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  • What’s Going On – September 28-October 3

    gourdsOctober is the best month of the year. We still have warm-ish weather, foods and drinks with pumpkin flavoring abound, there’s apple picking and cider apple donuts, plus the new crop of fall books has usually arrived at the Library. And just to remind you, our Halloween books are available, and while some of our Halloween movies are still missing from the move, we do have several copies of the original Hocus Pocus for your enjoyment. Check out what’s happening!

    This week’s events on Zoom

    Due to the holiday, there is no storytime Monday, September 28.
    Register for the Monday, October 5 Toddler Time here.

    Tuesday, September 29 at 10:30 am
    Preschool Storytime for ages 3 to 5. Register here. 

    Thursday, October 1 at 10:30 am
    Baby Lapsit for ages 0-1. Register here

    Thursday, October 1 at 6:30 pm
    Homework Helpers online for grades K-6. Register here. 

    Saturday, October 3
    DIY Storytime – Octopi
    Check out our website for a storytime to enjoy anytime at New storytimes posted on Saturdays.

    Upcoming Events

    Read to Therapy Dogs
    Tuesday, October 6 at 4 pm. Children can read online to therapy dog Drago and say hi to owner Miss Lauren. Register here.

    Alphabet Parade… is back!
    Wednesdays at 3:30 – ages 4-6. We’ll march through the alphabet, one letter each week. This is a short, 15 minute program on Zoom. Register for October 7.

    Phonics Parade… is here!
    Wednesdays at 4 pm. Ages 5-8. This is a short program in which we’ll play silly games that explore sounds within words, writing, and sight words. Register for October 7.

    All Ages Trivia is back!
    Grades 3 to adult
    Register here to test your knowledge.

    Draw with Josie … is spooky!
    Monday, October 12, 4 pm
    Josie and our teen volunteers Maggie and Natalie will teach how to draw “The Nightmare Before Christmas’s Jack Skellington. Children should bring paper, pencil, and an eraser to the Zoom. Register here.

    Grab’n’Go Art Classes!
    Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30 pm for ages 3-6. Register here.
    Tuesday, October 20 at 7 pm for ages 6-12. Register here
    Kits will be available for pick-up two weeks before the program date.

    Science Camp – Gumdrop Engineering Grab’n’Go
    Thursday, October 15, 4 pm. Ages 5-8.
    Register, and we’ll let you know when you can pick up your gumdrop kit. Join us on the Zoom for the science of building.

    Coding Club
    Monday, October 19, 4 pm
    Ages 7-12.
    Watch a demonstration of a Scratch Coding project you can try on your own, then we’ll all participate in a group coding challenge using hieroglyphs, made-up languages, tongue-twisters, and other fun coding mysteries. Meets every other month in alternation with Astronomy Club. Register here.

    Special Programs

    1000 Books Before Kindergarten. If you have children ages 0 to 4, sign up at the Library any time to get them started on a lifelong love of reading, 1000 books at a time! Small prizes along the way to make the journey special. Visit anytime the Library is open.

    Read Around Stratford. Grades K-6. October-March reading challenges and visits to Stratford sites. This year, because of COVID, families will complete site visits on their own. Complete 3 months’ challenges to receive a special surprise in the spring. October’s challenge is a spooky book and a graveyard scavenger hunt we will send to registered participants. Want to register? Stop by the Library or email us at childrens [at]


    School Support Tips will post on our kids page every Monday with tips for distance learning and home learning.


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  • DIY Storytime – Princesses

    Enjoy this DIY Storytime on Princesses whenever you like!


    The Princess and the Pea
    • Retold and illustrated by Rachel Isadora
    • Published by Putnam Publishing Group
    • Presented by Stories with Starr
    Beautiful art enhances this African-inspired retelling of the story of a young woman who must prove she’s a real princess.
    Download these princess paper dolls to cut out from Prinatable Paper Dolls:


    Pinkalicious – The Princess of Pink Slumber Party
    • Written and illustrated by Victoria Kann
    • Published by HarperCollins
    • Presented by Munchkin Storytime
    Pinkalicious hosts a sleepover for her friends.
    Princess party ideas from Brisbane Kids:

    The Princess and the Giant
    • Written by Caryl Hart
    • Illustrated by Sarah Warburton
    • Published by Nosy Crow
    • Presented by Caroline Finch
    When the giant who lives in the clouds has trouble falling asleep, Princess Sophie thinks of different ways to help him.
    Here’s an easy to make phonics game for kids who like princesses.


    Disney Princess Medley at Walt Disney World with Claire Crosby

    It’s Difficult to Be a Princess by JunyTony

    Little Princess Song by Funtastic Playhouse

    by Martha Simpson

    What Does a Princess Wear?
    (tune: “The Farmer in the Dell”)

    What does a princess wear? What does a princess wear?
    A fancy dress with that’s made of silk (pretend to twirl in a dress)
    That’s what a princess wears.

    And what goes on her feet? And what goes on her feet?
    Some dainty slippers trimmed in gold (Show of one foot, then the other)
    That’s what a princess wears.

    And what goes on her hands? And what goes on her hands?
    Some lacy gloves adorned with pearls (pretend to put on gloves)
    That’s what a princess wears.

    And what goes on her head? And what goes on her head?
    A jeweled tiara sparkling bright (pretend to put on a tiara)
    That’s what a princess wears.

    What does she wear outside? What does she wear outside?
    A satin cape all trimmed with fur (pretend to drape on a cape)
    That’s what a princess wears.

    What does a princess wear? What does a princess wear?
    An outfit made for royalty (parade like a princess)
    That’s what a princess wears.

    Ten Lovely Princesses

    Ten lovely princesses out for a good time
    One left to change her dress, and then there were nine.

    Nine lovely princesses waiting by the gate
    One left to stroll the garden, then there were eight.

    Eight lovely princesses, all in love with Kevin
    One met him at the fair, and then there were seven.

    Seven lovely princesses with hairdos to fix
    One shopped for a hat instead, then there were six.

    Six lovely princesses in a cart arrive
    One headed to the ballroom, then there were five.

    Five lovely princesses by the palace door
    One went to the banquet hall, then there were four.

    Four lovely princesses sitting by a tree
    One climbed up a branch to sit, then there were three.

    Three lovely princesses enjoying the view
    One stopped to paint the scene, then there were two.

    Two lovely princesses having so much fun
    One had to meet the queen, then there was one.

    One lovely princess saw the setting sun
    She went home to get some sleep, then there were none.

    (tune: “Yankee Doodle”)

    Princess Polly rides her pony (pretend to ride a pony in circles)
    All around the palace
    Giving rides to all her friends
    And to her sister Alice.

    Princess Polly, have some fun (clap to the beat of the tune)
    Riding with your pony
    He’s your best friend and with him
    You never will be lonely.

    Princess Polly rides her pony (pretend to pick flowers)
    Through the royal garden
    Picking flowers for the queen
    To give her in the mornin’.

    Princess Polly, have some fun (clap to the beat of the tune)
    Riding with your pony
    He’s your best friend and with him
    You never will be lonely.

    Princess Polly brings her pony (pretend to brush a pony)
    To the royal stable
    Brushes him and grooms his coat
    Of fine and glossy sable.

    Princess Polly, have some fun (clap to the beat of the tune)
    Riding with your pony
    He’s your best friend and with him
    You never will be lonely.

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  • What’s Going On – September 21 to 26, 2020


    What’s Going On – September 21-26.

    It’s a great time of year for bird watching as raptors migrate and other birds enjoy the temperate weather! Here’s a picture of a hawk – not sure if this is the type that you can see soaring over the trees these days, but you can always stop by the Library to pick up a bird identification book to help you figure it out! Meanwhile, join us for some fun online events this week! And our October events are mostly* online – lots to enjoy this fall.




    Toddler kits – September Storytime Giveaway!
    Register for Baby or Toddler storytime and receive a free storytime kit containing beanbags and scarves. Storytimes meet on Zoom.

    Monday, September 21, 10:30 am
    Toddler Time
    Ages 1-2. Songs, nursery rhymes, books, and other preliteracy activities. Register.

    Tuesday, September 22, 10:30 am.
    Preschool Storytime
    Ages 3-5. Enjoy stories and songs together. Register. 

    Thursday, September 24, 10:30 am
    Baby Lapsit
    Caregivers with children ages 0-18 months. Enjoy rhymes, fingerplays, and bounces with time for parent discussion and sharing. Register. 

    Grab’n’Go Art Classes
    Thursday, September 24, 4 pm for ages 3-6. Register. 
    Register for the class, and we’ll notify you when your free art kit is ready to pick up at the Library. Then, join us for the Zoom when we will craft together!


    DIY Storytime
    Check our website each Saturday for a do-it-yourself storytime.



    Online Homework Help starts September 24. 

    The Children’s Department, courtesy of the Vicki Soto Memorial Fund and the Carol Pieper Memorial Fund, will offer weekly Homework Help on Thursday nights at 6:30 pm on Zoom.

    This program is for families with children in grades K-6. Bring homework, and ask questions about math, reading, and other school subjects. At this time, Homework Help will be online on Zoom and not in the Library.

    Sign up for each week individually – space is limited, and homework help will be provided by high school volunteers. Homework Helpers and its high school tutors cannot provide medically prescribed or special needs tutoring.

     Sign up on our website.

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