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Make it a crafty summer!

There are hundreds of websites out there offering every imaginable craft! Don’t know where to look? Try these:

Family Fun  This Disney website offers hundreds of simple projects for nearly every age child and interest.

Yahoo Craft Directory  This is the address for Yahoo’s craft directory, which will give you a good start.

Information on hobbies from About.com  This will get you to a listing of links that offer crafts in many different categories.


PARENTS: We advise that you visit these sites with your children, to be aware what links are available and to familiarize yourself with their content.


Books and Magazines for Do-It-Yourself Ideas

Do-it-yourself craft books can be found in the children’s craft section at J745.5. There are literally hundreds of books available that include craft ideas. The library also carries some magazines that contain craft ideas, including Family Fun, Pak-O-Fun, and Mailbox.

Many of the parenting magazines as well as most women’s magazines also contain craft ideas, usually geared to the season.

If all else fails to inspire you, come to the library during the summer reading program. There will be craft days held several times during June and July. Let us show you how!






Kindergarten Prep School is a program designed to provide academic and social skills over the summer to children who will be entering kindergarten in the fall. Any child who is eligible for kindergarten in the Jay Schools for the 2012-2013 school year may register for the program.

The program is free of charge and will last for 10 weeks over the summer. It is held EVERY Tuesday from June 5th through August 7th from 9 a.m. to noon.

Transportation may be provided by the Jay Schools or parents can drop children off at the library.

Children spend time in small groups learning such skills as how to stand in line, how to raise their hands to ask questions, how to participate in group activities, how to walk from one area to another. They also practice academics in math, reading, art, gym, small motor skills, and writing.

To register a child for KiPS, fill out the form received at Kindergarten Round-up or pick one up at the library and return it ASAP. Deadline to register is April 30.

Tuesdays will be very active times in the children’s area at the library this summer!



Story Times in May 

Mondays @ 11:15 a.m. on May 7th, 9th, 14th and 21st.

(The library will be closed for Memorial Day on May 28th.)

Tuesdays @ 11:15 a.m. on May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.


 Summer Reading Program 2012 coming in June:

Dream Big: READ!

The theme for the children’s program this summer is about dreaming and sleeping and all those fun things that go with dreaming and sleeping!

Look for the program to begin June 4th and continue through July 14th. There will be a bed-full of programs offered at all times during the summer. Sign up to read what you can and dream as big as you want!

Registration forms will be available starting June 4th.


Teens can read too!

Own the Night

The teen program will be available again this summer for students in 6th - 12th grades. Lots of fun night-time experiences will be offered during the programs. Zombies, werewolves, vampires anyone?! Teens can choose to record hours or books. If you meet our requirements, you may participate in the final big party.


Crafts & Activities: 

Eggshell Chalk

An idea from pp. 94-95 in The Rainy Day Activity Book by Jennifer Rader (J745.5)

Do try this at home!

What you'll need:

  • 4-5 eggshells

  • 1 teaspoon flour

  • 1 teaspoon very hot tap water

  • Food coloring

  • Paper towel

What you'll do:

  1. Clean eggshells, then grind them to powder on clean smooth concrete or in a bowl.  Discard large pieces.

  2. Place flour and hot water in another bowl and add 1 tablespoon of the eggshell powder, mixing until a paste forms.  Add food coloring.

  3. Shape and press the mixture firmly into the shape of a chalk stick.  Roll the stick up tightly in a strip of paper towel.

  4. Allow to dry approximately 3 days until hard.  Remove paper towel.  Use only on sidewalk!


May Special Days

1 - May Day

4 - Space Day

5 - Cinco de Mayo

12 - Florence Nightingale born, 1820

13 - Mother's Day

13 - Tulip Day

15 - International Day of Families

16 - Root Beer's birthday

20 - Flower Day

26 - Sally Ride born, 1951

28 - Memorial Day


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