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January 1, 1660. Samuel Pepys began writing his famous diary in which he chronicled life in London  - including the Great Plague during 1664 and 1665, and the Great Fire of 1666.

January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln, freeing the slaves in the states rebelling against the Union.

January 1, 1892. Ellis Island was opened in New York Harbor. Over 20 million immigrants were processed there until it closed in 1954.

As part of Electrify Your Winter, we are introducing a brand new collection. Experience To Go Kits are designed to help you out when you want to try something new, but don't know quite where to begin. These start-up kits are filled with fun tools, books, music and more to drive away your winter blues. We created a variety of kits to help you jump-start that New Year's resolution, enjoy a family night or simply have a calmer, sunnier week.

From January 2nd until the end of April, we have the following kits:

Come on in and take one home!

Experience To Go Kits are created to help you pursue your best life and try something new. The Dance Party Kit includes a disco light, an awesome mixtape CD and dance cards to get you movin' and groovin' with your favorite people. Come on in and take one home!

If you can't make it in to the library for a kit, we have some online suggestions to get your toes tapping:

Colors are all around us and in storytime this past week we took at look at what some of those beautiful colors are and where we see them.  Enjoy these books and songs while having your own color themed storytime at home!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

 

Did you miss our Jumping Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to have a hopping storytime at home!

 

From Storytime

High-speed hoppers by Kelly Calhoun

Have you ever walked past the New Bookshelf and had this uncontrollable urge to check out everything you see? I have! This week in Storytime we read some of those favorites that I couldn't wait to checkout and share with you. Happy Reading!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

Experience To Go Kits are created to help you pursue your best life and try something new. The Old School Kit is filled a McGuffey Primer, an electric candle, a slate and chalk, and a book on how schools used to be. Your kids can turn out the lights, “light” the candle, and use the materials in this kit to journey back in time and experience a slice of American history. Come on in and take one home!

If you can't make it in to the library for a kit, you can read these e-books about old-time schools:

 

 

 

Did you miss our Brown Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to have a beautifully brown storytime at home!

From Storytime

Brown by Daniel Nunn

What has a long, long, long neck, four legs, and spots? If you guessed Giraffe, then you also guessed the theme of today's Family Storytime! If you missed us this week, no worries. Here are some great books and songs you can enjoy for your own Giraffe theme at home.

Stories and Songs from Storytime

As the weather gets colder and activities move inside, you may find yourself with some extra time on your hands. Audiobooks listed below range from 21 minutes long to 9 hours long with the majority in the 4-5 hour range. These books can be enjoyed alone or together. We invite you to enjoy one of these fresh new audiobooks at home or while traveling this chilly season. 

Also available in: print

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