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This Thursday at the library we will be making homemade cocoa mix at Adult Crafting. Making your own cocoa mix, spice blends, cleaning detergents, baby food and more can save you a ton of money each year. If you want to save money in your home check out these books to get started!

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We are reading about adorable baby animals today! We will learn some interesting facts about mountain lions, play with puppets and sing silly songs!

Early Literacy Tip of the Week:

Encourage your baby's coos, growls, and gurgles! They are your baby's way of communicating with you, and are important first steps toward speech. Encourage attempts to mimic you. The more your baby practices making sounds, the clearer they will become. Go ahead and moo, woof and honk!

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We are going to be reading Dinosaur books today at story time! 

  • The Dinosaur Expert, by Margaret McNamara
  • Bigger than You, by Hyewon Kyung
  • Dini Dinosaur, by Karen Beaumont

If you would like to do some dinosaur crafts at home. . . check out the Clintonville Library Pintrest board!

Early Literacy tip of the Week: If you don’t know what your child is working on in school, ask them! Or ask their teacher to share their unit plans. Once you know what your child is learning, build on those lessons at home to deepen their knowledge and draw more connections to them.

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Have you seen the new season of Black Mirror on Netflicks? Love it or hate it. . . a choose your own adventure in films is pretty cool. But of course this is not an original concept of Netflix. There have been choose your own adventure books for decades. We all loved the Choose Your Own Adventure series from the 80's! Guess what. . . they still make choose your own adventure for kids, teens and adults. And they are just as awesome. If you're looking for a choose your own adventure, check out this list to get started. Check out these titles on infosoup.

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The kids are hooked on Gobblet! If you have never heard of or played Gobblet, it's a cool game for first grade and up. There are lots of puzzles and games for check out at the library! Have your family try them out before you buy it for your house. 

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The library's first Fandom Friday will be this Friday, January 4th at 3:45! The Teen Advisory Board picked "Marvel" as the first fandom. We are planning some yummy snacks, epic Avenger movie trailer conspiracy theory discussions, costumes, quizzes, prizes and more!

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Two little girls in the library were playing puppets with Squirtle. We think he is skeptical of the imposter turtles!

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A new article says that people are happier giving gifts than receiving gifts! Give more and be happier, healthier and live longer. You don't need to spend a lot of money to give a great gift. The library has tons of cool DIY books to inspire a gift for someone in your life. 

Check out these titles to find some great DIY. There is a whole book on mason jars. . . my favorite!

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  • Edible DIY : simple, giftable recipes to savor and share, 
  • DIY chalkboard crafts : from silhouette art to spice jars, more than 50 crafty abd creative chalkboard-paint ideas 
  • 29 gifts [Overdrive] : how a month of giving can change your life
  • DIY t-shirt crafts : from braided bracelets to floor pillows, 50 unexpected ways to recycle your old t-shirts
  • DIY aromatherapy : over 130 affordable essential oils : blends for health, beauty, and home 
  • DIY Mason jars : 35 creative crafts and projects for the classic container 

It’s going to be a fun day at the library. We just finished setting up Squirtle’s new home! Family movie, teen movie and popcorn at the library today too! Stop by to say hello to Squirtle and enjoy a movie!

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We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! Santa came to the library with new books and toys!! We also had a dontation of legos from a generous patron! Thank you so much, the kids love the new lego people. 

 

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