Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Making a Joyful Noise

Check out these photos from our Making Musical Instruments program on February 16th, funded by an LSTA Grant "All the Seasons of Green," where children made all kinds of noise-makers using everyday household items, like beads, beans, dry macaroni, empty water bottles and milk cartons, old film cases, and paper plates.

Books we read:

Be Quiet, Mike! by Leslie Patricelli (Mike the musically-inclined monkey makes his own drum set.)

Sing, Sophie! by Dayle Ann Dodds (Although no one else in her family likes her loud voice, Sophie's singing soothes her baby brother during a thunderstorm.)

We wrapped up the musical morning with a parade around the room, so the kids could show off their environmentally-friendly cacophany of creativity.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

This Week at the Library...

School-age kids have a lot of fun events coming up! Find all the details right here!

Brain Wash Game Show
Saturday, February 25 @ 2 PM
For grades 1-5
Suggested Donation: $2

In the Brain Wash Game Show, real contestant podiums with flashing lights, digital scoring, and a lightning fast "Lockout System" keep the action going. With all of the questions projected onto screens, everyone including the audience is part of the game. Check out the game at  

Paint with the Masters
Wednesday, February 29 @ 2-4 PM
For grades K-5
Materials Cost: $15/child

Parents, enjoy the afternoon off as Color Me Mine joins us for an afternoon of painting pottery at the library. This session will focus on Claude Monet and the Impressionist style of painting. Please register in-person at the library.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Making Music!

Learn how to make musical instruments using everyday objects on Thursday, February 16th at 10:30 AM. Appropriate for ages 3-6. Funded by the All the Seasons of Green LSTA grant. Registration is not required, so feel free to stop in! Call 610-687-1124, ext. 41, for more info.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Police Patches on Display

Next time you're in the library, check out what's new in our display case-- a collection of police patches from all over the United States and a few from other countries, as well! These items are on loan from a local high school student who has over 150 police patches, ranging from local township police to state highway patrol patches.

In the display, see if you can find the patch from the police department that's closest to Radnor. And see if you can find the names of all the other countries represented in the collection. 

In addition to the patches, you'll find a modern-day Italian Carabinieri officer's hat!

Wallaby Tales Traveling Zoo

No need to head to the zoo this weekend... because on Saturday, February 11 at 2:00pm, the Wallaby Tales Traveling Zoo is coming to the Radnor Library! Bring the whole family to see Eyes of the Wild and their amazing, comical, educational live animal show. Suggested donation: $2/person. Call 610-687-1124, ext 41, for more information.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Magic in a Winter Wonderland

This past Saturday was pretty mild, with only a few small scattered corners of snow in the shadows around the Radnor Library... But inside, Magician Steve Woyce inspired imaginations to step into a winter wonderland adventure.

 Every hand in the audience (parents and grandparents were outstanding sports!) formed a snowball and tossed it up front into a magical pan. And then, with one quick movement, the previously empty pan revealed a fully-formed snowman. The giggles took over the room when Steve couldn't find the right magic wand and when he gave his volunteers all kinds of silly tasks and silly props and silly hats. The grand finale was the most delightful surprise... After some entertaining antics, we watched a real rabbit suddenly appear, twitching nose and all!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Newbery and Caldecott Winners Announced!

Check out the best of the best in children's literature published in 2011!

Newbery Medal winner: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos  (J GAN)

Caldecott Medal winner: A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka  (J PICTURE RAS)

These titles are available at the library, so make sure you don't miss them. Find the winners of all the book and media awards here.

Winter Wonderland Magic with Steve Woyce

Saturday, January 28 @ 2:00 pm

Join magician Steve Woyce at Radnor Library and journey to Winter Wonderland.  Play Hide & Seek with a penguin, visit a magic candy store, and watch snowmen appear right in front of your eyes!  No registration required!  A $2 donation per person is requested.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Kindermusik Morning

January 13th started out as a typically quiet Friday morning at the Radnor Library... until about 10:30 when the Winsor Room swarmed with an enthusiastic crowd of toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers for an hour of musical fun with local Kindermusik instructor Becky Douglas. The jackets and mittens came off and the smiles came on when Miss Becky handed out an assortment of musical instruments perfect for little ones, like wooden sticks and egg shakers.

Even basic household objects became sources of music and movement--Plastic spoons held a beat, scarves created colorful motion, and paper plates became ice skates as the children glided across the carpeted floor.

Miss Becky led action rhymes and dances and kept the energy up with her musical reading of Cows in the Kitchen by June Crebbin.

We had a lot of fun and are always thankful for Becky sharing her time and expertise with us so generously! Find out more about Becky Douglas' Kindermusik classes at

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Kindermusik with Becky Douglas

Friday, January 13 @ 10:30 am

Bond with your child as you play, sing (no talent required!), and dance together.
This free program is for children ages 2-4 years. No registration required.