Ongoing Children's Activities
8/10: Sand Slime!
Join us on YouTube to learn how to make Summery slime!
Materials List(JPG, 259KB)
8/17: Ninja Stress Ball
Enjoy a quick tutorial from the Alameda Free Library on how to make a ninja stress ball.
Materials needed: 2 latex balloons (1 white and 1 any other color as long as it's different),
1/2 cup of any kind of small bean, seed or short grain rice (split peas and lentils work as well),
a good pair of scissors,
a plastic sandwich bag
a ballpoint pen.
8/24: Let's Make a Book Hedgehog!
Learn how to fold the pages of an old magazine or book into a cute creature!
You'll need an old magazine or book, some googly eyes, a pom pom, a little glue, scissors (optional), and your imagination (required). A great activity to keep your hands busy while listening to an audiobook!
8/31: Suspension Bridges
Learn how to make a suspension bridge with materials from around the home.
9/14: Toilet Paper Roll Cell Phone Holder
Enjoy learning how to create a standing cell phone holder out of an ordinary toilet paper roll.
9/21: Galaxy Globes
This is Gus by Chris Chatterton, Wiggle by Doreen Cronin, Bark George by Jules Feiffer and If You’re Happy and You Know It by David Carter
Come Along Daisy, by Jane Simmons
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, by Mo Willems
Bark, George, by Jules Feiffer
Today's books: My Little Sister Ate One Hare, by Bill Grossman and Kevin Henkes
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, by Eric Litwin and James Dean
Hi, Pizza Man, by Virginia Walters and Ponder Goembel
The Nuts Bedtime at the Nut House by Eric Litwin
The Noisy Way to Bed by Ian Whybrow,
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
The Little Red Hen by Rebecca & Ed Emberley
Featuring new books:
Follow Me, Flo! Jarvis Only
a Tree knows how to be a tree Mary Murphy
Fly Flies Ziggy Hanaor & Alice Bowsher
If You're Happy And You Know It David A Carter
Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival, Leila in Saffron by Rukhsanna Guidroz, Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell and Bird Hugs by Ged Adamson
A Little Bit Brave by Nicola Kinnear, Superluminous by Ian De Haes, The Koala Who Could by Rachel Bright
A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell, Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Crash, Splah, Moo! by Bob Shea and Don’t Blink also by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
The Book Hog by Greg Pizzoli, Wolf! by Becky Bloom,
Chicken Storytime by Sandy Asher, I Do Not Like Storytime! by Daisy Hirst
The Greatest Dinosaur Ever by Brenda Guiberson,
Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. The Very First Chicken by Douglas Rees
Edwina The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems
When Dinosaurs Came With Everything by Elise Broach
Jamie O’Rourke and the Giant Potato by Tomis DePaola
The Giant Carrot by Jan Peck
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
Mother Goose on the Loose! (a 20-week storytime series for children ages 0-2)
First Chapter Friday
Tune in for just the first chapter of a diverse novel for children available from our digital collection, on the first friday of every month.
Ms. Andie reads the first chapter of From the Desk of Zoe Washington, by Janae Marks
Bread and Jam Squishie
Step-by-step instructions to make a bread and jam squishy inspired by Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell Hoban.
Downloadable Instructions(PDF, 607KB)
Learn how to make a cool summer watermelon drink!
Today we are wrapping up the summer with Beach Cups. The materials needed for this sweet treat are: 1 package of vanilla pudding, 3 cups of milk, 1 medium sized bowl, a spoon, blue food coloring, graham cracker cookies, a small cup (preferably clear plastic) and a variety of beach themed toppings.
9/11/20: Foodie Friday: Fruit and Vegetable Stamping!
Summer Reading Program Activities 2020
Mostly Science Saturday, 8/1
Kayleigh Rogers, Magician
Meet 9 year old, Kayleigh Rogers - Iowa's Youngest Magician! She'll thrill you with magic rabbits, helmets and balls, swords, flowers and MORE!
Foodie Friday, 7/31
Eat a Rainbow!
Kids can make this colorful salad inspired by the book "Thank You, Omu", by Oge Mora, with just a little help. Make, eat, and share a rainbow today!
Link to Image File(PNG, 2MB)
Re-Imagine the Story, 7/29
Inspired by Stuart Little join us to learn how to make a water resistant boat out of paper, duct tape and scissors. Where will you sail? Will you join a race to travel to a foreign land? Tells us about your adventures by tagging us at @alamedafreelibrary
Materials List(PNG, 202KB)
Maker Monday, 7/27
Tune in Mondays on IGTV for STEM or craft making tutorials all summer long. This week, learn how to make a Pom Pom Popper out of a paper cup and a balloon.
Materials List(PNG, 3MB)
Mostly Science Saturday, 7/25
Rick Eugene, Magician
Magician Rick Eugene will confound and astound you with cards, coins, ropes, mind reading and more!
Foodie Friday, 7/24
Join us on Instagram and Facebook every Friday for a fun pairing of a story and a simple delicious recipe or food themed craft. In this video you’ll learn how to make homemade popsicles!
Ingredients Handout(PDF, 23KB)
Re-Imagine the Story , 7/22
The Last-Last Day of Summer, by Lamar Giles
If you’re a fan of humor and adventure, be sure to read this zany book.Then...imagine your own time-freezing machine inspired by the story. Craft one with us on IGTV, or make up your own! Post pictures of your creations and tag @alamedafreelibrary to share with us.
Materials Handout(JPG, 1MB)
View IGTV Video
Mostly Science Saturday, 7/18
Bigger Bang Bubbles Show
You’ll LOVE "Bigger Bang Bubbles"! It has smoke bubble, helium bubbles, fire bubbles and more, only BIGGER!
Maker Monday, 7/13
Tune in Mondays on IGTV for STEM or craft making tutorials all summer long. This week, create an Origami Catch Cup with Ms. Ellie. Tag a picture of your project with @alamedafreelibrary to show us your creation!
Workshop Materials/intro(PDF)(PDF, 35KB)
Workshop Video (Instagram Live)
Foodie Friday, 7/10
Join us on Instagram and Facebook every Friday for a fun pairing of a story and a simple delicious recipe or food themed craft. In this video you’ll learn how to make a simple healthy summer snack and listen to an adorable owl book.
Mostly Science Saturday, 7/1
The Amazing YOU and Your Body Show
Steve and his pal, TV, take you on an entertaining trip through the most mysterious and magical place anywhere - your own Human BODY!!!
Re-Imagine the Story: Zita the Spacegirl, 7/8
Join Ms. Ellie as she walks you through how to make a comic of your own. Hers is inspired by a character from Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke.
Maker Monday, 7/6
Tune in Mondays on IGTV for STEM or craft making tutorials all summer long. This week, Make a Crankie with Ms. Andie! (It’s a moving picture box.) Tag a picture of your project with @alamedafreelibrary to show us your creation!
Mostly Science Saturday: Laser Show, 7/4
Pink Ink, Singing Pipes, Fire Waterfalls, Chemical Reactions and our Class 4 High Powered Burning LASER are all waiting for you in this Spectacular Science Show!
Re-Imagine the Story: Wild Robot, 7/1
Join Ms. Andie as she talks about making connections between the book Wild Robot, by Peter Brown, and the real world. Then she’ll lead you through a fun activity inspired by the book.
Maker Monday, 6/29
Tune in Mondays on IGTV for STEM or craft making tutorials all summer long. This week, make a Q-tip Launcher with Liz. This project is best for tweens. Tag a picture of your launcher with @alamedafreelibrary to show us your creation!
Mostly Science Saturday, 6/27
Fantastic Foam Show
You'll watch the invisible become visible, see our hair-raising VanDeGraf Generator, and learn the chemical secret of our fabulous Fantastic Foam in the super special scien-tastic show!
Foodie Friday, 6/26
Join us on Instagram and Facebook every Friday for a fun pairing of a story and a simple delicious recipe or food themed craft. Today we’re having a Paper Pizza Party with Pete the Cat!
Video Link: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CB7HFYXhOHH/
Maker Monday, 6/22
Tune in Mondays on IGTV for STEM or craft making tutorials all summer long. Make a racecar from mostly recycled materials and hear a story. Tag a picture of your car with @alamedafreelibrary to show us your creation!
Mostly Science Saturday, 6/20
You'll see Fire light up in different beautiful colors. You'll see the freezing magic of Liquid Nitrogen. You'll even learn how to make Smoke appear like a genie out of a bottle in this amazing show about chemical reactions!
Click here to watch the 20 minute video: https://youtu.be/njDfs5mQ_EU
Foodie Friday, 6/19
Join us on Instagram and Facebook every Friday for a fun pairing of a story and a simple delicious recipe of food themed craft. Today, learn how to make homemade ice cream with Ms. Ellie and hear a story!
Click here to watch the short video: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CBoeou8BwDY/
Maker Monday, 6/15
Tune in Mondays on IGTV for STEM or craft making tutorials all summer long. Take a look at the image for the supply list for this project: Making a Bee House. If you decide to share your finished bee house on social media, please tag us at @alamedafreelibrary so we can see your masterpiece!
Click here to view the 10 minute video: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CBearbjFHq0/
Mostly Science Saturday, 6/13
In this show you'll learn about Magnetism, Chemical Reactions and EXPLOSIONS!! See the tremendously expensive and wonderfully uplifting MEGA LEVITATOR!!
Click here to view the 30 minute video: https://youtu.be/Pv00r0zb9Ig