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Summer Reading at Baldwin Boettcher

Summer Reading at the Baldwin Boettcher Library was a grand success.  Our Children's Librarian, Nancy Rodriguez, kissed a cow.  A few of our young participants were "hugged" by a very large snake.  It goes without saying we ate really well.  Snacks have been provided by the Friends of the Baldwin Boettcher Library.  Adult programming had some taste testing and Domino's pizza provided the experience of a life time with two pizza parties.

The Baldwin Boettcher Library presented 61 programs; entertaining 2149 participants.  Due to budget constraints the Friends of the Baldwin Boettcher Library foot the bill for costs. 

Dog Days of Mystery

You have all heard of the Dog Days of August.  Well, the Mystery Book Club at the Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library will be hosting the Dog Days of Mystery.  The group will be reading mysteries about dogs, with dogs or just for the dogs for the month of August.  We will be meeting Aug 18th at 2 pm.  Our group looks forward to these exciting meetings and welcomes newcomers.  See you during the Dog Days of Mystery at the Baldwin Boettcher Library.

Adult Crafts

Craft projects and activities are not just for the young.  They are for the young at heart also.  On July 26, Baldwin Boettcher Library will have a lighthouse craft using clay pots and acrylic paints.  In August, watch our calendar for the date, the library will be offering a T-shirt decorating craft.

So bring your creative talents and come to the library for our adult craft times.  Remember to sign up for these events on the main library site www.hcpl.net using our events page and choosing the time and date for that craft.  You only need to put in your first and last name and a phone number so we may be able to call and remind you to attend the craft.

See you here at the Baldwin Boettcher Library.

Mystery Book Club sees Red, White and Blue

For our July Mystery Club we will be discussing mysteries with the red, white and blue theme.  This could be better known as the "patriotic theme".  As you know we are not too strict on our interpretation of what you need to read.  This book club is all about getting together, making friends and discussing why we like or do not like a book we have read.  Others in the club give us ideas of the books they liked and maybe we would like to read them also.  So come join us on July 21st at 2 pm.  This way you will be able to help us decide the theme for August.

Cows at the library?

The cows has re-scheduled her visit to the library.  The farmer was not able to present our first program to happen as scheduled so we invited the cows back for another visit.

Come see our favorite cow from SW Dairy on July 20, 2010.  At 11 am we will be looking for Little Boy Blue and our cows in the meadow.  Let us hope everyone is not fast asleep under the haystack.  So come see the cow and learn how we get milk to send to the dairy.  Do you think this is where the chocolate milk comes from?  The farmer will tell us all about it.  This may be as close as you can get to a cow.  Bring your summer reading slips and complete your first steps in the reading program.  See you here at the Baldwin Boettcher Library.

S.I.D. Camp is a success.

Baldwin Boettcher had a successful showing at our S.I.D. Camp.  We used our Science to Investigate, Explore and Discover.  Twenty children who were 4 and 5 years old came to the library to help Ms Nancy and Ms Bonnie with our science camp.  We used our sense of smell to help us discover different smells.  Next the wind came to the library so we could determine what the wind means to me.  Finally on the last day of camp we explored our investigation tool, the magnifying glass.  With our magnifying glass we investigated bugs, ears and our hands.  The children discovered that the magnifying glass makes things bigger. 

Summer Reading Program, Sid the Science Kid

The Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library is bringing "Sid the Science Kid" to our summer reading program.  Look for our summer reading program for details of what day, time and how to sign up for this program.  Class space is limited.  We will conduct a pilot 3 day Sid Camp (Science Investigate Discover).  It will be held in June for three days and will only allow 4 and 5 year olds into the program.  No moms.

Preschool Story Time

Pre-school Story time at Baldwin Boettcher is one of our newer story times.  We had our Family story time but due to staffing and time; four, five and six year olds have never had their own story time.  However, they now are able to come to the library on Tuesdays at 11 am.   This is the time to bring the children who need to develop skills for school.  They will experience cutting, coloring, pasting, glueing and reading in a group.  Sometimes, the children even get to paint.  So, yes, we get messy and experience new things.  Come join Ms Nancy and her regulars at story time to get ready for school or just to have some good old fashion fun.

It's Toddler Time!

Thursday mornings, 10:30 am, at the Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library, in the Study/Meeting room you will find our adventurous Ms Nancy and her group of toddlers.  This high energy group loves to sing, mimic finger plays, dance, and listen to books.  Sometimes the wheels on the bus may change subjects according the topic of Ms Nancy's story time.  A cow bell may clang, the tail may swish, the eyes go blink and finally the voice of the cow says moo.  The familiar tune with different words allows the children to pick up the words to add to their vocabulary at a faster pace.  Please come join us and enjoy story time while picking up tips on early literacy from Ms Nancy.

Who should attend our Infant Time?

So many story times which one to attend?  The following guidelines may help you with your choice.  We start the week with the 10 am Lapsit on Tuesdays.  Better known as the Mother Goose story time because it is presented to babies from birth to 18 months possible up to 2 yrs of age.  We encourage the mothers to hold their infants in their laps while singing and moving the babies to the songs.  Fingerplays are learned so mom and infant may interact with each other.  We also present books.  Sturdy board books.  This type of book is easy for the infant to hold and more important easy to clean or wipe off.  At the end of the storytime presentation, the infants are allowed to play with age appropriate toys while moms talk amongst each other and compare progress and work out problems they may be having with their little ones.  So bring you infant and attend the Infant time on Tuesdays at 10 am for the year round story time.  Check our

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