Check It Out!
MTRSD Elementary Libraries- June 2022
In this issue of "Check It Out", take a look at our author highlight, some resources highlighting LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, summer reading options, explore some of the recently added books/catalogs, and community events for kids.
Your MTRSD Library Staff
Author Highlight: Jessica Love!
Julian is a Mermaid
Available on SORA
Available at BSE, and Sanderson
Julian at the Wedding
I Love You Because I Love You
LGBTQIA Pride Month!
Translate Gender: Books for All
Local resource for trans and nonbinary youth as well as their families
Welcoming Schools Book List
LGBTQ and inclusive books for elementary and middle grade kids.
American Library Association: Rainbow Roundtable Resource List
Virtual Summer Camp
Virtual Summer Camp Adventures-Weeks 1 and 2
Virtual Summer Camp Adventures-Weeks 3 and 4
Virtual Summer Camp Adventures-Weeks 5 and 6
Ashfield-Belding Library Events
Summer Reading Kicks Off on June 18
This summer’s theme is “Read Beyond the Beaten Path”. Kids, teens, and adults can pick up summer reading bingo cards starting June 18 as well the full calendar of summer events!. Once you’ve completed your bingo challenges, turn in your sheet to receive a coupon for ice cream. You may enter a raffle for “big ticket” prizes at that time too. Some programs we have in the works: sandcastle building on the beach, a wildcrafting walkabout, a month-long tabletop roleplay game, and more!
June 4 & 18 from 11A.M. to 11:45A.M.
Drop by the children’s room for storytime with Irene!
Teen Open Mics at Ashfield Lake House
Thursday June 9 7P.M. to 9P.M.
Local high schools, public libraries, and the one and only Ashfield Lake House are teaming up to bring you a series of open mics for teens. These will be held outdoors on the restaurant’s deck and are free to all. Performers can sign up for 5-10 minute slots upon arrival– first come, first served! Snacks provided.
Earth Celebrations: An Extravaganza of Stories and Songs For Our Planet!
Saturday June 25 from 11A.M. to 11:45A.M.
Geared to ages 5-8 but open to all. Sit back, put your feet up, and join Storyteller Rona Leventhal for a journey around the world and back with her back pocket full of stories. Rona is one person, but many voices! Through her, skies talk, turtle sing and magic happens! She'll have you tapping your feet, swaying in your seats, dancing, making funny noises, singing and laughing as she shares stories from the silly to the serious, from the mysterious to the monstrous! Adventures await!
Saturday June 26 from 2P.M. to 3P.M.
Book discussion & hangout for kids ages 8-11. We'll be reading titles that center LGBTQ+ identities and experiences, usually graphic novels. Pick up a copy of Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy at the front desk.
Fantastic Frogs with Mass Audubon
Monday June 27 from 3P.M. to 4P.M.
Through storytelling and hands-on activities, families explore the wonder of our mostly slimy amphibians – frogs. We’ll discover the 10 species in Massachusetts, their life cycles, their songs, and their habitat needs. Be prepared to sing like a frog, move like a frog, and discover how frogs are significant in the natural communities around us. Facilitator Laura Beltran is a Teacher/Naturalist at Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton. She has taught about the outdoors for over 30 years, and has listened to frog songs even longer.