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July at the Creswell Library - Family Newsletter

Summer Reading is off to a great start!

We got to see so many of you at our first outdoor storytime of the year and then again at our clay impressions program. We are only just getting started with the summer fun so it isn't too late to sign up and get a free book or join us at the park for one of our events! 


Oh, be sure to look for us at the Fourth of July parade!


Summer Reading in July

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We will be at the park every Wednesday this month doing different fun activities. Each of these events is free and open to children of all ages. The programs are designed for elementary-age students but younger kids can do them with help from parents. Older kids  have a good time when they decide to participate too!


7/6 at 11am - Nasturtiums and Bubbles - Plant a nasturtium seed, paint the pot and play with bubbles!

7/13 at 11am - Stomp Rockets Make your very own stomp rocket and then launch it on our launchers!

7/20 at 11am - Art in the Park - Rock painting! We will also have chalk available for those who don't want to dabble with non-washable paint. 

7/27 at 11am - Momopolar Motors - We will be making small spinning motors with batteries, magnets, and copper wire. This is a fun and entertaining science experiment.

The fun continues into August with Slime Time, Tie-Dye Day, and Make Your Own Ice Cream!


 Thursdays for Kids

We are slowly ramping up our children's programming in the library. We hope to once again have a different activity for kids each Thursday of the month. For now, we have three programs going.

Squirtle made of Perler beads

7/14 at 3:30pm - Lego Club - Join us for Lego building awesomeness! Each child that completes a project will get to put it on display in the library until the next Lego Club!

7/21 at 3:30pm - Melty Bead Fun - Place your beads, make your creations, and melt them together!

7/28 at 3:30pm - Art with Holly - Holly is a local artist who generously hosts art lessons for kids at our library. Each month we will have a different activity and Holly will lead us through it one step at a time.


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PreK Storytime - Thursdays 11am at Holt Park

Join us for fun books, songs, and rhymes in the park! This storytime is intended for children in preschool but all kids and their families are welcome to join. We shoot for about 30 minutes of fun but sometimes we go a little long and sometimes just a tad short. Hope to see you in the park!

Babytime - Fridays 10am via Zoom

Join us on Fridays at 10:00am. Join us for songs, fingerplays, lap bounces, and stories! This storytime is 20 minutes long so we can wrap up before the littlest get too squirmy.

Meeting ID: 638 577 839
Passcode: Bestbooks1

July Reads for August Book Clubs

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Our Book Club for Kids will meet to chat about Redwall on 7/6 at 4pm. Our next book is The Strangers by Margaret Pererson Haddix. We will meet to chat about it on 8/3 at 4pm. Here is a bit more about The Strangers from the publisher.

"The Greystone kids thought they knew. Chess has always been the protector over his younger siblings, Emma loves math, and Finn does what Finn does best—acting silly and being adored. They’ve been a happy family, just the three of them and their mom.

But everything changes when reports of three kidnapped children reach the Greystone kids, and they’re shocked by the startling similarities between themselves and these complete strangers. The other kids share their same first and middle names. They’re the same ages. They even have identical birthdays. Who, exactly, are these strangers?

Before Chess, Emma, and Finn can question their mom about it, she takes off on a sudden work trip and leaves them in the care of Ms. Morales and her daughter, Natalie. But puzzling clues left behind lead to complex codes, hidden rooms, and a dangerous secret that will turn their world upside down."

Our Middle School Book Club will meet to talk about The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill on 6/8 at 3:30pm. Our next book is Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia. We will chat about this upcoming OBOB book on 8/10 at 3:30pm. Here is a little more about the book from the publisher.

"Seventh-grader Tristan Strong feels anything but strong ever since he failed to save his best friend when they were in a bus accident together. All he has left of Eddie is the journal his friend wrote stories in. Tristan is dreading the month he's going to spend on his grandparents' farm in Alabama, where he's being sent to heal from the tragedy.

But on his first night there, a sticky creature shows up in his bedroom and steals Eddie's notebook. Tristan chases after it--is that a doll?--and a tug-of-war ensues between them underneath a Bottle Tree. In a last attempt to wrestle the journal out of the creature's hands, Tristan punches the tree, accidentally ripping open a chasm into the MidPass, a volatile place with a burning sea, haunted bone ships, and iron monsters that are hunting the inhabitants of this world.

Tristan finds himself in the middle of a battle that has left black American folk heroes John Henry and Brer Rabbit exhausted. In order to get back home, Tristan and these new allies will need to entice the god Anansi, the Weaver, to come out of hiding and seal the hole in the sky. But bartering with the trickster Anansi always comes at a price."


Meet Our Summer Intern!

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 Some of you may have already met our new intern but I am happy to introduce you to Lindsey Quigley-Johnson! Lindsey is currently enrolled in a Masters of Library and Information Science program at San Jose State University. Lindsey loves playing games, playing ukulele, reading, and working with kids. She will be helping Nick at all our Summer Reading Program events and at other children's events. Don't be afraid to say hi to her!

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