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Have a cow!

With Milk Day on the 11th and Cheese Day on the 20th,
it seems appropriate to celebrate both days by having a cow!


  • Make one to drink:

  1. To make a black cow, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to a tall glass.

  2. Pour root beer over the ice cream.

  3. Enjoy! Make it a purple cow by using grape soda in place of the root beer!

  • Get some suggestions on crafts and other printables here.




Read about cows:

Amazing Cows : A Book of Bovinely Inspired Misinformation by Sandra Boynton (J636.2)

Milk Makers by Gail Gibbons (E637)

Mrs. O'Leary's Cow by Mary Ann Hoberman (E)

Blossom Comes Home by James Herriot (E)

Minnie and Moo Meet Frankenswine by Denys Cazet (E)

Cow by Kitty Benedict (E)


Snowman Reading & Activity Program

Register for the program from January 2nd to January 14th by turning in a registration form, available at the library. You will be given an activity sheet. The activity sheet also has a place to log books read.  The activities and reading help you complete a snowman to receive a small prize AND earn you tickets for the grand prize drawing.

For every 5 activities completed, receive a piece of a snowman and receive a ticket to enter the end-of-the-month drawing.

Receive one ticket to enter into the drawing for books read according to these amounts:
5 picture books / 10 easy reading books / 2 chapter books with less than 80 pages / 1 chapter book with more than 80 pages.

At the end of the month, if the snowman is complete and the reading has been done, receive a small prize and five more tickets to enter into the drawing.

Activities and reading can be done from January 2nd through January 31st. All tickets must be claimed and entered into the drawing by Saturday, February 4th. The drawing will be held on Monday, February 6th.


Programs in January


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
January 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. with Miss Mary
January 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31



What do you do after school? Choose something special!


After School Specials

grades K - 5

January 13th 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

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

Upcoming dates for the specials:

February 17

March 9

April 13

May 11




Information about Dr. King, according to the website http://www.enchantedlearning.com/history/us/MLK/MLK.shtml

Martin Luther King, Jr., was a great man who worked for racial equality in the United States of America. He was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. Both his father and grandfather were ministers. His mother was a schoolteacher who taught him how to read before he went to school. Young Martin was an excellent student in school. After graduating from college and getting married, Dr. King became a minister and moved to Alabama.

During the 1950's, Dr. King became active in the movement for civil rights and racial equality. He participated in the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott and many other peaceful demonstrations that protested the unfair treatment of African-Americans. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. Commemorating the life of a tremendously important leader, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day each year in January. (January 16)


Crafts & Activities

Cotton Ball Snowman

You will need:

cotton balls (about 40 per snowman)  
blue construction paper (1 sheet per child)
black construction paper orange construction paper  
brown construction

You will do:

1.  Draw two or three circles on the blue paper for a snowman.

2.  Fill in the circles by gluing on the cotton balls.

3.  Cut black construction paper shapes for the eyes, mouth, and hat.

4.  Cut orange construction paper for a nose.

5.  Cut brown construction paper for arms (or use popsicle sticks).

6.  Glue the cut shapes onto the snowman in the proper places.


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