Share poetry with children and encourage imagination

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2013

“Far and few, far and few,

Are the lands where the Jumblies live;

Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,

And they went to sea in a Sieve” --- Edward Lear

Do you have a favorite children’s poem?

Mine is “The Jumblies” by Edward Lear.

Life always seems safely sane after reading “The Jumblies” to my children.

After all, no one in my family is adventurous enough to eat Stilton cheese.

Poetry helps children by teaching them “the best words in the best order” (Samuel Taylor Coleridge).

For more information about why poetry is important for kids, read “Sharing the Power of Poetry with Your Child” by J. Patrick Lewis - available at www.pbs.org.

On Saturday, April 6, please help the library celebrate National Poetry month by visiting the children’s desk and choosing a poem to read to a librarian – or, if you’d rather, have them read the poem to you.

Not sure what poetry your kids will enjoy?

Try “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein, “Nonsense!” by Edward Lear, “Talking Like the Rain” by X. J. and Dorothy Kennedy, and “Be Glad Your Nose Is on Your Face” by Jack Prelutsky.

Traditional nursery rhymes are perfect for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

My favorite version is “Richard Scarry’s Best Mother Goose Ever.”

After immersing your family in a little poetry, take a peek at some of our other programs.

•For children and teens:

Easter Celebration (ages 3 and up)

Wednesday, March 27 at 4 p.m.

Listen to stories, make a craft and enjoy a snack.

Earth Day Word Search and Trivia (Teens)

April 1-30

Celebrate Earth Day by completing a word search or by participating in our trivia challenge all month long.

All completed word searches and correct trivia answers will be entered into a grand prize drawing!

Teen Movie: “Cars 2” (all ages)

Monday, April 1 from 4 – 6 p.m.

Rated G; 113 minutes.

Pursuit of Happiness Day (all ages)

Saturday, April 13. All day.

Visit the Happiness Board in our Children’s Department and write or draw about what makes you happy.

Your contributions to the Happiness Board will be displayed for the rest of April.

Afterschool Movie: “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” (all ages)

Friday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m.

A childless couple buries a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant.

Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears.

Rated PG; 105 minutes.


Wee Reads (birth through 24 months with adult)

Thursday, March 28 at 10 a.m.

* Babygarten (birth through 19 months with adult)

(* Please register)

Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 10:30 a.m.

Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 10:30 a.m.

Time for Twos (2 to 3 years with adult)

Thursdays, April 4, 11, and 25 at 10 a.m.

* Preschool Zone (ages 3-6 years only)

(* Please register)

Thursdays, April 4, 11, and 25 at 11 a.m.

 Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6 years)

Thursday, March 28 at 11:30 a.m.

Thursdays, April 4, 11, and 25 at 3:30 p.m.

For Adults:

Mount Pleasant Reel Club: A book/movie discussion group (adults)

Wednesday, April 3 at 2 p.m.

Read the book, come watch the movie with us, and then participate in a lively discussion.

Book: “The English Patient” by Michael Ondaatje

Movie: “The English Patient,” starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Rated R, 162 minutes.

“Downton Abbey” Marathon (adults)

Saturdays April 6 and 13 from 2 - 6 p.m.

“Downton Abbey,” starring Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Maggie Smith.

Please join the library staff as the “Downton Abbey” marathon wraps up with season two. 

Monday Book Discussion (adults)

Monday, April 8 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

“The Weird Sisters” by Eleanor Brown – Three sisters named for Shakespeare characters grudgingly return home to care for their ailing mother.

Great Decisions (adults)

Monday, April 8, from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Attend the fifth meeting of the Great Decisions program series to discuss “Humanitarian Intervention and U.S. Policy.”

For more information, call the reference desk at 849-6161 or email MtpReference@ccpl.org.

Jen McQueen is Children’s Services Manager at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road. Please send your favorite children’s poems to her at mcqueenj@ccpl.org.

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