Looking for something cool or cozy to do with out-of-town visitors or when your own kids need to get out? Up the magic of the season with our Holiday Family Fun Days. We’ve put together activities every day (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) from now until New Year’s Eve: Continue reading
Among the treasures that reside in the Special Collections section of the Children’s Department are facsimiles of selected rare items from the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books at the Toronto Public Library. This set of reproductions printed in 1981, provides a remarkable sampling of a wide scope of children’s literature.
One of the smallest items is a slipcase contacting three chapbooks. Little books such as theses were popular in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries with topics including
children’s literature, politics, religion, and poetry.
The Art of Storytelling for Educators met on Sunday, December 15. This group is open to anyone who is interested in telling stories to or for children and families, and meets in the Children’s Dept. on the third Sunday from October to May. The group shared some holiday stories and then made these “trees” which could be used for the December holidays, Arbor Day, or as a magic trick.
Here are the directions:
You need four sheets of newspaper. Lay one sheet down on a flat surface. Lay the second sheet on the first so that it overlaps half the sheet, edges matching. Start rolling the first sheet into a tube from the short side. Roll a fraction of the second sheet as well. Now lay the third sheet on top of the second sheet so that it overlaps the second sheet. Roll the tube up until about half of the third sheet is left un-rolled. Lay the last sheet on top of the exposed third sheet. Roll all the paper into the tube.
Flatten the top of the tube. Tear a 6 to 8 inch tear on either side of the tube where you flattened it. Turn the tube so your tears are on the top/bottom and flatten again. Make the same tears on the new creases you just made.
Reach inside the tube and gently pull the center up. Keep pulling up until the tube resembles a tree.
The group will meet in January on the 19th from 3:30-4:30pm.
Note: No billygoats were harmed in the making of this post.
The Children’s Department has a multitude of shelves and corners filled with books and materials where visitors can become lost in any kind of story or subject. That is just the kind of magic that has made this space so special for countless numbers of children over the years.
Children’s staff knows the special look that washes over an adult’s face when they enter these rooms they knew as a child. It’s curious, but they all look up at the ceiling, and then cautiously survey the room. Is it possible this place could still evoke the same feeling as they experienced so many years ago? A smile always says, “Yes. It’s still here.” There is also a definite sense of relief that something that once was very important to them as children is still here.
There are so many memories, and we are so fortunate to hear their stories. Most of the time, they are out-of-towners returning to Pittsburgh for the weekend who just have to see the place that meant so much to them as a child. Saturday afternoons selecting books so many years ago, yet they still remember. Treasures they would check out after spending the day utterly lost in the joy of exploring, discovering, and then reading that perfect book.
They remark how it has changed, yet it still looks the same. They recall their favorite spot or the regular visits, and for that moment, they travel back to a less complicated time when they felt the freedom and possibilities of a day spent in the Children’s Department.
Looking at the children we serve now, I hope that they will return to our space perhaps with their children, nieces, nephews, or grandchildren on a return expedition with that special look and say, “Yes, it’s still here.”
Here’s a rhyme that will help young children with their colors while also having fun for the season. I’m pretty sure I learned it from a librarian (absolutely the best sources in the world!); use color felt pieces or anything else that would represent those colors mentioned.
Rudolph! Rudolph! What will you do? You can’t guide Santa is your nose if BLUE.
Rudolph! Rudolph! You’re such a silly fellow. Who will know it’s you if your nose is YELLOW.
Rudolph! Rudolph! Your way cannot be seen through the wintry weather if your nose is GREEN.
Rudolph! Rudolph! Santa gave a wink, but what do you think he’ll say if your nose is PINK?
Rudolph! Rudolph! It’s time to fly at night. You can’t get through the snow if your nose is WHITE.
Rudolph! Rudolph! It’s time to go to town but you can’t help Santa if your nose is BROWN.
Rudolph! Rudolph! Santa has his sack. But you’re not ready if your nose is BLACK.
Rudolph! Rudolph! The children are in bed. And now we can get on our way because your nose is RED!
I don’t click well with a lot of horror movies. Something about everything rushing onto the screen makes it hard for me to build a decent headful of suspense. But horror stories, now—that’s something else. Especially children’s stories.
This story has been going around for a while, but it’s news to me. I was all set to write a list of books about gratitude and Thanksgiving and turkeys with places to go, but I can’t think of a cooler way to give back than this:
Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley in Harry Potter, bought himself an ice cream truck. Then, lacking a license to sell, he drove around giving ice cream to people. How cool is that? (Ahem. Pun not intended.)
Have a great Thanksgiving!
…because Danger Club-ers are brave, curious sorts like the heroine of the book, Beetle McGrady Eats Bugs by Megan McDonald.
Eating bugs will be optional at the Danger Club program this Saturday, 2:30 PM in the Children’s Department at Main, Oakland. Continue reading
Julie and Ruth pull out the enormous turnip from Dedushka’s garden in Passport to the World : Russia (Nov. 9, 2013).
Snow and gray skies getting you down? Take a virtual vacation in Hawai’i with us on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014!