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100 Things to Do

May 29, 2020

The following information is being shared by our Youth Services Coordinator:

From CNN: "Summer is not completely canceled. Here are 100 things we can do with or without kids. No matter how many limits the pandemic puts on our lives, there are still at least 100 fun things to do this summer to bring joy, do good, inspire and connect us to others as we navigate this new normal."

For more, please visit this page at CNN.com.
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Meet Up Resources

May 29, 2020

The following resources are being shared by our Youth Services Coordinator:

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PBS Books Storytime


Some wonderful news from PBS Books:

"PBS Books Storytime is a resource developed by the PBS Books channel to offer author read-aloud stories and book features for educators, libraries and families.

The segments feature children's book authors and others in 'Read-Aloud' segments and/or video features on new and best-loved children's books." (source)


You can follow this link to jump straight to their videos of authors reading books.

They also have a dedicated Story Time channel on YouTube.

PBS promises to add videos daily, so please plan on revisiting their website to enjoy new read-a-louds in the future.
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Cover of Feed by M.T.Anderson

*Thrall ONLINE Event*

Virtual Teen Book Discussion

Friday, June 5, 2020, 4 pm - 5:30 pm

Please join us for our very first virtual book discussion for teens!

We will be reading Feed by M.T. Anderson (follow that link for OverDrive eBooks, eAudio).

About the book: "Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains."

This FREE event is for readers in Grades 7 through 12.

Registration is required: please send e-mail to Denis Shannon at dshannon@rcls.org to register for this event.

After registering, you will receive a special link in your e-mail so you can attend this event.
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Storytime with The Storycrafters


From "Barry & Jeri, The Storycrafters:

"Friday, April 17, we will be taking part in a lovely online storytelling event which has sprung up of late. The 'TGIF Family Story Fest' will be happening on Friday from 4 PM to 10 PM. Every 15 minutes, a different storyteller from around the country and beyond will be sharing a story in this great online concert.

We'll be sharing a tale at 5 PM, and there are many great folks telling stories during the evening. We can highly recommend that you tune in for at least part of the event. We don't think you'll be disappointed. We're excited to take part, and excited to see you there.

How to sign up: Please register in advance for the TGIF Family Story Fest "webinar" by following this link.

After registering, you should receive confirmation by e-mail. Enjoy!
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NASA at Home

Free STEM Learning & Fun Activities

NASA STEM @ Home for Students


NASA offers a variety of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) activities for students - all for FREE - through their NASA at Home website.

You can browse their offerings through these links... or you can explore activities by grade level: These learning materials and activites are truly out of this world! Thanks to NASA for making them available.

Looking for MORE fun stuff to do and try?

Please check out our other posts:

"At-Home Experiments" with Mad Science

Discover New At-Home Experiments


The nice people over at Mad Science have posted a number of "at-home experiments" and downloadable activities you might like to take a look at!

They also are providing free Printable Coloring Sheets, like this cool robot, which you can download, print, and color in any way you want!

If you're interested, just follow this link and enjoy!

Looking for MORE fun stuff to do and try?

Please be sure to read our "Oh, the MANY Places YOU Can GO..." post!
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Oh, the MANY Places YOU Can GO...
at Thrall.org!


Yes, we're closed for a while, BUT... there's still SO MUCH to see and do right here at our website as a member of our library!

"Like WHAT," you might ask? Good question!

Your library card is powerful!

Here are a few examples of what it can unlock...

eBooks

Check out our Encyclopedias & Databases

Want more? Here you go!


Just for FUN!

We hope this gives you some ideas on what you can do at our website.

Visit our home page for many more when you get a chance!


Be well, stay safe, and enjoy!
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A third young patron attending our event
Young patron attending our event
Another young patron attending our event

Soaring with the Birds!



On March 4, 2020, our "Explorers" Story Time group (which meets on Wednesdays at 10:15am - 10:45am) enjoyed a very special event!

As we concluded, a special guest from Golben Farms brought in a live Mourning Dove!

Attendees were able to pet the bird and identify aspects of the bird which we learned earlier.

Participants in this event also built their very own bird nests!

We're delighted they enjoyed this program at the library, and we congratulate them on their creations!

Questions?
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Shakespeare, The Bard

"All the World's a Play"

as performed by

Traveling Lantern Theatre Company

Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 1 pm

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

"A day in the life of England's greatest playwright!"

Meet William Shakespeare... an eager but harried young playwright who is trying to write, direct, cast, and bring dramatic life to his half-finished plays: Hamlet, Julius Caesar, and Romeo & Juliet.

As Will has fun with actors who forget their lines, insistent producers, garish set designers, and always the "words, words, words," we learn about his life, his language, and his legacy.

A FREE performance for the entire family!

No registration required.

Questions? Please call the Children's Department at (845) 341-5470.

About the Performers: "Traveling Lantern has been educating and entertaining children all over the country since 1985. Our mission is to bring great stories to children, to draw them into an active theater experience, to excite their minds and to tickle their imaginations." For more on Traveling Lantern: www.travelinglantern.com
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TEEN Book Club

We'll be reading Symptoms of Being Human   by   Jeff Garvin.

April 6, 2020, 2 - 3:45 pm

in the Story Time Room at Thrall

Teens, please come join our Teen Book Club! About our next book (Symptoms of Being Human): " Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. But Riley isn't exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in ├╝ber-conservative Orange County, the pressure - media and otherwise - is building up in Riley's life."

THIS EVENT IS FREE!

For ages 12 - 17 years old.

Registration required.

Questions? Please call (845) 341-5470.
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Dr. Seuss Celebration

On March 2, 2020, our young patrons celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday with a read-aloud of Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss:

Photo of Dr. Seuss Read-Aloud Participants

All participants went home with their very own Horton Elephants!

Thanks to all our participants for making this such a fun and memorable event!
Questions?
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Youth Book Club Events

March, April, May 2020 (5 - 6 PM)

in the Story Time Room at Thrall Meet new friends, express your opinions, explore new genres, and have fun!

What you need to know...

Questions? Please call 341-5470.
Questions?
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TEEN Book Club

We'll be reading Dig   by   A. S. King.

February 28, 2020, 4 - 5:45 pm

in the Story Time Room at Thrall

Teens, please come join our Teen Book Club! Our next book is Dig, where "Award winner A.S. King exposes how a toxic culture of polite white supremacy tears a family apart and how one determined generation can dig its way out."

THIS EVENT IS FREE!

For ages 12 - 17 years old.

Registration required.

Questions? Please call (845) 341-5470.
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Dr. Seuss Read-Aloud

Monday, March 2, 2020, 4 - 4:45 pm

in the Story Time Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Let's celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday together with a fun read-aloud of Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss!

Also: there will be a SPECIAL BIRTHDAY SURPRISE for all attendees!

This event is FREE! Registration required.

Registration begins Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

For ages 5 - 12 years old.

Questions? Please call 341-5470.
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2020 Knitting & Crochet Workshops

Choose from...
  1. Individualized Instruction

    Have you ever dreamed of creating or designing your very own scarf, hat, or sweater? If so, learn from the masters! Lu specializes in crochet projects and Betsy specializes in knitting. For beginners, we offer one-on-one instruction.

    This is for ages 9 and up.

    If you are interested in learning how to crochet or knit, please call (845) 341-5470 to schedule an appointment with Ms. Lu (crochet) or Ms. Betsy (knitting).
  2. "Sit 'n Knit" or "Sit 'n Crochet"
    This is an opportunity for knitters and crocheters to get together with other crafters and work on projects. A FREE event, but registration is required. Please note: these sessions are not for learning how to knit or crochet.

    When: Mondays on these dates (6 pm - 7:45 pm):
    • March 9 & 23
    • April 6 & 20
    • May 4 & 18
    • June 1
  3. Afternoon Knitting + Crochet Enjoy knitting with Ms. Betsy or crochet with Ms. Lu.

    Registration required.

    When: Thursdays (2 - 4 PM) on these dates:
    • March 12 & 26
    • April 9 & 23
    • May 7 & 21
    • June 4

Questions? Please call 341-5470.
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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 16, 2020, 4 - 4:45 pm

in the Story Time Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Let's celebrate St. Patrick's Day with your very own Shamrock Bear!

Participants receive a FREE 15-inch fluffy furry Shamrock Bear to stuff and make it "come alive" with their imaginations!

Each bear comes with its own "Birth Certificate."

So, start thinking of some possible names for your new fluffy furry friend!

This event is FREE! Registration required.

Registration begins Monday, March 2, 2020.

For ages 5 - 12 years old.

Questions? Please call 341-5470.
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Winter 2020 Story Time

Wednesdays in our Story Time Room

*Starting Feb. 12, 2020

Ending March 18, 2020
* Please see dates + times below.

Registration required: registration starts Jan. 27, 2020

Please choose from...
  1. "First Step Growing Time"
    Time: 9:30 AM - 10 AM

    This wonderful event encourages your child to learn new words, ideas, and concepts through stories and crafts.

    Dates for this event:
    • Dates: Feb. 26 and March 11, 2020
    For ages 18 months - 35 months.

    Attend both sessions, and your child's name will be entered in a raffle to win a cool prize! You must be present for the drawing on Wednesday, March 11,2020.
  2. "Explorers" Story Time & Craft
    Time: 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

    Winter story time and craft activities help foster your child's ability to learn new words, sounds, and to develop early literacy skills.

    For ages 3 - 4.

    Dates for this event:
    • Wednesdays - Feb. 12, 2020 to March 18, 2020
Questions? Please call (845) 341-5470.
Questions?
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Homework Help 2019-2020

Homework Help will be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 4 PM to 7 PM

starting Tuesday, September 24, 2019

*in the Story Time Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Please note:
This is for students in grades 1 to 6.

Yes, it's FREE! No registration required!


Please note: In 2020, Homework Help resumes on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

Afterwards, no Homework Help on: Apr. 7 through Apr. 9, 2020.

Homework Help will then resume on Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2020 and conclude on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

Questions? Please call 341-5470.
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Earlier Youth Services Events...


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Youth Book Club

February 24, 2020, 5 - 6 pm

in the Story Time Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Back by popular demand, our Youth Book Club continues in 2020, and we're hoping you can join us!

Our next book discussion will be on The Twits by Roald Dahl.

About the Book (from the publisher's description): "How do you outwit a Twit? Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything -- except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don't just want out, they want revenge."

You don't want to miss out on...

What you need to know: Questions? Please call 341-5470.
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Create Your Very Own

Snow Globe

Friday, February 14, 2020, 11 - 11:45 am

in the Story Time Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Participants will create their own artwork, assemble their snow globes, and watch the glittering snow swirl!

This is a FREE workshop for ages 3 - 6 years old.

All supplies and materials are included in this workshop!

Registration required (space is limited).

Registration begins Monday, January 27, 2020.

Questions? Please call (845) 341-5470.
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All-Natural Lotion

Friday, February 14, 2020, 3 - 4 pm

in the Story Time Room at Thrall

Winter months can be harsh on the skin, but you can create your very own lotion to help moisturize your skin!

This workshop is fun, simple, and gives participants the opportunity to create natural skincare using all-natural ingredients.

This is a FREE workshop for ages 8 - 13!

All materials will be provided!

Registration required.

Registration starts Monday, Jan. 27, 2020.

Questions? Please call (845) 341-5470.
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TEEN Book Club

We'll be reading All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Kiely Brendan.

Friday, January 31, 2020, 4 - 5:45 pm

in the Story Time Room at Thrall

Teens, please come join our Teen Book Club! Our next book is All American Boys, where "Rashad and Quinn - one black, one white, both American - face the unspeakable truth that racism and prejudice didn't die after the Civil Rights movement. There's a future at stake, a future where no one else will have to be absent because of police brutality. They just have to risk everything to change the world."

THIS EVENT IS FREE!

For ages 12 - 17 years old.

Registration required.

Questions? Please call (845) 341-5470.
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