Library News: Mott Public Library & New England Public Library

Mott Public Library • Beyond the Book

Charles Dicken’s, “ A Christmas Carol,” has been adapted multiple times in 100 years. Traveling Lantern Theatre Company presented, “a slapstick version,” of, “A Christmas Carol”, at the Mott-Regent School for students and community members this December. Young children were entertained by the voices, clothing and actors hopping about on stage.

“Who wears a grey beard?,” “I don’t know, Santa or God, “ means that kids used prior knowledge to organize incoming information. Some focused on the actors and dreamed of a performing arts education or career. Others analyzed and evaluated the performance. Each person was affected differently and by different aspects of the performance.

Libraries are adapted, too. The Mott Public Library was the dream of educated women just over one hundred years ago. They wanted to support a community of learners. The books they selected for this library are now recognized as classics. They saw the next big thing, planned for it and made it happen.

Modern community centered libraries are a bit different. There are still great books and quiet spaces. Computers, puzzles, board games, comfortable seating and a big screen t.v. are a few new touches.  Digital Learning, Story times, Book Clubs, lego Clubs, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics Activities are the next big thing. A Community of Learners can’t help but grow and change.

• Dec. 21 Story Time for Littles at 11 a.m.

• Dec. 21 Game Day for youth from 2-6 p.m. Board games and the Wii.

• Dec. 23 Story time and a snowball fight for the Littles at  2:30 p.m.

• Dec. 23  A Reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and decorate cookies

More fun scheduled for the next week. Check out the Mott Library facebook page or website mottndlibrary.com.

New England Public Library

Story Hour at New England Public Library
Story Hour at New England Public Library

The December story hour at the New England Public Library was held on Saturday, Dec. 5 with 13 children attending.  Janelle and Samantha Fitterer read the books “It’s Christmas, David!”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, “Five Busy Elves”, and “Get Well, Santa”.  They all decorated a pine cone that had been spray painted green with glitter added for snow.  The children glued on pipe cleaners for garlands and pompoms for ornaments, making each tree colorful and  very unique. Sierra Fitterer  passed out cookies when they finished the trees and they checked out books before going home.

The library’s bake sale held during the Hometown Holidays event was a good fundraiser. We really appreciate the patrons who baked or bought goodies to help support the library. A reminder that we collect pop cans for recycling at the back of the library. Please put only aluminum cans in the fenced in area. We will be selling vegetable and flower plants in the spring again. All these money making things help keep our little library going.

Some new titles at the library are “The Japanese Lover” by Isabel Allende, “Guilty” by  David Baldacci, “ The Crossing” by Michael Connelly and “Secret Sisters” by Jayne Ann  Krentz.  New children books that were purchased with funds from the Run Walk held in September are “Here Come the Holidays!”, Animals’ Santa”, “Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho!”, “Merry Christmas, Mouse” , “The Little Snowflake” and a new set of “The Little House on the  Prairie” series.

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