Come to the Puppet Party!

This Wednesday at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library, for the first time ever, the storytime puppet collection will be available for your imagination to go wild! Puppet stages are waiting for your shows and paper bags are waiting to transform into puppets. If you are in Kindergarten through grade three this program is for you!

Just Imagine!

Throw in a bunny with a box, a mouse with a cat, and a cow with major attitude, and stir briskly. This is a recipe for a fun last gathering of this session at the Wednesday Downtown and Thursday Pittsfield storytimes.

Hugs and Homes

Will Bunny ever find his home? Will the beautiful cockroach, Senorita Martina, ever find a true love who will sing to her in the evenings? Celebrate Valentine's Day with songs and stories at the Wednesday Downtown and Thursday Pittsfield storytime this week.

New Meaning to Dead Poets

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich was a hit at this week's Axis Coffeehouse, and I have to confess, currently my favorite book of poems. Maybe it wouldn't be to the satisfaction of highbrow literary critics, but for my part, I find a poem about the Phantom of the Opera getting "It's a Small World" stuck in his head as great a tragedy as any the bard himself could write.

There were also awesome pieces of original work read, a writing challenge, and fun games. If you missed out this week, join in the fun and come next week February 15th 6:30-8:00 pm!

Hungry for Storytime?

Rabbit and Dog get just what they want to eat, with a little persistence, in these delicious animal tales at the Wednesday Downtown and Thursday Pittsfield preschool storytimes the first week of February.

Celebrate India!

We can't wait for the India Family Cultural Celebration this Sunday, February 3 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library! Join us for storytelling with Rohit and Amanda Setty, Tabla and Sitar music by Meeta Banerjee, John Churchville and Dan Piccolo, delicious gulab jamoon and a colorful rangoli craft that the whole family will enjoy!

Storytime Takes Flight!

The hilarious new picture book, Grumpy Bird, will be joined by a blackbird adventure from India and a crafty trickster rabbit tale from American Indian tradition, when rabbit bounces up through the clouds to steal fire from the sky people, at the Wednesday Downtown and Thursday Pittsfield storytimes.

Rabbit Raves

Meet Jumpity the Rabbit and listen to wintry tales from China and Scandanavia at the Wednesday Downtown storytime and the Thursday Pittsfield storytime this week.

Space Obsessed

I put the new book, Greetings from Planet Earth, down the other night to listen to my favorite radio show, The Story, and heard about the hilarious adventures of the rocket science friends. What fun, since Barabara Kerley's new book is about 12 year old Theo who knows everything about the cosmos. The year is 1977 and he is avidly following NASA's plans to send Voyager 2 on it's journey through space, while longing for his father who never returned from the Vietnam War.

American Girl goes way back to the 70's!

In the midst of a caucus cacophony, even young people may be in the mood for an election story. Meet Julie, one of the newest American Girls (who makes me feel old). In 1974 she runs for president of the student body when something unfair happens to her at school. Just like today's presidential candidates, Julie needs diligence and creative campaigning to pull off a win.

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