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Author: Jan Owens

  Kids are coming in for the Battle of the Books books, which are also the 2019-2020 Intermediate Nominees for the Young Hoosier Book Awards. The nominees include some really wonderful books we hope you'll love! Kids, we'd love to hear how you like them, and...

Kids Community Art is a quarterly drop-in project at the library. Kids create something, then take it home or leave it with us to become part of a bigger themed project. In the latest project, My Plainfield, kids used paper, crayons, and glue to make a...

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...