Don’t forget to register for Library Night at MoBot!

On Thursday, May 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the Missouri Botanical Garden is teaming up with St. Louis Public Library for a fun, FREE evening of play, learning, and togetherness at the Garden.

St. Louis Public Library card holders are encouraged to attend! The event is free, but advance registration is required and today is the deadline! Register by clicking here and filling out the RSVP form!

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It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

Spring is here, and with it, April Showers. Whether you love splashing in puddles or enjoy staying snug and dry inside on a drizzly day, rain plays a very important role in our daily lives. Rain helps provide us with the foods we eat and the flowers that bring us joy. These rainy day titles are absolutely dripping with fun.

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Good Ship Crocodile by J. Patrick Lewis
When the skies of Africa darken with rain and the river swells, a good-natured crocodile named Snout lends his broad back to many stranded animal neighbors. After he ferries soggy fireflies, dripping hedgehogs, and other creatures over dangerous waters, his good deeds are repaid in full when a shift to hot, dry weather leaves him vulnerable instead. Written by Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by acclaimed picture book artist Monique Felix, The Good Ship Crocodile is a charming story of friendship sure to inspire readers of all ages.

Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems
In Are You Ready to Play Outside?, Piggie can’t wait to go play in the sunshine. But will a rainy day ruin all the fun?

The Water Cycle by Bobbie Kalman
All life on Earth depends on the water cycle! This is a fascinating book that introduces children to this important cycle using a clear, step-by step approach. Kids will learn about how different processes, including evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and run-off, work together to move water from the ground to the air and then back down again. Full-colour diagrams and beautiful images accompany clear text to help make the water cycle come alive for kids as they learn: how plants contribute to the water cycle through transpiration; how water trapped underground for thousands of years remains part of the water cycle; the importance of water to all living things; and, ways in which people can help protect Earth’s water and keep it clean.

Hayley The Rain Fairy by Daisy Meadows
The Weather Fairies have lost their magical feathers! Rachel and Kirsty search for one in each Weather Fairies book. Read all seven books to help bring the weather back to Fairyland!  Fairyland is home to the seven Weather Fairies! Along with Doodle the rooster and his magical feathers, they bring all of the weather to Fairyland. But when evil Jack Frost and his goblins steal the feathers, the weather turns wacky. It’s up to the Weather Fairies to fix it — fast!  Rachel and Kirsty have only one magic feather left to find, and it belongs to Hayley the Rain Fairy. But with a flood in full flow, will they ever reach it?
Find the final feather in this book and fix the weather in Fairyland!

Rain and Life in a Nigerian Village by Catherine Chambers
Did you know that… People, plants, and animals need rain to live?
How do people live in places with little rain?

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Struggling with Asperger’s, Rose shares a bond with her beloved dog, but when the dog goes missing during a storm, Rose is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels, even if it means leaving her routines in order to search for her pet.

raincloudWhen you’re finished absorbing these books, immerse yourself in this fun rainy day craft. Instructions can be found here.

Shakespeare for Kids!

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis will present an abridged version of Two Gentlemen of Verona on Saturday, April 18th at 2:00 PM in Central Library’s auditorium.

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Shakespeare Festival St. Louis presents Two Gentlemen of Verona adapted and directed by Shanara Gabrielle to be suitable for younger children with shorter attention spans. This 50 minute version still relies on Shakespeare’s original text. The two gentlemen, Valentine and Proteus, are best friends. But when they arrive in the city of Milan, they both find themselves in love with the Duke’s daughter, Silvia. Hilarity ensues when Proteus’ first love, Julia, disguises herself as a man and becomes his page! What will become of these two-or seemingly three-gents as love is professed, secret plans are made and friendships are betrayed?

Looking for other ways to introduce the youngest members of the family to Shakespeare?  Check out some books for kids that are (loosely) based on the Bard’s life and works:

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Little Master Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet by Jennifer Adams
Counts from one to ten using characters, places, and events from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” On board pages.

The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard by Gregory Rogers
This wordless picture book relates how a magic cloak from an old theater sends a boy back to Elizabethan London, to land on top of Shakespeare himself.

The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth by Ian Lendler
When the Stratford Zoo closes for the evening, the animals sneak out of their cages and use their limited acting ability to put on an unusual version of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.”

The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood
A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare’s acting troupe in order to steal the script of “Hamlet,” but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty.

Books Weekend – New Birds in Picture Books

NestYou Nest Here with Me by Jane Yolen.

This gentle rhyming bedtime story follows all the ways and wheres of birds nests.  A human mother tells her child about barn swallows, plovers and eagles, weaving facts and cozy details.  The soothing truth, that home is where ever loved ones rest, was written and illustrated by a real life mother daughter duo!

BertYou Can Do It, Bert! by Ole Konnecke

A minimalist little bird isn’t sure he’s ready to hop off his branch into the big world.  The readers offers encouragements, as Bert walks back and forth, even stopping for a snack.  When he takes the plunge, he has a moment of panic! But the humorous ending reassures young listeners that trying new things ends well!

Little Bird Takes a Bath by M Russo.

In a busy urban setting, Little Bird starts his day with a song , and a bath.Littlebird

But when a ball lands in his perfect puddle he flies away in a panic.  And again, a dancing girl looses a flip-flop and startles him away once more! The cheerful colors pull readers into this birds eye view of a bustling city, where even the littlest residents can enjoy a quiet spot and lovely nap.

Construction Junction

When you’re a kid, one of the most fun things to do is to build stuff. As part of the celebration of the Library’s 150th Anniversary, we’re inviting kids to play with construction toys from years gone by. Erector Sets, Tinker Toys, and Lincoln Logs were invented in 1913, 1914, and 1916, and they’re still popular today.  Play-Doh and LEGOs were first marketed in the 1950s. And KNex were the hot building toy of 1992.

Check the calendar all year long for more Construction Junction programs.
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Young engineers at Carondelet Branch tried their hands at building Tinker Toy and LEGO structures in March, take a look at their creations below!

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Garden Stamping at Divoll Branch

On March 30th, young patrons and families visiting Divoll Library participated in Garden Stamping. Using a variety of fruits and vegetables, pre-cut in half, and acrylic paint, children stamped prints of limes, grapefruits, cucumbers and more! Some children made abstract art prints, while others formed their separate prints into pictures, like smiley faces. As they crafted their prints, kids commented on what they could see inside the fruits and vegetables that they had never noticed before.

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Fabulous Flowers at Schlafly Library

Celebrate spring with a fragrant and floral family night at Schlafly Branch.  Family Night: Flowers will take place Thursday, April 9th at 6:00pm in the activity room.  Hear some stories, then make beautiful tissue paper carnations!

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Sidewalk Flowers
by JonArno Lawson

A little girl collects wildflowers while walking through town with her father. Each flower is then given as a gift by the thoughtful little girl.

What Does Bunny See? A Book of Colors and Flowers by Linda Sue Park
A rabbit wanders through the various flowers and colors of a cottage garden.

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
A mother and child plant a rainbow of flowers in the family garden.

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
A simple description of a flowering plant’s life cycle through the seasons.

My Garden by Kevin Henkes
After helping her mother weed, water, and chase the rabbits from their garden, a young girl imagines her dream garden complete with jellybean bushes, chocolate rabbits, and tomatoes the size of beach balls.

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