1. Yoga for Kids!

    Only two weeks remain of our Yoga for Kids program at Southeast, don’t miss out!

    This coming Thursday, July 31st and then August 7th at 11am - join Miss Alex for some rest, relaxation, fun, and exercise! All ages are welcome! After all the excitement, we wind down with a healthy snack!

    Miss Alex teaches yoga for kids this summer on Thursdays at 11am

    Miss Alex teaches yoga for kids this summer on Thursdays at 11am

     

  2. Art Lab: Mexican Murals!

    Art Lab: Mexican Murals

    At this week’s Art Lab we studied Mexian Mural Art.  We saw how murals originated and continued their tradition into our current time.

    Our fabulous volunteens, Russell and Evelyn, sketched out a mural for us on a drop cloth, and our Art Lab kids got to fill it in with washable acrylic paint!  Shoes off, aprons on! We got a little messy at this week’s art lab, but it was nothing that a few wet wipes couldn’t fix. Check out the fun below!

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    Our mural is currently hanging in the Children’s Department amphitheater at Southeast! Come in and check it out!

    Join us at our last Art Lab of the Summer, where we uncover the mysteries of Jackson Pollock’s Splatter Painting!

    Thursday, July 31st at 2pm!! We look forward to seeing you then!

     
  3. harpercollinschildrens:

    Reading: It’s good for their health.

    The facts illustrated on this WHY READING AT A YOUNG AGE MATTERS graphic, paints only a small picture of what books can do for your little one.

    Download a printable version of this infographic HERE.

     

  4. Wacky Wednesday: Florida Public Archaeology Network

    Sarah Miller, from our Northeast division of the Florida Public Archaeology Network joined us for Wacky Wednesday this past week. We got to learn all about artifacts and fossils that are found right here, in our region of Florida!

    FLYP: Florida Archaeology Network

    We were taught how to detect what time period an artifact was made based on it’s texture and the material it is made of.

    We listened to a clip of Timucuan natives, and then got a chance to touch and investigate some artifacts. Some of the artifacts were up to 3,000 years old!!!

    We also got to play with Cherokee pottery making paddles, as well as design our own! We made our own coil pots, and experienced how natives gave their own pottery texture using corncobs, shells, leaves, and other bits of nature.

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    Please join us next week for our very last Wacky Wednesday of the summer: a Mad Science inspired Magic Show featuring Mark Alan!

    Wednesday, July 30th at 2pm!

    Don’t forget to bring your reading logs!!

     

  5. Nature Detectives!

    We got batty with the Garden Club of St. Augustine last week, when they came to our library to share their knowledge about bats!

    Nature Detectives: Bats!

    Nature Detectives: Bats!

    We read, Stellaluna by Janell Cannon.

    Nature Detectives: Bats!

    After, we all got our very own detective notebooks, so we could keep a log of our environmental findings. We made bats and got to pot our own plants!

    Nature Detectives: Bats! Nature Detectives: Bats! Nature Detectives: Bats! Nature Detectives: Bats! Nature Detectives: Bats!

     

  6. Teen Cooking: Southwestern Style

    For our latest installment of Teen Cooking: Meals in Mugs, we whipped up some southwestern dishes!

    Teen Cooking: Meals in Mugs, Southwestern Style! Teen Cooking: Meals in Mugs, Southwestern Style! Teen Cooking: Meals in Mugs, Southwestern Style! Teen Cooking: Meals in Mugs, Southwestern Style!

    We had a decadent time, and we also got to celebrate a very special Birthday for one of our teens, Jaime!  It was her Sweet 16, and she was sweet enough to bring in cupcakes to share with everyone (not made in mugs)!

    Teen Cooking: Meals in Mugs, Southwestern Style! Teen Cooking: Meals in Mugs, Southwestern Style!

    Below is our go-to book for meals in mugs, with 250 recipes we can always make just what we’re craving!

    250 Best Meals in a Mug by Camilla V. Saulsbury.

    Our next teen cooking session will be in September.  We will be posting about the precise date soon, so keep checking back with us!

     

  7. Wacky Wenesday: the 4-H Visits!

    Last week, Abby and her volunteers from the St. Johns County 4-H group came to share some information about how to grow plants and maintain them!

    We made and decorated self-watering planters out of 2 liter soda bottles (she recommended green bottles).  These planters are so cool because you can put your water in the bottom and leave them until the water has dried up!  Check out our photos below!

    The 4-H visits Southeast! We learned about horticulture and made our own self-watering planters out of soda bottles! The 4-H visits Southeast! We learned about horticulture and made our own self-watering planters out of soda bottles! The 4-H visits Southeast! We learned about horticulture and made our own self-watering planters out of soda bottles! The 4-H visits Southeast! We learned about horticulture and made our own self-watering planters out of soda bottles!

    What you need to make your own planter:

    One 2 liter bottle (of the green variety)

    An 8” by 8” square of fabric (cutting an old T-shirt works great!)

    Potting soil

    Your plant/herb of choice

    Decorations for your planter

    Directions: Cut your bottle all the way around (1/4 from the bottom).  Then, flip the top - so the spout sits nicely in the bottom. Now, you can pull your T-shirt fabric through the spout.  You’ll want to spread it out evenly around the inside of the bottle, with just enough sticking out the bottom (the t-shirt is going to suck the water from the bottom and feed the plant on top).  Next, fill your bottle with potting soil (about 3/4 to the top), and put your plant in.  Make sure more potting soil is put over your plant, so the roots aren’t exposed (but don’t drown your plant in soil either).  Now, you can lift the top of your bottle out and just add water to the bottom! Yay! You did it!  Don’t forget to refill the water reservoir whenever it gets dry!

     

  8. Art Lab: Maori Face Painting

    Last Thursday’s installment of Art Lab, we painted our own faces to imitate the Maori people from New Zealand.  We learned that the Maori people actually tattooed their faces with different patterns! These tattoos symbolized status and identity among the people.

    The face paint we used was home-made, non-permanent, and very easy to replicate.  All it consisted of was a big dollop of lotion (the kind that you can put on your face, unscented and without color), washable water color concentrate, and a spoonful of cornstarch.  Mix it all together, use q-tips for application, and that’s it!  Easy, right?

    We had a wonderful time using mirrors to paint our own faces, painting each other’s faces, and even painting on mom!  Miss Alex participated in the fun and did some face painting, too!

    Art Lab: Maori Face Painting

    Art Lab: Maori Face Painting

    Art Lab: Maori Face Painting

    Art Lab: Maori Face Painting

    Stay tuned for an update on our Art Lab featuring Mural painting!

     

  9. Dyno-mite Storytime!

    At storytime this week we traveled back in time - to the days of the dinosaur! We got to see exactly how big a triceratops foot was! We fit almost 26 of our own shoes in just one foot print! That’s a BIG foot!

    A Jurassic Storytime!

    We read:

    Prehistoric Actual Size by Steve Jenkins

    Dinosaur Countdown by Nicholas Oldland

    Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein

    Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems

    A Jurassic Storytime!

    Then, we used pasta and coffee grounds to make an excavation site!

    A Jurassic Storytime!

    A Jurassic Storytime!

    A Jurassic Storytime!

    We all got to take home our own “fossils”!

    Join us next week at our last summer storytime before we come back in September!

     
  10. Kids Yoga has been extended by a week! Join us through August 7th for stretching and relaxation, great for all ages!