beloved weekly story times for little ones resume despite closure| with Christy at Sawyer Free Library and Tuesdays with Carol at Manchester Library #CapeAnn

Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Public Library weekly Story Time with Christy resumes despites Covid-19 closure. Christy Russo is the Director of Children’s services at the library. She effortlessly brings a Mister Rogers kind flair and expertise to programs. See the first week’s video below focused on friendship. The production quality is well done, and the emoji adds feel sweet and festive.  This episode format includes a greeting and “visit” with garden friends, stories*, and activities.

*We Are Brothers We are Friends by Alexandra Penfold and Little Elliot Big City by Mike Curato (Macmillan publishing, both)

Storytime With Christy

 

Also of note: Now in its 18th year, the annual Poetry without Paper competition, co-founded by Russo with poet John Ronan, is open to children in grades K-12.

More Virtual Story Times –

Manchester Public Library is offering story times as well via social media (including Facebook LIVE). Look for upcoming events here

Weekly Tuesdays at 6:30pm PJ Story Times with Carol Bender, another stellar children’s librarian on Cape Ann, began April 14th, 2020. “Remember to wear your PJ’s and bring your special animal friends for a Facebook live story time!” Upcoming April 21, 28 and May 5

Manchester Public Library story times during corona

Enjoying children’s picture books with Manchester librarian Carol Bender and artist Leslie Galacar

Scenes from Manchester last week © Beth Welin, Director of Manchester Historical Museum

Librarian, Carol Bender, Head of Youth Services, Manchester Public Library, reading Where in the World is Catherine Abigail by Michael LaPenna and illustrated by Leslie Galacar. The children from Magic Years were visiting Once Upon a Contest at Manchester Historical Museum.

photo courtesy Beth Welin_Once Upon a Contest Cape Ann Reads Carol Bender with Leslie Galacar at Manchester Historical Museum (2)

They met special guest artist Leslie Galacar.

photo courtesy Beth Welin_Once Upon a Contest Cape Ann Reads Carol Bender with Leslie Galacar at Manchester Historical Museum

Skipping to storytime! Big little crowd for Once Upon A Contest event featuring artist Juni VanDyke at the museum Manchester-by-the-Sea

Today’s program Seaside Saturdays: Cape Ann Reads Book Fun was enjoyed by all ages and featured the Once Upon a Contest group exhibition, stories and special guest artist, Juni VanDyke, who illustrated the If I Were series by James McKenna. Seaside Saturdays is a joint offering by Early Childhood Partners/CFCE, Manchester Public Library & Manchester Historical Museum. Once Upon a Contest Selections from Cape Ann Reads by the four libraries of Cape Ann is on display at Manchester Historical Museum through April 26th. In addition to the new and original books by local artists and writers, don’t miss Leslie Galacar’s four part public art sequence made just for this venue.

Skipping to story time!_Once Upon a Contest Manchester Historical Museum_20190413_© c ryan
perfect timing- skipping to Story Time? (I wondered if they were going to the museum. They were!)

 

Bustle of arriving, exploring (nifty new museum display!), visting, settling, and seat selecting

 

Once Upon A Contest program featuring Juni VanDyke at Manchester Historical Museum_20190413_©catherine ryan (4)
Celebrating collaboration and picture books- photo L to R: Beth Welin, Director Manchester Historical Museum, Carol Bender Librarian (and former Cape Ann Reads jury member) Manchester Public Library, and Melanie Wood with Early Childhood Partners

 

AERIAL Once Upon A Contest program featuring Juni VanDyke at Manchester Historical Museum_20190413_©catherine ryan (20)Busy, busy- Children chose drawings VanDyke created especially for this event and set to work collaging. 

 

detail from public art in four pieces for Once Upon a Contest by Leslie Galacar for the Manchester leg of travel show
detail from site-specific public art in four parts by Leslie Galacar for Once Upon a Contest, Manchester Public Library at Manchester Historical Museum

 

The 4 Cape Ann public libraries announce the Cape Ann Reads jury panel

See the 2016 Cape Ann Reads selection panel  

After a year of monthly programming by the libraries and community partners, the Cape Ann Reads original picture book contest is in full swing and has moved into the jury processing stage. The contest is hosted by the 4 public libraries of Cape Ann. They will publish the first edition printing for one book from entries that were submitted by December 15, 2016. The jury selection panel includes representatives from each of the public libraries: Justine Vitale Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library; Carol Bender, Children’s and Teen Librarian,  Rockport Public Library; Kate Strong Stadt, Head of Youth Services, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; Anne Cowman, Young Adult Librarian, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; and April Wanner, Assistant Librarian at the TOHP Burnham Library, Essex. Joining these talented library participants are three artists and award winning children’s picture book authors and illustrators: Pat Lowery Collins; Giles Laroche; and Anna Vojtech.  Bob Ritchie proprietor of Dogtown Book Shop will provide another crucial area of book world expertise.  Cape Ann Reads is grateful for their time and considerable talents to help the participants and the process. A second jury of children will select their favorites and is chaired by Liza Browning from the Cape Ann Museum, a Cape Ann Reads partner.

About the Cape Ann creates for Cape Ann Reads Children’s Picture Book Contest:
The 4 public libraries hosted a one of a kind call for entry seeking new and original children’s picture books showcasing local artists and writers. 

Cape Ann residents of all ages, students attending school on Cape Ann, and people who work on Cape Ann were invited to create part or all of a picture book for consideration to be published, and to submit their entries by December 15th, 2016. A first edition printing of one of these submissions will be published in 2017 by the 4 public libraries and with the support of various sponsors. The copyright is timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of a Caldecott award for the children’s book, “Little House”, by Virginia Lee Burton, eminent Gloucester artist, author and illustrator.