Posts by Joshua, Manager of Youth Services

Turtle Dance Music Recorded Show

Turtle Dance Music provided a fantastic virtual show for the Library on February 16th. The “Space: the Cosmos for Kids Dance Party” was a wild and fun musical time. If you missed the show, Mr. Matt has graciously provided a recorded version of the program you can watch whenever you want! Like the show? There are more Turtle Dance Music performances to come, monthly, starting April 22. About Turtle Dance Music Turtle Dance Music is a children's music company dedicated to furthering child development through arts-integration, music, and educational entertainment. Turtle Dance Music sparks children's curiosity and imaginations through interactive,
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Learn about Owls

The Library is excited to host two STEAM-azing programs in March about the fascinating nocturnal birds called owls. STEAM at Home: Owls & Owl Pellet Dissection Grades K-3. Registration required. Space is limited. Tuesday, March 23, 4:00 p.m. During the program, participants will hear some owl stories and Greenwich Audubon Center will provide information about owls and lead an owl pellet dissection to learn more about what owls eat. Registered participants will pick up an Owl Pellet Dissection Kit prior to the program from the Library. An email address must be provided during registration to receive your Kit. Click here
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Peculiar Picks

Peculiar Picks are a selection of odd, funny, interesting, curious, moving, irreverent, and otherwise wonderfully awesome, but perhaps not well known, reads. Peculiar Picks are books for younger readers and their grown-ups, handpicked by the Library's Youth Services Manager, Joshua Carlson. Like so many folk and fairy tales, such as The Three Little Pigs, there are many versions of the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. For a traditional telling, check out this bilingual version on Hoopla by Candice Ransom or this version by James Marshall on Kanopy. However, since this is Peculiar Picks, here are three of my
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March Events for Younger Kids

Some great regular events for younger children take place all month long. See below for times and access. Note: All youth-focused virtual programs require a registered Zoom account. Creating an account is free and easy at http://zoom.us/signup. Grab & Go: Kits Grab&Go: Kits are fun and educational activities to do at home. Kits are available in a variety of age ranges throughout the month, including AtoZ and special themed PreK level Kits. Dates that new Kits are available for pickup can be found on our online calendar. Trove Storytimes Storytimes for ages 2-6 with Trove Librarians – books, songs and
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My Mother the Astronaut

Traveling Lantern Theater Company presents “My Mother the Astronaut,” a video performance celebrating women STEM fields. The show will be available for unlimited viewing from March 7 – March 14. To receive access to the performance, visit the Library’s online calendar and register for the event on any of the days it is available for viewing. Be sure to provide an email address during your registration, as the access link will be sent via email! About the Show Aquarius' mom is an astronaut and today is “Take your child to work day.” Aquarius can't wait to go to NASA and
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Satchel Paige Magic Show

Satchel Paige and Negro League Baseball Historical Magic Show Saturday, February 13 – Saturday, February 20 Children, families, ages 3-12 Join Tommy Terrific all week long for a pre-recorded historical magic show about Satchel Paige and Negro League baseball. The show will be filled with baseball-themed magic tricks, and it will explore the life and accomplishments of baseball pitcher Satchel Paige. From his all-star touring shows, to his amazing records with the Negro Leagues, to his Hall of Fame induction as baseball's oldest rookie and oldest player, Satchel Paige is a true American original. Fun and informative for families and
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School Break Week Events

The Library has a lot of great events planned during the school break week, February 16-20! Note: for events taking place within Zoom, a free registered Zoom account is required to access the Library’s youth programs. Get a Zoom account here. Satchel Paige & Negro League Baseball Saturday, February 13 – Saturday, February 20 Children, families, ages 3-12 Join Tommy Terrific all week long for a pre-recorded historical magic show about Satchel Paige and Negro League baseball. More information about the show and how to watch it here. Space: the Cosmos for Kids Dance Party Tuesday, February 16 at 11:00
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Peculiar Picks

Peculiar Picks are a selection of odd, funny, interesting, curious, moving, irreverent, and otherwise wonderfully awesome, but perhaps not well known, reads. Peculiar Picks are books for younger readers and their grown-ups, handpicked by the Library's Youth Services Manager, Joshua Carlson. I just love how time travel opens up possibilities for zany storytelling, but also some exploration of deeper ideas, such as cause and effect and the consequences of actions. Oh No! Not Again! (Or How I Built a Time Machine to Save History) (Or at Least My History Grade) by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Dan Santat Library Catalog Sequel
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Announcing Tiny Tales

The Trove is excited to announce a new “bite-sized” early literacy video series called Tiny Tales. Trove Librarians will be recording and sharing short stories, songs, rhymes and more. Take a quick early literacy break, or watch a few in a row for a longer storytime! New videos will be released each Tuesday and Thursday on YouTube and the Library’s social media starting next week, but you can view the first two which are available now! Tiny Tales: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? with Ms. Ashley Tiny Tales: The Three Little Pigs with Mr. Josh Tiny Tales
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Peculiar Picks

Peculiar Picks are a selection of odd, funny, interesting, curious, moving, irreverent, and otherwise wonderfully awesome, but perhaps not well known, reads. Peculiar Picks are books for younger readers and their grown-ups, handpicked by the Library's Youth Services Manager, Joshua Carlson. Today’s two Peculiar Picks have one thing in common – hungry monsters on a rampage. Hangry by Drew Brockington OverDrive / Library Catalog A small, Godzilla-like monster arrives in a big city on a train, food guide in hand, looking for a particular highly-rated hot dog restaurant. Only when he arrives, calamity strikes: the restaurant is closed! He’s not
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February Programs for Younger Kids

Some great regular events for younger children take place all month long. See below for times and access. Note: All youth-focused virtual programs require a registered Zoom account. Creating an account is free and easy at http://zoom.us/signup. In addition to the regular programs listed below, be sure to check out the programs during the February school break week, many of which are open to younger children or children of all ages! Grab & Go: Kits Grab&Go: Kits are fun and educational activities to do at home. Kits are available in a variety of age ranges throughout the month, including AtoZ
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The Library Boogie Puppet Show

The Library Boogie Puppet Show Wednesday, February 17 at 11:00 a.m. Children, families, ages 3-8 Access the event here Note: a free registered Zoom account is required to access the Library’s youth programs. Get a Zoom account here. Tom Knight has been delighting children and their grown-ups with his original, interactive, musical puppet show since 1988. The Library Boogie celebrates reading with original hand-made puppets, catchy songs, and lots of audience participation. For ages 3-8. Learn more about Tom Knight’s puppet shows and how he crafts them. This program is supported by the White Plains Library Foundation.
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Space: the Cosmos for Kids Dance Party

Tuesday, February 16 at 11:00 a.m. Children, families, all ages welcome Access the event here Note: a free registered Zoom account is required to access the Library’s youth programs. Get a Zoom account here. Turtle Dance Music returns for a virtual out-of-this-world dance party and show! Audience members will meet aliens from outer space, travel through black holes, discover the different characteristics of the eight planets, sing karaoke, participate in a rap battle about the sun and learn about the differences between revolution and rotation. Each song is accompanied by hands-on, visual, and sensory experiences designed to help kids learn
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Learn about Ancient Egypt!

Museums with Marisa will take you back in time to Ancient Egypt for a fun and fact-filled series of archaeological explorations! Note: a free registered Zoom account is required to access the Library’s youth programs. Get a Zoom account here. The Great Pyramids and the Giza Plateau Tuesday, February 16 at 3:30 p.m. Grades 1-6, Teens Access the program here Learn about the history and archaeology of one of Ancient Egypt’s most well-known sites, The Pyramids of Giza. What’s Up, King Tut? Wednesday, February 17 at 3:30 p.m. Grades 1-6, Teens Access the program here Learn about that most famous
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Who is Amanda Gorman?

Perhaps, like me, you were awestruck during the inauguration on January 20. Not just by the glass-ceiling shattering of Kamala Harris, the transfer of power and workings of democracy, the pomp and circumstance, the (mostly) excellent fashion, but primarily by the words of the young poet, Amanda Gorman.  Or, perhaps, you saw her during the opening of Super Bowl LV on February 7, a strikingly different, yet powerful, opening to the sporting event.  However you've come across her, perhaps you want to know more about who she is – her amazing story and her brilliant artistry. A self-proclaimed “Wordsmith. Change-maker,”
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Inauguration Day

Today, January 20, 2021, Joe Biden becomes the 46th President of the United States of America. President-Elect Biden arrives at the Capitol at 11:00 a.m. EST, with various ceremonies following, with the official Oath of Office at 12:00 p.m. EST.  The inauguration can be seen on any major news source and is streaming live on many sites online. Below, find some resources, activities, and articles for families and children to learn more and take part in the day's events. Our White House: an Inaugural Celebration for Young Americans – for the first time, an inaugural celebration for kids, featuring Keke
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Peculiar Picks

Peculiar Picks are a selection of odd, funny, interesting, curious, moving, irreverent, and otherwise wonderfully awesome, but perhaps not well known, reads. Peculiar Picks are books for younger readers and their grown-ups, handpicked by the Library's Youth Services Manager, Joshua Carlson. Ben Hatke is best known for his excellent graphic novel series, Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl, but he’s done a number of other works that are absolutely worth reading. Two of these are his picture books, Nobody Likes a Goblin and Julia’s House for Lost Creatures, which feature his signature art style and have amusing, heartfelt, stories. My
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Peculiar Picks

Peculiar Picks are a selection of odd, funny, interesting, curious, moving, irreverent, and otherwise wonderfully awesome, but perhaps not well known, reads. Peculiar Picks are books for younger readers and their grown-ups, handpicked by the Library's Youth Services Manager, Joshua Carlson. Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley Library Catalog My wife and I read a lot of books with positive messages for girls to our daughter – books that show girls and women accomplishing amazing things in every field; emphasizing self-determination; promoting equality (and showing the wrongness of inequality); body/image positivity; being heroes in real-life and fantasy; and
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January Events for Younger Kids

Some great regular events for younger children take place all month long. See below for times and access. Note: All youth-focused virtual programs require a registered Zoom account. Creating an account is free and easy at http://zoom.us/signup. In addition, be sure to check out our Grab & Go Kits for fun and educational activities to do at home. The dates that new Kits are available for pickup can be found in our online calendar. Trove Storytimes Storytimes for ages 2-6 with Trove Librarians – books, songs and fun! Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m.: January 5, 12, 19, 26 Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.: January
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Peculiar Picks

Peculiar Picks are a selection of odd, funny, interesting, curious, moving, irreverent, and otherwise wonderfully awesome, but perhaps not well known, reads. Peculiar Picks are books for younger readers and their grown-ups, handpicked by the Library's Youth Services Manager, Joshua Carlson. To celebrate the announcement of our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, today’s Peculiar Picks features two titles about characters who absolutely love books. We hope your future Kindergarten students learn to love books just as much as Winston the Wolf and Leo the Knight. Winston the Book Wolf by Marni McGee, illustrated by Ian Beck Library Catalog Book lovers
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