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  • It’s Worth It Wednesday – August is National Breastfeeding Month – Week 1

    August is National Breastfeeding Month, and the Stratford Library is partnering with the It’s Worth It! Campaign to provide information about breastfeeding to Connecticut families. On Wednesdays in August, we will post tips from the It’s Worth It campaign.

    The It’s Worth It! campaign was developed by the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition, the Connecticut Department of Public Heath, and their partners to support those who choose to breastfeed, and to reduce barriers that cause them to stop breastfeeding before they are ready. The It’s Worth It! campaign highlights 5 key themes for breastfeeding success to encourage and help Connecticut families meet their breastfeeding goals: Make a Plan, Skin to Skin, Rooming-in, Community Support, and Make it Work.

    Tip #1 Make a Plan

    Not only is breastfeeding good for babies, but it is good for mothers, too! Learn more about the health benefits and other advantages of breastfeeding with Ready, Set, Baby. ItsworthitCT @CTDPH @CTbfcoalition

    Plan for your breastfeeding success! Share your wishes about breastfeeding your baby with this Make a Plan Checklist. This checklist helps you keep track of the people and resources who will support you. Share it with your team so that everyone knows how to help you thrive. #itsworthitCT @CTDPH @breastfeedingct

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  • What’s Going On – August 10-15

    Like cherries, this week is bittersweet. Summer reading has ended in what has surely been the most unusual summer in memory, we’ve put Tropical Storm Isaias behind us (or are trying to!), and now it’s that final rush til school begins. Let’s dive in!

    General Info:

    Most of the Library is open for in person visits. Please visit our website for guidelines for being at the Library. The Children’s Department is closed due to our renovation, but we are here to help you.

    Back to School Books. As some of you know, we have a section of back to school books. Please call us at 203.385.4165 or email us at childrens [at] and we’ll be happy to put a selection on hold for pickup. These books are best for kids Preschool-Grade 1 who are perhaps wondering what to expect.

    Nutmeg Book Award. We’re already enjoying the Elementary and Intermediate Nutmeg Books. We have a bookgroup this Monday at 7 pm to discuss Framed, and we’ll be discussing other Nutmegs throughout the year. Make a resolution to read all the Nutmegs for your age group! 

    What’s Going On

    Read to Therapy Dogs meets this Wednesday, from 2-2:30 pm. Register for a reading spot.

    Astronomy Club meets this Thursday from 6:30-7:15 for ages 7-12. Register for the Zoom.

    DIY Storytime has one last summer theme – Party Time! Visit this website on Saturday for an on-your-own-time storytime.

    Draw with Josie meets Monday, August 17 at 2 pm for ages 6-12. We’ll be drawing Pigeon from Mo Willems’s books. Register for the Zoom. 

    Special Online Summer Concert will be Wednesday, August 19 at 4 pm. Details soon!

    Congratulations to all our Read to Me and Summer Readers. You’ve made lemonade from a very lemony summer!

    Kindness Cupcakes – One of our volunteers made kindness cupcakes for someone who needed them! Kaliah shared the frosting recipe, and here it is:  The frosting is 2 tbs of heavy cream, 1 tsp of vanilla extract, 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar, 1/2 cup salted caramel, 14 tbs of butter, and 1/3 cup of brown sugar. Kindness is always sweet, but these are especially amazing!

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  • DIY Storytime – Music

    Enjoy this Do-It-Yourself Storytime on Music whenever you like*


    drum dream bookDrum Dream Girl
    • Written by Margarita Engle
    • Illustrated by Rafael López
    • Published by Houghton Mifflin
    • Presented by Rebekah Wall
    How to make an oatmeal container tom-tom drum from Howcast:

    musical max bookMusical Max
    • Written by Robert Kraus
    • Illustrated by Jose Aruego & Ariane Dewey
    • Published by Simon & Schuster
    • Presented by Kidz Digital & Weston Woods
    Make maracas out of plastic eggs and spoons:

    zin zin zin bookZin! Zin! Zin! A Violin!
    • Written by Lloyd Moss
    • Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
    • Published by Simon & Schuster
    • Presented by Grandma Annii’s Storytime
    Make music with water from Hands On as We Grow:


    Dinosaur Rap
    • Written by John Foster
    • Illustrated by Debbie Harter
    • Music by Mikey Henry Jr. & Geoffrey Nielsen
    • Presented by Barefoot Books Singalong

    Music Song by Cocomelon

    Animated to the Music by Bounce Patrol

    Rhymes and Fingerplays:

    I Like Music
    (tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)

    I like music, yes I do, yes I do, yes I do
    I like music, yes I do
    It’s fun to dance and sing.

    Won’t you sing along with me, along with me, along with me?
    Won’t you sing along with me?
    It’s fun to sing with you.

    Won’t you dance along with me, along with me, along with me?
    Won’t you dance along with me?
    It’s fun to dance with you.

    Music is a happy sound, happy sound, happy sound
    Music is a happy sound
    It’s fun to play and sing.

    Musical Instruments
    (pretend to play each instrument as it is mentioned)

    I like to play the drum
    Ba-dum, ba-dum, ba-dum
    And bang it loud to make a beat
    In the orchestra.

    I like to play piano
    Plinkity, plinkity, plink
    My fingers tap piano keys
    In the orchestra.

    I like to play the trumpet
    Toot-toot, ta-da-toot, toot-toot
    And blast the brassy trumpet sound
    In the orchestra.

    I like to play the violin
    Zin-zin, zin-zin, zin-zin
    I draw my bow across the strings
    In the orchestra.

    I like to play the flute
    Toota-loot, toota-loot, toota-loot
    It makes a sound like a bird’s song
    In the orchestra.

    I like to play the bass
    Voom-va, voom-va, voom
    The low sound makes me tap my feet
    In the orchestra.

    So many instruments
    So many lovely sounds
    What would you like to play
    In the orchestra?

    Five Band Instruments
    (count down with your fingers)

    Five band instruments
    Marching past a door
    The trombone had to go inside
    Then there were four.

    Four band instruments
    As loud as they can be
    Clarinet had to take a break
    Then there were three.

    Three band instruments
    Marching into view
    The trumpet took another turn
    Then there were two.

    Two band instruments
    Playing just for fun
    Piccolo got tired and went home
    Then there was one.

    One band instrument
    Playing all alone.
    The snare drum banged a final beat
    And the there were none.

    *The Stratford Library encourages families to visit internet sites together and is not responsible for broken or altered hyperlinks.

    music coloring page

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