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Cinderella Craft

Briana from our Youth Services department (Hopewell) will retell the original story of Cinderella and introduce a variety of fractured fairy tales related to the story. At the end you can follow along as she shows you how to make a fairy wand. Suggested for children, Pre-K through Grade 2.

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Design Your Own Character

Briana from our Youth Services department (Hopewell) will tell us about Ms. Varon and her books. At the end, we will see a video from Ms. Varon about designing your own character.

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Dragon Light Box

Katie from our Youth Services department (Hopewell) shows you how to make a dragon light box. You will need a box, battery-powered string lights such as fairy lights, dragon template, Xacto knife, tracing paper, tape, and glue. Parent supervision or help is recommended.

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Dragon Marionette Craft

Diana from our Circulation department (Hightstown) shows you how to make a dragon marionette. You will need 4 paper towel rolls, red paint, green paint, orange paint, glue, yarn, paint brush, hole punch, googly eyes, and sticks.

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Elves Activity

Chetna from our Youth Services department (Ewing) reads If You're Happy And You Know It! by Jane Cabrera as well as some other tales involving elves and and elf craft.

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Flamingos Flamencos Craft

Miss Liz from our Youth Services department (Hightstown) shares a story about Marco Flamingo in English and Spanish, sings songs in both languages and shows you how to make a paper flamingo craft.

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Little Red Hen Craft

Andrea from our Youth Services department (Hickory Corner) is going to share some "fractured" versions of the story that you can find in the library's catalog and some fun activities that you download and print at home.

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Minecraft Sword Craft

Diana from our Circulation department (Hightstown) shows you how to make a Minecraft Sword.

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Princess and the Pea Craft

Briana from our Youth Services department (Hopewell) introduces a variety of fractured fairy tales related to the story. At the end you can follow along as she shows you how to make your own princess bed. Suggested for children, Pre-K through Grade 2.

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Rapunzel Craft

Connie from our Youth Services department (Hopewell) will review books and fractured fairy tales related to the original story. At the end we will make popsicle stick characters to recreate the story at home.

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Squirrel Craft

Chetna from our Youth Services department (Ewing) does a squirrel-themed storytime with songs, stories, and crafts. She reads Squirrel's Family Tree by Beth Ferry, The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel, The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri, and Squirrel City Safari by Isabel Thomas.

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Sleeping Beauty Craft

Connie from our Youth Services department (Hopewell) will retell Sleeping Beauty and review books and fractured fairy tales related to the original story. At the end we will make a related craft. Suggested ages: Pre-K through Grade 2.

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Tin Foil Dragon

Katie from our Youth Services department (Hopewell) shows you how to make a tin foil dragon. You will need tin foil, glue, cardboard, a dragon template, and permanent markers.

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Unicorn Bookmark

Piali from our Circulation department (Twin Rivers) shows you how to make unicorn book marks. Supplies needed: Yarn, Cardstock, Pencil, and Scissors.

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Unicorn Craft

Miss Liz from the Youth Services department (Hightstown) reads 2 books about unicorns in English & Spanish, sings “Open, Shut Them” and “Saco Una Manito,” and shows you how to make a paper plate unicorn craft!

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Websites for Home Learning

Selected and maintained by MCL Youth Services Librarians

Games

ABCMouse Early Learning Academy

Government

Ben's Guide to US Government: Ben's Guide serves as the educational component of GPO Access, GPO's service to provide the official online version of legislative and regulatory information. This site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers. These resources will teach how our government works, the use of the primary source materials of GPO Access, and how one can use GPO Access to carry out their civic responsibilities. And, just as GPO Access provides locator services to U.S. Government sites, Ben's Guide provides a similar service to U.S. Government Web sites developed for kids.

NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Homework Help

Factmonster: Online almanac, dictionary, encylopedia, and homework help.

Reading and Book-Related Websites

Caldecott: The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

International Children's Digital Library: The mission of the International Children's Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world's children in becoming effective members of the global community - who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas -- by making the best in children's literature available online free of charge.

Newbery: The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Pigeon Presents: Starring Mo Willems' pigeon.

Printz Award: The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature.

Project Gutenberg: Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

ReadKiddoRead: The number one spot on the web for getting kids into great books.

Storyline Online: An online streaming video program featuring SAG members reading Children's books aloud.

YourNextRead: We started YourNextRead to make discovering, buying and enjoying a book as simple as finding your next film or band.

Science Fair Projects

The Science Explorer: The Exploratorium is a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker.

Science Buddies: Science Buddies mission is to help students from all walks of life [...] build their literacy in science and technology so they can become productive and engaged citizens in the 21st century.

Science Fair Central: Offers ideas for Science Fair Projects and experiments for kids.

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