Monday, October 25, 2010

Is Your Family Safe at Home? Lead Prevention Day Tomorrow

Just a quick reminder that the Bridgeport Department of Health will be visiting us tomorrow, Tuesday October 26 from 11-6 to address the issue of lead poisoning in children.  Here are some facts that I learned; stop by tomorrow and learn some facts of your own!

- 80% of Stratford homes contain lead, primarily in windows pre-1977
- A new law requires windows in pre-1977 homes to be replaced by EPA approved contractors
- Lead poisoning can cause developmental delays in children
- Toys can also contain lead or cadmium

Want to learn more? Stop by tomorrow, and keep your family safe!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Dogs @ the Library!

We're very excited to have our therapy dogs coming 3 different times in the next month.  Children can read to therapy dogs to increase their read-aloud confidence or to help motivate emerging readers, or just because dogs are impossible to resist.  To sign up for one of the following time slots, call us at 203.385.4165

This isn't Lola, but it IS what a Newfoundland looks like!
This is Drago, one of our therapy dogs!

Reading Schedule
Lola the Newfoundland: Thursday, October 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Lola the Newfoundland: Monday, November 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Siena & Drago the Italian Spinoni: Thursday, November 18 from 4:30-6 p.m.

Storytime Announcement October 25-30

Children may wear their costumes the week of October 25-30. Books with a Halloween theme may be read during these storytimes. Hope to see you in all your finery!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Displays around the Library

 On Friday, we installed 3 new displays in the Children's Department.  Unfortunately, only 2 of my pictures came out, so here is the evidence! We have an Alice in Wonderland board up for our Barnes & Noble fundraiser beginning Friday, November 19 and continuing through November 24, 2010. Purchases made in Barnes & Noble of Milford or online will help support the Library. More details available at the Library.

The second display is an intricate one starring Russian dolls and artifacts.  It's fascinating to spend a few minutes looking at them all.  Some were donated by staff members; others by Eugenia Cody of the Perry House. Hope you can stop in Saturday, October 23 at 10:30 to enjoy Russian stories in English for children ages 6 to 12. Phone us at 203.385.4165 to register.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Swindle Book Discussion

Here's an Animoto video celebrating our upcoming book discussion on Swindle by Gordon Korman.
Short and sweet, I know; maybe we'll have the kids make one with more pizazz!

Want to sign up? Book discussion meets Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. Grades 4 to 6. Read the book before the discussion. Call 203.385.4165 to register.

News of the week!

A few odds and ends for this week.
1. Storytime schedule for this week can be found on our calendar page.  This week's storytime theme for Tues/Wed is Harvest Home.

2. Saturday is quite a busy day with 3 programs: At 10:30 there is Sensory Storytime for children with sensory needs.  At 1:00 p.m. there is Russian cartoons including Beauty and the Beast in Russian. At 2:30 there will be an Embroidery Class for children ages 7 to 12 ($5 material fee due by Thursday).  Register by calling 203.385.4165.

3. The Science Fiction Assignment has begun. We have lists in the Library for ideas, but if you're online, try Here or Here for some possibilities.