Spring Spotlight Flipgrid Challenges

Looking for a fun activity for your kids? We are inviting all kids to complete the Spring Spotlight Flipgrid challenges.

  • Challenge 1: Share your favorite joke.
  • Challenge 2: You are the author! Write and share an original story.
  • Challenge 3: Complete a minute-to-win-it game. Show us your favorite or try the Food Face game: Tip your head back. Put something edible on your forehead. Without using hands, wiggle the item down to your mouth.

Look here for more information about the challenges, and how to submit your videos.

Stitch a bookmark in March!

Spring Break will look different this year not only because of the ongoing pandemic, but also because the library is on the move! To prepare for a temporary closure, Youth Services is offering several different craft/activity bags for pickup in March, while supplies last. They could be just the thing to keep your kiddos busy while you wait for the library to resume services in our new temporary location.

For the last few years I have offered some sort of stitching or needlework project during Spring Break. I have gotten a lot of positive feedback on these projects from families who tell me that their child had not ever tried needlework before. I really love plastic canvas for first-time stitchers because the needle is blunt, the holes are large and easy to see and count, and you can have a finished piece quickly. Plastic canvas also offers a lot of opportunities for creativity in making cool 2-d or even 3-d items.

Plastic Canvas Bookmark craft bags are available now, while supplies last. Everything you need to make the project is included in the kit, including an awesome metal yarn needle that you can save and use on future plastic canvas projects. A step-by-step instruction sheet is included in the kit, and a video tutorial is also available on the library’s YouTube channel.

Request a craft bag here

Plastic Canvas Bookmark instruction sheet

Video tutorial: https://youtu.be/-KC-n22FbRQ

 

Spring Break Stock-up!

Feeling cooped up? Staying home for spring break? We’ve got the cure for cabin fever!

Youth Services has a great collection of take and make/do activities available to keep kids busy. We have everything from an Owl Pellet Dissection to a Mini Zen Garden kit, and more. Stock up now so you are all set for some quality at-home time during spring break. Learn more and register today! Don’t forget to share your completed projects! Send photos to ysstaff@eauclaire.lib.wi.us.

While you are at it, don’t forget to stock up on great books as well. If you are unsure what to read next, let Youth Services staff lend a hand. Complete the Personalized Book Bundle form and we’ll select ten of our favorites based on your interests.

As an added bonus this spring, we are inviting all kids to complete the Spring Spotlight Flipgrid challenges:

Challenge 1: Share your favorite joke.

Challenge 2: You are the author! Write and share an original story.

Challenge 3: Complete a minute-to-win-it game. Show us your favorite or try the Food Face game: Tip your head back. Put something edible on your forehead. Without using hands, wiggle the item down to your mouth.

 

March Storytime Kits for Families

March Storytime Kits are ready for you to pick up and enjoy with your little ones. We have two types of kits available: a Baby/Toddler Storytime Kit and a Family Storytime Kit. Each one is designed to enhance your storytime experience and provide continuous opportunities for early literacy fun at home. Here’s what you can find in the March kits:


Baby/Toddler Storytime Kit

Board book: One Clucky Hen

2 wrist bells

2 activity scarves

Bubbles (you can keep)

Little Mouse color activity (you can keep)

Songs and rhymes (you can keep)

Talking Is Teaching calendar (you can keep)


Family Storytime Kit

2 egg shakers

2 activity scarves

Lace a puppet activity (you can keep)

Little Mouse color activity (you can keep)

Songs and rhymes (you can keep)

Talking Is Teaching calendar (you can keep)


We’ll use some of these materials during storytime, so be sure to have your kit ready each week in March. Haven’t registered for storytime yet? No worries! We’d love to have your family join us. Follow this link to view our Storytime Online schedule and to register: https://www.ecpubliclibrary.info/kids/storytime-online/

Contact Youth Services at 715-839-5007 or ysstaff@eauclaire.lib.wi.us to reserve a March kit.

We look forward to connecting with you and your family at storytime!

Read Me a Book Club: Narwhal and Jelly

 

Do you have a kiddo in grades K-2? Sign them up for our podtastic new Read Me a Book Club! Our next virtual meet up is on Thursday, February 25, at 6 p.m. We will read and discuss Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, the first book in the New York Times Bestselling series Narwhal and Jelly. You and your children will also enjoy a silly song, wacky mad libs, friendly camaraderie with peers, and more. Be sure to contact Youth Services by phone or e-mail to request a copy of the book and a free activity bag (optional but recommended) which contains Narwhal and Jelly activities and a craft.

For more information or to register, visit https://www.ecpubliclibrary.info/kids/read-me-a-book-club/ or contact Youth Services by phone (715-839-5007) or e-mail (ysstaff@eauclaire.lib.wi.us).

We hope you can join us!

Get Your February Storytime Kit!

February Storytime Kits are ready for you to pick up and enjoy with your little ones. We have two types of kits available: a Baby/Toddler Storytime Kit and a Family Storytime Kit. Each one is designed to enhance your storytime experience and provide continuous opportunities for early literacy fun at home. Here’s what you can find in the February kits:


February Baby/Toddler Storytime Kit

Board book: Counting Kisses

Shape drum and mallet

Bubbles (you get to keep)

Paper pals activity (you get to keep)

Songs, rhymes, and fingerplays sheet (you get to keep)

Additional handouts (you get to keep)


February Family Storytime Kit

Rhythm sticks (2)

Scarves (2)

Paper pals activity (you get to keep)

Watercolor wow activity (you get to keep)

Songs, rhymes, and fingerplays sheet (you get to keep)

Additional handouts (you get to keep)


We’ll use some of these materials during storytime, so be sure to have your kit ready each week in February. Haven’t registered for storytime yet? No worries! We’d love to have your family join us. Follow this link to view our Storytime Online schedule and to register: https://www.ecpubliclibrary.info/kids/storytime-online/

Contact Youth Services at 715-839-5007 or ysstaff@eauclaire.lib.wi.us to reserve a February kit.

We look forward to connecting with you and your family at storytime!

Storytime Kits Return!

January Storytime Kits are ready for you to pick up and enjoy with your little ones. We have two types of kits available: a Baby/Toddler Storytime Kit and a Family Storytime Kit. Each one is designed to enhance your storytime experience and provide continuous opportunities for early literacy fun at home. Here’s what you can find in the January kits:


January Baby/Toddler Storytime Kit

Board book: Where Is Baby’s Belly Button?

Scarves (2)

Bubbles (you get to keep)

Five Little Ducks finger puppet activity (you get to keep)

Songs, rhymes, and fingerplays sheet (you get to keep)

Additional handouts (you get to keep)


January Family Storytime Kit

Wrist bells (2)

Scarves (2)

Polar bear craft (you get to keep)

Five Little Ducks finger puppet activity (you get to keep)

Songs, rhymes, and fingerplays sheet (you get to keep)

Additional handouts (you get to keep)


We’ll use some of these materials during storytime, so be sure to have your kit ready each week in January. Haven’t registered for storytime yet? No worries! We’d love to have your family join us. Follow this link to view our Storytime Online schedule and to register: https://www.ecpubliclibrary.info/kids/storytime-online/

Contact Youth Services at 715-839-5007 or ysstaff@eauclaire.lib.wi.us to reserve a January kit and schedule a pick-up.

We look forward to connecting with you and your family at storytime!

Family BINGO Online

Ring in the new Year with Family BINGO Online!

How does it work? Families will register online and receive a Zoom link to attend one of our online Zoom Bingo sessions. Log on, and a Youth Services staff member will lead the group in a fun hour of bingo!

Each family should arrange to pick up a Bingo Bag from the library before the program. Everything you need is provided including bingo cards and a sealed bag of fun and silly mystery prizes. When a family member gets a bingo, let the whole group know by holding your included BINGO stick up to the camera, and then reach your hand into the prize bag to select a prize! Continue playing until the hour is up, or all the prizes in your mystery bag are chosen by a family member (don’t worry, we included LOTS of prizes in each bag).

More details:

  • Register online for either timeslot to receive the Zoom link.
  • All materials and prizes are provided for this event, while supplies last. Call Youth Services to arrange pickup of your Bingo Bag: 715-839-5007.

Scavenger Hunt- at home!

Scavenger hunts are one of the most popular and highly requested activities for kids at the library.

For anyone who has been missing our hunts, try out this new scavenger hunt at home!  This hunt has an extra challenge: everything you find must be either black or white.  How many items can you find?!

November Storytime Kits

November Storytime Kits are ready for you to check out and enjoy with your little ones. We have two types of kits available: a Baby/Toddler Storytime Kit and a Family Storytime Kit. Each one is designed to enhance your storytime experience and provide continuous opportunities for early literacy fun at home. Here’s what you can find in the November kits:


November Baby/Toddler Storytime Kit

Board book: I Love All of Me

Shape drum and mallet

Scarves (2)

Bubbles (you get to keep)

Songs and rhymes sheet (you get to keep)

Scarf songs and rhymes sheet (you get to keep)


November Family Storytime Kit

Rhythm sticks (2)

Scarves (2)

Songs and rhymes with rhythm sticks sheet (you get to keep)

Scarf songs and rhymes sheet (you get to keep)

Gratefulness cards activity bag (you get to keep)


We’ll use some of these materials during storytime, so be sure to have your kit ready each week in November. Haven’t registered for storytime yet? No worries! We’d love to have your family join us. Follow this link to view our Storytime Online schedule and to register: https://www.ecpubliclibrary.info/kids/storytime-online/

If you have an October storytime kit, please return it to the library no later than Wednesday, November 4.

Contact Youth Services at 715-839-5007 or ysstaff@eauclaire.lib.wi.us to reserve a November kit and schedule a pick-up.

We look forward to connecting with you and your family at storytime!