Nature Storytime with Happy Dancing Turtle

Monday, December 21, 2020, is Winter Solstice! Learn all about solstices, equinoxes, and how the earth moves around the sun in a mini-lesson before Nora reads The Longest Night, a story about animals in the dark, northern forests that are desperate to bring back the sun!

Learn more about how different cultures around the world celebrate the winter solstice and some activities you might like to try: Happy Dancing Turtle Winter Resources

Happy Dancing Turtle: Winter Solstice Storytime

Craft ‘n Things: Scrabble Ornament

Scrabble Ornament

December 2020

Instructions for Making a Scrabble Ornament

Supplies:
● 3-5 Scrabble Letters (3 for Joy, 4 for Love, and 5 for Peace)
● 3 Jingle Bells
● 5-8 Glue Dots (5 for Joy, 6 for Love, and 8 for Peace)
● 8 to 12 inches of ribbon (8 for Joy, 9.5 for Love, and 12 for Peace)
● 10 inches of string small enough to thread Jingle Bells on it.
Instructions:
1. After cutting your ribbon to size fold it in half, then fold it the long way. Measuring about a quarter of an inch from the bottom of the ribbon, use a scissors to cut diagonally from the top of your measurement to the bottom of the ribbon. After unfolding, your cut will have formed a triangle.
2. Take one of the glue dots and put it on the inside of the ribbon just above the newly cut triangle. Press and hold both sides of the ribbon to the glue dot.
3. Next, take all of your scrabble pieces and attach a glue dot to the back of each piece.
4. Place each scrabble piece on the ribbon. Leave a small amount of space between each piece. It is best to attach the pieces from the bottom to the top leaving a small amount of space between the bottom of the ribbon and the first scrabble piece.
5. Once all of the scrabble pieces are attached to the ribbon, take the last glue dot and place it on the ribbon behind the top scrabble piece. Press and hold both sides of the ribbon to the glue dot.
6. Next, take your string and jingle bells. Thread the jingle bells on to the string.
7. At the fold at the top of the ribbon, thread the string through and tie the ends of the string together. The jingle bells should be next to the ribbon.
8. Hang your ornament on a tree.

YouTube Tutorial: https://youtu.be/Lw3sFOaWjHI

Virtual Storytime

Miss Tricia reading book at virtual storytime
Miss Tricia reading book at virtual storytime

Tuesday mornings at 10:30 AM on Facebook starting January 5th

Enjoy a new reading each week along with activities and songs to bring the experience off the screen. Our Youth staff demonstrates strategies for caregivers to utilize during their own storytimes at home.

To further enhance your child’s at-home storytime experience, you can request a participation kit. This kit includes an egg shaker and a dancing scarf. This is yours to keep, so no worries about losing pieces or returning to the library. Request a kit and we will contact you about pickup.

Early Explorers Grab-and-Go Kits

Sept. 10th - Dec. 17th, and again starting January 14th

September 10th - December 17th, and then again starting January 14th, grab-and-go kits will be available on a table outside the library’s front entrance every other Thursday morning at 10 AM. Each kit includes a short lesson and materials needed to complete an activity that is best for ages 3 through 6. There is no registration required.

If you would like a kit but are unable to make the 10 AM time frame, please fill out this form, and we are happy to connect with you.

Teen Tuesdays

Select Tuesdays in Winter

Youth going in grades 5 through 12 are invited to join us on select Tuesdays throughout the Winter for virtual fun, ranging from scratch art to canvas painting. Each participant will be contacted prior to the program to coordinate a time for pickup of a kit with all needed materials. A secure Zoom link will be sent prior to the program.

Please select all programs you’d like to register for here. You will receive an email the day prior to the program with Zoom room info.

Friendship and Confidence Storytime with Miss Tricia

Friendship and Confidence Storytime

In this week's storytime, we learn from a little turtle and his crabby friend what it means to be proud of who you are AND how you can be a good friend to others.

Caregiver challenge: Ask your child to list at least three things they like about themselves. If they're struggling, be sure to talk with them about why that is. Take this time to highlight all the wonderful and unique things about your child. Join your child in the exercise by listing three things you love about yourself, too!

Friendship and Confidence Storytime with Miss Tricia

Simply S.T.E.A.M.

Simply STEAM logo
Simply STEAM

Short Virtual Lessons on All Things S.T.E.A.M.

Our Youth staff will walk you through instructions on how to complete a new activity or experiment using materials you likely already have in your home. This program is great for ages 5 through 12.

Baking Soda + Vinegar Balloon
We're going classic with this week's STEAM experiment: baking soda and vinegar. This video highlights how the reaction between baking soda and vinegar can inflate a balloon without anyone ever blowing air into it.

Baking Soda + Vinegar Balloon Video

Penny Chemistry
Got a few old pennies lying around with nothing to do? In this experiment, you'll learn how to shine old pennies, and then you'll turn them blue-green like the Statue of Liberty!

Penny Chemistry Video

Red Cabbage Chemistry
To make your own chemistry set, all you need is a cup of red cabbage leaves and some common household ingredients. See acids and bases in action with this colorful chemistry activity!

Red Cabbage Chemistry Video

Balloon Barometer
Did you know there's always 14.7 pounds of atmospheric pressure pressing down on all of us, all the time? In this episode, learn how to make your own barometer to track changes in pressure and predict when there's a storm coming!

STEAM with WPL: Balloon Barometer

Did you know there's always 14.7 pounds of atmospheric pressure pressing down on all of us, all the time? In this episode, learn how to make your own barometer to track changes in pressure and predict when there's a storm coming!

Posted by Winona Public Library on Monday, October 19, 2020

Stalactites
Grow your own stalactites at home, and learn how real stalactites form in caves!

S.T.E.A.M with WPL: Stalactites!

Grow your own stalactites at home, and learn how real stalactites form in caves!

Posted by Winona Public Library on Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Balloon Vacuum
In this video, we are learning about hot & cold air pressure. Using just hot water, we're going to make a balloon vacuum strong enough to swing a mason jar in the air!

S.T.E.A.M. with WPL: Balloon Vacuum!

In this video, we are learning about hot & cold air pressure. Using just hot water, we're going to make a balloon vacuum strong enough to swing a mason jar in the air!

Posted by Winona Public Library on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Heron's Fountain
Can water flow upwards? Find out by recreating an ancient (and super-cool) water fountain, and learn about hydraulics and pneumatics along the way.

S.T.E.A.M. with WPL: Heron's Fountain

Can water flow upwards? Find out by recreating an ancient (and super-cool) water fountain, and learn about hydraulics and pneumatics along the way.

Posted by Winona Public Library on Wednesday, September 9, 2020