People all over the world have always come together to provide each other comfort and hope as they’ve waited for the return of the light. This week at story time we celebrated helping and sharing light by reading Share Some Kindness, Bring Some Light by Apryl Stott, a new addition to our childrens’ collection that you can check out from our library, and you can watch Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden read the book online.

After singing songs about light and dancing together, Polly showed us how to make our own lanterns to bring cheer to our nights. Kids build their experience of the world out of their observations of our interactions with it. When they see us welcome different parts of the natural world, they feel more comfortable in those elements. Since a natural element in our lives right now is darkness, we can gently help our kids to feel a bit more at home at night with small celebratory gestures. 

We invite you to experiment with welcoming the darkness and the light with your kids. Have a candle light only evening, or take a short walk outside to listen to the sounds and the quiet of a winter’s night. And we’ve got materials to share with you so you can make your own lanterns. Lantern making bags are all ready for you in the Cook Library entryway. Stop by and pick one up. At the end of this email are simple instructions for making your own cheery light for greeting the darkness.

Our two remaining story times of Dec will be held via Zoom. We don’t doubt that we’re all hardy enough to enjoy the cold and snow, but we do want to keep the community safe during these times of growing covid numbers in our area. We’ll continue to monitor that situation and will hopefully be back on the back lawn all together very soon! Email Amy or Polly for the Zoom link.

Here’s wishing you all light in the darkness!

Amy and Polly

Instructions for lantern making

  1. Cut or rip up tissue paper pieces.
  2. Prepare a 1:1 water and glue mixture.
  3. Use a paint brush to spread glue on a small part of the jar. Pick a piece of tissue paper and press it on top of the gluey surface. Repeat until you’ve covered the jar.
  4. Let the kids do their making…and let them make a mess! 
  5. Celebrate light: Make lanterns part of your wintery celebrations. Take lanterns out in the evening to light up the night. Or, make your home extra cozy during the short, cold days of winter.
Sharing light at storytime
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