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We have two art programs returning to the library in February and March. The first is Book Party, which was a successful storytime and craft program that ran last year during the spring, and is returning February 20th. Our first session was actually yesterday, and participants had a great time hearing two of Mo Willem’s pigeon books (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and The Pigeon Wants a Puppy).Pigeon FingerpuppetAfter the stories, each child made a set of fingerpuppets (a pigeon, duckling and Mad Cow) from the new activity book from the series: http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Pigeon-Finish-This-Activity/dp/1423133102/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358462532&sr=8-1&keywords=dont+let+the+pigeon+finish. The kids had a blast coloring in their puppets and making them as “crazy” looking as they could.

Upcoming dates for future Book Party programs are: February 20th, March 20th, April 17th and May 15th. We meet in Fukaya Room A (with the exception of March, when we will be in the storytime theater). Program meets from 4-5 pm. All ages are welcome, but the stories and crafts are geared towards children ages 5-7 years old. Young children should have an adult helper present.

Our other returning program is Fun with Origami, run by our teen volunteer, Vanessa. Vanessa prepares two-three new origami projects each session and shows the kids how to fold them. Beacuse of the limited supply of paper, classes will be limited to 20 students, ages 8-10 years old. There is no registration for these classes, but you must pick up your free ticket at the Children’s Desk beginning at 3:45 pm the day of each program.

Origami Classes are on Thursdays, February 7th & 21st and March 7th & 21st. Classes are 4-5 pm in Fukaya Room A.

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clip-art-little-polar-bear-022578Looking for something fun to do with your kids this winter break? Stop by the Fremont Library next Wednesday (January 2nd) at 2 pm to do a craft project. We are making cute polar bear wall hangings. All supplies will be provided by the library. You will need to pick up your free tickets at the Children’s Desk beginning at 1:45 pm the day of the program. We are meeting in Fukaya B in the children’s area of the library.

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Alameda County Library Branches recently held game days in celebration of the American Library Association’s International Games Day. I hope you were able to come to one of our Fremont Branches and play with us. One of the highlights at the Centerville branch’s game day was the Angry Birds.

You’d be surprised at how easy it was to make these birds and how much fun this homemade game can be. It’s a fairly inexpensive craft for families to do together and is perfect for the next rainy day, family game night, or a weekend afternoon.

You will need the following supplies:

  • Yarn (yellow, red, green, and black)
  • Craft paper (plain white paper works too. Kids can color in the eyes, noses and beaks.)
  • Hot glue gun or craft glue (I used a glue gun, but be careful because it is very easy to burn yourself!)
  • Small paper cups
  • Black pen and/or crayons (I used a sharpie to color in nostrils and eyes)
  • Scissors
  • Fork (used to make the yarn pom-poms)

You can also use popsicle sticks to help build your tower of cups. Googly eyes add an extra bit of fun to the Angry Bird faces, although I just used plain white paper. For more information and crafting instructions check out makeandtakes.com.

Learn how to create yarn pom-poms with a fork!

I didn’t use a needle to thread the yarn through the fork prongs. I found that it was easy to do that with just my index finger and thumb. I also didn’t bother to trim my pom-poms because I didn’t want to make them too small. It did take a couple practice pom-poms before I was ready to glue on the faces.

In order to make the birds and pigs different sizes I wrapped the yarn around the fork more times to make the pom-poms large and fewer times to make them small. Here is what I did for each:

  • Green pig and Yellow bird – wrap the yarn 60 times
  • Red bird – wrap the yarn 40 times
  • Black bird – wrap the yarn 25 to 30 times.

If you don’t have yarn at home you can use storebought crafting pom-poms instead. They work just as well and would be cheaper than buying the different colored yarn. If you have a slingshot you can try to launch your Angry Birds that way. We chose not to use sling shots at the library to launch our birds so we just tossed them at our tower of cups. I hope you are able to enjoy this Angry Bird craft game as much as we did at the Centerville Library!

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Make a snowflake

 

How to make a snowflake:  
 

Step 1: draw a circle on your piece of paper. (Using the compass here is super easy, but you could print a circle off of the computer, or trace around a plate or another circular object).

 

 

Step 2: Fold your circle in half.

 

 

Step 3: Fold the circle in half again (you should have a quarter of a circle now).

 

 

Step 4: Fold the circle in half one more time. You should be left with a folded triangular shape (looks like a piece of pie).

 

 

Step 5: Draw some patterns on your snowflake. Start with simple geometric shapes. Maybe half a heart, some half circles, and a few triangles? After you practice, you can make more intricate shapes.

Important to remember: you do not want to cut all of the folded side of your snowflake. You may cut some shapes out of the folded side, but leave at least a few small spaces uncut. This will keep your snowflake together.

 

 

Step 6: Cut out the shapes you drew. Take your time and make them look as nice as you possibly can. The cleaner the cuts, the nicer your snowflake will look.

 

 

Step 7: Carefully unfold your snowflake. You’re all finished! Now you can add glitter, or paint or whatever else you like to decorate your snowflake.

 

 Just a few notes if you are curious about how to tell which part of the snowflake you are working on. If you cut a shape out of the tip of the folded paper, you will end up with a hole in the center of your snowflake. If you want the center of your snowflake to be solid, leave the tip of the folded paper uncut.

The top curved edge of the folded paper will be the outside edge of your snowflake. You can play around with designs to see what you like.

Any designs you cut on either long side of the folded paper will end up being the designs on the quadrants of the finished snowflake.

There are plenty of otehr designs for snowflakes available on the internet. Do a search for snowflake patterns or snowflake templates and you should find quite a few. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, June 21, 1:00-5:30 P.M.
Thursday, June 23, 10:00 A.M.-5:30 P.M.
Kids Library Camp

A 2-day camp for kids entering 4th-8th grades. Classes include the library and library jobs, resources for homework help, Internet safety and cool websites, making multimedia posters, Jeopardy Game, carfts and more. Registration required and is already full.
Check out how much fun we had in this 2009 camp video.
Tuesday, June 28, 4 P.M.
Tony Borders’ Cool, Crazy Critters

Bring the whole family in to hear about other continents straight from the animals that live there! Ventriloquism and a touch of magic!
This show will be held outdoors in the library’s patio. Some areas may not have shade. You are advised to wear a hat to shield the sun.
Thursday, July 7, 2 P.M.
Food, Fun, and Foolishness Around the World

Songs, stories, and riddles brought to you by legendary children’s entertainer Gary Lapow. This show will be held in the library’s meeting room. Seats are limited. A ticket is required to attend. Tickets are free and will be available at the Information Desk 30 minutes prior to the begining of the show.
  Thursday, July 14, 1:30 P.M.
Dan Chan the Magic Man

Magic + climbing in a giant balloon + 變臉Bian Lian (what’s that?) + more!
This show is full of surprises and excitement!
The show will be held outdoors in the library’s patio. Some areas may not have shade. You are advised to wear a hat to shield the sun.
Tuesday, July 19, 2-5 P.M.
Harry Potter Jeopardy! Beginners Level for grades 4 and under, books 1-3

Calling all Harry Potter fans!
So you’ve read the books, you’ve seen the movies, now it’s time to play Jeopardy!
Registration is required.  Click HERE for more details.
Thursday, July 21, 2-5 P.M.
Harry Potter Jeopardy! Expert Level for grades 8 and under, books 1-7

Calling all Harry Potter super fans!

So you’ve read the books, you’ve seen the movies, now it’s time to play Jeopardy!
Registration is required. Click HERE for more details.
Tuesday, July 26, 2-4 P.M.
International Crafts and Games for Kids

Come have fun making crafts of other cultures and play games, and get your name translated into other languages! All materials are provided.
Some part of this event will be held outdoors in the library’s patio. You are advised to wear a hat to shield the sun.
Thursday, July 28, 4 P.M.
Jewelry Making Workshop with Chelsee Robinson
Learn how to make jewelry and take home your beautiful project. Keep it for yourself or give it to someone you love.
For teens only. Limit to 25 seats.
A ticket is required to attend. Find out how to get tickets HERE.
Thursday, August 4, 2 P.M.
Funny Juggler Thomas John
Bring the whole family in to watch Thomas John’s hilarious juggling show! You will be laughing out loud the entire time!
This show will be held outdoors in the library’s patio. Some areas may not have shade. You are advised to wear a hat to shield the sun.

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