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Play and Learn Kits at a Library Near You!

Did you know that there are many cheap or free things you can do at home to help your child get ready to read? For example, being able to recognize shapes is an important skill that helps children prepare to recognize letters. If you want to help your child practice this, you can cut many different shapes out of construction paper (or even junk mail or old magazines, if you don't have construction paper). Your child can assemble the different shapes into designs, or practice tracing them. You can talk about the shapes you see in books, or try to find shapes in the world around you.

Mad Scientists in the Kitchen

Fizz, Boom, Read! Since our Summer of Reading program this year is all about science, we decided to turn the library into a laboratory today! We became mad scientists here at Montbello, and cooked up some super-easy, super-fun creations that you can make in your own kitchen. We made glitter playdough and slimy gak to play with, with ingredients that you probably already have at home. The best part? Making these recipes with your children gives you the perfect opportunity to introduce basic science concepts in a fun, engaging way. Ready? Here we go:

To make your own playdough:

Community Art Show at the Montbello Library

I bought my first piece of art ever last Saturday. I'm not trying to boast here, but it was a signed original, a one-of-a-kind, handmade masterpiece, and a prize-winner, to boot! Be warned, though: when buying art from first graders, don't be fooled by the adorable, childlike innocence-those little ones have a sharp eye for business. You can come visit my new art piece at the Montbello Library, where it is proudly displayed by the public computers.

Legos at the Montbello Library

We love LEGOs at the Montbello Library! Thanks to some generous donations from the community, we have our very own set of LEGOs to play and build with here, and we’ve been having so much fun! For our first LEGO Build Day, we raced through a series of engineering challenges. Participants worked alone or in teams to build LEGO bridges capable of supporting a single library book. There was also a competition to build the tallest structure, and another to build the largest single-color construction. Our wall of winners was full of names!

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