Winterball for Princes and Princesses

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Hear ye! Hear ye! Calling all Princes and Princesses! Come to the Grand Winterball where we will dance, do some crafts, play games and have light refreshments. This program is for children ages 3-12. Please feel free to dress up in your best Prince/Princess outfits! Registration is required. You can register here!




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Tip of the Month: An easy way to include early literacy skills in your everyday life

Developing fine motor skills in your hands is essential to learning to write.  What are fine motor skills, you ask?  An easy way that I remember the difference between gross motor skills (the large muscle groups that control crawling, walking, dancing, jumping, etc.) and fine motor skills (the small muscles that allow us to grip pencils, pinch with our index finger and thumb, and use scissors) is that fine motor skills need a lot of finger finesse.  When thinking of fine motor skills remember the fingers.

Encourage your pre-writer to practice finger finesse skills by providing different mediums to experiment with such as shaving cream, salt, bird seed, sand, or any other material that is easily manipulated and then reformed. When using sand, salt, or any material similar, place it in a tray to contain it.

Print out large practice letters to help your pre-writer visualize what they will be writing.  Have your pre-writers practice with both their pointer fingers and a utensil such as a paintbrush to mimic holding a pencil.
Both motions use different fine motor groups that are essential to writing.


Remember this activity is a fun and engaging way for early literacy skills to become a habit in your

home.  Don’t take it too seriously, and let the play guide the practice.  The more fun your img_8844pre-writer has with this activity, the more likely they are to want to repeat it.  It is alright if they are not forming letters, or they are not making them “right.” Model correct letter formation with them, and allow them the freedom to explore with these fun materials.  The purpose of this activity is strengthening fine motor skills that will allow them to learn to write with better confidence.

Have fun with this, and please remember to let us know if you try this skill at home.  We love to hear your feedback.


For more information on this topic please consult the following articles:

Help Your Child Build Fine Motor Skills

Developing Motor Skills

Understanding Physical Development in Preschoolers

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Noon Year’s Eve!

Image result for noon year's eveThere will not be a story time on Saturday December 31st. The final Saturday of the year will be celebrated with a Noon Year’s Eve celebration! This family friendly program is a way to ring in the new year! Adults get all the fun at midnight, how about the kids?! We will have a count down, crafts, music, light refreshments and of course, a ball(oon) drop at Noon! The festivities will start at 11:30 AM at Main Library! If you have any questions, please contact us at the Main Library.




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Winter Fun Indoors



When you are stuck indoors because of blustery winter winds this season, why not find a cheery DIY project pass the time in a fun, crafty way?  Or maybe attempt a tried-and-true, yummy cookie recipe?

Well, we have a couple of zesty suggestions: orange and clove pomanders and lemon Christmas tree or orange cookies.

The best pomander instructions we’ve come across can be found on this website-


And Liz, in the Children’s Department, shared the two awesome family citrus cookie recipes listed below:


Granny’s Christmas Tree Cookies


  • 6 Tablespoons butter + 6 Tablespoons of shortening (Crisco)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon lemon flavoring or 1 teaspoon vanilla (the lemon is what makes this recipe, though!)
  • 2 ½ cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt1.
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Mix well the shortening and butter; add sugar, eggs, and lemon flavoring.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. When combined, add to the egg mixture.
  4. Chill the batter for at least an hour.
  5. Once chilled, roll out onto floured board and sprinkle flour on top; coat rolling pin with flour. Roll out until about an inch think, and cut out cookies using a cookie cutter. Repeat as many times as needed.
  6. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet 6-8 minutes, or until edges are just brown.
  7. Decorate cooled cookie with your favorite type of icing and sprinkles!


Granny’s Orange Cookies


  • 5 cups sifted flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup shortening (Crisco)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 oranges, juiced = 1 ½ cups liquid (use as much orange juice as you can get out of the oranges and make up the difference with either frozen orange juice, or milk with orange extract mixed in)


  1. In your largest bowl, cream together shortening and sugar, then add the eggs.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the sifted flour, baking soda, and baking powder together.
  3. Pour liquids (orange juice/mix) into a separate third bowl.
  4. Alternate adding the liquid mix and flour mixture to the eggs mixture.  (For example: add a third of the flour mixture, stir, then add a third of the liquid mix, stir. Repeat…etc.)
  5. Once batter is combined, drop spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet (cookies don’t have to be perfectly round!)
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes, or until edges are golden-brown.
  7. To make the icing combine 1 cup powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of milk and a teaspoon of orange extract or juice (if desired). Grate the rind of one of the oranges into the icing. Ice cookies once they are completely cooled.


Happy Holidays!

Kathy, Main Library


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4th Annual Nutcracker Celebration

Join us this Saturday at the Main library from 1-3pm where we will have treats and entertainment for the whole family. I also hear that a special guest from the Nothpole will be here taking pictures!




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Santa Claus is Coming!

Santa Claus is coming to town—on a firetruck! Join us for this fun holiday tradition as Santa kicks off the Christmas season with his yearly stop at Hebron Library. There will be music, crafts, snacks, a story, and gifts for all good girls and boys!

When: Tuesday, December 6th from 5:00-6:30PM

Where: Hebron Library, 934 W Main St, Hebron, Ohio

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Village of Utica Christmas Walk on Main


Looking for fun and free things to do this holiday season? On Wednesday, December 7 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. the Village of Utica will have their annual Christmas Walk on Main. Santa will be visiting the village and there will be all kinds of goodies at the local businesses. Be sure to stop by the Hervey Memorial Library and decorate a cookie.

Jenn – Hervey Memorial

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African Penguin Encounter

Did you know that African Penguins prefer to dig nest burrows in their own excrement, called guano? The burrows provide a safe environment for the penguins to raise their chicks. Unfortunately, the removal of this guano for fertilizer has caused this species to become endangered, which means that there is a high risk of them becoming extinct. Want to learn more about this cool penguin? Join us at Hebron Library for a hands-on learning session and a meet-and-greet with a live African penguin from Cincinnati’s Newport Aquarium! Attendees of all ages are welcome, just be sure to bring your camera for this FREE program!


Check out these two books at Hebron Library to learn more about penguins! Penguin Problems is a cute picture-book story about a penguin with too many problems and an inability to look at the good things in his life–until a walrus changes his mind. Paired with this is the non-fiction book titled Penguins, brimming with bright photos and bold text about how penguins look and behave in the wild. These are just a few of the books about penguins that we have available; come check them out to learn more about these fascinating animals!

Join us for the FREE African Penguin Encounter on
Tuesday, November 15th, 1:30-2:30 PM
at Hebron Library. 


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Book Review: Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom by Booki Vivat


Abbie Wu is a middle child and she’s about to start middle school. Abbie knows the middles are the absolute worst and is completely frazzled about having to start middle school. How will she cope with being in middle school? Nothing good ever happens in the “Middles.” To top that off, her family doesn’t understand her and she’s worried that she will never find her “Thing.” Middle school has electives and all the others have their “Things” like drama or computers, but Abbie doesn’t have one. So, since she didn’t choose an elective, she’s stuck in study hall. Will Abbie ever find her “Thing?” Will she survive middle school? Read this humorous book to find out.

This is a really fun book with lots of illustrations to keep you entertained while reading about Abbie and her constant worries.  

Jenn – Hervey Memorial


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Book Review: Dad School by Rebecca Van Slyke

Did you know that Dads go to school just like kids? Yep, Dads have just as much to learn as their children do, and tdad-schoolhe only place to learn valuable fathering skills is at Dad School. Lucas— the young, informative narrator—weaves the imaginative and fun tale of Dad School after his father says he went to school. The Dad School curriculum covers many subjects, but my favorites include how to play go fish while paying the bills, giving a piggy-back ride, and how to sing badly in the car. The illustrations only make this charming children’s tale more comical as men with beards and mustaches show up to a school, similar to an elementary, with their backpacks and sack lunches to learn how to be wonderful fathers.

This book explores the imaginative stories a child can create from the simple sentence “Dad went to school too.” A fun picture book to read to young children, Dad School is sure to be a book that both children and adults can laugh with. Check it out next time you are at the library!


-Emily, Buckeye Lake Library

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