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Children's Bookshelf - February 2019

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Let’s Get Creative!
by Allison Murphy

It’s winter and the weatherman says it’s going to be cold and snowy. That means you’ll probably be inside your house quite a bit with your children, and toys can only provide excitement for so long. Why not try out some simple crafts together? Making things helps build your child’s imagination, strengthens finger muscles to get ready to write and is just plain fun! After your child makes their creation, have them write a story about it and hang it on the refrigerator for all to admire.


Here are a few books to get you inspired to create:

Art Lab for Kids: 52 Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media

by Susan Schwake

Explore all different types of art by making a whimsical crayon scratchboard scene, paint with watercolors and salt, or try out printmaking with lemons, celery, mushrooms and other kinds of produce.

51 Things to Make with Egg Cartons
by Fiona Hayes

Just about everyone has an egg carton in their refrigerator, so why not put it to good use? You can make a dragon with snapping jaws, a mask, jewelry, even different types of vehicles.

How to Make Stuff with Duct Tape
by Samantha Bell


Step-by-step instructions with clear illustrations show kids how to make five simple duct tape crafts. Try your hand at making a pencil holder, duct tape turtle, petal pen, visor or wallet.

Get Into Art Animals
by Susie Brooks


Introduce your children to the world of art while encouraging them to make their own masterpieces. Try out art projects that feature racehorses, giraffes, birds and dragons, while learning about art masters like Degas, Warhol and Matisse.

Make Your Own Puppets
by Anna-Marie D’Cruz


Puppets are a great way to explore creativity and storytelling. Make a few and put on a puppet show! This book explores different types of puppets such as sock puppets, finger puppets and folded paper puppets.

Go Photo! An Activity Book for Kids
by Alice Proujansky


Try out 25 projects that use photos to make the craft, or photography to design a special creation. Kids will have a chance to make a flip book, design a treasure hunt, create a face mask and personalize a postcard.

Events at the Wallingford Public Library

February is a wonderful time to come inside and visit the library. Check out these upcoming fun programs in the Children’s Room:

  • Take Your Child to the Library Day: Saturday, February 2. Come to the library and play some board games, make a craft, or do a special activity!

  • Chess Club: Saturday, February 2, 10 a.m. Practice your chess skills, or learn how to play with a master chess teacher. Grades K-12.

  • Big Ideas Book Club: Saturday, February 2, 10:30 a.m. Join us for a casual, inclusive story time for families who want to introduce their kids to big ideas through picture books, discussion and age appropriate activities. Siblings are welcome! Ages 3-6.

  • Let’s Square Dance!: Saturday, February 2, 2 p.m. Calling all families! Swing your partner do-see-do, and learn how to square dance in this interactive program. Ages 3 and up.

  • Kids’ Kindness Club: Valentine’s Day Card Making: Tuesday, February 12, 4-6 p.m. Drop in and make a beautiful Valentine’s Day card that will be distributed to local hospice and assisted living facilities. Ages 3 and up.

  • Saturdays with Sara: Color Theory: Saturday, February 16, 2 p.m. Join Sara for a fun hour of exploring art by using different methods to learn about color. Ages 7-10.

  • PJ Storytime: Wednesday, February 20, 6:30 p.m. Put on your PJs, grab your favorite stuffed animal and head on over to the library for a fun storytime! Ages 3-5.


The Wallingford Public Library is located at 200 North Main Street. For more information, call 203-265-6754 or visit www.wallingford.lioninc.org.


Allison Murphy is the Children’s Librarian at the Wallingford Public Library.