Valentine’s Day Storytime 

Today’s Valentine’s Day storytime/PARTY was a blast! We read stories, including one non-fiction book that I snuck in, we sang and danced, we traded valentines, we made dogs out of hearts, and we all brought in treats! Holiday parties at storytime are THE BEST.


I was in a NYLA Webinar! Connecting Kids and Teens with Healthy Summer Meals: Libraries as Partners

In January, I had the opportunity to co-facilitate a webinar for the New York Library Association about providing summer meals to children through libraries. I’ve done this here at Newark for the past three summers, and I will absolutely continue it in the future. It has been such a great experience to know that I am helping to provide nutritious meals to children in the community who need it.

Other facilitators of the webinar are Ashley Pickett from Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library in Watertown, NY, Misha Marvel from Hunger Solutions New York, and Michelle Crawford form NYS Education Dept. Child Nutrition Program.

Watch the webinar HERE! 

Pete the Cat Storytime

We had a GROOVY time at this week’s storytime, reading books about Pete the Cat! Pete is definitely a favorite here in Newark, so whenever we read his books for storytime it’s always a blast. At the end of the storytime, all but two of the books shown below were even checked out!


We made a couple of Pete the Cat crafts, including fuzzy coloring pieces and Pete masks!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten @ NPL


A couple of months ago, we began our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, and it has been very successful so far! We have over 25 kids signed up through the library, and two classes at Head Start participating in the program as large groups!

The kids are really enjoying the praise for all of their work, and they are super proud when they come in with a full sheet that they colored in. I’m so glad that I decided to try this out!

Here’s our flyer, which is full of general information about the program:


Here’s our reading log, which I created using Canva. This was super easy and much more affordable than purchasing them from a vendor.

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Storytime Theme: Giraffes! 

We had A LOT of fun learning and reading about giraffes during my Head Start visits last week!

I like to include an engaging non-fiction book in my storytimes whenever they fit well, so we read Giraffes by Amelie von Zumbusch and we learned some fun facts about giraffes before reading our fiction books. Did you know that a giraffe calf is already 6 feet tall when it is born?!

The next two books that we read were Giraffes Ruin Everything by Heidi Schulz and The Short Giraffe by Neil Flory. The first of the two follows a young boy who has trouble with a giraffe getting in the way of his fun.. but *spoiler alert* the story has a happy ending because giraffe ends up saving the day! The second book was very silly and got a lot of laughs from the kids and their teachers. Geri is the shortest giraffe who ever lived, and the giraffes try rigging up all kinds of contraptions to make him fit into a photo with the average-height giraffes. This story *spoiler alert* also has a happy ending… but I won’t say how they solved their dilemma. You’ll have to read it yourself!