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Kids’ summer reading adventures continue
Larabee Library News
Courtesy photo Children construct items with K’nex toys at Exploration Place for the summer reading adventure at Larabee Library.
Courtesy photo OzoBot trail coding is an educational introduction into technical literacy.

STAFFORD — KIDS!  The highlight of our week and lot’s of them! Exploration Place was the inspiration for a great time in the library on June 18th! 

The morning started out with the 3-7-year-olds learning all about the mouth. It started with a great book about our mouth. Then three stations were rotated through: one of fake teeth and green magic markers to cover the teeth in fake food stains and tooth brushes to demonstrate how to get the teeth clean; the second station had large Lego blocks and playdough to simulate food trapped between teeth and yarn was used to floss the playdough out; and the third station had samples of apple juice, salt water, lemon juice and green tea to stimulate the taste buds. It was perfect! Education and Entertainment all in one fun morning!

The afternoon session for 6-13-year-olds had seven adventurous tables including, making pinecone bird feeders; insect identification and construction; solar oven cooking; habitat construction with K’nex; sundial making; OzoBots trail coding; and, last but not least, launching rockets IN THE LIBRARY! Talk about Adventure in the Library – we had it all thanks to Exploration Place and our joint time with Stafford Recreation.   

This week we will be exploring a creek with Bluey and starting our reading adventure with “Bob.” Nora’s Cavern is still open for those adventurous enough to explore it!  Adventure in the Library continues for four more weeks! Bring your socks for spelunking!

Coming up

• English Language Learners class meets one  evening a week (usually Wednesday) with Rachel Sandoval. 

• Summer Reading Challenge, the theme is “READING ROCKS”! Read five books of nine categories by Sept. 1 and receive a prize.

• June 24th- 9:30-10:30, Preschoolers will have an adventure with Bluey and friends playing at the creek. We will be making dragonflies and enjoying goldfish crackers.  

• June 25th - 10:30-11:30 a.m., K-2 and 2-3 p.m., 3-5th graders will be starting the book “Bob” and folding an origami critter.

• July 1 -  9:30-10:30, Preschoolers will have a backyard adventure with Eric Carle’s “Very Hungry Caterpillar” with a caterpillar craft and Fruit Roll-Ups.

• July 2 - 10:30-11:30 a.m. , K-2 Tank the dog will visit with the kids for a live dog adventure and we will continue reading about Bob and Livy’s adventures; 2:30-3:30 p.m., 3-5 grade will continue reading about Bob and Livy’s adventure.   

• We are not having a First Friday in July. The next  Town First Friday will be Aug. 2. Let’s make it an annual celebration of all that Stafford has to offer our community and what the future might bring.

Remember to come with socks to explore the cavern and make memories at Nora’s Place!

Next Board Meeting: July 10, 2024 at 6 p.m. 

Gerry Hildebrand is the head librarian for the Nora Larabee Memorial Library. Phone 620-234-5762, email or visit Facebook at Nora Larabee Memorial Library.