Kids & Families

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Banner image - Peter makes footprints in the snow

February StoryWalk - through February 28th

The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats

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The Snowy Day book cover

The Snowy Day is a 1962 children's picture book by American author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats. It features Peter, an African American boy, who explores his neighborhood after the season’s first snowfall. Keats’ illustrations helped pave the way for more inclusive and diverse children’s literature. Keats received the 1963 Caldecott Medal for his collage artwork, which made The Snowy Day the first picture book with an African American protagonist to win a major children’s award. The book’s reception was largely positive, although some critics pointed out subtle stereotypes, such as how Peter’s mother was portrayed. Since its publication The Snowy Day has sold millions of copies and has been translated, adapted, and honored leaving a lasting impression on generations of readers. (Wikipedia.org)

Please enjoy this selection and join us in honoring Black History Month! Come to the library for many more children's books showcasing characters, and authors of color.

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two penguin pictures of penguin and fish

Join us as we meet Our Winter Friends! Ages 0-4

January 12 - March 31

Come and enjoy a winter wonderland with your little ones!  We will meet in the Storytime Room at the library for some cozy fun! We are kicking off our winter session with a super fun Yoga Storytime with little om BIG OM on January 12th at 10!

NEW DAY AND TIME JUST ADDED! In addition to our Thursday morning program at 10, we have added a Friday section at 9:30. Both programs are currently FULL, but we are happy to keep you on our waiting list. Please fill out the registration form if you are interested. Thanks!

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Yoga Storytime

See our schedule of storytime programs.

To keep everyone safe and healthy, there will be a limit of 12 children and their grown-ups. Please sign-up to join us below.

Storytime Registration

 

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Little girl reads to a dog

Monday, February 6th, 2023

Come and meet Brighty, our new read to a Dog pal!

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Brighty the reading dog, with big ears spread open.
Brighty is all ears and ready to listen!
 

 

 

Brighty is ready to listen and be a good audience for whatever you would like to read to him! Please call Catherine at the library: 608-798-3886 to schedule a 15 minute appointment to read to Brighty. All readers are welcome, no matter the reader's skill level. It's 15 minutes of practice, especially good for shy readers!

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Lego scene with a few minifigures

Tuesday, February 21, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Join us for some fun times on this DAY OFF FROM SCHOOL! All ages

welcome!

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Girl building with legos
 
The Library will supply the Legos and a place to build. You supply the creativity!
This month's challenge: create a cozy spot to take a break from the cold.

 

 

Call us at 608-798-3881, or contact Catherine @ cabaer [at] rgpl.org to sign up.

 

 

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We Need Diverse Books, A Rover's Story

Monday, February 27- 4:00 - 5:00 PM

A Rover's Story

by Jasmine Warga

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A Rover's Story book cover

Meet Resilience, a Mars rover determined to live up to his name.

Res was built to explore Mars. He was not built to have human emotions. But as he learns new things from the NASA scientists who assemble him, he begins to develop human-like feelings. Maybe there's a problem with his programming....

Human emotions or not, launch day comes, and Res blasts off to Mars, accompanied by a friendly drone helicopter named Fly. But Res quickly discovers that Mars is a dangerous place filled with dust storms and giant cliffs. As he navigates Mars's difficult landscape, Res is tested in ways that go beyond space exploration.

As millions of people back on Earth follow his progress, will Res have the determination, courage--and resilience--to succeed... and survive?

This session will be both in person, and online via Zoom. To join us, call Catherine at 608-798-3886.

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the library.

 

Please read and share our behavior guidelines with your children.

Are you about to embark on a new adventure like potty training your child? There is help waiting for you in the Parent Zone of our children's department. Take a look at the variety of resources this special collection has to offer.