Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall Township, recently offered some summer fun for kids at their Solar Oven Tinker Lab program.
Parkland Head of Youth Services Librarian Jackie Hoimes explained how to make the solar oven using a small cardboard box which she gave to each child.
Then, she explained where to glue two squares of aluminum foil, and a sheet of plastic wrap.
And, she finally gave everyone a stick to prop open the oven.
There were more than 20 kids who were anxious to construct the solar oven and then to be able to make s’mores in it.
During the afternoon of the third Friday of every month, adults get together to play some classic and not-so-classic games at Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall.
Some games are older and tried and true, such as Scrabble, and some are new, like the one played on May 17.
The games change every month, as participants are encouraged to bring games to share that they enjoy.
During the May game gathering, the group chose to play, Qwixx, a quick playing dice game brought in by Sharon Kralick.
In anticipation of Father’s Day, Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, offered a dads and doughnuts program June 15, with story time for youngsters and the doughy delicacies for all.
All the children were looking forward to taking their fathers to the library to hear stories about doughnuts and then to actually eat doughnuts.
Librarian Jaclyn Hoimes first read three books about doughnuts, “Please Mr. Panda,” by Steve Antony; “The Hole Story of the Doughnut,” by Pat Miller; and then “If You Give a Dog a Donut,” by Laura Numeroff.
Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, recently hosted a Lego Challenge as part of a variety of STEAM-based projects for kids ages 2-5.
Head of Youth Services Jaclyn Hoimes gave four challenges to the children.
They were each given a cup of assorted Legos to work with and they could work individually or in groups of two or three.
Each challenge was timed for five minutes.
The first challenge was to make an animal or part of an animal and the second was to make the Eiffel Tower.
As a preview to Passover, a Seder was held the evening of April 15 at Country Meadows, Upper Macungie.
The Seder led by Rabbi Re’em and a teen group from Temple Beth El. All residents were invited to attend.
After an introduction to Passover by Rabbi Re’em, Diane McCready, the chaplain at Country Meadows read a prayer.
The rabbi described the food items on the Passover plate and sang while playing his guitar.
The teens read several prayers and sang with the Rabb Re’em.
This reporter went to Paris with her daughter, Leanne, for a quick weekend trip in April 2005.
We went over to see the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and, of course, the French Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral with its stained glass windows, gargoyles and flying buttresses.
We also saw the Arc de Triomphe, walked along the Champs-Elysees and took a boat ride on the Seine.
When I heard there was a fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15 I didn’t believe one of the most historic sites in Paris could be no more. And, burning during Easter week, at that.
Magician Craig Collis entertained kindergartners through fifth graders during his show, “Magic of Money,” March 30 at Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall.
Collis stretched his dollars, made them disappear and then reappear.
He also doubled and tripled his coins to the amazement of the audience, some of whom he had assist him by holding the coins or paper money.
He counted them, and counted them again and there were more than he started with.
Even adults in the audience were amazed by his mesmerizing prestidigitation.
Members of Temple Beth El, South Whitehall, and Congregation Brith Sholom, Bethlehem, recently celebrated Purim.
The congregations, of which many members wore festive costumes, came together to read the Book of Esther and joyfully use their noisemakers for the Jewish holiday.
Purim celebrates the victory of the Jewish community in Persia, led by Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, over a plot, formulated by Prime Minister Haman and King Ahashuerus, to murder the Jews.
Esther convinced the king not to proceed with Haman’s plan.
Every day there is some reason to celebrate food, and March 6 was no different.
It was National Oreo Day.
An Oreo taste test was set up in the Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, for kids in second grade and older to give their taste buds a sweet treat.
Parkland Youth Services Librarian Jaclyn Hoimes, who wanted to celebrate, too, set up seven plates of various flavors of Oreos for the test.
Each child received a ballot to guess the flavor of each of the seven varieties.
And, there was even milk available for dunking.
Youngsters in grades two through five combined creativity and circuitry to make light-up greeting cards at the recent paper circuits Tinkerlab at Parkland Community Library.
The full room of kids couldn’t wait to sit and listen to what Youth Services Librarian Jaclyn Hoimes had in store.
Hoimes gave instructions for making a creative card that lights up.
Each child received the necessary materials to create their own lighted greeting card.
Then, with colored pencils or markers, they designed a card for a birthday, Valentine’s Day or even Halloween.