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Craft Carnival de Rio


Whew!  I can’t believe we are already several weeks into summer reading!  Things are going really great–lots of trackers being turned in (great job, keep it up!!!!)  This week at Leesburg and Smithville we had a taste of Rio in honor of this year’s host of the Olympic games.

We decorated masks with feathers, stick on jewels, and fruit stickers, and we also decorated wooden maracas.

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I hooked up our Block Party speaker/light show and played some Brazilian music for the kids to dance to.







Finally, we offered Brigadeiros, a traditional Brazilian dessert made with sweetened condensed milk, butter, cocoa powder, and vanilla.  I followed this recipe and rolled the mixture into balls ahead of time.  Then we put sprinkles in a plate and the kids finished by rolling the ball into the sprinkles.  These were a huge hit!



Summer Reading Recap Week 3–Pirates Ahoy!


pirateDuring the week of June 18-20, we hit the open sea for Pirates Ahoy!  All four libraries had fun pirate crafts to do–a treasure map, a parrot, and an eye patch.  As space permitted, we also tried to include some fun pirate-y accessories.  My fantastic teen volunteer Lexi dressed up as Captain Lex to round things off.  It was a blast!









pirate crafts REDThe first craft we did was a treasure map like this one.  For this, we cut off the bottom of a brown paper lunch bag, then cut it up the side.  Then, the kids were invited to either draw their own treasure map or use a worksheet that I provided (I used the illustrations from this coloring page).









001We also did a parrot craft that I found over at Sturdy For Common Things.  Like Rebecca, I copied the template onto different colors of cardstock.  Then, the kids embellished them with wiggle eyes, feathers, and crayons.  The template is great because it shows you how to fold it so that you can tape it onto the kid’s shoulder–so cute!

To finish off, we decorated eye patches.  I used this template on white cardstock.  I cut them out and punched holes in either side, the threaded a thin ribbon through so that they could wear it.








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At Leesburg and Oakland, we had the space to set up a pirate ship (complete with bubble machine)!  Here, the kids could swab the deck, try their hand at tossing coins into a treasure chest, and play “Lex Says”.  The kids really enjoyed interacting with Captain Lex, even though he sometimes made them walk the plank!






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We had a great time at Smithville and Redbone, too!  At Smithville, the kids played with a parrot puppet while they did their crafts.  At Redbone, kids enjoyed stories from Captain Lex (see top photo).

Pumpkin Party


(I’m going to go ahead and apologize for the crazy formatting of this post.  I tried several times to make it act right!)

We had a pumpkin decorating party this past Saturday, and it was SO fun!  It was really pretty easy to do–we just had some refreshments and hauled out all of our art/craft supplies.  Patrons brought their own pumpkins to decorate and, if they wanted to, their own carving supplies.  My wonderful teen volunteer and I decorated (and I mean we DECORATED) the conference room.  There happened to be an old skool card catalog in there, so we decided to make it spooky.

This is store-bought fruit punch, fancied up in a punch bowl.  Instead of ice cubes, I put some gummy worms in the bottom of a bundt pan, then filled it with the same punch and froze it.  As it melted, the kids were able to get worms in their punch!  It looked really cool!








We are fortunate to have a popcorn machine at the library, so of course we had to have popcorn!  My artistic husband drew faces on plain orange cups from Wal-Mart (can you believe he drew a different face on each cup?!?  The most popular ones were the superheroes, like Ironman, Batman, and Spiderman!)  We called the snack table “Potions and Pebbles” so we definitely had to decorate it like a witch’s lair.








This table got completely overloaded with everything out of my office that I thought someone could use to decorate a pumpkin!  We had paint, glitter, markers, glue, felt, fake fur, pipe cleaners, pom poms, and more!










Here are a few of the finished products…

As a party favor we gave out Tootsie Roll pops decorated like ghosts.  To make them, simply fasten a tissue around the top of a lollipop with a rubber band and draw on a face with a marker.  Voila!










One of my favorite parts of our party was our photo booth.  I painted a black background and glued on assorted “spooky” eyes.  We also set up a table with dress up masks and headbands, as well as some speech bubbles taped to craft sticks.  It enabled our families to create a fun memento of their time at the pumpkin party!

Smithville and Redbone–Monster crafts! (plus slideshow!)


Last week at Smithville and Redbone we made toilet paper/paper towel roll monsters and a cute little folded paper monster bookmark.

For the bookmark, I just brought glue sticks, scissors, and a huge box of scrapbooking paper.  See this tutorial for instructions on how to make them.  I cut the bookmark shapes out ahead of time, and the kids assembled them and decorated them.

I’m always looking for new ways to use toilet paper and paper towel rolls, so making monsters seemed to be a great use for them.  I brought them, plus decorative paper, pipe cleaners, pom poms, googly eyes, ribbon, and whatever I had lying around.  I recommend having a hot glue gun on hand to attach pom poms and anything else white school glue just won’t hold.  I also brought a hole punch for attaching pipe cleaner tails, horns, and legs.

Check out the slideshow of our creations, plus some “monstrously good” reads!  (I have been having trouble with the slideshows playing on Firefox lately.  If you are having the same trouble, try changing your browser.  It worked for me!)


There are no summer reading activities scheduled for this week.  I hope everyone has a fun and safe 4th of July!  Next week we’ll be back with Rubber Ducky Club at Leesburg 10:00 a.m. on Monday, then LEGO Club: 10:00 a.m. Tuesday (7/10) at Leesburg, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (7/11) at Smithville, and 10:00 a.m. Thursday (7/12) at Redbone!  We are still accepting LEGO donations!

Summer reading events are sponsored by the Lee County Library and are free and open to the public.  For more information, call 759-2369.

Dream Big–READ! Library Space Camp


Did you know that before man walked on the moon NASA sent a monkey up into space?  If you are curious about outer space or what it’s like to be an astronaut, come to the Dream Big–READ Library Space Camp!  Camp will begin at 3:30 p.m. on June 13 at the Smithville Library and at 10:00 a.m. on June 14 at the Redbone Library.

Enjoy crafts like making a paper bag space helmet and creating your own planet/spacecraft from a re-purposed CD.  You can also learn about what astronauts wear, eat and do in space.  Finally, earn your space wings by suiting up for a simulated space walk complete with rock samples and communication with Mission Control!

Sponsored by Lee County Library.  Free and open to the public.  For more information, call (229)759-2369.

Crafternoon–St. Patrick’s Day rainbow and pot of gold


I got today’s crafternoon idea from the blog at that artist woman, via Pinterest (my current obsession).  I had some leftover tissue scraps from making my Truffula trees, so I decided I needed a craft to use them.  This wonderfully clever craft was very versatile.  I cut out the tissue paper squares and the kids either bunched them up like I did (see left) or glued them down flat, which also looked really cute.  Even the very youngest children had fun gluing and sticking the tissue paper pieces to their rainbows.





What you need:

1 Paper plate, cut in half


tissue paper (assorted colors)

white glue

black construction paper

stapler (optional)

What to do:

1.  Cut an arch in the middle of your paper plate half

2.  Cut tissue paper into small squares

3.  Starting at the top of the paper plate, apply a line of glue

4.  Press tissue paper to the glue, either balling it up or placing it flat

5.  Cut a pot shape from the black construction paper

6.  Glue gold tissue paper or coins made from gold cardstock to the top of the pot

7.  Glue or staple the pot to the end of the rainbow

I had a ton of tissue paper squares leftover, so look out for another craft like this in the future! 🙂

**We have crafts every Tuesday starting at 3:00 p.m.  You can check out the craft that we’re doing, along with lots of other library happenings, on our Facebook page.  Be sure to join us next week!**