Newark Library Blog

Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Tracy
Thursday, August 30, 2012, 4:11 pm
Filed under: Book Review, books, children

Goldilocks and Just One Bear is a fun twist on the classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears story. In this book Goldilocks and Baby Bear are all grown up. Bear gets lost and ends up in a big city. Scared and alone, he escapes the noise of the city in a nice high rise apartment, trying out the porridge, chairs, and beds. He wakes up when the daddy person, mommy person, and little person come home. Goldilocks, now married with a child of her own, and Bear recognize each other and share a bowl of porridge before Bear heads back to the woods.


How-To Library by Tracy
Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 12:47 pm
Filed under: books, children

Today we got in several do-it-yourself books in the “How-To Library” series. You’re sure to find some fun activites to do with your child at home.

Book & Craft: Eliza’s Kindergarten Pet by Tracy
Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 10:00 am
Filed under: books, children, Libraries

School starts next week and that means children will be heading off to kindergarten for the first time. Here’s a book and craft you can share with your kindergartener or any child who loves art and stories about pets.

Eliza’s Kindergarten Pet is about a little girl who is apprehensive about the class pet, a guinea pig named Cookie. Cookies shouldn’t have teeth, Eliza thinks; teeth that can bite. But when Cookie gets lost, Eliza is worried in spite of herself. Will Eliza overcome her fear and help find the beloved class pet? Check out the book from the Newark Library to find out!

You can make your very own Cookie! Using a guinea pig template printed on brown card stock, a wiggle eye, and black pom poms.

Why Is Reading Important? by Kat Blair
Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 4:55 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

If I couldn’t read, I wouldn’t have even thought of looking in Google for “free copyright crafts.” I wouldn’t have been able to email the owner of to make sure it would be OK to reprint some of their ideas. AND, I wouldn’t have been able to read the return email from a GREAT Lady (!), she is the editor of the Web site and her name is Betty Bose. See her smiling here?


What I said: I am a Children’s Librarian and so I am trying to appeal to Toddlers up through age 12. They all seem to LOVE doing crafts! Our theme for this summer is “Reading is So Delicious!” And so I am willing to use anything that has to do with eating or reading like paper plates or cups or …?
Thank you for your help!
Alameda County Library/Newark

What Betty said:  We have a whole section of Paper Plate crafts:

Mood Paper Plates are good for the little ones

We also have a whole series of Barnyard Paper Plates:
Paper Plate Bull:

Paper Plate Duck:

Paper Plate Horse:

Paper Plate Rooster:

Also Paper Plate Beetle:
We also have a section of Bookmarks:

Bookworm Bookmark:

Frog Bookmark:

Wacky Bookmarks:

Hope this helps you.
Betty Bose

What I say now: WoW! What a helpful response! You have got to go check our her crafts, there are so many! You have got to get going…Oh! But before you go..she said one more thing:

You might also like to take a look at They have a whole section of original paper dolls. This site sells products for crafts but all of the project instructions are free and they also have many free printable projects. The site is owned by my daughter Terri who is a partner with me in

What a great lady.

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