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*Thrall ONLINE Event*

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Video Game Night

Among Us

Wed., Dec. 16, 2020, 6:30 pm

Please join us online for our very first virtual game night featuring the popular mobile game Among Us!

Players will take the role of crewmates and collaborate to complete tasks to keep their spaceship, headquarters, or base functioning, all while an imposter tries to sabotage vital systems and eliminate other players. The crewmates must work together to identify and eliminate the imposter!

Please note: Among Us is free on Android and iOS devices, but the game provider does charge $5 per installation for Windows PC users.

This online event is for ages 11-17.

Please register by calling (845) 341-5470 or by sending e-mail to dshannon@rcls.org.
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*Thrall ONLINE Event*

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Virtual Book Discussion

Wed., Oct. 28, 2020, 6:30 pm

Please join us *online* as we discuss... This event is for ages 12-17.

About the book: "Five years after the shattering murder and suicide of two popular teens, a skeptical high school student reexamines the case before uncovering disturbing clues about what really happened."

This event will be conducted exclusively over the Internet.

Would you like to attend? Please call our Children's Department at 341-5470 or send e-mail to dshannon@rcls.org to register for this free event!
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Denis' Reading Recommendations

October 2020

Are you a kid looking for your next book to read but unsure which one to choose?

Are you a parent looking for age-appropriate materials for your child to read?

Look no further! Here are some recommended titles available from Middletown Thrall Library that will meet you or your child's needs.

Books for Babies:

If I Had a Little Dream - Nina Laden I Wish You More - Amy Krause Rosenthal Tap the Magic Tree - Christie Matheson The Runaway Bunny - Margaret Wise Brown Everywhere Babies - Susan Meyers We are Family - Patricia Hegarty Welcome, Precious - Nikki Grimes Lullaby (For a Black Mother): a poem - Langston Hughes Lola at the Library - Anna McQuinn Tar Beach - Faith Ringgold

Books for Toddlers:

Little Blue Truck - Alice Schertle Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Bill Martin The Napping House - Audrey Wood Dear Zoo - Rod Campbell Llama Llama Red Pajama - Anna Dewdney How do you go to Sleep? - Kate McMullan I am Just Right - David McPhail Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn - Kenard Pak Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you See? - Bill Martin

Books for Preschoolers:

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes - Eric Litwin Caps for Sale - Esphyr Slobodkina Make Way for Ducklings - Robert McCloskey Dragons Love Tacos - Adam Rubin I Got the Rhythm - Connie Schofield-Morrison Islandborn - Junot Diaz Thunder Boy Jr. - Sherman Alexie Hair Love - Matthew Cherry Alma and How She Got Her Name - Juana Martinez-Neal Press Here - Hervé Tullet

Books for Kindergarteners

Thank You, Omu! - Mora Oge How to Read a Book - Kwame Alexander A Big Moon Cake for Little Star - Grace Lin The King of Kindergarten - Derrick Barnes Last Stop on Market Street - Matt de la Pena I'm Brave! I'm Strong! I'm Five! - Cari Best A Busy Creature's Day Eating: An Alphabetical Smorgasbord - Mo Willems All Are Welcome - Alexandra Penfold Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion - Alex T. Smith One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller - Kate Read

Books for 1st Graders:

Frog and Toad Together - Arnold Lobel The Boy Who Loved Words - Roni Schotter Niño Wrestles the World - Yuyi Morales I Love My Hair! - Natasha Tarpley Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music - Margarita Engle Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash - Monica Brown Dear Dragon: A Pen Pal Tale - Josh Funk Julián is a Mermaid - Jessica Love Creepy Pair of Underwear - Aaron Reynolds Strictly No Elephants - Lisa Mantchev

Books for 2nd Graders:

Amazing Grace - Mary Hoffman Juna's Jar - Jane Bahk Ada Twist, Scientist - Andrea Beaty Dragon's Fat Cat - Dav Pilkey Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride - Kate DiCamillo EllRay Jakes is Not a Chicken - Sally Warner Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid - Megan McDonald Dinosaurs Before Dark - Mary Pope Osborne Duck for President - Doreen Cronin Baseball Saved Us - Ken Mochizuki

Books for 3rd Graders:

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds - David A. Adler The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing - Judy Blume Miss Daisy is Crazy - Dan Gutman Sideways Stories from Wayside School - Louis Sachar Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye - Geronimo Stilton My Very Own Room - Amanda Irma Perez How Tia Lola Came to visit Stay - Julia Alvarez Stellaluna - Janell Cannon Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg - Quvenzhane Wallis

Books for 4th Graders:

One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia The Cricket in Times Square - George Selden Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson - Katherine G. Johnson Knights of the Kitchen Table - Jon Scieszka Where the Mountain Meets the Moon - Grace Lin Into the Wild - Erin Hunter The Book of Three - Lloyd Alexander Dragons in a Bag - Zetta Elliott Blended - Sharon M. Draper Big Nate: In a Class by Himself - Lincoln Peirce

Books for 5th Graders:

Pay Attention, Carter Jones - Gary D. Schmidt Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O'Dell Number the Stars - Lois Lowry Merci Suárez Changes Gears - Meg Medina The Season of Styx Malone - Kekla Magoon The Strangers - Margaret Peterson Haddix From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - E.L. Konigsburg Esperanza Rising - Pam Muñoz Ryan Planet Earth is Blue - Nicole Panteleakos The One and Only Ivan - Katherine Applegate

Books for 6th Graders:

Stargazing - Jen Wang New Kid - Jerry Craft Wonder - R.J. Palacio The Sword of Summer - Rick Riordan Redwall - Brian Jacques The House that Lou Built - Mae Respicio Ghost - Jason Reynolds George - Alex Gino City of Ghosts - Victoria Schwab Fablehaven - Brandon Mull

Books for 7th Graders:

Genesis Begins Again - Alicia Williams Smile - Raina Telgemeier The Giver - Lois Lowry Inside Out and Back Again - Thanhha Lai The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Regan Barnhill Hello, Universe - Erin Entrada Kelly Inkheart - Cornelia Caroline Funke Ms. Bixby's Last Day - David John Anderson Amina's Voice - Hena Khan Forever, or a Long, Long Time - Caela Carter

Books for 8th Graders:

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson The Field Guide to the North American Teenager - Ben Philippe Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky - Kwame Mbalia Peter and the Starcatchers - Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman Better Nate than Ever - Tim Federele The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin The Color of My Words - Lynn Joseph
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Rain Before Rainbows

Free eBook Available
until Sept. 30, 2020

Some nice news from Candlewick Press:

"We are delighted to release the luminous picture book Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and illustrated by David Litchfield as a free e-book to raise awareness for Save the Children, which in the United States works to serve the most vulnerable children in rural America and provide them with the early learning resources they need to be successful in school and in life.

Rain Before Rainbows is an uplifting story of hope that can comfort children and families in these challenging times and can be downloaded for FREE until September 30."

Please follow this link to reach the free eBook.
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Mystery Book Bundles

August 7, 2020

Mystery Book Bundles are preselected books carefully prepared by our Children's Librarians.

There are five or more titles in each batch!

Mystery Book Bundles can include arts and crafts, audiobooks, fictional stories, nonfiction, graphic novels, and more!

There are four different age-appropriate bundles that you may borrow from our library:
  1. Preschool Bundle: Under 1 years old - 5 years old
  2. Early Learner Bundle: Ages 6 years old - 8 years old
  3. Book Buddy Bundle: Ages 8 years old - 12 years old
  4. Young Adult Bundle: Ages 13 years old - 17 years old
We will try to make bundles available for checking out the same day you call!

Our library's schedule of services is online.

Please call Youth Services @ (845) 341-5470 for your book bundle!
Questions?

Youth Services @ Home Book Reviews

Board Books



Reviewed by Denis:

So, you ask what are Board Books?

Board books are very durable books printed on thick paperboard.

Board Books are ideal for young children because the pages don't easily tear or rip.

Board books are usually small enough for a small child to hold, and children enjoy looking at the pictures.

Middletown Thrall Library has a large collection of Picture Board Books!

Here are some reviews of board books you might like to check out sometime:


Questions?
Imagine Your Story

Summer Reading 2020 is here!

Here are the links you need: Questions? Please call us at 341-5470 from Monday - Friday, 9:30 AM - 1 PM or 2 PM to 4 PM.
Questions?

2020 Summer Reading Program

Point/Prize Completion Guide

1000 points required to complete each program.

The Summer Reading Program is divided into 3 different age groups:

1. Pre-K 2020 Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Program

Ages: Under 1 years old through 4 years old
One book equals = 25 points
One online program/Mission= 25 points
One ebook = 25 points
One audiobook = 25 points
One magazine = 25 points (magazines should be logged in as a book)
Total Daily Maximum Points 300

2. Children's 2020 Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Program

Ages: 5 years old through 12 years old
One book equals = 25 points
One online program/Mission= 25 points
One ebook = 25 points
One audiobook = 25 points
One magazine = 25 points (magazines should be logged in as a book)
Total Daily Maximum Points 300

3. Teen 2020 Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Program

Ages: 13 years old through 17 years old
One book equals = 200 points
One ebook = 200 points
One audiobook = 200 points
One online program/Mission = 25 points
One magazines = 50 points (magazines should be logged in as a book)
Total Daily Maximum Points 400


The 2020 Summer Reading Program participants will be able to log reading materials starting Monday July 6, 2020.

The last to day to log your reading materials and online programs/Missions to receive points is Sunday August 9, 2020.

You Must Call (845) 341-5470 to register for ALL online programs.

You can register for online programs Monday through Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Mission details can be found at the "Fun Stuff" tab online.

Completion of the Summer Reading Program requires 1000 points however,participants are encouraged to Complete more than a 1000 points to be entered in a raffle to win a special gift.

All Participants in each age category with over a 1000 points will automatically be entered to win a special gift on Monday August 10. The winner will be notified via email or telephone.

Prize Schedule:

Pre-K 2020 Imagine Your Story
Ages: Under 1 years through 4 years old
Claim prize: Monday August 10, through 14
All participants with over 1000 points will be entered to win a special gift
Children's 2020 Imagine Your Story
Ages: 6-12

Week # 1 July 6 through 10 Summer Reading Kick Off!

Claim Prize: Monday July 13 through July 17
Must have 100 points from logging in your reading materials online
Children's 2020 Imagine Your Story
Ages: 6-12

Week # 2 July 13 through 17

Claim Prize: Monday July 20 through July 24
Must have 400 points from logging in your reading materials online
Children's 2020 Imagine Your Story
Ages: 6-12

Week # 3 July 20 through 24

Claim Prize: Monday July 27 through July 31
Must have 600 points from logging in your reading materials online
Children's 2020 Imagine Your Story
Ages: 6-12

Week # 4 July 27 through 31

Claim Prize: Monday August 3 through Friday August 7
Must have 800 points from logging in your reading materials & online events
Children's 2020 Imagine Your Story
Ages: 6-12

Week # 5 August 3 through August 7

THE LAST DAY TO LOG READING MATERIALS AND ONLINE POINTS IS SUNDAY AUGUST 9.

TEENS: Teens Imagine your Story

Ages: 13 years through 17 years
Claim Prize: Monday August 10 through August 14
Must have 1000 points from logging in your reading materials & online events.

Last day to log reading materials and online events/Missions is Sunday, August 9.

Participants who have 1000 or more points will be entered to win a cash prize.

Prizes are given while supplies last.


Prizes are awarded based on points for participating in the 2020 Summer Reading Program. Please check the prize schedule to claim prizes.

Prizes are available on a first come first serve basis.

Please Note: Prizes are awarded weekly for the 2020 Children's Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Program participants (Ages 6 through 12).

Please follow the prize schedule listed above.

Pre-K Imagine Your Story (Ages 0-4) and Teen Imagine Your Story (Ages:13-17) Summer Reading Program participants will claim their prize(s) the week of Monday August 10 through Friday August 14.
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Youth Services @ Home Book Reviews

Gameinformer

(periodical)

Reviewed by Betsy:

"Gameinformer is a peridical in the YA section of the library. It has an editor's column, articles index page, game index, reviews, a quiz page, and of course advertisements.

There is also a readers section for all those burning questions that need answers NOW!! It also has a "best comment," a question of the month, as well as comments sent in by readers.

They even have a gallery where you can submit your own artwork.

The color pictures of the games complete with nightmare causing monsters, and edgy people always with a weapon in hand, gives you an idea of how intense these game can get!

I am not a gamer, but I suspect that this periodical is excellent for those who really are into it, and who want to stay on top of things.

Here you'll pick up the latest news, games, and opinions. If I were a gamer I'd be checking this out for sure!! (Possible wanna be gamer, Betsy)"
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Youth Services @ Home Book Reviews

The Unofficial Guide to Mining in Minecraft:
STEM Projects in Minecraft

by Eric J. Tower.

Reviewed by Betsy:

"The first thing I noticed is that each section talks about different aspects of mining, and then goes into how to do it in Minecraft. They also show how things will look in Minecraft form.

There is a section at the bottom of each page called Minecraft Mania.which gives hints as to what to look for, better ways to play and plan, as well as warnings.

Designs are shown on the right hand side of each page in MInecraft form. All the pictures are in color, and are very engaging.

I can understand how this can capture the interest of the kids, and maybe some of the adults, it looks fun!!

Included is an index glossary, and websites, and even how to make modifications or "mods" with a program called ScriptCraft. So , on the whole I was much impressed with this book, all I need now is a kid to get me started, maybe my granddaughter!

Our library has a number of books about Minecraft as well as STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) and STEAM (STEM + Arts). Please take a look - you'll be glad you did!"
Questions?
Imagine Your Story.  Summer Reading at New York Libraries Logo

READsquared

NYS Summer Reading Program 2020

From www.SummerReadingNYS.org:

"Summertime means a chance to explore new books and e-books, learn new skills, and check out resources, programs and activities through Summer Reading at New York Libraries. It's the perfect time for students of all ages to see what their local library has to offer!

The 2020 summer reading slogan and theme is 'Imagine Your Story,' a celebration of fairy tales, folklore, mythology, and sharing your own unique story and voice."


You can register for free for this online series of events at READsquared:

Choose from... >>> Please follow this link for the READsquared website and registration page.


Some bonus materials from New York State Library...
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Youth Services @ Home Book Reviews

Which Way is Home

by Maria Kiely

Reviewed by Betsy:

Anna's family has just survived a war with Hitler, only to have the Communists take over their country. If they speak out about their new government, they could end up being taken off to a prison camp.

Home is no longer a good or a safe place to be. Anna's father had been a diplomat for their country, Czechoslovakia, and later a spy in the underground helping the British.

He is now in France, Anna has not seen him in years. It is becoming more and more dangerous to remain in Czechoslovakia.

Anna, her older sister Ruzena, and their mother decide that they must leave, and find their father in France. They find someone to get them out, and make the long journey, traveling by train and later on foot with their guide.

The chapters are short, and I found myself reading page after page, chapter after chapter, caught up in the tense journey they had to make.

It was an exciting read the whole time. They had to trust different people along the way, never knowing if they would be betrayed. I will leave that up to you, the reader to decide.

To me the most interesting and shocking thing is that it is a true story. So when you have finished reading the book make sure to read about the author.

I give this book three stars *** out of four!!!


Please follow this link to find or reserve this eBook.
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Kids Summer Reading Book Buzz



From Penguin Random House:

Summer is nearly here and we recognize it will be unlike any before it, especially for the young. While libraries across the country are at various stages of operating and launching summer reading programs, one reassuring constant is that excellent books are being published and you are continuing to recommend and circulate them to eager readers.

With this in mind, the Penguin Random House Library Reps invite you to our Kids Summer Reading Book Buzz, Tuesday, June 16th at 2 PM EST during which we will present some truly outstanding books for children, middle grade and young adult readers to make this summer special.


Please follow this link to register.
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Virtual Card Making Party

FREE ONLINE EVENT: June 18, 2020, 6 - 8 PM

Please follow this link to register to attend this special online event.

Join us and 4H as we learn to create...
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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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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:
Questions?

"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!
Questions?

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
Questions?
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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 über-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.
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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.
Questions?
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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."

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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.

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