From Our Youth Librarian!

A BOO-kish Halloween at the Jenkintown Library!

Miss Maureen and Miss Doris read The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything to a group of children

We had a ghoulishly good time at our Halloween party on October 27! 

From WILD animals to SUPER heroes, we were beWITCHed by all the amazing costumes we saw! And while there were definitely some cool cats, there weren't any scaredy-cats while we read The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams!

Click here to see more pictures of the games, treats, and scarecrow-based shenanigans that ensued! 

Once Upon a Sign: A Sign Language Story Hour

Picture of Katherine Peterson reading a book to a group of children in ASL

We were delighted to have Katherine Peterson join us for our story hour on October 9th! After Miss Doris and Miss Maureen read stories featuring American Sign Language, Miss Peterson read to us in ASL (and English) and even taught us some basic signs!

Baby sign language has been shown to have a number of benefits, including reducing tantrums, increasing vocabulary, and strengthening parent/child bonding -- but don't forget that it can also BE FUN! Don't believe us? Just take a look at the pictures from our story time!

Katherine Peterson is a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults)-based instructor, raised in a bilingual household. Her goal is to use her diversity to educate babies, children & parents on basic sign words to encourage early communication development and parent/baby bonding, while, of course, having plenty of fun! See her Facebook page, Katherine’s Baby Signs, for more information!

The Barn & Blanket Players Presented The Truly True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

the cast of The Truly True Story of the 3 Little Pigs in costume

The Barn & Blanket theatre camp offered by Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company at Jenkintown Library closed with a performance of an original play created by the campers. Over 2 weeks, Siobhan Beauchamp, Violet Duffey, Tiernan Fitzpatrick, Niamh Montroy and Lilly Santee brainstormed the plot, made posters, and built set and costume pieces, assisted by Declan Beauchamp and Maggie Farr. Bridget Reilly Beauchamp, Artistic Director of PBTC, explains that the object of the camp is, “to show the kids that you don’t need fancy production values to make theatre—all you need is a space and a story.” Thank you to everyone who participated.

Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company is Jenkintown’s only year-round performing arts organization. Next up is a “pay what you will” performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at Abington Art Center on August 6-9. Their 2018-2019 season, "Outside US: Seeing the World through Global Eyes" opens with A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde in October. Season passes are available now. For more information, visit Pulley & Buttonhole

Children's Reading Room

a colorful reading nook with hot air balloons painted on the wall