Craft Story Time
Come listen to some stories and make a craft to take home. For ages 2-5. We will meet weekly through May 24th. Sponsored by The Friends of the Library.
Family Story Time
Come and listen to some stories and then make a craft to take home. For ages 3-8, every Saturday through May 20th. Sponsored by The Friends of the Library.
Did you know bakers have been shaping gingerbread into fancy shapes for more than 1,000 years? An Armenian monk, Saint Gregory of Nicopolis, brought gingerbread to Europe in 992. He taught gingerbread cooking to priests and the citizens of Pithiviers, France. Monks in Germany carried on the tradition of making gingerbread and turning it into different shapes. Nuremberg was recognized as the "Gingerbread Capital of the World" when the bakers' guilds of the 1600s started to employ master bakers and skilled workers to create works of art made from gingerbread. The gingerbread tradition continued to spread across Europe. The first gingerbread men cookies were made in England where Queen Elizabeth I had cookies made to look like her important guests.
The tradition of making gingerbread houses started in Germany in the early 1800s. Some researchers think the first gingerbread houses were the result ot the Grimm's fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel" where the children find a house they can eat. After this story was published German bakers began making fairy-tale houses out of gingerbread. They became popular during Christmas, and the tradition traveled to America with Pennsylvanian German immigrants.
Modern gingerbread houses are not always houses. They can be a castle, a small cabin, a stadium, a church or even a car or a garage! In 2013, the Guinness World Record for gingerbread houses was set in Bryan Texas. They built a 2,520 square foot house. If you ate the whole house you would have eaten more than 35 million calories. It took 2,925 pounds of brown sugar, 1,800 pounds of butter, 7,200 eggs and 7,200 pounds of flour to make! That is alot of gingerbread.
So what are you waiting for? It's time to get to work and build a gingerbread house of your own.
Spring is in the air!
|Pig and Goose and the first day of spring
by Rebecca Bond
On the first day of spring, Pig sets out to have a picnic by the pond, meets Goose, and so discovers a new friend.
|When spring comes
by Kevin Henkes
Animals and children alike watch as the world transforms from the dark and dead of winter to a full and blooming spring.
|Splish, splash spring
by Liza Alexander
Spring showers bring flowers and fun to Sesame Street in this sweet rhyming story. Elmo and friends say "so long winter!" by splashing in puddles and dancing in the rain.
|Will spring be early? or will spring be late?
by Crockett Johnson
Despite the chilly weather, Groundhog decides that spring is here when he discovers a red flower sticking up through the snow.
|Bunny's first spring
by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Puzzled and even frightened by seasonal changes, a little rabbit discovers the joy of the return of spring.
|The thing about spring
by Daniel Kirk
As his friends Bird, Mouse and Bear celebrate the arrival of spring, Rabbit finds more and more things to dislike about the change of seasons until, at last, he admits that spring can be full of pleasant surprises.
|Hooray for Hoppy!
by Tim Hopgood
A curious bunny looks for signs of the arrival of spring, in a story that celebrates the five senses.