Jennifer C.'s blog

Storybook Opera this Thursday

The Opera Cat! Ms. Sandra Campbell of Houston's Storybook Opera will be singing a special story for the babies and toddlers this Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Be sure to join us to hear about the cat who loved to sing opera and the night her owner came down with laryngitis! (Children about to enter preschool also welcome)

It's Just About Time...

With hurricane season starting next week, here are some hurricane related titles currently located at Stratford. 

For the littler ones, you might be interested in reading Hurricane Wolf by Diane Paterson.


This week in storytime, in addition to our usual songs, stories and fingerplays, we will be making little shakers for a craft. Please join us!

Also, we have received our calendars for the 2010 Texas Summer Reading Program. Come and pick one up today!



Egghead Eggshell Planter

Next week at storytime, we will be creating an "egghead eggshell planter." With an eggshell, we will be creating a little character with grass for hair. We hope to give the little ones a chance to see how a little bit of soil, a little bit of air and water, and a few grass seeds, can bring something out of nothing. Hope you can make it!


Baby/Toddler Storytime: 10:30 am

Close to the countdown to summer...

Are your children counting down the days til school is out? While they are ready to run outside, we are busy here at the library, preparing for the 2010 Summer Reading Program.  We have had questions about our summer calendar, and be assured, they are coming soon. We have lots of fun activities planned....beginning in only 52 days...(not like we are counting or anything).

In the meantime, be sure to drop by our book sale next week!

This Thursday at Stratford and at the San Jacinto Community Center

This Thursday, April 8th, at Stratford Library, we have our regular baby/toddler story time at 10:30 Thursday morning. Join us for songs, stories and activities~

At 4:30 on Thursday, we have our elementary age bilingual storytime. Come even if you do not know Spanish (or English)! We will be reading stories and doing a craft~

Happy Birthday Eric Carle!

This Saturday, March 20th, was the birthday of famous author/illustrator Eric Carle. In his honor, we held a special craft and story time. We learned a little bit about this famous man and then took the opportunity to create your own tissue paper collage art.  The program ran for one hour. We will be posting photos soon. Keep an eye out for future art/author programs!

See you soon!

St. Patrick's Day Storytime


Yesterday morning at storytime, we made special St. Patrick's Day shamrock wands. Don't miss next week's storytime! We will sing songs, do fingerplays and read stories around the central theme of farms and farmers. The craft will be Old MacDonald's farm, which you can then take home and be able to sing along to with your children. Hope to see you there!

Para Los Ninos Program - this Thursday at Stratford!

This Thursday at 5pm we will be hosting our monthly "Para Los Ninos" parent/child workshop and storytime.  The program was created by a partnership of the Children's Museum and Houston Public Library. We will be exploring the theme of "Loving Limits" and how to live them out with your child. There will be a storytime, mini-workshop, and three or four fun activities. Please join us!

A Librarian 23 Years in the Making

Get to know us here at Stratford!

Our branch manager here at Stratford, Sarah Davis, describes working in the library as a return to her first love.  As a high school student and girl scout, Sarah volunteered and worked part time in her local library in Missouri. However, upon graduation, she decided to go away to Graceland University in Iowa, where she earned her bachelor's degree in education. She later attended Emporia State for a Master's degree in Learning Disabilities. Sarah then taught various grade levels, often in special education classrooms, for 23 years. As much as she enjoyed teaching, however, she decided one day that it was time to return to a library setting.

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