Author: Jan Owens

Are you ready to see the trees turn color? If your children are very young, they may not remember, or expect the trees to change colors. What an interesting conversation you can have about trees together! Maybe you can take a walk in the park,...

Whenever I spot similar themes in more than one book, I always want to compare them. One theme in multiple picture books is animals making space for others until it's too much, too full, or too tall...

Kids and their grownups love the games, puzzles, and STEM kits to check out - or use at the library. The collection includes everything from giant floor puzzles to elaborate electronic coding kits. Sometimes after library programs, people stay to hang out and play together. Also,...

Tots and their grownups made a rocket craft featuring the letters in their names. They wrote the letters down, then glued them down into a rocket shape...

Loose Parts Play was featured as a Hub station for four weeks. Would kids be attracted by the 'it can be whatever you want' aspect, or skip it for more typical Hub projects? Kids liked it - many liked it so much! - so Loose...

Summer Reading Club is up to full speed, and it's busy in the Children's Room! Today was the first day for the free lunch program - Quakers' Lunch Truck, sponsored by the USDA and Plainfield Community School Corporation- which brings a lot of people...

Summer Reading Club is 1.) very fun, 2.) a good way to prevent summer slide, and 3.) almost here! Staff starts planning for the next summer right after the big completion party of the year before. Shifting gears from theme to theme; from Library Rocks to...

Here's a recommended book and activity to do with older toddlers and preschoolers! Bird Builds a Nest by Martin Jenkins is a beautifully illustrated story. In it, bird gathers sticks and twigs to make a nest, weaving them into place, then finding grass and feathers to...

Are you starting to get a little bored with this Spring Break? There are plenty of fun things to do at the library! Here are some ideas, using current and vintage photos. Before you go, see if there's an interesting library program going on when you'll...

It's time for a refresh of the neighborhoods in the Children's Room! A 'neighborhood' is a handy collection of books that are in high demand and otherwise would be cataloged by author and format all around the room. There are various  Concept, Popular Character and...