Fold an Origami Friend

This very easy, very fun project requires nothing more than a piece of paper, something to write with, and your imagination. A few folds, some quick drawing, and you’ll have your own movable character. You can even make this project using paper from your recycling bin. (Hooray for reusing!) If you decide to go this route, you’ll want to look for square or rectangle shaped paper, ideally blank on one side. So, go grab your materials, and then check out the video to see how it’s done. Have fun!

Materials needed:
1 sheet of paper that is square shaped, or can be turned into a square
1 writing utensil
1 pair of scissors (optional)

Game Time!

My family loves games.  Board games, card games, yard games, escape rooms…  If you have a new game, we’re probably game to try it!  One of my favorites growing up was a game that I called “One Word at a Time.”  No game pieces are needed which makes it perfect to play on a whim.  (It also means there are no pieces to misplace!)  If you or your family are looking for an activity, give this one a try!  It goes like this…

One Word at a Time:

Each player takes a turn at coming up with a prompt, such as, “What would you do if you saw a real dinosaur playing at the park?” or “You found a hidden treasure chest full of gold coins!  What will you do with it?”  All players answer the prompt with a collective response, each giving only one word at a time.  For example, I might begin with the word “I.”  The player to my right might respond “would.”  The following string of responses might look something like: “do” “jumping” “jacks” “and” “follow” “the” “suspicious” “trail” “of” etc.  Try adding words the other players won’t expect!  Each player responds with one word at a time until the question has been answered…OR add a conjunction word to keep the story going.

Need more prompt ideas to get started?  Try some of these:

    • “A talking gerbil just passed by and told me the strangest story.  He said…”
    • “You were just asked to invent the next best-selling game.  What is it and how do you play it?”
    • “If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops I would…”
    • “What would you do if you caught Goldilocks sitting in YOUR chair?”

Have fun!!

Check Out Our Handy Guide to Great E-Reads

We love helping readers find the perfect book, and over the past year, we’ve had to get creative in how we get them into your hands. So we’ve been doing things like creating recommendation lists on Bibliocommons, which link right to our catalog listings. (Check those out here.)

But! Do you realize that, as a library customer, you also have access to our many digital media services? With these services, you can easily download or stream e-books, e-audiobooks, and other media—and many items are available on-demand. No wait lists!

To help you navigate these services, our Youth Services team has compiled a collection of our recommended e-books and e-audiobooks. You can find links to these Great E-Reads on our KIDS website, as well as details about which services offer each title. Many of them are available on-demand with no waiting list.

➜ Does your child loves mysteries? We have a list for that! Looking for picture books? We have those too! Need more books that are just like Wimpy Kid? We’ve got you covered!

Check out all of our recommended Great E-Reads, and find your next favorite book!

Pssst! If you are new to these services, we’ve made a great overview video explaining how to use Hoopla. And you can find support for all our other digital services HERE. Don’t have a library card? No problem! You can sign up here for an e-card, which will give you access to all of our digital services.