the two hearts and glue the hearts together.
  5. Write a message on the heart if desired.

















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